Every once in a while I have a week where I learn so many new things and I get so excited to share them with you all. So, from now on, whenever one of those weeks arise, I’ll do a Friday post listing the great and not-so-great life lessons from the past seven days.
1. Just when I thought Extreme Couponing was over and done with, I found out there is another season in the works. And now there is a show called High Stakes Sweepers, which documents those obessed with entering contests and sweepstakes. Help me, Rhonda.
2. The excitement of getting your child ready for the first day of school, and first time on the bus, will fade as soon as they wave to you from the bus window. I’m proud that I didn’t cry, but I missed the bugger all day and so did his sister. I just might pull my hair out when I have to leave him for 3 to 6 months.
3. Yeah, I’m off to fight the war. For serious. This is something I “learned” for sure this week and it hasn’t sent our world upside down just yet. That other shoe is dangling though and I don’t know what’s going to happen when it drops.
4. Just when I see my pantry and freezer becoming empty, a great sale, or two or three, pops up and refills it to the brim. I don’t know why I continue to learn this life lesson but I do. Anything empty nowadays makes me antsy, mostly because of the economy and the latest treatment we couponers have endured because of the show mentioned in lesson number 1.
5. People and companies will continue to surprise you, in a good or bad way. I’ve won some pretty awesome things lately just for following companies on twitter and facebook and yet I’ve been treated poorly by a company who owed me a 50.00 prize over 2 months ago. You would think that they would recognize the effect of “word of mouth” has been for companies in the past few years and work harder to actually honor their word. Guess not. I’m dying to know how this will pan out.
6. Men do think and have feelings. Heck, they may even sit you down and have a talk about those feelings without you asking them to. It’s rare, but it does happen. And I like it.
7. A “kiss” from a cat is almost as good as a peek at heaven. For some reason, my kitty boo has been giving me lots of kisses lately. I think he senses that Mom is about to lose her sh!t in the next few weeks from thinking about all that is going on. He’s my favorite furry baby.
8. Unless you say something, no one’s going to know about what you do with your time and how you live your life. This became clear to me when I was recently talking with my Mother and she talked about starting a blog. Well, she talked to me about starting “a thing called a blog” like I didn’t know what it was and haven’t been blogging for 4 years. I realized that I never officially told her about my blogging! Or at least I don’t think I did. That was indeed an A-ha moment.
9. I’ve haven’t taken enough advantage of the friends that live near me; before you know it, they may be moving far away from you. One of my good friends, and the Duchess’s GodMother, is moving halfway across the country in a few months. We’ve done a good job of hanging out and keeping up with each other, but, at least for me, it’s never been enough. I don’t have a quantity of friends, but I have quality friends, and knowing that one of my best ones won’t be around to see whenever I want will be hard. It does give Duchess and I a reason to travel to see her, but my heart still aches at the fact that she won’t be two towns over.
10. 9/11 is still changing my life. Besides the fact that the day we won’t forget caused my world to turn upside down, it’s still causing a ruckus. I’m so proud to serve my country, but I’m so angry that not only me but other people that I care about have to put their lives on the line. Upset that we have to cause our family to worry sick about us and our safety while we are gone. Pissed that we still don’t know when we will be able to bring all the troops home. Life isn’t fair, I guess, but life’s events sometimes deserve a swift kick in the nuts. I have to admit, the anger does get me fired up to fight the good fight. Never Forget….