Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Verbal diarrhea ...

I'm suffering from a case of writer's block and the advice given to me is to start typing and it will all come to me.  So, my dear friends, I give to you, my attempt at curing my writer's block. 

Please enjoy my verbal diarrhea.

Verbal diarrhea ... that sounds so gross but is such a good description of ... well ... diarrhea of the mouth.  I try to prevent "the oral runs" as much as possible by thinking before I speak and choosing my words wisely, but it sometimes happens.  You all know what I'm talking about ... words come flowing out of your mouth faster than your brain can tell your lips to close and you say something stupid, mean or idiotic.  Then there is the pause afterwards where the audience (and you) digests "the mouth squirts".  You think to yourself "OMG ... did I really just say 'that haircut makes your butt look big'?"  And the awkward silence around you confirms your fear.  Yes.  Yes, Becky ... you really did just say that.  Once the realization sets in that the words in your head really did flow through your mouth, you go into total defense mode.  In this mode, there is usually quite a bit of nervous laughter and stammering.  "Errr ... Ummm ... I mean ... that hair cut totally accentuates your big ... uhhh ... eyes!  That's it!  Your eyes really ... uhhh ... pop now!"  Then I spend the rest of the day kicking myself ...

Ahhh ... verbal diarrhea. 

Too bad there isn't any "Verbal Pepto Bismol"

And because I just can't stop my fingers from typing ...

I've noticed lately that people are really trending towards wearing all black or black/gray or black/white.  It's really quite depressing.  When did it become en vogue to dress like you're going to a funeral?  I say this as I'm wearing a dark gray dress, black leggings and black boots.  What is wrong with a little color?!  My favorite color is orange!  It's spicy, and sunny, and fun!  I wish my complexion were a little darker so I could look good in the color orange.  I like to eat oranges and am always so upset when the orange is dry and pulpy.  It's such a bummer after I've spent 5 minutes peeling the orange to realize it's no good!  The anticipation ends in my head hanging low and my shoulders slumped in defeat and a crumbled, dry orange sitting in my lap. 

(Sitting in an imaginary chair)

Speaking of En Vogue ... they are my all time, most favorite girl group ever!  The Funky Divas CD still rocks!  I have every single song memorized and it will forever and always remind me of seventh grade!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A birthday and a half ...

This is a big day in the Leverett household!

Thirty-four years ago today, a little baby boy was welcomed into this world.  This little boy turned a family of 3 into a family of 4.  His smile was infectious, his spirit was adventurous and he didn't know the meaning of a stranger. 

The boy grew into a teenager ...
Who grew into a young adult ...
And then into a man. 

This man changed my world ...

Six months ago today, a little baby girl was welcomed into this world.  This little girl turned a family of 3 into a family of 4.  Her smile is infectious, her spirit is angelic and she doesn't know the meaning of a stranger.

This girl will grow into a teenager ...
Who will grow into a young adult ...
And then into a woman.

This girl changed my world ...

Happy birthday to my precious Shaun and happy half birthday to my sweet Katie!!

Daddy and Daughter

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm a self-portrait-holic

My name is Becky.

I'm addicted to self portraits.

It all started when I was an insecure teenager.  
I wanted to be a model!  But my self consciousness prevented me from letting someone else take my picture.  

I could sneak into my room and snap pictures to my heart's content with no one ever knowing.

I practiced poses.
My "smizing" was spectacular!
My winky face was fabulous!

The drive to create masterful self portraits grew to an obsession when I purchased my first digital camera.

The options were endless!  I had instant results!  No more waiting for the one hour photo developing!

If I wasn't happy with the result, I could hit 'delete'.

The passion intensified in strength as the years passed and no one noticed the warning signs.

If I was within a 3 feet of someone taking pictures, I would cock my head just right, put on my "carmera smile" and pose. 
If I heard a camera shutter, I would push people out of the way to get in the shot.
Seeing a camera flash out of the corner of my eye would stop me dead in my tracks.

Having a precious family only worsened the addiction.  

How did I know the combination of their sweet faces and my delusional ideas of super-model-ness would create such a perfect petri dish for harvesting this addiction?!

Through the help and support of my dear friends and family, though, I am slowly gaining control of the Self-Portrait-ism.

In fact, there are currently 138 pictures on my Super-Duper-Dandy-Smarter-Than-My-Own-Good Smart Phone and only 121 are personal expressions of myself taken by myself.

The remaining 17 pictures look something like this.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Caffiene and Xanax

The Good Lord blessed me with my amazing babies!  I really could not ask for more (which is a good thing because I'm done producing offspring)!

As you know, Nathan is my burst of energy!  His spirit is invigorating and his laugh is infectious!  No one can resist his invitation to wrestle!

"C'mond Ma!  Les pway MUSCLES!  Grrrrrr" 
(Translation: Come on Mama!  Let's play muscles!*)

If Nathan was caffeine, then sweet Katie would be Xanax.

The girl is pure mellow peace!  If you could see into her mind, it would be unicorns, rainbows, bubbles and glitter ... all in slow motion!  She is the ultimate blood pressure reducer and will turn the coldest heart to goo with her snuggles.**

The 2 kids are complete opposite sides of the spectrum and inherited the most extreme traits from me and Shaun.

Below is a chart comparing Mr. Yin and Miss Yang.

*Muscles: Wrestling
**This was written on one of Katie's good days.  The above description could easily compare Katie to Beelzebub’s offspring if written on a "bad" day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rules to live by ...


Call it what you want, but all people create some sort of framework that keeps their life headed in the right direction.  A recent status update on a social networking site instigated me to put pen to paper and list out the rules I live by.

Many of these rules are “duh!” but it’s always good to be reminded.  I hope you enjoy these and possibly take a few to add to your rule book.

  1. Stand true to your convictions.
  2. Speak with confidence.
  3. Never make excuses.
  4. Be nice.
  5. Call your parents.
  6. Say I love you to your siblings.
  7. Remember your manners: Say “Please” and “Thank You”.
  8. Don’t ever forget that you have an imagination.
  9. Limit saying “I don’t care” only to when you really don’t care.
  10. Try to always care.
  11. Stand outside on a cold morning by yourself.
  12. Hold the door open for someone.
  13. Never make yourself too busy to help someone in need.
  14. Remember there is always someone who is worse off than you.
  15. Don’t be selfish.
  16. Be an expert at one thing instead of mediocre at many things.
  17. If you can walk, take the stairs.
  18. Compliment a stranger.
  19. You can never say “I Love You” too much.
  20. Pray … even if you’re not sure you believe in God.
  21. Be faithful to yourself.
  22. Don’t be embarrassed to cry.
  23. Don’t always be negative when gossiping.
  24. Be a role model.
  25. Never be too proud to ask for help.
  26. Make plans and don’t cancel them … even if you don’t want to go.
  27. Have a best friend.
  28. Know when to let go.
  29. Push your limits.
  30. Be a good “secret-keeper”.
  31. Remember that no one is perfect.
  32. Keep your promises.
  33. Share.
  34. If you borrow something, always return it in the same (or better) condition.
  35. Be honest.
  36. Speak clearly.
  37. Find what makes you happy.
  38. Keep peace in your heart.
  39. Live without regret.
  40. Say “I forgive you” if someone says they are sorry.
  41. Know when to say you’re sorry.
  42. Hope.
  43. Have standards.
  44. Have a passion.
  45. Be patient.
  46. Know there is always room for improvement.
  47. Know when to say “no”.
  48. Be humble, but don't be afraid to brag.
  49. A smile is contagious and a laugh is infectious.
  50. Breathe.