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Monday, April 29, 2013

Mock Thee Monday - Hand Washing

I saw this sign in the restroom of a bathroom and while I applaud the spirit of the sign, I can't decide whether it's attention to detail was alarming or reassuring.  Shouldn't some of these be common sense?

In case it's too small to read, it says:

Employees must wash their hands...
Before starting work
Before and after using gloves
Before and after touching raw meat, poultry, or (?)
After using the restroom
After eating, drinking, or smoking
After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
After touching any wound or sore
Between handling money and food
After touching dirty dishes, equipment, or utensils
After touching trash, floors, or dirty linen
After using cleaners or chemicals
During all food preparation as necessary. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 16

I saw something so cute on the internet this last week, I just had to do it myself...but I had to post-pone it due to circumstances beyond my control.  Should be okay for next week, though, so stay tuned for that one.

This week, I took myself back to the bookstore and rambled around the children's section looking for books that my kids loved when they were little.

First, Sandra Boynton's Blue Hat, Green Hat.  My kids loved the turkey and the "oops".  Is there anything better than hearing your child giggle?  I don't think so....

Next up, Eric Hill's Where's Spot?  My kids loved this one because they got to open wardrobe doors, peek under rugs, etc.  And they were always excited to find Spot!

And finally, the catchy Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault.  How can you not love the rhythm of this book?  A told B and B told C...I'll meet at the top of the coconut tree.  Ahhh, love love love.

My kids loved another book, but for some reason I always hated reading it.  Are You My Mother by PD Eastman.  I don't know why, but that book always drove me CRAZY.  I did not buy that one. hahaha.

I packed up all these books and sent them off to a coworker who lives clear across the country who is due to have her first child literally any day now. It's never too early to start baby's library!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mock Thee Monday

We took Cody to the grocery store with us the other day.  It's good to get the boy out of the house on the weekends.  But for some reason, my darling son has decided the ONLY way to put groceries on the conveyor belt is single file.  Do you know how long it takes to put a week's worth of groceries up on the counter when you put them in a straight line?

Yeah.  Cody Bear, I love you, but this was just a wee bit frustrating:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How My Furnace Curled My Hair

My furnace is dead. No, make that D-E-A-D. It's almost thirty years old, so its demise isn't altogether unexpected, but not exactly convenient since, like a lot of areas, we're still waiting for a real Spring to show up. Not to mention that Mother Nature has taken that whole April showers bring May flowers thing to heart. We've had weeks of rain around here. Not complaining, we had a pretty bad drought going last year so this is welcome, it's just a lot, and we could use a dose of sunshine already.

So, as I was saying, my furnace is dead. It didn't go down in blaze glory, and I suppose I'm thankful for that.  While sitting on the couch the other night I smelled something hot --like metallic, electrical hot. Not good. All strange could-be-a-fire smells immediately turn me into Basset Hound Mom. Running from room to room sniffing the air and every outlet/plug there was. It was seriously starting to freak my kids out.  My son went to hide in his room.  I turned the heat off and unplugged a bunch of things and the smell went away.

BUT I couldn't rest until I knew what had caused the smell in the first place so I started plugging things back in and when I turned the heater back on, the awful stench came back, stronger than ever. I turned the sucker back off. Mr. Repairman confirmed the next day that it was dead. Oh, he could fix it, but it'd cost about 30% what a new one would and he didn't have the parts anyway.

We normally keep the thermostat set to 68 in the winter, and without the furnace, the temp plummeted down to 60. Chilly, but not unlivable. Still, the thought of taking a shower and stepping out into the cool air was not an appealing one. So I decided to lug my stuff to the gym and take a shower after my workout instead. 

In theory, this was a great idea.   The gym is heated, and I'd be warm from the exercise. Win win.  The only problem is I don't usually go until my oldest is home from work (9:30 ish), which doesn't leave enough time for my hair to dry  so I ended up going to bed with my hair still damp and when I woke up it was massively curly. It looked like I'd had a perm...and when I TRY to curl it, it never looks that good.  

And so, as weird as it sounds, my dead furnace curled my hair. 


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 15

Irony is the word of the day...or perhaps coincidence is more appropriate.  Karma?  I don't know, you decide.

A woman I work with has told me a couple times over the last year that she loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups -- the Easter egg version.   So while she was out of the office on travel, I hid a bag full of Reese's eggs around her office.  In her chair, under her keyboard, in her desk drawer, in her file cabinet, etc. 

The irony/coincidence/karma is that she brought something for me!  

Can't wait to wear this!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mock Thee Monday

Putting a twist on today's post -- you're going to mock a third party, not me.

A few months ago we switched cell phone providers.  AT&T sent our final bill -- a whopping 1 cent!  My husband paid it figuring that if we didn't they would probably tack on a $10 service fee.  A few weeks later, we get this in the mail:  

A refund - for one cent.  Not sure why they billed us if they were just going to give it back.  Why can't this ever happen with those triple digit bills???

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 14

I thought long and hard about this week's kindness.  Up to this point, most of my acts involved money of some sort - buying something for others, leaving cash for others to find, etc. 

Part of the reason for this is cardinal rule #1 - casual acts don't count, I have to go out of my way to perform each kindness. As a notorious cheapskate, money is a nice deliminator - if I'm willing to shell out cash for it, it's a big deal.

So, back to this week.  What could I do that wouldn't cost anything, but still required effort on my part?  The answer below...

I've been going back to the gym again.  A not-so-random act of kindness toward myself.  Anyway, I took some decorative scrap booking paper, cut it into little cards and printed affirmations on each one.  I took them all to the gym with me and slipped them into random lockers.

It's gonna be a grrrrreaaat day, folks! 


Just back from another night at the gym where I sweat my brains out.  Don't worry, that's a good thing.  

After I was done, I returned to the locker room to get my stuff and looked for signs that my notes had been found.  Some lockers were empty, and they weren't in the trash, so I was feeling pretty good!  But THEN.....

I rinsed my face with cool water (all that sweatin, you know) and when I'd finished I noticed my notes were lined up on the counter for everyone to read.  Absolutely made my day!  

Told ya it was going to be a great day!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 13

I was very excited about this week's RAK (random act of kindness).  I love the fun of finding treats or anything unexpected, so it's no surprise that most of my acts involve leaving things behind for others to find.  And with Easter coming up, what a perfect excuse to hide some Easter eggs of my own!

It wasn't as easy filling the eggs as I thought it would be.  It had to be small enough to fit inside, and had to be fun for either a boy or girl, and couldn't be toxic or a choking hazard.  I also didn't want to put candy inside because as a mother, I would never allow my child to eat candy (even still in the wrapper) that I didn't know the source of.  

I struck out at the dollar store, but then I went to Party City and WOW.  If you want to do something like this, I highly recommend going to Party City.  They have lots of little (CHEAP) trinkets generally used for goody bags.  I settled on a selection of stickers and miniature bottles of bubbles.  I will be going back to stock up for other deeds.

I filled a dozen eggs, headed out to the library as soon as it opened, and daughterling and I hid the eggs in the children's section.  

The universe was against me, though.  We had to wait a few minutes while daughterling #2 browsed through the movies, so I sat at one of the kids tables to watch.  Surely, with all the kids running around someone would find one of the eggs while I was there, right?  


Daughterling found her movies, and we had to get home because hubs was going golfing and we couldn't leave Coders home alone.  I thought for sure this would be the week I got to witness the moment of discovery, but the wait continues....

Is anyone playing along?  I'd love to hear about it.  And if you have any ideas you'd like to share, I'd love to hear them too! 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mock Me Monday - April Fools

Every year April Fool's Day comes around and I have no pranks to play.  But this year is different.  Almost from the first day I started at my new job, a great idea for a prank occurred to me.

You see, the ladies restroom has five stalls, and every morning the water is blue from the cleaning crew the night before.  I thought it would be so much fun to put tub tints into each bowl and make a mini-rainbow.

I checked the calendar.  April 1st was a Monday.  Perfect.  That meant I could sneak into the office Sunday afternoon and drop the tablets into the toilets without anyone noticing.  

This was so much fun to do!  I snapped the pics right after I dropped the coloring in, so they aren't fully mixed, but I'm sure they'll get there before anyone arrives in the morning.

my partner in crime...

more pink than red, but oh well

orange - color hadn't fully dissolved yet


love how the red and blue are mixing

I did this in every toilet in the building -- fifteen in all.  Just need to work on my poker face so no one suspects me!!!  I'm a lousy liar!