This morning I was up bright and early (with the rising cat not sun) and decided what better way to start the day than to blog, enjoy a glass of green tea and share my treasures I found yesterday. But first, I realize I had forgotten to mention my flat tire I got on Tuesday! It wasn’t much of a surprise to me because my one tire kept getting flat frequently, but Joe had put air into it on Sunday so I thought I would be good for another week. If he wasn’t concerned, I wasn’t going to concern myself. That morning when I walked to my car, I did notice that it was low, and made a note to stop at Stewart’s to fill up. But within four or five blocks, I was pulled over on the side of the road.
I had called Joe, Laura and my boss. None of which answered. I was taking this flat tire as a sign- stay home from work and do homework! But then thinking rationally, I could just easily hop on the shuttle between campuses. And then, the next thing I knew, there were two men standing on the passanger side of my car, asking if I needed help. At first, being in the ghetto of Troy, I was hesitant, but trusted my intuition and said yes. Heck, if I did have to work I sure as heck not going to walk all the way back to my apartment in the rain and wait for the shuttle.
No joke, within ten minutes these guys were done and I was on my way. I kept thanking them and stating that it was great karma. I shook their hands, got their names (Brian and Jason), and was off. But I did take note of the apartment they were going in and out of. I felt bad that I didn’t have any cash on me to give them, they said they were on their way to the coffee shop. So that night after class, ten-ish, in the rain, I walked down and left them a note in their mailbox- “I heard you mention you were headed to the coffee shop, the next one is on me. thanks again, Jona.” And I left them ten bucks. Not much to show my appreciation but all I can afford these days. Not all people in life are out to get you, prime example.
When I woke up the following morning and got in my car, I noticed a plastic baggy on my windshield under the wipers. I got out and retrieved it, noticing it was a card inside and not an advertisement for a local pizza joint. Upon opening it in the car- it was from Brian, one of the gentlemen that helped me out on Tuesday. The card read- “Thank you Jona but I’m sorry we can’t accept this. Like you said, what we did was good karma. Pay it forward.” and the ten dollars was folded up neatly inside. Did I get lucky or what?
Now onto my treasures. Yesterday I decided to take a break from all my homework and do a little Christmas shopping. I’m not buying much this year, but figured it would be better to get it done now than after Thanksgiving. And on my way home, I stopped at the Salvation Army- my favorite treasure box lately. Here is what I found:
I figured I’d use this as a serving dish instead of as a planter, which I believe is it’s original purpose. It’s glass and light and just the wonderful size for sauteed kale. Maybe I’ll use it this Thursday at Thanksgiving… oh and it was a $1.99.
Also a $1.99, this wonderful bag would work fantastically for the beach or a wonderful picnic in the summer. Yes, I do do both of them, just not the beach as frequent these days. For now, my treasure is holding some of my favorite issues of Oxygen magazine and my jumprope, water belt thingy for running, elastic band, and ipod holder. Perfect find.
I know I asked for an oven mitt for Christmas, but I couldn’t pass up this 99 cent-er. For any of you who have seen me lately, I have this huge scar (hopefully not for long) on my right hand from the oven. I burnt it while removing my kale chips a few weeks back. I didn’t think it was that bad until the following day, it blistered and got caught on a drawer at work. Ouch! It’s healing up nicely now, finally, after two weeks of student’s asking me what happened, or just grossly looking at it. Two mitts are better anyway, right?
Lastly, I found this book yesterday at the Used Book Barn on Route 2 (down the street from the SA). I remember reading it when I was younger and couldn’t walk out without buying it. For 75 cents, why the heck not? I sat in my car and read the whole thing before pulling out of the parking lot; little did I know there was a guy waiting for my spot. Oops. I’m wondering if my sister will remember this book; I’ll bring it the weekend we get to cut down our Christmas trees (yes plural, I’m getting a little one for my apartment!).
Joe and I have netflix and I’ve already searched out all of my favorite Christmas shows that I used to LOVE staying up to watch when I was younger; it used to be such a treat to stay up past eight. My three most favorite: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Charlie Brown Christmas. I also have to try and find Prancer- also a classic. We used to have a lot of little traditions in my family- like taking one night to decorate the entire house, while listening to Brenda Lee on my mom’s record player. Hot chocolate was always made and the three of us would be dancing around and singing along. What are your favorite holiday traditions? My list could go on and on…
Within the next week or so (when school dies down for me) I’ll have a great post about a few projects I’m working on. Because cash is low, I’ll be making a few Christmas cards for those close to me, a baby shower card, a baby shower gift, and a gift for the kiddos. It’s expensive buying for all four- so I’ve come up with this great idea to have them open a little something each day- like an advent calendar minus the candy. I need to get working on that soon- before I know it, December will be upon us.
But for now, it’s back to homework. And some cooking for the week. I’m thinking clean turkey meatballs with baked crispy eggplant and a clean turkey and brown rice meatloaf (loaded with fresh veggies). Can you tell I have a container of ground turkey… or maybe not? I did forget it is Thanksgiving week- ha! Nonetheless, it’ll be clean and delicious. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and start thinking about those traditions- and if you don’t have any, how are you going to make one?