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Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Hope you are all able to surround yourselves
with friends and family today!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Weeks 49 & 50

Wow.  I cannot believe I only have two weeks left.  In a way, it will be a relief not to have the weekly deadline hanging over my head.  It sounds easy enough - one act per week - but when you work full time and have a family to tend to, the week seems to FLY by.

Week 49
While browsing through half price books, I noticed one of my favorite books (Lamb by Christopher Moore) was on the dollar cart.  I found it mildly offensive that such a great book was discounted to a mere buck, but I didn't let that stop me from snatching it up!  I loved this book so much.  Christopher Moore has such a rich sense of humor I laugh out loud whenever I read his work.  I happened to buy this (the first time) before a trip to Vegas and I was laughing on the plane, laughing by the pool, laughing everywhere.  And not a little  We're talking full on belly laughs that draw curious looks from others.  This book is a kindness unto itself and during this week, I passed the joy on.  Actually, I gave this bargain copy away AND loaned my personal copy to someone else.  Double the joy.

Week 50
We have a TV/monitor in the lobby at work that we program to show who is on vacation, who is traveling for work, etc.  I also add new hires, birthdays, and special events or visitors.  I noticed it was one woman's birthday today, so when I had to run back to the office last night I left a small gift bag on her chair with a hand sanitizer and lip balm in it.  

She caught me in the hall later and we made small talk.  I casually mentioned my calendar said it was her birthday and wished her a happy one.  She paused - started to say something then stopped.  I'm SURE she was going to ask about the gift bag, but changed her mind.  No one ever suspects me, which makes this all so much more fun! 


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

GREAT Christmas Gift

I was at a craft / art show over the weekend and saw these amazing puzzles and I just have to share them.


I don't know about you, but I'm always on the look out for unique gifts - something that you can't find at every mall in America.  And I love LOVE LOVE these puzzles.

His booth was right inside the door - the first one I saw.  I meant to stop back on the way out so I could pick up a couple, but dufus that I am, we left through a different door and now I'm kicking myself. Thank God he's got a website! 

These puzzles are gorgeous, well-made pieces and I've seen some as low as $11 and as high as $200, so really there's something in everyone's price range.  I'm not getting paid to write this, but when I find something exceptional, I want the world to know.

Here's the link...and you better shop fast because I'll be placing MY order soon!

Monday, December 2, 2013


We had our Thanksgiving this past Saturday.  On Thursday, though, Coders apparently wanted to have *some* sort of celebration, so he kept setting the timer on the iPad to ring with a doorbell chime.  That was my cue to stop whatever I was doing to answer the door and introduce the fictitious family member to the family.

Periodically, he took on the job of impersonating these family members, with hysterical results.  Some of our invisible visitors were:

Great Aunt Martha - She came in and fell asleep on the couch.  Apparently she's a great sleeper because we kept sitting on top of her and she didn't even budge.

Jerry Barry (or maybe Barry Jerry) - this is Aunt Martha's son and boy was he hyperactive.  He ran all through the house. Over and over. 

Uncle Bob - he's a bit of a beer drinker and then he likes to talk -- telling crazy stories of things that never happened.  He was also Martha's husband once, and they would periodically bicker about this or that.

Catherine - aka Kitty Kat - She's a 23 year old actress that just graduated from college.  She doesn't say much, and I'm not sure how she's related to the above.  She's our cousin. 

Oscar - the dog.  

My favorite quotes of the day:

"Bob, can you keep it down? I'm trying to give a speech" (think this was Barry)

"Mooooom, have you seen my heels?" (something I never thought my son would say....even in character)

Me: Welcome, Oscar!  We only have one rule in this house - 
no piddling on the floor.
Cody/Oscar:  Ooops. Sorry.  I had gas.