My daughter gave me an adorable sweater vest for
Christmas. On the left is a picture of
me proudly wearing the vest and on the right, my granddogs, Lucy and Bubba. As soon as some of my devious friends saw me
in the vest, they pointed out that the vest is a dead ringer for my granddogs. I promise my vest is not Lucy or Bubba; however, I
understand that some people do recycle Spot into unique dog hair sweaters and vests. I don’t have an animal that produces fuzz; however, if you like this idea, you might want to start emptying your vacuum bag into a paper bag so you can
knit a dog or even a cat sweater. I
wonder if you will smell like a dog when it rains. Hmmmmm…..maybe
you could even turn that cat hairball into a classy piece of jewelry. Footnote: The two ladies pictured on the
bottom are actually wearing sweater vests made from their dogs’ hair.
Woo Hoo! I just
received an email from Publisher’s Clearing House to generate driving
directions to my house. Usually the
emails are warning me that I am going to forfeit my money if I don’t search right
now. I am going to start working on my look of
surprise just in case I see the Prize Patrol pull up next month.
Fire! No, I am not talking about the movie
but my school. Don’t worry, be happy,
your child was in no danger at any time.
It all started when I sauntered down to the teacher’s lounge and put my
Smart One (Chicken Fajita’s) in the microwave for a little longer than I should
have; time got away from me when I got involved in a conversation discussing excellent
strategies for enhancing student motivation and fostering intellectual agility
realized smoke was billowing out of the microwave. Panicking, I flew around the teacher’s lounge
like a hyperventilating superhero opening windows and fanning! Through this ordeal, I was silently praying, “Dear
God, please don’t let the fire alarm go off!”
I could just imagine the school secretary calling the fire department
and saying, “There’s a fire, bring water and bring Dalmatians!” This would mean
the entire school would be evacuated (during lunch), and ALL teachers would
dislike - no, HATE me. When the smoke
finally thinned out, and the alarm had not gone off, I wanted to get on
the school intercom and lead the entire school in the song, ”Praise God from
whom all Blessings Flow,” but figured I might be fired or baker acted.
there were haters up and down the hall due to the lingering atrocious smell, but
I just kept smiling to myself and thanking God for his GRACE. I just hope the school does not still have that
burned caramel popcorn smell tomorrow!
My first selfie. According to the Urban Dictionary, a selfie is a picture taken of
yourself that is planned to be uploaded to a social networking website. It also goes on to say that you can usually
see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell
that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them. I guess there are some people who take
selfies because they are bored at work, bored at school, or bored at home. Another words, people will take selfies
because they have nothing else better to do. As I look at my first selfie, I would say the
moral of this is, friends don’t let friends selfie.
Bearding is a photo fad that involves positioning a cat in front of your face
in such a manner that the feline’s fur appears as if it is part of your facial
hair. All you need is a pliable cat (preferably a drugged cat) and a
camera. Just snap and you have the purrrrfect
photo. Crazy, I know, but it is your choice: Cat Bearding, Harlem
Shake, or Planking.
My one word to focus on this year, my New Year’s Resolution word, is “INTENTIONAL”. The
definition of intentional is:
to do something on purpose or
deliberately; or done with full awareness of what one is doing. I have focused on choosing a word that
reflects on: my passion for life; my
values, provides guidance; gives me strength; challenges me, brings
frustration; brings joy.
As we all know, life passes by
at an alarming rate. My one word goal
for 365 days will be to strive to be more intentional about noticing possibilities. As I walk through 2014, I want to consider five key areas of my life…..my spiritual life, relationships, health, work,
and finances. I need to remember to ask
myself, “In what ways can I be more intentional in this year?”
I want to be intentional about
special times with my children and grandchildren. I want to be intentional with my time by
being mindful of my yeses and nos. I
want to be more intentional about God’s word and my prayer life. I want to be more intentional about trusting
in God. I want to be more intentional
about noticing and appreciating. I am committing
to live intentionally by consciously choosing my actions each day.
What is your one word? Embrace your one word, reflect on it, and