“…pure randomness.”

29 Nov

Whelp, sad day everyone…I didn’t win the lottery.

In fact, out of the 5 tickets I had, I only had one number correct – out of 30 numbers!  Luck was not a lady to me yesterday.  Oh well, what can you do?  Good thing I still know how very blessed I am to have the things in my life that really matter like family, friends, good health, and a stable job.  Of course half a billion dollars wouldn’t have hurt to win, but still.  They say there’s a curse to winning the lotto anyways.  I don’t need that kind of stress. ha

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The other night, Joseph and I grilled duck from some that he had shot this season.  I thought it was really delicious and tender.  Joseph had a different experience…

Joseph duck and the birdshot he “discovered.”

While we were eating, Joseph took a bite of his duck and chomped down on something hard.  He swore there was birdshot (aka a shotgun pellet) but when he looked, he couldn’t find anything.  I thought he was nuts until I went to give the scrap piece to Duddley and just happened to notice the pellet.  Apparently that is why there are warning labels on the boxes of birdshot about chipping teeth…

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I have a lot of files at work that I have to go through on a pretty regular basis.  When messing with files, paper cuts are inevitable, at least to me.  And it’s never the regular paper cuts…it’s the big, thick, file-folder paper cuts that bleed and feel like you have for sure severed your finger.

As some of you may know, I use hand sanitizer quite often.  And as ALL of you know, hand sanitizer and paper cuts DO NOT MIX!!

Somehow, I forget this EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

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You know how I said the people at my bus stop call me the Jinx?  Well, the Jinx struck again Tuesday.  It never fails that if anything ridiculous is going to happen to the Woodlands Express buses, it will be while I am on one.

After my bus got onto the HOV lane and drove maybe 5 miles, the door randomly opens and then closes.  Then it did it again about 30 seconds later.  And again about EVERY 30 seconds – for the whole ride.  Our driver had to slow down every time it opened and he even pulled over at a double-lane section of the HOV to try to fix it…which worked for all of 2 minutes before the door was back at it again.  It took us way longer to get home that day…so exciting.

Oh! And did I mention, a man on a motorcycle decided to pass us on the HOV!!  He decided to pass a bus. in a single-lane HOV. with barriers…why are people so incredibly stupid?  Was it really worth the risk of killing yourself and traumatizing the 50+ people on a bus if you were to get hit to get to your destination 5 minutes sooner??  I just don’t get it.  Here’s a real shocker – he didn’t even have on a helmet.  It’s always the idiots that decide they are invincible.

I bet he is one of those super cool guys that does wheelies in traffic, too.  Dumb fool.

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Today, November 29th, is a pretty difficult day each year, now.  In 2009, my friend, Lauren Baker, was killed in a car crash on her way back to College Station after spending Thanksgiving with her family (the 29th was the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2009).

Lauren with me before Fish Camp 2009

Lauren was one of Joseph and my counselors in Camp Nafstad in 2009.  I only knew Lauren for less than a year before she passed away but she stays on my mind a lot.  She was one of those people who made the world a brighter place, not only because she was absolutely beautiful but also because she was such a sincere person and a great friend.  Lauren’s status on Facebook the day she died was, “Count your Blessings – Not your Troubles.”  That was the kind of person she was, always seeing the bright side to everything.  It’s hard to accept that someone like Lauren has left this Earth but God called her home for a reason.  She touched many lives throughout her short 20 years here and she will be forever in our hearts.

Lauren, I love and miss you so much!

Lauren with her younger sister, mom and dad

For those of you reading my blog right now, I ask that you please take a moment and pray for Lauren’s family today and ask that God holds them tight and comforts them.

I want to let you know that I love each and every one of you!  Thanks for being a presence in my life.  You have no idea what it means to me to have friends and family like all of you!

Always remember:  Count your Blessings – Not your Troubles.

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