Saturday, June 29, 2013

Day 12

If you follow me on Twitter you might have noticed that for the last few weeks I have been starting my day with something inspirational or motivational. Most of these statemnts or quote are meant to be self-motivational, but if anyone else benefits from it all the better. Today's statement was "take care of yourself better than you take care of others." I can't say that I hae always done that, but after my last birthday, I decided to do that more often.
I had a doctors appointment this morning. Didn't know what to really expect. I had startedwatching what I eat and exercising, but I could definitely do a better job with both. I was actually anticipating bad news, but was actually pleasantly surprised; apparently, the doctor was too. All of my numbers had improved since my last appointment in December except for one, and that is exactly the same as it was 6 months ago. My progress may not be wha I want it to be but its definitely going in the right direction. For that, I am happy.

For those of us of a certain age group, if you aren't already taking care of yourselfc, consider today a good day to start. You don't have as many tomorrows left as you used to.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

How NOT To Throw A Surprise Party

So, last night, my wife, my cousin and her fiance threw me a (not so) surprise birthday party. I give them an A for effort, but as far as "surprising me", they need to raise their game. It takes a lot to catch me off guard. Many have tried, but only a handful of people have been able to do it successfully. For the benefits of those of you who might have a thought about planning a surprise party for someone in their lives, allow me to point out 6 mistakes, this talented trio made in the plotting and planning:

6. Call, text, e-mail the guest of honor on their actual birthday.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have a list of people who we like to hear from on special days. On my actual birthday, I hard from everyone on that short list save two people. That person immediately became a person of interest.

5. Don't make the person responsible for getting the guest of honor to the venue be someone that the guest of honor doesn't hang out with on a regular basis.
I was brought to the party by my cousin's fiance'. Someone I've never hung out with outside of family functions. When he called and asked me to hang out on what is normally "date night" for the wife and I, it produced another red flag that something was up.

4. Don't have people update their status and/or upload pictures from the venue until after the guest of honor has arrived.
So while I was waiting to be picked up, a friend of mine, who is not known as a social butterfly at all, posted a picture of her all dressed up for the evening. Another red flag

3. Make sure all of your guests act normal leading up to the event.
The fact that my wife, my cousin and most of the people who were at the venue were not on facebook, responding to text or playing Words With Friends with me on a Friday night, when they normally do seemed very suspicious.

2. Make sure that your plan is executed smoothly.
My cousins fiance called me around 8 to tell me that he was on his way. He lives 20 minutes away, but didn't get to me until 9:40. Something is wrong here.

1. Descretion is key. Make sure your guest keep their mouths shut. Also, make sure those who aren't invited, don't find out about it. The might ruin the surprise out of spite.
Don't let the people who think they'd be invited, not be invited. I received an email from one such person who took all of the mystery out of the "surprise". I don't know why you weren't invited. I didn't create the guestlist.

Oh well. Better luck next time.