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What I Learned This Year 2010

Most folks like when you feel at home in their house, and if you make them feel at home in yours.  Ask for the second helping of dessert or if you can have a band-aid. And if someone is standing around in your kitchen while you wash, invite them to dry.

Read pregnancy tests carefully so you don’t freak yourself out.  Do not dig them out of the trash an hour later to confirm the results.

She who holds the big ass camera is the boss (even if only for few minutes).

If you want anyone between the ages of four and thirty to smile really big for you in a photo, get them to jump as high as they can.  You get awesome in-the-air jumping photos and hilarious giggly face photos upon landing.

We can’t have a nice couch, because we will ruin it.

If you get a group of people to sing in a park, strangers will join you, and this will be awesome.

You do not need to bring a laptop and an iPad and a smartphone on a four-day beach vacation.

When life offers no parties worth going to, throw one in your hotel lobby.

Popping an antihistamine half an hour before a flight makes ear “popping” easier to undo, if it happens at all.

Do not walk and use your iPhone, as this proves to be hazardous to your health. You are not President of the United States; there is nothing so important that it can’t wait.

Occasional over-indulgences in luxury are ok.

Saunas are A-MAZ-ING! America, why aren’t these more popular?!

Having a window-less living room sucks until a tornado hits.

Everyone wants someone to talk to.


  1. Kristine

    December 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing these very important lessons. I think it’s awesome you can look back and actually think about things in such an objective manner. I tried to figure out what I’ve learned in the past year and I came up with nothing other than my new favourite dish soap. 😛 Your list is much more profound.

  2. Kimberly Pye

    December 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I like these very much. Especially the first one. Growing up, I could always tell who the really close friends of the family were when they offered to help do the dishes after dinner. In the age of the dishwasher, this is less common, but sometimes I still think of people in terms of whether I’d help wash their dishes or if they would help me. I’d totally wipe your dishes. 😉

  3. theambershow

    December 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I would totally toss you a dishrag 🙂

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