Everyone around me has had this bug going around and I escaped it for a good long time. The bug finally caught me and it’s making me pay for running. Sleep would be awesome, but this girl believes rest and naps are overrated.
I’ve had the same email address for at least 15 years; therefore, I’ve gotten on more email lists than I can count. The process of emptying my spam folder and deleting the occasional marketing message that makes its way into my inbox is a pain and is time consuming.
Today, an email slipped in and caught my attention from friend and speaker, Scott Friedman, (http://scottfriendman.net). The font was funky and the header read, “Celebrate 2017 With 10 Workplace Celebrations.” I couldn’t help but read it even though I don’t have a typical workplace.
One of the 10 celebrations — and the purpose of this post — was called, ‘Snap a Happy.’ Every day you take a photo of something that makes you smile and compile an album. What better place to compile a happy album than right here?
So here goes… a photo a day for 2017 of something that brought me a smile. Even if I don’t have time to write a post, I can share a photo… right? I hope you play along at home!
Summer is my favorite time of the year. At least, it used to be when I had a pool. I’ve found that without water in the backyard I don’t know what to do on weekends other than sweat or stay inside. We don’t grill out nearly as often — we don’t enjoy evenings outside even. While some get ‘spring fever’ for a car… I’m seriously thinking pool over here.
Dharma, on the other hand, is satisfied without a body of water to get into — she’s happy when it just rains…
Gracie’s Audition for an ASPCA TV Commercial:
My puppies walk through a closed-in porch to go outside. When they want back in, they expect the door to open for them immediately. But it’s not like they’re chained to a doghouse in knee-high water, or stranded in the hot sun with nothing to drink — still, poor Gracie looks like she’s auditioning for a part in one of the ASPCA commercials that make me cry every single time (so I’m NOT linking to them here either). Sometimes I let them stay out there long enough to smear my door’s window up with nose prints.
What Facebook hides:
There’s apparently a hidden treasure trove of messages that Facebook hides from you. They’re messages that are most likely sent from someone not on your friend’s list. My favorite brother sent me the link last night — and I’ve seen others sharing it today within status posts.
I primarily use FB on my desktop computer and to check this out, you need to be on your phone. I didn’t have any hidden messages, but it seems we lost a couple speech inquiries and more on another FB account because of this.
The lesson here is two-fold. Check your hidden FB messages more often than once a year, but most importantly… don’t use FB to send a message to someone if you’re not “friends” — and especially if you’re sending a business message to a personal account.
So much talk about pit bull terriers! Some claim they are vicious and dangerous around children, while others claim they’ve gotten a bad rap and are sweet animals. Because I’m not 100% certain which side I believe, I don’t own one. Although I think they are a gorgeous breed, I have a granddaughter. Not knowing is not worth it.
When it comes to dogs, I ‘get it’ that some breeds are simply more aggressive than others and pet owners may also contribute to their pet’s aggressive behavior by poor treatment and training/non-training. But that isn’t always 100% accurate either. My Libby, (now resting in box in my office) was a labrador. Labs are known to be friendly and goodness knows I did nothing to make her aggressive… but she was. More protective than aggressive — but she would bite. She was the true alpha dog.
And speaking of alpha dogs… I think I have another one.
Have you noticed the overwhelming number of articles that have a number in the headline/title? You know… like, The 7 Creepiest Abandoned Places in (and Around) Louisville, and 9 Ridiculously Easy Weeknight Pasta Recipes? Books utilize the concept too. For example, 7 Tenets of Taxi Terry and The 6th Target (Women’s Murder Club).
It is said there are five, high-level headline types:
- Normal (Ways to Make Booking Speeches More Fun)
- How to Do It (How to Make Booking Speeches More Fun)
- Ask a Question (What are Ways to Make Booking Speeches More Fun?)
- Address the Reader (Ways You Need to Make Booking Speeches More Fun)
- Add a Number (5 Ways To Make Booking Speeches More Fun)
Studies show that headlines written utilizing a number resonate more with readers — as much as 15% more than 2nd place, ‘addresses the reader’ headlines. I guess I agree, even though I feel saturated with lists and more lists. Having said that, allow me to share the ONE reason Dharma loves Valentine’s Day… fuzzy teddy bears!