When All Else Fails … Do a Survey!

I used to do these all the time back in my “myspace days.” Ah, memories.

I stole this from Dayle and Shawna.
A. Age: 30

B. Bed size: King … have you seen my dogs? 🙂

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the bathroom

D. Dogs: Fred is our adopted pit bull and Angel is our foster pit bull ❤

E. Essential start to your day: Hmmm, I can’t really say “coffee” because I don’t have it everyday. I guess I don’t really have one.

F. Favorite color: Blue ~ Especially deep blues, bright blues and turquoise-y blues

G. Gold or Silver: White gold

H. Height: 5’6” – But I always wanted to be taller, especially when I played basketball!

I. Instruments you play: Nothing anymore, but I played the piano for a few years

J. Job title: Office Manager/Pit Bull Mommy

K. Kids: The doggies, of course

L. Location: Maryland

M. Mother’s name: Lillian

N. Nicknames: Jen, Jennie, Niffer, JenEyz (my maiden name is Eisenhardt, and I have pretty eyes), Muffin, Muffin Face, Moofin, Moofin Face … I think that’s enough for now

O. Overnight hospital stays: None (*knocks-on-wood*)

P. Pet peeves: Oh man … bad drivers, people who don’t use turn signals, people who talk on speaker phone when there are other people in the office, vulgar language, people who abuse their animals … can Michael Vick be considered a pet peeve?

Q. Quote from a movie: “Yes, I killed Yvette. I hated her, SO much, that I … flames, flames, FLAMES, on the side of my face, heaving breaths, heaving-” Mrs. White, “Clue” And also, “The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe.” From “The Village”

Ummm, did anyone notice that “R” is missing?

S. Siblings: Two brothers, one is 26 and one is 19

U. Underwear: Um, what exactly is the question? Am I wearing any? Yes, yes I am.

V. Vegetable you hate: Brussel sprouts

W. What makes you run late: The dogs … it’s so easy to blame everything on them. They can’t defend themselves.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Head, neck, back, wrist, and don’t get me started on the MRI’s.

Y. Yummy food that you make: Meatloaf and the best grilled cheese and tomato soup you will ever have.

Z. Zoo animal: Penguins!


Everyone Looks Better with a SMILE

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” *

I absolutely love this quote. It reminds me of a time when my attitude was less than favorable. Some of my friends have tried to make me feel better by reminding me of why I was so down all the time, but I don’t like to wander too long down that road. Yes, I’ve had some hard times in life. But I’m sure I could walk down the street and meet ten people with a sadder story than mine.

I’ve talked in the past about “choosing to be happy” and the wonders it did for my outlook on life. I was able to look around and be thankful for everything God had blessed me with, instead of always focusing on my latest inconvenience.

Everyone has bad days. I’m sure we could all write a book detailing our latest chaos. The flat tire when you’re already running late for work … the sinus infection that springs up the exact day of your big presentation … two sick kids and a husband asking why dinner isn’t on the table … and etc, etc.

But guess what? Life goes on no matter what. (Hey, it’s a cliché for a reason!) Your co-workers may lend a sympathetic ear, but do they really need your drama on top of their own? Maybe if we opened our minds just a teeny bit, we would realize that someone else could be fighting a tougher battle. Perhaps they have just learned to not take it out on others.

I wish I could go back in time to the company where I worked before my current job. (The company shall remain nameless, but some of you reading know my true opinion on the place.) I would apologize to my co-workers for always having a bad attitude. I would tell my former bosses that “that person” sitting at my desk really wasn’t me … that I have much more to give than a sourpuss expression and a dramatically huge sigh.

I would tell them that I finally get it. I understand that sometimes, even when you’re not feeling it, you just have to fake it. Doing this doesn’t mean you are fake. It means you are aware of your surroundings, considerate to your fellow office mates and you value the opinion others have of you.

Now I just need someone to stitch that all on a pillow, and I’m set. But I’ll settle for the realization that I live a happier life when I have a good attitude.

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