Mindy Richmond – On The 8\’s

Lots of nonsense with bits of accidental wisdom.

I’m Moving! November 19, 2007

Filed under: Links — Still Mindy @ 9:28 am

I went ahead and got my own website. It’s still in the construction phase, and like Michigan roads will probably always be, so I’m not waiting to announce it. I moved my blog over there so you’ll need to update your bookmarks and bloglines!! Here is the new address:

www.griddlebandits.com/blog

Go there now!

 

My First Blog November 16, 2007

Filed under: Links,Nonsense — Still Mindy @ 9:08 am

I’ve been blogging since 10/24/03!

http://mindyrichmond.home.comcast.net/~mindyrichmond/blog.html

It’s interesting to go back and read what I was doing ages ago. There is some fun stuff in there including the news about my third nerve palsy, and an adorable picture of John Cusack.

(I know, I’ve been blogging a lot lately. Yes, it’s slow at work. Once it’s time for month end billing again you’ll have plenty of time to catch up reading my posts. Because I know you were concerned.)

 

Wave Your Hands

Filed under: Funny — Still Mindy @ 7:28 am

Don’t be a party pooper!

Wave your hands in the air…

 

Silver Bells Parade! November 15, 2007

Filed under: Recreation — Still Mindy @ 3:24 pm

The Silver Bells in the City parade is tomorrow! I haven’t made it every year but I love it when I do. Just something about all the lights and music and the chill in the air makes me feel like a kid again. I checked the parade route and it goes right by our office building. I plan on picking Luke up and then coming back to park in our parking lot behind the building. We’ll be smack dab in the middle of the action, but can retreat for warmth and potty breaks if need be. I’ve already talked to a couple friends who are going to be down here for it and I hope to meet up with them. If you’re not one of them but you want to join me, let me know!

 

I totally forgot

Filed under: Nonsense — Still Mindy @ 12:28 pm

I totally forgot to put deodorant on today. I think I’ll be okay.

 

Bench Player

Filed under: Deep Thoughts — Still Mindy @ 12:18 pm

I was telling my father-in-law yesterday about how I “played” volleyball my senior year of high school. They let me practice with them and wear the uniform at games. I sat on the bench and cheered everybody on. I think I still have the shirt (I was #1). I was not much of a volleyball player but I was a happy, smiley little sprout so I was great for team morale.

Today I was complaining to a co-worker about having to work in the suite down the hall while everyone else has already moved to the new space. I told him I didn’t feel like part of the team. He reassured me that I was part of the team, but that I was just one of the bench players. Nice😉

Such is my life – on some level I have always felt like the bench player. Everybody loves me, I’m always welcome, but I am really just watching from the sidelines because I don’t quite fit in to the game. I don’t know where this comes from and it’s probably not all that true (if it is, don’t tell me) but I’m going to blame it on being the middle child. Yup, it all goes back to that. I’m sure of it.

 

1.5 Billion

Filed under: Deep Thoughts,Movies — Still Mindy @ 8:28 am

I watched an outstanding movie last night: “The Girl In The Cafe“. I thought it was going to be a simple love story but it was so much more. Simply put, it’s a story about two broken people trying to make a difference. I’m not great at movie reviews so I won’t attempt that, but I will give this movie two thumbs up and a big toe. I will warn you, there was one entirely unnecessary scene with brief nudity but it could easily be fast forwarded through. In another scene the f-word was used, but it was not used flippantly so it didn’t bother me.

The weird coincidence (or not so much) is that last night I watched that movie and it was about world poverty and this morning I read this post in my bloglines about the same subject. Now this coincidence may just be the affects of some media campaign but does that mean I should tune it out like I do with all the other information I am bombarded with? I can’t end world poverty. I can’t even make a significant dent in it, but the message I heard last night was that we can’t use that as an excuse to just give up. We must not compromise or become complacent on matters of life and death.

I don’t know what I can do. To be honest, I’m a little overwhelmed with the figures. More than 1.5 billion living on less than $1 a day? I spend $0.73 on coffee every day. That’s pocket change to me, and yet there are billions whose lives depend on that. Billions. I can’t even comprehend that. What’s even harder to comprehend is the six million children dying each year before their fifth birthday. I can’t imagine the pain of not being able to feed your own child. Luke cries if he has to wait thirty seconds for his dinner. It would break my heart to hear him cry from hunger, knowing I had nothing to offer. How do you explain to a six month old that there is no food? How do you explain that to a four year old, knowing she may not make it to five?

I don’t know what I can do. I would like to think that this knowledge will stay with me and change my perspective and cause me to make changes in the way I live that will make a difference. The sad truth is that I will probably forget all about this by Christmas, but let’s pray that I do not.