Day 222: The Belly of A Star

Things That Made Me Smile Today:

1. I Am the Belly of A Star

I found the original person’s name who wrote the following quote that has been circulating around social media pages; and then found the person’s promotional Facebook page. And I liked what I found. By the way, by the author’s account, NASA plagiarized his words below; that makes me feel like a kindred spirit. Not that NASA has stolen any of my work, yet. But they do do research on alien life, right? (hehe: I wrote do-do.)

“Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you.” The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.” –Sergio Toporek

image from Wikipedia

2. Superb Self-Awareness

I admitted to myself that my fixation to blog has turned into a fixation to prepare my son’s homeschool curriculum; and laughing at the fact, that beyond eating and sleeping, all I did today was research. I can plan a month’s worth of curriculum and lesson plans in two days. Yes, I am that good…or quirky…or driven…or crazed. You pick. I don’t care.

Excellent Source:

3. Happy Babies

In the little time I stopped obsessing over homeschool, I found this twin baby video someone had shared on Facebook…..oh….this is joy.  I could feasibly be one of the first 20,000 people to see what is soon to have a million plus views! I’m always the last to know! Not this time.

4. Appreciating What Happens In Between

I took two long hot showers today: one before my massage and one after. Yes!

5. Accepting my Circumstances with Grace and Gratitude

I ate out and had a not so fun reaction body-wise (yes, body is wise to not want chemicals in food). And was on the couch (researching) most of the day. But I didn’t put myself down about my lack of vigor, my fatigue and lingering pain. Instead, I rolled with the flow, and reminded myself of the source: food. And reminded myself how lucky I am to have a husband who never complains when I am on the couch, and who even cleaned the whole of the kitchen. And no, I don’t fake my fatigue to get the kitchen cleaned, but the thought has crossed my mind.

6. Knowing I AM…the ant that moves the  rubber tree plant!

I read (and cried over) a comment a reader left for me under this link on Female Traits which reminded me of why I continue to post. Why despite my fatigue, mood swings, sometimes lack of confidence, and various distractions (euphemism for fixations), I will continue to share with authenticity and high-hopes.

7. No Longer Driven to Take Photos of ME

After several months, I do not have the need to post a photo of myself! I finally figured out what I look like. Yes, I still see myself in parts, but I’ve put the parts together into a makeshift puzzle, glued the pieces together onto cardboard, and hanged a copy in my mind. I’m fairly certain I’m a bendy doll with over-sized alien eyes, elven ears, hair with its own intelligence and stubbornness, and a smile that is still searching for a home, but will always keep knocking.  Yep, that sounds about right.

8. I Have Lost the Angst

Since May I’ve had an ache in my…oh, I better delete this number, as to not depress my husband. Those of you who need to know, see  My Aching Loins.

9. Texting my Son

I pretended to be my teenage son’s girlfriend (obviously he knew I wasn’t) and sent him a text reminding him that his mom (that’s me) wanted him to get off the Xbox game system he was playing downstairs. I am upstairs, and like I mentioned, couch-bound. He texted back “??????What???????” I texted: “Poor Guy.” Then he texted, or at least I thought he texted: “Um, I’m not even close to ten.” And I thought, wow, he really is a Leo, with that witty bite. He thinks I am immature. That I act like a ten-year-old. I felt a tinge of guilt for being so quirky and odd, and was thinking of how to apologize, when I reread his text. It read: “Um, its not even close to ten.” So I’d misread the clock and his text. But my son didn’t make fun of me! At least not like when I told him I purposely got this temporary second brain tattoo just to embarrass him on our son and mother outing.

10. Rediscovering Galileo

There is some language in this one. I think my thirteen year old would like to be homeschooled at this speed and with this language. This is my competition. Oh, boy!

Remembering Galileo. Remembering my favorite song Galileo by my favorite band (in the 90’s) The Indigo Girls. Remembering I dragged my boyfriend to an Indigo Girls’ concert on a hot August day. Remembering that we squeezed our way through a sweaty thick crowd to get a better view of the band. Remembering I started to look around. Remembering there were only women. Remembering all the women were kissing super close. Remembering that my boyfriend looked at me and said, “You do know that the band members are lesbian? Right?” And me, with my eyes growing wide, asking, “Really?”

Did I mention, I’m usually the last to know?

I now bring you awesomeness….

Oh, look; it’s post 222….

Okay…so I just posted this post: Day 222: The Belly of a Star. We call it “publishing” in blog world. Right after I posted WordPress (who gives me this blog) sends me a notice, like they always do, if someone has commented on my blog or linked my post to their blog. A little orange light goes off in the upper right hand corner of my blog to notify me.

Well, I’m looking at this light and reading, and I see it’s someone named The Belly of a Star, and I’m thinking: Wow, that’s a really cool name. I wonder what their blog is like?

The truth is, I do this each and everytime that I link back to an older post of mine. Everytime I think someone else has linked to my blog. I forget it’s me!

This time, I even thought: Wow, what a coincidence that she was looking at the exact same post I was at the exact same time; and she linked to her blog, just like I did.

And then L.V. (The little voice in my head); she says that person is you CRAZY LADY. You wrote The Belly of a Star. Remember it was like two fricken seconds ago, brainless!

And I think: Wow, that’s a cool name, Belly of a Star.

I know…I know…you don’t have to tell me. I know I say Wow way too much. 🙂

34 thoughts on “Day 222: The Belly of A Star

  1. I just saw that video on the Wife’s FB yesterday,the twins (babies),sweet enough that anytime I need a smile I’ll play it-thanks for sharingit here too,made me laugh out loud! Good read as well,my friend,and as always,you look so happy in tyhe pics 😀

    The DC

      1. Thanks,Sam 😀 Hey,who WOULDN’T smile at that? I saved it to favorites,LOL! I’m actually pretty down low,but I save that vid for when I need the smile 😉 You have an awesome holiday weekend too,my friend 🙂

      1. No…I got this in the upper right corner of my blog,the nocitce of a reply…let me know if you can get in,I have no knowledge of any issues…

  2. You are so prolific that I never know where/how/what to comment! I take sometimes 5 showers in one day – so don’t feel too indigent there…. I also massage myself almost 24/7 (don’t ask).. So glad you are feeling so inspired about the Home School Project — YAY!! Clean Kitchen by hubby is soooo loving and envied. Mine cooks like a pro – but usually stops there 😦 So you are blessed. But so sorry for the food reaction:( Know those too well. Yay – Angst gone!! Mission accomplished there… maybe the blogging/walking/photos/ helped? Oh – better stop yapping here — but will move on to watch your videos now…. can’t believe you didn’t recognize your post title – but can kind of see myself doing that too ~ what else is new?! Love u Sea Sister ~xo

    1. lol…..massage self…lol….if you’re like me, it’s the knots in the legs, hips, neck and shoulders. Yes, I am happy about homeschooling. Thanks for reading this longgggg post. It was goofy me processing, which is part of my brain 🙂 Yes…blogging, walking, photos helped with the angst, and I think when my fixation shifted, that shifted my energy some. Love your yapping…you could never out yap me, anyhow….lol….well then again, I think maybe we’d both yap together until we passed out from exhaustion. lol….that’s how I am with my good friends. Oh….and Bulldog wrote a comment using a bunch of wows….and I was like “Why did Bulldog use all of those wows?” lol…
      short term memory is zero. 🙂 Hugs and love ~ Sam

      1. I really have these knots body wide — every muscle, every joint and muscle (including jaw – skull etc) … it’s about 20 years now… hard to believe ~ wonder if I am a chronic lyme case, or who has the voodoo doll. I was fine up till 30 yo, never saw drs., never hospitalized. How can a switch just get flicked like that? Oh well… it is what it is. I have lots of wonderful self-masage tools, balls, canes etc. If you ever need advice in this dpt. just holler ~ I see a professional once a week but to be honest -it requires 24/7 attention or things start breaking. So happy you area on a good path Sam — and can tolerate my ‘yapping’ 🙂 Yes – the BD WOW — saw that LOL! xo

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed. I apologize for not being by your blog….I have to catch up soon. Been super busy with getting school ready. Glad that the quote made you feel good….me, too. That’s why I had to find the person who wrote it. We are all the universe, indeed. 🙂

      1. Don’t worry about visiting my blog. I am taking a 4 week break from it as I am going away and off the radar, so you will have time to catch up! 🙂

  3. About this:

    “I finally figured out what I look like. Yes, I still see myself in parts, but I’ve put the parts together into a makeshift puzzle, glued the pieces together onto cardboard, and hanged a copy in my mind.”

    I understand this so well, I was shocked to my core. I have always felt a simultaneous aversion and fascintion with my own photographs. The person seems both familiar and odd. I think that I know what i look like from the mirror, straight on, neutral expression. any deviation and I become a stranger to myself. How strange, metaphorically and literally.

    I’m stuffing your quote in a special place.


    1. Cheers; it is so comforting that you understand. Thank you very much, Lori. I agree with you entirely. Side angle in the mirror or expression change, and I feel like I look like a stranger. So wonderful to know you. I haven’t been reading blogs this week, but yours is one I plan to return to soon. xoxoxo Sam

      1. Take your time! My summer was so inconstant, I have fallen dreadfully behind.

        Homeschooling is a big responsibility. It can take time to get everything in order. Best wishes!


  4. Thank you so much for this website. After 56 years of knowing I was different I have finally found a place to come home and rest at peace. Or at least catch my breath.

    1. You are so sweet to read it all. lol…..I look back at some posts I write, and laugh….such a goof ball I am at times. Thanks for the hugs and smiles. Hope to be visiting blogs today. Hugs and laughter back at ya! 🙂

  5. How can you comment on a post that rollercoasts through 1477 different subjects?

    I so love that quote about being made of stars. Absolutely beautiful, wonderful, awe-inspiring, and I am stealing it to put it on Facebook. Have you heard the song We Are all Made Of Stars by Moby? That quote reminds me of that. I heard something the other day that said that we see in such a limited frequency that it’s almost as if we’re blind, in the grand scheme of things. Which could at first flush be an horrendous thing to think, but only if you sit on one side of its fence. On the other, I think about all that therefore exists which we don’t see … but which I someday think we will. That’s awesome.

    What else is awesome is that three minute philosopher. Typically, because he’s an Australian, and Australians are awesome. Except for the ones who aren’t. But I’m not concerning myself with them, because this comment is about awesomeness.

    Your brain is awesome, too 🙂

  6. Susie~
    Oh….loved your comment. I love to think about all the mysteries we don’t see…all the angels, fairies and mystical creatures….it has to be true we live in some type of virtual existence….if we only see such a small fraction of what is all around us. Astounding. I’ll have to go find that song now. 🙂 Such a pleasure to have a mini-chat with you. And yes…my brain does go through tons of subjects at once. lol. Thanks for the sweet awesome comment. Off to find that video.

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