Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ten Things of Thankful: Feel Free to Go Ahead and Laugh

This week, I got a new phone.  I was (relatively) late to the smartphone scene; I got my first smartphone 2-1/2 years ago. I'm not one who upgrades at the first possibility, but decided it was time because I was running out of memory.  (My mind is running out of space, too, but I haven't quite figured out how to upgrade that yet!) 

I ordered a protective case for the phone because, though I am not exactly rough with phones, I have been known to accidentally drop my phone.  The new phone arrived before the case did.  In an effort to keep the phone somewhat protected while I waited for the case to arrive, I didn't remove the flimsy plastic.  

I had fun picking ringtones, and even gave specific ringtones for particular callers.  It was so fun to hear the phone ring, and know immediately who was calling!  I put the phone to my ear.

"Hello!"

". . . . "

"I'm sorry; I have a new phone.  I can barely hear you.  I'm going to have to call you back."

No matter how much I turned up the volume, I could barely hear the caller.  I was so disappointed.  John tried to fix the problem. We thought the phone might be defective.  

Can any of you observant readers solve the problem?  In a flash of inspiration, I wondered, "Do you think the plastic film could keep me from hearing the caller?"  It turns out, the answer to that question is a resounding "YES!"  

Go ahead and laugh.  I sure did.  I still am laughing.  As smart as I'd like to believe I am, it's hard to take myself seriously when I do dumb things like that.  

In case you are wondering, though, if I've removed the plastic yet, the answer is no--not until that case arrives.  I just peel it off the speaker and I can hear clearly.  

That amuses John.  Go ahead and laugh.  I guess I'm the modern-day equivalent of the grandma who keeps the plastic on the living room davenport.  :-)

Just pretend that was a seamless segue. . . 

1.  I'm thankful for cellphones.  

2.  I'm thankful for rain.  We had more this week.  Although we still aren't up to average yet, other parts of the state have exceeded average, and that helps get us closer to being out of the drought.

3.  I'm thankful that it is still January.  The Christmas decorations are (mostly) down, but not completely put away yet.  I've never been so late in completing this task, and take comfort in the fact that it is still January, a perfectly acceptable month in which to get this done. 

4.  I'm thankful for the beautiful full moon this week.  I happened to catch moonrise on Wednesday, and it was gorgeous! (Unfortunately, I was driving so I didn't get a photo.)

5.  I'm thankful for my children.  I enjoy hearing what is going on in their lives, and I'm glad they keep me up to date (even when I struggle to hear them!)

6. I'm thankful for the ease of ordering parts, thanks to the internet. My aquarium water was looking not-so-clear, despite frequent water and filter pad changes.  I recently noticed that one of the filter media baskets was deteriorating.  I was able to find a replacement part.  The water isn't 100% better yet, but is much improved, and hopefully will return to its crystal-clear state soon.

7.  I'm thankful for bunnies in the backyard.  They are just so cute! I look forward to the teeny tiny babies that will be appearing in the spring.

8.  I'm thankful for sleep, and I'm looking forward to some shut-eye as soon as I finish this post.  :-)

9.  I'm thankful for the examples I see around me of caring, generous people.  As I've mentioned before, I serve in church with the women's organization.  I'm able to notice acts of service that others might not get to see, and I'm so inspired by just how quick people are to jump in and help others.  

10.  I'm thankful for John.  We ran another 10K together at Disneyland yesterday.  We were not well-prepared for this race.  We certainly did not set a PR (personal record), but we had a good time together, and ran at a comfortable pace.  I'm glad we have common hobbies and interests, and can laugh together--like we did when we figured out my phone does actually work just fine!


Photo:  John and I, dressed as C3PO and R2D2, cross the finish line of the Disneyland Star Wars 10K


How was your week?  Did you have a chance to laugh at yourself?

(No link code this week, but feel free to list your TToT blog post in the comments.)

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ten Things of Thankful: Celebrating 100 Years Edition

The much-anticipated day arrived this week; my grandma turned 100 years old.  I saw relatives I haven't seen in decades, met relatives I had never met, talked, laughed, ate, watched old videos, took photos, posed for photos, and just generally had a great time. And that was just Wednesday!  


Photo:  Grandma wears a birthday banner and crown and is presented with her cake 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful/50 Happy Things

Last week, Lizzi invited us to combine our Ten Things of Thankful post with participation in Dawn's 50 Happy Things challenge.  I had already written my TToT post for last week, so figured I would join in this week instead.  If I understand the rules correctly, we were to set our timer for 15 minutes and just start listing things for which we are thankful.  I spent about half that time brainstorming the following list.  I didn't try to prioritize. I didn't try to remember anything in particular; I just sat in my bed, looked out the window, enjoyed some mango/apricot juice, listened to the rain, and typed, There are more than 50 items listed, and thousands more I didn't mention:

rain
oranges
bunnies
warm blankets
comfy bed
birds
garden
electricity
family
grandchildren
children
John
Jesus Christ
faith
temples
scriptures
books
computer
blogging
grandparents
family history
photos
camera
smooth-writing pens
paper
dogs
fish
music
piano
violin
memories
emotions
road trips
Christmas
a house
raspberries
artichokes
chocolate
hazelnuts
health
running
shoes
medical care
humor
church
Disneyland
movies
sewing machine
satisfaction of a job well-done
waterfalls
hiking
National Parks
ocean
snow
mountains
trees
flowers
green
work
home improvement projects
service
charity
sing-alongs (Raindrops on Roses, and Whiskers on Kittens . . )
date nights
harmony--in music and in relationships
parents
friends

There are so many happy things in the world, and so much to be thankful for, and so much good to be found.  May we take everything positive from 2016 and carry it on into 2017.  Happy New Year!






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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Patient

I tell you, I can't make this stuff up.  This week's Six Sentence Story prompt:  "patient." (Permission was obtained to share this experience.)  

A man in scrubs pulled back the curtain, rushed into the room and, taking one look at the young adult, asked disappointedly, "Did I miss it?"

"Yeah."

"How did the other doctor get your jaw back into alignment?"

"He just grabbed each side of my mouth and yanked with all his might."

"And how did you dislocate your jaw in the first place?"

"I won the 'How many Tootsie Rolls can you shove in your mouth' contest."

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Thanks for doctors.  

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Looking Ahead Toward the New Year


My friend Nancy of Wyoming Breezes  invited her readers to fill out the following form as a fun way to think about possibilities and dreams for 2017.  I decided to give it a whirl.  If you'd like to participate, go to Nancy's blog for a blank form.  



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Thanks for friends, and for possibilities and dreams!

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