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Everyone has hobbies, right? We need hobbies to explore our passions, to relax, to stay sane in a crazy world. Normal ones, weird ones, who cares? As long as your hobby doesn’t hurt anyone or anything, they’re fine. My hobbies include writing (duh), reading, history, theatre, music, travel. sewing/crochet, running, my garden (when it’s not a million degrees outside), and learning about the supernatural. It’s safe to say that I have a lot of interests and that I’m always busy.

Now, you may look at one or more of my hobbies and wonder why the heck I’m interested in that. Maybe, God forbid, history bored you to tears as a kid or the thought of running anywhere makes you anxious. Whatever the reason, you probably don’t share all of my interests and that’s okay. Life would be boring if we all liked the same things.

A hobby that I have trouble understanding is maintaining the perfect lawn. I just don’t get it. My lawn is green and made up of a lot of different things: clover, dandelions, a bit of grass, and some other unidentifiable stuff. I mow it once it week and that’s the extent of my lawn care. Some of my neighbors have beautiful meticulous lawns and they spend a lot of time and care to make them look that way, but I can’t see myself doing that.

Another hobby I don’t get is watching sports. My husband and sons love to watch football and baseball throughout the year. I would rather watch paint dry, unless it’s an important U of M game. Then, it’s a matter of principle. They love it when I have rehearsal because that means they can watch whatever game is on that night. It’s just not my thing.

So, what are some hobbies that you could not see yourself doing? Rock climbing? Skydiving? Fishing? Now I don’t mean things that harm others or the environment, just ordinary hobbies that you are most definitely not interested in. Don’t be shy, put it in the comments.

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Tell me your weird stories, your things that make you go, “Hmmmm…”, things that you can’t explain. I’ll go first.

In January, I had to get a new mobile phone. I usually don’t take my phone upstairs a night unless I’m expecting someone to call, but we had a threat of an ice storm that night and it was possible that school would be called off the next day.

I set my phone on my nightstand, turned out the light, and lay down. After a moment- slide, thump!– it fell on the floor. I figured I set it too close to the edge so I fished it out from under the bed and set it far from the edge of the nightstand .

A few minutes later, the same thing happened, a few seconds after I turned out the light. Slide.. thump! I sighed, fished it out from under the bed again, set it right in the middle of the nightstand and said, “Leave it alone”, in a loud voice. Marty wanted to know what was going on, so I told him. He then said, in a loud voice, “Leave it!”

I waited a few minutes and, when nothing happened, finally drifted off to sleep.

At 5:30 am, the phone call and text came from work that school was closed. I checked the phone, set it back in the same place in the middle of the nightstand, went to use the restroom, then curled back up to go back to sleep. But, you guessed it- slide, thump!– once again. By this time, I was done playing. I fished it out from under the bed, but left it on the floor next to me and went back to sleep. It hasn’t happened since, no matter where I set my phone.

This is not the first time strange things have happened in our house. The top-loading washing machine used to open itself very frequently, balloons follow us around, and curtains suddenly blow back from unseen winds, among other happenings. It’s all fine, though. With the exception of once, our “resident” doesn’t do anything scary. The one time it did, it got severely and furiously told off from me. It has since behaved itself.

Tell me your story now. I have to approve all comments, so this is a safe place. I believe that there are things in this world that we don’t have the science to understand yet and if we share them, the more normal it gets.

Besides, I love a good story.

Your turn.

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I haven’t written in a while, I’ve had a lot going on. It’s been all I could do to post a meme. May is always crazy busy, especially if I’m in a show. Any parent with school-age children can tell you that there is at least one activity per week in May and having a high-schooler is no exception. Concerts, advanced-placement testing, driver’s training… oy. Add to that my own end of the year teaching craziness (data, testing, data, testing, data…why???), a college graduation, and that leaves little time to write.

But now I see a light at the end of the tunnel (20 teaching days left) and I’m making myself sit down to write. It’s important, like exercise.The more you do it, the better you get.

Here are some of the random things that have either happened or that I have thought about during the past couple of weeks.

  • Anyone who is wondering what to name a baby (or a pet) should go sit in on a college graduation. Seriously. We listened to 1,200 name combinations read in about an hour and a half. The odds are that you’ll find something you like.
  • One of my favorite authors, Rachel Held Evans, tragically died at the young age of 37. She is responsible for shaking up the Christian world in amazing, progressive ways and was a voice of reason in these crazy times. I feel she was a true modern-day prophet.
  • I believe now, more than ever, in supernatural things.
  • There is a new royal baby. I make no apologies for being happy for them because new babies are wonderful and I like them. Fight me.
  • You meet some incredible people in theatre. No joke. The level of bonding can be intense.
  • If you really love someone and they really love you back, you feel safe and valued. I feel safe and valued.
  • One way or another, I need to stop wishing my life away. Changes must be made. Do something that you love, or at least find fulfilling.
  • My faith has taken a beating lately.
  • Having adult children can be wonderful.
  • Eating the first asparagus of the season right from the garden is fabulous.
  • I feel much younger than I am. I’m not comfortable with my number and I don’t know that I ever will be.
  • Do you have a pen-pal who lives in a different country? You should. Mine started out as a pen-pal, but is now a dear friend.
  • I’ve never been more disillusioned about the state of our country than I am right now. O. M. G. It feels like we’re living in a dystopian novel.
  • It’s spring, time to get my hands dirty, literally.
  • Teachers compiling data is a stupid thing. Really, really stupid. Hire someone to do that; there’s more than enough on my plate.
  • I am still planning on moving to London.

And lastly:

  • It’s been a bad year for suicides. Suicidal people are not weak or looking for attention, they’re desperate and genuinely feel that ending their lives is the only way to end their pain. Don’t judge them, listen and love. Get them help. You could save a life.

I promise I’ll be more organized next time.

The End

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I’ve had unexplainable things happen to me all of my life. I won’t go into details because I don’t know what to make of much of it, only that I’ve seen, heard, and felt things that I can’t explain away through any reasonable means, as have many other logical people. This week, I’m finding an strange number of dimes in odd places. Not pennies, nickels, quarters, or any other coins (dollar coins would be nice), just dimes. On the floor next to my desk. Right in front of the garage. On the floor while cleaning out my classroom.

After my third or fourth one in the last few days, I did a little research and while most of what I found was hooey, I’ve found that this is not unusual. Many people out there have been getting mysterious dimes for years. I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Could it be simply random dimes have fallen out of several pockets in the last few days? Definitely, but the sudden windfall makes me curious. I’ll let you know if my lucky streak continues. Or if I have a hole in my purse.

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