Becca, Elbee and I enjoyed a perfect mountain hike on the Enchanted Forest Trail, something I’ve wanted to do for years.
I was surprised and pleased to find that TSE had started a birthday goal for me. Thank you!
I found a new massage therapist, the best one I’ve ever seen. She also lived in Yellowstone for many years, so after an excellent massage, we chatted about places & people we both know.
Thank you, TSE, for thinking of me and starting this goal. Yay!
I’ve already begun my annual Festival of Birthdays. Today features an excellent, long hike, a massage, a trip to the farmer’s market, and lots of reading, pianoing and lounging.
Knowing that it was the last day of my work week made me very happy.
A relatively easy commute.
Unexpectedly finding Mr. Wren home & cooking my supper when I got back from my evening hike.
It was Mr. Wren’s birthday, and I took the day off from work to celebrate with him.
I did two hikes in one day.
The skies gave us another late afternoon thunderstorm. I love the gathering clouds, the distant rumbling & the fragrant raindrops.
Success at work! I got my boss a meeting with a state senator who has agreed to sponsor his bill.
A thunderstorm streaked evening sky.
Tomorrow is Mr. Wren’s birthday!
I didn’t do any studying this weekend. Bad wren! :/
On Saturday, Becca and Elbee and I went to our favorite state mountain park, where we hiked to Spring Pond and then farther up to the new Wild Turkey Trail. It’s a lovely five mile climb through maple, oak, aspen and pine trees. Much to my surprise, I came upon a small maple that was aflame with red leaves. Spring and summer both came a couple of weeks early this year, and I was wondering if autumn would do the same. Now I know. It’s an early autumn, the first time I can recall that the trees were turning before my birthday.
I picked one of the red leaves and later picked a sprig of red berries and brought them home as a surprise for Mr. Wren. After that first maple, I spotted several other trees wearing their autumn colors. I’m hoping the early arrival of autumn mean we’re in for a long fall season, rather than that winter will also come sooner than usual!
Mr. Wren and I had a day off together. All by itself, that was happiness enough.
My brother phones in the evening, and we had a very nice talk for over an hour.
Becca, Elbee and I enjoyed a cool, autumnal hike in mountains of rain-soaked sage and oak.
so it’s time to bring the Giant 43T Virgo list back out. If you are a Virgo, are not on the list, and want to be on the list, just say the word. Membership has its benefits.
Charade (la vie en rose) 8/24
New Isabella 8/24
La vie en rose du d’or 8/26
nelanj aka Ellie 8/29
9/1 MYSTERY VIRGO
A Staggering Rat of Heartbreaking Something or Other 9/3
Helen Mary Labao 9/3
Lucky Luke 9/3
Mme. Lupin 9/6
one AOK child 9/8
Patrick Weintraub 9/8
Harmless Diletantte 9/9
the other AOK child 9/12
Todd Schoonover 9/15
Daniel Spils 9/16
eclectic passion 9/17
Virgo Moon: Flowergirl Resumed
Virgo Rising: BeeQueen, meditation7
Virgo Cusp: Vickie
Hyacinth Girl (8/22)
Virgo Jupiter + some outer planets: Initforthegravitas
Virgoan Mudpie: Lisa
Big fan of Virgos: Wayne
Non-43T Virgos: Taj’s ex-wife, ex-sister-in-law, and mother
DEFINITELY SHOULD HAVE BEEN A VIRGO: SnowLeopard, extraordinaire.
I realize now that your birthday may be over, since we live on opposite sides of the world, but we’ve just started celebrating where I live.
Sending you warm wishes for a year filled with peace and love.
Thank you for the beauty and inspiration that your thoughtful 43T entries add to my life. I hope this is a year of many miracles for you!
which is also the end of the first module. Now I’m supposed to take an online test. Eek! I’m dreading that a little bit.
Chapter 7 was not too hard. It was about profit margins and that sort of thing. Although I’ve always worked for non-profits, this chapter seemed familiar and easy.
I need to guy myself a little calculator. That would make the practice work much easier.
It’s your birthday! I hope you feel happy & loved all day and enjoy some fun celebrations. I think you’re great! :)
I noticed a typo on this goal and changed it, but not before our lovely flowergirl joined. So now there are two birthday goals for Jessy, which seems fitting. :)
Our favorite state mountain park has a new trail! I know from talking to a ranger that it is called the Wild Turkey Trail. It can be used to get to the highest point in the park, or it can be used as a connector to a few different trails. So far, I’ve used it to add another couple miles after I’ve climbed up to the big aspen meadow.
Most all of the new trail is a steep up and down sylvan walk. At this time of year, there are lots of colorful berries peeking out of the leaves. It does seem to be a favorite turkey hang out. Elbee loves running at the turkeys and setting them in flight. Fortunately, she’s not interested in catching them, and I can stop her before she gets to the birds if I catch her soon enough.
I last did this hike just yesterday. It was 5 miles of healthy ecstasy.
This one is on calculating profit. I do similar calculations on my current job, so these concepts are pretty easy for me to get. I need a calculator, though! I use one all the time at work, but I don’t have one at home, where I’m doing my studying.
I’m writing about this here because I want to keep this practice fresh in mind so I’ll continue doing it.
This is probably obvious to most people, but my mental light bulb just lit up a few days ago. Some things are easy for me to do, but I seem to be always starting and re-starting my efforts toward other goals. I realized recently that the one thing that will be the most helpful whenever I’m struggling with a goal is to notice when I’m making a choice, pause a moment before choosing, ask myself, “Will this choice bring me closer to or farther from my goal of XXXXX?” and then actually choose what I want to do.
I’ve been practicing this for a few days, and it has an impact on my life. For one thing, it makes me realize just how many choices I’m making in any given day. I tend to forget that some things are a choice and just do them as if there’s no other way. Once I see all the choices I’m making, I can weigh my short and long-term goals and (I hope!) choose in favor of my long-term goals more often than not.
Already this morning, I’ve chosen to: 1)skip my morning meditation because I slept late & I wanted time to exercise & still get to work on time; 2) lift heavy weights (with many small decisions made during the 30 minutes that I did that); 3) pack a healthy lunch; 4) eat a health breakfast. I can break this down into minute detail and see that I’ve actually made at least 30 decisions before 8:00 a.m. Each one of these adds up, and I want the sum of my decisions to be health, joy and meaning in my day.
Last week, I took a break from studying because we decided to enjoy a long weekend getaway. We drove to the southern part of the state for some different hiking and a visit to the Shakespeare Festival. This weekend, instead of moving to the next chapter, I spent time repeating the chapter on income statements. I did much better on the practice sessions, and did everything perfectly on the final session. I wish I had some more practice scenarios to solidify my knowledge, but those aren’t available. I think I’ll wait a few days and go over the ones I do have again. It can’t hurt.
When you want to sue a huge international company like Subaru, you eventually are faced with the question, “Who exactly do I sue? Where do I serve notice?” The answer is that such companies must have a registered agent. A registered agent is a company that exists to receive legal notices locally. It took a little work to find the registered agent, but I did it. Until now, I didn’t know such places existed.