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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 24

This was a busy week, but one that's left me feeling GOOD!  I'm smiling just typing this.

I've always wanted to be the sort of person who volunteered and got involved with things, and honestly I don't know why I waited.  Sure, it would have been difficult when the kids were little, but it could have been done. I found time to do *other* things. 

This week I attended an orientation for new Humane Society volunteers and attended my first tour/training.  I also (with the assistance of my son, oldest daughter and her boyfriend) helped the Meals on Wheels program assemble nearly 300 cups of strawberry shortcake.  It went by fast and we had a great time.  Can't wait to go back.

If you (like me) always thought about volunteering "someday", let me encourage you to make that day today.  There are so many things you can do - and in most cases you don't need any special training, just a little bit of time.  As little as an hour a week can make a HUGE difference.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

What's for Dinner?

I'm browsing recipes online trying to find fast - but tasty - recipes for the week, and while there is no shortage of recipes on the web, a lot of them are meant for serious foodies.  Do people really eat things like Butternut Squash & Tomato Posole on a frantic Wednesday night?  What about Ancho-Honey Pork Tenderloin with Cheese Grits?  Seriously?  

I will readily admit that our menu has stagnated a bit. But, hey! That's why I was looking for new recipes.  I'm thinking more along the lines of zesty crockpot meals the kids go crazy over or something we can get on the table in 30 minutes or less.  I don't know about you, but by the time I get home from work, I've already been battling my stomach for an hour and a half -- I don't want anything complicated, I just want it NOW.

Soooo...tell me what you had for dinner last night, what you're going to make tonight, or your favorite go-to meal.  Mayhap I'll discover the rest of the world is full of foodies and we are seriously behind the culinary times!

Friday, June 14, 2013

You've GOTTA be kidding me

Going through old drafts to see if I can clear some of them out.  Found this one - the story has been updated since I first found it (a YEAR ago), but the central question remains the same.
This story looks at whether libraries should be allowed to censor patrons' internet activity or whether they should be forced to let them unfiltered access - including pornographic sites.

I'm not a prude, but this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.  Part of the reason libraries filter internet activity is because of viruses and other malware.  If they are required to allow it's customers unlimited access to the internet, their entire network will be down within the week because someone will unleash a killer virus.

Seriously, our government won't allow adult book/toy stores to build in certain neighborhoods because it's a bad influence on children.  They won't let convicted sex offenders live within a certain range of schools or daycares...but they want LIBRARIES to provide porn to customers?  What's wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 23

Seems like a cop out, but the last few weeks have been frenzied, so I haven't had the chance to pull out any of my more creative ideas.  We've had my daughter's birthday, my other daughter's graduation, then her grad party and finally my son's birthday.  Yikes.  No wonder I'm tired.

So this week, hubs and I went out Friday night for a couple drinks and to listen to a band playing in the parking lot of a bar.  I tucked a $5 bill and one of my 'calling cards' into the crack between the seat of my folding chair and the frame.  No idea who found it - I slipped it into place as I got up to leave while the band was on break.

Let's see what opportunities this week brings. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mock Thee Monday

I took my son to McDonald's recently.  I paid cash, and my change was 55 cents.  The guy handed me a handful of coins, which surprised me because I was only expecting a couple quarters and a nickel.  I didn't think much of it, just assumed he was out of quarters and had to make do.

He then announced to his manager that he needed more nickels and dimes, so I took a peek at the cash drawer and saw that he had plenty of quarters -- so why he chose to give me two dimes, six nickels and five pennies is beyond me. 

I asked my son (who will be going into 5th grade) if he knew the best way to make 55 cents.  He says "The best way is a half dollar and a nickel." Then I asked him for the second best way and he says "Two quarters and a nickel."  

There you have it.  McDonald's is NOT smarter than a fifth grader.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Card Table Makeover

I learned recently (thanks to my fabulous sister who might have had a little help from Pinterest) that you can recover old card tables!  I had one in my shed that was marked with paint and scarred with gashes from a utility knife -- in short, it was unfit for public use without a mandatory table cloth.

See?  I wouldn't lie about such a thing:  

I picked up this vinyl fabric at the store (on sale no less!).  I think it cost me $5 total.

I want to color this in with Sharpies!

All you have to do is flip your table over, unscrew the top like this:

The hardest part of this whole job was prying the 600 staples off the old cover.  Wear safety glasses!  Sometimes those little buggers like to leap right at your eye!

Once the old staples are gone, center your new fabric and staple away!  Put the table top back on the frame and screw it all back together again.  CAUTION:  My table's brackets would only line up ONE way with the holes in the frame so if it doesn't work quite right, spin it around until it does.

The finished product:

I think you can do the same thing to folding chairs, too.  You could completely revitalize the whole shebang for peanuts!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Random Act of Kindness - Week 22

This week's installment wasn't exactly random, but it DID require effort, so I'm considering my weekly quota met.

Actually, I did two things this week.  First, I cleaned my daughter's room and put up a quote wall for her.  Most of the quotes she'd handwritten on computer paper and taped all over her walls.  The sentiment was nice, but the execution was a little off.  I typed them all up, added a few of my own and with $20 of frames from the Dollar Store and Goodwill, created an inspirational quote wall for her:

One of my favorites

My other act of kindness this week was to register as a volunteer with the Humane Society and a non-profit agency serving families.  My intention is to volunteer doing whatever with daughterling.

If you have a favorite motivational / feel good quote - please share!  I'd like to grow this collection until it covers the whole wall! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


I was on CraigsList the other night, looking for a bargain on raw materials for a craft project.  Didn't find anything, but just as I was about to log out, I saw the "missed connections" category.

This intrigued me because I had just found a book where someone had drawn cartoons to illustrate real-life missed connections postings.  Some of them are pretty funny - but they are centered around larger population centers like New York or LA.  Still, I had to at least take a peek.

And the first one I saw?  Had this title:

You were picking your nose.

I thought, what kind of a$$ would bring that up when wanting to reconnect with someone?  So, I clicked on it and this is what the rest said:

You were picking your nose in line at [local grocery store] and asked me if I wanted to share so I picked the biggest one I could find and put it in your mouth it was the most romantic moment of my life. Hope you read this.

I keep hoping this is a joke.  That some bored teen just decided to post bogus ads to see what would happen.  Still. What if it's real?   EWWWWW.  

But then again, the two of them would be perfect for each other. 

Have a lovely day!