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Random 5 – Conference calls, folding chairs and Hey Macarena !

I regularly think of random things.  That’s how this brain works – – in the car, at night, during conference calls …   Too much swirling around to stop randomly weird things from popping in & making themselves at home.

1 )  Weekends .. when I have no deadlines and no reasons not to sleep in .. I don’t.  Nope.  I’m awake early, rolling around, flipping/flopping till finally I just fling the blankets off and stomp to the coffee pot ~  I see the early clock and sigh because this is the stuff weekday dreams are made of … but no, not me.  I’m up.  Up!

2 ) I read this quote recently and claimed it:

I hope to arrive at my death, late, in love, and a little drunk.  ~Atticus

well if that doesn’t say it all!

3 ) Three weeks ago I went shopping for a reclining beach chair – the kind you can use in your backyard or at the beach (the one I never go to unless company is in town).  So I set it up in on the patio, stack my books and an Arnie Palmer then haul out 75+ sun block, a fly swatter & a water spray bottle.  I lay down a towel and carefully climb on in ~ instantly the thing folds and I am trapped in it like a finger in a clam shell.  What the?  I carefully get out, adjust the settings and give it another go.  Klang – I’m folded up in the stupid thing like yesterday’s burrito.   Hubbs, leaving for golf, steps out to find me tangled up and sputtering.  He gently asks if all is well?  I smile, say nothing, and stomp past him with the folded chair over my shoulder and proceed to hoist it into the trash, stomp back, drag two patio chairs together and affix myself between them.  He smiles and waves good-bye (smart man).    Yesterday I went looking look for a replacement — well now that SCHOOL SUPPLIES are out …….. the 2-3 beach chairs left have been relegated to the back corner with the 50%-off garden supplies.  It’s mid July.  What happened?

the crappy one was like this but not as nice

4 )  They tend to come in cycles but lately there’s been an influx of annoying recorded spam phone calls to our house phone — “Hi! This is Tiffany from blah-blah-blah services” (insert the words travel, credit card, rewards, cruise ship where I had the words blah-blah-blah).   I like to answer and, while the recording is going start talking gibberish.  Calls end abruptly and my stress wanes. Highly recommend it.  🙂

5 )  We’re about to start a months-long project and with it comes weekly check-in calls ~ time to break out the  Bingo card:

How about you?  What have you shopped for lately that was suddenly “out of season?”  Notice an influx of spam phone calls?  Ever play conference call Bingo?

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Random 5 Sunday – nonagenarians

1. It’s cold.  Bitter cold. But the sun is shining and that helps everyone handle it better.

There, there .. only 72 days till Spring

There, there .. only 72 days till Spring.  Google.images.com

2. Last night we attended the *surprise* birthday party for a gentleman turning 90.  I wish you could meet him – he’s fit, sharp, smart, witty and debonair. His vocabulary includes words like “marvelous” and “terrific,” all while holding a glass of Scotch and winking at his pretty wife.   Listening to his children share stories he’d never told anyone – his 52 missions into North Korea as a fighter pilot – left us filled us with awe; listening to their tributes and love for him filled us with emotion.  And when his OLDER brother’s voice cracked as he described their close relationship well .. everyone lost it.   It was wonderful to hear the kind words with him, instead of waiting until after he’s left us.

Bob G. Does this man look 90?  don't think so!

Bob G. Does this man look 90? Don’t think so!

3.  As the party ended Hubbs and I both got up to clear tables and pack up food, gifts and decorations.  I shouldn’t be but always am surprised by the ones who should help but don’t.  However, had we not done that, Hubbs would not have heard these words from birthday boy’s wife, “You’re such a good man; I can always count on you … Thank you.”   Aww.

4. Came across this list today and had to share it with you – 30 days of growth – there is a lot here and I can’t possibly do them all but  7, 11 and 14 resonated with me. You?

5.   Back to work tomorrow.  I have a few things to get around yet today but … for the most part, I’m ready.

exercising kitty

How’s your Sunday shaping up?  Attend any fun parties lately?

 

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Two-Five Randoms for a Tuesday

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Sometimes I’ll re-read some of my earlier posts just to see where I might have changed or evolved. This post, from January 2011, rings loud & clear for me still today.

25 Randoms about Emjayandthem:

  1. Old people make me smile. I love it when an old fella stops me in the grocery store to tell me a joke .. I know that this moment was his one moment of the day to tell someone his little story. His wife is sick of hearing the same joke over and over so he maybe he makes up a reason to go to the store and find someone else to tell his story to … people just want to be heard, and I love it when they choose me.
  2. Our boys make my heart sing; seeing them fill the doorway, leaving me voice messages that say “love ya mom” and being warmly embraced by either one of them (who both tower over me by about 20 feet) make my heart melt. Every time.
  3. I’m patriotic. “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” make me cry. Every time. “O Canada” (except for the French parts which I’ve forgotten) does as well. I came to the U.S. with $178 and a guitar and I’m so grateful for what I’ve been able to learn, who I’ve met, and the life we’ve created. Being a dual citizen, how cool is that?
  4. Black licorice is still my favorite candy.
  5. The hubbs makes me laugh. There’s something sexy about a man who can laugh with you and at you. He’s also a very good listener. We don’t always agree, and sometimes he can be a bonehead (so can I) but he’s perfect for me.   He’s the kind of man your mother would wish on you … and mine did.
  6. I like the wind and the feel of it on my face:  it reminds me of my childhood home on the prairies. I could never live in the woods as I get claustrophobic if I can’t see the horizon. You?
  7. I love to cook. I can’t cook anything fancy; I cook like my Grandmother – good, hearty, soul-filling food and lots of it. When I cook, I pay tribute to my mom, my Aunt Irene and my Grandma F.– the 3 greatest cooks I know.
  8. I am not a camper.  I like being at a campsite, sitting by the fire and looking at the stars … but I’ll sleep in the RV, not a tent, thanks!
  9. The Library is one of my favorite places to be.  I love the quiet, the smells of the books and all the nooks and crannies in which to tuck away and read. My mom got me a library card when I was 5 and I’ve had one ever since! Not sure I’ll ever have an e-Reader.
  10. If I’m upset, I get quiet. If I’m bored, I get quiet and…  I get bored easily.
  11. I don’t believe being related gives you the right to be hurtful. My parents always told us “don’t save your best manners for strangers.” There’s nothing admirable about being brutally honest if all someone remembers about you is …..that you were brutal. However, if you’re acting like a fool, and I’m invested in you, I will find a way to tell you. If I don’t care, I won’t say a word.. I’ll just sit back and watch the show.
  12. I feel great satisfaction when the laundry is clean, folded and put away.  That has happened less than 5 times in my life.
  13. I love music. Playing it, listening to it, recording it, researching it, sharing it. An old friend reminded me of a “mixed tape” I made him in the 80s, and how he still has it, and it made me grin because now I use CDs … same difference. Maybe I was a DJ in another life.
  14. I’ve learned that, as a family, you should eat supper together every chance you can; kids tell you an astounding amount when they’re eating.  (Hubbs calls it dinner, I call it supper….. oh well!)
  15. I really enjoy conversations, especially  juicy ones with new people. Or new topics with old friends. But stupid ones? see #10.
  16. I struggle with the lack of sun during our Michigan winters.  Living near Lake Michigan, we get a lot of cloud cover.  I don’t mind the cold .. but I miss the sun. Ever notice, in late-January, when it’s cold and windy and rotten outside, but if the sun pops out everyone suddenly have a little bounce in their step? That’s me.
  17. Most of what I learned in college has very little to do with what I do in my job.
  18. I absolutely cringe when we’re out with friends and verbal spouse bashery begins. Even in a “teasing” fashion I get embarrassed .. please stop.
  19. My eyes used to be blue, but are now green. How does that happen?
  20. The last really compelling book I read was “Gone Girl.” I have to pace myself with reading because I’ll get so involved in it that nothing else gets done. Nothing.
  21. I love going to the airport!! To watch reunions and to fly home to see my Mom. Somehow I end up next the person … who needs to tell their story; I’ve heard some doozies along the way.
  22. Breakfast is my favorite meal and even better if someone else is cooking it.   3 of my favorite scents occur at breakfast: coffee, toast and bacon.
  23. The best day is when we have a house full of family, something yummy on the grill, drinks, music playing, and laughs together. If there were a candle for that this would be called “home.” 🙂
  24. I didn’t know until they arrived that grandchildren could bring as much joy as they do .. but they do in spades.  I adore my boys but grandchildren have made me slow down, choose my words more carefully and appreciate … everything.   One word: delicious!
  25. My favorite quote of all time is this one: “To thine own self be true.” Know who you are and own it. And if you don’t know who you are and what you stand for, it’s time to find out.
..:: read it ... learn it ... live it ::..

..:: read it … learn it … live it ::..

How about you?  What are some of your “randoms?” 

 

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Random 5 Friday .. the pm version

Here we are again, peeps.  Random 5 Friday is back and I give you the Friday night edition!

1) Normally on Friday nights, I’d be out doing something with Hubbs. Dinner. Meeting up with friends. Something.  OR we might be stay in and sit near the fire. Not tonight. After his disastrous travel schedule a few weeks back, he had back to back meetings and ended up sick with the flu this week. He did like I did .. he worked through – as in worked his job — and I think that when you do that, you end up with “it” longer.  So, tonight’s not date night at my house, it’s Alka-Seltzer-Plus and Puffs, Vicks-Vapo-Rub and extra blankies night.   Poor guy.

2) On the way home, in the driving sleet, I thought, “Hey, maybe I should take this opportunity to reorganize some closets and do some deep cleaning!”  And then good sense got the better of me and I stopped for a pizza, ginger ale for hubbs, a couple of Lime Beers for me, turned on the tunes and settled in to listen to the wind howl away the night.

3) #2 reminds me that I don’t really like a routine without him in it.   Probably should tell him that.  But not tonight. He’s under 2 blankets and moaning.  At this point, he needs space ….. without me in it, unless I’m bringing him ginger ale or soup.  Poor guy!

4)  A week from Monday, I fly off to our nation’s capital.  Like I mentioned last year in Milestones, not that long ago I wasn’t even a citizen of this great country.  I could pay taxes, but I couldn’t vote.  I felt like a bystander. But soon I’m off to the highest Governmental offices in the land to represent my company and our business.  Pretty. Sweet.  Pretty. Surreal.  Pretty… Awesome!

5) I saw this today and it not only made me laugh, now the song is stuck in my head:

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Do you remember that song? What’s your Random 5, this chilly Friday night?

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