Thursday, September 30, 2010

Update on Spreading Kindness Freely!

On September 18, 2010, I wrote about some ways to spread kindness and ideas for random acts of kindness.  (See spread kindness freely post

Since posting, I have tried to actually complete at least one random act of kindness each and every day - more if possible!

I am naturally a "smiley" person and try to be kind to those I come in contact with, but it is challenging to deliberately set out to complete random acts of kindness each day. 

My largest challenge was getting caught up in my day to day activities and realizing that I had been kind to those around me but had not accomplished an actual random act of kindness. 

Here are a few of the acts I was able to accomplish - they were also easy enough to fit in when time or opportunity seemed to escape me.
  1. Leave enough money in the vending machine for the next person to get a treat.  (We have both soda and snack machines at work and I try to leave change in the return for someone to find and be able to buy something or just to have some change in their pocket)
  2. Smile and say hello to someone you don't know.  (This is very easy for me - something I have always done - but I still enjoy doing each and every day!)
  3. Compliment a stranger about something they are wearing.  (I have found that this works much better with females as opposed to males.)
  4. Hold the door for someone.  (This one works with everyone.)
  5. Let someone merge into traffic.  (Although I do this whenever possible, I should note that living in the country where I may pass 1 or 2 cars on the way to work in the morning, I do not get the chance to do this as often as I would if I were living in the city.)
  6. Save Box Tops for Education for a local school.  (I have yet to find a school that does not take these.)
So, how did you do?  Did you even try?  It is never too late to start!

Keep me updated.  I am ready to kick it up a notch and see if I can - not only complete random acts of kindness, but encourage others to complete them as well. 

"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
-William Penn

Tomorrow is Friday - enjoy the day!

Debbie

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I love my Digital Reader

Sony Digital Reader PRS 600

I just got a digital reader today.  John ordered it this weekend and it is charging as we speak.  I am so excited to be able to have a book with me anywhere and be able to read more than one book at a time AND it only weighs a mere 10 ounces!  It has an expansion pack to hold up to 1300 books at any given time.  I love it - love it - love it!!!


I love the fact that I can write notes on the touch screen, download newspapers, magazines, PDF files as well as books.  It even will read that book to me, play music and much - much more!  Now I just have to wait till it completely charges so that I can play with it  start using it.  

That crazy little thing called patience.  At 44, you would think that I would have 
learned to have at least a little patience!  
(Still working on that one)

I will let you know what I think of my new reader as soon as I get to mess with it!  

I hope you have had a wonderful Wednesday!

~Debbie~ 


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I keep skipping Mondays

I was looking back on my blog this past weekend and noticed that I rarely post on Mondays.  I know that Monday is not my favorite day, but to avoid blogging on that particular day is strange, especially since I truly enjoy blogging for my friends and family members.  So what is it about Mondays that keeps me from blogging?  I just don't know.  What I do know is that Tuesdays are much more hectic for me at work.  On Fridays I sometimes meet my BFF - Diane for supper after work and do not get home till late.  Wednesdays and Thursdays can be busy but not on a regular basis.  I guess I will have to make a point of blogging on Mondays to see how that goes - No More Skipping Mondays!

Speaking of my BFF.  She is the hardest person to get a picture of - but guess what I did.....?
I copied a few pictures of her from her daughter's Facebook page.  So, here she is - the one and only - my BFF - DIANE!  Enjoy!




Now I am just hoping that she won't be too mad at me.  Sorry Diane, but I just loved these pictures - and you know me - I just had to post them!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Debbie
 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Changing things up...

I have tried my hand at changing things up for my blog.  Not sure if I like it or not.  It seem a bit busy.  

Be sure to let me know what you think of the new format!

I can quickly change it - so be sure to be honest.  My main concern is if it takes away from the message.  Just let me know on the the comment button.

As for today - looks like it is going to be a busy day.  I did not get much done yesterday so I have a day of catch up today.  I am not sure if shopping is in the plans or not, but will let you know.

As for my Saturday weigh in news...
No loss this week - but no gain either... 
I am still at a 30 lb loss.
I guess going out to eat 2x this week as well as having a potluck (salad items only) at work did not help with my diet this week.  Oh well, more walking and less eating out this week for me!!!



Saturday, September 25, 2010

Signs of Fall

Change of plans for today
  
We had planned to go to the coast and also do some shopping - but I ended up sleeping in and not feeling like going shopping for the day.  Instead, John and I went to a few local farms to purchase some late veggies and apples.  

Hope you enjoyed your Saturday!







I do believe that fall is on it's way!

~Debbie~


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shopping anyone?

This weekend John and I are going to Cape Elizabeth which is south of Portland, ME, to get some ocean air and visit the coast before the weather turns too cold. 













The map is of Cape Elizabeth showing the Portland Headlight and the picture is of Fort Williams Park which is where the lighthouse is located.  It is a beautiful place to go and take a picnic lunch.  John and I have even spent our 4th of July there laying on a blanket while watching the beautiful fireworks over Casco Bay.

I have also decided while in Portland that I need to purchase some new clothes for work.  After loosing a total of 30 pounds, my clothes are looking down right sloppy.  John isn't one for much shopping but said I was truly in need of some better fitting clothes and we should just make a day of it!  I will try and get some pictures posted after our outing.

On the home front, nothing new to report.  Just working and trying to get use to the cooler weather.  We went from hot sweltering weather to temperatures in the 50s within one week.  It actually got down in the low 40's one night - brrr that is cold for September even here in Maine.  It is hard to believe that I was complaining about the heat this past summer.

Diane and I got to go to supper last night.  It was so nice seeing her.  I even remembered to take her birthday present after forgetting for a whole month.  When the weather turns cold, I start to get a bit sad knowing that soon my best friend will be leaving me for the winter and heading to Florida till May.  Enough time for that - I still have a few months before she flies south!

I hope y'all are having a great week.  ~Debbie~

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday News


Started work late today - I was up all night sick!  I felt much better by morning, but needed to sleep before going into work.  I arrived around noon and stayed till 6:30PM.  I am sure glad to be feeling much better.

Tomorrow is looking to be a good day.  I am meeting my BFF for supper!  I can't wait to see her!  I have forgotten to take her birthday present to her for the past month - maybe I will remember to take it tomorrow!  Keeping my fingers crossed.

I am also getting the muffler fixed on my car tomorrow.  I have been so embarrassed driving around in my Honda when it sounds like a Harley.  A big Thank You to John for taking it in to get fixed tomorrow.  One of the things I hate is sitting around waiting for the car to be repaired.  I have always had an issue with patience.

Weekly weigh in from last Saturday
  Down 30 pounds!  Woot - Woot!

I know it is only Tuesday, but I am trying to think of plans for the weekend.  Not sure what just yet but thinking of maybe going to the coast before it gets too cold to walk on the beach.  

Pemaquid Beach

Bar Harbor

Portland Headlight at Cape Elizabeth

Hmmm, sounds like a GREAT idea! I guess I know what John and I are going to do this weekend!  




Saturday, September 18, 2010

Spread Kindness Freely

 Isn't it amazing how often we can touch someone's life, and enrich our own, by a very simple act? Kindness, pass it on...what a wonderful way in which to pattern our lives!
Betty, Community Organizer, WA

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a beautiful website that I came across today.  Found here:  www.actsofkindness.org

One of the projects sheets I found very helpful was Ideas for Individual Kindness Activities.  They actually seem so simple but make such a difference in the lives everyone.  How many items do you think you can complete in the next 30 days?  I would love to know how you did - don't forget to post a comment on how your acts of kindness were received!

  • Help a neighbor weed or plant a garden.
  • Select some people in your life who you feel need a special lift and send them a gift: flowers, tickets to a special event, or a gift certificate.
  • Write a note to the supervisor of someone who has been particularly helpful, letting him or her know how the employee helped you.
  • Stop for a person waiting to cross the street.
  • Leave enough money in the vending machine for the next person to get a free treat.
  • Call or write to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time, just to say you’re thinking about them.
  • Purchase a copy of a book about kindness, read it, put your initials, city, and state on the inside, and pass it on.
  • Call loved ones just to say “I love you” or to tell them what you appreciate about them.
  • Create or donate floral arrangements for a senior center, nursing home, police station, hospital, or the homebound.
  • Smile and say “hello” to someone you don’t know.
  • When you are waiting for service at the deli counter, trade “ticket numbers” with someone in a hurry.
  • Put a flower on a neighbor’s porch.
  • Pick up litter.
  • Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
  • Offer to baby-sit for free to give a single parent an evening off.
  • Call someone who has no family nearby and invite him or her to your home for a visit.
  • Call someone who doesn’t drive, and invite him or her out to lunch or a movie.
  • Surprise someone in your house with breakfast in bed.
  • Compliment a stranger about something they are wearing.
  • Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  • Volunteer to help at a school or library.
  • Adopt a stray animal.
  • Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
  • Include a note or joke in your child’s or spouse’s lunchbox.
  • Shovel your neighbor’s driveway or mow the lawn.
  • Write something nice about your waitperson on the back of the bill.
  • Give your place in line at the grocery store to another person, such as someone in a hurry or a parent with restless little children.
  • Smile and say thank you to the bus driver or toll collector.
  • Hold the door of the elevator, subway, or bus for someone rushing to catch it.
  • After loading your groceries into the car, return your shopping cart.
  • Donate blood.
  • Let someone merge into traffic during rush hour.
  • If you play a musical instrument, visit a senior center or hospital and give a brief recital.
  • Ask your children to go through their toys and donate some of them to children who are less fortunate.
  • Make an anonymous donation to a charity that is actively helping your community.
  • When visiting a hospital, spend a few minutes with someone who has no visitors.
  • Tape coins to a pay telephone with a note saying that anyone who needs it can use it.
  • After reading a book you enjoyed, send a note of appreciation to the author.
  • Ask your children to wash an elderly neighbor’s car, mow the lawn, or rake leaves without charge.
  • Next time you finish your punch card for a free cup of coffee, give it away or ask the cashier to give it to someone who might need it.
  • Host a party for the kids in your neighborhood. Make snacks and watch a movie, giving the adults in the neighborhood a night off.
  • Drive safely and courteously.
  • Carry inexpensive, pocket-sized rain ponchos in your car and hand them out to pedestrians who are getting drenched in a downpour.
  • Donate soda tabs or cans to a local organization that can turn them in to raise funds.
  • Save box tops for education and donate to a local school, even if you don’t have children
  • Save coupons and send them to the commissary for military families to use overseas. They can use coupons expired up to six months.
  • Send a card to a lonely person
Keep me posted on how your kindness acts go!  Can you think of any to add to this list?


Debbie


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Memories

Today I was thinking about the past.  

Thinking about my family and the places we lived.  

I miss my mom today.



Because my mom lived, I know what unconditional Love is...

Because my mom died,  I know what true emptiness is...

I miss you mom.

Rest In Peace - Geraldine Pate Price - MOM

They say memories are golden well maybe that is true. 
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you, a million times I cried. 
If love alone could have saved you you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still. 
In my heart you hold a place no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane, 
I'd walk the path to heaven and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same. 
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
 
Author unknown

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Interesting & Productive Day!

Today I went to Portland to an Employment Law Seminar and it was so informative.  I have to admit, most times I have attended trainings or seminars for work they are either very boring or leave much to be desired.  But today was so different.  Some of the Break out sessions I attended were:
  • Health Reform Overview: Understanding the Impacts of this Historic Legislation
  • Social Media: Where Hidden Potential Meets Legal Risk 
  • A View From the Trenches: Reasonable Accommodation Issues 
  • FMLA SOS: Help for the FMLA Weary 
  • Handling the Difficult Discipline or Termination Decisions 
 How refreshing to feel that my time was so well spent!  I am going to watch for more seminars being offered from this company.
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On another good note for today.  After the seminar, I went shopping and found some wonderful items.  A beautiful new blouse and leather purse for me and a new dress shirt for John. 
 
My day has been full of great Surprises!  
 
I hope you day was just as special - enjoy the rest of your week!


 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lists, lists and more lists!

I am obsessed with making lists. I have always been one of those people who make lists.  Not only do I enjoy making lists but I enjoy marking off all the items that I complete!  While exploring the reasons for my obsessive need to make lists I found the following interesting item about LISTS.

According to NPR, here are 10 reasons why we love lists:
Let us count the ways:
1. Lists bring order to chaos. "People are attracted to lists because we live in an era of overstimulation, especially in terms of information," says David Wallechinsky, a co-author of the fabulous Book of Lists, first published in 1977 and followed by subsequent editions. "And lists help us in organizing what is otherwise overwhelming."
2. Lists help us remember things — at the hardware store, for the vacation trip, Christmas presents. The One Planet Education Network, or OPEN, is a global online education content provider that counts Harvard and Columbia universities as clients. OPEN also swears by lists. "Checklists help you remember what you have done and what you have to do," the curriculum reminds the students.
3. Most lists are finite. They don't usually go on and on. And if they do, you can skip to the bottom of the list.
4. Lists can be meaningful. The Steven Spielberg classic Schindler's List is based on the true story of a German businessman who used a list of names to save more than 1,000 Jews from the concentration camps. It is ranked eighth on the American Film Institute's 2007 list of 100 top American films of the past 100 years.
5. Lists can be as long or as short as necessary. Jamie Frater, a New Zealand opera singer, maintains a list-keeping site called The List Universe. Recent posts include "20 Great Quotes from Ronald Reagan" and "Top 10 Codes You Aren't Meant to Know." A list, Frater says, should be "as long as is necessary. Some lists need be only a few lines an item, others a few paragraphs. I seldom write more than one paragraph, but occasionally the need arises to do so." Frater adds, "This question is a bit like asking an artist: 'When is the painting finished?' It is when it is."
6. Making lists can help make you famous. Notable list makers include Thomas Jefferson, Peter Mark Roget, Martha Stewart and Benjamin Franklin. "A methodical and wry man," wrote Franklin biographer Walter Isaacson in Time magazine, "Franklin loved making lists. He made lists of rules for his tradesmen's club, of synonyms for being drunk, of maxims for matrimonial happiness and of reasons to choose an older woman as a mistress. Most famously, as a young man, he made a list of personal virtues that he determined should define his life."
7. The word "list" can be tracked back to William Shakespeare, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. In Hamlet, the Bard refers to "a list of landlesse resolutes."
8. Lists relieve stress and focus the mind. "Lists," sociologist Scott Schaffer told The Oregonian newspaper, "really get to the heart of what it is we need to do to get through another day on this planet."
9. Lists can force people to say revealing things. In his 25 Random Things roster, former California Gov. Jerry Brown reveals that his favorite cereal is ... Flax Plus Multibran.
10. Lists can keep us from procrastinating. We put this one off until the end. Making a list enables us to get our heads around really big tasks — and helps us tackle the work one aspect at a time. But a list is only useful if it reveals a truth, solves a problem or leads to action. Making a list, for instance, does not necessarily help procrastinators. As DePaul University psychologist Joseph Ferrari told Psychology Today in 2008, people don't put off work they must do because they lack list-making skills. And, in turn, making a list does not get the job done.

Hmmm, I wonder which reason I have for loving to make lists.  For that answer I may just have to make a list.

Hope you have a good night - I am off to make yet another list for what I need to do tomorrow.

Debbie

Monday, September 13, 2010

Brrr...It is cold

It is Monday and it is COLD!  It feels like late November in September.  I hope this is not a sign of the winter we are getting ready for. 



According to The Farmer's Almanac for Maine:
September and October will be cooler than normal, with precipitation above normal in the north and below normal in the south.
Winter will be colder across the south, with the coldest periods in early and mid-December, early and mid-January, and mid-February. Precipitation will be below normal, with near- to below-normal snowfall. The snowiest periods will be in late December, mid- and late January, mid- to late February, and early March.
April and May will be cooler and drier than normal.

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I sure am wishing for that hot summer weather we were having just a few weeks ago.  I remember complaining about the heat and humidity.  
WAS I CRAZY OR WHAT?

 I am going to bed and hopefully dream of wonderful summer days and sunshine.

Goodnight y'all!



Thursday, September 9, 2010

GREAT Day!!!

I have many things to be thankful for today.

First, I was surprised with this pinned to the door of my office today.
And boy did it make me smile!  I found out that my boss had placed it there - even better.  These random items are VERY nice!

Second, John went to the book store and picked up the book I have been waiting for since April.  And now I have it - Thanks so much John!
Guess what I will be reading tonight...

Third, I came home to dinner cooking on the stove, the groceries bought and put away and my most exceptional husband greeting me at the door.

I am so blessed!

I hope y'all are having as wonderful week as I am!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

True Prep


I have been waiting for the book True Prep to be published since April.



30 years ago, the author wrote The Official Preppy Handbook which I received from my mom when I was still in junior high school and still have it to this day.  Here is the forward from their website:

TRUE PREP by Lisa Birnbach with Chip Kidd

From the author of The Official Preppy Handbook comes a new take on the old world that Lisa Birnbach turned into an international best-selling phenomenon thirty years ago. True Prep looks at how the old guard of natural-fiber-loving, dog-worshiping, G&T-soaked preppies adapts to the new order of the Internet, cell phones, rehab, political correctness, reality TV and…polar fleece. 

A small sample:

• Wardrobe: Recent prep brands we are forced to recognize. How to tell Casual Friday from, say, Saturday.
 
• Money: We never talk about it.
 
• Food: Does the Food Network mean we’re going to have to cook? Bake? Now you’re going too far.
 
• Scandals: Poor Mrs. Astor. When Mummy’s plastic surgery goes terribly wrong. Rehab and the slammer: the new prep schools.

• We’re outta here: When to name something after yourself, and when not. The right obituary.
 
• What to do with your dogs if you predecease them.
 
• NO TEXTING AT THE TABLE, PLEASE.
 
True Prep promises to be a whole new old sensation. On sale September 7, 2010.

Doesn't that sound like great fun?  At lunch today, I called the bookstore to reserve my copy.  While talking with the sales person, I asked if they have had lots of requests for this book.  His reply was first a chuckle and then he said "nope, your the first".  And of course I asked him if he meant today since the book was released yesterday and he said "nope, your the first one to request this book since we got it in".  So much for nostalgia - I thought everyone would be fighting for a copy - especially in New England.  Well, all that matters is that mine is reserved and my wonderful husband will be picking it up for me tomorrow!

I will let you know what I think of the book!  I can't wait!

Have a great week y'all!



Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Weekend 2010 - Day 3

Another great day!

John and I picked up the new bird cage this morning and of course I had to put it together as soon as we got home.  It is beautiful!
 
They love their new home.  They have been exploring every corner and crevice they can find.  We have placed a nesting box in the bottom corner in hopes that they will have beautiful babies!
Fingers Crossed!

As for the rest of the day - I got to spend it with my BFF - DIANE!  She is getting tired of me posting pictures of her on my blog, so I will refrain this time (and this time only).  I will work on getting some more pictures of Diane for future posts!  We went out to eat at the Far East and then off to the Dollar Tree for a bit of shopping. Thanks Diane for a great evening.  I can't wait till next weekend!

So, tomorrow it is back to work.  I have sure enjoyed having 4 days off in a row - although I didn't get even half of the things I would have liked to have gotten done.  Well, I guess I have my list started for next week.  

Have a great week everyone!

Debbie



Sunday, September 5, 2010

Labor Day Weekend 2010 - Day 2

Today was another wonderful day.
I got to sleep in till 8:30 and didn't get going till noon.  John and I then decided to go look at bird cages for the cockatiels.  I have been wanting a larger one so that they can have babies and one that would look better in the house.  We went to Petco and I think we found what we wanted, except it would not fit into the car so we have to wait till tomorrow to pick it up in the CRV.

This is the cage I have chosen - but in Black Wrought Iron.

After Petco, we went to BJ's for a few items then over to get a manicure and pedicure at the day spa.  Ahhhh, nothing like pampering.  

Tomorrow my BFF - Diane and I are going out.  

More on our Labor Day Weekend tomorrow!

~Enjoy~


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Labor Day Weekend 2010

It has been a wonderful day.  
John and I are enjoying the cooler air and the long weekend.  Today we went for a few small hikes - unfortunately, I only brought the camera with us at one stop.  We took a walk around Snow Falls in Paris, Maine.  This is a very pretty area about 15 minutes from our house.


And now for my weekly weigh in...
I am now down 27 lbs!

This evening John and I went to the Smiling Moose Tavern for supper. 
It was delicious.  We go there every other Saturday so that we don't get too bored with eating healthy.  We each had baked stuffed haddock for supper - boy was it good!
I could barely eat half of mine so the dogs also got a wonderful meal tonight!

I was able to get a few more pictures of Sassy and Daisy.  
Sassy actually was easier to get this evening - Enjoy the pictures!
Isn't Sassy cute with her new hair cut?

Daisy getting a chin scratch from John.

Cute!

My 2 girls and John!


I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weekend as much as John and I are!