Posts Tagged ‘date’

Try a little kindness

Question: What is the most desirable trait another person can possess?

I think it would be kindness, because that trait flavors every action that a person does, and every interaction that person has. It’s sort of the golden rule, doing to others as I wish they’d do to me? Yeah. Also … it’s W.W.J.D. … err, W.J.W.D. What Jesus Would Do. “Be kind to one another, tender hearted and forgiving one another, even as God through Christ Jesus has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). That was one of the first Bible verses I ever learned.

One of the things I appreciate so much about my husband is that he always generously rounds up when tipping at restaurants. It’s not about service, it’s not even about tipping … it’s that he is showing true kindness by placing himself in the server’s shoes and knowing what that extra bit of tip will mean to him or her. As a habit, Gerry thinks of others before himself.

We sort of learned about this at church tonight. The teaching pastor took us through a passage of Scripture from Philippians 2 where Paul commends two guys, Timothy and Epaphroditus (sp?), using the passage to demonstrate how to study the Bible. (Observe what it actually says, interpret what it meant to the original audience, check out correlating passages, and find the application for us today.) Anyway, we discovered that Paul wanted the readers of this letter to honor and consider these two guys, Timothy and Epaphroditus, as examples and role models. Which begs the question, then what were these guys like? Well, they were:

  • Caring
  • Consistent
  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Courageous

All of these traits go hand-in-hand with kindness… (Pastor Rick loves making lists of words with matching first letters, or that create crazy acronyms. This week in his small group curriculum, we learned the S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S. method of study … I am not joking. Space pets. That man’s sense of humor is … is … is … so innocent and ridiculous all at the same time.)

After church, Gerry and I attempted to go on a fun, cheap date that failed at “cheapness” in every way. The original plan was to go see the Muppets movie at our local dollar theater, but when we arrived there, it was all sold out. So then we thought about going to Costco (a new favorite cheap date) for samples and slices of pizza, but Costco was closed. Then we drove to the mall, where we were going to walk around, play table games at the Microsoft store, sample Godiva chocolate, and again try for cheap slices of pizza … but the mall had closed at 7:00 p.m. We were on the right side of town for Lamppost Pizza, the best pizza I’ve ever had, so although not cheap, we headed there. We accidentally parked at the wrong block of shops and walked around for a bit before realizing it, and then after googling the restaurant and retracing our route a few blocks, we found out that Lamppost Pizza had gone out of business … but there was another pizza shop in its place. So finally we just went in and ordered a medium Hawaiian pie for $20. It was tasty, but not the best like we had been expecting. And then when we tried to pay with a Mastercard gift card I’d received for participating in a focus group, it wouldn’t work and we had to pay with real money.

It was still a fun date, however, as all of these adventures unfolded. I always enjoy talking with my Gerry, and over dinner we played Scrabble against each other on his phone. Time well spent.



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I can see clearly now

Warning: Big fat ball of pride ahead!

About a month ago, I had a long overdue eye exam to confirm that I’m basically getting older … astigmatism has finally caught up with me. *shrug* We all knew this would happen someday or another. (Heck, when I was a kid I was mentally preparing myself to go blind later in life. Astigmatism is a pretty good deal in comparison.) I can wear glasses or expensive toric contacts to help with the problem. I’ve find myself squinting at the computer screen at work a whole lot over the past two years, but I think that small text/icons are graphically stylish and take pride in being able to work on a computer with people unable read over my shoulder.

Silly, huh?

This morning I bit the bullet, opened up the accessibility menu, and bumped up the text/icon size to 125 percent. Oh my goodness, what a difference! Sure, now people can read my screen from the next room over, but I can see it too!!!! No squinting, no leaning forward, no straining my eyes or my shoulders. I’m so relaxed that I practically feel like I’m at the spa as I type this out. So nice.

Rode my bike to work for the first time today. It was all downhill, it took less than 10 minutes, and I felt refreshed when I walked in the door. If the ride home isn’t too torturous, this may just become my favorite part of the day.

I have to say again how much I love being close to work! The other day I slept in waaaaaaaaay too late, left for work at 8:27 a.m., and still pulled into the parking lot on time. It’s a novelty right now, and I sure hope that it doesn’t get old soon.

Gerry and I are going to Disney tonight … it’s been at least a month since our last visit, and we need to put these passes of ours to good use! Haha. Also, we’ve been so wrapped up in moving stuff lately that we have not spent much leisure time together, and I’m feeling it. We need a good, cheap date, and the two Disney parks are perfect for this.

Now that you know when we’re going to be gone, don’t rob us, m’kay?

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the getty center

Sundays are unexpectedly ending up as fun date days for me and Gerry. We are trying to make it a day of “sabbath,” in terms of not doing usual work (chores, working out, etc.) and really do look for ways to rest, both our bodies and our minds. Something fun during the day, at least one nap, and church in the evening.

For our “something fun” last week, we went up to Downtown Disney and enjoyed music. The Sunday prior, we went to the dollar theater to watch Transformers 2. And today, we drove all the way through Los Angeles and out the top end to The Getty Center Museum, and architectural wonder jutting out of the mountain right above Beverly Hills.

The Getty is a favorite place for Gerry to visit, and so after we rode up the hill on a smooth and winding tram, he led me straightaway to one of his favorite things … a little fountain, small enough for me to wrap my arms around, that was bubbling up and sending a little trickle of water down to a hole in the patio further down. He grabbed my hand and dragged me down some stairs to see where the water came out, into a cool stalactitey cave sort of indention. From there, the water somehow quadrupled in volume and flowed into a creek going downhill. We followed it, watching the flow get stronger and stronger, until finally it rushed in a wide waterfall into an amazing sunken pool/garden. I don’t know how they managed the physics of that, but it was amazing!

I loved the garden. So many pathways, so many types of flowers and plants. Smells, textures, colors arranged like the rainbow. My first pomegranate tree, just like in the Garden of Eden. Beautiful!

And then inside the museums, there were paintings, and sculptures, and demonstrations, and photographs, and tall elevators, and stairways, and hot tortilla soup, and amazing views of Los Angeles and the surrounding countryside. Fantastic!

I have lost the charger for my camera battery, so unfortunately I can’t do the thing I’d love to do most right now, which is to download and share the small batch of pictures I took at this fantastic place. Sorry about that.

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Busch Gardens: Africa

Gerry and I had a grrrrrrrreat fun day at Busch Gardens: Africa today! We were with the first group through the gates in the morning, and we stayed all the way until closing time. With it being Florida’s “slow” season for tourism, we wondered a bit if we could actually find enough to keep us busy during the park’s eight hours of operation … but it was perfect.

The longest line that we stood in was about 10 minutes long … that was for SheiKra, the 90-degree floorless rollercoaster drop. Twice, we arrived at major roller coasters to find nobody ahead of us (Kumba and Gwazi). My favorite, Montu, was amazing as always and we got to ride it a couple of times, in the front row and in the back car!

We rode the train around for an hour, as well as taking the skybuckets a couple of times. Do those count as rides?

Goodness, the animals kept us entertained! An early-morning highlight was the discovery of the pop-up-window in the middle of one of the tiger dens … and a massive, massive tiger sprawled out on top of it! It spooked me quite a bit, but yes, I climbed up in there and touched the glass beneath its belly. Now I can say I’ve been an inch away from a tiger. I have no desire to get closer!

There’s one area called the Cave of Curiosity that has bats, snakes, spiders, and other little guys in it. As Gerry and I emerged from our trip through the cave, we bumped into a young British girl who was trembling in her shoes as her male family members tried to coax her to go in. “I don’t know what’s in there!” she cried out to them. “Go in!” we encouraged her. “It’s just a bunch of bats, snakes, spiders, and frogs.” I expected her to shriek or run, but instead she smiled, pulled her shoulders back, and walked calmly into the cave. How strange.

A gross encounter with nature that’s seared into my mind now is when we came around a corner to see a group of chimpanzees hanging out … and one of them pushing his index finger firmly up into his butt. Push, push, push. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Push, push, push. Pull out and inspect. Finger back into butt. Push, push, push. Wiggle again. *shudders*

Because of the recent time change, it’s dusk a lot earlier and the nocturnal animals were stirring about as we finished up the day. In one place an antsy spotted hyena came up to the glass at our eye level and checked us out thoroughly. In another, we watched a whole colony of meerkats scurrying around, talking to each other, and doing other busy stuff. The lions were walking about, and little gazelles were hopping around.

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