The Squid Launcher

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Tip #20

The most amazing things can happen when you’re not expecting it!

Craig and I wanted to get away for a day, so we drove down to Iowa. The landscape was great to look at, and driving on a road that wasn’t crazy busy was also enjoyable.

Vacation doesn’t always have to be far away – it can be anything you want it to be. I even got to go to my first hockey game over the weekend. Wisconsin VS Michigan, and it was a blast! Hurray for mini travels!


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Tip #19

This tip has 3 parts to it.

  1. Don’t park underneath pine trees when it’s hot outside. The sap could drip on your car and it’s really quite nasty.
  2. Don’t try to remove the sap with a tough scrubbing pad of sorts. It leaves little scratches on your paint.
  3. Don’t try to clean the sap when you’re emotionally distressed because a giant flock of flying bugs are headed towards you. You won’t think rationally.

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I did all of the above, I regret to say. One day I was looking at my car and discovered glue like spots all over my car. I couldn’t figure out what it was until Craig suggested it might be sap from the trees. It was outside and it melted unto my car. I’m proud of my little vehicle, so I tried picking off the sap with my fingers. It was not only difficult, but it was nearly impossible. I was overheated and my mind was on other things, so I grabbed a scrubbing pad. When I came outside, Craig was spraying the hose into the air at a swarm of bugs. They were flying everywhere and crawling on the house… It was like nothing I had ever seen before. Pretty terrifying, really. Later on, I discovered the scrubbing pad left little marks in the areas I was cleaning. Which, really does make sense. I just wasn’t thinking straight. The bug attack alone was enough to keep my mind occupied!

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Tip #18

I now present, what not to do when you’re bored.

Don’t get on a scale.

The other day I had some extra time in the morning and I was sitting around talking to my mom. As we were talking, I stepped on a scale just because I was curious and didn’t seem to have anything better to do. A little surprised by what showed up for a number, I asked my mom if the scale was correct. She said it should be. I told her to come over and look at the scale. She said, “Oh, honey, what have you been doing?”

It gave all my friends a good laugh. And me too. Mom is always looking out for me.




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Tip #17

If one of your zippers breaks, hide all your shirts! Or at least keep them in a safe place.

Let me explain.

Earlier this week, the zipper on my purple winter jacket busted off completely. I’ve had the coat for a long time, so I thought of it as a chance to get a new one maybe when winter jackets go on sale in the spring.

The next day, I put on one of my favorite button up shirts. It’s made of a fairly thin material, and it has plastic-separating-zippersmall blue stripes on it. When I was fixing my hair, I saw in the mirror when I lifted my arms there was a huge hole in the armpit area of the shirt. Not only that, but there seemed to be a few more tiny holes starting. I couldn’t believe it! I was saddened by the sight.

The moral of the story is…be careful if you break a zipper!

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Tip #16

Merry Christmas to all!

I’ve been thinking about Christmas and the New Year a lot lately and was thinking about something I heard from my cousin last year. She said, why do we wait till a new year comes to try and turn our lives around? Every day is an opportunity for us to live for God and be our best. untitled

Isn’t this true? And shouldn’t we try to make time for God every day, not just on Christmas and Easter?

Tip #16 is a reminder for all of us to think about this 🙂 Blessings to all of you!

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Tip #15

If there’s one thing I’ve learned while traveling this month, it’s that you have to go with the flow. If you don’t have a plan, just stick with your group or traveling companions and have fun. Be smart and mindful, but try to be relaxed and enjoy what you can. Observe and be on your toes. If things don’t end up the way you planned or if you miss something, take a deep breath and learn what you can from the experience. Push past it and go on. Traveling will teach you a lot, especially if you’re gone for a decent amount of time!

In Rome with a jean jacket on in hot weather. Going with the flow!

In Rome with a jean jacket on in hot weather. Going with the flow!


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Tip #14

If your New Year’s resolution was to avoid sweets, I have an excellent tip for you. 

Find what you’re craving in a vending machine. Pay a dollar and ten cents and watch as the candy bar stays put. You want to shake the machine, but you’re a little nervous. Instead of doing that, you decide to pay for the candy bar again. So…you end up paying for 2 candy bars and only getting one.

It’s that simple. You’ll never want to try it again. 



Tip #13

GLFcyDoFor the perfect day off, enjoy the following:

Sleeping until 10:30 am

A late breakfast of eggs and toast

A peppermint mocha

Online shopping deals

Cookies and chocolate

Talks with Mom … and … STAYING IN PAJAMAS ALL DAY


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Tip #12

If you’re feeling like living on the edge during a meal, eat spaghetti in a white shirt/sweater. I got that idea from my cousin and tried it the other day. Man, did I feel daring! Kind of like this little guy… 🙂



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Tip #11

If you have good toothpaste that you’d prefer not to share with anyone, set out a decoy toothpaste tube. When you’re ready to brush your teeth, you can bring out a different tube that is far superior to the decoy.

This is what my wonderful cousin told me the other day when I stayed over at her house and asked if  I could use the toothpaste I found in the bathroom. “Oh, that’s just my decoy toothpaste,” she said. “If you want, you can use my good toothpaste. That’s over here in my room.” I laughed so hard! An interesting thought. Thanks for the tip! 🙂


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