Day 3 – Finding my way home in India

Today’s assignment: Share the strangest experience of your year. Did you do something new or unexpected, see something out of the ordinary, or have a unique experience? What was so strange about it?

I got this one.

One word: India

India was the strangest experience of my year. It was new and unexpected, I have had a heart for India and a desire to go for many years, but the pieces all fell perfectly, unexpectedly into place this past August. It was certainly out of the ordinary. I had many unique experiences (like learning how to use an Indian bathroom!) . And everything about it was strange! And wonderful.

Lucky for me, I’ve already written a blog on this one:

Coming home in India

People have asked me to describe Northview Church’s GO Team trip to India. The problem is that it cannot be described with words alone. India is sensory overload. The barrage of sights, sounds, tastes and smells overwhelm you and never let up. I could show you a thousand pictures. But you could not feel it; you could not taste it.

People want to know what I did in India. Did I build a school, or dig a well? Did I provide medical care? What was this mission I flew 18,000 miles to complete? They want the answer in one sentence, 30 seconds or less. When I tell them I went to work with survivors of human trafficking, there is an audible pause. Women shake their heads; men get angry. The questions come quickly in hushed tones. They want statistics. They want ages. They want horror stories.

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Day 2 – Pet Poll

Day #2, a couple hours earlier than Day #1, so hopefully I can keep trending upward. Today’s assignment: Take a poll and share the results.

Because I started at 8:50pm after the munchkins went down and because I am now the proud (crazy, stupid, overwhelmed) owner of both a cat and a dog, I threw up a quick poll on Facebook.

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After heading over to YouTube to watch some Dodge Durango commercials starring Ron Burgandy (watch them, seriously, you will laugh) I checked back into my poll and had 21 responses, don’t you just love social media? It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy and loved.

Dogs won by a pretty good margin 12-7. No big surprise there. With 1 vote for “both” and 1 vote for “fish.” I’ve been a cat owner for almost 6 years, procured as a consolation pet for our son when he was in kindergarten. I’ve been a pound puppy owner for just a few months, brought home to fulfill a promise I made years ago that we would get a dog when our youngest turned 5 (what was I thinking? I must have been sleep deprived!), and I’ve decided that both have their virtues and vices.

Here is just a short list of the things I have learned:

A cat will poop in a litter box…a puppy will poop in your house, and eat it. (We even tried a product called “Stool Eating Deterrent”, apparently this is a big problem for dogs.)

A puppy comes to you when you call…a cat does not even acknowledge you’ve given them a name.

A cat will eat cat food when it’s hungry…a puppy will eat everything in sight all the time (shoes, quarters, mini blinds, table legs, underwear, pillows, paper, sharp objects…)

A puppy loves to please you…a cat loves to ignore you.

A cat will teach you to lie around on the couch and do nothing…a puppy will teach you to run in the park every morning at 6am.

A puppy is expensive…a cat, not so much. (The sum total I’ve spent on this cat in 6 years is less than I’ve spent on this dog in 6 weeks!)

Stepping in cat vomit is very bad….but stepping in dog diarrhea is much much worse.

Neither animal has any respect for personal space (because they love you so much they must always be physically touching you!)

Last but not least…my house will never be totally clean, fresh smelling or hair free again!

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Day 1 – My Year in Photos

Full Disclosure: I had to click on “Forgot Password” when I attempted to Login to WordPress. And if you couldn’t tell from the amazing design (ie. free WordPress default) this is my First Official Blog Post! Are you excited? I am. You should be. 

I’ve blogged for years for other people, you may know the drill, they give you a topic and then you have to write 300-600 words on something you could care less about and make it sound fascinating. I much prefer to write about things I know. Things I’m passionate about. For years I’ve been {loudly} telling my stories to anyone who will listen (Well, listen and laugh. If you don’t laugh at my stories we can’t be friends.) but I never got around to actually starting that blog. So thank  you Think Kit for lighting my blogging fire, here goes nothing.

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2013 was the year I followed my passions. Between graduating from IU in May 2001 to going back to work full-time in January 2013; I had married, bought 2 homes, and been blessed with 3 children. It’s safe to say, I hadn’t taken much time to even contemplate my passions, let alone follow them. This year helped me discover what really matters most to me. Here they are in chronological order.

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The magic that is Butler Basketball.

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“Before I die…I want to be the first female president.” -Sammy Williams (age 7) 

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Kicked off my favorite month of the year by training my 11-year-old (yep, 11!) to run his first Indy Mini with me. He crushed it with a time of 2:20. Freaking love that grin. 

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Who does’t love the little plastic race helmet? Indy 500 Race #15 with Jason Williams. 

(I pretty much only married him for his seats.)

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12th anniversary at the gun range. It was my year to plan. No, I’m not passionate about guns, but nothing says,                            “surprise babe!” like pulling into Pop’s Guns. 

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My whole crew planning their future rock band, The Blue Tongues. 

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If the assignment was to pick 1 photo of the year, this one would have been in the running. Passed her swim test. First time. Now she can go down the slides with the “big kids.” If you need a poster child for the face of success, this is it. 

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[Photo by Jason Chapman]

This is the year I found myself at home in India. 

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Celebrating my beautiful grandparent’s 65th wedding anniversary! True love. 

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Perfect day outdoors in October in Garfield Park. Love these kids, love this town. 

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Picture #167 on the bulldog statue. From watching Jason play games in college (and drunkenly heckling the opposing team’s bench), to always having the oldest kid at the tailgate, so many memories at Hinkle Fieldhouse and The Butler Bowl. 

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Remember, when all else fails, eat a cupcake.