Friday, June 5, 2020

Life: Friday Ramblings


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I was uncontrollably excited and cheering loudly because...
...Disney World finally released a reopening date and plan!  They will be reopening as soon as July 11th.
It looks like they will be following standard guidelines such as masks, limited capacities, and social distancing.
I'm hoping that by the time September rolls around, some of these restrictions will improve.
It's frustrating to think that we would pay full price for only half of the Disney experience, but we are invested.
This most certainly is only a first step and no indication that we're in the clear, but I see the light!!  Can you?!

Our excitement heightened when...
...our governor gave the green light for Long Island to begin phase one of the reopening plan.
While opening construction doesn't mean too much to me personally, it's certainly a step in the right direction.
Let's hope that we continue to contain this virus and that life is back to normal before we know it!

I started dancing with joy while speaking to...
...my son's principal at his school!  They are reopening the school with limited capacity.
They are ready to welcome him back and gift me with my sanity!
He hasn't been in school since March 13th so I think it's going to be a bit of a tough transition for him.
It may be tough, but it's worth it!  He needs the freedom to play and learn with other children.
At home he gets ignored and kept quiet so that mommy can try to work.  Isolation was really the toughest on him!
Let's hope that he's looking forward to running as much as he wants while screaming as loud as he wants.

Everyone can't stop laughing at...
...me trying to figure out how to work a slip & slide!  No matter how hard I try, I just don't slide.
After running, diving, and stretching out my limbs, I just sink into it and remain completely stationary.

My son won the week when...
...I was on an important conference call with senior management and he decided to embarrass me.
Mid sentence, my daughter barged into my room and screamed at the top of her lungs-
"MOMMY, brother put his hands in his pants AND GOT POOP ALL OVER ME!"
The senior manager on the line said "Uhh, do you have to go?"
Talk about embarrassing...

I had a complete anxiety attack when...
...senior management announced that my position along with countless others were eliminated.
With a 15 minute emotionless phone call, senior management left hundreds of employees without jobs.
I panicked and tried to figure out how we would get through it without losing our home and still feeding the kids.

My family owes their life to...
...an old manager of mine that learned of my job elimination and immediately hired me to work for him.
He didn't share his plan or ask if I wanted the role.  Simply because there was no time to discuss it with me.
He managed to keep my salary, keep half my direct reports, and just be an all around super hero.
I can't even begin to express the appreciation I feel for what this man did for me.
The job he signed me up for won't be easy, but I'm going to give it my all and perform to the best of my ability.
The second best part to this was his excitement at recruiting me.  His exact words were "I have my A team again"!
If you haven't seen the light yet, this had to at least show you a little glimmer of light in the darkness.

What are your Friday Ramblings?

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Let's Discuss: Aluminum Free Deodorant


This past December, I asked my doctor the question regarding allergy meds and their link to dementia.
He completely dismissed my question by raising a concern that he claimed to be more real.
His exact words were "I'd be more concerned with your deodorant and all of the aluminum in it."
Um, what?!  Causing me more panic is this genius's idea of distracting me?!  Anyone know a new dr..
He went on to explain that massive amounts of aluminum are in deodorant and that's what makes it work.
He said to be more concerned with my antiperspirant and its link to Alzheimer's disease than allergy meds.

Not wanting to stink, I was happy when he went on to list some alternatives to my Dove antiperspirant.
I wrote them all down and hurried to the store to pick up the first product listed.

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Tom's of Maine deodorant Versus Native Deodorant

The first product I tried was Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant in lavender.
It cost me $4.89 and smelled strong, but lovely.  I should have taken the strong scent as a hint..
Within a few hours of wearing the product, I developed sweat marks on my blouse under my armpits.
This left me feeling disgusting and gross.  Two days in a row I made an excuse to leave work early.
When I went home to change my shirt, I noticed that my pits had a noticeable odor that I did not like.
Imagine the scent of lavender magnified times 1000 with a little hint of body order.  bleh gag barf...
I tried cleaning a little extra the next morning and giving it another try only to get the same results.
The Tom's of Maine deodorant went right into the trash can and I went on to option #2.

The next product that I tried was Native deodorant in coconut & vanilla.
I almost fell over at the price.  It was about $12 a stick, but after reminding myself of the why, I purchased it.
I also told myself that you get what you pay for.  If I had stinky pits after $12 a stick, I'd be pissed!
As expected, I still sweated more than I did with an antiperspirant but it was a tolerable amount.
The scent of the product wasn't overpowering at all.  I actually really enjoyed the coconut & vanilla scent!
At the end of the day I still smelled fresh and lovely with absolutely zero hint of BO.
The stick lasted me a little over a month which was another pleasant surprise.
Besides, when thought of that way, is $12 a month that much if it means better health?

After trying both products, I'm pleased to announce the winner.
I would highly recommend Native deodorant!
I'm even going to pass it a Jax seal of approval!  There is no higher honor, right?!

Have you or will you switch to an aluminum free deodorant?

Monday, June 1, 2020

List: The top best Baby Shark gear gifts.


In honor of my son's birthday month, I thought we'd talk about his favorite thing.
That's right!  You totally guessed it.  How did you know?  doo doo do doo doooo
His absolute favorite thing in the whole entire world other than his Mommy is Baby Shark!

We know that this is his favorite thing because he gets uncontrollably excited whenever he sees or hears it!
Because of this, he's accumulated more Baby Shark gear than I care to admit.
He even got surprised with tickets to see Baby Shark Livedoo doo do doo doooo
He knows the dance.  He knows the song.  He even knows about the hot clam buns.  Yes, that is real..
With a resume like this, I think it's fair for us to be judges of a top Baby Shark gear gift list!

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Top best Baby Shark gift ideas.

Your toddler will LOVE this watch that lights up and plays a small clip of the song.
He or she will squeal with joy every time they click that button to hear their favorite jam!
It's also super cute when they stare at it while it sings, as if they can tell time.  doo doo do doo doooo

This toy is super cool because it sings the song AND actually swims in water
Warning:  This toy may cause impromptu dance parties in the dead of night as it randomly sings from the tub.
My son hated getting baths until he got this toy.  Now Prince Charming wants his nightly scrub down!

There's no better grand finale to his bath than seeing his face in the mirror wearing this towel.
He squeals, screams, stamps his little feet, and sings all at the same time.   doo doo do doo doooo
This is a great choice if you're looking for a practical gift with a bit of a fun twist on it.

Baby boy was always pretty good at these, but magically got better when it sang Baby Shark!
His look of surprise and happiness every time it sings never gets old.  doo doo do doo doooo

For the artsy Baby Shark fans that may still color the walls, this gift is perfect!
The markers are magical.  They only color on the special Baby Shark paper leaving everyone happy.
If the kids are younger, you may want to take the caps away since they are a choking hazard.

This is the ultimate gift for the little Baby Shark fans in your life because it encourages them to sing.
With this gift, they can sing the song for all to hear with a microphone!  Baby Shark earplugs, anyone?

This is a comfortable blanket and pillow combo that will make our toddler friends wish for nap time.
The best part of this gift is, it does NOT sing!!  I repeat, it does NOT sing!  doo doo do doo doooo

When you're a die hard fan, sometimes bath gear, towels, toys, accessories, and blankets aren't enough.
Sometimes you need to literally eat off of your favorite fan fare too.  doo doo do doo doooo

Prince Charming gleams with pride every time he matches up the right puzzle piece.
What is his award for getting it right?  You guessed it!  It plays the song.  doo doo do doo doooo

If you're looking for potty training motivation for your older Baby Shark fan, here it is!
You don't tinkle on Baby Shark.  He don't deserve that.  doo doo do doo doooo
Proof of this is in the fact that I couldn't find a Baby Shark potty for Prince Charming anywhere.

This toothbrush will encourage all baby shark fans to brush while dancing every night.
It has an interactive treasure hunt game that encourages little ones to brush longer.

Cooler than any Ipad is this trendy, Baby Shark tablet that doesn't do much other than sing!
Sing what you ask?  You got it!  doo doo do doo doooo

Do you have any Baby Shark gear in your house?
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Friday, May 29, 2020

Life: Friday Ramblings


potted garden

I'm totally in love with the...
...potted vegetable garden my hubby and kiddies made for me on mother's day!
Since we have found some not very nice things buried in the yard, I asked my husband for something different.
I wanted a potted vegetable garden on the deck so that the plants would grow in a more controlled environment.
They did such a great job!  I think it actually looks prettier than our typical garden in the ground.
We planted Japanese eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, and colorful pumpkins for gourds.

I'm happy to report that...
...my lemon tree has grown two brand new, beautiful leaves on a once bare branch.
While the tree is blooming with dozens of Sharpie smelling flowers, it's lost more than half its' leaves.
I was afraid that it was dying, but it appears that she's going to make it through!

I'm losing sleep because of the show...
...Chuck!  We get so caught up in the show that we end up watching until crazy hours of the morning.
Whenever one of us tries to take a stance to make it an early night, the other refuses to give in.
If you're looking for a fun binge, try Chuck!  "...& at last I see the light, and it's like the fog has lifted.." lalalala

I volunteered to...
...take professional quality photographs for my daughter's dance school.
Yet another thing cancelled was their photo session in their recital dance costumes.
To make up for it, the dance school got a back drop and was going to open the parking lot for us to snap pics.
While it's a small gesture and hardly professional, the ballerinas deserve their moment to feel like a dance star.
Plus, we all dumped >$200 on the dance costumes!  The least we can do is have them wear them for 10 minutes.

We finally gave in and got an...
...inflatable pool large enough to somewhat fit our family of four.  It's a 10' diameter octagon.
While it's not a real pool, it was certainly worth the $40.  My babies are so terribly bored and I hope this helps.

Every small bit of good news has us...
...singing "I Can See the Light" from Tangled and performing ballet leaps in the kitchen!

We're still exhausted from...
...the hike we took during a visit to a Long Island nature preserve.
We decided to make another stop on our tour of Long Island by visiting a 50 mile nature preserve.
Following my 7 year old daughter, we began walking along a trail with a bird watching checklist.
An hour later, my husband grabs the map and announces my daughter led us down the 5 mile hiking trail.
We're talking uneven terrain, boards of wood over small rivers, and real life chipmunks darting in front of us!
At one point my daughter sat down on the dirt trail and said "Just go on without me".  Dramatic much?  Don't say it..
Three quarters of the way in we stumbled across a trout hatchery and learned it's the only hatchery on Long Island!
Shout out to my husband who carried our 40 pound son at least 4.5 miles of the 5 mile hike.
When we finally made it out of the woods, we ran straight home, jumped in the showers, and felt itchy all night long.

What are your Friday Ramblings?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Recipe: Shepherd's Pie


This crazy times in our life taught me one thing, to make a dinner out of random food.
In a time when you're supposed to stay out of the store, you learn to empty your cabinets.
There's no running to the store for a missing ingredient or to pick up desired luxuries.
You learn to make do with what you have.
This is one of the few mindsets that I hope lingers with us as life resumes back to normality.
The universe will be better off with a less wasteful generation that appreciates what they got.

As my food supplies reached record lows, I relied on my creativity and Google to get us through.
The first thing I would do is take a mental inventory of what I got and then hunt for recipes.
One night I was down to the bare minimum, yet I still managed to put something healthy together.
It was also kind of good.  Good enough that everyone asked for seconds and told me to save the recipe!
We had to make minor substitutions to make the meal work, but we were fed.

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Shepherd's Pie Recipe

(1) Pound ground beef - I only had ground pork.  It worked.
(1) Diced yellow onion
(1) Pound bag of mixed vegetables - I had a bag but + lima beans.  It was fine.
(3) Pounds potatoes
(1) Stick of butter
Original, unsweetened almond milk
Vegetable Oil - Only had olive oil.  It worked well.
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Parsley
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Coat a large pan with a thin layer of oil.  Brown the diced onions.  Mix in and fully cook the chopped meat, frozen vegetables, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and pepper.  I never measure seasonings so you'll have to rely on your eye ball and gut.  Once fully cooked, set aside.

Peel and boil your potatoes until they are soft enough to mash.  Strain.  Add (1) stick of butter, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parsley.  Remember, season to your gut's content.  Fully mash until smooth.  Slowly pour in the almond milk and mix in between pours until your potatoes are the desired consistency.

Get a large casserole dish.  Put the meat mixture in the baking pan and make sure it's evenly spread throughout the pan.  This is the first layer.  Then do the same with the potatoes.  This is the second layer.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

What was your favorite meal to make during quarantine?

Monday, May 25, 2020

List: Ten ways to motivate your employees.


As it nears my four year anniversary as an area manager, I've been reflecting.
I may have fallen into an occupational rut which may or may not have been deflected onto my team.
I still lead my team of thirty and advocate for them the best I can, but I've stopped motivating them.
Somewhere along the line I've become a leader that tweaks reports and manages numbers.
Our team calls and one on ones have disappeared, along with some of my respect for the organization.
I've forgotten what it means to be a leader and the importance of guiding my team to full potential.
Organizational values aside, these people rely on me and look to me for guidance.  They're being let down.
This year I will strive to be more motivational and to shape those who prosper to be more.
Excuse me while I brainstorm out loud with a motivational to do list..

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Ten ways to motivate your employees.

1.  Carve time for reoccurring one on ones.
When you have a long list of direct reports, you may find it's easy to limit communication.
A lack of communication almost always leads to a lack of motivation.  Communicate often and effectively.
Set up reoccurring meeting requests to have one on one discussions with your individual employees.
Tip - Find the right balance.  Too often is nuisance for both parties and too infrequent is ineffective.

2.  Set clear, obtainable goals for your team.
I've always found a goal to be a form of motivation in itself.  Set unique goals for each employee.
As long as they are obtainable, you'll find your employees working hard to reach it.

3.  Offer rewards for those who reach stretch goals.
Stretch goals deserve a bigger acknowledgement than a simple thank you note.
Reward these accomplishments with a gift card, company branded gear, or even a work lunch!

4.  Always follow through and never make empty promises.
If your word isn't worth anything, then good luck motivating even the most gullible team player.
Be honest and only make promises that you have capabilities of keeping.  Being a reliable leader is key!
If you are unsure that you can deliver, promise that you will try hard to make it happen instead.

5.  Offer tuition reimbursement for college degrees.
Many employees feel pigeonholed due to their education.  A lack of a degree can limit one's career path.
An easy way to help your employees grow as individuals is to ease the financial burden of a college degree.
Set parameters that require enrollment in a program, a certain GPA, and proof of advancement.
This is a special type of motivation that will expand way beyond the parameters of their job.

6.  Recognize individuals during team calls.
Host a bi-weekly team call with your employees to highlight important information.
During this time, take a few minutes to offer kudos to employees that deserve to be recognized.
A compliment given with an audience goes a long way!  Unless they dislike attention, so know your team..

7.  Host team events.
Team events promote crew unity, break up the mundane routine, and show employees that you care.
Your employees will want to work harder because they'll be happier and feel appreciated.

8.  Create friendly competition.
Creating a little friendly competition among your team and watch the motivation sky rocket.
Their routine productivity will suddenly increase.  Add a prize and watch the productivity soar!

9.  Acknowledge birthdays and important events.
Something as simple as a birthday wish and a cake could motivate an employee.
Baby showers for men and women, wedding wishes, and work anniversaries should be celebrated.
All it takes is a 15 minute acknowledgement from the work day to mold a motivated team!

10.  Work with employees to create customized career plans.
Not everyone wants to go in the same direction when it comes to their career path.
Some may want to venture into sales, management, or even work on process & procedure.
Set career plans for your employees to help them reach their goal.
Offer to pay for certifications or classes that would be vital in their dream career.
They'll be more willing to work for you and they'll be grateful that you're their manager!
One time an employee called me a mentor and credited me with their growth.  That's career goals!

What motivates you as an employee?

Friday, May 22, 2020

Life: Friday Ramblings


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I did a little "eep" when...
...my husband came home from Target with a bouquet of sunflowers for me!
Sunflowers are my favorite flowers and I eagerly wait for them to come in season each year.
The sunflowers are not pictured.  I'm well aware that these are daisies.

My nail salon texted me to say...
...they purchased and installed window spaces on each nail station.
It looks almost like a bank teller window with the little slot to slide in and out your cash.
I'm sure that they won't be opening any time soon, but it was still reassuring to hear from them.
Each day I wonder which businesses will survive and which will close down forever.
Let's hope this is an indication that my local nail salon is part of the survivors.

I'm getting ready to jump back into...
...my senior year of college!  Last week began my Summer course.
This semester I'm taking self-management.  I'm hopeful it's a smart choice for a short semester.

My prince charming learned the magic of...
...the word please!  Every time my baby boy says "please" in his cute baby voice, I give in.
Within reason, of course.  Although, my hubby said I should have drawn the line on a 2nd bath..

My husband is suddenly obsessed with...
...birds!  He's taking the obsession a bit too far with making them a mini sanctuary.
He's got the hummingbird feeder, regular feeder, and now a bird bath.
I'm just trying to decide if it's his new hobby or his way of telling me to stop complaining!
I hate being stuck inside so I complain that my only friends are the birds.  So, naturally, he attracts more.

I've finally learned to...
...shut off the news.  Watching and getting updates on COVID19 was becoming an obsession.
I've been way less anxious and more productive since doing so.  Instead I get my updates from Cuomo.
The icing on the cake was the plandemic video discrediting the one man we all trusted, Dr. Fauci.
That's when I decided that watching it was not a benefit to me or anyone.  Have you shut it off yet?

My Friday Ramblings are getting...
...shorter and shorter.  The stay at home orders have me uninspired.
Hopefully this all ends soon so that we can go back to living our lives to the full potential.
There's nothing scarier than the unknown, and every day seems to be just that.

What are your Friday Ramblings?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Life: Selfie Sticks


A whopping five years ago, the fabulous invention of a selfie stick became overwhelmingly popular.
As expected, I posted about the selfie stick here to keep you all informed. 
When I made the original post, I couldn't help but make fun of the product.
I mean, selfies scream self absorbed and narcissistic to me, but who am I to judge?

To reiterate, a selfie stick is a long stick designed to take a picture of yourself at a flattering angle.

Since 2015, selfies have only become more popular to our horror and disbelief.
The trend of snapping pictures of yourself has only heightened thanks to filters and other app add ons.
Applications such as SnapChat and Tic Tok have added to the narcissistic behaviors of some people.
The platforms available to post pictures of yourself has quadrupled in numbers since my original post.
All these factors and more grew the demand for selfie sticks exponentially throughout the past 5 years.
While this is all pathetically true, I may have something that I feel the need to own up to.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a confession to make.
I have officially purchased a selfie stick.
Please, don't judge & let me defend myself.


With four kids & a quarantine, it's become increasingly difficult to take a decent family photo.
A selfie stick allows us to capture a good family picture without cutting off a piece of someone's head.
It's important to me to have family pictures to remember holidays and family experiences.
Every year I document these events and put them in a photo book that I gift to my hubby.
With no one available to take a family picture in quarantine, a selfie stick makes this possible.

While my feelings about a selfie stick for selfies remain the same, I have no regrets on our purchase.
I mean, without a selfie stick, our family Easter photo above just wouldn't be feasible!
Phew.  I feel so much better now that I got my secret off of my chest.

Have you given in and made the purchase yet?

Monday, May 18, 2020

List: Ten real life struggles for short people.


While walking around the block as a family, my husband had quite the scare.
I was jogging towards a large branch that probably could have decapitated me in the right circumstances.
He screamed like, really screamed, L O U D "Jax, watch that branch!!!!!!!".
He scared me enough to turn around and look at him, but I never stopped jogging.
I jogged right under that branch and honestly never even saw it until way after the fact.
Truth be told, I cleared that dangling branch by about half a foot.  I was at no real risk of decapitation.
His look of fear almost immediately turned into laughter and short people jokes.
As if I'm not self conscious enough these days with my growing biceps and butt.  Hmph..
That got me thinking.  There is sometimes a perk to being short.
You don't get knocked out by low hanging, strong branches while jogging.

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Ten real life struggles for short people.

1.  You can't just "hang" in the pool.
When you're 5' tall, that meme above is exactly what you look like while hanging out in the pool.
Add this to the long list of reasons why I'm not a fan of pool days.  It's low on the list, but it's there!

2.  You need large, barbecue sized tongs to reach things.
At least twice a day you can find me in the kitchen trying to reach things with my giant, metal tongs.
At 5' tall, unless an item is towards the front of the lowest shelf in the cabinet, I can't reach it!

3.  You need large, barbecue sized tongs to empty the washing machine.
Years ago I literally fell into a washing machine trying to reach the last sock lingering on the bottom.
Ever since that day, I learned to bring my handy tongs to pick up the clothes on the bottom of the machine.

4.  Your 5 year old is almost the same size as you.
Imagine hearing from your 5 year old "we're almost the same size".
My least favorite is when she says "Soon I'll be bigger than you and then I can make the rules".

5.  You look ridiculous holding any baby older than 6 months.
You know this is a very true statement if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram.
When you're 5' tall, a 6 month old baby is about half your body.  Hence my unnaturally large biceps..

6.  You're forced to submit to never seeing anything, ever.
Unless you sitting dead center in a front row, you're never going to see what's going on ever.
You'll find yourself strategically accompanied by people who will answer the question "What's happening?".

7.  You have to scale the shelves in the grocery store often.
I'm still not sure what's more embarrassing, bringing my tongs or climbing up the shelves.
When you're five feet tall, there's a good chance that you'll have to climb the shelves each grocery run.
For the record, the shelves don't feel sturdy or safe, but that's where Target put it's raisin bread!

8.  Every hug with someone over 5'6 is really awkward.
If someone isn't considerate enough to bend down awkwardly, my face gets sucked into their gut.
For the record, if you're tall and I do my best to avoid a hug, it isn't you.  It's me.

9.  When your peers or subordinates don't take you seriously at work.
When you're child sized, it's common to get people who don't think you can act like a boss lady.
Don't mistake my tiny stature for an inability to do my job.  Besides, I'm naturally really loud.

10.  You can't shop in the regular stores.
One the things I hate the absolute most about being so short is the inability to shop at most stores.
If the store doesn't have a petite section, there's no point of me even walking through the doors.
Most clothes fit me awkwardly.  I leave the store feeling extra self conscious and with empty hands.

What are you sometimes self conscious about?

Friday, May 15, 2020

Life: Friday Ramblings




I have the best babies because...
...they made sure that my Mother's Day was extra special with these cute, homemade gifts.
They made a card out of construction paper and tissue paper.  Peep the tissue paper capes b/c I'm a super mom!
They also made a flower with each petal listing a reason why they love me so much.
The grand finale was a new garden ornament.  A stone in the shape of a whale that they hand painted for me.
This was a great reminder that the phrase "it's the thought that counts" is very true.

I'm still laughing at...
...the pink petal that reads "You always make me late".  I can't get mad if it's true!
It was real cute and nice to know that they love me even with my faults, but, I need to be more punctual, seriously.

My husband thinks he's funny because...
...he gifted me a bird feeder for Mother's Day based on a sarcastic comment that I made.
I tell him that working from home sucks.  That I just sit at my desk and watch the birds fly by the window.
Well, he got a bird feeder to hang outside my "work from home" window and attract more birds.
For those of you that know me well, know that I'm petrified of birds.  The last thing I want is more of them in my yard!

I saw the light when...
...I got a message that Disney Springs in Florida will be reopening as of May 20th!
This gives me hope that all will be well for our rescheduled Disney trip in September.
I'm kind of glad it got moved b/c our vacation would've been over by now.  We still have it to look forward to.

I'm REALLY disliking...
...the changes that Blogger made to their website.  It's not as user friendly and it's harder to navigate.
It's also a less impressive draft view of the actual post.  Can we start a petition to bring back the old version?

I'm waiting for someone to notice...
...that I broke our brand new dishwasher!  It's still functioning, but the door extends past the limit of the door hinge.
I was dragging a 50 pound bag of rice across the kitchen floor when I didn't notice the dishwasher was open.
Since I was dragging it backwards, I tripped over the door and landed right on top of it overextending the hinge.
Stop laughing, it so was NOT funny!  Ok, fine, maybe it is a little funny..

I'm smiling ear to ear because...
  ...for the first time in my VERY long educational career, I made the Dean's list!
What course gave me this high honor do you ask?  It was the marketing course that I whined about all semester.
Not only was the class easier than I thought, I was actually really good at it.
My professor told me that if he could've given me a higher grade than a A+ on my final, he would have.
I took a picture of the Dean's list note and saved it to my Google Photos to remember the accomplishment.

What are your Friday Ramblings?

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