Linking up with Cindy's Really Random Thursday. Check out her blog for other random posts!
Some of you have commented on how much I get done. Well, I never feel like that. But you might be glad to know that since school started this week, I haven't touched a needle of any sort all week! So, things will definitely be slowing down now!
I was at the dentist yesterday, and I picked up a Reader's Digest. I happened to flip open to this page:
Well now, this looks interesting! Without reading the descriptions below, I just looked at the cupcakes and picked the one I would eat if all these were presented to me. Which one would you choose? (Click on the photo to make it larger if you need to.) Which one do you think I chose?
Did you guess this one? That's the one I would eat. So, I read the description. Yep. I think that fits me most of the time. LOL. Um, can you say, many UFOs as a result of jumping into new activities feetfirst?!
Now, where's the recipe for this cupcake is what I want to know! Dang! Now, I'm hungry!
Sweet Pea has a bunch of DVDs. She sometimes watches them while I'm sewing. Last Friday, she was watching Grease. We both love it. This is her favorite song:
Good thing she doesn't understand all the lyrics.
She cracks me up. When this song came on, she jumped up and started doing all the dance moves. I loved it. So, I jumped up and danced with her. She thought that was the best thing since sliced bread. You should have seen how wide her eyes got!
She also loves to play Just Dance 2 on the Wii with me. No, sorry, no video of that for you!
(Image is free clip art from http://www.freeclipartnow.com/food/eggs/)
Have you seen this video (click the link below; I couldn't embed the video for some reason--it's only a few seconds long--totally worth it) for how to separate and egg yolk? It's in Chinese, but you'll get it. Amazing. Has anyone tried it?
My mom sent me a fun email about the history of aprons. This picture of a vintage sewing pattern was in the email:
I hate it when the grocery store decides it's time to rearrange things, don't you? It makes a 10-minute trip to the grocery store take 5 times longer! I suppose I'll get used to the new arrangement soon.
Have you read this book? I read it a few years ago. It's fabulous. I was telling Carla about it over email earlier this week. (There's a whole backstory on how it came up, but I won't go into that for now.) Amy Sutherland spent a year observing animal trainers and wrote a book about what they do. (That book is called Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, if you are intrested. It's also good, but not as good as this book.) When she observes the trainers, she observes how they use positive reinforcement to shape a variety of behaviors in zoo animals. She won an award from my international organization for the above book. That's how I came across it. As a behavior analyst by occupation, I like reading a variety of books on the topic. But I digress.... Anyway, she started applying the principle of positive reinforcement in her own life, and found out how much it could improve her life and the life of those around her.
One of my favorite things in this book is that she describes a phrase she developed to "chastise" herself for using more negative ways of dealing with other people's behavior instead of positive reinforcement.
The saying is, "That was not very Shamu of me." Using "Shamu" as an adjective (or is it an adverb?--Mom, you're probably reading this. HELP!) rather than a noun. It cracks me up.
For example, if she is driving and flips the bird to a driver who cut her off, she might say, "That was not very Shamu of me!"
I always try to adopt the strategy of being Shamu to others. (It's not always easy. When I catch myself not abiding by the principle of reinforcement, I do say to myself, "That was not very Shamu of you!")
Seriously. You gotta read this book. You'll enjoy it.
We went for a bike ride on one of our bike trails here in Michigan on Labor Day. I saw some teenagers writing with chalk on the trail. The three of them would write, then walk away, then write some more a little further down the trail. I figured they were up to no good. (Shame on me. Not very Shamu!) But then, I rode over to see what they wrote.
How very Shamu.
Okay. Off to look for my opportunity for Random Act of Kindness today. Gotta go do some Shamu. How 'bout you?
Until next time,