Day 3014 – Even If you Have The Resources, You Need To Have Access To Them – or – Life Lessons In The Aldi Parking Lot

I absolutely love shopping at Aldi. Especially since the rebrand/remodel. I love being able to get amazing deals on our food. It has helped us eat really healthy affordably. There are “downsides” like waiting in line for a while, things not in stock, and having to have a quarter to get a cart.

I’m not a purse girl, at all. I either have a backpack with the kitchen sink or I only have my “wallet” (a business card holder with my credit cards and ID), clip my keys to my belt loop, and my phone. For the past year or so, I’ve also carried a coin purse with gift cards, cash, and loose change. A few nights back when I went to get groceries, I thought, I don’t need cash or giftcards, so I’ll leave this at home. Famous. Last. Words.

I used to be in the habit of keeping a roll of quarters in my car for parking meters. Now, I just keep some change. I ALWAYS have several quarters in my car for Aldi.

When I arrived at Aldi to shop, I went to grab a quarter. Nothing. A few pennies, no quarters. “Oh crap.” I looked in the console between the seats. Nothing.

Thus began the longest search of my life.

I turned the car inside out, finally deciding I had to look for pennies to get a quarter. I went through the car several times. I had secret hopes that someone would just happen to see me searching and give me a cart. A lady walked up next to me, and I thought of making a joke about digging for change, but I didn’t want to sound desperate. Wouldn’t you know, she gave her cart to other people, and not in exchange for a quarter. DOH!

Onward I forged. I FINALLY found the 25th cent, and upon counting, realized I had 26 cents. I traded in my quarter at the cash register, then washed my hands in the bathroom.

I had never used the bathroom at Aldi. Before the remodel, and for many years, Aldi has had a, well, not very good reputation. Just as a trashy kind of place, not the best quality, etc. But it has saved us so much money, and since they started accepting credit cards, not debit cards, we shop there almost exclusively. So for years, I had this idea that the bathrooms would be trashy. Friends, the bathroom was beautiful! I never would have expected that! I’m not sure if that was part of the remodel or if it was always that nice. That was definitely a good reminder to not judge things without knowing the full story.

It also made me realize that I had more than enough resources (money) to get a cart, but I couldn’t access those resources. I knew I could drive to the apartment to get a quarter, but was that really worth the extra drive? I have to make sure that I have access to the resources I need in life. I have access to countless books at the library, but if I never go, I’ll never get to use those resources for my benefit. Part of the reason I’m rereading my entire blog is to find the diamonds to share with others on Pinterest (ha ha, MUCH harder in the first year or two of posts). I have lots of resources and information here on the blog about a number of topics, but if I don’t get them in front of people, they won’t have the impact I want (more I do’s that last until til death do us part, more people actually taking a road trip instead of wishing they could, etc).

Oh, and I have a whole bunch of quarters in my car now.

Here’s the state of the change I did find!

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Day 2961 – How We Learned Some Life Lessons From Almost Eating An Entire Tub Of Ice Cream

A few nights ago, I had a dream about an ice cream sundae. That day, I purposed to buy the supplies for an ice cream sundae….and I did. Man, being an adult is great. I bought a regular sized container of ice cream. We enjoyed it so much, it was gone in like two days. I thought, never fear, I’ll just get some more. Little did I know, I would be purchasing a big threat. A 4.5 quart threat. We had some when I got home from the store. We had some that evening. The next morning. We would eat together and separate. Every time, the other would get a look of shame. Every time, we would make jokes. But here’s one thing I noticed, it felt very, very, very close to home when thinking back to the look of shame I held the morning after a big binge drinking night. I had to put a stop to the jokes, because it brought back such sad memories.

So, we have this huge tub of ice cream, and by the next day, we have eaten way more than two people should have eaten. Seriously, this tub should last two people a month, or at least a week or two. In a stroke of very good and convicting luck, I was chowing down on this ice cream while watching a film theory video about Wall-E. Seeing the gluttony of the humans was really helpful in the next thing that happened.

I asked Bret a few times around this point – “Do we need to dump this down the drain?” It was finally decided, yes, we definitely need to. Before we could change our minds, I turned on the water into the tub of ice cream.

I realized in that moment that I don’t think I was ever the one to dump my alcohol down the drain. It was dumped for me the day after my DUI. It was dumped by Bret after I went crazy on brand new bottles. It was such a surreal thought as I was running the water and garbage disposal. It was a humbling moment, but it was also an encouraging moment. We realized we had a problem and we took care of it somewhat quickly.

Who knew so much could result from a tub of ice cream.

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Day 2119 – Life Lessons In A Box…er…Boxes Of Pens

I would say I finished unpacking today. We were pretty much unpacked on the first day, but there were a few boxes to go through. Well, today Bret had some stuff to do after work and I REALLY wanted to finish up! So, I pulled EVERYTHING out, turned on Interstellar (second viewing) and went to town. I got about 3 boxes of trash, a crate of shredding and put everything else away. I even went through ALL of my pens. Now, this is a big deal, because I had a lot of pens. A big drawer, a little drawer, a little cup, a big cup and random ones laying around. Friends, I got the pens down to a little drawer (just for pencils, colored pens, sharpies and highlighters) and a big drawer….that previously would not close.

WHAT?

But here’s what I learned. If you tell yourself something and believe it, you can do it. What did I tell myself? I did not like writing with pens that have a cap. So I tossed them. Some pens write funny, I tossed them. Some pens DIDN’T write at all and I had kept them in the past! I tossed those too. I probably threw out half of my pens. But you know what, it feels really good. I know that what I have actually writes and I enjoy using them to write.

So set your mind to something, believe it and take the action you need to take.

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Day 2107 – Our New Home

Two and a half years ago, we moved out of our first home together and moved in my family. What followed was a wonderful season of growth, getting to know my family, growing closer to Christ than we have ever been in our personal lives and in our marriage. I am so thankful for the generosity of my family letting us, well, be a part of the family.

Yesterday, we moved out. There were a number of reasons for this, one of them was that we cut Bret’s commute from 45-60 minutes down to 12. Since the work I do can be from most anywhere, it didn’t matter where we lived. However, the biggest reason we moved is that Bret felt God was calling us to move out because of issues in his heart. He admits that he put off moving out because it was cheaper to live at my parents and because of enjoying the growth in his relationships with my family. But God continued to put on our hearts to move out. So at this time, while we’re not sure where all the money will come from and where God will lead us, we’re excited and having faith to see what He has for us, and the growth that will occur during this next part of our journey. Especially in Bret’s heart.

* Note – Bret was dictating this to me. 🙂

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Day 1725 – What How I Met Your Mother Taught Me About Life – No Spoilers

I watched the finale of How I Met Your Mother last night…I know there are two camps here….the “oh my gosh, I LOVED the ending!” and the “SERIOUSLY? That’s it???” I will say I am happy with how it ended. Again, no spoilers here, but the ending got me thinking about life in general. Here are a few of my thoughts.

1. Life never happens how you expect it to.
2. Your journey may start one way and you think it’s going to end a certain way. In someways, it will, but in others it will be far better than you ever imagined.
3. Some friends will stay in your life forever. Through every peak and valley. Every joy and every heartbreak.
4. Some friends will go away for a while. Some will stay away and some will come back. It doesn’t mean they were a bad friend or a good friend. But that’s just life.
5. You never know how something will end until the end.
6. Some things are meant to be, even if you deny them up and down.
7. Sometimes it takes someone else telling you something to make you believe it.
8. Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.
9. When you look back on your life, you can see how everything worked together.
10. Life can be absolutely hilarious and absolutely heartbreaking at the same time.

Hey, look, we actually took a picture of us….together…watching the show!!

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