a day of awesomeness

it’s not my usual blogging style to write a “here’s what i did yesterday“-type entry; however, we’re going to venture into that journalistic territory today because i really want to share my tuesday with you.

do you ever have one of those days that just seems too good to be true? that was my tuesday. by the time the evening rolled around, i was craning my neck out the window, trying to spot the lucky star (or flock of cardinals?!) that i was sure must be hanging over my head.

my “good karma” bird

[don’t worry, i do not live with a horseshoe up my a$$; one day last week, i endured a pretty craptastic evening at work that soured my entire day – happens to us all, eh?].

let’s go through tuesday’s events in chronological time order…

~ i worked at the store from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the first six hours of my shift, i was able to: organize the month-end paperwork for our home office package; write the weekly run club email; transfer out a ton of shoes; unpack a ginormous box of new product; complete a markdown report; do a spot audit for inventory purposes – oh, and assist customers with their purchases! it was so satisfying to get so much accomplished. during the last hour, a girl who i had not seen since we ran together with “tri city track” eons ago came in – it was fun to catch up with her!

~ i received a performance evaluation that filled my ♥ with joy.

~ tuesday’s blog post introduced the great may grocery challenge, and it was so much fun reading your responses and comments! one of the best parts about blogging is visiting back and forth. i do hope some of you play along with tracking your grocery expenses, too, and we can all compare notes at the end of the month.

~ i received a phone message from a member of the mcc quilt committee. the kind lady wanted to let me know that my blanket was selected to be part of the quilt display on from now until the end of the month at the joseph schneider haus in kitchener.

log cabin blanket

~ after work, it was time for errands. first stop: the library. finally, i was able to snag emily giffin’s “something blue” after a few weeks where it was already signed out every time i checked for it [reading something blue makes for my third e.g. read in a row! i’m enjoying her style very much].

~ then, it was on to valumart. i got the grocery challenge off on the right foot by taking advantage of a number of super deals, for example:

  • tin of tuna – $1!
  • salad dressing – $1!
  • chicken pot pie – $1!
  • lettuce – $1!

i spent $18 and change, and had a good haul of items to bring home.

~ as i walked into my building, i ran into (not literally) my superintendent. he asked me, “i think it was you who left a NIKE cardboard box in the recycling room??” i thought, uh oh…guilty as charged. [background details: a couple weeks ago, at theOTHERstore, i took all of the cardboard boxes out back to the recycling receptacle. there was one box –  the NIKE one – that i just could not cram in nor break down…so i brought it home with me to *hide* in the building recycling bin]. super doug continued: “i have to tell you that i saved the box because it is absolutely perfect for using when we wax the floors. what a great find!” whew! (while i am tempted to count this positive outcome as a r.a.o.k., i will not!).

~ up in the condo casa, i attacked a to do list as long as my arm. i was determined to pull an erv and get everything checked off, tickety-boo. after a couple hours, my list was complete except for one last thing: make more recyclable bags for the compost bin. i didn’t really feel like doing this task, but decided to get it over with. i trotted down to the recycling room to get the needed newspaper. as i entered the garbage room, an item on the dumping shelf lending library shelf caught my eye:

one dozen brand new golf balls!

i scooped these up for dad! too funny: if i had not gone down to get the newsprint tuesday eve, i am sure the golf balls would have been gone by morning. i bet dad will get a hole-in-one when he uses these lucky-find golf balls!

and then i enjoyed a good sleep!

what’s one activity, moment, blessing, *coincidence* that RAWKED (as my friend derek would say!) for you, this week, thus far? hopefully, sharing good karma begets good karma!

today i am going on an outing with dad, and we are going to pursue something that i had hoped would be a new experience LAST year! [no, it is not a hot yoga session.]…i’ll fill you in tomorrow because i am not sure if we are going to succeed on our mission, or not!

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  • Lisa  On May 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Sounds like a full and lucky day! Those are the best kind 🙂
    That’s so funny about the Nike box. Lol, you were SO caught, but phew!

    I think your statement about having a craptastic day sometimes is so right on—I mean, there’s such a balance in life between having a positive outlook and also just letting a bad day be a bad day!!

    I hope your day today is just great—and I’m so glad you had a great evaluation at work! Your enthusiasm about what you do is so apparent, and I consider you a great example for following what makes you happy in life! It’s really the most important thing!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 4, 2012 at 6:48 am

      thanks for the supportive comment, lisa. i do love what i do for work, and i am glad the enthusiasm comes through on the blog. you are an example, too, because you set career/lifestyle goals and made them happen. awesome!

  • Zo  On May 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    This is such a nice post.(and I appareciate that you appreciate the nice since you also get the craptastic)…I’m hoping the universe throws a day like that my way. That’s so exciting about the quilt! And I love how your sneaky ways with the Nike box got rewarded!
    I don’t have anything comparable on the RAWKing…one thing that happened that was good was that I decided to respond nicely rather than hotheadedly/defensively with someone…and as a result got a much better response back than I was expecting.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      thanks, zo! and would you believe more good things have happened today, too! good for you for taking the high road in your response…that’s challenging to do sometimes. and i am so glad that the situation then turned out better for you! it’s great when niceness is rewarded! i hope you get a super-positive karma day soon, too!!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Sounds like a lucky day to me, Cathy! Glad we don’t live in a building where people leave things you can take if you want to. Ralph would pick it all up and bring it to OUR house. Yikes! Have fun with Dad!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

      thanks, fran! i am sure dad and i will be chatting non-stop! ugh – that “lending library” shelf is my one huge pet peeve!!! it’s supposed to be for “leave a book, take a book” purposes, but people use it as a “garage sale” area…i guess i should keep my mouth shut since i found these golf balls! i guess ralph’s gathering tendencies would not help as you are trying to downsize/pack/organize!!

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