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July 2016 - Kiki Reflects

Kiki Reflects

one woman's struggle to answer her calling

Archive for July, 2016

About Me

I was trying to decide what to write for this week’s post.  For inspiration, I headed over to my friend’s blog.  I liked her “About Me” section and thought it might be fun to do something similar.  Here goes.

Name: Kiki.  It all started when I was talking to my sister on the phone.  She told her son, (who was not even two years old at the time),”Say Hi to Aunt Kristy… Can you say Aunt Kristy…  Aunt Kristy…”

“Kiki!” he blurted out.  Well, the name stuck.  For a while, I was Kiki, then I became Aunt Kiki, once my nephew got a bit older.  Now, all of my nieces and nephews call me Aunt Kiki.  Some kids who aren’t my nieces or nephews also call me Aunt Kiki.  I don’t mind at all.

How to get in touch with me: leave a comment (pretty please?!) Or email me at admin@kikireflects.com

Food: chocolate, hands down.  My current favorite meal is artichoke risotto (it sounds a lot fancier than it is!).  I make an easy version of this in my slow cooker.  It’s vegan, gluten-free, and delicious.  It’s definitely Kristy-proof.  I’m not very domestic, but I’m learning.

Movie: I love Casablanca, Fools Rush In, The Princess Bride, Definitely Maybe.  I grew up watching When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.  Apparently I love rom coms.

TV show: Dr. Phil (hey, don’t judge), Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who, X-Files, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones.  My husband and I binge-watch shows on Netflix.

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, Harry Potter series, Twilight series, Hunger Games series.  For a while there, I didn’t read much for pleasure.  But I’m starting to again.

Color: Purple is my favorite, followed by blue, then green.  In that order.

Band: I usually get tired of listening to one sound for too long a period of time.  Back when people used to listen to cds, I would switch out a cd long before it ended.  Some bands/artists I could stand for more than three songs in a row: Sam Cooke, UB40, Beyonce/Destiny’s Child, Norah Jones, Fleetwood Mac, Pink, Elvis

Season: Summer.  To me, there are two seasons.  Summer and Not Summer.  That said, I do enjoy the small window in the fall when the air is slightly brisk and the leaves are changing.  That lasts maybe a couple of weeks around here though.  I also love a good snowfall.  However, where I live, we usually only get maybe three good snowfalls a year.

Animal: I love most animals, but cats of all varieties are probably my favorite.  Wild and domesticated.

Soda: ginger ale.  I just love ginger ale.  Added bonus: it’s caffeine-free!

City: Aw man, I can’t pick just one!  I love San Diego, Stuttgart (Germany), Paris, Barcelona, Berlin…  I lived in Stuttgart for three years.  At least once a month, I would travel to a different European city.

Flower: Lilies – the white ones that smell amazing.  Once, I was in a hallway in a government building, when I smelled fresh lilies.  I saw someone in the hallway and I said to him, “I swear I smell lilies… is that weird?”  He motioned for me to follow him.  He then opened a huge steel door behind him.  Inside, there was a HUGE bouquet of beautiful lilies.  I mean, there were at least two dozen lilies in there.  The folks in the office said that someone had sent lilies to their coworker, but no one knew knew who they were from.  A mystery!

Recent major life change: I recently left the Navy after 12 years so I could stay home with my son.  I am now in the Reserves.

Guilty pleasure: fashion.  I love watching fashion and beauty videos on YouTube.  I also looove getting comments on my blog.


What do babies dream of?

I was watching my baby son sleep, and I noticed him making “nursing motions” with his mouth.  He was obviously dreaming.  It made me wonder…

http://www.rebeccadanzenbaker.com/newborns

Our little one, at 12 days old: http://www.rebeccadanzenbaker.com/newborns

What do babies dream of?

Blue animals with cotton candy clouds,

A world where darkness never shrouds,

An endless supply of tasty milk,

Diapers made only of silk,

 

Forever snuggling in their mothers’ arms,

Acres of petting zoos and rolling farms,

Soaring as airplanes in their fathers’ hands,

Someday traveling to foreign lands,

 

A never-ending game of peekaboo,

An ever-lasting supply of teethers and toys to chew,

Myriad stuffed animals who cuddle and talk back,

Never having to worry if they are “on track,”

 

Someday growing up,

Finally learning to drink from a cup,

Conversing with another baby?

Connecting with others, maybe?

 

Perhaps, instead, their dreams are not images, but feelings,

And much more important than our everyday dealings.

Comfort, security, and peace.

Love, and the space to just… release.

Maybe this is what babies dream of.