Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and SpiritIshmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

Ishmael was definitely an interesting book and one that will require me to re-read to ensure I gain everything out of the book. Originally, I didn't like the book because it forced me to think of concepts that I usually ignore. Daniel Quinn uses Ishmael, a gorilla and a well-educted gorilla at that, to explore basic concepts: "The world was made for humans to conquer thus the world belongs to humans" versus "Humans belong to the world." He compares and contrasts modern society with our ancient ancestors and identifies ways that demonstrates how we are essentially destroying the world we live in just to conquer it.

This book is definitely worthy of a book club discussion...now only if I could find one...and the time to participate :)

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I work in a male-dominated environment.  One where the majority of men either (1) don't have kids or (2) have stay at home wives that take care of everything.  Sometimes I just want to wear a sign that says:

I choose to work and have a career however, I am also the woman who:
-...does the laundry and most likely will never be caught up
-...does the grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking in the house
-...pays for a cleaning lady because something has to give
-...manages the household finances
-...is in charge of keeping the occupants in the house up-to-date on their medical appointments
-...is most likely sleep deprived
-...in one word, is SUPERWOMAN!

And because of all this, I promise to give 40 solid hard-working hours, but cannot commit to anything more!


First Soup of the Season

The past few weeks have been hectic, to say the least.  Last night, I realized that it has been a long, long time since I've made something yummy in the kitchen.  Long days at work and catching up on over-due errands prompted the food situation for the past few weeks to be canned soup and easy quick foods.

Of course, the 'G' word (guilt) tried to break through again, but I quickly squashed it.  I'm doing the best I can, right?!  Roland and I headed to Wegmans (our favorite grocery store) this morning and bought all of the ingredients for Rachel Ray's Fall Minestrone soup - a hearty, fantastic soup that is the perfect accompaniment to this beautiful fall day!!

1. I always make my noodles separately and add them as I make a bowl of soup, otherwise, the noodles tend to absorb all of the liquid in the soup.
2. Don't forget to drizzle some olive oil over the noodles after you strain them - the olive oil will prevent them from sticking.
3. Fresh, warm bread is a wonderful accompaniment!

Highly recommended for any fall day!! Hope you enjoy :)


Super Dad (or Mr. Mom?)

I've noticed that every working mother seems to have a similar persona of SUPER GO GETTER meets JACK OF ALL TRADES and MS. FIX-IT while balancing PERFECT PLANNING (or MAINTAINING CONTROL) of all 101 (Dalmatians?) HOBBIES and HOUSEHOLD ACTIVITIES.

Can I just tell you that this past weekend, after 13 days without my guys, a 13 hour flight back from Hawaii and an at-work email inbox full of tons of items that were "due yesterday", I had the blessing of coming down with...THE FLU!

It was horrible, terrible but most importantly, put Mr. Mom back on duty.  Now why in the world would I call it a blessing?  Well, it made me realize again how simply wonderful my hubby is...with a little joking, he graciously accepted the task at hand, again and even took some time to take the little guy shopping for his school picture outfit!  Love, love, love!

It also made me realize that things will still continue to operate, even if I am not in control (how could I be? I was in bed in a feverish stupor!) and to just take a moment to pause and thank God for all of my blessings.

Funny, in a conversation at some point over the weekend, Roland (big) said "How do those single mother's do this?"  High-five to all the single mothers, fathers and parents who know how to step in when duty calls!!


The Garden Isle

During my time in Hawaii, I decided to make the best of it and exercise my adventurous side to explore the island. Typically, I'm the conservative one and the Hubby is the curious, free-spirit tourist when we travel. I decided to take a lesson from his book and see what I could find.

Spouting Horn - water rushes under a lava shelf and bursts through a small opening at the surface.

Beautiful waterfall at 500 feet elevation on the way up to Waimea Canyon. The following six photos are taken at the canyon lookout.

Next stop was the Pou Hinahina Lookout...

Photo at the Ni'Ihau Lookout (it's the little island at the horizon).

Stop # 3 was the Kalalau Lookout...absolutely stunning view!

On Sunday, I decided to have dinner at The Plantations Garden Restaurant located in Poipu Beach.  Being an orchid lover, I was sure to snap a few photos!

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends (a.k.a. Facetime)

Hopefully right now, you're humming away to the wonderful Beatles song "With a Little Help From My Friends." Fast forward...Maestro - second verse please! 
     What do I do when my love is away.
     (Does it worry you to be alone)
     How do I feel by the end of the day
     (Are you sad because you're on your own)
     No.  I get by with a little help from my friends...

So what do you do when your love is away?  You use FACETIME! 

I was absolutely heartbroken when I found out I was going to be away from my guys on business travel for 13 days.  (Imagine the pity I got from my friends when they found out business travel equaled Hawaii...that's right, I got none.)  

Aside from the 'Vacation Without' the hubby and I took back in May, this would be the first time I would be gone from Roland since he was born.  In fact, this would be the longest I would be away from the hubby in over 9 years.  The hubby and I talked and decided that we would attempt to try out 'Facetime' during my time away.  We failed to test it before I left, so when I arrived in Hawaii, I was skeptical that it would actually work. 

I downloaded the app from 'The App Store', set up my account and literally within minutes, I was talking with my guys - FACE TO FACE!! 

I have never seen little Roland so excited - he picked the phone up, kissed it and gave it a big hug.  You can imagine the huge sense of relief I felt.  Although I wasn't physically there, I felt reassured that he would be just fine away from his Mama.  

In fact, big Roland was quite excited as well! 

So, when you're away from your love, and you're sad that you're all alone at the end of the day...just click 'Facetime' and start chatting!