Jun. 19th, 2010 08:59 pm
raystrobel47: (Eye)
It's funny how the universe works. The same year my dad and favorite cat die is when I get my first composition published, and performed in two different states. I've made my first presentation as a clinician at our state music educator's conference. I played in my first good paying gig in years. I've had some of my highest highs and lowest lows already, and we're not even out of June yet.

Mom and my brother went to Galveston this morning to watch the sun rise after everything was done dealing with the immediacy of my dad's death (around 3am). They visited their old house that they lived in just after returning from Germany in 1950 or 1951, I can't remember. Mom met the woman who lived there now who wants to hear her stories of Galveston and of her life.

Today Pookie and I got haircuts while out at Pittsburgh Mills. When we drove in, it was hot and ucky. We drove home in a heavy downpour, and now the sun is out and it's much nicer. We look different and the weather has changed. We all change, all the time. In every day there is death and rebirth. Something is new and something else stops. Tomorrow holds the same process, the same promise, as will every day thereafter.

That my mother is holding and has held up so well has been extremely important. Equally important is the support of my wife and daughter, without whom I would feel lost. Your prayers and reaching out to me and my family, both here and in Texas, have helped carry me across a path that I dare not wish to walk alone. I know the good Lord is watching over us all in all of this, through the connection I feel with my family and friends and through my own meditations with Him.

There is no such thing as coincidence. Where there is tragedy, there is opportunity for healing. Where there is brokenness, there is opportunity for mending. Where there is success, there is opportunity for sharing. There is opportunity in every circumstance we encounter if we wish to discover it.

I wish you all the most of your opportunities, as I try to make the most of mine. My love and sincerest thanks go out to all of you.
raystrobel47: (Tx flag)

visited 24 states (48%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

That's almost half. I wish I could add Iowa next month, but that'll have to wait.
raystrobel47: (Walrus)
EDIT: I hadn't realized it posted and people already answered! I went back to edit text. Please resubmit your answers? Pretty please??

Thanks to my being home, and our daughter's good behavior at school, we did lunch at Sonic. I tried the watermelon slushee for the first time, and it wasn't bad at all. It got me thinking and comparing on completely ridiculous things, so of course I have to share.

[Poll #1393307]

I came to the conclusion that Slushees rule. Period. I like the larger ice chips/nuggets that make slushees more drinkable than icees. I love the fruity flavors like orange, grape, and lime. Oooh, the lime. I have a wonderful memory from my best friend's wedding in Victoria, TX. It was hot-hot-hot, and we took a break from the rehearsal and popped into a Sonic and I had a *huge* lime slushee. It's not like I don't like icees, as I love the cola flavors, but I suck all the flavor numminess too quickly and I just have flavorless ice-sand left over.
raystrobel47: (Walrus)
Strange things today. Last night the power went out, but not for very long. Long enough, though, to knock out our internet (and also VOIP phone) and cause a hassle. Couple that with flaky cell reception at our abode, and I was not having a thrilling late morning. The main power was fine, but the backup power seemed to be confused, and that was enough to leave us without service. I called tech support on the cell phone, and was cut off about a half dozen times due to weak reception. I had to schedule a technician to come out tomorrow morning, meaning I'd lose money because their equipment wasn't working. Greeeeeeat.

Then, another power outage happened. It only lasted about a minute. When the lights came back on, *boom!* we had teh intarwebs again. Yaaay! So, I get on the phone to call tech service to kindly cancel the visit just so recently scheduled.

Said call was nearly over, the guy was going over why service was being cancelled.... when yet another power outage cut us both off.

raystrobel47: (Just Me)
[ profile] matsujo9's fault.">

Your result for The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test...

9 - the Peacemaker

Thanks for taking the test !

you chose BX - your Enneagram type is NINE (aka "The Mediator")

"I am at peace"

Peacemakers are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union
with others and the world around them.

How to Get Along with Me

  • If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially
    don't like expectations or pressure.

  • I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this.

  • Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit.

  • Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge
    me gently and nonjudgmentally.

  • Ask me questions to help me get clear.

  • Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery.

  • Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings.

  • I like a good discussion but not a confrontation.

  • Let me know you like what I've done or said.

  • Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life.

What I Like About Being a NINE

  • being nonjudgmental and accepting

  • caring for and being concerned about others

  • being able to relax and have a good time

  • knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around

  • my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good
    mediator and facilitator

  • my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and

  • being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What's Hard About Being a NINE

  • being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive

  • being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline

  • being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally

  • being confused about what I really want

  • caring too much about what others will think of me

  • not being listened to or taken seriously

NINEs as Children Often

  • feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant

  • tune out a lot, especially when others argue

  • are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

NINEs as Parents

  • are supportive, kind, and warm

  • are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy

Discover the 9 Types of People

SanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

You liked the test?

so S P R E A D I T ! tell everyone!!!
(use Quick-Paste below)

you wanna know MORE?

so check out, what Wikipedia says about your type...

...even more you'll find in Google

or do you prefer to

You are not completely happy with the result?!

You chose BX

Would you rather have chosen:

  • AX (SEVEN)
  • CX (TWO)
  • BY (FOUR)
  • BZ (FIVE)

    Take The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test at HelloQuizzy

  • raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
    YES- on new glasses, I will pick the frames after picking up the fam, comin' up soon.

    NO- on mowing the yard today. Thunder-boomers the night before and morning of will kinda do that. I did trim some of the shrubbery around the driveway. More of that tomorrow.
    raystrobel47: (Default)
    So, today is when we in PA get to vote for which Dem is gonna go toe-to-toe with McCain. And I don't have to be at school until noon because of it, but I don't get out until 8:00 this evening, either, which sucks. I mean, I'll miss most of Tuesday Night Dinner, and I'll need to be back at work within 12 hours of leaving. Isn't that depressing? Granted, I had a retail job where I'd have to close at 10pm, then come in the next morning at 6:00 to work stock. *That* was messed up.

    In the four hours I have before leaving, I'll need to vote, drop off paper recycling, clear out a small fallen dead tree, and do other things around the house. Oh, and pick up a surprise birthday present for my wife. Her birthday's Thursday. :-D

    I'm still waiting for feedback after the first rehearsal of Dans Profundo with tubist and pianist. I'm finding myself unable to get truly excited about this piece actually being performed until I get some tangible evidence towards that. I know that once that ball gets rolling, I'll be quite happy. This part of being a composer is one I really love, but it's hard being patient!!


    Dec. 11th, 2007 09:15 pm
    raystrobel47: (Default)
    After [ profile] fiannaharpar went back and updated her listing, I remembered the first time this went around and I was unable to get started on this because the server was swamped, or something. Anyway, my profile ist hier.


    Aug. 7th, 2007 11:24 pm
    raystrobel47: (Walrus)
    F33r my walrus!!

    And I finally got my arms as an icon:

    Whee. Go me.
    raystrobel47: (Driving)
    Interview prep:
    -Got haircut. Keepin' it on the short side of short still.
    -Got new pants and belt, as my others were fraying.
    -My sweetie is helping with my interview sk1llZz, so I don't make a fool of myself on Monday.

    Other news:
    -Spent a good day with the family today. The kid was reasonably well behaved most of the time, though she did cross the line once or twice. She napped, and that helped bunches.
    -The rearrangement of our bedroom, inspired by [ profile] fiannaharpar is going nicely. There's more room in our room, even though minimal stuff has left it. It's amazing how moving the bed can change things.
    -Cotter pin broke on the lawn mower, so I *still* can't finish mowing the lawn.

    You matter

    Jun. 15th, 2007 05:01 pm
    raystrobel47: (Just Me)
    If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.
    raystrobel47: (Normal)
    In the spirit of "Whose Line"'s World's Worst fame, I ask all y'all in LJ land:

    What's the worst phrase that 'LJ' could stand for?

    My answer is: )
    raystrobel47: (Default)
    Things that are making me happy this morning:

    -My daughter's fascination and excitement over Mary Poppins. She's watching right now, and got so enthused when Mary Poppins first appeared on screen that she had to proclaim, "DaddyDaddy! It's Mary Poppins!! Can you see??!"

    -My wife. She helped make my birthday very special when I wasn't feeling special at all. It's just not cool to turn 36 on a Thursday. But with the cake and celebration on Tuesday, to the yummy dinner on Thursday, and the evening out at Red Robin while looking for a birthday gift at Pittsburgh Mills, I feel like I've gotten to celebrate. Thank you, sweetie!

    -My niece, Kelly. She lives in Austin, TX, and is 40. But I got a birthday card from her, which hasn't happened in probably over 20 years, so I (with the gentle*cough!*nudging of my wife) called her up and we chatted for a good hour. We haven't spoken since Thanksgiving 2004. It was really nice. Kelly, fair or not, has always been my favorite of my 4 nieces. She sounds and looks the same as she did when she was 12. She's kind of a hippy, touchy-feely gal, quick with a smile and a kind or empathetic word (or 13), but that's her charm. She's sending all of us t-shirts that she's made and selling in Austin, which will be cool. I'm hoping to keep in touch with her more regularly.

    -My brother Dave's condition. I am scared for him, and just want him to be well. But there is hope, which is wonderful for him, his wife, Mom, and the rest of his family.

    -NPR. Scott Simon was interviewing Sister Julie, who keeps a blog on being a nun, on Morning Edition. When asked by Scott how often Sister Julie is in prayer or prayerful activities, her response was, "Oh, for about an hour or hour and a half, straight up no ice." Nuns like that are *cool*.

    Happy Spring, and have a great weekend, y'all
    raystrobel47: (Default)
    Yesterday we all went to a Chinese buffet on Rt. 8. The food's ok. But we got our "adage" cookies as I call them, and we happened to get pegged royally. Observe:

    [ profile] fiannaharpar:
    Night people: 'Anyone who goes to bed the same day they got up is a quitter.'

    It is better to be an optimist and proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right.

    [ profile] lstrobel: (oh so appropriate for a 4-yr old)
    Each day, compel yourself to do something you would rather not do.
    raystrobel47: (Lake 'n Dad)
    So, I have all these wonderful and fabulous things floating in my head about Christmas and the like, and not a drop of gumption to post them, followed by almost not enough time to really get into it. This Christmas was one of, if not the best, the Strobel Clan has had for various reasons. [ profile] lstrobel really loved every minute of the day, was ├╝ber excited about all her presents, and gave me wonderful memories. Phrases like, (as she's openning a present) "*gasp!!!!!!* I didn't ask for it, but I really wanted it!!!!" and "I'm so exciting!!" It was a great day to be a dad. The camera got a good workout

    I am now in possesion of Madden 07, which I think I will dig most righteously. I, therefore, need foes not of the CPU variety to test this righteousness. You know where to apply. :-)

    I have loved all of the company and all of the food. This is such an improvement from last year's Christmas. We really got to get into the spirit of the season, and it was very fulfilling. I'm hoping that this is more the standard from here on out.

    One more tidbit- I got a hair cut today, and after talking to the gal who cut it, this is the last time I'm keeping my hair long. Next haircut, which will be around March or so, I'm getting it all chopped off and sending it to Locks of Love. I will try to remember to take before and after shots, and to post those.
    raystrobel47: (Tick)
    Not nearly long enough, but worth a giggle.

    ---*Knight Rider bloopers*---

    I wonder if he says that in German?
    raystrobel47: (Trumpet)
    Cool little article on how to get babies to keep the beat.
    raystrobel47: (Feh)
    (Thank God it's this close to the end of the school year)

    I had the privelege of wasting 15 minutes of my morning commute going to the post office to pick up a certified letter telling my to cut my f**king yard. It's a letter that I already recieved non-certified, and have already taken care of the situation. Oh, on the way there, a right turn enabled my trumpet, on the passenger floor, to knock over my coffee mug and spill coffee on my seat and my pants. Good thing [ profile] lstrobel did well and there was a cute woman who interacted with her at the post office. And, as my title said, it's this friggin' close to the year being over.

    On a brighter note, I had a great talk with my beautiful wife last night about SCA stuff and getting on the same page with her about our priorities, projects, and overall goals. It's great having those kind of talks and feeling both understanding and understood, sharing and shared with. Now I wanna hit people with my new polearm. >:-)

    Post party

    May. 28th, 2005 10:01 pm
    raystrobel47: (Default)
    The housewarming party rocked. Many folkses came over, and we ate and had fun. Alas, weather forbade any real outdoor activities, but I did get my rattan cut into weapon-like lengths!! Woo-hoo!!! Another post about that later. Here's something for you that's just wrong.

    Your Amazing Yoda Sex Line

    "You know, this would be a lot more fun without Frank Oz's hand up my ass."

    raystrobel47: (Conch shell)
    Woo-hoo!!! I'm a member of ASCAP now!! I can submit my men's piece into their competition and try to win fame and fortune!!!!!


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