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Life Is Good…

My life is good right now, really good. One of my favorite clothing brands is called Life Is Good. Their motto is Do what you love, love what you do. So true. I think when you adhere to this motto, life just falls into place, like right now for T and me.

T has been playing a lot and has been really busy with his recording. We should be sending the CD’s off for duplication by next week and have them back by the 2nd week of February or so. There’ll be some CD release parties – you’ll have to keep checking the site for the upcoming dates – or, even better, check out T’s website:!

My work is good, too, at the Chamber and at school. I’m really enjoying it at the Chamber. I participated in a Leadership Program for San Leandro a few years ago (2003 – 2004). Every since the initial retreat, I have known I wanted to be the director/facilitator of one. Well, I tried starting one in a small local community (no, no names – but it’s the only Chamber of Commerce/City from San Jose to Santa Rosa out to Brentwood that doesn’t have one) and it didn’t go – the CEO, even though she claimed she wanted it, obviously didn’t, since I found out that even though she said she took it to the BOD for approval and they denied it, she didn’t take it to them! Oh well… on to bigger and better Ch… things.

Obviously, because I got my break at the Oakland Chamber. The person who directed the Leadership Oakland program quit the Chamber and my boss let me take it over. I’m very excited about facilitating it; even though it’s a lot of coordinating, it’s definitely a lot of fun! I’m getting to meet some of Oakland’s top Business leaders and making wonderful connections. Our first session was this past Friday and all day long I felt like I was on a high — floating on a cloud. I can’t thank my boss enough for allowing me this opportunity to realize a 3 year old dream. Thank you, Joe!

So, school (DVC) starts tomorrow, which I’ll be reviewing for as soon as I’m done typing this blog. My schedule is crazy: M/W/F 10-11 @ DVC and then 1-6pm at the Chamber. Then on T/Th, I’m at the Chamber from 8:30am – 5pm. And then, (as if that wasn’t enough) I’ve been subbing some step and cycling classes at Harbor Bay Club on the weekends. Whew! Even with all the craziness in my schedule, my life is still great!  (If I only knew then how easy this schedule was going to be… lol – 7/20/08)

And, now, finally, a quick movie review: Last Holiday – you should definitely go see it! I saw it this weekend with my friend Mary. It’s really funny and very cute! A bit inspiring and a sort of challenge to push you out of your comfort zone. Good stuff, especially if you love Queen Latifah, Gerard Depardieu, and L.L. Cool J.

Okay, off to work/school…

More later

The Magic of it All…

For the fourth time (once for each new movie release), Terrence and I went to the midnight showing of the latest Harry Potter movie – the Goblet of Fire! It was fantastic, even with the omission of a lot of ‘content’ from the book. The characters are maturing, as is their audience, and the chemistry these actors have together is wonderful! The movie had everything… romance, good vs. evil, friendships, morals, ethics, family relationships, fantasy… it was just great. It’s so much fun to sit in a theater with hundreds of other fans – young and old(er) and be swept away by the magic of it all…

And speaking of magic, another sort of magic I’m discovering is the coveted response to the question “What did you do this weekend?” – Nothing at all! In the hustle and bustle of day to day life, not to mention the holiday season, doing ‘nothing at all’ is a treasure! Doing nothing at all can take the shape of vegging out on the couch watching mindless television, catching up with friend’s blogs (modernmuse), wandering the mall or the Apple store, visiting Cold Stone Creamery, trying new restaurants, walking the dog, feeding four cats, reading for pleasure, grading papers, sneaking some cuddle time with my Sweetie, talking about future plans, and sitting in silence alone together or at least with the dog right between us.

And speaking of dogs and magic, how many people can say they’ve dressed up as Clifford the Big Red Dog? Well, I can now add that to my resume! Wait for the picture to post… then you’ll believe me! How fun is that?! I was so stressed first thing this morning – there’s a lot of things that go into putting on a parade – and granted, I’m not the parade director, there’s still a lot of things that go into putting on a parade that fall on me. I want so badly to do a great job with this and prove my salt at the Chamber so that perhaps I will be given more responsibility. I really enjoy Chamber work and the people I work for and with. I look forward to immerseing myself in the Oakland Community as I have done in SL and Alameda. Only time will tell… patience has never been my virture.