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Five things I'm pondering today:

1. Friends. I'm still thinking about the many sides of friendships and especially how they have changed with the advent of email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Why it is easier for some people to make and keep friends, what makes a friendship stick for the long term, how you outgrow some friends and not others.

2. Paint. I'm taking an online class with Julie Pritchard on painting layered backgrounds for my collage projects. I've checked all the local stores for Golden paints but none of them come close in price to what I can get them for at DickBlick so now I am waiting for them to come in. (Impatiently waiting.) I am also eyeing the wall you first see when you come in the house (long wall from living room to dining room for those who have been here) and thinking about painting it red. But the library is red which means you'd see red and then red and I can't decide if that is good or if it will lessen the impact of the red library. So I'm pondering.

3. Heat. I'm wondering how long I will last before I turn on the AC. I'm thinking it might be this weekend. I SO don't do heat.

4. Water. I'm addicted to water features in the yard and I'm trying to decide where I could put in "just one more".

5. My office. Wondering if this would be the weekend that it is finally clean. Note, clean is not the same as done as I am still looking for new bookcases and a few other things.

What are you pondering today?
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June 4th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm pondering getting gutters put up, a french drain put in my backyard, redoing my kitchen cabinets, and putting down new flooring in my kitchen, dining room, half-bath, small hallway, laundry room, and my living room. Oh, and painting all the rooms mentioned. I just haven't decided on colors yet. =)
June 6th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I hate picking colors but I'm so glad when the rooms HAVE colors. Good luck finding the right ones for you.
June 5th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Out of those 5 for me it would have to be friends.
I can't paint for peanuts
It is quiet cold here so heat does not worry me at the moment.
I could do without water except for the everyday stuff you need it for.
I don't have an office.

For me though I did not and do not make friends easily. I think because I always had a complex about fitting in. Never knew where I fitted into the bigger picture. I did not get the concept that you could even be friends with your own family.
You would think family are family they have to love you no matter what, but that isn't always the case. I had to learn how to fit in and accept my own family. I can do that now.
I also know that I have friends and can be a friend. I am still not able to do what some people at work can do and that is come in and kiss and hug someone they have not seen for a few days. I can quite happily talk and join in conversations now. Something I could not do before.
I have a lot of beautiful friends now I can see that. Even if I don't see them a lot. Just knowing that they are there if I need them.
I had this preconceived idea that a friend had to be someone you saw and got on with all the time. How wrong was I. Email and Facebook are great in their place as well. I have made some wonderful friends all over the world. Even if I never meet them as much as I would like to. They have helped me through some rather hard time just by giving me advise that I would not have otherwise asked for.
Yes I know now I have so much to give if people can just look past the outside and get to know the inside me. Something it took me a while to do but it was well worth it in the end.

- Anne McKenna
June 6th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Making and keeping friends is really hard work, isn't it?

Some of my best friends are the ones I never or rarely see in person, only at events maybe once a year.

I'm just struggling right now to understand things that have changed between me and some friends. Some things I understand but others, not so much.
June 5th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Aren't you out near Vegas, or am I misremembering? I know you did the rocks-instead-of-grass thing. How the heck have you not turned on your AC yet?

I'm in Chicagoland, and ours has been on for three weeks!
June 5th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Nope, I'm in San Jose CA. It's going on tomorrow, I'm sure. We can usually go a bit longer without it with the whole house fan but that just died and is going to take a couple of weeks to get replaced.

I can deal so-so with it during the day but upstairs at night it's unbearable. Okay, saying that, the upstairs AC is probably going on tonight.
June 15th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
I was gonna say, it had to be this past weekend for sure. It got HOT here in SanJo.
June 5th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
The long wall...
If the library is red, probably not that color. But if you want that family, consider cranberry or red wine or magenta.
Me? I'd go with teal. So much for what I know.
June 6th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
Oh, teal is pretty but it wouldn't work with what I've got going on here. A darker color in the same family might work though - thanks!
June 5th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
I painted the wall in my dining room bright orange. Just a suggestion.

I wish I had more IRL friends. I really ought to nurture those relationships more than I do. Then again, some of my cyber-friendships with writer-friends turned real, despite being long distance. Not sure I have a point, really.
June 5th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
I have no natural light in the room so I am in such a quandry over colors. I'm going to have to paint a bunch of samples sheets and hang them all over the plus.

I wish I had more IRL friends too. And I've been trying to make new ones and nurture the few I have but it sorta feels like me trying to dance and trip over my own to feet...I don't feel like I'm doing it right.

I, too, have been lucky enough to grow really great long-distance friends. One has been a friend for shoot, I guess close to 20 years and we've only met in person once and probably talked on the phone a couple of times but we email daily.

And I met my husband online though we didn't get together for quite a while after we met online.

I'm trying to reach out more to people I seem to click with online, making phone calls to chat and trying to take friendships to the next level.

I love chatting on the phone but very few of my friends do.
June 15th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
I'll be your friend. I am real-life and everything. Almost all of my friends are people I know from work, from back home (therefore I never see them), or are more like acquaintances from other professional endeavors and grad school (mostly SoCal).
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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