My [redacted] Journey

A teacher's search for inner peace.


Already Been Charged

January 18, 2014

Dear Readers,

This is my second attempt at today’s blog post.  I christened my first attempt, “Always Be Cheerful.”  And, for the most part, it had the same content as this one is going to have.  However, it just wasn’t me.

Already Awarded

Amanda, author of one of my newly discovered blogs, From One Crazy Life To Another, has nominated me for not one, but two blog awards.  Please visit Amanda’s blog to learn more about her and her crazy life.  She sends readers my way and I send readers her way; a symbiotic blogging relationship.

Thank you, Amanda.  I am enjoying watching you come into your own on your blog.  I like your ‘shoot-from-the-hip’ style of writing.

The first award is the ABC Awardabc-award1  Yes, the Awesome Blog Content.  When I saw the name of the award, I knew I was going to title my post something starting with the letters, ABC.  My first attempt at this post began with the title, “Always Be Cheerful.”  meh  Try as I might, I just couldn’t get those words to fit either my personality or my disposition.  Don’t get me wrong, dear Readers,  am trying desperately to turn over a new leaf.  I am more positive than negative these days, I smile most days if I have to, and I am reaping the rewards of the positive energy flow I trickle into the universe.  But, I’m not quite at the Always Be Cheerful stage.  Baby steps, everyone, baby steps.

As far as my new title for today’s post, Already Been Charged, I’ll let your imaginations run wild.

Rules for acceptance of the ABC Award are simple.  Acknowledge and thank the blogger who nominated you.

Thank you, Amanda at From One Crazy Life To Another.  And here is the post in which she nominated me.

Next, the rules state that I am to list one fact about myself for every letter of the alphabet, A to Z.  What fun!  As an aside, dear Readers, I cannot possibly think of anything more excruciating for you than to red even more about me, but, it is part of the rules.  And as most of my students will attest, I am a rule follower (mostly 😉 )

Finally, I am to pass on the award to any 2 to 10 deserving bloggers.  Since this is the easy part, I will begin with the nominations.

Barely Been

~Confessions of a Gordita Once I read Lili’s description of her blog, I was hooked.  “My name is  Lili. I’m a proud Latina, a gordita with a tendency to be a tad-bit dramatica .I have a new found urgency to put my thought, struggles, and imperfections out into the universe.   This blog’s intentions are just that; a confession of a woman who’s embracing healthy life style, spirituality, all the ups and down of life.”  Wow, she could be channeling me.  I love Lili’s honesty, her self-effacing humor, the insecurities, and mostly, the love she has for herself.  I am proud to nominate Lili for the ABC Award.  Otra!

~Kate, The Lost Wanderer  Here is my second and final nomination.  Kate also hooked me from the moment I read her description.  She does use the ‘N’ word (nerdy) to describe herself.  As if that isn’t enough, she uses the other ‘N’ word (neurotic) as well.  A girl after my own heart.  I am equally proud to nominate Kate for the ABC Award.  Brava!

Complicity Charged

My Anger has oftentimes gotten the better of me.  I was always the Breadwinner in my family as I was raising my children.  Cannabis…enough said.  I almost Drowned when I was about 2 years-old and I remember the feeling even to this day.  It bothers me that more people do not care for Mother Earth like they should.  I’ve never been in a Fistfight, but not for lack of trying.  I have never wanted to be Glamorous; I have only ever wanted to blend in.

I Hate going to the Hairdresser and my hate is deep-seated.  I have had to endure one or two Interventions in my adulthood, and am the better for it.  Although truth be told, I considered them more Interruptions than anything else (jk).  I have always wanted to serve on a Jury.  Unfortunately, I’ve never been asked.  Kerfuffle is one of my all-time favorite sounding words.  Of the seven deadly sins, Lust and gluttony run neck and neck for me.  Motherhood, God’s greatest gift to me.

My dad’s Nickname for me was Luskie, pronounced loo-ski; no meaning, no reason, just Luskie.  I once lived an Outlaw existence that included living with Doc Holliday’s grandson and granddaughter.  I attended a Parochial school for five years and considered becoming a nun at one time.  I can be Quixotic in my ideals.  However, when push comes to shove, I am more Realist than Romantic.  When I was in college, I had a professor accuse me of Sedition because I would not let him Seduce me.  (I was going to put Spit? or Swallow? but my kids read my blog 😉 )  My first Tattoo, at age Twenty-Three, was a Teddy Bear holding a heart.

I have lived on the fringes of the Underworld and survived by being Unassuming.  I have never, nor will I ever, live Vicariously through others.  I’ve never had a Wanderlust, yet, I’ve been around the world.  I have taken the anti-anxiety medication, Xanax, in the past; prescribed, of course!  I still believe that America is a place that welcomes the “huddled masses, Yearning to breathe free.”  And finally, Zubia…enough said.  Peace, ~v.




Sunshine on My Shoulders

January 8, 2014

Dear Readers,

I am on Day 7, Zero to Hero:  30 Days to a Better Blog.

Today’s assignment: create and upload a simple header, or test out a few different backgrounds. 

I’ve tried a couple of different pics as a header, I like the new one.  I’m a girl who thrives under schedules and routines, so don’t look for me to change the look of my blog very often.  I’ll see how this works out.

Now, on to bigger and brighter things, dear Readers.  I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award.

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Thank you to Robin at Playful Kitty.  Robin’s is a blog for cat lovers; that’s me!  Now there’s a little bit of information I do not think I have shared with you, dear Readers, I am a cat lover.  I have two cats, Minnie and Oliver, but I digress.

The Sunshine Award Rules

As with the previous awards, there is a specific protocol to follow when accepting.

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.                                                                                                 THANK YOU, ROBIN at Playful Kitty for the award.  If you like all things “cat”, check out her blog.
  • List 11 facts about yourself.                                                                                                                                                                                      I will list the facts below.
  • Nominate 10 other blogs to receive the award.  Nominees are listed below.  I have been reading some wonderful blogs this past week, so, I am looking forward to the nominations.
  • Announce the nominations to the nominees.                                                                                                                                                           I will announce these below, and I will contact the nominees before the night is through. 

11 Facts About Me

  1. I picture myself giving a TED talk one day.  If you are unfamiliar with TED Talks, check out the link, here.  My interests for such a talk include education and racial, ethnic, and cultural equality among school districts within Arizona.  I am putting my positive thoughts out into the universe and I am not going to stop until they come back to me.
  2. I used to suck my thumb when I was younger, from birth up until age 12.  Don’t ask me why I decided to share that embarrassing little tidbit.  Sucking my thumb would lull me into a peaceful sleep in which I felt secure in the world around me.  I am almost positive that should I be blessed with a long life, you will see me sucking my thumb in my very, old age.
  3. I have been married three times.  However, my first and my third husband…same man.  The way I figure it, dear Readers, if the first and the third marriage were to the same man, that cancels out the second marriage.  Therefore, I have really only been married one time.  😉  Gotta love that new math!
  4.   I am a true loner at heart.  However, I’ve got people skills.  In a roomful of strangers, I am able to make us feel comfortable.  My parents taught me the value of connecting to strangers, who in turn, were no longer strangers.
  5. My fantasy vacation is a week stay at the Grand Canyon Lodge.  Every morning I would rise, drink my coffee and watch the sunrise over the Grand Canyon.  In the evening, I would sip on a drink and watch the sunset over the Grand Canyon.
  6.  I like ordinary.  Unfortunately, in today’s society, “an ordinary life has become synonymous with a meaningless life.”  Thank you Dr. Brene Brown.  Fortunately, I’ve never much cared what today’s society thinks.
  7. Despite having never traveled more than 1,500 miles from my home, and despite never wanting to travel at all, I managed to put in over 15,000 miles in the past year, January/2013 to January/2014.
  8. I have forever wanted to be a mother.  I wanted to raise my children to be independent, loving, contributing members of society.  I have.
  9. For the most part, I do not like cartoons.  I never have, even as a child.
  10. I have never questioned my faith; that is why it is FAITH.
  11. I learned how to drive a manual, 3-speed vehicle out of necessity when my college roommate was arrested for driving while intoxicated and I had to get her nineteen, seventy-something, Ford Pinto back to our dorm.

My Nominees


Congrats nominees.  I will be stopping by your blog to drop you a line.  As for you, dear Readers,  thank you once again for indulging me.  And as always, Peace, ~v.