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Doppleganger

In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger (German “double walker”) (pronounced [ˈdɔpəlˌɡɛŋɐ] ( listen)) is a paranormaldouble of a living person, typically representing evil or misfortune. 

In modern vernacular it is simply any double or look-alike of a person.

It also describes the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. Doppelgängers often are perceived as a sinister form of bilocation and are regarded by some to be harbingers of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person’s friends or relatives portends illness or danger, while seeing one’s own doppelgänger is an omen of death.

Do you see me in this photo?  Lots of people have.  This photo was circulating at the reunion that I attended in St. Cloud, MN with dad the first weekend in August.

The lady sitting with the baby on her lap resembles me quite a bit.  She’s my great grandmother on my dad’s side.  She was born in 1889.  This photo was taken in 1912 or 1913.  I am thankful to have it as I think it’s really cool and totally amazing.  By the way, she was German. 

I clean with a guy from Ecuador a couple of nights a week.  The other night he asked me if I was of European decent.  I told him that could cover a pretty broad range.  Then he said he lived in a Polish-German hood in Chicago for years.  He said I resembled the women in that community.  This just keeps getting weirder all the time.

Stranger yet, my dad just called me in the middle of this post to see if one of my cousins from the reunion had contacted me yet.  I told him that she had.  Strange indeed.

This is a photo taken of me last year, 2011.


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Our Kids Rock

My daughter.  At 14 she’s into changing the color of her hair about once per month.  I told her we must stop this or it’s going to fall out!  She just went soft black, so I’m hoping this is the journey back to her beautiful brown.  She will start 9th grade this year.  Where does the time go?

She’s good in school, but she’s a bit on the lazy side.  I am always onto her about it.  When she truly studies and puts her heart into it, her grades are amazing.  And she doesn’t have to try that hard.  So far she hasn’t found anything she’s totally passionate about.  She took French last year and liked it so much that she’s taking it again her Freshman year in high school.  She’s also taking Drama.  I think that theater is going to be her thing.   Something arty for sure whether it be make up, set or costume design, (she’s expressed an interest in sewing) photograhy, film or something like that.

She is still volunteering through Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) and that’s a good thing for her to do.  I did slack and not get her over there like I should’ve so we are cramming some hours in before we leave for Florida here very soon.

We will return from our trip just in time for her to go to St. Louis to hit Warp Tour.  She’s really into alternative music, funky colored hair, skinny jeans, converse of the variety, band t-shirts, beanie hats in many colors and sleeping very late and staying up all night.  I was never much of a night owl, but – I have to remind myself that she – is not me.  She’s coming into her own person, with her own personality and we are pretty much black and white.  She’s very social, has a lot of friends and would rather be anyplace but at home.

She’s awesome!

Our son.  He’s on the left in the green shirt.  He’s downtown at Art Walk paying that guy $1 to write whatever he wants to write on his sign.  Good idea.  He said that guy had made like $30 in 20 minutes.   Hilarious!

He made it through is first year at CMU – Central Methodist University and he did really, really well.  He wanted to live off of campus next year, but you can’t do that there until you are 21.  Something we forgot to ask, silly us.  He disliked the dorm he was in last year and some of the silly people he had to live with.  He was also roomies with a football player, so when that guy had Fall practices going on, Jordan wanted to stay up late.  Then in the Spring when it was time for track, his roomie wanted to stay up late.  He did so well athletically that they gave him more dough and he can afford to live in a dorm in a private room with his own bathroom next year.  He’s really happy about that!  Oh, we are happy too!  No more money out of our pockets.

He hasn’t been able to work much because once track started he had to be out of town at meets every single weekend.  He worked a small job on campus in the art department (so unlike him) but he did well doing that and made a little money.  For the summer he landed an internship, a paid internship at that, with the University of Missouri.  He’s living in the woods for 10-weeks studying birds.  Next year he hopes to land another paid internship tagging sharks in Mississippi.  He recently passed his scuba certification so that was exciting and something he’s always wanted to do.  And we could afford it because it was offered at CMU.

He placed 11th in the recent track meet, the college Nationals.  He was actually ranked third in the nation in discus, but got beat on that day.  He is still able to qualify for the Junior Olympics for kids 16-19 and if he makes it, he will travel to Barcelona in July to compete.  Very cool.  So bascially right now, he’s trying to do an internship and do well in track.  He even hauled a big piece of plywood to the bird study so he could practice every day.  The kid is super disciplined and very dedicated.  We are very proud of him. 

Rock On Jordan!

 


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Happy Holidaze

We’ve been busy.  I’ve been busy.  Blogging hasn’t been on the frontlines here lately.  And since I got a Blackberry I’m spending much less time at my actual desktop and I don’t mind that.  This way my kid and her friends can geek all over Facebook. 

Lauren and her friends have been enjoying First Friday Art Walk downtown.  Pretty much every first Friday.  I do like to go to this, but I’m not a huge social person and I find that’s really the reason to go.  It is fun though.  Lots of pretty things to look at, lots of food to enjoy, live music, wine and more.  The photo below was actually taken at the new Price Cutter Bistro Market on Walnut and South.  Lauren is in the green jacket.  I cannot wash that green jacket.  Lauren received a hug from Christopher Drew Ingle.  He’s the singer in a band the girls are crazy about.  Never Shout Never I guess.  Izzy is dead center.  Izzy loves the cartoon Adventure Time, hence her funky hat that Mady made her for Halloween.   Mady is wearing the huge sunglasses.  Oh to be 12 going on 13.

 

A FREE photo op at a photography studio where some cool bands were playing.  I love this photo!  Lauren, Izzy, Mady, Kenzie and Sarah.

Jordan has been busy with off season track.  He’s so happy it started.  He’s also been busy with the ladies!  I think he went out with two different girls last Friday night.  Whoa.  I think one was a friendly date and the other was an actual date-date.  He’s also been busy working as much as he can.  Once track starts full throttle, he won’t be able to work as much.  We are still searching for a college and we’ve found a few that are searching for him as well.  Hopefully we’ll be able to make a decision on this sometime after the first of the year.  It’s stressful and I’m exhausted just writing about it.  When one wants to play sports in college, there’s lots to do.  Stuff like signing up for the NCAA, talking to a ton of coaches about athletics and academics and more. 

Yogaville is going well for me.  I’m enjoying the classes that don’t quit for the break.  The only ones that really take a break are the MSU classes.  But I am doing two intersessions for those folks (per their request) so that’s awesome.  A paycheck is always a nice thing to have.  The YMCA is still a lot of fun.  One student gave me a beautiful, live, potted norfolk pine tree this morning adorned with tiny little decorations.  Someone else gave me a lovely bag of assorted teas and homemade goodies.  They were SO good.  Someone in my free class at the studio, gifted me a loaf of bread sprinkled with powdered sugar and filled with chocolate creme.  Oh man, that was blissful with coffee for sure.  I feel incredibly lucky to have such a fun job that connects me with such amazing people on a regular basis.  I cannot complain.

Frank.  Of course he’s slammin’ busy.  He’s the director of public safety at the Mall.  This time of year means longer hours for him.  It also means he’s out in the cold directing traffic for hours and taking care of all of the other petty things that happen more this time of year.  We are (sad to say) usually pretty thankful when the holidays are over.  If you or any of your family are stuck in retail, you can relate. 

I remember having the video store.  The store was open 12 hours a day, every, single day of the year.  We opened gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve, we ate Thanksgiving dinner the night before, the day after, or whenever we could all find the time.  I actually rented 4 movies at Blockbuster the other day.  The guy that waited on me actually dropped $1,500 in my store at our closing sale.  He had all the cool indie films and foreign things in his hands.  I knew he had to have a store someplace so I asked him where his store was.  He replied, “Blockbuster.”  Nice.  Of course I took his cash, but honestly I wanted those films to remain on the shelves for customers who were interested.  But when one is closing shop, one does what one has to do.

Christmas vacation starts today.  The kids are out of school December 23 until January 4th, 2011.  We’ll be baking up a storm and hopefully I’ll find the time to swim off all the sugar I will consume.  I’m off from yoga for 4 days as well, but I’m thinking about attending a meditation speaker and practice the day after Christmas.  What a wonderful way to come down from the hustle and bustle don’t you think?  That’s it.  I’m going. 

Happy Holidaze to you and yours!


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Meet Ava

Meet Ava.  She’s my little 5 year old niece and she’s pretty cool.  She loves Webkinz, books, cats, Hello Kitty, painting, coloring, music and the Disney channel.  She’s also an incredible speller. 

I’m a lucky lady today, as I’m here on Pine Island babysitting her while my sister is at work.  She’s built a serious little area she’s named Catville.  She’s made signs.  Signs with words that I’m amazed that she can spell.  Stuff like no entrance, exit here, employees only, and do not disturb.  Crazy.  I tend to forget how old she is since her vocabulary is so large.  That is until she turns on the drama in order to get her way.  And she’s pretty good at that!

So far today, we’ve painted, we’ve used the crayons and colored pencils too.  We’ve played a matching game or two and looked at some books.  We’ve listened to the Dave Matthews Band (her request – sweet) and made some signs for catville.  We also ventured outside for about 15 minutes.  It’s hot as hell and I can take that.  What I couldn’t take were the massive quantities of mosquitoes buzzing around my head.  They’re rather bad down here that’s for sure.  Way worse than at my mom’s, it’s pretty swampy down here.

Speaking of my mom’s, the girls there today are doing some work.  My parents grow lots of off the wall plants to sell.  They also have a hydroponic garden.  My dad built these neat plant tables.  A few to be exact.   They’re made out of wood and they’ve already painted one of them.  They were putting Mady and Lauren to work today on painting one.  I wonder how far they got before they died of heat stroke and had to jump in the pool?

I remember one year I helped my dad tile their front porch.  We did it in bathing suits and we’d take breaks to jump in the pool now and then.  In a few hours, we’ll meet my parents at the Wal-Mart on Jones Loop and I’ll go back to Englewood.  My husband and my son will arrive tomorrow evening.  We’ll spend a few days in Englewood and then head back down here for the 4th of July.  I think the kids are going to decorate their bikes and cruise in the little island parade on Saturday morning.

Speaking of my son Jordan, he just finished his first Decathalon in Tulsa this weekend.  He finished second overall and will go to nationals the end of July in Virginia.  That’s pretty cool, we couldn’t believe it!  We are pretty excited for him, he has such a passion for track and field.  Signing off from the island, but it’s really nice to know I’ll be back real soon.


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Musical Memorial Day Weekend

We don’t usually do much for Memorial Day weekend and this one has been no different from the rest.  I had to teach a class Saturday and Sunday.  I also had to get the girls to and from their last sewing class on Saturday before they break for summer.  Frank headed to Jefferson City on Saturday, where our son was participating in the State Track Meet.  Out of 16 discus throwers, he placed 5th and we are mighty proud of him!  He didn’t make the top four, but he did receive a medal for his efforts and he was really excited about that.

This evening we decided to have a little barbeque and invite our in-laws from next door to the north of us and our neighbor Tim, to the south of us.  We grilled pork steaks and I made mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus sauteed in lemon infused olive oil sprinkled with sea salt.  That’s my favorite way to prepare it.  For dessert we enjoyed a lemon cake with lemon frosting along with a side of ice cream and strawberries that I picked from the garden this morning.  We’ve got a nice patch of strawberries this year, I only wish I hadn’t planted two different kinds.  I’m finding one kind is way better than the other, but who knew?

After dinner we ventured out onto the deck in the dark.  The fireflies were lighting up the back yard big time and it was quite the show.  Frank and Tim decided to entertain us as they do sometimes, but not often enough if you ask me.  Frank played his guitar and Tim was on his dobro.  What a beautiful instrument.  Not only in the way it looks, but in the way it sounds and how he plays it.  Together I think they sounded great and had a pretty good time.  It’s the little things like live music on the deck until 10:30 p.m. that make me appreciate the life that I have even more.

Tim and Frank, thanks for a relaxing and entertaining evening!


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Three Days

At times I wish my family lived nearby but it’s also a blessing that they don’t. 

This provides the opportunity to take a little (or a big) trip in order to spend some time with them.  My dad lives in Centerview, MO out in the country on 8 acres.  I enjoy going there and doing basically nothing.  This last weekend the kids were out of school on Friday,  so I took my daughter Lauren and headed out.  She’s a great little traveler and I would guess it’s because she’s been doing it since she was born.  She packed her own stuff and was ready to head out while I was still enjoying my morning coffee.

My dad has a giant dog that she loves!  His name is Jack, he’s a Chow and German Shephard mix.

It rained the entire time we were there, so our planned trip to Powell Gardens was out.  What did we do?  We ate, that’s what we did.  I think I gained 10 pounds!  We made BLT’s for lunch on Friday, then headed to Warrensburg to the Copper Coyote for Mexican on Friday night.  Great food it was.  We also stopped at the grocery store on the way home from dinner and bought a small cheesecake and a bunch of candy.

On Saturday, it was still rainy so we slept in and made a huge breakfast that day.  They received a total of around four and a half inches of rain in about four days.  Later in the afternoon we made cashew chicken, Springfield style, for lunch and dinner.  It turned out really great!  Rhonda, my stepmom had a great recipe, she’s an awesome chef. 

On Sunday we ate cashew chicken and I made a Calomundin pie with the juice that I brought.  It turned out really great and it was something new and different for them to taste.  I left a bottle of juice for them so they could make another pie, or two or three.  We also planted a redbud tree that I had Frank dig up from our yard.  We have several wild ones around here, so if you want one, knock on the door.  Be sure to bring a shovel and a bucket to put it in. 

Even though the weather was not great, we had a nice visit and great food.  Thanks guys for a wonderful weekend.


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Let There Be Light

I am so incredibly happy that the days are getting longer.  The sun’s starting to come up at 6:30 a.m. (sort of) and I love that.  I get up so early anyways and always in the dark.  We’ve had a whirlwind of activities here lately and frankly, I’m glad they’re over! 

I took a jaunt to St. Louis with my good friend Joan, February 19-21 for a yoga getaway.  We go up there as often as we can to take classes with teachers that are totally awesome.  This time we attended Rod Stryker.  We’d been to his class before, two years ago for an entire week long deal of teacher training.   It was good, but I thought the last time was better for some reason.  Maybe it was my frame of mind, or maybe I was expecting something different.  I’m not sure what it was and I still don’t know why it didn’t rock my world, so I’m done trying to figure that out.  The hardest part of course is coming home afterwards.  Don’t get me wrong I love my family.  But sometimes I believe I was meant to live alone and have like 6 cats or something.

As soon as I walked in the door Sunday night we had to go out and eat for my husband’s birthday.  Since there are always a bunch of us and my mother-in-law is diabetic (and has to take a shot before she eats) we always go to Ryan’s or the Golden Corral.  Need I say more?  Not exactly what I was wanting after a weekend of yoga, great food and quiet activities.  But I survived.  The next evening, Monday, our niece turned 16 so we headed to her house in Ozark for yet another birthday party.  We had great food.  They’d made veggie lasagna and stuffed mushrooms and we had great wine too.  Here’s some photos from the festivities.

Frank and Kirsten

Our son and his girlfriend are top left.  The two girls on either end are good, family friends.  Our daugter is wearing the hoodie with the green shirt.  The birthday girl is wearing green as well.  Her boyfriend is behind her.  Wow.  Our son has a girlfriend.  We are old.

Wednesday evening we had a small family only party for Frank.  We made panko shrimp and I made a chocolate cake.  I tried to swim prior to this little party, but as I was waiting for the swim lessons to end a kid hurled in the pool.  It wasn’t even bad, like not really even there.  Like he just coughed up or something.  But no.  They had to close the pool for one hour to “shock it”, so that was a wasted trip to the Y.  Someone actually decided to purchase our fish tank that I’d had on Craig’s List a thousand times on this day as well.  So I spent a couple of hours draining and getting that sucker ready and out of here. 

Thursday evening I had to take our daughter shopping for a birthday gift for a sleepover/birthday party that was happening on Friday.  I’ve gotten to where I totally hate shopping for anything really.  I hate stores.  I totally dislike grocery shopping too.  Guess I should be thankful I don’t like shopping much because we’re broke most of the time anyways.  And god knows we don’t need anymore clutter around here that’s for sure.

Friday night I played taxi driver and got laundry done (that’s an understatement) as it’s never done, it’s an ongoing project.  Another task that I really don’t like very much.  And it’s only going to get worse.  Track practice starts today, not just today, but every single day, after school.  So Jordan will have two sets of clothes to wash.  I usually have two sets per day too, because of yoga.  Frank usually has two sets of clothes per day as well as he wears a uniform at work. 

Saturday morning, I taught a yoga class, ran errands and tried to relax.  Emphasis on the tried to relax.

Sunday morning I took a 3 hour class with a master teacher that was here in town from Chicago.  I still had my props in my trunk from St. Louis and Joan’s were still packed in her suitcase as well, so what the heck?  We went.  It was good.  It was all inversions, all of it.  Until the end.  I hadn’t done a handstand in quite some time, but I did three on Sunday!  I also stood on my head three times, did an arm balance inversion and a shoulder stand as well.  It was great.  I left feeling awesome and I was so not sore today.  We drove off and made jokes about where were we going to go for yoga this coming weekend.  I said no place, I’m having a weekend of zero traveling, a weekend of having to actually BE no place.  So don’t invite me to do anything this coming Saturday.  I want to stay home and be a total hermit.

Guess what I’m going to do tonight?  SWIM.  It’s been way too long!