This Week Ten Years Ago + 1 Week

The Week of 5/7/2006

Witty one liner: Be nice to your kids…they’ll choose your nursing home.

Quote of the week: “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” – Danny Kaye

Planner Quote: “A little nonsense now & then is relished by the wisest man.” – Roald Dahl

Offbeat oddity (courtesy of the planner):  With 200 million insects for every human, it’s good that we have millions of bug-loving birds and bats!


Hey Ya’ll! Sorry that I didn’t get this out to you last week, it was finals and I was completely swamped and in a weird headspace, but here is last week’s edition of This Week Ten Years Ago!

I really like this witty one liner and my sister and I still use it to tease my mother every now and then. It’s really true, you need to be nice to your kids because they determine whether or not you end up in a nursing home or living with them, typically. It feels like people don’t always remember this and do horrible, terrible things to their kids while they are growing up and then are completely shocked when their children do not visit them in the hospital or at their nursing homes. I know the good, Christian thing is to forgive and forget, and elder abuse is a real thing that is despicable, but there is a part of me that wonders if some of the sad, bitter, old people in these homes and hospitals aren’t reaping what they sowed decades earlier upon vulnerable children.

I think both of the quotes that are listed above are accurate and how I strive to live my life. As much as I could probably spend the rest of my life in my apartment watching TV and reading books, I get up and out and try new things – the paint you throw on the canvas. I try to be silly and have fun and not be too serious all the time. This past week, despite the stress and the procrastination and the lack of sleep was one I will cherish because on Thursday I was absolutely ridiculous with The Boyfriend and he was silly right back at me. On Saturday we went out to Ikea and then out to a movie (Captain America: Civil War, I might write a massive rant about MCU and Civil War so beware) and when I realized that I wouldn’t be able to make the recipe I had found due to a marinade issue we didn’t get upset and instead ordered pizza and rented a movie. I lived and went with the flow which is something that can be disturbingly difficult for me to do.

The offbeat oddity is interesting to me because I was just talking to a coworker who is leaving about getting a bat house for her new home because it will attract bats to eat all the bugs. Which reminds me of how Friday night I was crossing the street and talking to The Boyfriend, very sarcastically, about how we all need to be terrified of Zika coming to the US via mosquitoes. Another pedestrian exclaimed, No! Not Zika! And without missing a beat and still walking away from him, I called over my shoulder that it was the hysterical media and that there was no danger and it would be just like the Ebola crisis. But then I admitted to my boyfriend that I wouldn’t be surprised if Zika did become a problem here due to the major prevalence of mosquitoes in the USA. So…..lots of bug spray this summer!

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