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Ushering In 2010 – Perspective

Yesterday I ushered in 2010 by sitting around all day with Jeff in our pjs watching movies and some football (yes, we are lazy but we have also been sick around this house and decided that it was a good idea to start the year by not infecting friends with our yucky germs).  Well, Jeff watched football and I cruised the Internet, finding items that straddle the line between useful and useless knowledge (such as filling my head with gossipy fluff as it was “reveal day” on gossip blog Crazy Days and Nights – check it out to see what I mean).  I also caught up with some Facebook and Twitter friends and read some blogs that I enjoy.

One of those blogs is I’m a Mom in Real Life.  Yes, she’s a mom and I’m not, but she doesn’t really write about “mommy” topics – she writes about topics that make me laugh and, in this case, make me think and put a few things in perspective.  Mom in Real Life received an email from another blogger (I have no idea how this whole blog community really works but I’m learning and finding some really cool people) asking her to post the following.  Please read it, share it, comment on it, and if you’d like to read more from Brandy, her blog is here (as well as her contact info).  Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow – it means a lot to me that you all check it out and to my “real life” friends and family – I love you.

I know I’ve asked you guys for many things on this blog and I’m going to ask you for one more.

Read this.

That’s all.

My name is brandy. And I have a blog.

And a plea.

I use my blog to showcase the crazy I meet everyday, share the stories of the kids I teach and document my love for tequila, dairy products and the abdominal muscles of Ryan Reynolds. Rarely do I talk about personal issues on my blog- as personal as the dude that I adore (who I actually met through my blog- single ladies, let that be a very good reason to blog, the possibility of meeting someone as wonderful as my man), but I need your help. And it involves my dude.

He’s a guy who made math comics for my class, so they would love learning about addition. He’s the kinda guy who sends my friends gift cards when they are having hard times, who remembers every story I ever told him, who was the first person I celebrated with when I got a teaching job. He’s the guy who sent flowers to me at school- dozens of my favourite pink roses just because he loves me. He’s a guy who has spent a year patiently explaining (and re-explaining) everything there is to know about football during the important games when silence is preferred. He’s made me word puzzles and comics and stayed up late playing Scrabble with me (even though I beat him almost every time). He’s listened to me cry about school and family and jobs. He is everything I never knew I needed and everything I always knew I wanted.

The holidays have hit us hard. He’s recently been told he may have something called multiple myeloma- an incurable cancer, that gives a person an average of five years of continued life. Though this news has came as a shock, he continues to be exactly who has always been- spending his time worrying about me, rather than worrying about himself. He’s the most selfless individual I know- (he stayed late on Christmas Eve to work, so his co-workers could leave early) and a post like this would never be something that he would promote or encourage but when I’m overwhelmed and feeling helpless, the blogging community has always given me tremendous support and comfort, two things I desperately need at this time.

As I write this, the future is uncertain and we aren’t sure what’s happening. He’ll need to see an oncologist soon, to verify what’s going on in his body. My hope is that everyone who reads this think positive thoughts and if you are a person who prays, could you add him to your list? (You can refer to him as ‘brandy’s hot awesome dude’). If you don’t pray, please keep him in your heart.This cancer is only a possibility and I believe that the prayers and positive thoughts of people can make sure it never becomes a reality.

I want to give a big thank you to the blog owner who scraped their original blog plans and graciously put this up. My goal is to get as many people as possible to see and read this post. If you are reading this and want to help, copy and paste my plea into your blog or send a link through twitter, so more people can keep him in their thoughts. I would be so very grateful (even more grateful than I am to my friend who first showed me the picture of Ryan Reynolds on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. If you haven’t seen it, google it. You. Are. Welcome).

I realize this all sounds dramatic, a Lifetime movie in the making- but this is life. Right now. And I’m throwing away any hint of ego and am humbly asking for you to pray or think kind thoughts. If you are able to pass this on, thank you and if you know anything regarding MM- please email me (my email is on my blog). This isn’t a call for sympathy or a plea for pity. It’s just one girl hoping you can think positive thoughts for the person she adores. If my current heartache provides you with anything, let it be with the reminder that life is short, love is unbending and no one knows what could happen next. Maybe it is silly, but I really do believe that positive thoughts can make a huge difference. Thank you for reading this and if you haven’t already? Please tell someone you love them today.

I did.


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Calling Both Clutterbugs and Neatniks…

I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this site/blog, but I think you should stumble upon it, too! Whether you are a clutterbug or a neatnik, Unclutterer is for you. The editor and writers of Unclutterer describe it best: “Unclutterer features tips, organization strategies, product reviews, reader questions and more. We’re not a personal productivity blog or a site about interior design, but we still hope we can help you in those areas. Getting uncluttered and organized can be the first step to more efficiently tackling your projects and realizing a better-looking space.” I’m choosing to unclutter my brain by using their words rather than re-invent the description!

A guest blogger wrote today’s post about uncluttering for travel. A few days ago (July 6 – just scroll down the page a bit), Unclutterer posted 10 Uncluttering Things to Do Everyday – and these are super easy-peasy things we can all easily take on in an effort to make our life (and brains) a lot less cluttered! And, unlike dumb old blogspot here, the RSS feed at Unclutterer actually works so you can sign up for updates from Unclutterer! Hmmm… that my clutter up your email box but maybe in a good way!

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.