Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to take a compliment. By Missy Manners.

Everyone loves a compliment.
Even me. But we don’t
always know how to take it.

Why is that?
Is it because of embarrassment?
Or do we believe the deliverer
to be insincere?

I say enough of that.
We need to embrace every

A simple thank you will do.

Here are some real life examples
from Missy Manners.

Giver: “You have pretty eyes.”
Missy: “Thank you.”

Giver: “Your hair looks nice. Today.”
Missy: “Uh. Thank you.”

Giver: “ Your kids usually are so well-behaved.”
Brief moment of silence
Missy: "Thank you."

Now these are true life examples of
compliments that I 
 have received at some point in my life,
but the next one I will
never, ever forget. Ever.

I was 16. My future mother-in-law
was the giver. I didn’t know
how to respond to it then.
Still don’t.

Future MIL: “You remind me of  Sissy Spacek.”

Sound of crickets.

Now, don’t get me wrong, but at 16 the only
thing I knew about Sissy Spacek
was “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.
And all I could think about was
her playing the guitar while barefoot
on the front porch
with kids running amuck around her.
This was most definitely NOT
a compliment to 16 year old me.

I remembered this not long ago, as I am
prone to do, and so I asked
my mother in law about it.

MIL: “I’ve always thought Sissy Spacek was cute.”
Missy: “Thank you.”

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What's on Missy's phone? - Courtesy of the kids.

It’s that time of week again.
WORP Tuesdays with  Jessica
at Lowe Family News.
I’ve missed the last couple
of weeks
because I’m ghetto.

I don’t really use my phone’s camera much.
But true to usual fashion
the kids have not let me down.
I have some really great, or odd, or no
words can describe it pics for you.

Like this.

I HATE spiders! Who would ever
eat a sucker with a spider in it?
One guess.

Yep this guy.
When I first saw this picture.
I laughed. And laughed. And laughed.
So, I asked him about it.
“What are you doing? Stripping?”
(Well what did you think?)
“O vat? Chicken Dance.”
And then I got a demonstration.
Huh. Who knew?

And this is a lovely picture
of your friendly Midwest Elk.
No, they’re not indigenous here.
We’re just lucky to have them as neighbors.
This guy greets me most mornings
when I come home from work.

“Morning Hank.”
“Morning Missy.”
“Tough night?”
“Nah. You?”
“One of the deer got out, but Farmer Tim
wrangled her up when a looky-loo spotted her.”
“Tough times.”

Well sadly, or maybe not, that’s it till next time.

Just for the record,
the above conversation
never really took place.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.

Christmas is such a special time.
My kids get sOoOo excited when I
drag out the boxes of Christmas decorations.
They like to help decorate the
tree, but usually loose interest quickly
once they've searched for, and found
their favorite pieces.

I LOVE Christmas decorations.
But I refuse to pay a lot for them.
Here's a fact for ya
Most of my decorations, if they haven't been
given to me,  come from
Goodwill or I've bought them
super cheap after Christmas.

Let me know what you think.






Merry Christmas.


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