Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Warm fuzzies

You know you're doing something right with your life when a friend says this to you:

"I just want to make sure you know what you mean to me.  You play a huge part in my life, and sometimes I just want to grab your beautiful freckled face and scream 'THANK YOU!' and hug you as hard as I can."

I am lucky enough to have been the recipient ("freckle face") of that statement.

Folks, if you have people you appreciate in this manner, don't waste another minute.  Tell them now.  Wouldn't life be great if we consistently showed our appreciation for those we care about?

OK, done with the warm fuzzies.

Ms. V

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fabulous Geekdom

I recently told my buddy Mike about a strange interaction I had with the ferry-booth-ticket-dude.  What came out of it was not one, but two blog-worthy situations.  First, the initial interaction and then what transpired with Mike.  Excellent.

I pull up to the ferry booth as I do over, and over, and over again on my commute to work.  Today, "ferry-dude-who-likes-to-have-random-conversations-with-me" is working.  (Yeah, I know it's a long nickname but it fits perfectly.  I'll shorten it to "FD" for the remainder of this blog post.)  Out of the blue, he says: "So.  Jupiter got hit!"  That's it.  Nothing else.  No other details.  Here's the full convo:

FD (a bit excited and wild-eyed): "So. Jupiter got hit!"
Me (quizzically, and trying not to laugh a little): "Really?  Wild."
FD: "Yeah, some asteroid hit it.  It has happened before.  I just heard it on the news.  If Jupiter hadn't been in the way, the asteroid would have hit Earth!"
Me: "Wow.  That's crazy.  Have a great day!" /drives away chuckling

What transpired:
Fast forward ~15 hours.  I'm home from work and on Skype with Mike, relaying the FD interaction.

Mike: "Wait a minute.  That makes no sense."
Me: "No?"
Mike: "No.  You have Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, a HUGE asteroid belt (waves his hands out for added detail), THEN Jupiter.  The alignment would also have to be *just right* for Jupiter to 'block' an asteroid headed for Earth."
Me: "Hmmmm... That's what I thought too.  His story seemed a bit 'off.'"
Mike: "He's just making shit up.  That's not right.  You can't joke about Jupiter like that!"
Me (HUGE SMILE): "Heh heh.  You're an astronomy geek."
Mike: "Yeah.  Yeah I am!"
Me: "Man... how 'bout poor Pluto, huh?"
Mike: "Oh, don't even get me started..."


I have rockin' friends.

Ms. V

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

You can take the girl out of Vermont but you can't take the Vermont out of the girl.

Scene: I'm sitting in the break-room at work with my friend and co-worker, Kyle.  He sees me mix my yogurt and muesli (both organic, of course).

Kyle: "No way.  You have got to be kidding me.  You have 'Vermonter' written ALLLLL over you."

Yes.  Yes I do.  Quite proudly. :)

Ms. V