I’m a Big Kid

Dear Optimists,

You know what’s fun? Legos. They’re the best. Know what else is fun? Crayons. So I decided to combine them.

That’s right, folks, my creative side came out, I ordered a Lego man ice cube tray and then broke up crayons, microwaved them for about five minutes, then threw them into the fridge. Know what came out? Crayons shaped like Lego men! SWEET!

It’s the little things, isn’t it?

Love,

Den

Saturday Surprise!!! Earthquake…

This is a little bonus for all of our lovely readers. We usually don’t post on weekends, but this is special!

Dear Optimists,

I am officially an earthquake survivor.

I pulled my car up at home and all of a sudden it started rocking back and forth. It brought new meaning to the saying “If this car’s a rockin’, then don’t come a knockin’…” Okay sorry, bad joke.

But I got out and the ground was still shaking. Weird, right? As my neighbors ran out of their houses, I enjoyed the sheer overreaction. This was NOT a big earthquake where I live. Even at the epicenter, nothing really serious happened.

I just thank God I didn’t challenge the girlfriend to a game of Jenga at that moment.

Love,

Den

Den Might Be a Little Egocentric (But Not Egoistic)

Dear Optimists,

Sometimes the world is a funny place. We’re so egocentric that it’s almost cute. And the Internet has made the world so small that I forget some really obvious, simple things.

Me (When I just woke up): Good morning, Nadia!

Nadia: It’s not morning here, Den.

Do you have any idea how often this happens to me? I wonder if everyone does that. I talk to so many people from all over the world thanks to Internet and blogging that I forget. Just because it’s 9 AM here doesn’t make it 9 AM everywhere.

And let’s not even get into discussing the weather.

Love,

Den

Back to School?!? NO!

Dear Optimists,

I feel bad for kids these days and I’m glad I’m not one. I very easily remember how lovely summers were, no school, do whatever I want, and I also vividly remember the horror I felt when I saw back to school commercials starting around mid August. But in a time when Christmas  ads start after Halloween, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when I see back to school ads mid-July. But it’s still sad for the little buggers.

So kids, ignore the ads, and maybe you should try to avoid television next summer starting around June, just to be safe.

Love,
Den

Loud Noises in the Early Morning


Dear Optimists,

This morning I woke to the sounds of loud trucks doing some sort of construction….on my day off. I want the windows opened to feel the breeze of the 80 degrees F (26 C) and to enjoy fresh air as opposed to the air conditioning many of us have been forced to use daily in this heat. The noise was overwhelming, but it didn’t stop the gentle breeze cooling off my house.

I felt the tiniest bit frustrated as I sat at my dining room table, by my computer, ready to write. I had a perfect view of the workers using some sort of road-destroying mechanism cutting some of the road out, the noise shaking my house as I watched some of my wall art shaking on the nails. I watched as an air tube snapped off the machine, hissing and flailing every which way like some sort of crazy psychotic snake, and the man controlling the machine screamed and ran away from it like a little girl. I swear it felt like watching a Three Stooges episode.

I have to admit, I laughed. It’s always the little things, isn’t it?

Love,

Den