January 20th, 2011

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From Twitter 01-19-2011


  • 07:48:05: Picture if an atheist governor was all "I'll do my job but I think the christians are shitheads." http://on.msnbc.com/fJolJq
  • 08:14:01: I wonder what percentage of people read "hook and loop" and don't know it's Velcro.
  • 14:49:09: I wish I could be like Outlook and just say "not responding" when someone asks me to do something I'm not in the mood for.
  • 17:55:00: I wonder if there has ever been a Halloween in my lifetime where no girls I knew dressed as a cat.
  • 18:06:12: Oh I forgot to update a few weeks ago, I tried mascarpone. Wasn't into it but would try another brand and also in recipes.
  • 18:08:35: I hate the strained, whiny voices people use in commercials for headache medicine.
  • 21:04:22: Last night's episode of The Fashion Show RULED. Really liked how they embraced the "lip synch for your life" format.

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Shopping and Life

Yesterday as I was browsing in the grocery store, I came upon a product that always makes me stop and think. Back in early 2004, I found myself in a pretty miserable situation. I'd lost my job and my beloved apartment, and found a new, crappy job and an ok place, but had no money because I was trying to pay off the debts that would eventually lead to my bankruptcy. I was working a swing shift, so I rarely saw people outside of work. To top it all off, I couldn't really cook, but needed to be making my own meals since I was completely broke.

For many months I made meals out of Lipton side dishes with frozen vegetables to take in a container to eat dinner at work. I haven't had one since then, but I imagine the taste would bring me back to feeling like a miserable failure. When I see the packets in the store I always pause for a moment.

But I'm not really feeling regret when that happens. I look back now and I'm thankful for where I am. There are lots of little reminders in my life of worse times. Everywhere. There was a time I couldn't go anywhere without seeing places where bad things happened or worry about people I didn't feel like ever seeing again. That's a time in a lot of people's lives when they feel like they should just up and leave, and for a while, I did too. But it doesn't really matter where you go, because you'll always be you and you just have to learn to be grateful for what you've got.

Yesterday I looked at the Lipton side dish packets and thought about my life, and then I thought about my life right now. I walked right past them and picked up other things to make. Things that require a little more work, but taste a lot better. Things I'm proud to make for my husband for dinner and pack up as leftovers for his lunch. 

I got home and was greeted by the cats and a beautiful sunset view, and I waited for Garrett to get home. It's these times when I have a few quiet moments that I realize how lucky I am to not only be alive, but to be truly living.

And I'm glad there's always something around to remind me. Perspective is a good thing.
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Movie Cliches

Big-time drug kingpin cuts open a huge bag of drugs open to sample it instead of using the perfectly serviceable zip-loc seal.

People talk about someone in the bathroom without checking for feet in the stalls and the person they’re talking about is totally in one of the stalls.

The only one in the group who didn’t want to go to the strip show ends up on stage with the dancer.