Monday, September 22, 2014

Lucky Me

Is this photo of a duck or a bunny.  It depends, right?  As most things in life your perspective is key to your outlook and well being.

My mother, who was an extraordinary public school educator for 33 years before she retired (hello, traumatic brain injury!), had a poster in her classroom: "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."

I like that quote.  There's a lot of wisdom in that one sentence.

This week a little unexpected bonus hit my paycheck - because I've been killing it at work.  I was already trying to think of ways to convince my husband I "needed" to spend my bonus on a new entry table from Restoration Hardware...(Hello, Stack 50 Table!)
But this week one of our AC units went out.  I don't mean to brag, but our house has three AC units: one for upstairs, one for the main part of the house, and one for the master bedroom.  My husband is out of town Monday through Thursday each week, and all week, I felt like my husband was trying to save money by keeping the house warm.  It felt warm, but I would just go to bedroom where it was a perfect 69 degrees.

When my husband returned from his business trip, he immediately asked if I had noticed that the downstairs AC was set on 74 degrees but the house was 84 degrees?  I told him I thought it was warm, but I didn't look.  My husband shook his head at my reply, but in my defense: if I need the temperature in the house adjusted I tell my husband and he does it via the Internet.  I don't look at the wall mounts.

So, our AC was broken - a coil was cracked?  We had to get it fixed.  We "needed" to have working AC.

My perspective: it's a bummer that we had an unexpected house repair, but it was awesome that my unexpected little bonus covered the cost of the repairs - no damage to the monthly budget.  How great is that?  My life is awesome.

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