Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Gotta Have Friends

Yesterday I took some old electronics we don’t use to a recycling facility in Boulder. I pulled up to a drive-through window to pay the facility to recycle the electronics, which included a broken phone, an electronic address book (pre-pre-cursor PDA) and an actual PDA. I also had a Brother’s electronic label maker that doesn’t work.
The lady in the window pointed to the label maker and asked, “What’s that?”
“It’s a label maker,” I said. “Do you recycle them?”
“No,” she said, “but it’s awfully Seinfeld of you to do so.” I had no idea what she was talking until my husband reminded me of the Seinfeld episode in which Jerry re-gifts a label maker.
I guess she wasn’t exactly complimenting me, but that’s ok because later that day I got a compliment from Jen at Never A Dull Moment. She gave me the Friendship award:
“The Friendship Award is given to blogs that are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. The winners must choose at least 5 more blogs that embody the feeling of friendship, and include this cleverly written text into the body of their award.”

Thanks so much Jen! I’m so glad I found your blog. I lapped up your posts about going home to Chicago, my old stomping grounds, over Christmas. Not to mention the post about needing to find good summer camps for your sons to keep your sanity intact—let’s just say, ditto!
Now I’d like to recognize some blogs I enjoy reading every week:

The Days are JUST Packed
Confessions of a Quirky Mom
I’m a Pixiemama
Katydid & Kid and
The Zen of Motherhood.

Your insights and kind words make days when I'm dissed by the recycling lady OK after all.


Kathleen W. said...

LOL, how funny about that lady at the recycling center. At least you weren't bringing in a loaf of marble rye.

And thank you for the award! You're one of my daily reads too, although more of a lurker lately. My apologies!

pixiemama said...

Hey! Thank you. I seldom get this little bloggy awards, and I often covet them.
I totally didn't get the Seinfeld reference, either. I say that if an insult goes over your head, they don't count. And, I'm restraining myself from making mean remarks about that recycling lady. Let's just say... she's on my list!

kristi said...

That was kind of a rude comment! LOL

hokgardner said...

THis is my first-ever bloggy award. Thank you so much! I've enjoyed reading your blog and learning about your life.

Quirky Mom said...

Yay! Thanks! Like pixiemama, I don't get these very often -- although I got two in the last few days. That gives me a big warm fuzzy. :)

MaryAnn Ashley said...

Great story.

I've had terrible shredder karma & especially with the 2 year old trying to shred coins!!! I put them out at our last garage sell, in the "FREE" section and sure enough, there was a fixer chick stoked to have them. SHRED on I told her.

Mama Zen said...

Thank you, Cathy!

I have to admit, I would have had no idea what the recycling lady was talking about. Actually, I'm not sure that she quite knew what she was talking about!

angie said...

Congratulations! I'm a big fan of Kathleens, too!

Stimey said...

Hooray! Thank you! I'm very happy too have found you as well. :)

the mama bird diaries said...

you are such a good recycling mama.

janny226 said...


I wonder if the recycling center lady was unintentional in her dig -- maybe she just remembered there was a labeling machine in a Seinfeld episode.

You can always take her a puffy shirt!