Category Archives: Work

List #5 – Things I Worry About

Well, first of all, September 5th is National Be Late for Something Day. And I made it through the day without actually being late to anything. Until my list. I was late posting my list. Oops!

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List #3 – Things Younger Me Would Like About Current Me

We’re on to day 3. I like this prompt, but let me make a confession first. After seeing all the other beautiful #30Lists creatively displayed, it may be possible that I broke out my stamping supplies and started something simple. More on that later.

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List #1 – What’s New This Year

I figure that I can work on this list while sitting on the bus headed to the Minnesota State Fair, something I’m trying new for the first time today. How appropriate. So, here goes:

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Exciting Discoveries in Minnesota

It has been little less than a week since I have moved to Minnesota. I have come up with a list of things that I already love about being here.


– Most importantly, I live only 1 mile from a Jamba Juice. This could be potentially dangerous.
– There is no tax here on food OR clothes.
– Speaking of clothes, my favorite brand’s headquarters are in the Twin Cities.
– My coworkers are amazingly nice. I love working with them already!
– The rumor that people from Minnesota are super nice is more than a rumor. It’s true.
– They have wildlife preserves. It’s beautiful to drive through. But I hear there are bears in some of them.
– The number of lilacs astounds me. I love lilacs.
– Along with the lilacs come a bazillion butterflies. I’m in heaven.

Things I Have No Control Over

I have come to learn that there are certain things in life that I have no control over. I may have influence on them, but I have absolutely no control over them. Some are light-hearted while others have taken some time and consideration to even be included in a list of what I share with others.

  • The weather. As we’ve seen on a global scale overnight, we have no idea when a devastation like a tsunami is coming or not. Living in Michigan only emphasizes my lack of control over the weather. As much as I love the beauty of a good snowstorm, I only like seeing the white stuff between the day after Thanksgiving and January 15. Anything beyond that becomes monotonous.
  • How many movie writers steal my life story to be put on the screen. I’ve complained many times before about how my life ends up on the silver screen. 27 Dresses, The Devil Wears Prada (sort of), The Graduate … the list could go on. The only thing missing in my life that these movies have is the token boyfriend who makes all worries go away. Oh, wait, that’s the fictionalized part of the movie.
  • The inevitability of spilling something on my shirt when I have nachos or spaghetti. I had to change my shirt at lunch yesterday because I made the mistake of making myself spaghetti. And then I ate nachos for dinner. I’m a bright one.
  • How other people react to me. I may have control over how I act, and I know that may not always be in the most mature and responsible. However, I should not have the expectation that other people will overlook my insensitivities and irritated comments. When it comes to an argument, I can apologize for my part, for the things I’ve said and the ways I’ve acted, but I cannot expect any kind of apology out of the other person. And I’m learning to be okay with that.

Wonderful Day


I promise I won’t be posting a new list every day. It’s just that some days just seem significantly better than others. Today was one of those days, especially after having some discouraging news yesterday. Here are some (not all) of the reasons I like today:

– I made it to work on time this morning, something I’ve been struggling with lately. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
– I received some major compliments on some graphics work I’d done.
– I was able to get something off my chest that was bothering me without the other person being too offended.
– I have an evening at home, not out running.
– A Jarritos pop for lunch.
– Cindy & I had a wonderful conversation today.
– A great playlist of music to listen to for the day.

What makes a day especially great for you?