October 30, 2015
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Yes, Halloween is tomorrow! Are you excited? Ready to get your freak on?
No? Me either….
This year we didn’t even bother to get the Halloween decorations out. Sure, we made a quick trip to the pumpkin patch with our Girl Scout troop a few weekends ago. This is where I paid $12 for a pumpkin. Ironically, that “special pumpkin patch” pumpkin was trucked in and placed there by a farm employee; it wasn’t grown there on the spot like everyone wants to believe. So I guess we know who got “Tricked”, right? Just me and my wallet, that’s all.
Our family did however, want to carve a few pumpkins (so we can at least pretend we care about Halloween). We went ahead and purchased a few more pumpkins at the local grocery store which is a mere 2 minute drive from my house. That 2 minute drive was in comparison to the 30 minute drive I had previously done for my $12 pumpkin. And guess what? The pumpkins at the grocery store were $4 each. Yes, my $4 grocery store pumpkin was the same size as the $12 “farm/pumpkin patch” one.
I know, it is all about the “experience”, right? Everyone wants to drive 30-40 minutes, walk around a muddy field, look at a bunch of dirty pumpkins, carry the dirty pumpkin, buy the pumpkin, overpay for the pumpkin, and then drive back home for another 30-40 minutes.
My daughter is actually into carving pumpkins and turning them into Jack-o-lanterns. I was pretty impressed with her ability to slice and dice up these pumpkins.
Now the pumpkins are carved and ready to be kicked in by some teenager’s shoe on Halloween tomorrow night. We strive to make it a pumpkin smashing good time!
October 28, 2015
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I’m pretty good at my job. Sure, I know I have room to improve, make myself and my company better, make more money, etc. And if I worked for someone (other than myself), I’d say I’m a solid B+/A- worker. I get the job done and I do a great job at it.
But that made me wonder: What if I was better at another job (or career) and I just don’t know it? Hell, I know I could be a great ticket taker at the movie theater. I wouldn’t be pulling down an awesome salary but I would be awesome at it.
So with an easy job; yeah, I would be awesome. But what if there is a job out there that I would be even better at…there was “more” for me to excel at at? I would reach a higher level of success at that job instead of my current job? How do I figure out what that is?
How many of us are really good at our jobs but in another career field, we would be awesome?
Clearly, I’m awesome at a lot of things. And I’m modest too. I just don’t know what I would be better at. What talents and knowledge haven’t I tapped into?
What makes you great? Do you know?
October 11, 2015
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I have a T-shirt thief in my house; my T-shirts have become her pajamas and I only get to see my old friends as I do the laundry. However, I have a clever plan to foil this T-Shirt thief. Well, more like limit the shirts she decides to use. I have a decoy drawer of shirts! To give you a little history of men and their love for T-Shirts, I have two drawers of T-shirts (Tee Shirts). Why two drawers? I have two drawers because everyone knows men NEVER throw their T-shirts away. Unlike my worthless advice, my T-shirts never become worthless. If a man does get rid of a T-shirt, it is clearly a mistake or an accidental lapse of sanity. Who isn’t insane with your T-shirt collection is in consent danger of being stolen?
Keeping that in mind, I put all of my least favorite shirts in the top drawer and move my nicer shirts to the bottom drawer. We won’t talk about the other stack of T-Shirts in my closet; those are back up T-Shirts and we don’t need to talk about those. Then there is the guest closet with the T-shirts that I only wear during the winter months because clearly they are used underneath my sweaters. Those T-shirts aren’t allowed to mingle with the summer T-shirts. Everyone knows Summer T-shirts have sarcastic sayings so you can express your brand of humor to the world and show everyone how clever you are.
Now, I have my T-Shirts in two drawers which allows the thief to use my least favorite shirts as pajamas. She ALWAYS gets the T-shirts from the top drawer, thus never accessing the bottom T-shirt drawer. So the good T-shirts go in the bottom drawer. She gets to use some of my T-Shirts and I get to keep my favorites hidden away in a safe location. It’s a fair deal, right?
Organizational Tip: Instead of stacking your T-shirts one on top of another, put them sideways in your drawer. This way you can see the different colors of shirts quickly.
Another Tip: Always organize your shirt drawer by color. All the red shirts go together, blues, greens, etc.
I think I failed to make this a worthless advice blog post with those two awesome tips. Oh well….