Love The Fool

Here's a new quote that I found in Oprah's magazine, October 2007 issue. I've had it sitting on my desk and thought it would be better to post it here before I lost it. I like the message of self love.

"I must learn to love the fool in me - the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool."

-Theodore I. Rubin, MD

I bought the book Skinny Bitch for myself on the recommendation of Karl, a personal trainer who I've been working with over the last couple of months. I'm only on Chapter five and I have to say, I don't like their style. It's written in a very straight foward and aggressive manner. I'm going to finish it, well, I finish every book I start and I'm sure there is good information in it. I'll give my final verdict when I finish the whole thing. They have a cookbook as well which might be more helpful since I'm more interested in cooking more healthy.

I talked to my mom this morning - she is at my sisters' house in Mississippi. She flew down there yesterday to babysit my nephew while my sister and brother-in-law went to the Sugar Bowl. My nephew was born on October 15th so he's 11 weeks old and is just starting to giggle. Delighting my mother and sister. I won't get to see him again until we go on a cruise the last week of February. But here are some pictures of him when we went to see Santa Claus at Christmas to tide all of us over until then. (He slept through a lot of it).


'No Chance'

While I'm excited for the win, about halfway through the Sugar Bowl last night, I felt bad for Hawaii. What a sad way to end what was a great season. I had such respect for the energy they mantained for the entire game - the celebration for their lone touchdown was great. And the emotion displayed by Colt Brennan when June Jones made him stay on the sidelines after getting sacked one too many times. The senior quarterback will play in the pros and his coach was making sure he didn't get hurt in a game that was already lost.
I am not impressed with the comments of the UGA players - we're not number one, we didn't have a perfect season and we didn't make it to our conference championship. If they feel that strongly about it they need to make sure next season happens differently. I'm glad we played well and hopefully we'll be positioned for a good ranking for next season.


le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre

Happy New Years!

Here we are - we've made it another turn around the sun and I'm excited for 2008. This past year has been great becuase of changes I have made to improve my life. I am still searching for my direction and yet I feel stronger about who I am than I have in the past couple of years. Plus I'm happier which is always a good thing.

Last night was a fun party - nothing crazy but good times. Fun people, good food, great champagne and just enough cheer. My friend Jessica has an amazing apartment in the heart of Lincoln Park which was the perfect place for a great party.

As always I'm thinking about my resolutions for the upcoming year, so here it is:

BE THE PERSON I WANT TO BE - everyday I make choices, seemingly small choices without much thought. I've realized, the hard way of course, that is is those small choices which make a big impact upon shaping me as a whole person. So I am resolving to be thoughtful in the small choices and daily decisions to make sure I make better choices.

Once again I woke up to a Winter Wonderland. I live right beside Lincoln Park and the snow fall from the night coated the park and everywhere I look is a picturesque scene from a winter movie. As a kid of the south, the snow fascinates me in way I can't explain. I enjoy every moment of it, every flake that falls - I love playing in it and being out in the snow. I understand how people hate it or find it inconvient or annoying. But if it's going to be cold, I'd rather it be snowy and cold. Then at least, there's some beauty in the moment of frigidness. And being the total nerd that I am, the first snow of the season, I was out in the park, hiking around and playing in the snow. Here are some pictures from that excursion.

I love the snow but the people who running the snow... those people, I think are a little crazy. There was some sort of a footrace in the park this morning and people were out there running through the snow. Nuts. God invented treadmills for a reason.

As I'm writing this, Tennessee has just defeated Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl - that brings the SEC to 5-0 for the BCS Bowl season. If Florida defeats Michigan and Georgia beats Hawaii and LSU beats Ohio, will people finally stop arguing against the SEC? Will they finally recognize how difficult the conference is? An interesting statistic is that Ohio is 0-8 against the SEC in bowl games - they've never defeated an SEC team! I'm hoping LSU will continue this tradition. I'll continue to talk about this as the bowl week goes on and the results come in.


So Much to Say

Oh dear, so many things to talk about on my first “real” entry. I didn’t realize I had so much I wanted to share with the internet.

Here are my preparations for this evening… I stopped by my neighborhood grocery store to pick up these festive New Year’s Eve feathered headbands for my friend, Rana and I to wear this evening. The bottle of champagne is for our lovely hostess, Jessica who is fabulous and brave enough to host this gathering. She is a fellow champagne drinker so I hope that I bought a somewhat decent bottle for her enjoyment.

I anticipate a good but not a mind blowing time – I learned a long time ago not to expect much from NYE. It’s always a crazy night for me, I’ve had horrible break ups and nasty fights with friends on this high expectation evening. I really think the best one I had was 2000/2001 when I had a broken leg and was laid up on the couch at my parent’s house with a viable excuse and total control of the remote. Sad, but true.

On my walk home from the grocery store, I was behind a couple who were cutely carrying their groceries together. Meaning, they had one bag held between them, each holding one handle of the bag. A bag which did not appear to be heavy… a bag that so did not require two grown adults to maneuver down the street. I wish that I had my camera SOOOOOOOOO badly, it was just too much not to have a picture to share with the internet!

Lesson learned! Always have either my cell phone or camera with me at all times if I am going to share my daily entertainment with the internet. I’ll do better from now on, I promise.

A side note on how my life has change since I moved from Georgia to Chicago, I walk everywhere… the grocery store, the bagel shop, the movies, anywhere I want to go. I know for those who either grew up in the city or have lived here for a while, this isn’t such a crazy idea. But for me, it’s a HUGE CHANGE: Before, I drove to work exactly one mile down the street and home each day without thinking about it. Now, I walk home from my volunteer position all the time, and it’s more than a mile but there are sidewalks and other people walking so I don’t think it’s a big deal plus I enjoy it, being outside, breathing ‘fresh’ air and moving. My body enjoys it too. Now that’s it gotten colder, I may not enjoy it as much but it’s going to have to be really brutal for me not to consider it. Plus trying to get on the 156 bus at 5PM is a total joke.

A little vindication…. Today’s horoscope:

In case you aren’t able to see the picture or read it, here’s what it says: When are you going to start living by your own timetable instead of your mother’s, your best friend’s or your therapist’s? Stop fretting if you haven’t already popped out 2.5 kids or received your master’s degree yet. The sun says everything will happen in due time.

Not that I really need the sun to say everything will happen in due time but those of you close to me know this year has been challenging due to the changes in my life and my concern that I have accomplished what I need to do in order to get where I want to go. I’ve been aware for a while now that I have a different timeline than some one my friends and I’m ok with that. But it’s still nice to see it from a different source. Motivates me.

Tomorrow is January 1, 2008 – a whole new year. A new start. Much is made about beginnings, we’ve all heard the graduation speeches. And of course, I won’t fail to disappoint the internet with my own outlook on the New Year.

AND there will be GEORGIA BULLDOG FOOTBALL!!! 7:30 PM on FOX.

While I’m not jealous, if I happen to mention that BOTH of my sisters are in New Orleans have tickets to watch the ‘Dawgs play Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl multiple times, don’t assume it’s because I want to be there. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good football game and a good party all rolled into one. Which is exactly what the Sugar Bowl is… so they are both there. And I’m here. In Chicago, with no bowl game. No biggie. Not a problem. Not at all.

(And yes, I know that they both live there, so yes, it does make it easier for them to go but couldn't we have made it a family affair - we all go to see Santa together, why not the Bulldogs?)

And for people who want to know about the football side of it, let me remind you that this is BCS match up of two teams with the least amount of losses – Hawaii is undefeated and UGA had 2 regular season losses. The Red Eye called it the “Pay Attention Bowl”. I admit I haven’t watched a Hawaii game this season so I am excited to see if the quarterback is all that he’s hyped to be.

But mainly, I’m looking forward to the Hawaii team's Haka – a traditional warrior dance that preformed to an opponent before a match. It’s so cool to see. The Kiwi guys at camp used to perform it for us and it’s intense in person. When I was in New Zealand a couple of years ago, I got to see it before a Rugby Match and it’s so cool. Hopefully the NCAA will recognize the uniqueness of this ritual and FOX TV will be smart enough to show. Much better than the cheerleaders that we get to see every game (no offense meant to cheerleaders, I’m just saying…)
You can watch the All Black Rugby team preform it courtesy of youtube with that link. I couldn't find the Hawaii team pictures to upload here. But you'll get the idea.
Alrighty then, that's enough for now. Enjoy your New Year's Eve and be careful!


Legal Speak

I feel like I need a disclaimer to start this project... too many people have made the news for getting in trouble for something that is written on their blog. So here's my homemade version of what I hope will suffice: This blog is the opinion, experiences, point of view, and reality of me, Lindsey Hickman, and no one else. It is not meant to represent the opinion or policy of any employer - past, present, or future. It is also not meant to embarass or upset my family and/or friends. I promise to *try* and be sensitive to my loved ones in recognizing that some of my family/friends might not enjoy having their actions, opinions, thougths, and/or words released into the internet.

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