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Plans, Museums, and Attitudes

Obligatory lead-in humor of the day: Some photos I took on the freeway back in November 2004. I had just taken my job at the Marine Corps base, and I used to have to drive 72 miles one-way, 5 days a week. I had lots of time to see some very weird things, but this one took the cake:

Wed Aug 23 - Over-achieving Organization: Okay, I know I'm a weirdo. I know that I organize more than most. But there's still ways in which I know I can improve. I took a leap today, for more than your usual preparation. *giggle*

I bought another external hard drive (so that now I own two), so that I can do backups and store one off-site "in case anything were to happen at home." AND, the kicker, I got a Safe Deposit Box today. The idea is to store one external drive in the Safe Deposit Box, and do a backup every week or so, and swap the drives every week. The SDB will also have all those original papers that you should protect, and my Mom will be listed on the SDB for backup.

I'm *such* a weirdo. *laughs at self*

Thu Aug 24 - Getty Villa: Some friends of mine picked up tickets for The Getty Museum, Malibu, to take visitors from out-of-town. The visiting friends weren't interested, so my friends offered the tickets to whomever might be free to go. Because of the nature of my job, I figured I could probably do this, got the tickets, and then called up a friend who also doesn't work. She, her singing partner, and I went to the Getty Villa together this morning, and it was AMAZING!! The museum is designed to look like a Roman Villa, and houses antiquities from the Greeks, Romans, Etruscans, and other really early antiquities. Throughout, they allow you to take non-flash photos (with some exceptions for some collections), so I was *really* happy to have taken my camera with me.

Besides photos of the museum pieces themselves, I took shots of the labels so that I would know *what* my pictures were of, so when I say I have 290 pictures, this number is misleading. There are probably only about 150 photo-photos, as opposed to photos of the captions. But I have a lot more work to do to load the photos in any reasonable fashion, plus burn a CD of all the work, but wow oh wow, did I get some lovely photos!

Band rehearsal this evening was also really nice, and I have a long list of things I need to work on for all the newest music. But I really like the new compositions, and the music is sticking in my head. This is a very good sign. *grin*

Fri Aug 25 - How To Enjoy Life: I had a wonderful chat with a friend today about the nature of how to approach life. I believe strongly in "deciding" to smile and laugh a lot, even when I might not feel like it. But when you consciously approach things with a good attitude, you tend to have better results (in my personal opinion). It makes me wonder about the way I remember one piece of my childhood. I don't know for certain if this is *Really* what my Mom said, but I remember something to the effect of when we were crying or throwing a temper tantrum, she'd say, "Please take that to your room. No one wants to see that. When you're ready to join the family, please come on back." I'm not saying I remember being ignored when I was upset, but that there was a level of what was appropriate in front of others. It's not that I don't get upset or sad or cry or get angry, but I believe there's a time and a place for how you express these things.

Anyways, my friend and I had a wonderful chat about this underlying idea and how I think I've transferred that into my *choices* to be happy and smiling and light-hearted about so much in my life. I know that I also find ways to smile at the smallest of progress (I just *love* progress and process!), so that it's easy to enjoy every single step of a 1000-step journey, and the size of the task isn't all that intimidating, if you're looking at small steps instead of a mountain.

So, it's been a day full of working hard on all my complicated spreadsheets, an update for the theatre website, and a few errands running around town. And tonight I'll be sharing dinner with Adriene, Jeff, Emily, and Phillip, so I have some groceries to pick up, too. Tomorrow is a day-long celebration of the Queen and Arts/Guilds in the Kingdom, so that will be a heavily-packed day.

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Today's Blessing That I'm Thankful For: Caterine and Emrys. Thank you *so* much for the opportunity to go to the Getty Villa!

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