The Patron Saint of Second Chances
a debut novel by Christine Simon
on my weekday commutes to school
i listen to quite a few books
was the first one in a long time
that had me laughing out loud while driving
while i may have looked a bit crazy
it was so worth it for the belly laughs
all from this book
set in a small italian village
filled with larger than life, passionate, eccentric characters
who you will absolutely fall in love with
a community who finds a way
where no path is clear
using the power of optimism, love, and fate
(along with a few pleas to obscure patron saints)
to overcome all obstacles.
you simply will not want this beautiful story to end.
“my optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.”
image credit/publisher: atria books
there’s a phrase in german (regional,) meaning “i am feeling visited enough”
that you can say when you want company to go, and this is brilliant.
it’s “ich fühle mich jetzt genug besucht.”
use as needed.
credits: united humanists, warner brothers pictures photo
my money is on the baby for the win .
“the world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.”
Guinness World Record: Man rides 38 miles in giant pumpkin
Duane Hansen has set a new Guinness World Record for riding 38 miles (61km) in a giant pumpkin.
He grew the 846lb (384kg) pumpkin in his garden with the aim to beat the 25.5 mile record, set in 2018.
Duane travelled down Missouri River and broke the record on his 60th birthday on August 27th.
“There are three things I’ve learned never to discuss with people:
religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
-Linus, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
credits: bbc news
found on the car parked next to me
appreciate the warning
will keep a safe distance
“never stay on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down to the green valleys of silliness.”
i had asked my daughter
to pick out a nice shampoo and conditioner for me
was excited to get these
loved reading the labels
here are just some of the words/phrases on the packaging:
For weak, brittle hair that needs an intervention!
Damage Level – 3
Micro shields boost strength and stamina
Great results may cause your hair’s ego to inflate to astronomical proportions.
what?! ‘damage level -3’?!
i love the descriptors
who could resist even one of these?
and also there is so much little writing on the label
the shampoo and conditioner bottles look exactly the same
once i’m in the shower i have no idea which is which
and i always forget to look before i get in
and i’m not getting out to get my glasses on
so i have a 50/50 chance of getting it right, a roll of the dice
and sometimes i lose
this is what i call an ‘x-treme’ hair care experience.
“sorry I can’t hear you over the volume of my hair.”
remove glitter with play dough!
i have been told, more than once, but less than a million times
that people in my presence
inexplicably end up with glitter
stuck to them or on their food or in unexpectedly odd places
or see traces of it stuck to my face or hair or feet
while it is true that i do enjoy a great love
of the sparkling wonder that is glitter
i know there are those of you
who may need an easy way
to rid yourself, or your things, or your cake, or your abode
of all that remains
i have a fine gift for you
an easy and magical method to clean it up
you are welcome.
clearing up glitter can be tough. it turns out that there’s one easy way to get rid of those sparkles that spread everywhere. just grab some play dough and press it over the affected areas. that’s pretty much it.
“she who leaves a trail of glitter will never be forgotten.”
-some wise person
the description: “Ever wish you could just wrap yourself in a plush blanket scarf and pronounce it a look? Well, hello! This pale grey top is crafted with shawl-like wrap styling and features pleats at the shoulder and a crisscross bottom. But unlike your winter scarf, the lavishly soft piece has full-length sleeves.”
i do love how comfortable and cozy
this ‘plush blanket scarf’ looks
if i can master
(the shawl, wrap, pleats, crisscross features)
and put it on
without getting all tangled up in it
which would not be
a good look
or quite as comfortable.
“simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
– coco chanel
interior updating work has begun
someone has a whimsical creative streak
and one of these chairs is not like the others.
“creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
– edward de bon