It’s not even!

I HAD to laugh when I saw this.  It’s sooooo me.

I like things even.  All things.

I’m bothered if a painting or picture isn’t level.  For the bridal party in our wedding, the ladies all had the same dress, same shoes, same jewelry, same bouquets.  I never set my alarm on an odd number, nor do I like the thermostats in my house and car being odd numbers.

I’m weird about some things, I know.  But isn’t everyone??

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Cheers!

SMR

 

It happens.

Wednesday Words!  In honor of a day that began with some not-so-fun things (that NOW I can laugh at…wasn’t laughing this morning for sure), I present to you Sugarland’s “It Happens”.  Makes me shake my head and smile 🙂

(Doesn’t look like there’s an official music video, but search for it on YouTube or iTunes if you want to hear it.)

Missed my alarm clock ringing
Woke up, telephone screaming
Boss man singing his same old song

Rolled in late about an hour
No cup of coffee, no shower
Walk of shame with two different shoes on

Now it’s poor me, why me, oh me, boring
Boring the same old worn out blah blah story
There’s no good explanation for it at all

Ain’t no rhyme or reason
No complicated meaning
Ain’t no need to over think it
Let go laughing
Life don’t go quite like you planned it
We try so hard to understand it
The irrefutable, indisputable fact is
Pshh It happens

My trusty-rusty had a flat
I borrowed my neighbors Cadillac
“I’ll be right back,” going down to Wally World
That yellowed light turned red too quickly
Knew that truck the moment it hit me
Out stepped my ex and his new girl
“Sorry ’bout your neck baby”

But it is poor me, why me, oh me
Boring the same old worn out blah blah story
There is no good explanation for it at all

Ain’t no rhyme or reason
No complicated meaning
Ain’t no need to over think it
Let go laughing

Life don’t go quite like you planned it
We try so hard to understand it
The irrefutable, indisputable fact is
Pssh it happens

Ain’t no rhyme or reason
No complicated meaning
Ain’t no need to over think it
Let go laughing

Life don’t go quite like you planned it
We try so hard to understand it
The irrefutable, indisputable fact is
It happens
Yeah, the irrefutable, indisputable, absoluteable, totally beautiful fact is…pshh, it happens

Cheers!

SMR

People are crazy.

Music Mondays!

As an ode to the seemingly endless amount of cray cray going on in the world – both good and notsogood – here’s Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy”.

Love this song for two reasons:

  1. The line at the end of the chorus – “God is great, beer is good…and people are crazy”.  Soooo true, on all accounts.  I’d personally like it more if it said tequila, rum, or vodka were good…but that’s besides the point 🙂
  2. Another message in the story of the song – sometimes the littlest things you do for people have a lasting impression and mean the most.
  3. BONUS – Billy Currington’s a cutie, isn’t he??

Lyrics are pasted below, courtesy of AZlyrics.com, along with the YouTube video.  (If the video doesn’t show up in email, click the link included to go to YouTube.)

This old man and me
were at the bar and we
Were having us some beers
and swapping I-don’t-cares
Talking politics,
blonde and red-head chicks
Old dogs and new tricks
and habits we ain’t kicked

We talked about God’s grace
and all the hell we raised
Then I heard the ol’ man say,
“God is great, beer is good and people are crazy.”

He said, “I fought two wars,
Been married and divorced.”
What brings you to Ohio?
He said, “Damned if I know.”
We talked an hour or two
About every girl we knew
What all we put ’em through
Like two old boys’ll do

We pondered life and death
He lit a cigarette
He said, “These damn things’ll kill me yet.
But God is great, beer is good and people are crazy.”

Last call, it’s 2 AM,
I said goodbye to him
I never talked to him again

Then one sunny day,
I saw the old man’s face
Front page obituary,
he was a millionaire
he left his fortune to
some guy he barely knew,
his kids were mad as hell
But me, I’m doing well

And I dropped by today
to just say thanks and pray,
and I left a six-pack right there on his grave
and I said, “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.”

God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.
God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.

Cheers!

SMR

 

“I don’t believe in ‘I can’t’.”

This is what band teacher Gina Christopherson told her student Ethan when he tried to quit the school’s band.

Ethan has a muscle disease that weakens his body over time.  He didn’t want to hold his classmates back when he started lagging behind others, so he told his teacher, “I really hate to do this, but I have to quit band.”

She refused to accept that and worked to find a way for Ethan to continue participating in his favorite school activity.

Read the USA Today story here and check out the YouTube video below.

Roots.

Wednesday Words!  I saw this on Pinterest recently, and it made me reflect on all of the relationships I have in my life.

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I think this appropriate for any number of relationships – significant others, friends, family members, colleagues…people who have been around since you were born, those you grew up with, newer people you meet as you cross into major life changes like going to college, first jobs, etc.

People will always come and go in your life.  Some stay for a long time – even for a lifetime – while others will be around only for a few days, months, years.  People evolve as life evolves.  Change happens.  Growing apart happens.  It’s completely natural.

I struggled with this for a long time.  Change can be difficult for me, especially when it comes to friends and family.  But at some point, you simply just have to let it go.  (cue Idina Menzel’s voice here)

To quote my mom, “c’est la vie”.  Translation?  That’s life.  Those who are meant to stay in your circle as someone you have a close bond with will, and others will fade.  It happens.  The sooner you accept it, the better.  Otherwise you’ll be sad and frustrated…tired of hearing the word ‘no’ when trying to make plans and almost feeling a twinge of rejection…wondering often ‘what in the world has happened to us’…and thinking ‘how much longer should I even try?’  This mindset isn’t good.  Been there, done that, and realized it wasn’t accomplishing anything.

Instead, cherish the memories, fun stories, and good times with those folks who are fading or are gone, and SMILE.

Then go spend time with and enjoy the people in your life right now.  Live in the present.  Life is too damn short to do anything else.  Because what I’ve realized over time is…

Relationships can’t be forced, no matter how long or how hard you try.

BUT…I love the reminder of the image above -no matter where life takes you and how things change, your roots will always be tangled 🙂

Cheers!

SMR

 

‘Open up your vocabulary, people.’

Wednesday Words, courtesy of Cleveland Brown’s cornerback Joe Haden.

“Open up your vocabulary, people.”

http://espn.go.com/specialolympics/story/_/id/13274591/special-olympics-world-games-cleveland-joe-haden-speaks-r-word

Haden is a Special Olympics Global Ambassador, the first NFL player to have such an honor.  I first heard the story of Joe and his brother Jacob a few weeks ago when I caught an interview on ESPN during coverage of the Special Olympics World Games.  Their story is a powerful one, and I encourage everyone to check out the interview in the clip above in addition to reading the article.

Joe Haden is part of the movement Spread the word to end the word, related to the use of the R-word.  (I won’t even type the word here because I HATE it with a passion.  Always have, always will.  And I’m not someone who throws around the ‘hate’ word often.)

According to their website:

The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.  Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.  Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.  Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.

I love this campaign and made my pledge the moment I heard about it.  Will you consider doing the same?

If you didn’t have a chance to check out the TV coverage on ESPN about the Special Olympics World Games, there are TONS of awesome stories about the athletes online.  I personally can’t wait for the next World Games in 2017!

Cheers,

SMR