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Simple Solutions

Sometimes, the simple solution staring us in the face still eludes us.

I’ve had a mini-van for over 7 years, and for at least 5 of those years, the placement of the plastic garbage cans has caused me a problem: they get in the way of my sliding door.  I have long, unsightly white scratches on my van door from frequent collision with the cans.  Until today, it was a problem without a solution.

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There’s simply no better place for the garbage cans than where they are.  Slimmer cans are not to be found.  My van won’t fit on the other side of the garage without MAJOR rearranging, and there are sliding doors on both sides anyhow.

But this morning, I came home knowing I would be leaving twice more.  I usually crawl through the front seats from/to the passenger side to get in and out, but in the winter THAT becomes a major pain with drippy, heavy boot on my feet.  So I decided to back into the garage for today. That’s when I noticed that when I’m backed in, the garbage cans are not in the way at all!

My front door clears the pole, the sliding doors are obstruction free, and the problem is solved!

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I know why I had never considered this solution before.  Somewhere along the way, I picked up the impression that backing into the garage wasn’t as safe as pulling in forward because exhaust fumes get trapped in the front part of the garage instead of being vented out the large open door in the back.  It probably does increase the amount of trapped fumes, but cars today emit a lot less exhaust.  I don’t ever idle my car in the garage so I bet the “increased risk” is minimal, if measurable at all.

Just to be safe, I posted over in NPR’s Car Talk forum to see what others had to say.  But at this point, I’m pretty sure the increased blood pressure I experience every time my car door hits the garbage can is a larger health risk than the exhaust fumes.

From now on, I’m backing in.  Problem solved!

I’d Like To Thank…

I am so honored to announce that “Midnight Musings” has won its first blog award! Lisa over at qualcosa di bello (who I believe was the first person to ever blogroll Midnight Musings) has honored me with the Arte Y Pico award for blog creativity, design, interesting material, and contributions to the blogging community, no matter what the language. I am thrilled to accept this award. Thanks, Lisa!

[And to think I once asked my husband if it was worth blogging if no one ever read what I wrote. I’m glad I stuck with it – and moved to WordPress where I can glance at the blog visitor stats every so often. (Ok…so I look at them obsessively many times a day if I’m home…but I don’t have a problem…really! Did you know that 30 to 40 people read this blog every day? Wow!)]

There are five rules associated with this award:

1. Winners may pick 5 blogs that they believe deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and contributions to the blogging community, no matter what the language.

2. Each award given has to list the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.

3. Each award winner has to show the award graphic along with the bestowing author’s name and blog link.

4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize must show the link of the Arte Y Pico blog so everyone will know the origin of this award. (The author is a blogger in Uruguay).

5. Each award winner should post these rules.

(Ok…so I did a little research and this award was apparently just started on Friday, May 2, 2008. But when you google it, there are already 128,000 hits. Ah, the power of the internet! The popularity of this award is growing almost as fast as the gas prices!)

In the interest of sharing the love, here are my nominees for this award. Please visit and bookmark their sites. You’ll be glad you did!

* John Schinker at Taste of Tech, who got me started and hooked on this whole blogging phenomenon, patiently answered all my questions (or referred me to the right websites for answers), and keeps me learning about and growing with new technology. He’s also the best husband in the whole universe!

* Alvin Trusty at Alvin’s Educational Technology Blog for his TSPY (Time Saved Per Year) tips and tricks! Aside from Taste of Tech, this was the first blog I ever followed (which motivated me to learn about Protopage and RSS feeds!) I hope I get to meet Alvin in person someday, even is he still hasn’t tried out the Memory Manager software I sent him. (-:

* The fine women at the Shutter Sisters collaborative photo blog, who inspired me to start my own photo blog with their meaningful prose paired with delightful visual images.

* Julie Stiles Mills at the Pragmatic Compendium whose tagline is, “I Breathe, Therefore I Organize!” I found her recently, but her posts make me laugh out loud and her style is incomparable.

* Rebecca Borelli for the Art in Your Heart blog. She is the art teacher at Woodland Elementary and I LOVE that she’s embracing technology by creating this blog. It’s the first blog my kids have bookmarked and read on their own – and even commented on!

A Shining Example

Today’s post is an amazing story that shouldn’t be so amazing. I first read this story here on the Balancing Motherhood blog.

The story in a nutshell: Western Oregon college senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her 4 year softball career. Now her team was playing in the NCAA Division II tournament, the game was tied 0-0, and she was up to bat. Sara gave it her all…and slammed it over center field for a home run!

As she excitedly began rounding the bases, her right knee gave out and she crumpled to the dirt, unable to continue and obviously in a lot of pain. The referee warned the coach that her home run wouldn’t count if she were touched by anyone from her side before she tagged home base, so the coach hesitated, knowing that this was an important moment for Sara.

At that moment, senior Mallory Holtman from the opposing team – her team’s career leader in home runs playing in her final home game ever – stepped up to the referee with shortstop Liz Wallace and asked if they could carry Sara around the bases. Since they were from the opposing team, their actions would ensure that Sara’s homerun would count.

They carried her around the bases, slowing at each one so her left foot could tag the base, finally crossing home plate to a standing ovation.

Sara’s team won the game 4-2. It probably would have gone into overtime tied if Sara’s run hadn’t counted.

But no one truly lost that day. I can only imagine how proud Mallory Holtman’s parents are of her. She is one shining example of sportsmanship at its finest.

Read the full story here on ESPN.

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