Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

Did I just say that?

I meant well, but I made a careless comment about wanting a friend to attend a baby shower so she could help with games. (I thought she would rock out the games whereas I am about a 1 on a scale of 0-10 on game prep for festive occasions.)

This would have all been fine except she’s a friend currently without kids and it didn’t even cross my mind that a baby shower might be the last place on earth she’d want to find herself.

Here’s when you know you have a real friend.

They tell you you’re off your rocker and they don’t want to be near a baby shower at this point in their life.

Right there. Right then. Straight up.

She didn’t go a sulk in my thoughtless comment and get bitter, she just said what she felt. Right there. Right then. Straight up.

Hope you have a friend as real and honest as this. They’re hard to find and very worth keeping. xoxo

Just for the heck of it

If you find yourself at odds with your spouse about what temperature to keep the house, read on.

My husband and I must have had conversations about the temperature of the house daily. It’s winter, I’m cold and want it warmer, he’s comfortable and it’s fine. It’s summer and I’m finally warm, he’s too hot and wants it cooler. Around and around and around.

67 degrees? 68 degrees? 70? 72? Comfort. Cost. Management.

And then it happened. The solution.

We went on vacation and realized we left the heat on full bore. (Usually, we drop the heat when we aren’t home.) I called my mom and asked if she could turn the heat down for us.

We came home and our thermostat read 20 degrees. Huh, Celsius now, eh? No one has yet to figure out how to get it back to Fahrenheit.

Interestingly, it killed any conversation splitting hairs on temperature, and we found a temperature we are both comfortable living with.

We remain willfully ignorant of what this temperature is in Fahrenheit so as to continue the peace.

Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

Hug them more

I’ve been thinking a lot about hugging recently.

Who will you wish you hugged more when they’re gone?

I wrote names down today. I hope you do the same.

And now –> hug the people on your list every opportunity you can and create extra moments on top of that.

Run back for hugs, give two, hang on longer, be the last to let go…that kind of stuff.

Someday you’ll look back on this decision and be so grateful it was intentional.

Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

What was your favorite cereal as a kid?

What was your favorite cereal as a kid?

When was the last time you had that cereal?

Kids tend to love brightly colored and sweetly flavored cereal. As we get older the health focus sets in (hopefully) and we scale back on the cocoa puffs and lucky charms. That’s a good thing.

I had my first bite of Fruity Pebbles yesterday.

It brought back all the joy and happiness of being a kid and eating my favorite kid cereal. (I was a huge Trix fan. And when I say “fan,” my Mama would want me to mention that our favorite cereal consumption was because we got our “special” cereal as a Christmas present and birthday present.) I forgot how happy a spoon full of sugar is.

My best suggestion for you this day is to buy what was your favorite cereal as a kid and have a bowl. Better yet, have your spouse or kids join you for a bowl and relish the childlike enjoyment of a colorful and ridiculously sweet bowl of cereal.

You will be so happy it’ll surprise you. 

Character · Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

Giraffes, zebras and flamingos

Just as I was driving under a telephone wire a raccoon scampered across. I could only see his black profile against the evening sky, but it was undoubtedly a raccoon.

What made him decide to cross a 1.5″ wire a story and a half in the air vs. running across on the ground? I’ll never know.

I love that animals are so distinct in shape and color. It’s magnificent.

I wish more of us would be okay with our differences from one another rather than hiding them.

Wouldn’t it be a shame if a giraffe never held her head high because she was embarrassed about being too tall?

Just for the heck of it

When was the last time you did the limbo?

I worked on my limbo skills today. Or rather, I attempted to do the limbo and realized how little skill I possess.

In my attempt at a quick hack on how to improve my lack of skills, I googled “best limbo techniques” and was met with a video of a girl limboing under A CAR. Okay, folks, I’m working on getting under a 1″ dowel rod and struggling. And her… A CAR. Sheesh.

She practices limboing for multiple hours a day so I’ll give it to her.

My challenge to you this week is to have a limbo party. I’m 100% serious. Kids will love it and think you’re outrageously cool for suggesting it. In addition, this might be the most hilarious thing you’ve done with your friends in years.

Hop to it now. Or rather, limbo to it now.

Business · Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

Did you see the look on his face?

I don’t know the temperature of the room when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson signed the declaration of independence. I don’t know what it smelled like either.

Up until a few days ago, I hadn’t considered the look on their faces when they were signing that important document. That look has been documented as “undaunted resolution.”

Undaunted resolution.

When have you had that look on your face?

What will make you want to have that look on your face again?

Just for the heck of it

Like a kid buying candy with her own money

Like a child I walked up to the cashier and put the only thing in my hands on the belt. One package of M&Ms. That’s it. No laundry detergent, peanut butter, eggs, milk or bananas. Simply M&Ms.

So there I was. One adult with my candy and the cashier. I couldn’t help but wonder if he was amused. I don’t remember the last time I was childlike in this way.

When was the last time you bought just a toy or a single portion of candy?

It brought me such joy. I wish you the same.