Monthly Archives: February 2009

What do you title an Ash Wednesday post, anyway?


Today is Ash Wednesday.  For those of the Lutheran/Catholic/Episcopalian persuasion, this is the day that marks the preparation for Easter in 40 days.  And of course, everyone always asks. “What are you giving up?”
That is so negative.  I have never liked it very much.  I mean, if the whole idea is to prepare yourself for the Miracle that is Easter and all, shouldn’t you be more positive?  Isn’t there a better way toward personal improvement than such negativity?  At least that’s my take on the whole thing.  Your mileage may vary.
So what am I doing?  Well, my take on it this year is that I need to improve my stewardship.  That means lots of things, but simply put, I need to take better care of my stuff.  And that doen’t just mean cleaning the house more, although that is part of it (That cheering you hear in the background? Is the Spouse.  Now just shut up, ok? :))  I have a lot of “stuff”.  I have my body, which I am taking better care of now.  I have my gifts, which need to be better utilized.  I have my time, which can be better managed.  And there is financial “stuff”, too.  All of these are gifts and they all need to have better stewardship.  
That’s my goal for the next 40 days.  Better stewardship of the gifts that I have been given.  Of course, I need something a little more concrete to shoot for if I want to hit the target.  Some of these things are going to be a little loose, like dust more frequently (or, just dust, period).  Others are more concrete, like hitting my weight and/or measurement goal by Easter.  But I’ll have some goals and I will work toward them.
Like I said, it’s a positive approach to this season.  More of a “to do” list than a “don’t” list.  And as for the time management, well, that means that I’ll be here a little less frequently.  Not that I’ve been posting a lot lately, but I’m going to set aside times where that is what I do.  I do enjoy blogging, but I need to keep things in moderation.  Too much is a time suck, and too little causes me to miss it.  A few of my favorite bloggers are dropping out because they lost some perspective and that’s sad (and yes, I’m talking to YOU, AFF, if you’re even reading this) because they are cool funny people who have something to say.   Anyway, if I tell myself that I’m only going to post on, let’s say Monday and Thursday, then I’ll probably have better content.  That’s the theory anyway…
So there ya go.  Have a great Ash Wednesday, if it’s something that you do.  And if it isn’t, then have a nice day anyway.  It’s BEAUTIFUL here in Austin.  A great day to be alive and facing new challenges.  I can’t wait.
**Bonus funny Ash Wednesday story:  When Thing 2 was about four or so, we went to services and he refused to have the ashes put on his forehead.  Wanted absolutely nothing to do with it.  Anyway, he notices that he’s the ONLY ONE who has no ashes on his forehead and he starts feeling a little self conscious I guess.  So he reaches into his busy bag and grabs a black crayon and tries to draw ashes on himself.  We were sitting in the front row (which if you are Lutheran means you got there late) and the pastor could see this and he was totally trying to not bust a gut laughing…

Boys and girls, the word for today is…


That’s all I can really say for now, as there are a few more details to hammer out. But it looks like it’s all gonna work out after all. 🙂

And now I’m going on my church women’s retreat and eat some smores. Diet be dammed. Oh wait. Of course, Trixie, I would never eat the smores. That would be bad. Silly me. 🙂

Happy Monday to you!

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

This just made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Thus, I will share it with you. 🙂

You gotta be kiddin’ me!

So my friend over at Cello Centered had this at her blog today: The Typealyzer. It will scan your blog and let you know what Meyers-Briggs type you are. I have alwaysalwaysalways come back as an INTJ, so imagine my surprise when it came back as this:

ESFP – The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

Just a little different, but it still actually fits me. Pretty funny though. What type are you?

Helping my person out…

S’up guys? It’s me, Chase the Cat, back from my near death experience. Check it out:

I hear chicks dig scars, so maybe I ought to take advantage of this while I can. Of course, being neutered and all might put a little damper on the fun, but a guy’s gotta try, right?

Anyhoo, Mel has been beyond swamped lately. I mean between saving my life (which, by the way, I’m very grateful for), planning the science activity night at school, extra rehearsals for orchestra, extra practice for orchestra, preparing music for Lent, planning a retreat for church, and interviewing for a job, she’s been a little preoccupied. Other bloggers have announced sabbaticals recently; Mel may have to do the same until she stops playing Pathwords on Facebook gets some things in Real Life under control.

In the meantime, I thought I would intervene here and post for her, just so that you know she’s ok, if a little swamped. Just my way of saying “Thanks” for the whole saving the life thing. When I was trying to catch up for her, I did hit “mark as read” on the over 400 posts in her reader. I read the last entry each of you guys made on your blogs just for catch up, but I’m thinking she’ll thank me later.

I know she’d want me to tell you about her second interview, and, well, she’s not as optimistic anymore. It’s not like they don’t think she’s qualified and all, it’s, well, kind, of weird actually. From hearing Mel talk to Spouse about it, she thinks the other candidate, based on a resume she saw on the table and questions that were directed toward her at the interview, may actually be from the area that this charity seeks to help. So even though, from the upside down reading of this resume, this person has no experience in fundraising, marketing, or giving presentations, Mel is pretty sure that this other person will get the job based on the “passion” that they could bring. I guess the theory would be that the skills can be taught, if the person has enough passion. It would be strategy decision on their part, and one that does have some merit. She’s supposed to find out on Monday. That’s gonna make for a fun weekend, NOT!

But I know that you are really wondering about me, so I’ll tell you. I’m finally back in good health, beating up my sister, playing with snakes, and just being a cat. One thing different though, I do not like Mel and Spouse’s closet anymore. I spent so much time in there when I was sick, I guess the place just reminds me of how bad I felt. When I see the door open, I fluff up and growl a bit, just to let everyone know about it. It’s not my happy place anymore. I guess I’ll have to find a new place. Any suggestions?

OOOH! Mel’s walking into the kitchen to make some dinner, which means it’s time for me to get under her feet and hope she’ll throw me a scrap or two. Wonder what’s on tap for tonight? Chicken, beef, or pork? I hope not seafood, because I overheard Mel saying that there was a possibility that I have some sort of deficiency that won’t allow me to digest fish, which is probably what started this whole near death thing in the first place. Not cool, especially since I only had just discovered tuna. Ah, to taste the sweet nectar of the sea, then to have it permanently denied me…

Anyway, I gotta motor. Chase out.

Oh and where did the polka dots go? Mel’s gonna be pissed about that one. She’ll have to design a whole bunch of new stuff and like she’s got time for that right now…

An odd day…

I had to do two things I really don’t like to do today.

These things aren’t necessarily bad things, but they kind of wig me out and if I have to do them during the course of my day, well, bleh.

1. Check out of the grocery store in a lane that sells cigarettes.

I’m not sure why this gets me so weirded out, but it does. I will stand in a longer line to avoid the whole cigarette thing. I can smell them, so maybe that’s it. Anyway, I couldn’t use the self service line because I was buying a gift card, and there were no other lines open.

2. I would have been the first car in the parent pick up line after school, but I waited in the visitor parking lot until there were about 10 cars in line.

Some parents will probably think “But what’s wrong with that”, and there are parents I know of who will wait for a hour so that they can pick up their little darling right as the bell rings. But I don’t like to be the first one in line for this. I was running errands after lunch and by the time I was done, there wasn’t any time to go home and then back up to school, so I just waited in the parking lot and read blogs off of the mobile reader.

So I’m a freak, I know. But we all have our little quirks and I guess these are just some of mine. What about you? How are you a freak?

Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday..

Well, I had the interview.

How did it go? I think it went really well. I’m cautiously optimistic about this. It was over an hour, but the time just flew by. It ended with the discussion of possible start dates, and when I mentioned a start date after some events I’m in charge of, they asked if something a week sooner than I suggested would be ok (which it would, I just thought 3/1 was a nice even start date for bookkeeping purposes). I feel that if I don’t get the job, then there really was a better candidate, because I didn’t leave anything on the table. Doing the post mortem, there wasn’t anything I wish I’d said, or more importantly hadn’t said. I sold myself the best I can, and now all I can do is wait for their decision. Again, I feel good because the last thing she did was verify my contact info and asked if I was going to be around on Wednesday.

I wore the dress. PP and I decided that it made a more conservative social statement than the other two choices, even if the dress showed more skin. Probably good for this group as it turns out. BTW, I’m Lutheran, too, so it wasn’t the Lutheran-ness of it all that worried me. I’ve never seriously considered working for a faith-based organization before and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But this seems like a pretty good crew and I would fit in well, even if I would work from home 90% of the time.

Thanks for all the positive vibes today. It is truly appreciated. 🙂