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The final eight truths of adulthood

Okay, so there are undoubtedly more than 32 truisms for adults but this has been a pretty good list. I hope you’ve enjoyed each list of eight things that we can agree are true and common to adults, no matter our age, gender, race, relgion, political affiliations, or socio-economic status.  Let’s face it, the human condition is full of ironies.  We might as well laugh occasionally.

  1. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
  2. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
  3. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
  4. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?
  5. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.
  6. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.
  7. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
  8. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

I hope you enjoy your day and remember, there’s only three more weekends for shopping before Christmas!

Happy Monday,
Terry

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November 8 = eight more truths for adults

Is today November 8?  Yes?  Well, that means two things.  One, the elections are over. And two, it’s time for 8 more indisputable, undeniable truths for adults.  We left off here last month, and here are eight more.

  1. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.  (Don’t worry – of course it’s not your number.)
  2. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
  3. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with alcohol than Kay.
  4. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.  (Or – in rural areas, the “Deliverance” route. )
  5. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it. (Ignorance was bliss.)
  6. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.  (My grandma called it a lazy man’s load.)
  7. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.
  8. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

C’mon, admit it. You agreed with at least two of these and the others made you chuckle.  Now go and enjoy the rest of your day.

Happy Thursday,
Terry

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Falling back into single-tasking.

I thought summer was crazy-busy, but October took the grand prize for topsy-turvy scheduling, multi-tasking , living out of a suitcase and having precious little time to just breathe.  I haven’t been pulled in that many directions since my stint in the corporate world.  if I had any rose-colored aspirations of returning to those glory days, I’m now reminded why I gave up that life years ago.

I could trot out the old metaphor about how life is like a river and sometimes it’s a slow-moving lazy river and other times you’re frantically trying to navigate the rapids and stay upright. But I won’t.

Instead I will just say that for today, I’m committing myself to a slow and steady pace.  Sometime today, in between work tasks, I’m going to get in an hour of workout time and tidy up the house and then fix an honest-to-goodness dinner for my family.

But not all at once.

One. task. at. a. time.  Forget multi-tasking:  I want to single-task my way through this day, pretty please.

And tomorrow I hope to repeat the process, with one twist:  I will be casting my vote for the next president along with the other stragglers who failed to take advantage of early voting.

And maybe – just maybe – I will find by Friday that this week wasn’t as frenetic and frantic as the past several weeks have been.

We’ll see.

Happy Monday,
Terry

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Eight undeniable indisputable truths for adults

I recently came across a list of 32 truths for adults.  Unfortunately there weren’t 32 weeks left in the year, or I would have posted one a week.  But there are four months remaining in 2012, so I’ll share 8 of them on each 8th day of the month from now until December.  (Those degrees in accounting and finance come in handy sometimes.) Read ahead if you want, but you’ll ruin the surprise.

  1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
  2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
  3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
  4. There is a great need for a sarcasm font.
  5. How are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? (Actually, Martha Stewart showed me how years ago, but I still can’t fold T-shirts like she does.)
  6. Was learning cursive really necessary?  (I can barely print my name these days, thanks to incessant keyboard use)
  7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
  8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

There.  I hope one or more of them made you chuckle.  And just imagine what October 8 holds in store.

Happy Saturday,
Terry

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Life interrupted (?)

If life is like a river, then I’ve been furiously paddling some rapids for the past several weeks.  Yes, I consciously chose the rapids, so I have no one to blame but myself.  But Summer 2012 was definitely not a “lazy river” float trip.  Whew.

A week or so ago, a friend of mine pinned this on her board, and I repinned it to mine.  It keeps running through my head – am I busier than God intended me to be?  Part of me loves living at a pace that is non-stop, with every day crammed chock-full of generating good ideas and executing projects to completion.

Case in point:

  • Our summer-long SBV is winding down and wrapping up in the next few days.
  • Our fourth annual school supply giveaway started out with a goal of helping 300 children and when we closed our doors a few minutes after noon on August 4, we had equipped over 400 children with supplies to head back to school.
  • I’ve been working with our church staff  one day a week, in addition to my normal work schedule.

In the midst of all that, Swimmer Girl had her last first day of school. She turned 17 without much fanfare or hoopla.

Our beloved pooch – a lazy beast to begin with – became more lethargic day by day this summer. Finally the symptoms worsened  and I took her to the vet last week, to find out she had colitis; an inflamed colon typically caused by a) dietary change, b) eating something that made her ill, or c) stress.  With her history, we’re gonna go with “c” on that one.  Things seem to have righted themselves in her world, thanks to a hefty round of anti-inflammatory meds. She’s perkier and more active than she has been in a while.  I wish I had noticed the onset of symptoms earlier but in my hustle and bustle, I chalked it up to her age and the “dog days” of summer.  Bad me.

For better or worse, my life’s pace has quickened, at least for now.  I am ever mindful of the pitfalls of “busy-ness” and so I’m determined to balance things to make sure I’m running my life and not the other way around.   My family will be relieved when I demonstrate that I do remember how to cook and clean better than the “lick and a promise” approach I’ve employed during the past couple months.

The good news is fall seems to be coming early:  we’ve slept with windows open the past several nights – unheard of in August in the south.  Maybe this is nature’s way of apologizing for jumping the gun on summer back in April.  Whether it means an extra-long fall or an extra-long winter, who knows? But at this point I’ll take either one.

Here’s to a life full of good things, including time to be still in the midst of it all.

Happy Thursday,
Terry

P.S. Watch for a recipe-of-the-week to appear next week; some things ARE returning to  normal!

 

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