Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Weekend Assignment #227: Gimme Some Good News!

Karen wants some good news this week. Who can blame her? I'm all for good news and the way things have been lately, I think we all could.

Weekend Assignment #227: There must be something positive happening in your life right now (I hope!). Tell us the good news!

This might not be good news to most people, but it is to us. We finally had some work done on our yard last week. We got rid of one big tree, a small tree and several bushes of varying sizes. We had new mulch put down, some sod to fill in the holes from the trees and on overall trimming of the bushes. It looks so much better! You can actually see our house number from the road now. Isn't that exciting? The only downside is our old siding is even more visible. But, we aren't going to focus on that now. Look how nice the bushes look around the front and back of the house. Notice how our a/c unit is free of bushes and can breathe better. Now we can have people out in the back yard. Or, if they are in the house we don't have to leave the blinds close so they can't see outside. I like to say that now we don't have the worst looking yard in the subdivision.

Exciting times. Live for the small things; that's my motto!

Another piece of good news comes from a fellow Weekend Assignment friend. Florinda was nice enough to give me the following award (you may have read this in her post):

How cool is that! While I might not feel worthy of the honor, I will except since I don't have to give a speech. There are some tasks that are involved in the acceptance of this award; none involve me cutting ribbons at the local strip mall, but may be just as difficult.
  1. Put the logo on your blog
  2. Add a link to the person who awarded you
  3. Nominate at least seven other blogs
  4. Add links to those blogs on your blog
  5. Leave a message for your nominee on his or her blog.
I will see if I can come up with seven. I probably won't be able to, we'll see.

First, I'll nominate Jenn. Not just because she is my wife, but if you want to read about a non-elite runner trying to run a marathon, read her blog. It's fun and informative, and makes you realize that it is not easy, but it can be rewarding.

Next, I will nominate DC. She stumbled onto my blog one day and I'm glad she did. Her blog is always fun and cracks me up. That is reason enough for an award in my book.

I'll also nominate Karen, she probably has received a few of these herself. Besides doing these weekend assignments she does a photo challenge every week and still finds time to blog about other things as well.

Carly gets a nomination for all her great pictures she takes. They all look like professional photos and have a great story to go along with them. Go check them out.

Ok, last I'm going to nominate Chris who started the Virtual Run Club. It was a great idea and has gotten a lot of us off our butts and kept us moving. (Speaking of which...)

So, that is my list. None of you nominated has to pass it on if you don't want; just enjoy the award and bask in it's glow. I have to run out right now so I will send comments to you guys later; just in case you see this first.

Extra Credit: Overall, are you optimistic, pessimistic or neither these days?

Um, I have to be honest and say I'm a pessimist in general. I try to look on the bright side, but sometimes I don't succeed. What can I say?


Karen Funk Blocher said...

Ow, wow, Mike, thank you! Good news indeed! I know how stuff that needs doing around the house can hang over your head, so I've glad you got this bit done. And congrats on the well-deserved recognition from Florinda!

Florinda said...

I love that you shared the award with Karen - making the rounds of our little Weekend Assignment family! I really like Carly's blog too.

What, no pictures of your newly-beautified yard :-)?

Sometimes I really think being an optimist is just too much work.

Anonymous said...

I'm in the process of getting some remodel done on the house so, that's good news! But I think that's it for now.

Thanks for the web nomination. My Tom Foolery of a blog deserves no awards...but I appreciate it. :)

And I'm definitely a pessimist. I live by "Expect the worst, hope for the best". I'm trying to be more optimistic, but it's tough!

Mike said...

Karen: Thanks, you deserve it too. Yes, doing things around the house can be over-whelming at times.

Florinda: No pictures, I didn't have time today and yesterday we had tornado warnings. I figures I'd stay inside. :)

DC: I like that, "Expect the worst, hope for the best." Your blog is fine, why shouldn't get an award?

Carly said...


Gee Whiz, thank you Mike. It's so appreciated! I will go to Florinda's blog right now and have a look see. You are so kind to think of me, thanks for brightening my day nice man.

Always, Carly

Anonymous said...

I'm just happy anyone comes around and reads my random silliness and occasional geekery. :P

Mike said...

Carly: Your welcome. Glad to do it.

DC; Me too. Though you seem to do well with traffic.