Garrett Finley, a second-grader in Pleasanton, California, never liked reading - till a specialist suggested he read to dogs. After three sessions with Sammy, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, Garrett had no further need of specialists. But he loved the experience so much, he still makes every session.
Dogs don't have a judgemental bone in their bodies. They just gaze adoringly as they're read to, a pretty effective technique for helping kids gain confidence and skill. The proof: For every year of reading to dogs, kids move ahead two years in school level. Says Paula Dalby, national team coordinator for Reading Education Assistant Dogs (R.E.A.D.), "The children are so excited to see them, and the dogs get petted and hugged, which is the stuff they live for. It's a pretty positive environment."
Andy and Tessa, sittin' in a tree k-i-s-s-i-n-g first (a) comes reality tv, first (b) comes love, then comes honkin' diamond ring, and then, well, who knows if these things ever work out... even though I hope it will :)
I went to a store the other day (we'll call it Shower & Boody Works). As we all know, I dislike being pestered by sales people. Really dislike.
If I need something, I will ask.
No, I do not want to try the new lotion of the month. No, I do not like the new strawberry perfume. Really, thank you, but no. Seriously dude, stop asking or I'll pour it over your head.
Anyways, this was one of those visits. These two girls kept on and kept on pestering, and I kept on and kept on avoiding (I was there for a specific reason, otherwise, I would have been long gone) and dodging.
I happened to walk by this mannequin wearing a robe wrap, and flippantly touched the material as I walked past to see how it felt. Big mistake. Hawk Eyes saw this, and pounced.
H.E. - "Isn't that a wonderful robe?
Me - "Mmmhmm."
H.E. - "You know, if you spend $50 today, you can purchase this awesome robe for only $20!!!"
Me - "Oh. Neat."
H.E. - "It's totally an awesome deal!!!"
Me - "Well, thank you, but I don't really wear robes."
H.E. and sidekick - *gasp* "You don't WEAR robes??? Why not?!?" (I'm not making this up, guys, seriously.)
Me - "Well, I just prefer to go naked."
H.E. - "..."
Never heard another peep outta them. I just love shock value. Works like a charm.
(As we all know) I've made some bad decisions, had some bad ideas in my day. I thought I'd share one with you this morning.
Back in high school, my favorite candle/lotion/etc. scent was cinnamon apple. Loved it. So one day I was visiting my friend at work (at a health/workout club.) It was after close, and we were just shooting the shoot.
It was then I noticed this: INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH AIR FRESHENER, Cinnamon Apple scent.
Lesson learned? Never, EVER, EVER use industrial strength (or any strength, for that matter) as perfume.
It does not work, it smells terrible, it does not come off.
I have never been able to enjoy cinnamon apples since.
Except the ones on the vegetable menu at Cracker Barrel. But that's a different story.