Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Names spelled with Flickr

OK, this is going around, but I just love it so

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here is the place to do this yourselfCool site

Lost posts

Well, hum, I lost the last post. I guess it wasn't really important. Technology does have a way of reminding us that life is pretty imperfect! Oh well, more later I guess

Thursday, March 24, 2005

My Baby is 2

Kiera is 2. At 3:46 in the afternoon on March 24, 2003... Kiera Anne Watkins was born. Now, at 2. Kiera is an inquisitive, talkative, smarty pants that I love more each day.

Happy birthday pumpkin. We love you.

Half way through

I am over half way, and I am impressed, the room is looking good... if I do say so. Maybe organization has some merits after all! Only 12 hours until Mama-san hits the ground.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

New Bike

Declan got a new bike. Now he is a big boy. Almost 4. Grown up so fast.

The Great Purge Begins...

OH, ONLY 36 HOURS... See, my mom flys in on Thursday night. Which is awesome. Can't wait to see her... can't wait to have someone to talk to (Still a bit lonely, but I digress) I CAN wait... I AM NOT READY...

I work from home now, after our move to Singapore, which is not optimal when you consider I have lots of telephone calls and lots of paper... I am a lawyer after all, but one copes. BUT, the biggest problem, logistics wise is the office doubles as my craft room/ Far Flung Crafts storage center and logistics hub/ and the GUEST ROOM. All of this is a 10x10 room.

So, about a week ago, I started to sort and stack stuff that needed sorting and stacking, then I started to purge a few magazines, and wouldn't you know it I threw away the 2003 Am Cham directory from Taipei, and Jeff needed it. Anyway, I have about a weeks worth of organzing and cleaning, plus a huge back load of work. Not to mention that I need to get Bonnie's heritage album done before Mom goes BACK to America.

Ok, so step one, recognize I have an addiction to clutter. Step two, just DO IT. (Who would have thought I would quote Nike?)

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Rosie's Blog

B, thanks for turning me onto this great blog . Rosie has amazing things to say (who wouda thunk it) and frankly she has some amazing art as well. Think I am going to link her to the Far Flung Craft blog

You should see the art work... check it out here Rosie

Thanks B, you rock.



Kiera's Birthday

And now for some good news...

My angel baby, my snookums, my sweet pea is turning 2 in 2 days...

We thought about what to get this kid, and all she likes to do now is read books and paint. So, painting it is.

Monday, March 21, 2005

First Day of Spring

Renewal, rebirth. For those living in the northern hemisphere, and those places that have seasons (unlike Singapore), today is the first day of spring. This day has a few bitter sweet memories for me. I got married this day, back in 1987. Seems like a life time ago, in fact it was, it was a path that I started down and realized I needed to turn back. The marriage did not last, and I started down a new path 3 years later, one that lead to law school, to Jeff, to Asia and to the two most beautiful children in the world.

This day, every year, I sort of find myself reflecting on the life that I have been leading. Has it been one I want? Has it been filled to the brim with joyfulness? Have I been following my inner callings, or have I been walking down a path I think I should take.

Many people start a new year off with resolutions, with goals for the coming year. You know, I think that the right time is to do it now. Three months into the "new year" on the date that spring starts, the date that the Christian church chose as a celebration of Christ and truly the most holy of the holidays (as many of you know Spring Solstice and Easter are linked). Rebirth, renewal....

I woke up today and thought, I am following my path.

The one I want to take. Even if it is different than the one others walk.

I am going to be happy, in my life, with my life, with my choices. This path is the correct path, I am just facing some up hill climbs now, but as any mountain biker will tell you, the uphill is necessary to have a gnarly ride back down!

Renewal, rebirth, rejoice. Spring is here, Easter is around the corner. Life is good, you just remember to see it that way.



Friday, March 18, 2005

Love this quote

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony." [ William Henry Channing ]

I just read this on Ali Edwards blog (by the way if you are into scrapbooking her stuff rocks!)

Anyway, it was great to read her stuff. I did not realize her son Simon is autistic. We struggle with Declan so much and wonder where he is on the Autism spectrum... he is making great strides by the way and I think we are going to put him back into therapy, but his teachers all comment on what great improvments he has made lately.

Back to being content. I am not content now. I want a new job, I want my husband to be happy. I want my children to be well and healthy. This is really a big struggle of mine. I think the quote is going straight to the printer and up on the wall.



Friday, March 11, 2005

Triangle of Life Earthquake Safety

While lunching with the gals, one of the discussions was the triangle of life. Apparently an email has been going around about the triangle of life. After a quick google search, the first site to come up was the Snopes urban legend site.

First, I guess the argument is that in the event of an earthquake you should find a space where you will be protected by a "triangle". Well, rather than try to rephrase here is the quote..

"Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the "triangle of life". The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the "triangles" you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building. They are everywhere. I trained the Fire Department of Trujillo (population 750,000) in how to survive, take care of their families, and to rescue others in earthquakes"

The quote is attributed to Mr. Douglas Copp.

Mr. Copp apparently is not all that he seems, he is currently under investigation by the US department of justice for Fraud and the American Red Cross challanges his tips, citing amoung other things that buildings around the world vary and what may work in the US will NOT be safe in other parts of the world. Like the SNOPEs site says the ideas may not all be bad, but it is probably better to follow the Red Cross and FEMA guidelines for Earthquake Disasters.

Here are those links for my friends.

FEMA: Drop and Cover and Hold On

Red Cross Earthquake Page

HOWEVER, In order to make things even less clear, the American Red Cross has stated that the Drop Cover and Hold On may not be appropriate for other countries besides the US. So, it is with a grain of salt...

I think that I will pretty much remain where I am, drop to the ground if standing, and try to get close to an item of cover. Who Knows eh?

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Clarification on Guns

I should note, my family are meat eaters. I do understand that there are many out there who are not, and therefore, if my family did not eat meat, I would still state we would use guns. If we eventually have our goal of a small family farm, our goal would be to be as close to self sufficent as possible. If we require milk, we will either have a cow or goats. My argument on being able to put them down in a quick and humaine manner still stands.


Guns and Survival

It is interesting; I had a great lunch on Monday with a bunch of my girlfriends back in Taipei. The topic of simplicity, survival and self sufficiency came up. Marcia (Hi Marcia!) talked about how she wants every member in her family to be able to learn to shoot a gun.

After long and hard thoughts about this (not at the table mind you, but before) I think I agree. Let me explain. First, I want never to have a hand gun in my house. Why, in my opinion, hand guns are for the sole purpose of killing another human. You can justify it by saying they are for defense, but again, it is defense against another person. I am a pacifist; I hate any thought of killing another human. I would rather teach my family defenses not using handguns, but that is not the purpose of this post.

When I think about using Guns, to me, the purpose should be for hunting or for use on a farm. I would like very much to learn to shoot a rifle. God forbid I hope to never use it, but should Jeff and I succeed in our goal to get a farm some day, if a sheep ever breaks a leg, or a horse gets itself into a position were it has to be put down, I want the ability to do it. I don't want to see the animal suffer until I can call on a neighbor or friend, or vet, to do it.

Plus, I want my family to be able to hunt. I don't know that they will ever NEED to hunt for food. But, these skills are important and are being lost in today's modern computer based society. I don't want to think of a situation so bad that my family has to hunt, but what happens if we are subject to a terrorist attack and the attack caused all food supply to be compromised. Likely? Perhaps not, but who could have ever imagined a plane flying into the World Trade Center?

However, all of this being said, I am strongly in favor of gun safety. If a gun is in my house, it will be in a gun safe. The gun safe combination will only be known to me and my spouse. We do not use "play guns" in the house. If the kids make believe with sticks, there is little I can do, other than to remind them that guns are not toys. We will teach our children about proper gun care. We will teach the children that guns are tools-not toys.

All of this is rather moot now, as it is illegal to have any guns in Singapore. But we will revisit the issue when we move back to Oregon on our "family farm" (right next door to B&P's house!)
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