I’m a firm believer that life is one big school, and that we never stop learning. Brian takes every opportunity to contribute to my learning by holding impromptu classes in Science, Math, and Physics. OH and vehicle stuff too, including but not limited to, Biodiesel Fuel..Fun With Fats, Motors/Engines and How To Tell Them Apart (Apparently they’re different…Who knew?) and Automatic Door Lock FOBs..How To Test Your Patience And Increase Your Vocabulary. Now some things may be life changing, while others just make a person ask “What the hell!? In only a day or so we’ll be waving goodbye to 2012 and welcoming in a new year, so I thought I’d take a moment and mention a few things I’ve either learned or was reminded of once again, because sometimes once just isn’t enough.


So my list, in no particular order is:

* Although getting into the writing mode can be a challenge, and actually sitting down do blog isn’t always the first thing I jump at, it beats the hell out of cleaning behind the appliances.

* When I go out to the garage and say “We need to be on our way in 20 minutes” HE hears “Take your time. Our hosts don’t care if we’re 2 hours late” . I know that it’s taken me a few years to figure that out, but in my defence, I was in denial.

* A hot curling iron is HOT and will burn your forehead in an area that everyone can see.

* I love my aloe vera plant. It’s great for burns.

* When it’s hot outside, lemonade and ice water are no match for a Baileys and coffee milkshake.

* You can’t please everyone. I learn this lesson every year, and so I’ve also learned that I suck at learning this lesson.

* They still haven’t developed a camera that makes your drivers license picture look like anything other than a mug shot.

* It’s not okay to spend the entire day on Pinterest, unless you can show it’s time well spent by (the next day) successfully cleaning all the rug spots with dish washing detergent, making a new table and chairs out of old wooden pallets, baking 9 different kinds of monkey bread, 4 different chicken broccoli casseroles, 13 different kinds of crock pot pulled pork, AND turning beer bottles into a lovely assortment of patio candle lanterns. Note: This works better if the beer bottles are empty.

* After ignoring my sixth sense for so long, it’s been, and hopefully will continue to be, a fun experience opening up to it, even when spirit just show up, introduce themselves and simply hang around for a week or or three until someone, somewhere, claims them. By the way, did any of you know a biker dude named Jake? … No? … Well I guess I have a new friend.

* Chocolate (especially dark) improves your memory as well as ….. ummm …. Ok, does it really matter? It’s CHOCOLATE, and the darker the better.

* I am not, or am ever likely to be, perfect. I don’t even strive to be, as that would be WAY too much work and NO fun. I recommend Not Perfect to everyone. However, with all my imperfections, I’m perfectly me 😉

* When looking for the answers to important questions such as if you can blow bubbles out your butt if you swallow gum, where did the tooth fairy come from, or how do worms breathe, that Google is still my friend.

* Grandchildren are always a reason to smile and a joy to spend time with, It’s also a joy to give them back to their parents when they start asking questions about bubble gum, the tooth fairy, or worms.

* Quitting my job was the right thing to do, and it freed up my time for things like Pinterest, going back to bed when Brian leaves for work, and watching my first, and definitely my LAST episode of Here Comes Honey Booboo. Wow, I can’t believe people actually watch that stuff and now there’s 3 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

* The world didn’t come to an end on December 21st which just goes to show that the Mayans had a sense of humor and were just playing mind games with us. It also means I need to find a new job.

Well I just noticed there’s only one more day until 2013. I guess I better go and get busy making resolutions that I won’t keep.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and may it be filled with love, joy, and dark chocolate 🙂


  1. B-J Said,

    December 30, 2012 @ 7:57 pm


  2. Jen Said,

    December 30, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    This was great – again. Love the milkshake idea. Will be doing that FOR SURE!!! If you are not working, we can sit on the deck together and watch the kids splash in the pool. Happy New Year wishes to you and yours.

  3. simone Said,

    December 31, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Thanks, and that sounds like fun 🙂

  4. Jack Cate Said,

    January 2, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    You certainly have covered a lot of ground on this one. Terrorists took away our right to smile in an ID photos so that will never come back.

    Go with your sixth sense, voices in my head are comforting at times.

    Honey Boo-Boo ended up on CNN New Year’s coverage….while we look for work in the normal world.

    Don’t know what to do with our Mayan Calendar plate now that it has expired!

    We enjoy keeping in touch and with Leesa transferred to Calgary and Marilyn moving there we may get to visit once again. Of course there is always the Island here. Stay safe and warm and have a Great 2013!!

  5. Cathy Turney Said,

    January 2, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    Oh, Simone, this is hilarious!! I cracked up the whole way through! You have the right attitude about New Year’s resolutions! I already forgot mine!!
    XOXO, Cathy

  6. simone Said,

    January 2, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    Thanks, I hope to see you soon then 😉

  7. simone Said,

    January 2, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Thanks Cathy, and here’s to a humorous year ahead 😀

  8. sarsm Said,

    February 26, 2013 @ 2:21 am

    Writing also beats the hell out of cleaning in front of the appliances. 😀

  9. simone Said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    You got that right 🙂

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