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Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday Five -What's in a Name?

The RevHRod posted this The Friday Five: What's in a name?

"If you are a regular reader of Songbird's blog, you know that "The Princess" has requested a new name. Her older brother changed his "secret identity" a while back and now this lovely young lady is searching for a new name on her mother's blog. This got me to thinking. How do we come up with all of these names? There must be at least a few good stories out there.

In honor of the Princess I have posted a picture of one of my favorite members of fictional royalty, Robert Munch's "Paperback Princess." She is a brave young woman who doesn't need anyone else to fight her battles. And she knows that what is most important isn't tiaras and finery but what's on the inside. If you haven't read this little fairy tale, I highly recommend it. But I digress."

1. So how did you come up with your blogging name? And/or the name of your blog?
I'm a member of a twelve step group and 21 (as of August 5th through the grace of God)years ago, I started learning a group of slogans designed to keep me sober. One was progress not perfection. As I started studying counseling, I learned about process and the necessity of it for lots of things in our lives, So I changed that slogan to 'Process, not perfection.' That's my story.

2. Are there any code names or secret identities in your blog?
Only one BL which stands for my Beloved, now my...wife! And I am hers. ( I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine.)

3. What are some blog titles that you just love? For their cleverness, drama, or sheer, crazy fun? I like Velveteen Rabbi, Lutheran Chik's L Work Diary-which I also enjoy reading of course!

4. What three blogs are you devoted to? Other than the RevGalBlogPals of course!
Of course I love RevGalBlogPals-and love to say it! But additionally I like: Seeking Authentic Voice, Views from the Road-for the descriptiveness. (more to be added.)

5. Who introduced you to the world of blogging and why?
I discovered it myself by surfing the net and wanted to do it.

Bonus question: Have you ever met any of your blogging friends? Where are some of the places you've met these fun folks? I had a near miss with Barb from Views from the Road who was here in NYC for Easter weekend, but was so booked up, that we never did meet. Maybe her next trip. I've been e-mailing with Mary from Little Mary to book her to speak at my group, so a meeting is in the works!
And, by the way. NY is a popular destination, you RevGals. So, e-mail me!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hershey Park-that I missed as a child and missed again

BL has a niece and nephew. Since the children have been born, she has done her best to be a good aunt, making frequent visits, planning vacations, and picking out thoughtful gifts. She loves than as if they were hers.

This weekend was supposed to be a special weekend. BL's niece (NE) never requested a special trip before, unlike her brother A who always had a destination and route etc., so we were really happy when she perked up when we mentioned Hershey Park and said "Can we really?" Wow! Pay dirt! "Can we stay in the park?" Sure, why not!

So we planned. The night before, the mother we called the mother to make plans. She said, "NE is growing up so in the future, could you please "not do anything" 'or get a suite.' Do anything??? When we are with then we are the perfect aunties and neither of us has a pe*is, by the way. We have never done anything inappropriate in the sight of the children's eyes-or any ones. Homophobia runs deep in this family.
I left work early on Friday to pack-time I have little of because of my recent brush with surgery and hospitals which has still left me exausted much of the time. Neither of us could sleep on Friday night, so we got kind of a slow start on Saturday-actually I was up, but Sue can catch up and slept late.

Gaily we set up toward Pennsylvania. I love the state having grown up in Ohio. We finally arrived to find the niece and father, who had visited the zoo. The ne chastised us for arriving late and stopping for lunch-a slice of pizza and a pee stop! Uh-what's going on here? BL, brother and ne visited chocolate world, but I finally had to take a nap. We finally had dinner at a HP restaurant-overpriced and not so good. Then fireworks.

The next day I was up at my usual 6:00-late for me. I hung around the lobby for an hour. then went swimming-nice pools.(didn't want to wake the sleeping beauties)  I finally got a call around 10:00am. They were up. I went to the room to fine BL and ne deep in conversation about sensitive topics related to the family. Finally that ended. It was Brunch time, we brunched. Finally park time."I really don't feel like going to the park, my stomach hurts and the rides might upset it."NO PARK!  So BL and ne went to the butterfly garden. I took another nap-it was 3:00 by this time and I was tired and had a headache. I won't go into the talk in this venue. Later we sat around the room. playing cards until the ac broke, then it was replaced-the Hershey folks were quite gracious and I ate way too much chocolate.

The next day was worse.

Shortly after we got back on the road, BL had to pull over because she was crying too hard. She cryed on and off for the rest of the evening worried about what she had done wrong. Since the children have been born, she has done her best to be a good aunt. Now she feels she is losing then due to the imminent divorce of the parents.