A day of smiles.

First, before I get to my article, I have to say that today has been a pretty productive day at work.

I signed up to design a website prototype for a proposal we’re working on.  Since it’s going to be based on what’s already there, it was just a matter of taking the pages and adjusting them to fit the proposal.  Yesterday afternoon was pretty frustrating, since I had to leave a bit early for a haircut, and things just weren’t going the way they should have been.  As you know, designing my own blog is one of my to-do’s.  Since I also messed with my sister’s blog, I gained some insight into CSS and layouts of pages, but by no means am I an expert.

But today, I buckled down and got the kinks from yesterday out, and got the prototype to it’s almost final form.  I’d link it up for you to see, but I don’t think I’m allowed to do that.  I’m pretty proud of it, and as I wrote on my small whiteboard in front of my desk – My awesomeness today blows my mind.  You’ve gotta tell yourself that sometimes!  Thing number one that makes me smile.

Also in work-related news, I finally got my code to run (read: those scripts that I had deleted two days ago) in less than 3 hours time.  Score!  I’m now through processing Jan and Feb of 1989 and onto March.  Thing number two that makes me smile.

I should also mention that today is my dad’s birthday.  I wish I was there to celebrate with him, but I’m sure he knows that I’m thinking about him all day (even though he ignored my birthday calls… 😉  He’s the best dad I could’ve ever asked for – always supportive, always caring, always loving… and never too quick to give advice.  I’m so lucky that I found someone who loves me the way my dad has loved my mom.  He’s been through a lot this past year, and here’s hoping that the next year is less stressful and full of everything he deserves.  Thing number three that makes me smile.

And, the article for today.  Today, I’m going home… well, to my parent’s home newspaper that is.  While searching around I found an article about a Bachelorette who changed her party plans to help some people in need. 

The gist: As most of you know, Nashville flooded in early May due to some storms and was completely unexpected.  A girl in the Roanoke Valley of VA was set to have her Bachelorette Party there over Memorial Day Weekend, and after the flooding a lot of the places they had planned to visit were closed.  This was when the bride-to-be decided to organize a relief effort.  One of her friends attending the party heard of another RV resident who had lived in Nashville who needed their help – a family of 6… Mom, dad, 2 year old triplets and a 5 mo. old.  This family barely made it out of their home before water started flooding in, and are now in a rental house until things can be taken care of.  This bachelorette and her entourage spent 6 hours on the day of her bachelorette party cleaning up their flooded house and delivering salvageables to them.  This family is now on the radar for “Extreme Home Makeover”, as their triplets were born premature, and one still needs daily respiratory therapy.

My thoughts: What an amazing thing to do for a family you don’t know during a time when you’re usually the most selfish.  These girls could have heard about the family and gone on with their fun, but they took the time to meet them and do all that they could to give the family as much of their life out of that house that they could.  Going through any sort of natural disaster has to be a very difficult experience, and add four children, one of which has major health problems, into the mix, and it has to leave you asking “Why us?”  This family, even though I don’t know them or any of the others mentioned in the article, was given guardian angels in the form of a bachelorette party.  It’s a long road ahead for this family, and I sure hope that they are given every opportunity to move forward.

Thing number four that makes me smile.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day! You know, full of awesome moments that make a person smile. 🙂

  2. I’m going to assume that’s your wedding picture up there so:

    You look gorgeous!! I hope I look half that good on my wedding day. And my awesomeness everyday blows my mind everyday!! Ok just kidding. But most days I do come up with something that blows my own mind. Whether or not its awesome is totally debatable. As for the flooding, it’s good to know there are still good people out there in the world doing those things. Unfortunately sometimes they are too few and far between. Rhode Island was also affected by extreme flooding, so this article hit pretty close to home. Especially since Rhode Islands economy is already the 2nd worst in the U.S. (who knows, maybe by now we’re #1).

  3. @Suki – it really was!

    @Girl – that was one of our wedding pictures… thanks for the compliment! I try to find one great thing a day… but some days it’s so dang hard! I also didn’t realize how bad things were up there… I guess I assumed (and you know what *that* does) that RI was just as well off as her neighbors. I wish people did more things like this girl did…. the world wouldn’t be as bad of a place.

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