Monica Whaley

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New Endeavors!

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have always been both cursed and blessed with many interests. The plus is obviously that I enjoy all of these things. The curse is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and a great deal of that time is taken up with work and sleep. So far, my way of handling that is to bounce from one thing to another every few months. This time, I’d like to take a more purposeful approach. I’m going to try to plan out my time among the various pursuits. For example, to work on w...

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Train Trip Talk

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My mother and I boarded a train at 5:45 am in Toledo, Ohio. We were traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico to see family. I have never been on a train cross-country, so I was pretty excited. Some questioned the loss of time with family going by train rather than plane. However, we don't really have the money for plane tickets. More importantly, the train trip is part of the vacation. There is more room. you can get up and move around, you can watch the scenery, and you have time ...

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Catching Up

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM Comments comments (2)

I haven't disappeared; just haven't been disciplined enough to write!

 

Deodorant update: I've moved from the liquid salt crystal spray for deodorant to the baking soda/cornstarch mix. The liquid just wasn’t enough for me, but I still use it for feet, etc. I did modify the previous powder recipe I’d posted. It called for 1 part baking soda to 6 parts cornstarch, but I had to increase the baking soda. You have to find what’s right for you, but since baking so...

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The Gift of Fear

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

(My friends are rolling their eyes right now.)

 

The Gift of Fear is a book that I discovered a few years ago via Oprah. The author, Gavin de Becker, is phenomenal. He is an expert at predicting violent behavior. He talks about the fact that especially in Western society, we have pushed our instinct to the back. Instinct in animals (including humans) is driven by survival, so it stands to reason that it becomes important when you're in danger. We have this "gift of fear" to k...

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I Brake for Office Supplies!

Posted on September 12, 2009 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Anyone who knows me for long knows that I'm slightly obsessed with office supplies and stationary. As long as I can remember, my absolute favorite part of every school year was buying new school supplies: the smell of just-sharpened pencils (of course, I only use mechanical .5 mm pencils now), the smooth unused notebook paper, the sharp "snap" of a new art box lid - a wave of delight for the senses. Though I try to reuse items now, don't think my ecstasy has dulled since then. Every quarter, ...

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Proclaimers Sadness

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

If you’re new to this blog, you may not know that three friends and I went to four Proclaimers concerts last year in 5 days. We had a blast with the twins and their band, including meeting them at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and hanging with them there for the afternoon. (Search the blog for more info) We were planning on going to two concerts this year as well, but my friends are now involved in a community theater production and they can’t really afford the time off work. So,...

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Insanity

Posted on May 10, 2009 at 5:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes you have to be confronted with absurd insanity before you recognize your own normal insanity. -Ray Buckel

Anonymous Thought

Posted on December 13, 2008 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Dedicated to PMS

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Delayed

Posted on November 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, it's been a while since I last wrote. Well, still working on classes, had a great Thanksgiving, and have started the crochet season again. Why "season", you ask? We don't have AC, and it's too hot to work with yarn in the summer, so I mainly do it in Fall and Winter. Now you know.

Oops

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 5:43 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been pretty busy with classes, so this is getting neglected. They're going well, though. I like them both, but the math in the acoustics class is making me work hard. I guess that's good, though.

I think our cat is pregnant again! I hate to even think about it, but we may have to get her fixed anyway, which means the kittens would be abo...

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Fab!

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 12:24 PM Comments comments (0)

FLORIDA WAS GORGEOUS! We had so much fun. The weather was perfect, the water was perfect, the kids were perfect (most of the time). It couldn't have been better. Well, Jeff and Lindsay got engaged, so they were pretty nauseating, but I suppose that's understandable. We did minigolf, Shell Island, the beach at the park where we camped (never crowded), a maze (I sat out 'cause I wasn't feeling well - can you believe I got sick the day before we left?!).

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WHOO-HOO!

Posted on September 26, 2008 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm leaving for Florida tomorrow with 6 other adults and three children. We had a blast last year, so I have high expectations for this year. :)

I ended up having to add another class, so I'm taking Advanced Spanish Phonetics. SO MUCH FUN. No, seriously; I'm not being sarcastic. I love this stuff.

Kittens!

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 12:33 PM Comments comments (0)

She had them on Sunday! There are four of them, and they are so tiny and cute. She's really too young to know all of what she's to do. She started having them in the driveway in front of Mandy's car. Sheesh. Anyway, I have homes for 2 of them (when their ready, of course).

So Many Things to Ponder

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 5:38 PM Comments comments (0)

I was sitting with Lulu (our pregnant kitten) last night, and actually felt some movement! I'm always astounded by things like that. You should have seen me when my friend Heather was pregnant with her last two. Every time they moved, I wanted to feel it. It's absolutely amazing to me that a new life is growing inside of another individual. Think about it. It's not dispassionately deposited in an egg and left to its own devices, like many reptiles, amphibia...

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Funny

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, my friend Megan said, "This is finals week; I wanna kick a toddler."

Reunions

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 4:52 PM Comments comments (0)

My class's 15 year reunion is this weekend. I was on the committee this year, so I'm more invested in what's happening. We have a few things going on. The actual dinner is Saturday night, and was supposed to be a really nice sit-down dinner with a dj and everything, but not enough people responded for it to be affordable. Instead, those who responded will meet at a nice restaurant in the city and just chat. The night before, we're meeting in a local bar to ...

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SO BORED

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 3:24 PM Comments comments (0)

I work in call center, and the phones have been down since 7am, so there is nothing to do. We get emails now and then, and someone's doing IM's, but I am bored out of my mind at the moment. I didn't even bring a book with me. The new Twilight book is out, too (Breaking Dawn). I can't wait to read it, but I refuse to buy fiction books most of the time. That's only different if it's used and 10 cents or something I'll read over and over (i.e. Harry Potter, Ch...

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Aliens?

Posted on July 12, 2008 at 10:31 AM Comments comments (1)

I live in the country, so I'm used to hearing the sounds of nature more than the average person. There's a farm down the road, so we hear horses, dogs, donkeys, cows, etc. all the time. A few weeks ago, I was lying in bed reading, when I heard the dogs from said farm start to howl and bark all of a sudden. Then I heard this unearthly screaming. It chilled me to the bone. I immediately reverted to childhood, and ...

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Moist Slacks

Posted on June 14, 2008 at 2:34 PM Comments comments (0)

I rediscovered another reason that it sucks to live without AC. We had thunderstorms yesterday (the temp dropped 25 degress in half an hour!). Obviously, we often have the windows open. No, it didn't rain in, but everything in the apartment is damp anyway because of all the moisture in the air. YUCK! Could we have a dehumidifier going? Yes, except they put out hot air, so that just makes it more uncomfortable inside. We just can't win. 

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