Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pay it Forward

#56: Pay for someone behind me in the drive thru.
I have been boycotting buying coffee at Dunkin Donuts to save money. We have been making our own coffee and putting it in a pitcher in the fridge to use for iced coffee, but I forgot to make more last night and was in dire need of some caffeine this morning (more on that in a minute). I was in line and, being the nosey people watcher that I am, noticed the woman behind me was not in the best of moods. I thought to myself this would be a perfect chance to cross off a goal and get some one's day moving in the right direction! So I bought the lady behind me her large iced coffee. The woman at the register asked me if I knew her or something and I said nope, just tell her I said have a great day. :o) I know it was less than 3 dollars, but I saw her expression as I pulled away from the window, and I think it made her morning. She gave me a beep, a smile and a wave as I pulled out of the parking lot. I can't tell you how warm and fuzzy I felt doing that. I can only hope that she thought it was such a neat thing that happened to her that she will do it for someone else someday. I liked that movie Pay it Forward, and I guess I just hope she thinks of that one morning when she sees a grumpy Guss behind her in the drive thru!

#25: Learn a new word every day.
Here are the words from the last week.

15. suffuse: to spread through or over in the manner of fluid or light, to flush
16. disconcert: to throw into disorder or confusion
17. vociferous: making a loud outcry, noisy
18. tintinnabulation: a tinkling sound as of a bell or bells
19. misprize: to hold in contempt, to undervalue
20. proponent: an advocate, a supporter
21. beneficence: the practice of doing good, a charitable act or gift
22. undulate: to move in or have waves
23. scion: a detached shoot or twig of a plant used for grafting; a descendant

I haven't really been making comments about the words, but there are a couple that cracked me up. #18 for example, I mean, are you serious, how the heck are you supposed to throw that word into a conversation. It's like a tongue twister that I can't even get out, let alone pop it into my daily vocab. Oh well, I guess I don't have to USE all the words, it is just to expand my knowledge of them. #23 made me laugh because I wonder if car makers even think of what a word means when they name their vehicles!

#50: Try 10 new restaurants.
We got one marked off the list last night. The tired and needing caffeine reference from above has to do with the fact that I didn't get home and in bed until 11:30 last night, on a school night no less! I know, I know, I'm not in school, but it paints the right picture. :o) We went to the grand opening of our friend's parent's restaurant, Rocco in Smithfield. It is gorgeous inside and the food was good. Like any restaurant's first night, there are some kinks to be worked out, but nothing is better than good food with good friends! We also fully expected to be paying for our food, but they so graciously comped our dinner. We will definitely be going back! If you get the chance you should check it out.


  1. I'll have to check out one of her books! I am always looking for a good read, not that I really have the time anymore! Thanks for checkin in on me, I love making new bloggy friends, and I love that you paid for that lady's coffee. I have done that before, and I think it probably made me feel just as good as it did them!

  2. I came across your site through Katie's site, and I have to say, I love it!! I, too, am being frugal and trying to boycott the DD coffee in the am's. But, you #56 suggestion was great. I think I may just force myself to have that coffee after all.



  3. I have paid for the person behind me a couple times. Once when I was at an army camp and there were young guys going through basic. There was a guy behind me in line buying all kinds of food and a pillow. The pillow just really got to me. All these poor young guys were so far away from home, eating microwave burritos, and in search of some comfort. It made me feel wonderful to buy all his food and that pillow.


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