Monday, October 04, 2010

Ya Wanna Know What Makes Things Better?

Ok, so really there is more I could add to the gear grinding list and I am sure you'd all agree with me.  Thanks also for your various submissions as to what grinds your gears.  I agree with all of you...

I don't have a lot of time for thoughtful, creative posts full of artistic merit, inspirational thought, or rib tickling hilarity the past few days, weeks...whatever.  Today I'm just going to balance out things a bit and go over some recent things that do the opposite of grinding my gears.  A kind of count, I suppose.

  • Having a coworker I can call for a ride when my car craps out.
  • Having a friend who is getting rid of a car and who thinks of offering it to me first since she knows Mr. Lime and I drive vehicles that are held together with coat hangers, bubble gum, and prayer.
  • Having another friend who helps get Calypso to and from school on the days I work 10 hours since my kid is only attending school half days.
  • The same friend who graciously functions as a taxi driver has a garage full of tools and a head full of mechanical knowledge and lets us use both to keep our coat-hangered, bubble-gummed, prayed over vehicles running.
  • AAA 
  • Panera Bread's Mozzarella and Tomato Paninis and Garden Vegetable with Pesto Soup....for when I work 10 hours after putting a crock pot of chili on at 6am and every last bite has been eaten by the time I get home.
  • At least seeing the kitchen has been cleaned up well even if they didn't leave anything for me to eat.
  • The Panera girl who gives me a bonus card.
  • My gigantic rice filled heating pad I can sling over my shoulders.
  • My bargain basement memory foam mattress topper I found a couple weeks ago for $30 on clearance...and with that I bid you all goodnight.
But don't forget to let me know what sorts of things soothes you after your gears have been grinding relentlessly.


G-Man said...

I love this post Trini....
So Positive!!
Good things are coming your way.
I can feel it...G

G-Man said...

And Yahtzee's are coming My way!!

Anonymous said...

The good balances out the bad doesn't it? ~ Jazz

for a different kind of girl said...

Panera...sigh. I could go for some bread, just bread of any kind, right this second. Apparently carbs are my comfort!

Beach Bum said...

If we are talking close to home a good movie on the DVD, plenty of tortilla chips, salsa, caso, sour cream, sliced jalapeño peppers, and beer.

Craver Vii said...

Dove's dark chocolate.

Holding my wife's hand while we are in the grocery store.

Slapping my alarm clock on a cold Saturday morning and staying in bed for a little while longer.

Making a baby smile or laugh.

When animals are comfortable with me, even though they're tense around other people.

Dry wines.

Cricket said...

...what sorts of things soothe you after your gears have been grinding relentlessly?

On a good day, a hug from my children, maybe a quick prayer, or even a short walk in the sun.

On a bad day? Whiskey, my friend. Good Irish whiskey.

Cocotte said...

Another Panera lover here, esp. the tomato bisque. But what is a bonus card??

Craig said...

You've got some REALLY good friends, luv - major blessedness, right there. . .

And those rice bags are amazing, aren't they?

And I'm also wondering if Craver and I aren't lost cousins, or something; at least as far as holding hands with my wife, and the Dove Dark. Altho I'm more of a fruity wine afficionado. . .


WordVer = 'imess'; is that some kind of pocket-size electronic chaos generator, or something? Or maybe just a description of my desktop?

furiousBall said...

I appreciate how much joy you derive from Panera. Not that I'm a huge fan of the place (they're great tho). I just think it's great when people get happy from things they see every day/week. Good on you.

Kat said...

Little children who sleep peacefully in their beds despite a broken arm and colds.

A hot bath.

Seeing pretty leaves out my window. Oooo.

Suldog said...

Ah, now we're talking.

Hearing "I Love You" from a spouse, friend, or anyone, really.

Getting a nice neck rub or back rub.

Watching a particularly good comedy.

Just sitting out back in the yard, listening to the various birds and animals, under a starlit sky, and wondering at the brilliance of all that God has wrought.

Knowing that I have a warm bed, a well-stocked refrigerator, a loving spouse, and so many other things that most in this world would give up much to have.

I could go on, but we'd really get into minutia. Just about anything I have and love, when I stop to think about how lucky I am to have it, qualifies as something to soothe me.

S said...

There is nothing like a good old trip out back to take out the trash, right gman, to soothe me!

Eric Alder said...

Nice to see a little balance to the gear-grinding, Lime. Life's all about balance, y'know!

WizzyTheStick said...

a home cooked meal, full of soul and love and spices that was not cooked by me.

Jocelyn said...

You do see how many people are disposed to treat you well, don't you? Friends, Panera workers, etc.

They're repaying what you put out there.