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speaks English. Spends 40% of daytime online. And likes painting/writing.

:: Thursday, December 15, 2005 ::

Testing, testing, 1 2 3
:: Shannon 6:15 PM [+]
:: Thursday, September 30, 2004 ::
Many thanks to anyone who is still bothering to check this blog. Blogger (the host company/site for this particular blog) has undergone a lot of changes recently and unfortunately, I am constantly having trouble logging on from my home computer. Very weird. I can log on at work easily, but seeing as how I need to actually WORK when I'm at work, that's not very helpful. I'm a home-blogger for the most part (unless it's really an emergency and I really need to get something off my chest). SO, I've been thinking about setting up a new blog with a different company, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. I apologize profusely that it's been so long. I will try to do that in the next week or so and I'll post the new blog address here.

:: Shannon 11:22 AM [+]
:: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 ::

Blogger Issues

I have had lots to say over the past week or so, but blogger was not working right so I could not log on to post :-(

It has been a very busy past week. I celebrated my 28th birthday yesterday and am sort of in this strange daze over the fact that I'm almost 30 and all that means to me. I sort of freaked out when I turned 20 because I thought I HAD to do all this stuff by the time I turned 30. I was able to finally realize that I didn't HAVE to do anything, let alone in a certain timeline, although most of those things happened anyways. Now I am thinking about what I want to accomplish in the next phase of my life and sort of not sure where I want to put the emphasis. Of course, my husband and family will come first, but as far as my own personal growth I don't know.

Do I want to excel further at work? Not really. I think I'm happy where I'm at and I know given the position I have that change and growth will come naturally over the course of the next few years. Not that I won't work hard, but I can't define myself through my job because it is too restrictive.

I think I want/need to pursue my other interests, those things that I always mean to do but never seem to find the time. Paint more, go on more road trips, learn to sew, hike the Grand Canyon...

I am also struggling with the concept of success. Does one need to do something huge like have a piece of art in a museum or write a prize-winning novel to be successful? I think for a long time I thought that and it freaked me out when I realized I was not on the road to accomplishing such things. But I am realizing now that a) everyone has their own definition of success, and b) being successful to me corresponds directly to my own happiness. Maybe I'll write a book someday, but if I don't, that doesn't make me any less successful or my life any less meaningful. I think what success really means to me is being a good person, making sure everyone I love knows how deeply I love them, and finding joy in as many things as possible. If I can continue to work on these things as each year progresses, I think by the time I'm old and gray, I'll be able to look back at my life and be very content with what I accomplished.
:: Shannon 4:37 PM [+]
:: Saturday, May 22, 2004 ::

It's Been a While

Hey gang...It's been a long time since I've blogged and I apologize for the unannounced haitus. Things have been crazy hectic, but are settling down a little bit.

PJ and I celebrated our big 2 year anniversary this week, which was fun and wonderful. We both got the day off work and just chilled out together for the day. We both hadn't had the same day off in a LONG time...

So I've been doing a lot of thinking about the website and have come to the decision to discontinue it. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback about it over the nearly two years it's been up, but have decided that I'm just not that into it anymore and it's costing me money every month to keep it online. On that same note, I am going to continue my blog but I don't know if I'm going to keep it advertisement free. That means it will look different when you look at it - there will be an ad for blogger instead of my lovely graphic :-) And I won't be able to upload pictuers, but I haven't used that much anyways. I've just decided that I shouldn't keep putting money into these sites if I'm not going to keep up with maintenance and all that.

In other news...work is crazy insane and I'm trying really hard to not let it get the better of me. Some days are better than others.

I'll try to get better at the blogging...not feeling particularly chatty at the moment, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up about the websites.
:: Shannon 8:16 PM [+]
:: Friday, April 23, 2004 ::

Haven't Fallen Off the Planet

Hello there. I apologize for the long blogging-hiatus. After attending a conference, taking a whirlwind trip to Wisconsin, and being in the field for a week, I just haven't had the time to blog...

Here's the update:
Nana's doing great. Made a miraculously fast recovery and managed to quit smoking cold turkey after 50 years in the same friggin' week. Also managed to worry about her new perm. She's back to her old self.

Had a really great trip to Wisconsin. In addition to seeing my Nana, I got to see my parents, my dad's parents, a whole bunch of relatives I haven't seen in ages, and a cousin that I adore that I hadn't seen in like 15 years. Turns out, we're like identical twins, right down to the fact that we both have female tabby cats named Maggie. Must be a weird genetic thing.

Got really depressed after coming back from Wisconsin because I was exhausted. As nice as it was, it was very tiring.

Enjoyed some time with hubby, but he's in his own panicked-mode with finals upon him and the fact that he hasn't had a day off in two months.

Did the Race for the Cure with my dear friend Cheryl and had a blast, then ran to a NIA class, and had brunch with my favorite foursome. Was a bit too harried to really connect with everyone, however. Too exhausted and anxious about the impending fieldwork.

Went to Flagstaff for the week and kicked some survey butt. We covered a ton o' ground. Like more than twice what we'd planned on doing. It was a very bizarre survey - in the middle of a field where unexploded ordnance has been dumped for 50 years. Had to have unexploded ordnance experts with us the whole time. Everyone left the survey with limbs intact.

Made it home from the fieldwork, had a tiff with the hubby (we're both so tired at this point that we started bitching at each other), made up, and had some Chinese food.

Got an email from one of my favorite people on the planet, Melissa, who also sent me a box of books this week (she used to be my boss, but now is one of my favorite friends, and no longer is in my profession, so she gave me a bunch of useful research materials). She's doing great and has a cute new boyfriend.

That about sums it up. I have decided that we all need to toast ourselves more often. When I was in Wisconsin, my parents and I went to dinner with my nana one night and when the waitress arrived at the table with our drinks, my nana promptly took her wine glass, held it up, and said "Well, here's to me." At first everyone was a bit taken aback by her forwardness, but the more I think about it, the more I realize - good for her! Geez, the woman nearly died a few weeks ago. I think she deserves to toast herself. But you know, we don't need to experience near-death experiences to appreciate ourselves. We're all should toast ourselves once in a while. We work damn hard, are good people, and gosh darn it, "Here's to us!"
:: Shannon 7:51 PM [+]
:: Thursday, April 01, 2004 ::

One more thing...

Just had to share about how great my husband is. I have been suffering insomnia for a week or so, and slept really badly last Sunday night and woke up with a horrible allergy attack that warranted a trip to the doctor. Since I'd had such a bad morning, my hubbie gave me little treats to cheer me up when I got home after work. We don't have much extra money to buy anything too extravagant for each other, so he got me these fabulous daisies and a giant box of Lucky Charms cereal. Every time we go grocery shopping I always want to get Lucky Charms - one of those childhood things that we never got that I always wanted. But the stuff is NEVER on sale so I always tell myself I can't get it. So he bought me the biggest box they had even though it wasn't on sale. It was very sweet and totally made my day and I've been enjoying a big ol' bowl for breakfast every day this week. We've also been taking a walk together every night this week (except for last night because it was raining). It's been terrific.

Little things can make a big difference.
:: Shannon 7:30 AM [+]

Nana's Doing Fine

Thank Goddess. My Nana is doing much better. Scared the shit out of all of us and not out of the woods yet, but she's doing a lot better than Tuesday. Looks like she's going to have to make some lifestyle changes and have an in-home care person helping her out. She's going to be in the hospital for a while still. I had plans to go to Ohio next weekend to see the folks, but now I'm going to go to Wisconsin to see my Nana (with my folks, and hopefully brother). Whew. It's always nice to be able to relax after a crisis with the feeling that things are OK. Of course, I know she won't live forever. But I'd like a few more years if I can get them.

We're having crazy weather here in the Old Pueblo. We have been having record-high temperatures for a few weeks. Now it's cooled down and is overcast. We had a terrific thunderstorm yesterday afternoon - it's like the monsoons arrived early. So bizarre - this is normally weather and temperatures we have in June and July. So it's a grey day today. Not sure if I'm going to like that or not. Weird, heavy weather wreaks havoc with my body (one of the reasons I needed to leave the Midwest).

Well, everyone. Have a wonderful day and tell people you love them.
:: Shannon 7:15 AM [+]
:: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 ::

Good Stuff and Bad Stuff

I have not been in the blogging mood recently, I apologize. I have some great things happening in my life and some really shitty things...
Great things first:
Had a fantastic weekend at this ranch in the middle of nowhere with my friends this past weekend. We went to Muleshoe Ranch and just relaxed from Friday evening to Sunday morning. Did some walking, some hot tubbing (there's natural hot springs!), and lots of talking and laughing. Also feeling like things are in better perspective than they have been in a long time, having some great conversations with my husband about that stuff.

Despite all the great things, I have been having insomnia for like a week.

My Grandmother had a heart attack yesterday and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and emphysema. She's still alive, but in the hospital. I'm scared. I know she's old and it will happen eventually, but it still scares me. No matter how old she is when she dies, I'll still be sad. But she's not dead yet, so we'll see what happens. I was supposed to be going to Ohio next weekend to visit my family, may end up going to Wisconsin instead to see my grandmother ("Nana"). I'm exhausted, this didn't help the insomnia, that's for sure. Although I slept through the night for the first time in a while last night, although taking some Tylenol PM sinus medicine probably helped.
:: Shannon 7:28 AM [+]

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