December 26, 2014

Fuck It. I Made a Bucket. *updated*

It's no surprise that I've been in a funk for a few months. In an attempt to drive myself toward the road to recovery, I decided to make a Bucket List. Now, I have always had a list. I have just never shared it. I also haven't updated it in a while. So, I drug out the old 'to-do' list, dusted it off & began to resurrect it. It actually made me very happy that I could cross some things off & insert new ones. I will try to update this as often as I can. I am not making any promises. The only promise made here is to me.

Kelly's Bucket.

1. Write and publish a book...or two.

2. Eat crepes in Paris.

3. Zip line thru a rain forest canopy in South America.

4. Go on an African safari and see the Big 5.

5. Spend a night with the Maasai.

6. Zorb in New Zealand.

7. White water raft down the Colorado.

8. Drink beer at Oktoberfest.

9. Explore Machu Picchu.

10. Eat sushi in Tokyo.

✓ 11. Move to Washington State.

12. Buy a kayak.

13. Take an impromptu drive up PCH.

14. Visit Monet’s garden in Normandy, France.

✓15. Fall madly in love.

16. Get married.

17. Get a degree in Journalism.

18. Own my own book store.

✓ 19. Meander through Central Park without hurry.

20. Ride a camel to the pyramids of Giza.

21. Hang out with the animals on Galapagos Island.

22. Trek through the Amazon rainforest.

23. Swim in Jellyfish Lake

24. Have a job because of love not because of money.

25. Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train with friends

26. Ride a cable car in San Fran & hang off the side.

✓ 27. Learn not to say yes when I really want to say no.

✓ 28. Learn to let go.

29. Find my passion.

✓ 30. Spend an entire day reading, nothing else.

31. Spend Christmas in Australia.

32. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

33. Grow a magnificent garden.

34. Participate in a house exchange with someone from Europe.

35. Go to Holland and pick tulips.

36. Ride a horse on the beach.

37. Learn to play my didgeridoo.

38. Throw a boomerang.

39. Do a Roar & Snore at the San Diego Zoo.

40. Ride a gondola in Venice..before it sinks.  The city..not the gondola.

41. Parasail.

42. Swim at a Hawaiian waterfall.

43. Get acupuncture.

44. Take a cooking class.

45. Go on a honeymoon.

46. Go to Fiji & drink kava with the Maori.

47. Go sailing.

48. Meet Steven Tyler & Johnny Depp. Separately.

49. Learn to play a musical instrument.

50. Remember the important things in life.

Yes, I aim big and think large. But, like my good old friend, Dr. Suess, said:

“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”


Updated - December 6, 2014:  Wow.  Time to update this again.  I haven't accomplished much in the past few years but I have learned to let go. I am determined to accomplish more than one of these in 2015.

Updated - June 5, 2010: Getting laid off allowed me to accomplish 2 things on my Bucket List. I spent an entire day reading and it was wonderful. I am on my way to live in Washington State. 2 down! 48 to go!

Updated - April 6, 2010: 2 more down! 46 to go! I plan on checking off at least 4 more before this year is out. I'm moving right along. :)

December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas Letter

I didn't have the extra money to buy stamps....or Christmas cards this year.  I didn't have photos taken of my kid nor did I have the time to write personal notes to all.  I usually snail mail cards because I love doing traditional things. This is one of the things that I hate about this year...the fact that I didn't send cards. So, I thought I'd write one of those cheesy family letters and post it here for all to read.

You're welcome.  Feliz Navidad.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

This has been a fun, crazy and busy year for us here in the Craig/Sahler/Wright household! 

First thing is I'm in the process of changing my last name! haha!  Still. I'm procrastinating but I'm also getting older and lazier.  It will happen, though.  Be patient.  There is no way in HELL I'm dying with the ex's last name. 

We have finally moved into our house and have no immediate plans to move again. At least....not yet...I mean, this will be the 3rd or is it 4th move this year!  I always knew I had gypsy in my blood.  Thankfully, Amanda and Abe seem to have it, too.  At least, I think they do. If they don't, no matter. I'll just keep throwing their shit in boxes and loading it up my car for them. BUT, this is where we shall remain for a while.  At least for another year or so, before we pick up and jet off to Murrell's Inlet or Surfside Beach.  (wishes wishes beach house wishes)

Amanda is fabulous. This cannot surprise you since I'm the one who gave birth to her.  She made the Dean's List at college. (brag brag) She dorms, too, so she is getting her chance at the whole college party puke wall fame thing. Actually, she's getting a dose of independence.  Except when she's hungry, needs laundry done or wants her feet rubbed....then she comes home.

Amanda was chosen to play 'Janet' in her Theater Club's 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' performance. She did her mother proud!  Except for the sex scenes...I had to close my eyes for that. She is also working at Moroney's Harley-Davidson and doing wonderful.  She has a great work ethic.  This makes me proud because most kids her age don't. She also has a cute boyf named Dominic.  He's very sweet to her, comes from an awesome family and treats her like a lady.  He better because Abe and I both have guns. Oh, I almost forgot, she bought a Harley. I don't know if I was mad at her, Abe or work for that purchase.  But, she bought all the gear and looks like a real biker. She just needs to practice a little more before she sets out on the road. She's totally cute, though, and now her sweetness has a bit of 'Kelly' edge to it.  (another proud moment)

Abe is working at Moroney's, too.  He is the Assistant Service Manager.  He misses wrenching so we had to buy another Harley this past Spring so he has something to tinker with.  This makes me happy because the Sportster only has one seat.  I can ride with him on the new one.  Well...correction...this makes me happy MOST of the time.  It didn't make me happy the day I wore yoga pants and got stung by a bee on my inner thigh.  Yep.  Ripped my non-underwear wearing pants down on 209.  Abe almost died but hey...I had a stinger in my pants!

Abe's been working around our new house, playing hisband, exploring the woods and always looking for something to do.  For example, he built a garden frog with random car parts and bits that he found.  He's fun like that!  My dad wants him to do side work with him and custom build bikes, or something like that, together.  They both probably just want to be on Velocity and be famous doing what they love.

I am working at Mohonk AND Moroney's but basically just waiting to hit Lotto.  I'm tired of working and would rather write, hike, photograph and create things.  You what I want! This shouldn't shock anyone. ;)  I'm still in love with Jack and am getting fat right along with him. We are both bubba's! He was homeless and starving, though, so it's ok. I was just homeless so I don't have an excuse.

Other than that, I'm just waiting for 2015 to be a better year and for spring to come! I hope all of you have had a wonderful year full of love, laughter and chocolate.  I wish you double of all of that in 2015. After all, I don't want to be the only one left with thunder thighs and a big ass. Ha.


December 18, 2014

Talking 'Bout a Resolution...

I don't make resolutions.  I never have.  I am not much of a goal setter anyway.  I'm more of a 'let shit just happen' kinda girl.  So, this year, I'm thinking about change.  I mean, resolutions are just promises that you make to yourself.  They should be easy, not be some crazy difficult life changing bs that you won't ever succeed at. 

Looking at my past few years, I must say, my life has reached the bottom of the rollercoaster in many ways.  It's probably a good time to make some positive changes and reach the top of the coaster again.  After all, that's where the good view is.

For 2015, I will promise myself to...

...control my reactions.  I'm a reactor.  Whether it's excitement, happiness, sadness, anger, I burst, explode, like a volcano.  It's unexpected, loud and there isn't much thought behind it. The excitement and happiness emotions, let those rip. The reactions I want to control are the anger and sadness. These are the emotions I'd like to regard before I let them out and, with the help of my happy pills, I'm already on my way. 

...exercise more.  I'm also on my way to this by doing yoga at Mohonk.  I even have my own mat and plan on buying some blocks, too. Those suckers make your back feel ah...may....zing. I haven't been doing yoga as much as I'd like but I want to be more involved in this new year. grateful.  It's easy to forget all the wonderful things in life because you become so focused on the crap things. We all do it.  It's easy and pretty much habitual.  Why is that, I wonder, because that just sucks.  Yes, I have a $400 electric bill...but...I have a job, I am warm, I am loved, I am not hungry and I have a well lit home with great cable and internet access!  Wooo!

That's it.  I'm only going to do 3 resolutions because I don't need any additional stress in my life.  I guess I'm kind of a cheater because I've already started working on these but who cares.  I don't like to fail. 

2014 has been quite the interesting year for me.  Abe and I worked things out and he moved back to NY to be with me.  He chose me, again, so I guess it's true love.  haha! I've had several jobs, been unemployed for several months and still do not know what I want to do with my life or where I am headed.  It's always a big surprise. I've moved 2 more times and KNOW that I don't want to move again any time soon.  My gypsy soul needs a rest.  I have an empty nest...for the most part.  Amanda is off dorming at college so that's been odd. I miss her.  My diabetes is OK but my immune system is hell bent on killing me.  My mom got breast cancer and, just like Diabetes, it doesn't run in our family. 

See what I did?  I just hopped on that complaining/negative band here. Let me get that resolution train rolling.  Abe & I worked things out and yay! I work at Mohonk and Moroney's.  Both cool places. I moved into an adorable house that I love it.  Amanda is doing excellent at college.  3.85 GPA!!  My Diabetes is doing awesome.  My mom is a breast cancer survivor!

Yea...that was much better, right? I'm gonna rock the crap out of 2015! haha!

Just wait and see....