Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Pixie is Still Alive


Wow.  WOW! I've been gone from here a long time.  I was worried to even come back thinking maybe I had been hacked by some crazy international spammer and the Pixie Pages had been turned into some crappy spamming site in broken English with terribly misspelled words.  Alas that is not the case.  It's just a crappy, not updated in ages blog that I've ignored way too long.

I've been traveling for work and when not traveling still keeping my nose to the grindstone trying to keep up.  Barely staying afloat.  Treading water. lol, sounds dramatic, maybe a slight overstatement but really there's been NO downtime, NO slow time.  It's been full steam ahead for a solid year.

I did take a one day sketching / watercolor class in the city this summer.  I also took an online class with Mary Ann Moss over at Dispatch From LA.  Both were a ton of fun and I had grand plans to sketch and paint something every day, even if it was only something quick.  Not so much.  Life gets in the way and by life, I mean work.

The man and I also did a day hike one weekend.  High Point, NJ.  Bear Territory!  I did not know it was Bear Territory! (Capital letters and exclamation point mine because that seemed to be how EVERYONE reacted).  We saw no bears.  Not that I'm disappointed but still...

I've done quite some traveling this year, none of it for leisure but the list includes:  San Antonio, Del Mar, Palo Alto, La Jolla Boston, Philly, DC Vegas, San Jose and Santa Clara, Chicago, Alpharetta...and the list goes on.  I feel like I should just unpack, do the laundry and re-pack everything and in some weeks, that's exactly what I did :)

And so, we are into November.  My schedule is not slowing down and the first quarter is looking to be busier than ever.  Made some new work friends.  Met some great new people.  Met a great new guy.  Life is good.  Life is busy.  One day it will all balance out.  Until then, I'll try to check in here a bit more frequently.  I'll try to be a better blog owner.  I'll try to be creative each day.  That's all any of us can do...try.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

No Bull...Life's Been Crazy!

This is how I feel right now, like I have a bull by the horns and am holding on for dear life!  I can't believe it's been so long since I blogged.  So much for being a better blogger, spending my free time drawing and painting or relaxing for that matter.  This job is kicking my booty far more than the old one ever did.  I'm wiped out.  And it's only going to get nuttier over the next few weeks.  Multiple trips for work, symposiums, education days, sales meetings...flights, flights, flights.

On top of that, it's been silly, crazy cold.  Still.  In March.  This winter really has a grip and doesn't want to let go.  Everyone is saying they can't wait for summer, I can't wait for spring.  Just a thaw.  The snow has finally melted around town but we still had two days where it was 16 degrees when I walked to the train for my morning commute.  Done with that! :)

On a side note, so far the highlight of my year was the purchase of a new vacuum cleaner.  Holy smoke, I know that sounds crazy but I've vacuumed EVERYTHING.  The floors, rugs, baseboards, blinds, sofa, mattress, ceilings, ceiling fan...I kid you not!  But it picks up everything and has all these great attachments for floors and upholstery and a crevice tool with / without a brush.  I'm in LOVE with my Dyson Animal.  Really, I am.  It was expensive but no bags, no filters to replace just empty the canister and wash off the filter once a month.

Oh well...I hope it won't be another month before I check in but I can't promise anything.  Like there's anyone here reading my posts anyway but if you are...well, thanks for sticking around! lol

Monday, February 03, 2014

Snowy Day in February

It's snowing again.  But at least the temps are nice, no 9 degrees, no minus 2 with with windchill.  It's been crazy and there's another storm on the way.  I have to say, I love winter but this one has been a bear.  Polar Vortexes, frozen pipes, upstairs neighbors' water leak, ceiling repairs.  But right now, right now, the trees are covered in snow and it's pretty, fluffy, white and pristine.  And I will spend the evening snuggled on my sofa, catching up on my DVR and relaxing.  Or trying to.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

2014…I'm Coming For You

This photo makes me happy.  It has nothing to do with me going at 2014 like it's piece of filet mignon and I haven't eaten in days but it makes me happy.  This is a photo of my nephew, niece and I roasting marshmallows while I was visiting over the Christmas holidays.  Those little germ-bombs are so cute even if they give me some crazy cold each time I see them.

So, yup…2014…I'm coming for you! I've got you in my eyesights.  You might be kicking my booty only 4 days in but I will overcome! :)  No water leak, ceiling damage, frozen pipes or jury duty is going stop me.  I'm not going to let all that get me down.  I am pressing forward and I'm going to RELAX because that's my word for the year.

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards:  they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.      --- Margaret Young

So that's what I'm going to do.  I'm going to reverse my thinking.  Be who I am.  Do what I need to do. So look out 2014…I've got you in my sights!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Year in Review - 2013

First Snow November 2013
Ah, the end of 2013.  I'm kind of glad to see it go, it was the longest, shortest year in a while.  Things never seemed to calm down and I felt like I was running at all times.  This year really wore me out.

I started it the way I ended 2012, and that was sick and on a lot of medicine that made me wonky!

I traveled for work and traveled for work and traveled…okay, you get the idea.

I changed jobs and took no time off between them and started the new job by…wait for it…traveling my third day on the job.

Old job in a television control room, I admit that I miss it sometimes.
But there were some very cool things that happened, for example, I won a Sports Emmy (and am waiting not very patiently for my statue to arrive).

I went to Cabo San Lucas on vacation.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  First vacation in a LONG time.
And finally after about eight years, was able to go back to Louisiana and spend Christmas with my family.

I got to see the Stanley Cup up close and personal.  It's quite amazing!  Just an FYI, I am taller than Lord Stanley's cup, it's just up on a table…for all of you out there wondering if I'm really THAT short.

Me and the Stanley Cup at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY.
Wow! I think this is the most I've typed / blogged / uploaded in quite a while.  I'm hoping that 2014 is a bit more relaxed.  That there's more breathing room.  More living and less rushing.  I guess it's really up to me and I can make life that way but I have to be strong enough to say no, take care of myself and be willing to disappoint people so that I'm not stressed, crazed, cranky.

Here's to 2014!  May it be the best year yet.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Sometimes...

Sometimes you just need to lay back in the grass and watch the clouds.
Sometimes the things you're worrying about really aren't all that big of a deal after all.
Sometimes you just have to let go of trying to control the outcome and believe…


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Work Travel Can Be Fun…Sometimes

So, the past week, I've been traveling for work.  First to Las Vegas and then to Salt Lake City.  I infinitely prefer the second location.  Vegas is nice but only for a day or two and since I'm no gambler and not a drinker, nothing really for me to enjoy.  Good thing there was little down time since our work schedule was so packed.


My co-worker and I toured the Neon Museum and Boneyard.  That was pretty sweet!  There were old neon signs from all through Vegas' casino history.  We also toured the Mob Museum which was interesting in a different way.  We did have a few free hours the second night so we went to see "One" the Michael Jackson cirque de soleil show.  Amazing!


The first day in Salt Lake City was foggy and cold with a rain / snow mix!  Yikes! But it was beautiful once the fog and clouds lifted and I could see the mountains that surround the city and that is one amazing view.


And finally a photo from the hotel where I stayed; The Grand America.  OMG, that' is the most beautiful place ever.  On the ground floor around the corner from the lobby is the sweetest toy store I've seen and the Peter Pan picture is of one of their window displays.  Magical.  They also had Alice in Wonderland and the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood.  I could SO be Eloise and live at this hotel.  It truly was one of the most beautiful hotel properties that I've ever seen.

After a long week on the road and multiple flights, car rentals and hotels I was more than happy to fly home yesterday.  It was wonderful to return home even to the cold and no grocery.  Home is the best! :)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Holidays

Sorry, I have no picture.  Sorry I've not been around much.  It's just been…well…a bear.  Work is even  more that the old job.  More hours, more events, more stress.  About the only thing not more is the travel but that's about the same, lol.

Can you believe it is almost the holidays?  Thanksgiving will be here before you know it as will Christmas.  I had made a vow to try and relax and enjoy the holidays this year.  Really enjoy them.  Sit back, soak in all the cheer and wonder.  However, as usual, real life tends to get in the way and I don't see much time for relaxing, sitting back or soaking in.

How does it get like this?  How do we get to the point that every day is just one continuous filled to the brim as well as stress filled day stacked on top of another?  That's what I've been thinking about lately.  A lot.   I think about it at night when I can't sleep, I think about it on the subway to and from work, I think about it when I look at my fellow commuters who look sleep deprived, angry and / or sad.  I'm formulating a 2014 resolution to relax.  Somehow.

I've been doing yoga again this past year but the last few weeks, I've kicked it up a notch; longer, harder sessions that push me yet relax me.  I pray and give thanks and I do this daily.  I try to sleep at night instead of worrying about my to-do list and trust that God will provide, whether it's the contract I'm stressing over, the idea that will make the event or the time to get everything done.  And I've been taking time to be by myself when I can.  Church on Sunday, where I'm surrounded by others yet each of us are wrapped in our own thoughts, thanks and praise.

I may never reach that work - life balance thing that I hear and read about but I'm trying my hardest.  Trying to live life and not let it pass me by so quickly.  Enjoy the every day and not just the special occasions. We shall see.  All I know is that I can't continue at the pace I've been going. My body is worn out, my mind is worn out and my spirit has been feeling defeated so somehow I have to learn to relax.  Learn to let go and trust.  I think I've found my "word" for 2014…relax.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

General Pixinations on a Fall California Day

I'm on a worky work trip to the west coast...today was a travel day from one location in southern California to another.  I took Amtrak and I have to admit, I loved it.  It was relaxing, pretty coastal scenery and unlike the Amtrak from NY to DC or Baltimore, it was not packed.  I didn't have to argue with someone who won't take their backpack off the only empty seat so that I could sit down.

The hotel where I'm staying is very pretty, definitely that beachy resort vibe with grasscloth wall paper, mellow color scheme, wide white plantation shutters, a balcony, free WiFi.  Ah, nice.  The lobby has a glass inclosed fireplace with big comfy sofas and chairs covered in pale green velvet.  I could move in although I really don't think I could live in California.

I was thinking about that on my train ride down.  Well, maybe San Fran.  I love San Fran.  This is pretty but I'm not a beach girl, lol.  I prefer the moody, green, foggy atmosphere of northern California.

Anyhoo, what else have I been musing on this relaxing day?  Well, the fact that I've eaten fish tacos two days in a row and I loved them.  Yum!  I've also been thinking about the work event I just finished and how stressful it was but how fun it was.  Several things went wrong, most outside of my control so it was a great first experience on this type of show and learning how to roll with it. I'm glad that the people working that event are cool and don't wig out (for the most part, lol).  They understand that things are going to go wrong from time to time, they appreciated that I did what I could as fast as I could to correct whatever issues we were having and most importantly, they realize that what we do is not saving lives.  They also realize that there's no such thing as perfect and that looking for perfection will always set you up for failure.

Don't get me wrong, I go out there and try my hardest to do the best job that I possibly can but I realize that I cannot and never will pull of a "perfect" event / show / etc.  As long as I'm busting my hinney to do the job and do it to the best of my abilities, well...that's all that I can ask of myself.

And now, I'm off to sit out on the hotel terrace under the heat lamp, have a glass of wine and a nice dinner, read my book and just relax.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

This picture is several weeks old, it was taken in Denver at my last NFL game with my former job.  It's been a whirl wind of a few weeks:

  • Flew back from Denver and started the new job just a few short days later
  • Went to DC two weeks in a row with the new job
  • Learning all kinds of new things...excited and slightly scared but everyone is really friendly so far
This photo was taken while standing on the field pre-game as my manager and I waited for the parachuters.  They dive bomb the field before every home game.  It's freaking amazing and scares the bajeezus out of me.

Anyhoo, the new job is busy, busy, busy!  I thought I'd have some down time but so far not so much.  I know it will slow down a bit after this month but whew...I jumped in both feet waist deep in the river. I had no choice. I traveled three days in for a conference.

I had the weekend off so I met a friend in the city to find a new wing place, our favorite closed down.  That was not so successful. Walked allll the way to Ave. A looking for one place that I was told was the best.  It was closed down as well.  Went to a second place but they didn't serve the wings until after 5pm.  Went to a third place and ate wings.  Tiny wings. OK wings.  Sigh. But we shall continue the search!

This morning I went to church; that was so peaceful and calming.  I love going to my church, it's a beautiful old church on 5th Avenue and I feel all my troubles, real or imagined wash away when I'm there.  I know I can have that feeling outside of that building...I'm working on that but wow, it's hard to break old habits!  Hard to let go of worrying about things I can't control. Hard to let God handle the problems.  Hard to trust that what happens is what's meant to be and all part of his master plan.  Hard to be peaceful all the time.  But I'm working on it and I'll continue to work on it.