Sunday, September 20, 2015

Never Say Never

In the past few years (and recently), I've changed my life in some significant ways (significant for me, anyway). Five years ago, I would have bet you $100 that I would NEVER be doing the following today:

*Working out every day (and loving it!)
*Getting up at 5am to work out (This is seriously shocking to me.)
*Drinking coffee without creamer (and liking it!)
*NOT drinking Diet Coke (and drinking a lot of plain water daily)
*Enjoying cleaning windows (Thanks, Norwex!)
*Leaving my fingernails alone I have no idea how/why I accomplished this. I'm still getting used to taking contacts out with fingers with nails! I'm not painting them with anything other than clear polish; pretty sure I won't graduate to that step -- too impractical for me.
*Loving two dogs (I was once pronounced "not a dog person," and she had a point, though I was not about to admit it.)

Never say never!

How about you? Have you surprised yourself? Is your life different in a way you never expected?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Heard in the Classroom: Survey Says

Recently at school, we asked our 6th grade students to complete an online survey called Getting to Know You. For one of the questions, we asked,

"Everybody struggles with something; what do you hope to get better at this year?" 

Here are my favorite responses:



"To get good grades and stuff like I just don't want to fail because I'm 50% cool and 50% loser"

"Talking to girls"

Another question we asked that resulted in a gem of an answer was this:

Is there anything else you would like your teachers to know?

And the response...

i like haveing every thining perfect

It's great to be back!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Family Funny

Many, many years ago, my mom's side of the family started a fun little tradition.  Someone sent a birthday card that was so cute and funny to one of our farm-loving relatives that it had to be recycled to another family member. For years, it was passed on, signed and dated, sometimes with notes added. I remember receiving it once as a teenager and feeling like I was part of something really special. Sadly, no one has seen the card in at least twenty years, and no one can remember who got it last; it just disappeared.

Look what I made! (Mom's maiden name is hidden from the public version)

and the inside...

[Hopefully, Jim will excuse my crowded words!]

On the back, there is a note that reads:

Long ago, a "chicken dinner" birthday card began circulating but eventually got lost. It was fun while it lasted! Please pass this new card on to a D Descendant you love and add to the journey here:

The actual url leads to a spreadsheet like this one.
This is going to be fun!

I used PicMonkey to create the image and words for the front of the card
 and Snapfish to make the 5 x 7 foldable card
With shipping, it cost me $2.49

But, of course, we all know it's priceless.

*Chicken image came usage-rights-free from
Shout-out to my co-worker, Jenni, who provided the chicken feed!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The "Cycle" of Life

I often take long (20-25 mile) bike rides, rides that have a way of making me philosophize. Often, it occurs to me that life is like a long bike ride.

Some paths are straighter than others.

You have to follow the rules if you want to live through it, though it's sometimes okay to bend them. I ride on the side facing traffic, for example, and I don't always come to a complete stop before railroad tracks.

If you never go off the main road, you will miss some good stuff.

Sometimes, what you see up ahead will be ominous,

and you might need to take a little break.

Sometimes, it seems like it's all uphill, but if you stick with it, the payoff can be great.

If you don't pedal hard sometimes, you're going to be late.

Sometimes, you won't be able to keep your destination in sight, but you have to keep going.

Having a friend along for the ride makes the trip more fun.

Even when you're alone, the journey may be beautiful.

There will be times when you think you just can't go any further. Yes, you might even have to walk your bike for a bit, but you will get there eventually if you just keep moving forward.

You'll see many others pedaling faster than you; that's okay.

You'll enjoy the ride more if you stop to smell the roses now and then.

As for riding a bike, life requires balance.

And the best part about biking, unlike life: going downhill can be exhilarating. [no pictures of that, of course!]