Monday, February 22, 2010
We were able to share a meal together Friday evening and sit down and talk and then Saturday morning it was time to take him to the airport. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Kim.
Upon leaving the airport though, 'we' had a bit of an adventure. You know how the news and other shows have mentioned the hazards of escalators. My youngest was in flip flops but she wasn't the one we had to be concerned over. Nope! The folly was on me. As we were taking our leisure stroll down the escalator, my upper body started inclining while the rest of me was still taking the ride down, for a while that is.
I'm sure there was some kind of a warning at the top of the escalator warning riders "Beware! Ride at your own risk." I let out a "Umm! Aahh! Help! I'm stuck. Help!" through a nervous laugh. Unbeknownst to me, my purse strap got stuck in the handrail! After about 5 tugs I was finally able to dislodge the strap and of course, like any person who feels like they made an idiot of themselves, I looked around to see if anyone saw me. I'm sure a "Funniest Home Video" camera was somewhere filming and laughing at my situation.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
My poor blog is once again being neglected as I’ve been taking care of my responsibilities in our home. I took the time to update the background for February, now it’s time to start blogging again. I’m afraid that I will be sparse in my postings though as I need to start plugging away at our taxes. Fun times!
I’ve included two pictures for those of you that are unfamiliar with a CD calendar. Each month, the new calendar is at the bottom of my blog so you can get a peak at them. You can either use them like an easel like I have or you can close the CD, add magnets and use it on your fridge. My husband took his to work so he can see his family daily.
A blonde teenager, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a "handy-woman" and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood.
She went to the front door of the first house, and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do.
"Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint my porch," he said. "How much will you charge me?"
Delighted, the girl quickly responded, "How about $50?"
The man agreed and told her that the paint brushes and everything she would need were in the garage.
The man's wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, "Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around the house?"
He responded, "That's a bit cynical, isn't it?"
The wife replied, "You're right. I guess I'm starting to believe all those dumb blonde jokes we've been getting by e-mail lately."
Later that day, the blonde came to the door to collect her money.
"You're finished already?" the startled husband asked.
"Yes," the blond replied, "and I even had paint left over, so I gave it two coats."
Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50.00 and handed it to her along with a ten dollar tip.
"And by the way," the blond added, "it's not a Porch, it's a Lexus!"
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She then pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, Mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity -- boiling water -- but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"