Sunday, March 21, 2010

TREASURE HUNT

Once upon a time when I was visiting in Oregon, Jim and Mel came back from an outing with a friend. They'd gone "geocaching". I thought at the time that it sounded like fun and I'd like to try it someday; then I stored it away on my Someday List in the back of my mind.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago: I was reading a women's magazine and there was a short article about geocaching. It stirred up the old list and I went online to the site the article referred to. I typed in our zip code and found that there are hidden treasures and secrets all over the place! I go past them every day and never knew they were there!

Based on the brief description of one of the cache locations, I knew where it was without even using a GPS (which is good since I don't have one...yet). So this afternoon Audrey and I went on our first treasure hunt. We found the cache, signed the logbook, and took pictures. Now we're hooked and are looking forward to our next geocacheing outing--with GPS in hand.

The best thing was that not only did we have fun, but it led us to take a new look at a place we've passed by many times and to spend a few moments in silent appreciation.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MOMENTS

A lifetime is made up of moments. Too many of them slip away insignificantly, to be lost in the past and buried beneath our memories. Moments of tragedy and pain are preserved in our minds, hearts, and souls; mercifully gentled by the passing of time. Eternal moments. And oh, how we cherish the rare, precious moments that are the joys and substance of our lives--so magnificent, so sublime, so achingly beautiful. These are the moments that we embrace: the moments in time when we know we truly got it right--when we know for sure that God was there and He was happy with us. We all hope for moments like this, some of us pray for moments like this. And we all have them. I have them.

There is only one thing better than knowing that God is pleased with you. It's knowing that God is pleased with your child. Those are the moments when you realize that somehow you've given your child something far greater than your very self.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

MY BRAIN IS MESSING UP



On Monday my Manager asked me if I could come into work early today. (For me 10:00 is early!) It must have been waking up at the crack of dawn (that would be 8:32am in this house) that made my brain go on vacation for the day.


It was a busy work day and I got a lot done. But apparently my brain was still home in bed--at least the part of it that keeps track of my time and schedule. Because the day flew by, and suddenly it was 5:00 and I only had an hour to get to my Microsoft Word class at Wor-Wic Community College! I barely had time to drive through McDonald's (my favorite seafood restaurant because I like my fish headless, square, bigger than the piece of cheese sitting on it, loaded with tartar sauce to dip a few fries in, and on a squishy bun).

I got to the class just in time, but NO ONE WAS THERE! I waited for a few minutes until it dawned on me that I'd gone to that class last night, and no one was there because my Thursday class ended last week. Sometimes my lights are on but no one's home. Or as my son, Eric, would say I'm "a few fries short of a happy meal".
I drove all the way to Salisbury and now I have an unexpected free couple of hours. What do I do now? Get a manicure of course! I'm so glad I paid attention to the hot nail colors on the red carpet so I'd know what color to get. Because my brain couldn't handle all those color choices today!

Am I shallow, or what!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

PRE-SEASON FUN IN OCEAN CITY

This weekend is the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association Trade Show. I had to go today because they had a seminar about writing an employee handbook. It may sound kind of boring to a normal person, but I love this kind of thing.
Afterwards I strolled through a couple of the exhibits and talked to some interesting vendors about fascinating subjects--styles and fabrics for housekeeping uniforms, steam cleaning machines, potato chip vending displays, different kinds of frozen raviolis, pest control, commercial flooring, ways to keep pigeons off of air conditioners....all kinds of interesting things.
I also sampled some yummy food--crab bisque, sausage ravioli, fresh donuts, waffles, more different kinds of potato chips and beef jerky than I knew existed, key lime pie, frozen cheesecake. Restaurant vendors were well represented--especially on the dessert menu! It looks like this is the "Year of the Gelatto". It is heavenly good! (Except for the mango flavor.)
I picked up a few freebies--sea salt potato chips, 2 flyswatters, a calendar (Mom needs one), a pencil sharpener that looks like a lightbulb (Audrey took it), a couple of reusable grocery bags, a prescription bottle full of jelly beans (mine!), a little bottle of hand sanitizer to put on a keychain (Audrey claimed that one too), and two pre-packaged salads. Why do we take these things? I don't need "stuff"... but it was there and it was free, so I accepted it. I was kind of picky though and I only took what we'd use. I'm trying to be a little bit more "green" and reduce my carbon footprint.
I get to go back tomorrow for a few more seminars--Using Twitter To Promote Your Business, Solar And Wind Energy In The Hospitality Industry, and (the one that has me really excited) All About Bedbugs!