Saturday, December 08, 2007


I’ve been tagged and so I’ve been having fun answering the following questions:

A ~ Available? Yes
B ~ Best friend: really tough to choose and don’t want to hurt any feelings
C ~ Cake or pie? Pie.
D ~ Drink of choice: coffee
E ~ Essential thing used every day: toothbrush
F ~ Favorite color: teal
G ~ Gummi bears or worms? bears
H ~ Hometown: Buffalo, NY
I ~ Indulgence: Chocolate (or is that a necessity?)
J ~ January or February? Hmmm. Tough one. January for new beginnings but February for rare lovely warm days.
K ~ Kids and names: Not sure what this is supposed to be. My kids? I don’t name them on my blog.
L ~ Life is incomplete without: good friends
M ~ Marriage date: 1974
N ~ Number of siblings: 2
O ~ Oranges or apples? Depends on the season but I suppose apples have a slight edge
P ~ Phobias/fears: heights
Q ~ Favorite quote: "The past does not equal the future.”—Anthony Robbins
R ~ Reason to smile: sunny days, good friends, my children, funny movies, chocolate, kindness
S ~ Season: spring
T ~ Tag three people: I like these things but a lot of people don’t so I don’t like to tag them.
U ~ Unknown fact about me: I like country music for the stories the songs tell and the inherent optimism in so many of them. (examples: I Hope You Dance, Unanswered Prayers)
V ~ Vegetable you don't like: brussel sprouts
W ~ Worst habit: staying up too late
X ~ X-rays you've had: shoulder, mammograms, dental
Y ~ Your favorite food: chocolate
Z ~ Zodiac: Virgo


I’ve put up my (artificial) Christmas tree. Haven’t decorated it but will do that a little at a time, smiling as it takes on a festive look. I like creating new traditions for myself and letting go of old associations with this time of year.

I’ve stocked environmental “logs” for my fireplace for the colder weather we’re supposed to have in a few days.

I’m still...processing my visit to see my son and all the emotions tied to that. I know some of my fears for my son are tied to some of my own experiences as a child. I know that some of my fears are due to hurting as I see his opportunities diminishing. I know that I need to balance what I think I’m supposed to be able to do with reality. I know that maybe what’s needed is to think so completely out of the box that I think of possibilities I (and others) never have before.

I believe deeply that in every challenge is inherently an opportunity or blessing as well and so I am asking myself that most powerful of questions: What good could come out of this?

Sending blessings and safe and gentle (((((((hugs))))))),


Marj aka Thriver said...

Thanks for playing the meme, April. I love finding out more about my blogging buddies.

And thanks for your kind words with my recent therapy struggles. I'm feeling quite a bit better--necessary grieving I guess.

Karma said...

Its powerful to see you remain positive and thriving even in the face of challenges. I strive to do the same.

Enola said...

Glad you played along. Was fun to read.

zennist said...

Sometimes the answer to that question takes some time to manifest itself. I believe the answer will come and that you will hear it.

Safe and gentle hugs.

Marj aka Thriver said...

April: thanks so much for the hugs and kind words on my blog the other day. I really needed them and they helped a lot! :)

jumpinginpuddles said...

i like your list thankyou for sharing


April_optimist said...

Thanks, everyone!

Rising Rainbow said...

New traditions are good. How is that tree decorating coming?

April_optimist said...

Rising Rainbow,

LOL! My tree is up and decorated and I smile every time I look at it! ;-)