Friday, May 15, 2015

Hiatus

hiatus

[hahy-ey-tuh s] 
 
nounplural hiatuses, hiatus.
1.
a break or interruption in the continuity of a work,series, action, etc.
2.
a missing part; gap or lacuna:
Scholars attempted to account for the hiatus in themedieval manuscript.
3.
any gap or opening.
4.
Grammar, Prosody. the coming together, with or without break or slight pause, and without contraction, of two vowels in successive words or syllables, as in see easily.
5.
Anatomy. a natural fissure, cleft, or foramen in bone or other structure.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Happify

Happiness is...
...peppermint and lavender essential oils
...being 10 minutes late when your boss is 35 minutes late
...the smell of fresh cut grass
...leaving work early
...supportive friends
...breakfast and coffee
...baby pictures of my adorable "niece"
...coupons and discounts
...making fun plans




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Social

I keep wishfully thinking that today is Wednesday instead of Tuesday - this is something I am not enjoying! And speaking of not enjoying...

I partake in social media sites and enjoy them, for the most part any way. But when did it become acceptable, or maybe the better question is, why would you feel the need to post explicit details of your life and/or body functions? I understand that your profile is just that, yours. And because it is yours, you are free to share what you'd like. But, I also have the right to unfollow you. Despite my abilities to hide you, I can't comprehend why the idea of TMI (too much information) and over-sharing hasn't crossed your mind while you're typing out your daily rant. I mean, really - who wants to hear any of the following...

- You have explosive diarrhea and will be sitting on the toilet all day. (Really?)

- You share gross articles about diseases, insect infestations, and medical mysteries - all with disgusting images (which I usually scroll through while eating breakfast - thanks!)

- You have bladder control issues and go on a rampage about leaking and ruining your underwear. (Maybe some day this will effect me, however I'm pretty sure I won't post it as a status update)

- You re-post depressing articles about crime, murder and death in general. (I'm a realist and understand bad things happen, but why focus on them?)

- You complain and call your significant other every "name in the book", and by the next post you are madly in love all over again (Yes, we all have problems, but how about not posting them for the world to see - pick up a phone to vent instead). 

- You hate life because you have it "rough" (despite the poor decision making that got you where you are today).

- How many calories you ate today, or that you think you're fat. (Just do you. Love yourself for who and what you are!)

- Oh - and use Spell-check. I'm sorry, but your loving post to your mom on Mother's Day seems a little less special with 10 different type-o's in it. (Surely momma is proud that you did so well in school)

Maybe I'm jaded. Maybe I self protect by not posting every detail of my life on social media. I hardly ever use people's names while blogging, and don't feel the need to tell Facebook when I have headache, a case of the farts or when I've shit my pants - not that I have shit my pants since the 3rd grade. But rather, I use social media as a self serving practice. I like to compare my posts to that of a shared journal in which I hope I occasionally make people smile, laugh, and perhaps even serve as an inspiration to them. 

I enjoy social media as a way of seeing my friends' lives, what's going on with them, learning new things, being inspired by great quotes and/or articles of positivity. Now you may say, "Well Lynn, to know your friend's you have to take the good with the bad" - and I do. I have no problem texting or calling a friend in need to listen to their woes because we all know life isn't perfect, but I'm just asking that people re-think their audience and what they are putting out there on social media for the world to see. I mean, do we really need to know you've just used your socks to wipe your butt because you ran out of toilet paper? I think not. Edit people, edit.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Good/Bad/Better

Good: Dog sitting job.
Bad: Calling your dog sitting client to inform them that they've locked you out of their home and that it's going to cost $344.00 for the locksmith to open the door.
Better: Soaking up some sun waiting for the locksmith to arrive.

Good: Leaving work 10 minutes early.
Bad: Traffic delays due to rain, making you 20 minutes late to doggie daycare.
Better: Having daycare waive the late fees! 


Good: Knowing what you want for dinner.
Bad: It's 10 minutes out of your way and a 20 minute wait, after an already chaotic day.
Better: Having someone to share it with.

Good: Plans to attend a CPR/Pet First Aid seminar and earn certification.
Bad: Not realizing it's in a different time zone, which negates the whole trip.
Better: Enjoying an impromptu afternoon outdoors, walking and playing in the park.

Good: Mother's Day plans for lunch and a play.
Bad: Leaving tickets to the play in the car and having to walk multiple blocks to retrieve them.
Better: Not leaving them at home!



Friday, May 8, 2015

Haiku

5-7-5

Cool breezes over head.
Hot tub bubbles below me.
Relax and sleep tight.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hawks

Nothing better than watching winning hockey in a baseball neighborhood. 


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Forward

50 Easy Pay it Forward Day Kindness Ideas:

  1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
  2. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
  3. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
  4. Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
  5. Tell someone they dropped a dollar (even though they didn’t). Then give them a dollar.
  6. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
  7. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
  8. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
  9. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
  10. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
  11. Throw a party to celebrate someone just for being who they are, which is awesome.
  12. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
  13. Leave quarters at the laundromat.
  14. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
  15. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
  16. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
  17. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
  18. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
  19. Place a positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store.
  20. Smile at five strangers.
  21. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
  22. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
  23. Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
  24. Give away stuff for free on Craig’s List.
  25. Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening.
  26. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
  27. Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
  28. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
  29. Buy a plant. Put it in a terracotta pot. Write positive words that describe a friend on the pot. Give it to that friend!
  30. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
  31. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
  32. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
  33. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
  34. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
  35. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  36. Put 50 paper hearts in a box. On each cutout write something that is special about your partner or a friend. Give them the box and tell them to pull out a heart anytime they need a pick-me-up.
  37. Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
  38. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
  39. Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter.
  40. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
  41. Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
  42. Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
  43. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
  44. Take muffins or cookies to your local librarians.
  45. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
  46. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
  47. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
  48. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
  49. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
  50. When you hear that discouraging voice in your head, tell yourself something positive — you deserve kindness too!