Random Reflections


I saw this the other day and liked it. I think people sometimes forget the old adage that “little things mean a lot”. And how that phrase goes both ways in terms of how it works for positive and negative “little things”. 

A friend of mine the other day posted a quote that I think is somewhat related – directed more a parenting, but I think you’ll understand:

“As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening.” ~Robert Brault

Why does it remind me of the first thing? Because it is often the things we don’t place a lot of value on – the little things (in at least our minds) that are remembered. It’s the unspoken things sometimes. It’s what ISN’T said while the words are being spoken.  It’s body language.  Those things that are “minor” end up being they afflict us negatively. Just like it’s some of those same things that affect us positively.  Oh, and those are also the things people around us notice (including our kids). They speak louder than our voices.  Like I said, little things.

Enough soap boxing, if you will….

Let me summarize my work week like this:

But then again, I would assert, dealing with the same dumb ass executive each and every day where we have a variation of the same conversation over and over and over and over again will cause your mind to want to flee your body.  I suggested the other day that he just fire me if he didn’t trust me.  Clearly that didn’t work out for me.  And yes, I did say that to him – just like that. Still employed….Sigh…..

Why stick around if I’m kinda done? Well, I think I can have this project wrapped up by Sept 1st. It’s almost become a necessity to prove that to myself. Plus, I want to throw it on the resume as a success, not a carefully worded mask for “failure”.  Which, I guess would be a “learning experience”…not keen on it.

In other more exciting news, Garbanzo got his VW bus running!!! Woo hoo!!  There is a guy who has a cool business. He travels around the country in his own 1974 VW Air-cooled Bus teaching people with bus projects how to fix their bus themselves for a fee, of course.  As he says, they are going to break down. It’s the nature of the beast. So instead of having this guy fix the problem for you, why doesn’t he teach you how to do it.  After a good 10 hour day of work, they were driving up and down the street in front of the house.  Damn!  He may have another appointment opening for part 2 of this class, so it may only improve from here.  We’ll see.  All I do know is that thanks to his extremely short cut off shorts, I now know he is well groomed AND prefers to go commando.  Yeah. Not something I needed to learn.

Garbanzo took our kids in for their physicals yesterday. Both are off the chart height wise (no big surprise). DJ was quick to point out that she’s 5 inches away from being as tall as I am. I am acutely aware of that every day, so no shock there.  Indigo is four foot six now.  HUGE for a 7 year old.  Outside of learning that my oldest will be starting her period within the next year most likely, we also learned that Indigo has been walking around with a huge double ear infection. It has lingered for a while from what the doc said because there is some nice scarring on one of her ear drums.  Not good. ENT doctor, here we come!

Running is questionable for me right now.  After having a decent run with Garbanzo the other night (except for the feeling sick part which was thanks to the coffee I drank beforehand), I went out for a lunch run Wednesday. About 1.5 miles into the 3 mile loop, I start feeling pain in my knee.  I noticed I was WAY above my usual pace, and figure I need to slow down -maybe I’m pushing too hard.  Nope.  I finally stopped running as it was continuing was just making it worse.  I think I pulled a muscle in my thigh after the good run the previous night.  I suspect I started unconsciously compensating for it by running differently, thus hurting my knee instead.  I’m 8 days from the half marathon. I’m hoping some rest and proper care will make it so I can run without injuring it permanently. I guess I’ll find out in the next few days.  Not good.

But on the positive side, I was running a 8:20 mile before it started hurting. And it felt good. That’s a full minute faster than my usual longer distance times.

In other randomness, I have not posted pics for the last two days. Just haven’t had time. I’ll catch up tonight.

And, I leave you with some images from my new favorite site: Stuff No One Told Me.  I will only use three as the creator has threatened to kick anyone’s ass who violates the rule.

Have a great weekend!
And for one reader, have a happy birthday. You know who you are. 🙂

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Vixen says:

    Damnit, you took my Saturday pic. LOL The whore/prince charming one. 😉

    SUCKS about your knee. I hope it heals quickly.


  2. southerngirl says:

    So sorry about the knee….hang in there and will send you healing thoughts.


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