This made me smile

My son is now old enough to legally drink alcohol and is at home for the summer. We’ve developed a tradition we call “Wine at Nine” to learn a about wine. Since I’d previously consumed about four glasses of wine over the last two decades, this has been a new and fun adventure.

This week, we opened a bottle of Sutter Home White Zinfandel. One side of the cork said “Cheers!” The other said “Enjoy!” These well-placed words made me smile. It was a small, thoughtful addition that surprised me and lifted my spirits (pardon the pun).

Today, write about a small gesture that improved your mood. What happened? How did it make you feel?


Reviewed – Make Shift Happen: Change How You Look by Changing How You Think

This is an extremely well-written book about how to get to (and maintain) a healthy weight and body. The author spent 25 years as an overweight person, most of that time as a vegetarian, before losing 50 pounds. His book describes 20 shifts that can help reduce your weight and increase your health.

First of all, I was impressed with the tone of the book. The author clearly has a sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously. I definitely got a sense of the author’s voice and it was like having coffee with a friend.

All of the steps are do-able and well-explained. They include #16 (Log like Captain Kirk) about logging your food and #5 (Recover Like Wile E. Coyote) about quickly getting back on track. The author is not in favor of one-size-fits-all solutions or of blindly following a guru whose plan makes you reliant on their products.

Overall I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for specific actions to improve their health.

What is “I’ll be there with bells on?”

This expression means that you will show up to an event with enthusiasm. It seems to originate from Conestoga wagons that were used to settle U.S. immigrants. These wagons were drawn by teams of horses or mules. The animals’ collars contained headdresses of bells and the drivers took great pride in them. If a wagon became stuck, then the person coming to the rescue would ask for the bells as a reward for the rescue. As a result, arriving at a destination “with bells on” meant that the driver was proud and happy to have done his job. (Source)

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Since I work from home, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Yes, it’s lovely when they’re snuggling and snoring under my desk. But it’s also a distraction when it’s time for food; they want in and out of the house; and I’m forced to haul them back into the house after they start barking at a squirrel. Or a neighbor. Or a leaf. Or just because they’re dachshunds and they love to bark.

Take Your Dog to Work Day is celebrated on June 24. The holiday was created by Pet Sitters International in 1999, to encourage employers to experience the joy of pets in the workplace. They hoped that employees would see the joy of owning a dog, which would support the local pet community and encourage adoptions. (Source)

How to write about Take Your Dog to Work Day:

  • Tell a story about a dog that’s meant a lot to you.
  • Showcase a shelter or dog rescue organization in your area. Explain why people should consider adoption.
  • If you work for a company that allows dogs, write about how it impacts the company culture.
  • Describe your dog’s favorite toy. Explain how you keep your dog occupied while you’re at work.
  • Share personal experience with a service dog. Do you know someone who has benefited from having a service dog at work? Describe how the dog has impacted their life.