Life continues to be rich and full in the Miser Family Household. It's not been (for me) quite as fantastically rich/full as last week, but there's still been a wide variety of marvels to wonder at. For example, ponder this lovely quote from my husband. To set this up, I have to explain that he discovered to his utter delight (seriously, he was giddy and gleeful when he told me about this) that our year-old dishwasher has a filter that is actually quite easy to remove, clean, and reinsert. (!) How was life complete this past year without our knowing that?!? It seemed that it was, and yet now we know about easy filter removability, and so our life is even more wonderful than it was before. Yes! And, with that background explanation, you can fully appreciate my husband's utterance:
"When I went to clean out the dishwasher filter, it had lots of dog hair in it. But I swear I never put the dog in the dishwasher."
Not all the husband adventures have been that upbeat, so try not to be too jealous. Sunday, my guy dropped his phone off the Ben Franklin Bridge. Good news: It didn't fall in the water, and it still works! Bad news: It fell on the railroad tracks, which are completely inaccessible. That phone gets to hang out on the Ben Franklin Bridge railroad tracks from now forward. So you can't use the phone to call a cab or an Uber, but I guess you could use it to call a train. At any rate, my guy had to have a cell-phone-ectomy for about 48 hours. Fortunately, he's re-phoned now, and I get to wring my hands over replacement costs, so I'm back in my milieu as well.
I-daughter has had many travel experiences this week. She bopped off to . . . um, I think a reunion of her knitting tour group, for which the original tour had been to Ireland, but the reunion was in New York State. She then bopped back here, where we got to see an awesome local production of Bechtel's Fun House (the musical), and then she bopped over to . . . um, some other place. Yeah, I'm a good mom, aren't I?
I-daughter and I both had lottery winnings of a sort this week, which is tricky because neither of us are the type to gamble. In her case, the local library had sponsored a "read-around-the-world" this summer. She only made it to four continents (book-wise), but still scored a gift certificate to a local restaurant via a random drawing. And me, I got this message in my email in-box on Thursday:
Your gift to United Way of [Your] County during our 2020-2021 campaign entered you into our Give Back Win Big incentive prize drawing. And we’re delighted to let you know that you’ve won a $250 Pay It Forward gift card bundle generously sponsored by [People] & Associates! You’ll receive five $50 gift cards to local establishments… and if you can’t use all of them, feel free to “Pay It Forward” and donate any unused cards to someone else.
So, I gave the United Way a pile of money, and now they're giving some of it back. Go figure.
Speaking of money, N-son landed a job! And not just any job, but the kind of job that gets to the very essence of his being. When he was young, we asked him what he wanted for Christmas and he said, "a sandwich". (He actually said, "a sammitch", because he was cute and little that way). Then we asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he said, "a sammitch". And, look! He got a job at a sub shop called Jersey Mikes, making sandwiches and cleaning up. Whoop! He's very pleased that he'll be earning, they say, $11/hour plus tips. I think he starts Monday. So perfect.
Me, I'm still doing my Dean thing. I'm verifying the hypothesis that I like it when people I work with are polite or even encouraging, and I don't so much like it when they are combative and angry. (In case you wondered.) Mostly I get people in the former category, fortunately. Did I mention before that I've formed a group called the "Compliance Alliance"? I not only love the name of the group, but they're actually a really fun, nerdy, friendly group to hang with: BioSafety protocols for the win!
And that's the news from our family, which continues to be wealthy in our adventures. May you and yours be similarly prosperous.