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Samaritans with good intentions

9 May

It probably wouldn’t surprise you to find out that I volunteered at the local hospital when I was in high school beginning the summer of my freshman year. I rode my bike there, donned my pink and white striped apron and would sit in the lobby waiting to be summoned by someone needing a wheelchair. Sometimes I even got to carry a cooler of urine to the lab to be tested. It was a glamorous job for sure!

One part of volunteering was actually really enjoyable. I got to call the bingo numbers for the elderly folks in the Transitional Care Unit and believe it or not, I really liked it. It was definitely a silver lining and almost made up for having to carry around the results of other people’s bowel movements.

My best friend also volunteered at the hospital and one day we decided we were going to do something special for our feeble friends.

We rode our bikes to the general store down the street and bought sugar-free penny candy (I’m sure we ordered some milkshakes while we were there- I always got chocolate).

Then we headed down to the back of my neighborhood where there were still empty lots and picked weeds wildflowers.

At my house, we handwrote notes and put them into plastic sandwich baggies with the candy and wildflowers. Once our well wishes were complete, we headed to the hospital where we donned our aprons and went from room to room in the unit distributing good cheer.

What sweet girls we were!

Quite proud of ourselves we headed to her house where we probably had more milkshakes and debriefed. Her dad, the doctor, overheard and applauded us for our efforts but told us not to do it again. Apparently, most of the people aren’t allowed even sugar-free candy and could potentially have had bad reactions to both the candy and the nature we brought into their rooms.

Whoops… at least we had good intentions!

I linked up for Theme Thursday and Throwback Thursday:

By the way, we know we were complete nerds, but we had fun and were doing a good deed. That’s all that matters, right?

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If I became a parent today…

2 May

The prompt for this week’s Theme Thursday was “…non-traditional parenting choices. What do you do that’s “unusual”? Do you co-sleep? Do you let your eight-year-old cook dinner? Tell us all about it!”

This made me sad.

I have no children. I have nothing to contribute.

But then I thought, maybe these ladies think they can block me out of their sharing shenanigans, but they are SO WRONG. I will just share what would happen if I became a parent today.

  • If I became a parent today, it would probably make things awkward with my boyfriend. We’ve only been dating 10 months so it would have meant we got pregnant by immaculate conception. I don’t know if he’d be open to helping me raise our miracle baby so I might be searching for a barn to sleep in.
  • If I became a parent today, my  boss might not appreciate my shoving a pack and play into the corner next to my cubicle. Luckily, people are already burning popcorn and cooking fish in the microwave so a few stinky diapers here and there wouldn’t make things any worse for the wear.
  • If I became a parent today, I would finally get the people upstairs back for having loud sex by drowning them out with the sounds of a crying child.
  • If I became a parent today, it would mean I always got a seat on the bus and people would move to get out of my way.
  • If I became a parent today, it would be just in time to have the whole summer off for maternity leave. Perfect timing.
  • If I became a parent today, I bet my mom would stop considering a move to Florida (don’t leave me, Mom!!).
  • If I became a parent today, my trip to Charleston tomorrow would likely have to be cancelled, and that is NOT going to happen.

See y’all when I get back!!

I linked up for Theme Thursday:

Guess what?! I won Kate’s (from Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine) Caption That last week! Woohoo! See what you can come up with for this week’s photo!

Plus, I was featured in The Life I Live’s first newsletter! Check it out and let me know what you think!

AND The Insomniac’s Dream, creator of the ABC’s of Swearing challenge nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks biatch!

Whew! I am leaving town on a high note…

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Veering off track

25 Apr

I am loyal to a fault. You are in or you are out with me. However, as steadfast as my feelings are, I still manage to jump around when it comes to my life. I’m not afraid of commitment, but I tend to seek change. I veer off track with the slightest provocation.

I wish I could stay more focused. I started out at a small private college transferred to a larger commuter population university and then finally ended up graduating from the University of Florida. I was an education major turned communications major turned mass communication major and finally graduated with a degree in journalism. I did do all this in four years, but it was a haphazard four years to say the least.

I was raised in Massachusetts, went to school in Florida, moved back to Massachusetts after graduation, back to Florida with work and am now back in Massachusetts. My life might be one long game of ping pong.

I’ve had relationship failures, personal traumas and frankly, just plain bad luck. It hasn’t been the easiest getting to where I am now and I’m still dealing with the ramifications from my slips.

Sometimes I think if I could do it over, I’d have gone straight to the University of Florida and graduated from there with a degree in Business (threw that one out of left field, huh?). I would have moved straight to Boston, gotten a great job and skipped all the mistakes. But then I think about all the people I met and lessons I learned along the way- and I wouldn’t erase any hurdle in my life if it meant missing out on the people I count among my friends now.

Veering off track or merely hitting some speed bumps?

Would you take a do-over if you could?

Today was Day Twenty Two (or Day V) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

And, of course, it was also Theme Thursday:

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Justifying hibernation

11 Apr

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the kind I am talking about. All you want to do is lay on the couch, watch bad TV and order takeout. In fact, sometimes you eat chips and salsa for dinner because you don’t even want to deal with putting on a bra to answer the door for the  delivery guy.

I want one of those days. Soon.

It’s hard to justify having a day where you do nothing and see no one, but my friends know that I sometimes need them. I need to be alone sometimes. I need to completely check out. I call them my hibernation days. Maybe it could also be called a mental health day, although I take those too (I usually go to the movies or lunch with friends when a mental health check is needed).

I’m thinking the hibernation day for me might be at some point this weekend. I strongly advise you all to do the same.

How do you justify “checking out”?

Cozy blanket my mom made me for these days

Cozy blanket my mom made me for these days

Today was Day Ten (or Day J) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

And, of course, it was also Theme Thursday:

Hoping you’ll follow me on Bloglovin or Twitter! New friends make me happy!

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Dare to keep your head on straight

4 Apr


You know what they say about children of police officers- they are either one extreme or the other. They listen to the angel or the devil on their shoulder. I (mostly) listened to the angel. To put it bluntly, I was kind of a goody two shoes when I was younger. This is a story about a few kids who listened to Jiminy Cricket’s alter-ego.

My dad was a cop a couple of towns over from where I grew up. He taught DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to the middle school there as part of his role with the department. This had some perks for us, one was being able to go to conferences. Honestly, he probably hated these annual events, but my brother, sister and I loved them. We became friends with other kids and had the run of the hotel while our parents attended sessions or did whatever they do when they don’t have to worry about their kids (remember this was the 80s- nobody was too concerned about us being snatched).

I was always the babysitter. I organized arts and crafts and made decent cash corralling the younger kids into one room or another while we avoided the structured activities. One time I volunteered to be the DARE bear. This involved wearing complete bear costume and a T-shirt promoting drug abstinence. Maybe I was a nerd. Okay, I was definitely a nerd.

I strutted around that hotel taking pictures with little kids who followed me around like I was the Pied Piper. Then it happened. A group of boys, probably a year or two older than I was at the time, came up and grabbed the head to the costume. I stood there in the bear suit in shock while they ran around the hotel playing keep-away with my pride. I eventually  retreated to a room with my tail literally between my legs and the head was recovered by one parent or another on their way to the complimentary bar- probably not without a few jokes of their own.

It was then I knew, even when things seem to be going right, even when you are on top of the world and everyone thinks you are leading the parade, hold on to your head… or something like that. Just keep yourself in check, okay??

PS- I tried to find a photo to accompany this post with no luck. I’m sure you can use your imaginations. 

Today was Day Four (or Day D) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

And in honor of Theme Thursday:

Dashing around the hotel like we owned the digs

Adored by the children who thought my costume was true

Ripped down from pedestal 

Ego all bruised and blue. 

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