Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Simple Things (Feb. 26, 2006)

You know, sometimes it’s easy to spend a lot of time focusing on the negative stuff in life. I mean, really, there’s just a lot of . . . well, crap that goes on from day to day. But, on the other hand, there’s also an awful lot of good stuff, too, and, every once in a while, it can’t hurt to think about that. Here are just a few recent examples . . .

Today, we visited our local library system’s annual book sale. It’s a huge thing, held at one of the state fairground buildings; hundreds of thousands of books, all laid out for browsing. And the best part? Cheap prices that are easy to keep track of: paperbacks for fifty cents, hardbacks a dollar. And, if you’re in the mood for a grab bag, you can get a whole box of books for five bucks. So, we browsed around for a while, picking up the odds and ends that would strike our fancy, and—of course—one grab bag. We got home with a grand total of fifty-eight books (at least fifty of which are hardbacks) for the ridiculous sum of $24.50. How much fun is that?

A couple of weeks ago, the first season of Hardcastle and McCormick—one of my favorite television shows ever—was released on DVD. Oh the joy of crystal clear video and a nicely restored audio track, even if it is mono. And, rumor has it that the other two seasons will be released before year’s end. Very cool.

While browsing the net the other day, I ran across an uplifting story about a high school kid in New York who got to have a very special moment. My friend, Owl, says it’s just proof of the existence of God, and she may be right about that. Click here to decide for yourself.

Next week, my best friend, Kim, and I are going to have a girl’s night out. We’re gonna go see Rascal Flatts in concert, probably have some really excellent Mexican food, and all in all just have a good time. And how great is it that the concert coincides with the date of our anniversary? We’ve been friends now for . . . um . . . she might have to help me out here. Twenty-three years? Maybe it’s twenty-four. (Sorry, Kim.) Either way, it’s a relationship that pre-dates our current jobs, our kids, even our significant others. When people talk about the type of bedrock relationships that see you through life, this is what they’re talking about.

Yesterday I worked my last regularly scheduled Saturday for at least a few months, hopefully longer than that. There’s just something about working on the weekends, when my husband and son are home, that really bothers me, so I’m glad to be getting a break from it for at least a while. And, to make it even better, when I left for work yesterday morning, there was a herd of deer on my front lawn. Well, okay, not really a herd, but there were four of them, and there’s just something sort of cool about seeing wild animals out in the darkness of your own front yard.

So, those are the things that are making me smile today, and that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. I’ve got a lot of good stuff going on, and it really just never hurts to stop and remember that from time to time.