Posts Tagged ‘lessons learned’

Apparently I do. 😛

Anyway, the past couple of weeks have been pretty quiet. Well, if you don’t count yesterday and the week I spent back at the nougat factory.

Yesterday I went a friend’s wedding, which was pretty awesome. I’m a huge sucker for romance, particularly when it involves my friends, and this wedding was the epitome of romantic, in my opinion. I will readily admit to getting rather teary-eyed when they exchanged their vows. Besides being beyond adorable, the two of them clearly took the time to get to know each other and let their relationship mature before taking the plunge, so to speak. And most importantly, they’ve made God the focal point of the relationship. I’d say their marriage is off to a great start. 🙂

In other news, I’ve been following the Women’s World Cup for the past couple of weeks, and I have to say I’ve been enjoying it more than the men’s World Cup last year. For one thing, the French ladies played much better – even made it to the semifinals. This was a huge boost for French women’s soccer; at least, I hope so. I’m a tad disappointed they didn’t make it to the  final, but considering that this was only their second World Cup and that in 2003 they didn’t even make it past the group stage, I’m more proud than anything. And USA is in the final, so I can’t complain too much. (Speaking of which, I better wrap this up quickly;  the game starts in 20 minutes.)

Not much to say about my week at the nougat factory, except I learned to always make sure that when I bring a lock for my locker, I also bring the matching key. Otherwise I have to track down one of the maintenance guys to cut the lock. Oops… 😛

Other recently learned lessons include:
– Always bring a pair of tennis shoes to the barn. You never know when someone is going to organize a bareback trail ride down the river, and your boots will thank you.

– Never drink iced tea while watching a 2-hour movie unless you can pause it.

– Hot leather car seat covers and shorts don’t mix.

Other item of note: got Peter Furler’s solo album the other day, and it is excellent. Honestly, I originally bought it because I’m a Newsboys fan and I was mildly curious to see (or hear, rather) what Peter’s come up with since leaving the band. I was kind of expecting it to be fairly Newsboys-ish, musically, so I was (pleasantly) surprised to find that it’s not. He was really doing his own thing with this album. Lyrically, some amazing stuff (not that I was expecting any different). This is definitely going to be in heavy rotation for a good while. 🙂

OK, end of shameless plug. Off to watch soccer now…


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Or, More Things I’ve Learned the Hard Way…

  • Never attempt to make your bed with a cat in the room. Cats do not understand the concept of a made bed and will be quite indignant with you for attempting to move them.
  • Always check to make sure the graham crackers are still fresh before using them, even if the package is sealed. A crumb crust made with stale graham crackers will ruin the flavor of the whole cheesecake.
  • No matter how warm (or warmer) your destination is supposed to be, always bring a sweater or something equally warm when traveling.
  • Always stretch before riding, especially if you have reason to believe your instructor is going to have you do position/balance-building exercises. Your legs will thank you.
  • Before freaking out and assuming the email gremlins ate your account because you can’t log in, check to make sure the caps lock is off when entering your password.

Yes, that last one really did happen to me a few weeks ago. It was all the more terrifying because I had just purchased my airline tickets for my upcoming visit to the States and the email confirmation and e-ticket had been sent to that account. Needless to say, I was very relieved (and felt a bit silly) when I noticed the caps lock was on. 😛

And yes, you did read that right, I am coming to the States for a visit this summer! My sister Sandrine is also coming; this will actually be our first sisters-only vacation. Look out folks… muahahaha… *cough* I mean, of course we’ll act like the mature, responsible adults we both are. 😉

In the more immediate future, we’re starting to gear up for our second youth weekend next month. If last year and what’s happened since then is any indication, this year is going to be amazing. 😀 Oh, and prayers that I (and the rest of us) won’t get sick this time around would be VERY much appreciated.

Pictures coming up in the next post…

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I thought I posted this yesterday, but apparently my post got lost in cyberspace. Let’s try it again…

Now, you’ve probably gotten at least one of those “Things I’ve learned the hard way” lists in your email at some point or other, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t help but snicker, either at the absurdity of the situation they managed to get themselves in, or because you’ve had a very similar experience yourself. In any case, it’s always a good sign when you can look back on it and laugh.

So, without further ado, I submit my own (partial) list of various things I’ve learned over the years:

  • Always make sure the gate is closed before letting the dog out. You will end up with a very wet and muddy dog otherwise.
  • When looking up directions online, always double-check the destination before hitting print. Believe it or not, Google Maps does not always know where the train station is, which can lead to your getting lost in a maze of narrow streets and dead ends (in the middle of the night, of course). And your mother, who you were supposed to pick up 45 minutes ago, will be treated to frantic cries of “I can’t see the street name!” and “Oh shoot, I missed the turn!” as she tries to steer you in the right direction over the phone.
  • Never close the door if you let the cat sleep in your room. Kitty will almost invariably wake up at least an hour before you planned on getting up and will insist on being let out NOW (and preferably fed too, since you’re up). Failing that, the moment you open your eyes is automatically breakfast time and there will be no argument.
  • Riding breeches do NOT go in the dryer. Unless, of course, you’re planning on giving them to someone who’s 2 sizes smaller than you.
  • When singing in front of people, always make sure your mic is on beforehand.
  • If there are two nearly identical horses at your barn, it’s a good idea to always check the name tags on the stalls or ask the barn staff which horse is where. Your horse may not be in the last place you saw him/her, even if you were just there yesterday.
  • Just because a horse or pony was apparently a perfect angel yesterday does not mean they will repeat the performance today. They may decide to act up just for you. (The reverse is also true.)

And finally:

Never, EVER, agree to help your younger sister with a prank involving a ridiculously over-the-top fake love letter addressed to the most annoying guy in your class. He may not get the joke and spend the rest of the semester pestering you to tell him who his “secret admirer” is.

You’re snickering now, aren’t you? My work here is done. 😛

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