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Monday Listicles

Happy Easter my friends!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend full of laughter, family time and little chocolate eggs. We just got back from a wonderful dinner with neighbors and friends and my happiness level is off the charts. Which oddly enough would make some people very unhappy and resentful. Not sure if being a model citizen that is kind, thoughtful and follows the rules has always been annoying to some but I have recently noticed that I really wind people up when I act according to what is expected and generally considered right. There is this stretch of road on our island that requires you to slow down to 40 mph before crossing the bridge to mainland and as I commute to work I always do so. I cannot begin to tell you how often I get overtaken by the irritated drivers. The other day though a pick up passed me and got pulled over and ticketed by the State trooper. And guess what, I still kinda felt bad for him even though he had it coming. See how I rub people the wrong way? I am one of those folks that are just too nice…

Next week:

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1. Drive according to the speed limit. Specially in the 20 mph school zone.

2. Insist your child goes up the steps and down the slide at the playground.

3. Be kind and stop by Starbucks to pick up coffee for all your co-workers. You will really get people in the queue behind you mad.

4. Stop at all stop signs.

5. Refuse to get into an argument with a person yelling at you.

6. Smile at the person yelling at you and tell them everything is going to be OK.

7. Refuse to discuss religion or politics with people.

8. Keep your order really simple.

9. Be honest and just say NO when you get asked to do something you don’t want to.

10. Teach your child manners and kindness. Apparently that really irks all the other kids at school. Seriously…

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Monday Listicles

This is the fastest turnaround on a Monday ever. Officially.

In the past week I have taken over 2000 photos, ran late at least twice, brushed out seven bags of hair, allowed my son to sleep in my bed three times, had two iced coffees and drove off the island four times. But the highlight of this fantastic week has been seeing my son run across the finish line of his first ever 1k race at the Whidbey marathon this morning. I cried. Because well, one would right? Is doesn’t get much cutter then a bunch of kids running with all they got passing the marathoners in a mad dash for the finish line. Julian was so proud of himself that he overtook some adults I did not have the heart to tell him that they were on the last few yards of their 26 plus miles. So he will forever remember this Sunday as the day he ran faster then super awesome adults. It is so great to be a kid.

So far I am loving this spring. You? Tell me all about!

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*For your viewing pleasure click on the photos to supersize them.*

1. Testing new Fuji X100S curtesy of the lovely friends at Lumoid.

2. Stevens pass during spring break.

3. Setting up camp in Utah.

4. Snow day at the campsite.

5. Arches national park.

6. Sand dunes, Moab.

7. Spring in our neighborhood.

8. Salt flats, Utah.

9.Tulip fields.

10. Julian crossing the finish line.

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Monday Listicles

What happened to Listicles??!

I know that must be the number one question in the nation this week. And frankly there is no simple answer either. In fact even I don’t know for sure. But let me try to explain.

This week was spring break. I decided on a whim to take the boys camping in Utah and we left Saturday morning. I wrote the post ahead of time and scheduled it to be published at it’s regular slot. Why it never posted is anyone’s guess. I could blame it on word press or linky tools or bad karma but let’s not go there. Luckily come Sunday evening as we checked in at the temporary lodging near Salt Lake City I realized the error. Unlucky for me I do not know the password for my blog by heart because after I had it hacked a few years ago I change it often and it is longer then anaconda. Lucky for me I save passwords of websites I use often on my iPad and get signed in automatically. Unlucky for me Julian used iPad on the 8 hour drive that day and the battery was dead. Luckily we were in a hotel room that night and there was no shortage of sockets. Unluckily although I could have sworn I packed the plug for my charger I could not find it anywhere.

But not all was lost. I had car chargers galore so as soon as we hit the road the next morning I would charge the iPad, stop at Starbucks, use the wi-fi and check why listicles didn’t post. Except the front dashboard socket was occupied by the DVD player and I was not about to cut the kid off onboard entertainment for the duration of the 6 hour drive. Luckily there is another outlet in the trunk of my minivan so I plugged the iPad in and placed it carefully into the storage, padding it with my scarf and towel so it stays there as it chrages. Unlucky for me Bruce sat by the iPad and it seems he found his own way to be entertained on the long drive to Moab.

In conclusion: my dog ate the listicles.

Appart from not posting what would have been 144 listicle in the row, loosing my beloved iPad to Bruce and driving all the way to the desert for spring break only to be snowed on every night which caused our tent to bend and break we had a fantastic time and I cannot wait to tell you all about it. And in case you were wondering I did find the plug for my charger as I unpacked my backpack today…

Thank you again Cathy for a great idea for the listicle last week. Here is my contribution. Feel free to link yours even if it is a week late. And please forgive me for missing the first ever listicle since I started this nearly 3 years ago.

Next week:


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1. Say NO more.

2. Worry less.

3. Laugh more.

4. Nag less.

5. Follow through with threats more.

6. Loose my marbles less.

7. Support more.

8. Agree less.

9. Praise more.

10. Insist on him learning to tie his shoe laces. At least before he goes to college.

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