- ADD CRUNCH to your ice cream. Cold, sweet, creamy treats are better with a bit of a bite. Honey roasted peanuts are a favorite on almost every flavor other than mint, but you will also enjoy crushed graham crackers, cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels, M & M's (Or, as Cupcake calls them, "LMNs." She's been singing a lot of alphabet song, lately.), plain pretzels, dry roasted peanuts, and any kind of sweet baking morsel.
- BE KIND always. Do you seriously think you'll ever regret being kind to someone? Even if they don't deserve, notice, or appreciate your kindness, you still did the right thing. If not for your own sake, do it for Helen.
- BE GRATEFUL and dwell on your gratitude. I've given myself two Summer Projects to complete. One is to toilet train Cupcake, the other is to make sure Rip Claw understands how grateful he should be for his blessings. He gets rewarded with a star for writing at least 5 days a week in his Big Book of Thanks. I realized that in order to feel gratitude for what he does have, he has to be able to see and understand what it means to have not. I've taken to telling him about something mildly horrible each day in order to drive home the message that he's got it good. Sunday, I showed him a newspaper picture of a street in Iraq where dozens of men walked with rifles held high, having just volunteered to help stop the rebel terrorists from killing innocent people. Thursday, I told him about how people used to have to go to stores to shop for things, and if they couldn't find what they wanted, they would have to use a phone book to call another store. Then, if they ordered something through the mail, it might take a month to arrive.
|School has been out for 2 weeks, and already he's writing letters backward and forming sentences like "in do'nt go tso stores" Love it.|
- EAT A CALZONE made like I make them. Recipe available upon request. I'm not including it because it would bring my fluff percentage up to at least 30.
- READ because reading is awesome. I recently finished The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and loved it. I'm now in the midst of a library copy of One Summer by Bill Bryson, and I'm seriously considering buying a copy for Charming to read at the same time so that I'll have someone to talk about it to. I know the author wasn't in America, in 1927, experiencing all that was happening, but the book reads like you're being told a first-hand account of really cool historical events. If you've read it, please let me know so that I can talk to you about it instead of blurting out things like, "Prohibition was the worst!" and "Wow. Babe Ruth." at random times.
- THINK OUTSIDE THE RED when it comes to fries. I feel that I may have failed newcomers here by not posting my fry dipping advice all the time.
- EXERCISE. I don't have to tell you that, though, right? There's really no excuse not to.
|I don't know who Bill Phillips is, but he's right. |
I also don't know if I could eat a doughnut that large, but if it's blueberry cake, I might like to try.
- GIVE IN to your quirks. I only recently stopped making excuses for mine, and I must say, it has been quite freeing. I stack the papers neatly just before I put them in the shredder. I color coordinate my to-do list based on how much I like or hate the task. "Make phone calls" is in orange, because making phone calls is the worst, and orange is the worst color post-it I have. It bothers me when the two sides of the dishwasher racks are unevenly weighted, like the left side is going to tease the right side for having to work harder. Everybody has their quirks, and the sooner we all admit them, the sooner we can find others with whom to commiserate.
- SMILE at someone. One thing I love about being a mostly-stay-at-home-mom is the absence of customers and co-workers telling me to smile. I smile a lot, because I'm a happy person. When I'm not smiling, it's usually because I'm not a complete idiot walking around with a toothy grin spread across my face to hide the absence of intelligent thoughts. When someone tells me to smile, I immediately want to scowl and kick them in the teeth. However, I'm telling you to do it because when you give someone a friendly smile, it's really hard for them not to smile back. Here, I'll even give you some help!
So, how do you think I did? Nowhere close to 90/10, eh?
Care to share any of your quirks?
Calzones. Just a friendly reminder that my recipe is available.