Friday, March 30, 2007

Life's Survival Kit

(I thought this was cute)
Toothpicks...pick the good qualities in everyone-including yourself.

Hugs...give hugs and praise daily. more flexible.

Paper clip...hold things together.

Caramel..."Chew the Fat"- talk, listen and act positively.

Bandaids...take care of each others hurt.

Candle...celebrate! Every day things happen for which we can be thankful!

Mint...realize you are worth your mint.

Button...know when to BUTTON YOUR LIP. Don't let anyone push your button.

Erase...understand that everyone makes mistakes; that's okay---we learn from our mistakes.

Nuts...There's got to be some in every group!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Would you rather...

Be left handed or right?

Be able to swim like a fish or fly like a bird?

Have 3 eyes or 3 ears?

Live in New York City or Chicago?

Have 3 cats or 5 dogs?

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I Passed!

Yesterday for the very first time I experienced a Vehicle Emissions Test for my car. (In Missouri I think I had to take a work vehicle, but I don't really remember- and it wasn't my car). Indiana does not have this type of a test for vehicles.

So, I took a deep breath and faced the music. It was very exciting. You pull up a gate outside a white building. A ticket pops out (like when you are going to a parking garage). You have to then follow the yellow lines and pull up to the cone. An attendant waves you forward, asks for ticket, and sternly instructs you to sit in park and not move. Then you drive forward, and again are told to go into park. This time, however, you have to get out of the car and stand to the side while they hook up a gadget to your car. Next, you get inside the car and have to pull forward to another cone.

Fortunately, the tunnel of "doom" really wasn't all that dreadful. The VETG (Vehicle Emissions Test Guy) came out and stated almost gleefully that I passed. He started to walk away, but I hollered after him, "What do I do now? I'm new." He told me very nicely that I save the paper in my glove box, and throw away the "invitation" that I had received in the mail. I was then free to drive away.

The Point of the Story:
Don't be afraid of the VET.

The Sweetest

My cousin's son said the sweetest thing to my aunt (his grandma) the other day.

"I love you so much, my heart is coming out."

Isn't that so cute!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Need a laugh on a Monday?

This was sent to me in an email. I found it again, and thought it was worth sharing.

Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their
collections of actual analogies & metaphors found in high school
Here are last year's winners.....
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides
gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making & breaking alliances like
underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E Coli & he was room-
temperature Canadian beef.
5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog
makes just before it throws up.
6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated
because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a
surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a
bowling ball wouldn't.
10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag
filled with vegetable soup.
11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an
eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city
& Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when
you fry them in hot grease.
14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced
across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains,
one having left Cleveland at 6:36 PM. traveling at 55 mph, the other
from Topeka at 4:19 PM at a speed of 35 mph.
15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences
that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
16. John & Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who
had also never met.
17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant & she was the
East River.
18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap,
only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike
Phil, this plan just might work.
21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not
eating for awhile.
22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either,
but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land
mine or something.
23. The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe & extended one slender
leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around
with power tools.
25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells,
as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Wild Weather

This morning I woke up to the sound of thunder and the flash of lightning. For a moment I thought that it was weird weather because it was February, but then I remembered that it was March so it didn't seem as strange. Then, just another moment later I realized it was still weird. There are inches and inches of snow on the ground, and yet it was thundering?
So I got up, got ready and went outside to leave for work. Then I realized something even stranger was happening. Not only was there thunder and lightning, but there was something akin to a clear slushy falling from the sky and covering the ground. It was a thick combination of snow and rain and ice, and it was, very....well, wet.
It made the drive to work somewhat interesting as snow plows drove along trying to clear the streets of the slush. Which, by the way makes NO sense. Not only would the new falling slushy fill in the holes immediately, but the snow plows would spray the slush hazardly on all the oncoming traffic. That in and of itself caused even more hazardous road conditions as drivers swayed out of the way to save their lives from any oncoming... slush.
Well, Happy March Everyone!