Day 671

1. Accomplishing things at an easy pace.  A nice yin/yang balance.

2. Hearing a great quote on a podcast this afternoon: “You can mess up a good conversation if you notice obvious differences.  It’s more creative to make connections and find ways to relate [versus focus on differences].”  LOVE this.  

3. Experiencing an amazing example of “small world syndrome.”  Specifically:

  • My yoga teacher has a friend that plays broom ball.  When she learned that my husband also plays broom ball (because I happened to mention a competition that my sweetie was playing at that she was attending later that same day [to watch/support her friend]), my yoga teacher told me her friend’s name so that I could in turn relay the info my husband.
  • Fast forward six months.  Last night my husband learned that the broom ball-playing-friend-of-my-yoga teacher will be in Japan in November for the international competition.  But the broom ball-playing-yoga-teacher-friend isn’t on the Minnesota team (which is the team my husband is playing for), so how can the yoga-teacher-friend be attending the international competition?  Turns out the yoga-teacher-friend is an ice fisherman who does a lot of work in Alaska – and some of his friends who play on the Alaska team asked him if he wanted to play on their team.

So the broom ball-playing-friend-of-my-yoga teacher, my sweetie, and I will all be halfway across the world together later this year – with absolutely zero orchestration by any of us. How crazy is that??  Now we just need my yoga teacher to come on the trip; she would complete the circle!

small world

Stef

Day 670

1. Playing a fun game at the request of my sister: How many artists can you correctly identify in the 1985 USA for Africa – We Are The World video?  (My response is at the very bottom of this post for anyone who is interested; but don’t read it before you play the game yourself!)  :) 

2. Coming home from a walk just before the rain arrived.  

3. Seeing the largest rainbow I have ever had the joy of witnessing.  It was stunning.

Many thanks to my sweetie for capturing this image (since my phone doesn't have a panorama option).  Look at the size of this amazing arc!

Many thanks to my sweetie for capturing this image (since my phone doesn’t have a panorama option).  Look at the size of this amazing arc!

Stef

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We Are The World Performers
(in order of appearance)

Lionel Richie
Stevie Wonder
Paul Simon
Kenny Rogers
[Don’t know {0:59}]
Tina Turner
Billy Joel
Michael Jackson
Diana Ross
[Don’t know – but I know that I should! {1:47}]*
Willie Nelson
[Don’t know {2:08}]
The Boss! (Aka Bruce Springsteen)
[Don’t know x3 {2:19-2:38}]
Back to MJ
Huey Lewis! Sweet.
Cyndi Lauper! Awesome.
[Don’t know – but I know that I should know her, too! {3:00}]
Damn, talk about a powerhouse crew. Truly a moment in time to be so, so proud of.
Bob Dylan! Fantastic!!      
Ray Charles
Bette Midler snuck in there! (And did Rainn Wilson, too?) ;)
[Absolutely no idea. {6:13}]

 *Once the credits scrolled at the end, I saw that the woman at 1:47 was Dionne Warwick.

For the very curious, a full list of performers is available here.

Day 669

1. Feeling accomplished after spending 90 minutes weeding the yard.  I’m not a huge “gardening” fan – but there is something soothing about slowly chipping away at a situation, and seeing tangible results of the effort immediately afterwards.  It feels good to allow order to emerge from former chaos.

2. Hearing a podcast about a man who had every reason in the world to feel alone – but who realized that in fact, none of us are ever alone.  If you have 19 minutes and want to hear a humorous storyteller convey an incredibly interesting tale, I recommend  listening to Mike Massimino’s “A View of the Earth”.

3. Receiving powerful wisdom from an unexpected source. 

delight_fear is a liar

Yes.

Stef

Day 668

1. Reading a terrific quote: “How we get to tomorrow is not pre-determined.  [We all] make the choices that shape tomorrow.  So let’s make smart choices.”  ~Wendy Jones, Director of Education at the Minnesota Historical Society

2. Engaging in the following exchange with my sweetie:

MS: How do you feel about a detached garage?
ME: How detached is it?
MS: It won’t even talk to you.

Hilarious!  I laughed out loud.

3. Clicking on an apparently broken link on a non-profit’s website – and being taken to this terrific 404 page:

deights_error message

In these times when blame and accusation are so often the default, it feels genuinely good to have someone else apologize first – even if that someone else is an unknown, behind-the-scenes individual.

Stef

Day 667

1. Learning a new way to fold towels.  I love that 1) I can continue to experience improvements to my life in all sorts of ways, and 2) I am willing to change a 20-year habit and embrace a new way of doing things.  I hope I never lose that curiosity OR willingness!

2. Hearing church bells chime on the hour – and then play a lovely little tune.  I don’t know what the song was, but I like to think it was a hymn about thanks and gratitude.

3. Seeing a super cute little dog at the groomers.  (A Maltese-Chihuahua mix.)  She was very spunky, yet still personable and well-mannered.  SO cute!

maltese chihuahua mix

Stef

Day 665

Spending the day at the state fair*, and:

1. Getting to be close to a whole bunch of different animals.

Hi sweetie.

Hi sweetie.

2. Eating a medley of foods that were rather tasty, not horrible nutritionally, and 100% vegan!

My first fair food - it was SO tasty.

My first fair food.  It was SO tasty.

3. Riding on the Giant Slide.  Fast, but fun!

Yes, this is me.  :)

Yes, this is me. :)

Stef

*A detailed write-up about my fair experience will be posted within the next few days at my other blog, should you be curious about it.

Day 664

1. Learning of the existence of National History Day. (It’s described as a “science fair for the subject of history”).  Kind of cool!

2. Learning about a very impressive word-translation app called Word Lens.  Check out the video (1 min); I was amazed!

3. Seeing a comic designed for word nerds.  Of course I laughed.  

delights_to funny

Stef

Day 663

1. Enjoying perfect weather – especially after the miserable conditions the city endured just 24 hours prior!  (Yesterday the temps were in the 90s [F] and the humidity was 78% [literally]; today the weather was 78 degrees [F] with dry air and a gentle breeze.  Perfection!)

2. Seeing two 12-year-old boys perform the ALS #IceBucketChallenge.  It was hilarious to see their reactions live, and equally humorous to watch them watch themselves via their videos.

3. Walking past a car whose owner clearly has a sense of humor:

If you squint, you might be able to see a rather sizable dent next to the rear brake light - which the "whoops" sticker is covering.

If you squint, you might be able to see a rather sizable dent next to the rear brake light – which the “whoops” sticker is covering.

Apparently duct tape isn't the only machine cure-all; looks like a little comic book decoupage can repair blemishes, too.

Apparently duct tape isn’t the only machine cure-all; looks like a little comic book decoupage can repair blemishes, too.

Stef

Day 662

1. Watching an Inside the Actors Studio tribute to Robin Williams.  I laughed aloud for 36 of the show’s 43 minutes.  What a brilliant and wildly talented man.

2. Witnessing my ALS #IceBucketChallenge cross oceans, and reach people in England, Spain, and Australia.  So wonderful!

3. Seeing a terrific image shared by one of my blogging friends.  She’s a fantastic photographer; you should check her out.  :)

Thanks Ruth!

Thanks Ruth!

Stef

Day 661

1. Learning that all 6th grade students in the state are eligible to receive a year-long pass that provides FREE admission to all historic sites and museums in the state (during non-school hours only), with no limit on the number of visits.  Amazing!

2. Seeing a clever garage/yard sale sign.  It read: “Spoiled adults and kids sale.”  Perfect.  :)

3. As I approached a police vehicle (with flashing lights) behind a car that had stopped on the side of the road, I saw that the civilian car had a flat tire – but more interestingly, that the civilian who was presumably driving the car was now on the side of the road, changing out of his jeans/t-shirt and into a Scottish kilt.  Um, okay…?  Even more interesting, the police officer was nowhere to be found.  A crazy, crazy scene – one that definitely made me go, “Hmm.”

This sign was nowhere to be found on my drive...

This sign was nowhere to be found on my drive…

Stef