Monday, July 26, 2010

Which sense would you be willing to give up?

If you had to loose one of your senses (I'll define them as sight, smell, hearing, taste, or feeling... which we'll interpret as mobility), which one would you least want to give up and which one would you be most willing to give up?  And Why?
I'd have to say that I'd least like to give up my sight.  I would live in a world of terror without my vision!  I'd never know where I was, I'd have to switch over to books on audio which read SO SLOWLY, I'd never be able to drive myself anywhere... could you imagine grocery shopping and trying to look at food ingredients on the labels???  I'd never be able to look out the window and see the beauty out there.  Just thinking about not being able to see terrifies me!  SHEER TERROR!
If I had to give one up... I think I would pick hearing.  My hearing is already not so trustworthy with my learning disability that I think I rely on it less than any of the other senses.  I would definitely miss the sound of rain, though...
How would you answer?

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Sound of Rain is Happy

Work has been a nightmare recently.  The person in charge of our department had a family emergency come up and has been out since right before I got back from our vacation, and will be out for at least another month, if not a bit longer.  I felt like we were shorthanded BEFORE we were one man down!  Let's just say that yesterday things piled up.  All the extra time I've been working doesn't look like its paying off since we keep getting further and further behind.  It was enough to actually convince me to hate my job for the first time at Wegmans.  Which made me really sad because I DO like my job... just not right now.  As I was closing, I kept imagining dramatic walk-outs with me quitting and never looking back.  :)  Something that I would never do, but it was working to keep me working as hard as I could until the end of my shift.
Needless to say, I needed an attitude change.  Half a bag of chips on the drive home later, and I was feeling enough better that I was going to be able to walk through the door with at least a fake smile to greet my husband.
And then God stepped in.  I walked through the door from one of my worst work days in Ithaca to find my husband waiting for me with a big smile, a Nintendo Wii controller in his hand signaling that it arrived in the mail last night, a piece of cake from my visiting teachers, my husband already fed from helping the Yosts move so I didn't have to make anything for dinner, and two happy cats that are finally getting along.  (We brought a second cat home from his parents with us from our trip in Utah.  I'll introduce another time.)  We played our Wii horribly for 2 hours before it was my bedtime.  I mean horribly as in, we are both REALLY bad at it.  Oh darn... I guess that means we're going to have to practice...  LOL!
And then, this morning I woke up to the gentle music of raining falling outside.  I don't know how long this happy feeling will last, but at least I was able to start my Birthday with a REAL smile on my face.  The work load at work I have for today might try to rip that smile off my face, but I'm really going to try to keep it there.
Happy Friday, everyone!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

What Would You Do With 1 Million Dollars?

That song has been stuck in my head for a few months now.  I'll be driving down the road to work or mopping the floor and will start humming or singing it out of the blue.  It's made me wonder though... What WOULD I do with a million dollars.*  Would I spend it all in a day on a fun whatever-I-like-that-I-see-I-buy kind of day, or spread it out over a few months?  Would I invest it all and build up a killer savings and retirement fund?  Would I donate it to help charities or other good causes?  So many options!
Here's what I think I would do.  I would take half of it and buy a decent 3-4 bedroom house and furnish it.  I'd also splurge and get the scuba gear for both Xan and I that we have been wanting.  And then, I would consider buying a summer house in Greece.
Then, on the money that we would be saving on rent, since our house would pretty much be completely ours, I'd be able to up the monthly donations, squirrel away a bit more into savings, and every now and then have enough saved up to go visit our summer house and scuba dive around the world.
What would YOU do if you had a million dollars.
*Tax-free million dollars  :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Welcome, Shanda!

Tony and Shanda Stepp got married yesterday.  Welcome to the family, Shanda!!!

We're in Utah for another week and the internet hasn't always been the greatest with traveling, but I'll try to post some of the pictures I've taken so far soon.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Xan!

It's Xan's Birthday!  My family and I celebrated his birthday last week since today we are with the Stepp family getting ready for his brother's wedding.

My family and I teamed together to get him some new shirts.  Xan and I love watching The Big Bang Theory so we got him some shirts connected to the show.
The first one is the evolution shirt with the robot at the end of the chain.

Bazinga is Sheldon's catch phrase for practical jokes.

The nerd version of rock paper scissors.  The explanation video embedded below.