Share Your World 1/22/18

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

Today?  An app called MealBoard that lets me collect recipes in my phone, plan meals for the week, and sync it to a shopping list that’s organized according to my store’s layout.  Plus the snow has melted and my kids are back in school.  Can I get a hallelujah?

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?

Yes.  I have two stones next to my bathroom sink that read “strength” and “courage,” and I have a rose quartz stone a friend gave me after my mom passed away.  I also have a salt rock lamp in our bedroom.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I’d say I’m a hugger, but I’m also super respectful of people’s personal space.  That means there’s always this funny little dance where I quickly gauge if someone’s gonna freak if I launch myself at them.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

We got this remarkable snow last week.  It was a little funny because they called Wednesday as a snow day by 5:00pm Tuesday, without a single flake having fallen, so we spent the rest of the evening laying odds on whether it would actually snow.  It was just a bit of a dusting around 5:00am the next morning, but then that weather system just parked.  And it snowed.  And snowed.  By the end of the day – close to midnight, really – we had about eleven inches and it was absolutely breathtaking.

Cee’s Share Your World drops on Mondays.

What’s happening in your world today?

5 True Confessions for Monday

“I’m an open book.”  Well, sure I am, I’m all about the open book thing.  Unless you spent hours putting together a meal and part of it tastes a bit hinky, then I’m all about the smiling politely because you cooked for me thing.

I don’t consider that being a closed book, though, I just call it good manners.

But today?  Today’s a day for true confessions, because who else am I gonna tell all my bizarre secrets to except you good folks?

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biracial parenting in America today

“My father is black and my mother is white. While a proud, graying natural sits atop my father’s head, the genetic crapshoot of their interracial union left my hair absent of his tight curls; left my skin shades lighter. As a result, I floated in this limbo of racial ambiguity that sparked questions of identity for me far too early, and that have lingered far too long. As a child, into adolescence, and even into early adulthood, it left me feeling as other, in a constant search for where I belonged. I did not want that for my children.”

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the To Do List for this 46-year and 364-day-old

Only one more day before I roll into 47 which naturally means I’m thinking about my halfway-there To Do List.  As BrightSide kindly pointed out to Bear recently we’ve pretty much reached the midpoint…his commentary on average life spans and how we’re on the other side of that mountain so utterly horrified Bear, she’ll have fodder for years of counseling.

Don’t say we never did anything for our kids.

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SoCS – it’s an occupational hazard

Occupational hazards abound, though they vary greatly from job to job.  Everything from life threatening to nonsensical to nonsensically life threatening…there are precisely zero occupations that present zero hazards.

Let’s play Name That Occupation.


Q:  Highest risk of death by lion.

A:  Circus lion tamers.  Or safari guides who take ridiculously stupid tourists out into the wild.


Q:  Most likely to experience maiming by oak, pine, fir, or Black and Decker.

A:  Logging workers.


Q:  Highest risk factor for infected paper cuts.

A:  Postal worker or any position in a corporate mailroom.


Q:  Most frequent episodes of getting a contact high.

A:  Home Depot paint counter attendant.


Q:  At greatest risk for contracting a urinary tract infection.

A:  Teachers.  (That’s one they don’t tell you about in college.)


Q:  Highest incidence of hearing loss over time.

A:  Rock concert technicians, airport traffic directors (those orange stick guys on the tarmac), and sound quality experts for Beats headphones.


Q:  Most likely to lose a thumbnail and keep on working.

A:  Construction workers.


Q:  More than 50/50 chance that you’ll be caught in some bizarre meltdown moment and posted to YouTube for viral sharing.

A:  Flight attendant.

Linda’s stream of consciousness post is a weekly treasure.  This week’s prompt is “a word that starts with oc.”

Forever Family: 5 from my Tribe 1/19/18

It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it?  So long that I lost my baggie of questions and tossed structure to the wind last night.  It shows.  I think I’ll just edit out all the random dog shenanigans.

5 from my Tribe

One thing in your room you would grab on your way out the door if there’s a fire.  Not that you ever would, because if there’s a fire you’d leave right away.

  • T-man: If I had it, my phone.
  • Bear:  I don’t want to say this on your blog ’cause I’m gonna sound like a baby.
  • me:  Okay, fair enough.
  • BrightSide:  I would pick you up and carry you out.
  • Bear:  Stop it!  I don’t need that sappy romance.  Gracie.  I would pick up Gracie.
  • T-man:  I would pick up Phoebe!
  • me:  Wow…okay…so we’ve got T-man’s phone, Bear’s bromance with Gracie, BrightSide fireman carrying me out the door…
  • BrightSide:  You said if I could pick one thing –
  • Bear:  Mom would pick up Phoebe –
  • me:  And then he’d be fireman carrying both of us out!

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10 things making me do the happy dance this morning.

Life is about celebrating all the things, don’t you think?  Big, little, everywhere in between – if we don’t do the happy dance as often as possible, well, then we’re missing out on a lot of chances to dance.  And I’m all about some dancing.  Just ask my kids.

So I don’t wanna brag, but…

1.  Nine times out of ten I can securely wrap the cord around my hair dryer without hitting myself in the head.  A 90% success rate?  I’ll take that.

2.  It’s been at least six months since I’ve had to induce vomiting in my dog.  Knock on wood.  Seriously, everybody – you know Gracie – knock on wood right now.  Thanks.

3.  I finally learned how to make a hard boiled egg.  Which means there’s hope for anybody in the kitchen.

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