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.”

Share Your World 1/16/18

Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….

Going to dinner with our really good friends at the end of the month.  We’ve got a lot of catching up to do – holiday stories and whatnot – and evenings with sista-friend and Big D are always a blast.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Everything’s all topsy turvy these days.  For years this was a no brainer question: chips, salsa, and queso were my go to comfort food, but I’ve just realized I haven’t eaten these since sometime in November.  This sort of hiatus would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.  Now I guess I’d have to say roasted and salted almonds.  They’re oddly delicious and satisfying.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

My first job with a W2 was at Baskin Robins.  I worked there one summer when I was in middle school, and it pretty much started my love affair with ice cream.  Not the eating part – that was a lifelong thing – but it was my first experience with serving ice cream.  I’m pretty sure it’s physiologically impossible for someone to be ill tempered when you’re handing them a delicious cone.

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. 

There’s nothing quite like hanging out in the family room, listening to your kids have a blast with their friends while playing pool.  Music blasting, raucous laughter, jokes lobbed back and forth…it’s listening to pure, unedited joy, and that’s inspiring.

Cee’s Share Your World post rolls in on Mondays.

What’s happening in your world?

Share Your World 1/9/18

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

Conceptually, I like the idea of a bath, but in real life I prefer a shower.

What do you do to make a living or during the day? If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?

I guess you’d say I’m in the middle stage of life.  I’m a stay at home mom, but my kids are in middle school and much more self-sufficient now (thank heavens).  These days I split my time between volunteering at the elementary school, blogging, taxi service for my non-driving kiddos, master schedule keeper, and a lot of health related stuff.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?

Actually, yes.  A few years ago Bear gave me a dangling purple monkey to hang on my bed.  It lives in my nightstand drawer now because, well, having that thing dangling over my pillow sort of freaked me out.  But she knows it’s always within reach, so Bear’s okay with the relocation.

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. 

I particularly appreciated one thing in particular about church this week.  One of our members built our new altar last fall, and it’s this gorgeous combination of woods that are different colors and come from around the world.  I can’t help but be inspired when I think about how many hours of service he put into that single element of our service.  It’s the perfect example of using the gifts God gives you in praise and worship.

Cee’s Share Your World drops on Mondays.  I’m a bit belated this week.

What’s happening in your world?

Share Your World 1/1/18

What one word describes you best?


What is set as the background on your computer?

A gorgeous closeup of a lion.  I’m not usually one for background photos that come with the computer, but this one was designed to highlight the improvements they’d made in resolution.  The color is incredible, each hair distinct, and there’s an intelligence in his eyes.  Yeah, this sounds a bit whack-a-doodle for a background.  For some reason I just find the photo very moving.

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been to?

Well, I was born in the Philippines so I logged that one as a tot.  Other than that I’ve visited Mexico, Canada, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, France, Vatican City, Bermuda, Italy, and Spain.

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 rang in the new year together this year.  All four of us curled up on the couch, two dogs squished in between bodies, with some comfy blankets keeping us warm.  We spent the evening watching movies then caught the last half hour before the ball drop.  (Lucky us, we dropped in on CNN just in time to catch their “Rocky Mountain High” segment where the reporter was passing a joint at a “puff and paint” party.  Good times.)  It was just so…chill.

Bop on over to check out Cee’s Share Your World post.  What’s happening in your world today?

SoCS – resolution/ruining my life, po-tay-to/po-tah-to

Resolution’s such a loaded word this time of year.  I’m tempted to look back at last year’s post, say, around New Year’s Eve, but what if I find I broke my track record and made some 2017 resolutions?  Worse yet, what if I blew them off?

Ignorance is bliss.

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Share Your World (12/25/17, delayed)

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

I plan to enjoy a cup of coffee with BrightSide while our kids sit by the Christmas tree and discover what surprises are in store.  I’m going to wear soft pink flamingo pajamas and snuggly slippers until late morning, wrapping up in a fleecy throw and enjoying the mess around me.

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)

Garlic, steak seasoning (it’s perfect for turkey burgers), paprika, vanilla, and cinnamon.

What can you always be found with?

At least three pens and a small notebook.

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 wait for God to bless us while God waits for us to accept the blessing.”  Betsy Otter Thompson

Cee’s Share Your World drops on Mondays.  What’s happening in your world today?

Share Your World 12/18/17

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?

Generally speaking I would always pick cleaning from this list, but I’m changing my diet (not to be confused with going on a diet) and having someone help with cooking the right stuff would go a long way toward simplifying my life.

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain?

1)  The comfy overstuffed chairs in our bedroom.  I can’t say I use them often – maybe it’s an out of sight, out of mind thing or maybe I’m just forgetful – but when I curl up in one it’s like a big soft hug.

2)  Our coffee table.  It’s just the right blend of funky and traditional to make both BrightSide and I happy, which is pretty impressive when you think about it.

3)  Our bathroom.  I’m not afraid to admit it: I am in love with my bathroom.  I love the space, I love the colors, I love my shower (I really love our shower).  It’s become a very peaceful place.

What calms you down?

It depends on what’s spun me up.  Music.  Going for a walk.  Petting the dog.  Drinking a cup of coffee or tea.  Closing my eyes and centering my breath.

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 hosted my family’s Christmas gathering at our house yesterday and it was simply wonderful.  Our youngest niece just turned one, and watching her with my brother and sister-in-law brought back such precious memories.  Each part of my family, from niece to sibling to parent, is a unique piece in this patchwork quilt we’re making, and few things bring me as much joy as watching everyone enjoy themselves when we gather.

Cee’s Share Your World drops on Mondays.  What’s happening in your world today?