Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Man in the Seat...

I want to start this off saying how much I like Obama. How much hope I have in my heart that our country becomes his vision.

I respect his views... Even the ones I don't agree with.

I think he was a great choice for President during this time of need. I think he is exactly what we needed.

I say all of this first so you know I stand behind him 100%. I am just a little nervous. I am nervous that there is a tremendous amount of hype right now. Is it possible for this man to live up to all of it? I'm not sure.

When have you seen presidential bling being pettled at Walgreen's? I have seen so many hats, scarfs, pins, and plates that I am stunned.

I will light a candle tonight. A candle to give him strength, wisdom, and true sight in the days to come.

What I can say is, watching him today and listening to every word he spoke... I have never seen so many people like myself that are filled with hope, and joy that we are changing.

Can we change?
Yes we can...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Everyday is a Winding Road

An Alaskan Arctic blast has hit Chicago. Somedays it makes it colder here then in Alaska.

This cold brings with it a tough week. And the cold that's outside doesn't just stay there... it's felt inside too. This is not a cold you can just turn up the heat for, as it's internal.

Now when I say tough, I know there are a lot of less fortunate people in the world. I understand that it's like the spoiled kid crying that he needs to have another toy. I get that. But this is about how I feel.

This week started with news that a friend from work passed away. She was an amazing person that even in hard times would always manage to smile. A smile to me, means more then words as it shows the true person.

You can always tell when somebody is faking a smile, but sometimes it's harder with words. So, I hold that to be more of a reflection of somebody's true character. Beyond all the walls we put up.

I am glad to have known her. She helped me out in my job countless times, because she started right before me. And the mistakes I was going to make, she wouldn't just warn me she would explain why.

She's a great person. Who was way to young to have life taken from her. I'm gonna miss you Sandy D.

At work I learned a valuable lesson. I want to bring excitement into my job. I train people, and sometimes trainings can be a little slow, and let's face it boring. So I went into this job with this motive.

I learned that to do that I need some experience training first.

I always plan little games, and exciting things to do... but this week a trainee of mine told me that the class thinks it's a little slow and therefor boring.

I was a little upset, but felt happy that they could tell me this. But even though I've been doing this 6 months it's a completely new lesson that I've been given to present. And, I'm being watched by somebody to make sure I am training the right stuff.

So, I was trying to think of what I could do to switch it up.... and have implemented a few changes that I hope will bring more life into it... But, they are getting paid to learn. As such they need to realize that, and cut me some slack.

I will try to be better, and make a difference but I don't feel as much pressure now. I have spoke with my trainer and my boss about it and they both agree with me.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Why blog?

Why blog?

So glad you asked that. ;)

I've been a believer in blogging for a long time now. It's open journaling. Marks the small milestones that most people (including myself) would forget if not written some place.

It organizes my thoughts. Catalogs my ideas. Highlights the inner feelings, of myself and those close to me.

It allows for a way to express my emotions. So, it's theraputic. By writing these things down we free ourselves of worry and doubt.

It becomes the modern "Dear Diary".

I am a long time supporter of blogging. My first experience was with the early beta stages of Yahoo 360.

It was so easy to do. But I didn't do it often enough.

Myspace allowed me an easy access to blogging. I was on myspace all the time anyways.

It was great but again didn't do it enough.

Then I got blog software for my site & blogged pretty good. Although still not enough, it was more often then anything else I was on.

Now I'm hoping because I can blog right from my phone that I'll do it more. I got lots of ideas of what to blog. Now I need only do it.
-- Post From My iPhone

iPhone test...

Just testing out my iPhone on this. I'm just amazed at how far technology has come. The Internet has changed everyones life in many ways.

Yes sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the bad.

I often reflect on how technology has made life easier and we become slaves to it all at the same time.

I wouldn't have it any other way as I am a teknogeek. ;)

-- Post From My iPhone

First Post

Well the first post should let you know who I am, and what I do. Just so the rest of my posts make sense.


HallsOfAvalon.com started as the center for our pagan community over 8 years ago. It has outgrown even itself now. So, the community aspect moved to HallsOfAvalon.org where it can grow as it should. HallsOfAvalon.com is now a resource page. Where you can learn and grow.

I am the creator and webmaster of both, and I love being a part of it. It's my way of giving back to a community that has helped me so much become the person I am today.

Professional Life

I have been working in blood banking for over 11 years now. 5 years for one blood bank, and have been working at another for the last 6 years.

I started off drawing blood, but now I train people how to draw blood. It's the most rewarding job that I've ever had. Although, it's not without it's stresses. I actually like going into work each day. Which is something that I never really had.

Personal Life

I am currently going through a divorce. Set for pre-trial on 04/14/2009. Hopefully everything works out then.

Divorce wasn't something that I ever wanted in my life, and it was something that I was very against... But, I know now that sometimes it's for the happiness of those involved. Happiness is not something to take lightly. It's something we must all strive for.

My life is not totally without problems now, but I think I am heading in the right direction. As I realize more and more that life is about patterns to a degree... we must learn our patterns and keep doing the ones that allow us happiness and stop the ones that stop it.

My Father passed away when I was 13 of pancreatic cancer. My Mother passed away when I was 25 of a cerebral accident. So, I don't really have much family.

Family has become more then just blood to me. I consider the closest people in my life... My family. Some of which are blood, others are not.

I enjoy watching sports and camping. Anything that allows me to hang out with my friends.

I relieve the stresses of my day by singing and playing guitar. It's my meditation. My way of drifting from the now into the whatever. It's real magick to me. As it takes a stressed out me and makes me better.