Tracy White

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February Take Two

In monthly recap, musings on February 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Scout peering out at the mound of snow

A brisk wind carried me home from Jefferson’s Monticello today. And before it blows the door closed on February, 10 memorable moments the month brought:

1. Snow that was (to quote a friend), “Ass-deep to a tall giraffe.”

2. Experienced my own “personal summers” for the first time. (How long do hot flashes last, anyway?)

3. Picnicked on yummy fruit and cheese in a glamorous underground parking lot!

Found in a teeny-tiny town in VA

4. Snacked on kettle corn while perusing the wares at the Eastern Market.

5. Jumped on a mound of bubble wrap with a dear friend.

6. Long drives down country roads–occasionally peppered with white-steepled churches.

7. Watched a dragon spin, turn and dance at DC’s Chinese New Year parade.

8. Witnessed the wind whipping curls and swirls over the snow-covered fields.

9. Found a cozy coffee shop and whiled away an hour or two.

That's Independence Hall in the background

10. Walked in the Founding Fathers’ footsteps at Independence Hall in Philly.

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February Is…

In musings, quotes on February 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

…a month of love.

It’s all about pursuing the things you love.

And I love seeing little bits of life.

Today’s Quote

In quotes on February 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Here’s to fully living this year!

Tracy’s Top 40

In monthly recap on February 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

More than five years ago, I was introduced to a life-changing concept: Each year, challenge yourself to do a number of new things; that number needs to equal your age. So, during my 40th year, I had to do 40 new things.

The things don’t need to be expensive or big-wowser events…just new experiences. In essence, push yourself to live. Cool concept, huh?

I’ve been compiling these annual reviews for the past five years, and it’s great looking back and seeing snippets of my life.

Since year #40 is behind me, I thought I’d roll out my Top 40!

(What do you say, how ’bout we meet up here next year so we can check out my 41!)

PS. Just found out that some people can’t see the preview of my list so here’s an addendum that details my 40. (Sorry ’bout that, folks!)

  1. First hot flash
  2. Started a blog
  3. Ate my first lobster
  4. Claimed bankruptcy
  5. Ate al fresco in a torrential rainstorm
  6. Suffered from an abscessed tooth
  7. Felt like eating a steak, so I did
  8. Gave Tiff phone-envy with my new iPhone
  9. Got fuzzy wool caps at the Eastern Market
  10. Dressed as “boo-bees” for Halloween
  11. Went to Philadelphia and saw the Liberty Bell and wandered through Independence Hall
  12. Ate a yummy picnic of manchego cheese, quince paste and salami in an underground parking garage
  13. Read the Gettysburg Address while at Gettsyburg
  14. Paused as a dozen white-tail deer sprinted across the road
  15. Watched an old, Amish woman curb a corner in a buggy (wicked-witch theme song in the background)
  16. Checked out the Hope Diamond at the Natural History Museum
  17. Saw Young Frankenstein at the Kennedy Center
  18. Went to the top of the Washington Monument
  19. Experienced a personal bias: 1) being bankrupt, 2) getting a tooth yanked and 3) not being able to afford a “replacement,” so I wander around with a hole in my mouth
  20. Peed in a Venti cup, while waiting for Tiff at the Dulles airport
  21. Saw A Christmas Carol at the Ford’s Theatre–yes, where Lincoln was shot
  22. Saw some Terra Cotta Warriors at the National Geographic Museum
  23. Stole a piece of sod from Home Depot
  24. Ate sugar cake from Winkler Bakery in Salem, NC
  25. Toured the US Capitol
  26. Wandered through a 17th-century fair at Mt. Vernon
  27. Whispered with awe in the orchid room at the Botanic Garden
  28. Weaned off antidepressants because they’re too expensive
  29. Watched Tai Shan munch on bamboo leaves
  30. Started teaching at UOP
  31. Strolled through the cherry blossoms
  32. Drove an hour and a half (one way!) to get a Route 44 limeade
  33. Saw Obama lay the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  34. Celebrated Chinese New Year by watching the parade in DC’s Chinatown
  35. Survived the snowiest winter in Washington DC’s history
  36. Put up the Christmas tree sans the top third–it looked great topless
  37. Left a special relationship because it was the right thing to do
  38. Touched a piece of Mars at the Natural History Museum
  39. Took my first sip of Absinthe and immediately threw it up
  40. Applied to be a census worker

5 Things

In grateful on February 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm

“They say it’s my birth-day…da-da-da-da-da-daaa….”

[Did that sound like that song? Nah…I don’t think so either!]

Yep, I turned the big Four-One today, and, as the message on a card I received read: I just “added another ring to my tree of life.” (Great phrase, huh?)

Today, I am grateful for:

1. A morning Skype with my sister, messages from Mom, Rue and Lise, and cyber hugs from sweet family and friends.

2. A refreshing swallow of pomegranate juice (yum…reminds me of being in Turkey!).

3. A sweet scavenger hunt with treasures at each stop. (Thanks, Tiff!)

4. Applying to be a census worker. (I know…I’m so not a numbers person–don’t you think that’d be an ironic hoot?!)

5. Finishing the requirements in a workshop I’m taking, so I could blog for a moment or two. Whoosh!

It’s been a wonderful day!

Hugs to you, sweet friends…

Livin’ a 3-D Life

In musings, quotes on February 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Oh, you can wear those funky glasses if you’d like, but they’re not necessary to live a 3-D life (which is totally what the following quote describes).

To add some depth and width to my life, I toddled on down to the Chinese New Year parade in DC’s Chinatown. While there, I spied fierce dragons, a bevy of fire-cracker-poppin’ kids, and an Irish pub proudly displaying its sign–written in Chinese, of course.

Oooh, I am blessed to be in the middle of a melting pot!

I Like Her

In books, musings, songs on February 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

“I’ve never been given the chance before…but here’s hoping it will change,” said a 47-year-old, unemployed lady.

And then…she opened her mouth and sang.

No doubt, you’ve heard Susan Boyle’s story–maybe you even watched her wow Simon on YouTube last year.

In that moment of opportunity, Boyle transformed a crowded auditorium from doubters to gob-smacked believers!

She was given the chance. She took it. And, in her own authentic way, she became.

Malcolm Gladwell touches on this concept of capitalization (something he discusses in his book Outliers), and suggests that sometimes, “success comes from the outside in. It’s a product of situations, of cultures, of environments, of things that people pick up from what’s going on around them. In other words, we are vessels as individuals for all manner of influences.” And sometimes we need to be “lucky enough to be given an opportunity and seize it.”

Well this 40-year-old, unemployed lady is ready to seize an opportunity.

And in the words of one of my favorite Boyle songs:

And so here am I

Open arms and ready to stand

I’ve got the world in my hands

And it feels like my turn to fly

Though I may not know the answers

I can finally say I am free

And if the questions led me here

Then I am who I was born to be

Lovely Morning

In grateful, musings, quotes on February 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Wandering through a bookstore this morning, when a book tugged my attention. Opened it to find this lovely quote:

Sipped on a warm cuppa, while poring through the book.

Followed by a slow drive through the snow-covered backwoods. Yes, it was a lovely morning…

5 Things

In grateful on February 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

[a-a-ah-choo]

“I have a code–a code in my node.”

Yes, I’ve been battling a tough cold this week, and from feeling achy to not sleeping because I can’t breathe, I’m feeling pretty haggard.

Even though I feel lousy, I wanted to take a few minutes to remind myself of how blessed I am.

Today, I am grateful for:

1. A quick trip to the farmer’s market (mmm…should I have the fresh broccoli or asparagus with the homemade chicken pot pie that’s in the oven?).

2. Aloe-laced tissues, which keep my nose from getting too red!

3. Yummy chamomile tea (try the Foxtrot at Adagio–yummo!).

4. A cute cat who just yawned and stretched his front paws across my chest.

5. A warm, over-sized sweatshirt.

Hope you’re feeling well, friend.

Today’s Quote

In quotes on February 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm