Friday, December 31, 2004

JANUARY 1, 2005

It’s 2.10am on January 1st, 2005! Daniel has just responded to an ambulance call in spite of his exhaustion and head cold. Unless I am already asleep when he leaves on a call, I find it difficult to not wait up for him. I decided this would be a great opportunity to put some time in at my desk.

My week just vanished into a blur of phone calls and emails all concerning my Mom. I am thrilled that she was well enough to be discharged from the hospital and is home safe and sound. Being the strong, independent woman that she is, she would not even consider the idea of coming to stay over at my house for even one night. She wanted the comfort of her own bed and surroundings and as difficult as it was for me, I respected her wish. I hope that she will now have a speedy and full recovery and I thank God for keeping her safe and getting her through this horrible ordeal.

I had hoped to have the time to do a major update on this here blog of mine before the end of 2004. There are things I wanted to write about and share. This morning I debated about whether I should spend time posting stuff that has been and gone during the course of the year. I was not able to post certain things because of various events that took me away from the usual activities of my day-to-day life. I questioned if there was any point in spending time looking back when at the start of the new year perhaps I should rather focus on what is ahead of me, rather than what has been. I decided that the events that I wanted to share were all meaningful to me and that I wanted to record them. So, over the next couple of days I will take the time to put it all together and although it will be a bit late, it will be my way of winding the year of 2004 down. I like completing things. I believe in putting things away and tying ribbons around them. I like to make space for new energy, people and experiences. I enjoy the peace that comes with being organized.

I wish everyone who happens upon these pages love, peace, happiness and good health in the year ahead. Thank you for visiting and I hope you will come back again.

Hugs and Love,
Dawn-Unplugged xoxo

Wednesday, December 29, 2004


On Monday night my 81-year-old Mom was admitted into the hospital with pneumonia. I send this angel with all my love, to watch over you Mommy and to help restore your health and strength.

jen gray

For only as we ourselves, as adults, actually move and have our being in the state of love, can we be appropriate models and guides for our children. What we are teaches the child far more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become. ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

Monday, December 27, 2004


I am never sure how to articulate my feelings about any kind of natural disaster and the horrors that follow. All I can think of right now is that so often, actions speak louder than words. Pray just that little bit harder, too!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

All we are saying is give peace a chance ~ John Lennon

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

THINGS ABOUT MY FAMILY (and some other life issues) THAT BAFFLE ME!

I used to have my nails done at the salon where I get my hair cut. I chose to go back to the salon I used to use because they are open every day. The technician at the hairdresser is not there every day. I had intended to explain this to her the next time I saw her rather than tell
her that my decision was also motivated by the fact that her equipment was darn dirty. She chose to snub me the first time I saw her again. Do you see why this is baffling or am I being over sensitive? Don’t you treat people nicely when they have chosen to give their money to you for a service a million other people provide? Ok, maybe not a million, but my choices are not exactly limited!

Why is it that in spite of how much extra time I give Ross before it’s lights out time, his entire future happiness always hangs in the balance over another one minute? Just “one lousy minute” Can it really make a difference? Do you see why this is baffling to me or do I need to revert back to the section I overlooked in the one or two child rearing books I have read?

When I use a band-aid on either one or another of my own body parts, or I place it on one or another body part of Ross’, the process includes throwing away those little pieces of white paper you pull off the band-aid first. My beloved husband, who uses a LOT of band-aids on his thumb ‘cos it has these dreadful little cuts that are extremely painful, can’t go all the way in this instance. It baffles me how the distance between his body and the bathroom counter is just that teenzy weensy bit too far away to negotiate those irritating farging pieces of paper into the trashcan. I am constantly picking up those little fuckers who are so darn stubborn and cling to the counter for another lousy minute of life on earth! Do you see why it is baffling to me that this super intelligent fire fighting rescue hero has an aversion to the garbage can when it concerns his band-aids, or do I need to re-read “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”?

I am completely baffled by the fact that it can take me three attempts to have the phone company set up my new FREEDOM PLAN ~ and no, it has nothing to do with my monthly cycle! How is it that I can be cut-off, disconnected, call it what you like, from the telephone company, by the telephone company and when I call back each time, they have the audacity to ask if I received shining, golden and all other kinds of adjectives to describe good service. I mean, hello, can you hear me now?

My Stepdaughter works at a Hallmark store. She has done a large amount of Christmas shopping. Why then, on the day of another shopping spree, does she come to me to ask if I have any gift wrap that she could use for her work’s Secret Santa gift? You buy gifts, surely you buy the paper to wrap them in?. Do you see why this is baffling or am I being paranoid about my gift-wrap supplies? She did ask me if I was sure I had nothing else to wrap … yet, I still don’t get it.

I guess this is the stuff that makes my world keep churning!
Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
Martin Mull

Monday, December 20, 2004


My cousin Jamie recently received a gift any 11-year-old boy would love. A family friend, who works for South Africa’s equivalent of Blockbuster, sent him a box of Playstation Games. A HUGE box of Playstation games! In addition to being able to play with the games, and keep them, Jamie also scored a job out of this gift. He now reviews the games for the company’s newsletter. When discussing this with his new employer, he expressed his amazement at the whole thing with that magical touch that only a kid can do – “Thanks… and it’s not even my Bar Mitzvah,” he said. Go Jamie!!!

A Sunny South African Smile from Jamie


It is no secret on this blog that I am a fan of Jen Gray.

Technology and the Internet have allowed Jen and me to form an interesting, meaningful and truly heartfelt friendship. Although we have never met, it has not been a limiting factor and I feel confident to say we are growing a lasting and meaningful relationship.

While getting together gifts and greetings for the holidays this year, I decided I wanted to send something to Jen. Her input and creative expression has been such a source of pleasure to me that I wanted to acknowledge it with something more tangible than an email or just another mention here. I wrote her and asked if it felt “too stalkerish” to ask for a snail mail address for the holidays. In a huge leap of faith, which I appreciated very deeply, there was no hesitation from her side to furnish me with her address. I chose a gift basket of what looked like really yummy organic fruits to send to Jen.

I received an email from her the day after I had scheduled the delivery. In spite of only having been charged once, turns out that two gift baskets were delivered; one as ordered, and a second the next day.

While I have no doubt in the natural order of the universe, there is something very reassuring for me when miracles like this manifest in my life. I couldn’t have said it better myself … here, lovely lady (and lovely husband), TAKE TWO!

Gary & Jen

Friday, December 17, 2004


Kelly did it and so did I! I was there for the duration … 15 weeks of THE APPRENTICE. I think the candidates are fantastic. I don’t know if I could share a bathroom for so long, with so many people.
All credit to the cameramen on that show. They give SEX AND THE CITY a good run for their money on making New York look absolutely gorgeous.

image copyright (c) urban75

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


This poster ad. campaign is enough to make one want to pack a bag and head off to Dublin for some serious partying!
'If you want a great night out, take the Nitelink and leave the car at home.'
CHEERS! to keeping the roads and each other safe this festive season.

Monday, December 06, 2004


My friend Karen in London was due to have her second child on Friday 17th. Her son Jamie and Ross were at nursery school together and through their love for each other, we became friends.

The first thing I did when I sat down at my computer this morning, was order a gift I saw in a catalogue over the weekend. I had been thinking about what to get for the new baby and I found something I really liked. At 7.45 pm, I received a phone call from her husband Stuart to tell me that the baby had been born at around 4pm our time, 9pm UK time.

He shared the events of the day with me and I was overjoyed to hear that Karen had given birth to a healthy baby girl whom they named SOPHIE EMMA. I was so touched by the fact that aside from both sets of grand parents, the only person Stuart was calling, at the request of Karen before he left the hospital for the evening, was me.

What I love about this event in my day is that it confirms the things I believe in. I totally get that I picked up on the energy of the birth of the baby, even though I didn’t know it at the time. It reminds me that no matter how much physical distance exists between the people we love and ourselves we remain connected. Our lives are entwined, and every single thing that happens impacts on everyone around us.

Mazal Tov Stuart, Karen and Jamie. You couldn’t have asked for a greater celebration of light than that of a new being to shine in your lives. Happy Birth Day Sophie Emma.

Welcome to the USA. Jamie ~ a surprise visit from Jamie and his Mum!


To our family and friends around the world, and to everyone kind enough to visit my blog, on behalf of us all, I wish you joy, good health and peace at Chanukah.

Sunday, December 05, 2004


Ross makes some really cool things at school for Thanksgiving. I copy, cut, paste and turn them into something I can use on the table for our meal. This year, he came home with a computer print-out of a drawing of himself and the sentence with which he answered the question “What are you thankful for?”, and a brightly colored in turkey. The combination of these two things made for perfect name place settings. I was, to say the least, overjoyed with his response to the question. If I can teach him one thing, let it be the enormous value he will get from loving himself.

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~ Buddha

Wednesday, December 01, 2004


The best way to stop HIV being passed on is to use condoms during vaginal or anal sex, if there is any possibility that either partner could have the virus. It can take only a single episode of unprotected sex (i.e. not using a condom) with an infected partner for HIV to be passed on. Condoms are the only form of contraception that will protect you from HIV.
However, HIV is not always passed on the first time, so it's never too late to start practising safer sex.