Randomness prevails this week

monarch wing
Texture by Nancy Claeys; French Garden, 30% screen

If nothing every changed, there’d be no butterflies.
~Author Unknown

There’s so many ways to interpret this quote. Chances are it will speak to you on some level in your life. Butterflies have so many lessons we can learn. A few of the ones I’ve discovered are HERE and HERE and HERE.

It’s not been an overly exiting week, but here are my random five thoughts for Nancy’s Random Five Friday.

1. Peanut got home safely last Sunday from her trip to Louisiana with her dad. Re-entry back into a routine has been a little rough, as she’s been exhausted all week. Good thing tomorrow is Sleep-In Saturday.

2. Last Sunday was also The Investigator’s birthday. You can read about it HERE.

3. Entrepreneur and I sat through a 90 minute travel club presentation. They bribed us into attending with the promise of a free cruise. After politely saying NO to their vacay club membership offer, we left with our voucher. Researching the company further, we discovered a multitude of complaints, and it appears to be a bit on the questionable side. Whew….dodged that bullet. Probably will not redeem the cruise as we also discovered a few hidden fees that make it not so free. Live and learn.

4. This week was Spring Break in our town, which means my university class didn’t meet. What it doesn’t mean is that I had anything that resembled a school break since there were three project book drafts to grade and some follow up regarding final presentations. And let’s just say the teams will not be very happy with me when they return. Spring Break….what exactly is that concept?

5. It’s now officially spring because we had our first tornado warning yesterday. Sightings of a wall cloud and possible funnel cloud were about 15 miles away…entirely too close for comfort. The clash of warm/cold air and resulting wicked storms is one of the worst drawbacks to spring in middle Missouri.

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13 thoughts on “Randomness prevails this week

    • Funny thing is they were criticizing timeshares and promoting a supposedly direct link to reservations through their exclusive membership. Two retired couples bought while we were there. I feel sad for them now that I know more about the company.


  1. I won a “Free” (ha, ha) cruise once too. We checked it out and found out about the hidden fees and decided to cancel the trip. They called me at work to find out why. I told him we’d changed our minds and didn’t want to take the cruise. He then proceeded to try and get me to change my mind because he didn’t have anything on his computer for people who had changed their minds. He said he would call me at home that evening. I told him not to call me anymore period and to think up a reason then to enter in his computer! Geez….so glad you dodge your bullet too.
    Spring break isn’t until the 2nd week in April here. Sorry you spent most of yours working…it’s more for the kids you know.
    Tornado warnings…Scary, we don’t have them here but can get some very high winds much like tornado’s.


  2. I don’t live anywhere near tornados…but just the word brings pure terror to mind. I make postcards…with Monarchs that I’ve raised with this saying. I love it. It’s a great saying. Happy Weekend Lisa


  3. Lisa, both your photograph and quote are AWESOME!

    “Chances are it will speak to you on some level in your life.”

    Yes, it does. Butterflies to me represent change, movement, rebirth, grow, and renewal. And their lifespan is not very long, so they also represent ‘seizing the moment’ and giving it all you got for however long you’re here.

    I remember when I used to live in Florida and how Spring Break would come at this time of the year, and how Florida (especially South Florida) would become FULL of college students on break. In fact, my apartment neighbor just left for Florida today, for her Spring Break.

    Happy weekend, my friend!


  4. We have had tornado watches a few times this winter already. Now the season starts in earnest..and then in autumn it is hurricanes.

    My dad and I attended some of those things too and it is the same push, push push every time.


  5. Lisa, I lived in Oklahoma for five years and NEVER got used to those tornado sirens…freaked me out. I guess that’s what they’re meant to do. Scary. I’m currently working part time in an RV park in Oregon where we’re staying in our RV between traveling – and spring here seems to be marked by how many Canadians are coming through on their way back home. So many harbingers of spring – tornados, Canadians, daffodils and tulips!


  6. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. No free cruise. It probably wouldn’t have been that great, since it was funded by a company with a bad reputation. I’ve never heard of a travel club. My daughter has a decent timeshare. She booked a place at a resort this summer, so that our entire family can vacation together.

    We have occasional tornadoes here, but they are usually small and don’t wipe out whole communities. They are frightening.

    We are having another winter day. Rain, sleet, snow, and back to sleet. Miserable. Yesterday, it was spring.

    Sorry you had to work during spring break.


  7. Stick it to ’em Professor Lisa. I hope they take your feedback to heart and make improvements. I have graded exams to return this week, and my popularity will plummet as well.


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