stuff I do
Well, day one of finding my inner Ranger has gone pretty well, I think. I have an idea that this could possibly be the one year when I actually succeed in my quest to “be” who I want to be. But I dunno… it’s just the first day. I’m posting a clip from Lord of the Rings to give me some inspiration and some umph… especially when I just want to sit around and eat cookies… here it is:
I think it’s really interesting how I’ve decided NOT to be Aragorn AGAIN since I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I will never succeed with that idea… and yet here I am thinking I can be who? a ranger? is that what I’m calling him now? a ranger? and in my head, am I really thinking Strider? and when I think Strider am I really seeing Aragorn? and what video am I playing? who is that cool guy? and why do I always want to be the guy and not the girl in the movie?? So we’ll see what happens…
I did think it would be a good idea to come up with a “how to be a ranger” list – and here is my first draft:
- Get up in the morning and take hold of the day.
- If something needs doing – do it. Don’t sit around wishing someone else would do it for you.
- When the going gets tough, the tough get going – that does not mean they go to bed… nor does it mean they go to the couch and watch tv.
- I can take out my own trash.
- I can clean up my own messes.
- It’s not going to kill me to be hungry.
- If someone you love dies – be sad, bury them, and then kill something – preferably an Orc or something meaner and more dangerous. The point is – channel your grief into action – the bloodier the better.
- Spend most of your time listening and paying attention to what’s going on around you.
I also think I’m going to have to focus on physical fitness – I wouldn’t have lasted 20 minutes on that trek out of Bree… plus I’m looking at working out a new wardrobe… something to fit my new persona. That will be the fun part – taking on the role – how will it look to be the Ranger Twofeathers – lurking in the shadows… no pipe – but for sure the candle, the cloak, and the ale. Lots of black – and hopefully leather too… how fun!
By the way: This post was migrated from my blogger blog (shirleytwofeathers.blogspot.com) and was first published on 1/2/12.
I’m still talking about the Lord of the Rings. Earlier, I mentioned something about how Gandalph changed my life, and how I made a decision to begin to live my life as if it was an Epic Fantasy Adventure.
So, having mulled it over for several weeks, I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t just pick someone out of the move and “be” that person, because I wasn’t actually them. I didn’t have their skills, or their resources, or their support systems, or their history. Obviously, I’d have to be me. And I’d have to figure out how to be me in a more interesting, magical, adventurous, larger than (real) life kind of way.
The first thing I did was to quit my job. It was clear to me that I was working for was not one of the “good guys.” The next thing I did was get a part time job working for a company that at the very least had the appearance of being a “good guy.” And, indeed, my coworkers are for the most part, good people – and open minded. It’s one of the only work places I know where I can talk about angels, aliens, faeries, tarot, extraterrestrials, astrology, shamanism, reiki, drumming circles, underground kivas, ascended masters, yogis, buddhism, meditation, mantras, crystals, magic and etc etc… and while, I am the resident heretic, and I do frighten some of my coworkers, most of the time it’s OK, and very few people leave the room when I open my mouth. Maybe they even find my “wierdness” charming?
Having carved out a “comfort zone” for myself, I have set about working on creating a life that, for me, has magic and adventure. Which is one of those easier said than done sort of things, especially since life in America right now here where I am seemingly bears no resemblance to the landscapes, vistas, people, and events in larger than life fantasy movies.
And now, two years later, I’m still lost in a maze of what the heck does that look like? And how the heck can I do THAT? Am I too old? Is it too late? Am I up to the task? Is it even possible? Etc. Etc. I think it would be so much easier if I lived HERE:
By the way: This post was migrated from my blogger blog (shirleytwofeathers.blogspot.com) and was first published almost exactly 9 years ago, on 1/30/08.
This is a list of 108 things I wanted to do in 2008. I don’t think I actually did very many of them, so I’m going to try again in 2017…
- Show up at work with my hair colored purple.
- Make a mud pie.
- Watch the sun set over a lake.
- Spend one whole entire day just listening.
- Be seen in public wearing shoes that don’t match.
- Throw at least 2 water balloons at my unsuspecting son-in-law.
- Make a dandelion necklace.
- Give a tired waitress a $20 tip.
- Pay at least one of my bills by hand (this means NOT online) and put confetti in the envelope.
- Roll on the ground laughing.
- Sleep out under the stars.
- Play with melting candle wax.
- Think of something really nice to say to the person at work who dislikes me the most.
- Figure out who that person is.
- Make a small sail boat out of a leaves and float it on my pond (can that be done? I wonder).
- Bake a small honey cake for the faeries and then leave it out for them to find.
- Put a message in a bottle and drop it into the Missouri River.
- Write anonymous letters to both of my daughters telling them how wonderful they are.
- If they ask me about it, I will totally deny that I wrote the letters.
- Rescue a grasshopper from drowning.
- Actually look at myself in the mirror (at least one time).
- Build a snow man.
- Only wear matching socks if I want to.
- Put flowers in my food.
- Go for a walk in the rain.
- Sit so quietly outside that a butterfly lands on my hand.
- Chase fireflies.
- Paint my toenails bright pink.
- Collect pollen.
- Write “I love you” on all of my mirrors.
- Do 10 sit ups.
- Lay in my hammock and blow bubbles.
- Find out how far I can spit.
- Walk barefoot in mud.
- Write an interesting message on a rock and then leave it for someone else to find.
- Dance by the light of the moon.
- Go outside and do a really good Tarzan yell while thumping my chest.
- Do 3 push ups.
- Turn my electricity off for one whole entire day.
- Fill two dozen plastic Easter eggs with little fun toys, and “hide” them at a playground for kids to find.
- Tie bells on my shoelaces and then go grocery shopping.
- Smile and say “Hi” to everyone who stares at me.
- Wear fake eyelashes and black lipstick to a family gathering.
- Send an anonymous surprise gift to someone I like.
- Deny any knowledge of it if they ask.
- For one whole entire day, say only the absolute truth.
- Do this before I send any anonymous gifts or letters.
- Say that I’m going to write a list of 108 things, and stop right before I get to number 49.
What about you? You got a list of things you’d like to do? I’d sure love to hear it!
Wow… So I said to myself, I’ll just create a website and put all my blogs there. It’ll be easy I said. Much of the content is already researched and posted. It’ll be a simple move… LOL… And of course I never do anything “simple.” That’s not how I roll. As a matter of fact, I can take the simplest thing in the world and make it so complicated that it’s almost impossible. Yep. That would be me.
So… because simple is boring and not at all my style, I have, in the last 2 months (in addition to working at my regular job) converted a static website into a WordPress multi site, created 25 custom themes, to go with the 25 mini sites I now have live on the site, and not only that… I created a bunch of little widgets to go with them, and I started filling them with content.
Christmas is almost here, and I have done NOTHING !!! except work on the website. I told my family that what they are getting for Christmas is a chance to visit yet another new site at shirleytwofeathers.com. Needless to say, they remain unimpressed.
So… if you’ve come to this little site looking for a bunch of cool new stuff to read about and look at – it might be a little while before it gets filled up with everything I have saved for it. Because… hey… there are 24 other little sites begging to be worked on and if there were just 3 of me … or 4 … or 5 … or maybe even 10 … I might get caught up before 2017 is over and done.
Anyway. Thanks for visiting!