Friday, November 28, 2008
On Wednesday afternoon Heidi, Ella, and I hopped in the car and headed to Pigeon. We met my parents in Birch Run to do a bit of shopping at the outlet malls, and then we went to dinner. We just opted for Applebees, as there really isn't much to choose from in Birch Run (although I was really pulling for Halo Burger or Tony's). Anyway, as we were waiting for our table, Heidi asked me to run back out to the car to get Ella's food (mashed up green beans was the entree for Ella tonight...in case you cared to know). As I was approaching our car, I hit the remote to unlock the door. You can imagine my surprise when not only did the lights on my car flash, but so did the lights on the car parked two spots away. At first, I thought it must be a coincidence as the owner of that car must be on his way to leave. I looked around and realized that I was the only one in the parking lot. So, I hit the button again...sure enough, my remote worked for another car. So, I did what anyone in my situation would do...I hit the start button to see if the engine would start. After the two second delay, both my car and the other car started up. I smiled, thinking of all the fun things I could do with this discovery. And, if I had more time, I'm sure I would have done all of those things. But, I decided to stop the engine, grab the green beans and go eat some supper. Pretty anti-climactic, I know, but some things are better left undone.
Last weekend I had to work. On Saturday it was pretty busy...meeting with a few new clients, giving tours of Stone Falls of Ada, signing leases with new residents, etc. So, much to my surprise, I came back to the office after a tour and there were three freshly-baked cookies on my desk. Now, part of our policy at work is that we leave the office unlocked when we give a tour so that if anyone happens to drop in, they can wait in the comfort of a warm room on a comfortable couch. So, after thinking about it, I realized that anyone...and I mean anyone could have given left those cookies for me. Which, in turn, caused me to start running through a list of people who I thought might be out to get me. Thankfully that list was short, and I came to the conclusion that if there were indeed any people who might dislike me enough to get me, they would probably rather pull some prank on me (like TPing my house or seran-wrapping my car) rather than give me cookies laced with anything that might cause bodily harm. So, I ate the wonderful cookies and forgot about it.
On Tuesday, our leasing agent, Sarah, came into work in the afternoon. She asked me how I liked the cookies that she left. Mystery solved! It was a simple kind gesture. This made me think that I'm really glad I don't have any sworn enemies. Even the people who probably don't like me much really don't carry much animosity towards me. That's a good thing...and makes me a little more comfortable eating mystery cookies on a work weekend.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
In no particular order (except for the first two)...
for my wife
for my daughter
for my family
for my in-laws (seriously...no joke)
for my house
for my job
for my church (seriously...no joke...hard to believe, huh?)
for naps with Ella
for deep fried turkey
for deep fried anything for that matter
for my Ford Contour that has 183,000 miles on it and is still running strong
for the grace of God
for healing and restoration
for the laughter of a 6 month old girl
for the incredible friendship of The Good Reverend
for my grandma's improved health
for my grandpa's sense of humor
for Marie Catrib
for The Green Well
for Big Bob
for Mister Pizza
for Tacos El Caporal
for Real Food Cafe