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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Persistence

While out walking this weekend, I stumbled upon a bit of unexpected inspiration.  Here's the trail I was on.  It looks like it goes on forever, but it's only about 3/4 of a mile long.



Along the way, I saw lots of little cracks in the pavement and I couldn't figure out what was causing them until I came across this:



This should be impossible.  This mere seedling yields to the slightest touch, but somehow managed to plow its way through five inches of asphalt all on its own.  Amazing.

This is a lesson in persistence for all of us. If this weed can persevere in hostile conditions, so can we.  Writing / Publishing / Parenting / Life is hard ... but if we just keep pushing forward, we'll eventually break through and into the light.  PLUS, the path we forge through our struggles make it easier for others to follow.

PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF
DON'T EVER GIVE UP


Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things


It's Friday, that means its time for another installation of VikLit's Celebrate the Small Things.  Go HERE to sign up or see a list of participants. 

This week I'm celebrating ...


1. I trimmed my thumbnail today - now before you say "big whoop" or "You're taking this small thing celebration too far", let's give you some context.  Last November, I shut my thumb in the car door. Six weeks later, the nail fell off.  (It really wasn't as gross as it sounds).  I've been waiting almost six months for this day. It's not quite back to normal yet, but I'm still celebrating. 

2. Our dog got out during a storm this week, but we got her back the next morning, thank goodness.  Microchipping is good, but don't forget the good old-fashioned collar with tags!

3. My sister is coming for a weekend visit today.  YAY!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things


It's Friday, that means its time for another installation of VikLit's Celebrate the Small Things.  Go HERE to sign up or see a list of participants. 

This week I'm celebrating ...


1.  While out walking with my daughter, a car honked at us. Honestly, they probably honked at her, but she’s only 12 (doesn’t look it, but I assure you she is).  Since I’m sure the driver would be mortified if he knew he’d honked at a middle schooler, I think the proper thing is for me to assume responsibility for that blast of appreciation thereby saving everyone else involved from undue embarrassment.

2.  I found a new home for our sweet bunny.  My husband and I found out we were allergic soon after adopting her three years ago.  Since then we’ve been trying every way we could think of to manage the allergies, when that failed we started the search for a new home, and finally found just the right match.  Hope she’s very happy!

3.  I have walked 10,000 steps (or more) every day this week. On a normal day (without seeking out exercise) I walk about 4-5,000 steps, so I’ve doubled my activity!  If anyone has a Fit Bit and wants a friend to cheer them on, let me know.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Felony Funnies


The best and worst things about my weekend job is reading the police reports.  Some days I don't have time to do more than skim through for the information I'm looking for, but sometimes the situation is so bizarre, I get sucked right in like it's a best-selling novel.  Unlike a novel, though, I only get to read the set-up, there are always so many unanswered questions.
For example, officers were looking for participants of a bar fight.  They came across some individuals matching the description of the suspects hanging out in front of a convenience store.  One subject had blood stains on his boxers , which were clearly visible because his britches hung so low.  The officer wrote in his report  “Deputy Z collected Defendant A’s boxers as evidence.” 
Which made me wonder…..

How do you go about telling a man (who may or may not have violent tendencies) that you need to take his underwear?
  • How did they decide who was going to ask for them? (rock paper scissors? seniority?)
  • Did “Defendant A” put up a fight?
  • If his boxers weren't clearly visible, would they have had to get a search warrant before seizing them?

Anyone else think that would make a hysterical scene?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mock Thee Monday - Doggie Bag

A couple weeks ago I went to a women's conference. It was two days of inspiration, motivation, and fun.  

...and unexpected chuckles.

The first day at lunch, they served an ENORMOUS chicken breast with rice and veggies.  These poor chickens must have been on some military grade steroids because I've never seen a chicken grow large enough to yield such a huge chunk of meat.  It shouldn't be surprising, then, that one of the women at our table asked for a box to take 2/3 of her meal home.

What WAS surprising, though, was the hotel's reaction.  The poor lady had to sign a WAIVER in order to receive a styrofoam box for her chicken.  This cracks me up every time I look at it.  They even required a WITNESS!  




Friday, April 4, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things


It's Friday, that means its time for another installation of VikLit's Celebrate the Small Things.  Go HERE to sign up or see a list of participants. 

This week I'm celebrating ...

1. Since buying my fitbit flex 2 weeks ago, I've walked nearly SIXTY miles!  

2.  My yard is officially SNOW FREE!

3. Les Miserables in T-minus 43 hours.

And let's not forget to celebrate the


W - E - E - K - E - N - D!!!




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fool's!

Last year I colored all the toilets in the office and nobody said anything. 


This year, I opted to dress the restroom signs instead....

first I made cardboard templates


Then, instead of using post it notes, I used some scrap booking paper I had in the craft box.  The result:


I bet THIS gets noticed!

...and maybe I turned all the nameplates throughout the whole office backwards, too. Maybe.  You can't prove a thing.