Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wild world

This past week or so has been a blur -

We went to Iowa for a tournament - girls did fine - think that they got 3rd overall. Will meet up with the teams again when we go to Kansas in March.

Got home from Des Moines @ 6pm Sunday, was at the airport by 8am Monday.

Off to Kansas City for a training class, actually am really excited to be selected for this, it is "High Performing Managers" and there are only 15 people per class. I about choked the first day when they said that the company is making an investment in us - $15K each. I think that is more than I spent on my entire college education - wow.

Got home Thursday @ 10:30pm went to work Friday, and then had a busy weekend.

By Monday thought I was seriously having an aneurysm - ALL last week felt like someone was trying to put a stake through the back of my head and really couldn't focus at all. Think that the plane ride back to MN did me in. So went to Dr. who scheduled a MRI for yesterday a.m. Really kinda scared me to think that it could be something serious cause to me MRI, CAT scan whatever acronym you want to call it scares me.

All turned out ok - the Dr. said that I have not the mother, but the FATHER of all sinus infections and put me on some high powered stuff which if it isn't working by tomorrow they will start steroids - ick.

So, how is everyone else doing? Need to catch up on my blog girls...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


At my mom and dad's house there is this plaque (I guess you would call it a plaque) that hangs on the wall in the living room. It has been ever present in my life for as long as I can remember.

The plaque was made by my uncle, I guess during a woodworking phase and is quite well made. My uncle was and still is a perfectionist and it is perfect. On the plaque there is what seems like a lot of words when you are a kid.

When I would get in trouble and have to take a break I would sit and read this to pass the time, eventually I memorized it pretty much word for word - not because I was naughty all of the time, but rather because I wanted to. It was a challenge to see if I could do it.

I can't remember the whole thing now, however whenever I start out a walk by myself I find the words coming easy almost like a little chant, "Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence."

It is a habit, however tonight was reminded that I wanted to see if I could remember the rules to life and Googled it and never realized it was written by a man, an attorney from Indiana named Max Ehrmann. He wrote it in 1927, however the poem did not gain momentum until after his death.

It is rules for life, and as I read I am reminded that I don't always follow the rules, but it is good to have the little bird in your ear with Gigi's voice giving you a little help now and then. So tonight, I will select some of the pieces I want to work on in 2010 and memorize the words and recite to myself on cold winter nights when I walk in the snow.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, 1927

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Insomnia, pigeon problems and Toyotas

AE is having trouble sleeping - I don't know if it is this whole preteen thing, but let's just say it is getting a little old having a major crab apple EVERY day this xmas break.

My good friend Lori said her son MW is having the same issue and suggested that I maybe sleep with her for a week or so and get her caught up with her sleep. It has only been two nights and she is already more pleasant!!! We are also able to chat every night before she goes to sleep she has told me more in two nights than she had in a month.

Every night she has been asking for funny stories, last night I was spent in the humor department and thought about a movie I saw on TV over the weekend. It had been awhile since I originally saw the movie, but every time I think of it I laugh.

The movie is "Forget Paris" with Debra Winger and Billy Crystal. Overall the movie is pretty bad, but it has its moments. One of the scenes AE and I laughed until it hurt - its a little story about a lady and a pigeon, while scanning YouTube I found another favorite scene that my sister and I used to have a good time with whenever we got bored. The older fellow in the clip is Billy Crystal's father-in-law who is kinda losing it.

Enjoy friends - a little laugh to start the day.

Actually clip #1 I shouldn't make too much fun of because it could seriously happen to me someday.

You asked for it you got it Toyota...

Friday, January 01, 2010

I am usually an open book...

however have made the decision to have The Schmidt House be invite only, you are the ones that I want to share our lives with - if there is someone that I have omitted by mistake, please let me know. Think that there are some family members that I do not have email addresses for, so will need to track those down.

I have found that I have been a little blog "stuck" for the last few months knowing that there were a lot of people who read my site and I became a little self conscious about what I was writing as to not offend anyone - not like I go out of my way to offend, but after awhile you realize that there are some pretty sensitive folks out there. I know it takes all kinds for the world to go around, however I don't want to have to worry about it when I am here.

So now I feel a little more free to speak my mind which you all know has never been a problem, but now I feel I am among friends.

Thanks for sharing this little adventure with the Schmidts...