Monday, July 23, 2007

Feel the vibe!

Some of you (okay, maybe only one or two) have noticed that I’ve become the not-so-good blogger lately. I post less often. I try to read your blogs pretty often, but I’m not very diligent about commenting. So what happened? Did I lose my blog lust? Did I run out of things to say? Did the kids put super glue on the keyboard?

Nay, nay, none of those things happened. Summer happened! And thus, camping and swimming and boating happened. And all of that leads me to the first part of this posting.

Big Brother from Life in the Twilight Zone (actually from Quebec) tagged me with the Good Vibrations meme. So here, in no special order, are five things that get my good vibes going, that make my chakras zing, that put a smile on my face, and make the day worthwhile.

1. Nature. I love doing things outdoors. I’m not a terribly athletic person. Okay, to be honest, I’m not at all athletic! So I’m not out there jogging 20 miles or rock climbing or anything so strenuous. But I do love to be out in the sun, to swim, to go boating. I love to walk at night and look at the moon and the stars. I love a full moon meditation or just sitting in the shade and reading a good book. In fact, if you read my last post, you got a glimpse of my summer. And this is all the fun stuff that has kept me from a lot of blogging lately.

2. My wife. Twenty-two years and I still think she is the best! No matter what we are doing we manage to have a great time doing it together. We talk and laugh a lot. We enjoy spending time together. She is my best friend. And I’m looking forward to at least twenty-two more years of waking up with her every day.

3. My kids. I’ve got three terrific kids. Oh I know, there was the time I tried to sell one of them on ebay. And there was that other time that I put the whole bunch of them out by the curb with the FREE sign. But all parents have those moments, right? But most days I just wouldn’t trade them for anything. Each in their own way they are funny and smart and compassionate and generous and fun to be around. I think I’ll keep ‘em. For now.

4. Books. I love books. Our house is filled with books. We have so many books we ran out of books shelves a long time ago so there are stacks on tables and on the floor. We trade used books. We listen to audio books. I love a good story and love to read. And almost any day that doesn’t seem to be going well can be turned around with a few minutes spent with a great book.

5. My job. I know, not what most people might list as one of their top five. But I love my job. It challenges me. It allows me to learn and to share what I’ve learned with others. I get to work with a lot of great folks. And I get to do a lot of fun, creative things. I enjoy a day off as much as the next person, but I never really mind when it is time to go back to work.

So there are five things that get me into a good vibe. And now I get to pass this along. I think many of you have already done this meme, so I'm only gonna tag a couple of folks. And if they did it and I missed it, I apologize. Feel free to torment me from afar. But for now, let's reach out and tag:
  • Rebecca at Circle of the Muses because I love her writing
  • Barb at My Crazy Life because she is also a great writer...and maybe we'll get an update on her desire for a tattoo
Okay folks, start vibrating!

34 comments:

Bardouble29 said...

Hey my friend!! Thanks for the tag and I will gladly take on this meme.

I am so glad you are having a great summer, and I loved reading about how your wife is still your world after being together so long...gives me hope that one day I will have the same thing in my life.

Jenny! said...

What a great relationship you and your wife have!

And if you really want to get rid of the kid, make sure they have a kitten in one hand and the free sign in the other!

Chicky Pea said...

I think I've figured out how to get you to comment :-)

Gretchen said...

Oooh, start vibrating. Love it. :)

Em, I love your reasons for not blogging. I hope we scrapbookers and bloggers don't simply turn to taking pictures of and writing about life. I hope we continue to live it and squeeze every ounce of joy from its marrow. Truly. We're book-o-philes, too. Big and I dropped off the kids to a 4 day camp yesterday, and on the 2 hour ride home, I read the newest Harry Potter aloud to him. It was worth the teeny bit of car sickness, just to read about ol' Harry and the gang. We continued reading to each other when we got home until it was clear that both the reader and the read-ee were falling asleep. Reading will always be included in a perfect day at our house.

Have a great week.

Jeff said...

Doing anything with the family or outdoors beats the pants outta anything computer related!

SzélsőFa said...

Hello, you are absolutely right with that thing about summer. Whenever else camp out and sleep out if not now?
Re:meme: I like the tone of it - positive things help you even if you only talk about them.

charlottalove said...

I'm with you on the nature bit. I love being outdoors but that doesn't make me sporty. :o)

I'm curious what you do for work. I'm looking for a new job and this time I'm not settling for something that allows me to pay bills but something that allows me to live. It takes a bit longer but in the end, it will be worth it.

SzélsőFa said...

oh, and I love your answers, too. They are just great. Nature, reading and working would definitely made nito my list. Your wife would not, on the other hand, for I don't happen to know her :), but the same goes to my husband, who's my best friend, just as you are to your wife.
(Sorry about being a bit personal here...)

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the tag, and I will do my best!! I didn't know I could put my kids up for auction on e-bay...hmmmm...you learn something new every day. HAHA!

Pavel said...

Sounds like you have a great view on life: enjoy it and then, when you have time, share (blog) it!

amusing said...

Ah, sounds like the perfect life we all aspire to....

Mama P said...

I love all those things! Well, I don't love to do them, as I don't particularly love nature, nor do I have a wife. Or 3 kids. But I LOVE that you love them. Passion is a great great thing.

Elle said...

Yeah I feel ya. When it's summer, you just don't spend too much time hammering at the keyboard. Don't worry so long as you promise to smarten up and post more once school starts up again! ;)

Trish said...

What a great idea for a meme! And I hear ya about the kids...been there many times, but in the end I wouldn't trade them for anyone else's.

Jazz said...

Funny how, amid all the statistics about divorce so many people I know have been happily with the same person for years and years and years.

CS said...

Great list! One of my favorite things about doing this meme was taking the time to sort through all the things that bring me joy, and then trying to narrow it down to five. It's sort of a blessings-counting exercise.

mjd said...

Hello,
Thank you for your comment on my guest post on Sunshine's blog. I have enjoyed reading your post and can identify with your 5 things...great choices, nature, your spouse, your kids, your job, and books.

thethinker said...

Blogging during the summer does get a little challenging. There are so many other things to do!

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Ah, you seem to have worked it all out pretty well my friend. That's a wonderful balance. I especially liked the one about work - it's important to do something that takes such a large slice of your life, that you feel okay about. Makes for a sane human being, a great dad, and a loving husband!

Redneck Mommy said...

I'm looking into getting a laptop simply so I can be outside with my children. While they are bobbing about in the pool I want to be able to be plugged in...with both the net and my kids.

FENICLE said...

Your family sounds so wonderful & close. I think it's that summer-time spirit keeping you away.

Pendullum said...

What a beautiful list...
What a wonderful life!!!!

Above Average Joe said...

Do not feel the need to explain your absence due to summer. Life is too short to waste in front of a computer screen. We'll still be here come fall.

I catch up on my blog reading while at work.

Enjoy!

Jenster said...

Great list!

1. I love being outside, too. How can people go through life and not enjoy the beautiful nature all around us??

2. Wonderful! With today's divorce rate it's always so great to hear about a happy marriage!! Kuddos to you both!!

3. You are very blessed with your kids! But then you know that. :o)

4. Reading is truly the most fantastic invention ever.

5. You have a great job and it's obviously your passion. You are so lucky! And I know you are among the very best in your field.

Beth said...

how cute are you with your wife? AWWWWWWW....that is so nice to hear now-a-days, ya know?

Jocelyn said...

Hey, we're on the same page, er, post with this one! Great choices, and very indicative of the true Em.

Dorky Dad said...

Did you have your wife read this post? Did you? Is there some alternate purpose to this? Wait ... what did you do wrong at home, Em? Are you in the doghouse?

Chelle said...

We all have reasons for not blogging so much.....summer is a big one :) I am glad that you are enjoying your summer to it's fullest :)

eric313 said...

I tried to sell myself on ebay once! They got mad at me and used their rule against the sale of human body parts to banish me.

I'm a writer. I seel myself all the time. Nobody ever understands.

cry it out! said...

Oh summer -- I'm surprised I can get anything done at all.

Mike

Dirk_Star said...

Summer...

Good...

Summer...

creative-type dad said...

I'll have to remember that eBay thing during those "challenging teenage years"

Teena said...

Summer is like that! I've been out the last three nights. It's a lovely day but I'm not going anywhere until I catch up with my blog buds!

velvet said...

Being outside doing anything is awesome, you're lucky to have found a great person to go through life with and have (usually) great kids with, books are one of the greatest inventions of man, and you're so lucky to have a job that you really love.

Awesome post!