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3 Things: Day 7

1) There is a calmness that descends upon the house when the Toilet Paper Stash is at full capacity.

2) I used the seat warmers today for school drop-off.

3) A full gas tank makes me smile and plot my escape. …then I remember that I love it here and drive home instead.

3 Things: Day 6

1) Venturing outside without my boot! So far, so good. I’m cautiously optimistic. (Yes, “two weeks” was almost “two months!!”) Honestly, I’m so giddy I could dance a jig, but that may qualify as “overdoing it.”

2) I love our Grocery Store at 7:45am. I love being back into the “I get groceries after I drop Claire off for school on Monday morning” Routine. Wanna know who else goes to the store at 7:45am on a Monday? Hardly anyone. True story.

3) Freshly attended-to eyebrows. Now, the villagers can put away their torches & pitchforks, and my neighbors can sleep through the night.

3 Things: Day 5

1) Claire has her homework packet done for the week! She’ll still have Math homework every night and a Geography test on Friday to study for, but this is a huge weight lifted.

2) Claire’s Halloween Costume has arrived, and it’s hanging in the laundry room unbeknownst to her. It’s a surprise for her & perfect! Want a hint? All I have to find is a golden lasso. 😉

3) I LOVE ticking major things off my To Do List! (…and not just the things above!) Yeah!

3 Things: Day 4

1) Merlin and Jasper turned the ripe old age of THIRTEEN on Wednesday. We sang happy birthday to them, and promised to get them a new toy out of the stash when we all had time to enjoy it. They’re not picky, so they were accommodating to our new school schedule, and Claire picked one out last night. (Yes, we have a drawer full of cat toys. Don’t judge.) Merlin & Jasper transformed into crazed beasts. They batted that mouse around all night and then told me as soon as I got up this morning that it was stuck under the closet door in the hallway. Seeing them play like this reminds me of when they were kittens, and I can’t believe it was so long ago!

2) “When I got up this morning” was 9:30am. It’s not my preferred Crack of Noon on the weekends, but it was a welcome change to the Back-to-school routine! Refreshing!

3) Claire is helping Dad replace a toilet! They’re not working on just the innards (she already knows how all those work – yes, really!), but the whole shebang! (You know it’s a good project when you can use the word shebang!) How is this a positive thing? There is a power that comes from demystifying a toilet. Trust me. 😉

3 Things: Day 3

1) Ray’s. Glazed. Donuts. Lamar’s.

2) Claire scared me half-to-death when she came bopping into my room this morning, humming a little tune. She told me about everything she and Dad did while I was at my meeting last night: First she read her book! Then they watched Wonder Woman! Then they played with the remote control cars on the track in the backyard! Then they played Bocce in the same track! Then they lounged in the hammock! Then she went to bed promptly at 8pm! I don’t even care if that last one was fudged a bit, because, well, see the first sentence behind the “2)” above.

3) Friday.

3 Things: Day 2

I’ve got my 3 positive things, and it’s not even 10am yet. (Last week, at this time, I wasn’t even out of bed by 10am. No, this isn’t one of my 3 things. Haha!)

1) I had a meeting at the school today at 8am, and as requested, I dropped Claire off using the drop-off lane and then circled back around and parked. I waited until the doors opened to venture to the school. Her independence makes me smile, and I can’t wait to tell my grandkids about what a rascal she was as a little girl.

2) I have found the point in a report where the report becomes exciting. There is a cycle with these things: I was told to do it, and it was daunting, but I took it on with a smile. I felt overwhelmed but excited to get started. I got even more overwhelmed, but trudged ahead, determined to make sense of things. I discovered a key piece, and the rainbow appeared and birds started signing. Now, I’m giddy to get it completed. Don’t tell anyone, or they’ll make me do more reports.

3) I checked my mailbox in the office at the school. Because I’m on the Board of Directors, I HAVE A MAILBOX IN THE OFFICE AT THE SCHOOL. This still tickles me to no end.

3 Things: Day 1

My friend tagged me in a challenge on Facebook. Normally, I don’t participate in these types of things, but I like the message behind this one, and it’s something that I’ve been doing for years anyway: noticing the positive things. It’s true; we find that which we seek, and I dig positivity, man.

So, every day for the next week or so, I’ll be posting 3 things that have made me smile today. I’m supposed to tag people, and I’ve done so, but anyone can play along, and if those people don’t have time to post to FB every day, I hope they still try to find 3 positive things, because when you look, you find them, and who doesn’t like things that make them happy? Amazing how that works. 😉

Without further ado:

1) I got all the recycling out to the curb BEFORE the trash company got here. They come on Thursdays. Recycling is every-other-week-and-which-is-this-week-I-know-let’s-just-panic-when-we-hear-the-truck just wasn’t working for us, so I put it on my calendar for Wednesday nights. Yes, really. Now, my neighbors don’t get to see a crazy redhead dashing to the curb in who-knows-what on Thursday mornings. You’re welcome.

2) We are getting into the school routine, and a calmness has descended upon us. The cogs are whirring nicely. I love this feeling.

3) Dad and Claire are watching an episode of Wonder Woman, and I can hear them giggling. I know that they’re giggling for entirely different reasons, and that makes me smile.


We bought Sue almost 3 years ago now. She’s still under warranty, both by mileage and by years. We’ve not had any major issues & every experience we’ve had with our Subaru dealership has been fantastic. As we were driving across eastern Colorado (or western Nebraska, they do blend together out there), we heard a pop and a crack formed instantaneously in the windshield. Great!

I took a picture of it with my phone, mainly to record the time and date it happened, but I’m not going to post it. It’s boring, and it made me want to cry.

Sue is fancy-schmancy. Bells and whistles? She has ‘em. Windshields on vehicles that ring and sing are roughly $400. (I checked the estimates when we got home. Ugh.)

I was MAD and SAD, but then I remembered something…

I had a vague memory of a windshield being covered somehow. My husband scoffed. Literally, laughed at me. But, that didn’t deter me. When we got back from our 10-day Roadtrip, I looked through our Auto Insurance Policy, and it wasn’t there. I made my hubby get the file we have on Sue, entitled “SUE”…yes, we take the names of our cars seriously…

He grumbled.
Windshields are never free.
This is Colorado! Who DOESN’T crack a windshield here?!
Offering such a thing would be silly…for them.
Awesome for us…and Murphy rarely lets us plan these things out in advance.

…but I had a niggling memory of us cackling about such a thing when we got Sue.

Guess what I found tucked in the envelope, amongst the stacks of papers we got when we bought her?

Full windshield coverage.
Yes. Really.

We’d paid their fee at the time of purchase, giggling about how we were spending less than the price of a new windshield for something that would surely happen, and voila!

FREE WINDSHIELD almost three years later.
In his defense, it WASN’T free…we had paid *something* but not even close to the cost of a windshield.

The scary part is how close I was to just scheduling the replacement. I’m so glad I didn’t!

I called the 800-number on the paperwork, and the wheels have been set in motion, and I think they’ll be using the same company I almost called on my own. I’m so glad I kept up the search for what my husband thought was non-existent paperwork.

Fingers crossed that the process is just as easy from here on out.


Upward Swing

I’ve officially become one of those people you see drive up & park, and then they take time to put a weird contraption on their foot or leg and hobble to the building. You’re thinking, “What!? How can that person drive!?” You judge. I know I do!

Well, I have a whole new outlook now. My doctor approved it for relatively short distances, and as long as I’m very careful and have the right driving footwear, it’s not so bad. I mean, it only hurts when I use the accelerator or the brake pedal. 😉

That said, it hurts less than before the boot, so I daresay things are in an upward swing.

Imaginary Problems

My Tech Guy did some updating for me here on The Casual Perfectionist, and I’ve spent the day polishing, tweaking, and shaking my fist at problems, both real and imaginary. (Only a blogger could understand imaginary problems. Yes, they exist.)

I’ve been writing over here for over 7 years now, and I’ve had so much fun going back through the archives. Oh, the memories! (Well, that WAS the reason I started writing in the first place…to capture those stories.)

Any guesses as to how many posts there are?


…so, I had just a few to sort through.