Have you watched Flight of the Conchords yet? No?? What have you been doing with your life??! Go! Now! Watch!
I love love love this excerpt from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason:
Keep thinking back about what Mum said about being real and the Velveteen Rabbit book (though frankly have had enough trouble with rabbits in this particular house). My favorite book, she claims—of which I have no memory—was about how little kids get one toy that they love more than all the others, and even when its fur has been rubbed off, and it’s gone saggy with bits missing, the little child still thinks it’s the most beautiful toy in the world, and can’t bear to be parted from it.
“That’s how it works, when people really love each other,” Mum whispered on the way out in the Debenhams lift, as if she was confessing some hideous and embarrassing secret. “But, the thing is, darling, it doesn’t happen to ones who have sharp edges, or break if they get dropped, or ones made of silly synthetic stuff that doesn’t last. You have to be brave and let the other person know who you are and what you feel.”
I'm going to start nannying part-time in January, and as my starting date is approaching, I've become a little bit nervous. The boys seem well-behaved, but I am getting a general anxious feeling that I'm going to be in over my head.
The other day a friend of mine told me that she was going to stitch some writing onto a blanket she was making. When I asked her where she learned to do that, she said she had never done it before, but since she had never failed at it, she felt pretty sure that she could do it. She said she would just create each letter one at a time with little stitches.
I feel like I should have a positive attitude like that about nannying. There's nothing telling me that I'm going to fail, and if I run into problems, I'll work them out one issue at a time. I have complete confidence in my ability to problem-solve in a babysitting setting, so I shouldn't let the overwhelming feeling that "something will go wrong" make me nervous about it.
Amazon.com is seriously the best ever. Here's why:
1. I ordered several items after 11pm on a week day and the package was at my door when I got home from work the next day.
2. This series of emails between myself and Amazon customer service about a different package that was briefly missing:
Hi, The tracking information says that this package was delivered on
Dec. 10, but I did not receive it. Is this something that Amazon can
deal with, or do I need to contact the USPS?
Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.com.
I am sorry that you have not received this order; it appears the
package may be lost. Please accept our sincere apologies for this
I have placed a new order for the item. There will be no charge for
I've also upgraded the shipping method to Two-Day Shipping
at no additional charge.
Again, we are very sorry for any inconvenience you have experienced.
We value your business and hope to see you again at Amazon.com.
Hi, I had a second order placed because my first package was marked as
delivered but hadn't shown up, then both the old order and the new
one showed up. I haven't opened the second (replacement) package. I
received it from UPS and I tried to look on their website for
refusal procedures, but I couldn't find that information. Should I
just return it and pay the shipping? And where do I return the
Thanks for your help,
Greetings from Amazon.com.
Thank you for letting us know you have received both the original
and replacement shipment. We appreciate your honesty and apologize
for the inconvenience. Please return one of the packages at your
Please visit our online Returns Center for further instructions.
Here you will be able to print a postage-paid return shipping label.
If you no longer have your packing slip, please write your order
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Here are 10 Things I Love Right Now:
2. Cold pizza. It might be even better than regular pizza.
3. Being a big dork
4. Tea. Tea sets, tea cups, tea pots. Earl Grey with milk and honey.
5. Christmas shopping
6. Daniel, and hanging out at his house with him and his family and dogs
7. Star Trek: The Original Series
8. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. I've been reading a bit of this book every night before I go to bed and it keeps cracking me up. Okay, I've read it before. Twice. But I really like it.
9. Volunteering at the library and hanging out with the crazy, but friendly, children's section librarians
10. Getting all snuggly on the couch when it's cold out with a sweatshirt, blanket, fuzzy socks, and something warm to drink. Bonus points for something good on tv (Seinfeld, What Not to Wear, Good Eats, etc.)