Monday, October 12, 2009

Building on Obama's Nobel Prize...

...(and let's just start with a big old Hooray and Yippee, Mr. President!)...I've been reflecting on the ways that I work to contribute to global peace. When I can, I buy Fair Trade, eat organically, and support non profits that I feel are making a positive impact on our world. All nice things, but, let's be honest, a little lacking in creativity.

So the other day I was preparing to depart on our long trek to Trader Joe's, and remembered that, shockingly, I was without cash for the toll. I am too stubborn to break down and pay for an E-ZPass, so I run into this issue every time I have to travel a toll road. With the babies already loaded into the car and strapped into their car seats, I considered for a few brief moments that perhaps I would just speed through the toll without paying. Since we hadn't yet left the driveway, I decided the better course of action would be to sprint into the house, grab some change, and pay the toll like the good little law abiding citizen that I reluctantly admit to being. Grabbing a few quarters turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated. Our change jar was full of pennies and various world currencies never converted back into US dollars after Kyle's last business trip. Rather than throw a handful of pennies at the toll attendant, I grabbed a few Euros and ran back out to the car. Because I'm a member of the global community, people. Euros are worth more anyway.

Apparently the toll attendant didn't agree. And so even though I quickly pressed my Euros into her palm and sped away, she still found the time to press the alarm buzzer and make the red light go off before I was through. So now I'm waiting for the grainy photograph to arrive in the mail, which will show me and the babies speeding through the toll like tax evaders and be accompanied by a hefty little fine. And I think it's totally unpatriotic and un-world-peacely that I will be fined for trying to broaden the global horizons of this fine state. Besides, I had no quarters, and everyone knows that pennies aren't money any more.

I like to think that our fine President would be proud of me. Or that he would tell me to stop making pathetic attempts to pass off my coin shortage as a stand for world peace. One of those.

Unrelated and far more exciting...

Thank you! to Musings of a Wannabe Mommy for the Kreativ Blogger Award! The accompanying rules are as follows (and remember...I am law abiding!):

1-Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2-Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3-Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4-Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5-Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6-Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7-Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

Ta-da: things you may not know about me (good there really anything I haven't shared?)

1. Fall is my favorite season.
2. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I think Paris Hilton is a comedic genius.
3. I make delectable maple sticky buns.
4. I enrolled in culinary school and dropped out a week later, before classes even started.
5. I was a cheerleader in college, and ultimately left the sport to become more active in the Feminist Collective.
6. I gag when I touch dry sand, chalk, or cotton balls.
7. I can not be counted on to not half-ass most home improvement projects.

So, to share a little love, peace, and goodwill, I'm passing this award on to the following talented bloggers: Freckletree, Nourish the Soul, The Maybe Baby, Parsing Nonsense, on the m104, Poop and Boogies, and Maybe If You Just Relax.

And on a closing note, I'd like to add that I ate a huge piece of chocolate cake for breakfast, and it was really awesome.


freckletree. said...

chocolate cake-- no wonder your writer's block is waning.

thanks for the mention, lady. can't wait to think of seven things to tell about myself (i'll prob have to make them up).

btw, i really like your way of making the president sound as if he is endorsing your crimes. i mean, efforts for global unity, that is. sorry.

m said...

OMG. First, TJs - worth every fine. And second - euros at the toll = genius. Your president and all other members of the global community should be proud of you (now that, and chipping in for your fine is a totally different thing...)

Thank you for the award! Like freckletree, it may take me a minute to think of somethings I haven't yet shared. But it should be fun.

My favorite part about blog awards is that they often point me to blogs I've never seen before - I'm really looking forward to some more exploring as well.

Chocolate cake for breakfast is awesome.

Daryl said...

Wow .. I am sure you deserve this a lot more than I do .. you write, you let it all out there and me all I do is stick a photo up!

I wonder what causes gag reflexes like that ... and I would love to taste one of your maple sticky buns, the sound SO good .. and I think Paris is for sure laughing at everyone who doesnt get she is having a ball ..

WannabeMommy said...

Mmmm... sticky buns.

Congratulations on your award! ;-)