Monthly Archives: March 2012

Who Knew That Paper Could Become Scissors?!

This past week, over two days, I sustained seven paper cuts on my hands!  By the end of the second day, I looked like I was in a street fight.  However, I was merely at work. I was getting really irritated, pardon the pun. Can one put a restraining order on paper cuts?!  I could show you riveting photos of my snagged cuticles and the rips and slices on my fingers, but that seems a bit unpleasant.

In addition to being beat up, my week was full of meetings.  So, I was relieved to be able to sneak in a visit to my favorite retreat, Read the rest of this entry

The One That ALMOST Got Away…

Pret A Manger moved into my town a couple of months ago and my life was immediately transformed to a higher level of giddiness.

I walked into see a cooler full of fresh and natural food without fake ingredients. You know, food that is actually good for you AND tastes good?  As I looked closer…it was as if a huge light was beaming down onto the cooler at that moment…because their salads and sandwiches were overflowing with my favorite ingredient – Read the rest of this entry

Why Don’t More People Say Thank You?

I am writing this post from my cell phone as I relax in my courtyard in my lawn chair – listening to the summer sounds. I can hear the sound of motor boats, jets, lawnmowers, giddy kids and even a sprinkler, or two. Oh, and the obnoxious bass that keeps playing in a series of annoying songs that are played in a loop that neighbors in the next town can probably hear. I live near Chicago and it’s March 18. Wow! We are going on day 5 of 80 degree weather!

Exquisite View on This Morning’s Ride!

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A Year Ago Today…

A year ago at this time, I found out  shocking and sad news that a family friend, Jeff Berger, died in a small plane crash.  He was on his way to ski with business partners for a few days.

Jeff  was a good person who had a great sense of humor. He was a genuinely nice person who I knew for over 25 years.  He was my dad’s student at Northwestern University and my brother’s friend.

Jeff took my brother to a party one night and that is where he was introduced to his future wife. Without Jeff, I wouldn’t have my sister-in-law or my niece and nephew. Talk about being full of gratitude, Jeff’s impact was huge and is appreciated every day.

This is me and Jeff at a wedding that happened because he introduced the bride and groom!

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These Gams Got Game, Kid

Today was my first bike ride of the season. My longest ride, last season, was on 9/11 when I had an epic 56 mile ride.  Today, just like the 9/11 ride, the weather was perfect for bike riding. I eagerly went to pump air into my tires and wasn’t even thwarted when my tire went flat.  Read the rest of this entry

Even Bad Boys Have Good Moments & Birthdays, Too!

This blog debuted last March. It’s hard to believe that it has been 50 weeks. In celebration of this milestone, I intend to read each post from start to finish and challenge you to do the same!  I will have  a virtual vat of Vodka in hand and perhaps some chips, carrots and very spicy guacamole) and stroll through last year’s journey. If we are lucky, some witty words will merge together and new posts will be born. Read the rest of this entry

Floss Flicking Etiquette

Tonight’s morsel  is a free-write full of Laurenisms and alliteration, inspired by a brief encounter earlier today.

Today I was minding my own business at work when I hear my neighbor, Aimless, demand that the visitor in her office leave the premises immediately and finish his “business” in front of my work space instead of hers. 

I laughed as I didn’t know what the offender was doing.

Well, it turns out that FLICKER was actually Read the rest of this entry

Because You Believe in Me – Give Me More of Your Money!

For over a quarter of a decade, I paid some people to look after me if I ever had an accident in my car or some horrific occurrence in my home. Last month, I decided to shop around for other people to look out for me and found out that my “loyalty” was rewarded with sub par coverage and steady premium increases year after year.  ED NOTE: I am tagging this as humor because one would think this was a joke and it is.  But it’s not funny, if you know what I mean.

They had no interest in keeping me as a customer. In fact, when I called them to bring up the ridiculous premium difference, the agent said that she could probably come up with that rate, too, if I were calling for a quote!  What?!  You mean, you are punishing me for being a loyal customer?  That is what it sounded like to me.
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Camp Douglas Smith Diaries Part 2

Dear Riveted Readers:

When I wrote part 1 of this series, I had just found letters that I had written to my family while I was at overnight camp for a month. I wrote some interesting things back then but the underlying theme was pretty obvious. Read the rest of this entry

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