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Now That’s a Fortune!

Now That's a Fortune

It’s no secret that I love fortune cookies. A few months ago I got this fortune right before I got a big promotion at work and I’ve kept it ever since.

I know I didn’t get the promotion because of the cookie. However, the fortune has served as a useful reminder to me that even big changes are always near—especially if we are wiling to pay the price for them.

You want change at home, in your career, in the world in general? Make them happen yourself. It doesn’t matter if you start small, what matters is that you start at all!

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” | Mahatma Gandhi

So, excuse me while I cut this post short. I gotta swing some kettle bells so I can make some big changes to my gut.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.


I’d Rather Sleep Like a 10 Year Old

Whoever coined he term “sleeping like a baby” obviously never had children. My baby does not like to go to sleep. Ever. And when she does finally conk out it is a sleep so light that a butterfly’s sneeze could wake her.


My 10 year old, on the other hand, sleeps so soundly that I’m not even sure a nuclear blast could rouse her. She is capable of falling out of bed with her head on the floor and her feet still in bed–and not even that will wake her.

That is why I’d rather sleep like a 10 year old.

Why Minor League Hockey Is Better Than the NHL

Aeros 4 (Booster)

Last Saturday we went to see the Houston Aeros take on the San Antonio Rampage—two teams in the AHL, professional hockey’s minor league—and I loved … every … minute … of … it!

I used to think I did’t like hockey. It turns out though, that I just don’t like NHL hockey. Growing up, my Czech aunt took me to more than my fair share of LA Kings games. I always enjoyed the experience, but I never really cared about the actual game.

Despite the fact that I attended games regularly and even got to see the Great One play, I never became fan. After the game on Saturday, however, I’m convinced that it’s just the NHL I don’t like and not hockey itself.

My major gripes with NHL hockey games are that

  1. The games are too low scoring. Every game I’ve ever seen to was like 1-0 or 2, 0. I want to see goals!
  2. The NHL has legislated fighting out of the sport. Hockey without fights is just Men’s team figure skating.
  3. I always had trouble following the game. It doesn’t help that at NHL games good seats are so expensive. I can never see the puck from up in the nosebleeds.

Aeros 6 Cropped + Focus

So, how did the Aeros game change my opinion about hockey? The score was 5-3, there were a couple of decent fights, and we sat ten rows behind the goal without breaking the bank.

I don’t care that I don’t know the rules of the game, consider me sold on AHL hockey. I’ll be back for more.

Do you prefer professional or minor league sports? Who’s your favorite team? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

Two Keys Chained Together

I think it’s great that every time I rent a car they give me a set of two keys!

So many, many circumstances could arise (I came up with three) where this would be handy.

Two Keys on a Chain

  • Someone else might need to take the car out
  • I might (heaven forbid) lock myself out of the car and need to get in
  • I might (perish the thought) lose a key

Yes, having two keys to the rental car would be great … if they weren’t bound together on the same indestructible keychain without any possible way of ever separating them.

Why do you think they do this? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr.

When Pigs Fly in Texas

Everything really is bigger in Texas. The cowboy hats, the belt buckles, the hairdos and even the hood ornaments. I used to think that owning a Cadillac was a sign of maturity, stability, and class.

Pigs Fly

That was before I spotted this winged chrome oinker perched atop the hood of a Caddy at the office recently.

Front Pigs Fly

Clearly, you can’t buy good taste (or good sense for that matter). But, you can buy everything bigger.

What’s the tackiest thing you’ve seen lately? Sound off in the comments below.

All images via my flickr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready

Are you Ready for this week’s the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge? I bet you are. Because I’ve never been more Ready (even if I am a bit late).

Pencil & Paper 3 (LOHO)

It must be all the tests I’ve taken over the years, but nothing says ready to me quite like a sharpened number 2 pencil.

Pencil & Paper 2 (Hint of Vintage)

I love that moment right before you put graphite to paper. There are so many possibilities open to you.

Pencil & Paper 1 (Warm)

Whether it’s a Scantron or a sheet of college-ruled notepaper, as long as you’ve got your trusty number 2 you’re ready for anything.

Want to participate in the challenge? Head on over to The Daily Post and follow the instructions below.

1. Each week, [they] provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use a “postaday2012″ or “postaweek2012″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

Now, take a picture that captures this week’s theme and post a link to it in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

This post was Freshly Pressed on February 10, 2012!