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Good Stuff in a stupid world

We're wrapping things up, y'all!

I'm not going to lie, I was in a bit of a slump there for a while.

Hormones? Audit-anxiety from doing our taxes? Cabin fever from the Ridiculous Non-Stop Blizzard of '13? Did I mention hormones???

The world, as a whole (present company excluded), was seeming sort of stupid. But then good stuff started happening, lots of really good stuff, and I was all like, "Take that, stupid world! GOOD STUFF! Yeah!"  And I realized that there's really nothing like Good Stuff to really kick sucky stuff in the humps. I also realized that there's a reason most people keep their Internal Dialogue internal, instead of typing it into a blog post.

Anyway, that's why this wrap-up's about bringing some good into this stupid ol' world, whateverwhich way we can.

I'm starting with last Monday, which was World Cancer Day (wait for it - the good part's coming). My friend Wendy Nielsen wrote a post about how to Stand Up To Cancer, and it got me thinking, which we all know I hate to do, especially about cancer. Then I heard about some Good Stuff, in addition to participating in the Stand Up campaign, to help kick cancer's humps - and from kids, no less! They bring the inspiration, we bring the shoes.


I'll explain. Little Lilly, who lost her 5-year-old best friend, Hannah, to cancer in 2011, noticed that the children in the hospital's Hematology/Oncology clinic were all barefoot or wearing hospital-issued socks, so she started a drive to donate warm, cozy slippers to all the kids being treated there. You can read her story and find out how to donate (slippers or cash) at The Hannah Huckfeldt Foundation. How sweet is that?

You want another bit o' goodness? I partnered with the b Positive Project, Anna from My Life and Kids and 17 more bloggers to create a free eBook. The b Positive Project is a company that creates comfy clothes and tries to inspire people to have a positive mindset and do good things for others. (<--- See? Goodness.) We’re also sharing 50 Ways to b Positive. No, I don't know why they'd ask a snark factory such as myself to contribute to a book about being positive. But yes, punching someone in the face is included in the book, since I know you were wondering.

Be sure to use the coupon code in the book to receive 10% off your purchase at the b Positive Project. That same coupon code will help kids with cancer – for every purchase made using the code, the b Positive Project will send a t-shirt to a kid battling cancer (more goodness)!

Still not feeling good? Maybe some laughs will help.

I talked about stuff on TV that sucks - and fixed the worst kids' TV shows in my guest post on Mommy Shorts.

Ninja Mom introduced us to some funny film-making kids.

I tried to cheer everyone up by reminding them how bad things could  have been.

I started jogging - and quit.

I put a positive spin on bossy babies.

My eyeballs got to enjoy seeing these things:

Bad Parenting Moments
Watching the children run in circles. No one has offered up the suggestion of children running on giant hamster wheels to help solve the nation's energy crisis. Child Powered Hamster Wheels and Vegetable Pop Tarts; My 2014 Senate race platform.

If none of that made you smile, I'll refer you to the Level 4 Emergency Solution in this graphic from Suburban Snapshots:

Suburban Snapshots
Don't panic, it's just a bit of weather.

I hope you enjoyed yourself while you were here - and I hope you come back! Please share inappropriate giggles with me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, or subscribe via email so you don't miss a thing!


Unknown said...

I love that Winter Storm Threat Level chart. We're a level red over here, and I'm almost out of vodka. I don't love that.

RobynHTV said...

I very much don't love that, on your behalf. Stay warm, and may you find vodka where you once thought there was none!

Anonymous said...

I'm just sort of going to move in until you teach me everything you know about blogging. I'm fine with sleeping on the couch. After the blizzard of course. That's okay, right?

Stacie @ Snaps and Bits said...

Ha! Love the storm chart ;)

RobynHTV said...

That's fine by me! Just be forewarned, I don't know anything about blogging, so most of our time will be spent sipping cold beverages while wearing PJs and watching the neglected stuff I've recorded on the DVR.

RobynHTV said...

Me too! I like easy to follow instructions. :)

Unknown said...

Sounds like a pretty perfect week to me--and love the things you shared at the end. Ideal way to wrap it all up!

RobynHTV said...

Thanks so much, Meredith!

TNMom said...

Vegetable Pop Tarts....I love that chick so hard! And you too lady, get out of the funk...come on spring - save us ALL!!!

RobynHTV said...

Right? I couldn't agree more - on the love, or the need for spring!

BadParentingMoments said...

I love that we have matching funks to go with our matching argyle sweaters and our matching inability to escape becoming cat ladies. Thank you for the shout-out. You know I love you.

RobynHTV said...

Yes, yes, and more yes. Muah!

The Third Partier said...

Spoiler alert: it's all cartoons.

RobynHTV said...

True story.

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