Small Things

I’ve decided to enjoy the small things.

The large things are so…large.  And daunting.  But small things?  You can DO those.  You put a bunch of small things on a list & you can crank out a day full of victories, albeit tiny ones. But, hey, a victory is a victory, right?

IMG_8137I’ve found that this principle applies to amusement as well.  To be frank, I’ve never been a very tough sell in this area.  It doesn’t have to be wildly hilarious or insanely funny to tickle me.  I like my small amusements, but I’ve been really focused lately on enjoying really tiny ones.  Even by my standards.  And today (because I can’t think of a darn thing to blog about) I’m going to share some with you.

I suppose I could have titled this blog THINGS I FOUND ON MY PHONE but it’s better if I at least pretend to have a plan.  Just go with me.

IMG_8177#1:  This shirt you see above is printed with the due date card from an old library book.  It was a gift & when I put it on, delighted, my kids were like, “What is that?”  And I was like, “EXACTLY.”  Because I’m not sure anything sums up the difference between my generation and theirs more succinctly. Huge props to my sister Kelly for finding this shirt on a trip to NYC recently & bringing it home to me, where it obviously belongs.

#2:  Then there’s this coat hook on the right that I found in a public bathroom somewhere.  I saw one of these on the internet one time with the caption DRUNK OCTOPUS WANTS TO FIGHT YOU.  And I have never seen one since without laughing.  So there you are.  You’re welcome.  And put up your dukes.




#3:  So here on the left, you see me, Mr. Sey & my up-for-anything sister Cheryl.  We were visiting her in Chicago, & roped her into accompanying us to Medieval Times, which some of you may know is a chain restaurant famous for recreating (sort of) medieval jousting tournaments while serving you dinner.  Without silverware.  It was, as Mr. Sey so aptly put it, “a lot like WWF, only with swords.  And food you have to eat with your bare hands.”  He forgot to say that it was awesome, but you can probably see how awesome it was from the paper crowns we got to wear to show our allegiance to our knight.  AWESOME.



#4:  And here on the right, you see the price tag that redeemed a beautiful Saturday spent on errands instead of enjoying the gorgeous weather.  I could not have named a romance novel better.  If I had any need–any need at ALL–for a brief case, I’d have lobbied for the purchase.  But I stay home with the kids for a living, & talk to the voices in my head for spending money.  I don’t need several hundred dollars worth of briefcase.  But I would dearly love a bashful billionaire in brown.  Who wouldn’t?

So that’s me.  That’s what’s been amusing me these days.  What about you?

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to visit me ?

    Have Fun

    • Cassondra says:

      Helen, he cannot stay away from you for long. You know this. ‘
      And we appreciate your patience. Yes. We do. ;0)

  • Helen says:

    Hi Susan

    Well looks like the GR is coming to amuse me and the grandkids that should keep us laughing 🙂

    WOW that breifcase is expensive LOL I don’t nee one either I agree that there are so many small things that can make us smile and be happy I went to one of my grandson’s soccer presentations today and watching Jake get his first ever trophy awesome but he was really more thrilled with the lolly bag that he got LOL kids who would have guessed ? and watching the kids jump on a huge blow up water slide and get their faces painted and it was such a beautiful day that made me smile small and cheap 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Cassondra says:

      Helen, I like watching little kids. I don’t mean babysitting them. No. Never that. I don’t babysit. I fear being stuck with children for long periods of time. I don’t know what to do with them.
      But watching the little ones discover the world…that’s a real blast, and I love it when I get to see it.
      I saw a little girl in a restaurant today and she had shoes that flashed every time she took a step. It was awesome.

  • Jane says:

    Hello Susan,
    I remember those due date cards inside the library books. Recently I started listening to sports radio shows and I find it amusing that the fans call in and start critiquing every little move the players and coaches make and start panicking after their favorite team loses one game. Everybody’s an armchair quarterback and it’s hard not to laugh at these callers.

    • Cassondra says:

      Jane, I have never gotten that either.

      It’s easy to criticize people who are doing great things, I think. Not so easy to actually be up DOING those things.

  • flchen1 says:

    LOL, Susan!! That is amusing indeed! Alas, I still have been resisting the call of a smart phone, so no cute photos to show recent amusements. My cell phone DOES take photos, but honestly I haven’t figured out how to easily get them off the phone 😀 And the photos themselves aren’t anything to write home about! (Maybe that in itself is mildly amusing…)

    My kids have been enjoying their Squishable companions: They have a cow, a saber-toothed tiger, a raccoon, an arctic fox, a koala, a goat, and a sheep… DD is now obsessed with Tsum tsums (??): and has found herself videos on how to make them… We have not yet begun experimenting.

    And as I mentioned on Jeanne’s post recently, BuzzFeed’s videos have been making me laugh 🙂

    • Cassondra says:

      Fedora, I predict that when you get a smart phone, you will love it.

      I was a total holdout, but now? I’m so freaking addicted to my iPhone.

      So. Addicted.

  • Amy Conley says:

    OMG today it has totally and completely been Grandson#2.
    1.He had a loose tooth. By reading the word “had” I’m sure you’ve figured out it has been pulled. This time we used a piece of hard bubble gum.He bites down with loose tooth, I yank, tooth is removed. This is the second time we have done this, first time was with a hard tootsie roll, hey, it worked. Then we had to kid him about the Tooth Fairy not remembering how to get to our house since it’s only been 25 years or better since she’s been here. But she found it and he got $2.After the loss of the tooth today hubby says, “How come the Tooth Fairy always has to show up HERE?” LOL

    2. Grand #2 wants to be Michael Jackson/Thriller for Halloween. So today we went to You Tube to see if we could find the dance. We found a great version and now Grand #2 can do the moves but yells at Maymie (me) because I forgot to move my head the correct way.

    3. H wanted to mow great-grandma and pa’s yard…by his 7 year old self. Hubby let hhim drive the riding mower around the house, twice! And he got to park it in the garage.

    4. Number 4, which was the most hilarious thiing of all. Last night when I was commenting here, my kb on my tablet stopped working. I did everythiing I could think of, no go. I was so mad I was ready to go to the store in the middle of the night to return it. Insteaad I just tossed it aside and went to sleep. First thing this morning I am getting all the paperwork for the tablet together to return to the store. Hubby is just standing around apologizing for buying me a piece of crap.Grand#2 says, “Wait, let me look at it. I think I can fix it.” He grabs the tablet out of my handds, tells me I just have to do “this” (I still don’t know what “this” is), and guess what? Yep, the keyboard works. My husband has laughed about this all day long. And of course I have too.

    5. One more thing, I was showing Grand #2 some old photos tonight before he went home and I have a picture taken in May of 1980. It is a picture of a 20 year old me and my twin boys who were 2 1/2 and I asked him if he knew who was in the picture. He says, :Sure, that’s my mom, me and Grandson #3 (his brother).” I lost it! Told him it was me and his twin Uncles and he didn’t believe me, had to go ask Pap to provve I wasn’t lying. I told my daughter about this and she said, “See, everyone always says I look like you, except you.” I told her she still doesn’t look like me, but I thought was funny was him thinking his Uncles we him and his brother. But I figured out why he thought that, my boys had blond hair til they werre teens almost, but Grand #2 had never seen them with blonde hair.

  • Shannon says:

    Small things. Small victories. Tis a gift to be simple…

    Yesterday was the chili cook off. Eight totally different chilis and probably 25 different personalities. The church hall doors were open, and the benches outside were filled.

    Anticipating getting shoes. I ordered three pairs of shoes that were on a half-price sale. Will they be lovely?

    Cell phone photos. I have one of those brand name phones with lots of apps for phone and computer. There’s one app that chats with the phone and the photos are the computer for sharing. My photo from northern Idaho of a small lake is my background picture on the laptop. Tall pine trees are reflected in the water as well as bright white fluffy clouds. I smile every time I see it: once every ten years I’m a great photographer, that there can be a perfect day while on vacation, and the background survived the installation of a new battery.

    • Cassondra says:

      Wow, Shannon, a chili cookoff?

      I’m so jelly!

      But it’s that time of year.

      I love your list of simple things.

  • Deb says:

    Our neighbors took their kids to the Medieval dinner in Chicago this summer and she said it was really neat.
    My daughter amuses me with her quips. One comment she made last spring still makes me laugh when I think of it. We were sitting at the supper table, the first day of track practice, and she says, “I don’t think I’m going to like track.”

    “Why not?” asked DH.

    “It’s a lot of running.” Ha! What did she think track involved? She ended up being good at the 100 m dash and high jump.

    Little things that amuse me can make my day a little brighter.

    • Cassondra says:

      Okay, Deb, that got me truly tickled.

      “It’s a lot of running.”

      I’m sitting here Laughing out Loud and myhusband is looking at me funny and I can’t stop!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Great post, Susan! I love when the little things amuse too! Like Amy, Gorgeous Grandson (who is 1) is a source of much of that these days. As are my teenage niece and nephew. Even the cats get in on the act! And my lovely hubby cracks me up – you can grow up all you like, but there’s a mischievous little boy inside! 🙂

  • Great post, Smoov, and I am loving that shirt !!

    Little things like my elderly overweight basset hound making three tries at getting on the futon and finally looking at me like “Are you going to help me or what?”

    My outside dog Miss Fuzzy Butt chasing falling leaves. She catches them, crunches them and then spits them out as if she expects one of them might eventually taste like bacon.

    My washing machine. Yes, I know. Crazy. BUT, if you had spent eight years hauling your laundry to a laundromat finally having your own washing machine would definitely make you smile. Don’t tell anyone, but I even go so far as to pat the washing machine every now and again.

    • Cassondra says:

      Louisa, you come up with the best pet names.

      Miss Fuzzy Butt?

      OMG! I’m snorking.

      And I totally get the look your basset gave you. I know that look.

      And FWIW, I tell my dishwasher that I love it. Regularly. And I pat my washer and dryer, too. “Hang in there,” I say. “I need you.”

  • Hey Susan –

    Love the shirt AND the fighting octopus LOL.

    Here’s my small pleasure. I was at the NJRWA conference this weekend and sitting in Roxanne St. Claire three hour workshop. I went to turn off my cellphone so it wouldn’t disturb everything if it rang – and somehow managed to turn the flashlight on. The thing is – I didn’t even know the phone had a flashflight! I’ve had that phone for three years maybe and have sat in poorly lit restaurants all that time and not realized I had a flashlight at my disposal. But that’s not the funny thing (though now I plan to use that flashlight TO DEATH)

    The funny thing was – I couldn’t turn it off. I’m pushing every button I could find – nothing. I had to leave the workshop and find someone to turn the light off for me because I’m such a ditz. LOL. I mentioned my dilemma to my husband who said – oh yeah…didn’t you know your phone could do that? Well – no. But the pleasure is I now know how to use my phone and it has a flashlight! Cool!

  • Becke says:

    Ah yes, the little things.
    We took the 2, 4, and 5 y/o grands to Boo at the Zoo. It was magical. The 2yo wore a little monster costume that came with a hat with a set of horns on it. She was hysterical!

    Trick or Treat.

    • Cassondra says:

      OMGOSH, Becke, the costumes for the little ones now–they’re fantastic!

      I saw a caterpillar one time. I wanted to be two again so I could wear that.

  • Cassondra says:

    Smoov, I love this blog. I am making such an effort to find something to laugh at every day now.

    I love the octopus, and I’ll never look at one of those the same again. I particularly like the slightly offset eyes–like he’s been hit at least once, really hard.

    And I want that shirt.

    Yes, I do.

    Okay not THAT one. It won’t fit me because you’re even tinier than I am. But I want one like it.
    Yes, I do.

  • Susan, so sorry I’m late getting here. LIfe’s been fairly full on lately! LOVE your piece. I love stuff like the drunk octopus and I’ve already sent the bashful billionaire to my crit partner Annie West so she’s got a topic for her next book! I’m sure it will be a RITA winner!

    Actually I get great amusement out of the funny cats on Facebook. Don’t judge me!