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Paying Attention To My Surroundings. Or Something.

June 26, 2013


Erin Schrader

back when I didn’t have to be responsible per his orders. 
this would’ve also been around the same time I lived in the tanning bed. 
ironically enough they somewhat go hand in hand.
oh but hey–notice the bling in his ears? we like to call this “baller”. 

Shawn has this thing he always says to me that drives me absolutely crazy. 
It goes something like “pay attention to your surroundings”. This is usually said right after I run face first into an elderly person, slam the door as he is right behind me, or when a bird shats all over my shoulder

Just kidding. He wasn’t there for the bird event but I can imagine that statement would’ve come flying out of his mouth at full force in that moment. You know what? I don’t even want to talk about that bird now that I mention it. 

With that being said, I’ve started to “pay attention to my surroundings”. This doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve done anything different about what I see in my surroundings, but at least I am paying attention to them. 
Say for instance, yesterday when I went grocery shopping. I slipped and almost fell two times, which really. I’m convinced that almost falling is worse than actually just going down. Every jolt of HOLY SHITAKE runs through your body and leaves you feeling quite exhausted. I then proceeded to run my grocery cart smack dab into the automatic door on my way out which BROKE the freaking door. Thankfully nobody really noticed the broken door. I take that back. I didn’t stick around long enough to know if anybody noticed or not. I was too busy paying attention to my groceries surroundings and they were saying to me “get us in the stupid car before you drop that bottle of wine in your hands”. Except too bad because I dropped the bottle of wine too. 

All of this has had me become a little more aware of other things that either I do, or that others do which really don’t make much sense to me. Let’s go through some shall we? 

Sunglasses. I have gone the past three years using the same over sized, non-flattering, $5 glasses. The ones that the lens pop out of on the reg. I finally decided to take the plunge and spend $16 at Target on a new pair. Within two days I have zero idea where they now are. My expensive, fancy, fit my face sunglasses…gone. My $5 one lens ones? Still in tact at the bottom of my purse. I just don’t get it. 

i’ll probably just stick to these from now on

Pies. To the women who make them from scratch: you know you can buy these things right? For $8 at your local grocery store at that. You’re welcome. 

Single vs Not Single Ladies. Women who are single complain about wanting to be in a relationship. Women who are in a relationship complain about wanting freedom. I think the problem here is women. 

Wine. Probably best kept in the upright position after opened. 

Home Parties. Why is it that we can live for 26 years of our life never knowing a certain product existed but the minute we get to a home party and learn about the newest cleaning supply we absolutely without a shadow of a doubt can not live without them? Like really though. Existence would be impossible if you didn’t buy the entire catalog. 

Air conditioning on and the windows open at the same time. While I have learned that others think this is “illogical” I find it to be totally acceptable. You get to feel cool while looking cool. It just makes sense. 

Dogs vs Kids. People who don’t have dogs but yet have kids concern me. You know the dogs save money rather than cost an arm and a leg right? Dogs lick your plate clean. Kids throw plates. Dogs poop in the grass. Kids poop on your leg. Dogs sleep with you. Kids don’t let you sleep at all. 

For the record, I love kids. I just love dogs more. Okay fine. I like kids more. I think. 

Motors on the back of boats. Why are they conveniently placed in the same exact spot that you have to pee? You’d think these engineer type people would think through such matters, but no. This engineer did not. 
I may or may not have paid attention to my surroundings on this matter this past weekend and am now dealing with a cut on my knee.  

And last but not least, the cupid shuffle. Any person willing to do this dance at any given time no matter the location, is bound to lead a fulfilling life. That’s really what I’ve gathered from this whole paying attention to my surroundings thing. 
What about you? Notice anything that does or doesn’t make sense that you need to address? Allow yourself below. In the words of my husband while listening to Jimmy Buffet “just let the music move you..” or something emo like that. 

For the record. My husband is not romantic unless it involves Jimmy Buffet. We will see if he still feels this way when he wakes up Sunday morning after the concert. Fins up Schrader. 

Going with today’s theme…let’s talk about what I’ve observed about bloggers. 
There are ones that you connect with and then there are ones you uhhhhhh don’t connect with. 
My favorites happen to be the ones I connect with. Helene is one of those who has my heart. 

Not only is she HILARIOUS (seriously. funny.) she has a genuine good heart. I am so thankful for this lady and am truly saddened if you don’t pay her a visit and get to know her. Your life has the potential to go one factor up on the coolness level by clicking a single link, just come to terms with it and proceed. 

When did you start blogging and why?
Oddly enough I started blogging when I fell rock climbing. I broke my ankle and leg and I was bored. I always enjoyed writing, but not really able to express myself in a more personal way. I started talking about “deals” and that didn’t last very long as I saw I was more successful with personal/humorous posts, and Helene in Between was born. It is now my favorite hobby and I can’t see myself NOT blogging. Silver lining to my broken ankle.
What is one of your favorite blog posts you have written? 
The blogging drinking game. You’ll be drunk in no time. And on a more serious note, this one about the importance of being there for each other where I write about both my sister and dad’s battle with cancer. 
What inspires you?
People that work hard with good intentions. This sounds odd. But what I admire is that people that work hard for the things they want but do it in a way that doesn’t hurt others. I believe in building up those around you as well as yourself in order to succeed. Other things that inspire me: sloppy dog kisses, summer sunsets and people that dance like no one’s watching. 
no she is not eating him. she is just happy he proposed. 
What is your favorite form of social media?
Yelling. It’s really the most effective way to get attention. Kidding of course, my favorite is twitter. It’s weird, since I didn’t have it before I started my blog (so I’ve only had it for about 6 months). I just love looking at what people have to say.

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