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Posted in changes by Donna on July 17, 2009

The Butterfly Effect Wikipedia Entry 

” The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly‘s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. While the butterfly does not cause the tornado, the flap of its wings is an essential part of the initial conditions resulting in a tornado.”

   Of course there is more to read but this popped into my mind and well, now it’s stuck. 




Better yet, get inspired……

Posted in 101,109 in 2009,changes,List,List of changes,My Life by Donna on February 18, 2009

I haven’t felt like posting or reading or doing much truth be told for about a week now.  I somehow got a miserable cold that kept me in bed most of the time and am starting to feel human again.  Well yesterday I started feeling better.  Today, much better.  I have managed to keep on trucking, looking for a job though.  I submitted my resume to several places and got a hit today from Craig’s list!  It’s for an electrical office and I’m not going to complain.  It’s right down the street and that’s a good sign.  The pay is pretty decent.  And I can pick up things like THAT so I don’t think it will be an issue.  Ya know!?  I have an interview today and I have a good feeling about it.  The owner has a 4 year old dog that is always in the office so how can that be bad?  I don’t think that it can.

It’s not in insurance, which, I don’t know if I’m going to complain or not.  Insurance jobs are hard to get around here.  I’ve wanted out of insurance to do other stuff and maybe this is that way.  Who knows!?

But anyways.  Hey while you are at it and you’re here, if you look at my 101 you’ll see some Major and I do mean major changes!  You’ll see that the second list is now gone and some from that list have made it to the 101 list.  You know why?  Another spurt of creativity.  I decided that this may be a short term bucket list, but I wanted a long term bucket list.  So I made one.  I don’t have it up anywhere, I’ve only taken a few things from my 101 and my 109 and put them on it.  This is a whole other thing.

Not sure where the inspiration came from, but I’m taking it and running.  Today is going to be a great day!

Now don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know you were here!  I love comments!

Wants and Changes

Posted in 101,changes,NaBlPoMO by Donna on February 4, 2009

So, I missed posting yesterday, it’s not that bad I know.  I signed up for NaBloPoMo again this month but it’s okay that I missed a day.  The subject for this month is Want.  Today I took a look at the blog and tried to figure out what I wanted to do with it.  I wanted to change something but I just wasn’t sure what.  So after debating today I finally figured it out.  I added another page it’s called My Life Right Now and it’s what I’m doing right now.  I also took some stock in my 101 lists and tried to figure out if I really wanted to do all of them.  And I didn’t.  So yeah, once again, I changed a few things and I’m okay with it.  I put a few things on there that I want to do that I normally wouldn’t.  Now if I do them all or not that’s a different story.

So what about you?  What do you want?


Posted in changes,Life by Donna on January 14, 2009

I’ve bee playing with the theme for the blog and the header all morning.  After finding several headers that I liked- I couldn’t get them resized to where I wanted.  So I reverted back to the old theme, the safe and secure theme.  But then I decided that NO.  That is not the way to do it.  There is a way to get the custom header that I wanted.  And I found it.  Through Flickr!

So I took 4 photos that I love and managed to get a mosaic out of them.  Now that I know how to do it, I’m sure you can look for a changing banner frequently.  How frequently, I’m not sure.

So with that out of the way.  Talk about another change- tomorrow is my 33rd birthday.  Wow, that is something I can’t believe.  33.  But you know, I think it’s going to be a fabulous 33.  I’ve got so much planned and want to do so much!  So we’ll see.

I think that’s it for now.  What do you think about the banner?

I’m Baaaccckkkkkk!!!

Posted in Beginnings,changes,Life by Donna on November 24, 2008
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How great it is.  I took a sort of break, well, it was forced but in the end it’s so what I needed!  I’m excited now.  So much as happened since they started working up here.

I’ve been struggling, yep, I’ll be the first one to admit it.  Well floundering is more like it.  Like a fish fresh out of water in a hot humid Louisiana sun.  But then last night we had a fire ceremony and it was awesome.  It gave me not only a chance to have dinner with the family but see Katy who we don’t get to see often enough if you ask me.

It gave us all a chance to reflect on our sacred dreams.  And our reasons for moving across country.  A time of reflection and refocusing.  Point blank, that’s what I needed.


And I received a lovely gift in the process.  I’ll take a picture of it sometime and post it.

But I had the chance to reflect.  Why did I come here?  What is my sacred dream?  Yes I came here for my husband, yes I came here because I wanted a chance to work in ocean marine insurance, or get my feet wet, no pun intended.  But yeah, I wanna be a writer.  I had forgotten I mentioned it on here.  But now I’ve gotten it out and I intend to do something about it.  What I don’t know.  I’m sure I could be content with this blog being my outlet for that but no, me being me, I want more.  So I have to find a way to follow it.

And I also got a huge wonderful step today.  A JOB!!!!  Yes that’s right Boys and Girls, I got a job!  Finally after a month, I will have a job.  I start December 1st so I’ll be doing my blogging at night.

Ahhh the things I can do and the places I can go!  I’m excited!!! SOOOO excited!

Can you tell!!!!??????


Posted in changes,Life,Thoughts by Donna on November 17, 2008
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An anchor is defined one way by Webster’s online dictionary as “A central cohesive source of support and stability”.

I never really thought of this in relation to how I am feeling until last night. I’ve had moments over the past couple of weeks where I have felt adrift for the lack of a better word. I am trying to deal with my surroundings and the differences in where I am and where I was. For the most part, I am a happy girl. I love my living space. How many people can say they live in a beautiful Victorian house as big as this one? I mean for the most part we have the entire 3rd floor, and we’re making it home. But at the same time, I am still looking for a job and so is Dirk. I’m surrounded by a fabulous family, I mean what more could you ask for? A job sure but I’m working on that.

But Yesterday, I had an overwhelming feeling of being home sick, more so than I have ever been since I have been here. Don’t get me wrong I have had my moments where the roar of the B-52 engines at Barksdale have been sorely missed. I miss the ability to go to Mom and Pappy’s just anytime I want to. I miss being just a few blocks from them. I miss going over to Momma Lou’s to help out around the house. I miss being able to go to Jo’s or see Julie and Chance when she brings him in. I miss hearing Stephanie talk about her latest Martha Stewart moments and what Kendall is doing now. I miss being at Hudson Silver and hearing some of my insured’s. I miss the humidity (although not by much) of the South. I miss the foods, the accents, the midnight shopping at Wal-Mart, even the smells.

Believe me when I say there is NOTHING better than mom’s chicken and dumplin’s cooking!
It was such a moment that I couldn’t go down to dinner, I was crying so hard. It’s embarrassing for me for people to see this weakness. I mean how can anyone not love where I am? It’s impossible. Yet as I was sitting up here crying my eyes out and using up a perfectly good box of tissue Judy came up bearing a much needed and fabulous glass of wine.
She related how the first time she was away from the girls for Christmas and how hard it is to be so home sick. Yet at the same time, it’s perfectly alright. I went from one country to another basically.
That’s when she mentioned anchors. How right now, I don’t have those anchors that I had back in Louisiana. Until I can get settled here, I’m not going to have those anchors. It’s such a different way of life here from the smells to the foods, to the traffic to the way people talk to well everything.

I mean seriously, do you know how hard it is to find anything Tony Catchare? And heaven forbid, you can’t find any slap ya mama here.

And the more she talked the more she made sense. I’m basically adrift right now in a huge new world. Until I can get some anchors down then I won’t feel right. So then I started thinking. What anchors did I have in Shreveport? What held me and made me feel like it was home? And how can I start duplicating some of those or making new anchors? That’s where I have to start.

This is not an overnight process that is for sure. I have to figure out those anchors and then decide what I need for my anchors here. I’m not going to be a wimp and turn and go back with my tail between my legs. I’m going to be a super woman and stick it out. I’m going to find those needed anchors and put them down.

I owe that to myself, at the least. But what about you? What keeps you grounded? What are your anchors?
What makes you love being where you are?


Posted in changes,Thoughts by Donna on November 15, 2008
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Isn’t it interesting how things change? How things become a habit? How habits are broken? I was thinking about this while I was fixing the coffee this morning.  When we lived in LA before there was no routine, no schedule, no habits really, none that were really important.

Now having a routine is something that sort of keeps me sane.  It’s not a down to the minute routine, but all the same it’s the same thing each day and it sort of keeps me sane at the moment.  With all the construction on going, we’re up by 8.  Well today was an exception.  I slept till right at 8 and Dirk slept till right at 9.  But I have a routine now, and it’s habit.  If I don’t follow it, I feel out of whack.  Get up, make the coffee, read for a few minutes, check the email.  Make a cup of coffee, check the blogs.  Man, I need a job. LOL.  After Dirk gets up, the bed gets made.  Time to start the day with whatever it will bring our way.  Change is a constant here, I don’t think two days have ever been the same.  But that’s a good thing, right?  Do you the same thing enough it becomes a habit.

But do you really have to wait 30 days before it becomes a habit?  Can it become a habit ingrained in you enough that you will stick to it?  What do you think about it?

Changes Abound

Posted in changes by Donna on September 29, 2008

Well- guess I should update everything that is going on. Dirk is feeling much better which is a relief for me because I was getting worried there for a while. But more things have happened.

We are moving. Yep, moving. To California. Can you believe that? I’m nervous, excited, and scared to death. While I hate to leave the family that I have here, I know that I have to. It’s going to be a great change for us. Something we’ve needed. And I know Dirk misses “Home”.
So November 2nd we’re going to be on our way. It was going to be the first but we’ve got the Halloween Party at Lance’s that night and we’ve got to go to that. So come Sunday morning, we’ll be on the road traveling to Cali!!

Oh the same happy note, I’m going to be an Aunt again. Well, I think everyone knew that today we found out that it’s going to be a girl! No word yet on names..I can’t wait though. I wanted Tanya to have a boy, but when you think about it, a girl will be so much fun. Woohoo!

I guess I’m going to have to change a few things around in my list again…(maybe this is the last time.) I think we can cross off the patio furniture since well, they already have it.

We’re going to be living with Dirk’s family for a while, as a way to get on our feet. The house is beautiful and HUGE. I’m excited about the area that they live in too. I told a friend the other day that I was having to trade hurricane’s, tornadoes and SEC Football for earthquakes, forest fires and PAC-10 (that is NOT football). But I’m going to remain the Bama fan that I am. They’re just now getting good so I can’t give them up!

So we’ve got a little over a month and we’ll be on our way. Hard to believe huh?

The times are changin’

Posted in changes by Donna on August 1, 2008

I’ve changed my 101 AGAIN. This is the last time. Let me tell you why. I was sitting watching tv last night and it dawned on me, 365 is a previous project since I started it before my 101 and all those receipes, why not combine them and give myself more things to do?! So I did and here we are! I need to organize the list in sections and I think that might be my weekend project. Who knows. Only 4 days left until our vacation and I can’t wait! I’m excited.

Ok enough for now. Work to do!