We (my kids’ school) took a field trip to a nearby lake that happens to be in a cave. I don’t really do caves. There is a cave on my in-law’s property that is quite the destination, apparently. There are huge rooms (I’ve heard) and slithery trails. And endangered bats that the state protects by locking the gate every winter. People LOVE going through there in the summer time (a perfect 60-degree hike in crazy hot summers). I have never been in that cave. Ever. Not even when Prince Farming and I were dating. Which is a bit of a sore point for some (a-hem) but I’ve set my boundary and I’m sticking to it (at least in this case). Which wasn’t really well-thought-through on my part when I chose to go on this field trip. ANYway, that’s not what this post is about. I took some of the kids through the little tourist-trap gift store. This caught my attention and tickled my funny bone.
This is an overdue post. My sister-in-law went away over the Thanksgiving holidays. When she returned, she brought me a gift. I’m just curious to know what you all think this might mean. I mean, my sister-in-law is always sweet and gracious. She always has the kindest words to say in every situation. She doesn’t have to blow happy smoke to say nice things – she’s totally honest, but can do it in a way that makes the people she’s talking to feel really good about whatever she’s being honest about. And then she gives me this:
It’s a T-shirt. With this message. Now personally, I find it hilarious. It’s totally me. But do you think that the kindest person who never talks about anyone and who always has a positive slant on any situation would get into this kind of t-shirt message?
In reality, I think it’s her mean, no shades of gray, no color, only black-and-white brutally honest sicko husband who picked it out. But if he did, I couldn’t wear it. I have to go with HER being the thoughtful one. Ooi, I’m so confused.
In keeping with my current state of mind I thought I’d remind you of something you might have seen before. I know I have. It floats across my email box periodically, and always gives me a little chuckle. Here’s wishing you a stress-free day!
This is a simple test to help you gauge your current level of stress. Once that is known, you can adjust your behavior to either relieve or accommodate your stress.
The picture below will render a picture of two dolphins. Although they are displayed in slightly different perspectives with slight color differences, the two are virtually identical. The two dolphins appear so when viewed by a stress-free individual. The greater your level of stress, the greater differences you will perceive. This test is not sensitive enough to pick up mild stress levels – only higher levels of stress.
The test is quite simple. Sit upright. View the screen head-on, take a deep breath, breathe out and then scroll down to the picture and look directly at it.
(My kids will tell you – and so can I- that my title is "alliteration" – a word on last week’s English test. . . those education dollars at work)
I didn’t have to work on the farm this weekend. We had some friends over, and the husband went out and did what I normally would be doing (digging a trench for a faucet by the barn and piecing together water pipe – skinny stuff . . . a one-man job). Prince Farming was on the borrowed excavator digging a trench from a water source (broken pipe in the field) to the old barn for the water pipe to rest in (and not freeze during the winter). So I feel really blessed, and amazingly rested. And without a funny story for your reading pleasure.
Last Monday I shared a post about despair. For some reason my humor is sort of leaning toward the political genre, which is odd because politics and me just aren’t that close. I’m not a US citizen (nor am I here illegally, if you’re wondering ). I have a hard time following what’s going on and giving any kind of intelligent analysis. Actually – I probably have a hard time giving intelligent analysis anywhere in my life, but that’s a whole ‘nother post. Maybe it’s just that politics is the primary topic every time I turn on the radio. But every week I get this little video podcast that makes me smirk, or giggle, or laugh out loud, or sigh with a "I wish I could have thought that out and said it first." And sometimes, no matter how simplified it is, I just don’t get it. Or it doesn’t strike me all that funny. Which is okay too. Helping little minds understand big things, Uncle Jay has a great way ‘splaining things and I thought maybe you’d enjoy hearing a couple of my favorites. I would hazard a guess that it isn’t so much the politics that strike me as funny as the irreverence does. That’s probably more like it.
I haven’t watched this week’s video cast yet. But with everyone talking about the financial mayhem that we find ourselves in, I thought it would be appropriate to share a simplified version of what’s going on. Check this out.
Another one that is fairly popular (by vote of most clicks) is the congressional recess episode. It’s pretty funny too.
No, no – I’m not completely heartless. I don’t laugh at people who are experiencing despair (I might laugh WITH them though). I laugh at the company and the writers who work for www.despair.com . Their company slogan is: "We’re not happy ’till you’re not happy." They do these crazy lithographs that smack of the popular "Motivators" posters. Here’s their "Despair" demotivator:
There are about 100 other lithographs – all laugh-out-loud funny. Here’s a fairly current one, for which they’ve gotten a lot of flack:
And in response to an irate citizen who reamed them for their complete insensitivity in the government demotivator, they created this one:
If you have a hard-to-shop-for cynic on your Christmas list, this is a great place to find a gift (I get no kick-backs from this endorsement – it’s purely for your convenience and enjoyment).
Here’s an example of another one of their recent releases. You can get this on a T-shirt. I own the Pessimist’s Mug (the non-executive one). This is a take-off from that mug (I think these people consume truck-loads of caffeine and work between the hours of 1am and 4am)
If you go over and browse their site, be sure to check out their video podcasts. You might get a chuckle from one or two of them too.