Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Case of the Runaway Yarn Ball

Laughter is the best medicine: Talk about the things that make you laugh. Share a funny story or two. Tell us a joke. It's all about humor, so anything goes!

This week, Melissa asked us to talk about laughter. I love this because I truly believe being able to laugh at life, and yourself, is key to happiness. That's why when I did something embarrassing back in March, it was nice I could just laugh it off versus fretting about it, and wishing I could have a "do over".

Now, don't get me wrong, I've probably done other embarrassing things since March, but this sticks out in my mind. It took place at a local surgical center close to where I live. I was there to drive a friend home after they got their tonsils out. Thinking I was going to be camping out in the waiting room until the surgery was done, I took out the blankie I've been working on for my mom's upcoming birthday and started working on it. No sooner did I do this, was I called and told I could go back to keep my friend company before the surgery. So, I quickly gathered my things, stuffed them into my bag, and made my way back to the area where my friend was resting. About half way to my friend's room, I hear, "Woo!" and quickly turned around. As it turns out, trailing behind me was a trail of navy blue yarn. The same navy blue yarn that I had started using for the most recent mitered square to be attached to mom's blankie. The nurse in question had tried to walk to a patient room and tripped over my trail of yarn.

Oops! This led me to the quick conclusion that I had dropped the ball of yarn when I quickly gathered my things and it wrapped around the leg of the sofa I was sitting on. I explained this to the nurse, and all the other staff who had gathered by this point to see what was going on. One of the staff members of the surgery center was kind enough to go back to unhook the ball from the sofa leg instead of making put down my things and to retrieve myself.

While we waited, I laugh with the others about the whole situation. I'm sure my face was bright red by this point, but I'd like to think my laughter and joking about the whole situation overshadowed it.

It seemed to take the individual who went to retrieve my yarn ball awhile to make it back to the part of the facility I was waiting. I'm sure in reality it wasn't THAT LONG, but it sure felt like a long time. Once I was settled in, and my friend assured me there was nothing they needed from me, I texted Doc about what had happened. Of all the people I knew, I was sure Doc would appreciate the story.

I smile whenever I think of that story. It's not the most HILARIOUS story, but there is something about it that makes me laugh each and every time I think about. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I'm a knitter. Maybe it has to do with the fact that this is the kind of story I can see happening at Doc's clinic, and hearing about from him. However, I think why this story really stands out to me has to do with the fact that I was able to laugh at myself rather than getting embarrassed and finding a place to hide for the remainder of my time there which is something I would have done once upon a time.

Now that I've shared a funny story with you, please take a moment to read what funny stories my fellow bloggers have to share:

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Momarock (Sara)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Saturday, May 26, 2012


This week for the Thursday blog project, Sara has asked to write on the following: Believe in it, or not (or only think of it on occasion for entertainment value), horoscope is highly popular and very interesting. What is your horoscope sign? Do you think you resemble what is said about you? And, do you take any stock in it?

Hi, I'm Froggie, and I'm a Sagittarius. Oh, and if you're going by the Chinese zodiac I'm a Rabbit.

I've never really looked at the qualities of either sign and tried to determine whether or not they fit me. I think my BFF once said they did. Since we've known each other for quite some time I'll take her word for it.

I look at my horoscope twice a month. Once at the beginning of the month and once at the end of the month to see if what it said would happen actually happened. Some months, my horoscope does end up fitting what happened. Some months I'm more interested in my horoscope than other. For instance, at the beginning of May I was anxious to read my horoscope because I want to see which days were deemed "lucky". I had some specific days I was hoping would be part of my lucky days -- and they were! Other month, my horoscope is WAY off. Then there are times when a few months down the road things will happens that make the horoscope quite valid.

When it comes to romance, I do check to see if the person I'm with is capable astrologically. For awhile, I was drawn to a lot Pisces, however we are apparently not a match made in astrological heaven. Hmmm.... I don't it seemed to work for my mother and father. One thing I find funny about the sign capability facet is that I have been with people whose sign was suppose to be a good match for me, but dear goodness it turned out not to be. So, I have to wonder how much weight I should hold with this as well. The best one is the guy whose astrological sign was highly compatible, but Chinese sign not so much. Really? Really?? Really???

One day I hope I'll take the time to learn more about astrology. Made if I do I'll have a greater appreciation for it. Until then, it is a source of entertainment for me.

Now that I've talked about my thoughts on astrology, please take a moment to read what my fellow bloggers have to say about the topic:

Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pack .... Pack.... Pack...

For last week's Thursday Blog project I asked everyone to write about the type of traveler they were.

I love to travel, however there is a lot preparation that is involved for travel which can be take on a whole life of its own. Though I love planning things, getting ready for a trip has some parts that make me feel a bit of angst.

Recently, I slipped away for a weekend trip to Michigan. It's a relatively quick car trip, but it still requires a good portion of preparation....

Let's start with the fact that this was my first car trip in my car which meant not only did I have the "usual" stuff for me to think abut, but I also had to make sure my car was ready to make the journey. This involved a thorough cabin and trunk cleaning, oil and windshield wiper change, and getting the tire pressure checked.

On this trip I had several stops. A yarn acquisition for a friend, dropping off a gift with for a friend and their coworkers, and visiting a few other shops along the route to my final destination. One would think that planning all the starts and stops would be the most difficult part of this journey, but it wasn't. (It was actually the easiest part.) Thanks to Google Maps I was able to drop in the addresses for all these destinations and away I went! Also, I had the comfort of know the GPS app on my iPad would allow me to figure out how I messed up when it became obvious to me that I had taken a wrong turn, or completely passed my destination a mile two later. (This was inevitable.) All that said, I knew approximately how long it would take, and when I wanted to arrive so I set my alarm clock to wake me up at a particular time so I would be sure to be on schedule.

This particular trip also required me to bring a few extras that I don't normally bring on trips so taped a check list of all the things I need to take with me to the main entrance of my place. There was no way I was leaving without everything I absolutely needed to have with me.

• Gift for my friend and their coworkers - CHECK!
• Knitting - CHECK!
• Camera - CHECK!

You get the picture, right?

So far you might not understand why I say traveling involves angst. Well, my main source of my stress is packing. I HATE packing. No matter how many times I travel I seem to always bring more than I really need for the trip. The process first starts with me taking just enough for the length of time I'm going to be away. Then, all the "what if's" start flooding my mind... .

• What if the weather isn't as predicted?

• What if I go out to a more formal place to eat?

• What if I want don't want to wear sandals the whole time?

I found planning to for vacation runs just adds more to my luggage....

• Running shoes and socks - CHECK!

• Running pants for cold and warm weather - CHECK!

• T-shirts and jackets to wear while running - CHECK!

All this causes me to put off packing until the VERY LAST MINUTE. Most of the time this means late evening the night before I'm suppose to leave. For my road trip to MI I put my suitcase in my car the night before only to find the next day I needed wanted to bring a few more items. (Sigh)

All in all, I think my travel habits are getting much better as time goes on, and I deal with the extra things to take of quite well despite any stress they may cause me. I was definitely WAY more organized this time around than I have been in the past. Hopefully one day I'll be a totally savvy traveler, and all this will be as common to me as getting ready for work on any given work day.

Now that I've talked about my travel habits, please take a moment to read what my fellow bloggers have to say about their travel habits:

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Momarock (Sara)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Monday, May 14, 2012

I Love You Lou's!

For last week's Thursday blog project, Susanna asked us to write about: Pizza wars... is New York Style better than New Haven? What about Deep Dish. Let's talk about our favorite pizza. Why do you like the kind you do and what sort of toppings make it perfect?

I go through cycles with Pizza. For a period of time, I would get a Take N' Bake from my local grocery store once a week for dinner. From time-to-time I'd get a deep dish "pie" from my local pizzeria. Then, all of the sudden, I'd stop.

With all this in mind, my favorite type of pizza without a doubt is deep dish pizza. And if I'm really going for what I truly love, it's a simple piece of Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza. It's funny to single-out ONE restaurant for their deep dish pizza, but I guess it's not totally crazy. (I mean, I'm the same person who will only get Chai Lattes at Starbucks because as far as I'm concerned no other coffee place I've tried makes it to my liking.)

Actually, I love Lou's so much that when I was getting married to The Ex, and was asked where I wanted the bridal shower to be I choose Lou Malnati's. My mom wasn't to keen on the idea, but in the end I got what I wanted -- it was fantastic as far as I was concerned!

Every once in awhile I'll go for thin crust. When that happens, I'm all about a place in the Chicagoland area called Jake's. I've been eating Jake's since I was in high school. They undoubtedly have the best thin crust in area. (IMO) However, I still fondly think of Lou's.

Now that I've shared my thoughts on my pizza preferences, please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say about their thoughts on Pizza Wars:

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Momarock (Sara)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Must Have Music

This week for the Thursday Blog Project, Melissa ask us too: What are the top 10 songs that are "must-haves" on your playlist?

This topic is a bit timely as I was thinking about the other day how this time last year I posted on my other blog daily about various songs I like or had a special meaning for me. I've been thinking about how in some cases the music I listen to now has changed, and in other cases it hasn't.

With that in mind, the list below are some of my favorite songs - ever! (In no particular order.)

"Lose Yourself" by Eminem

Since this blog is relatively new, I may have not gone on and on and on about how much I LOVE this song. It's been a favorite of mine since it was released almost 10 years ago.

Aside from the fact that is has a great beat, what I LOVE most about the song is that it has an even better message. It's my "go to" song when I need inspiration to keep on keepin' on.

"Survivor" by Destiny's Child.

The song title and lyrics say it all.

"Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson

Another song where the title and lyrics speak for me.

"Kodachrome" by Paul Simon

This is one of my "happy songs." Seriously don't know how you can be sad listening to this song. Especially since it was used in the 1993 movie, "Coneheads".

It has such a whimsical feel about it.

"She's Always A Woman" by Billy Joel

This is a beautiful song!

I'm not sure if this song was inspired by someone in particular, but I have to believe it was because there is so much love that comes through in the lyrics.

"Killer Queen" by Queen

I was tempted to put down "We Are The Champions" for my Queen song, but as I was typing that out I realized it wasn't one of my all time favorites because I really liked the song THAT much. I mainly like that song because of the association it has with various high school related events.

I like "Killer Queen" for it's melody.

"Little Bitty" by Alan Jackson

Yes, I'm letting a country song enter the mix!

This song is just so delightful! Aside from the fast-paced beat and sweet lyrics, when I listen to this song I think back to my years living in Texas. I mainly remember how much I enjoyed Country Western dancing.

"Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Denience Williams.

All I will say about this song is.... How could you NOT want to get up and dance when this song is playing?

This song has been a favorite of mine since I was a child and I saw it playing in the movie "Footloose".

"A Groovy Kind Of Love" by Phil Collins

There is one simple reason why I love this song.... It was the last song I remember dancing to with my dad. I have a picture of that dance that my aunt took. That picture has gotten a bit beaten up over the years, but every time I look at it I recall that dance and this song.

"Jump" by Flo Rida

This is one of my favorite running songs.

Now that I've shared songs that are on my "must have" playlist, please take a moment to read what songs my fellow bloggers "must have" on their play lists:

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Momarock (Sara)