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Thankfulness Challenge

November 4, 2016

One of my favorite authors, Faith Blum, is doing a Thankfulness Challenge this month on her blog. Now I’m pretty terrible at having to come up with something every day to fit a specific topic, so I don’t usually participate in these types of things. But I do have something I’d like to share which fits the theme.

I drive pretty much the same route to work every day, even though there are many different ways I could go. Creature of habit and all that. My regular route takes me past a school, which has a 5-way intersection where everyone has a stop sign. During the school year, there is a crossing guard here in the morning. I’ve been going past this intersection for a little over two years now and it’s always the same lady. One morning as I pulled up to stop, I happened to catch her eye. So I smiled and waved and she smiled and waved back. Now, I don’t know her from Adam, and she has no idea who I am … but we recognize that our paths cross daily and so we share this little bit of connection when possible. Some mornings she’s sitting in her car or facing another direction. But at least once a week, we share our little greeting. And you know, it’s amazing how much of an impact that one simple kindness can have on how the rest of the day goes. Just starting off smiling and happy because someone else was smiling and happy and acknowledged you in this way is HUGE. And, sadly, this type of human interaction does not happen often enough these days. We’re too busy being wrapped up in ourselves or our cell phones to notice anyone around us. Try taking a moment to look around you and see if you can find an opportunity to connect with someone else. You will find that your whole attitude changes in that moment.

So, I am thankful for this crossing guard, whose smile and wave set my mornings off with a bright and positive attitude, and thankful that God put her there so that I would have this opportunity.

Holy Cow! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

November 3, 2016

Man, I never thought THIS day would come. I’ve been a Cubs fan for 30 years. Now, I know some of you have probably been fans even longer, and that’s awesome; I’m just pointing out that this is no bandwagon I’m riding on. It’s more of an old, broken down but faithful plow horse that somehow manages to keep staggering along.

I didn’t grow up in Chicago. Heck, there was an entire state between us. When I was about 12, our rural community finally got cable TV. Now, it wasn’t like it is these days. We got about 20 channels. Probably 8 of them were home shopping or paid programming. Out of the remaining dozen channels, two of them were the big networks WGN in Chicago and TBS in Atlanta. A lot of times the choices were limited to baseball on one of those channels, or soap operas. Now I’ve always been a tomboy so the choice there was clear. I have nothing against the Braves, or at least I didn’t at the time, but their broadcasts were a bit bland compared to the eternally enthusiastic fandom of the iconic Harry Caray. So it came to be that while other teenage girls were putting up posters of Tom Cruise and John Stamos, my walls were adorned with the likes of Ryne Sandberg, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mark Grace.

I admit, as I grew up and other things took up my time and interest, I didn’t follow baseball that closely anymore. (I still have my card collection from the late 80’s though.) But I never wavered from the Cubs being my team. Living in Western New York now, it’s not the greatest spot to BE a Cubs fan. I mean, come on, they had to play the Mets in the NLCS last year, and there are plenty of Tribe fans since we’re closer to Cleveland than we are to NYC. But that’s ok. Because right now, everything is awesome. The only sad part is that it didn’t happen while Harry Caray was still alive to see it.

Pathfinding

August 26, 2015

So, this past week I managed to finish up the rest of Draenor Pathfinder, ensuring that I get to fly Soon*. It really didn’t take that long, since I already had done Securing Draenor on Van. And honestly, I’m not tired of running around the jungle yet.

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Disclaimer: Jungle in photo may not be the jungle you are looking for.

I still need half of the tomes of whatever the heck Khadgar has me collecting now, and I’ve only done about half of the treasure fleet missions to upgrade my shipyard again, but it’s going. I still haven’t sent another character to build a shipyard and go to Tanaan, but I have had some of them doing other things, like working on An Awfully Big Adventure and running old raids for mounts or pets that I’m still missing. I’m holding off on the leveling until they can fly, I think. Except maybe the rogue, he stealths his way through everything anyway, pickpocketing as he goes.

In other news, Petco has these neat Star Wars themed dog toys. I couldn’t resist bringing this one home to my boys.

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So I Hear There’s a Patch

June 23, 2015

Yeah, I’m still here. Sort of. I was away on vacation for a couple of weeks. So I haven’t played … not that there was much I wanted to do. And now it’s patch day. New pets, new raid, the next chapter of the ring quest, the shipyard, a new zone, new this, new that. I mean, yeah, ok, I’m excited that there are new things to do. But … well, my Mom is coming to visit on Saturday. For a month. Which pretty much means zero MMO time. Heck, it pretty much means zero computer time other than at work. Which means no Hearthstone or Heroes or Diablo, either. Yeah, ok, I can sneak Hearthstone games in on my phone after bedtime, sure. But that’s it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy she’s coming to visit, and we will have lots of fun doing other stuff. I just won’t have any game stuff to write about. So, I guess, happy summer and I’ll see you back here in August.