The 80/20 Rule (revised)

Posted by Shelley on Sep 29, 2007 in Real Life Stories

Known as the Pareto Principle this rule applies to so much of life it should be taught in kindergarten. Please note the following case scenarios, I made them up so they aren’t “textbook” quality, just a day to day look at my life and why I believe this rule is right on:

  • church life: In a large group, organization, company, church… 20% of the people do 80% of the work. I am serious! Look at your fraternity or sorority in college… your neighborhood… the parents of your local PTA… I just happen to notice this at church.
  • beach life: If you are on the beach be in the 80%. If you are in the 20% it is because people are looking at you and it may not be for the best reasons. So “blend in” on the beach.
  • work life: In my line of work I must be talking 80% of the time. 80% of my time is spent on income producing activities and 20% are the non-income producing activities.  What this basically means is that 80% of your output determines the results.
  • home life: Do what you like to do with your 80% of time. In your 20% hire out or employ others to do what you don’t enjoy doing. For me that includes ironing. You guessed it, if it is wrinkled it goes out to get ironed.  Or you just wear it wrinkled.
  • best rule of thumb: Smile 80% of the time. Everyone will wonder what you were doing with the other 20%.


Tuning In to Turning Out Alright

Posted by Shelley on Sep 22, 2007 in songs

If you have spent any time around me by now you know I have a fond affection for country music. Here’s a song I heard this morning on the old fashioned car radio. It tells a little story of days gone by that you might recognize depending on which decade you were born. I love it! Growing up south of the Mason Dixon line this song perfectly captures my childhood, most every line and lyric. Comment if any of it rings true for you too. And then let me know if you think you turned out alright.

We were born to mothers who smoked and drank
Our cribs were covered in lead-based paint
No childproof lids
No seatbelts in cars
Rode bikes with no helmets
and still here we are

We got daddy’s belt when we misbehaved
Had three TV channels you got up to change
No video games and no satellite
All we had were friends and they were outside

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

School always started the same everyday
the pledge of allegiance, then someone would pray
not every kid made the team when they tried
We got disappointed but that was alright

No bottled water
We’d drink from a garden hose
And every Sunday,
All the stores were closed.


It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

A Different World lyrics on http://www.metrolyrics.com By Bucky Covington


Wrecking Balm

Posted by Shelley on Sep 20, 2007 in Real Life Stories

Last night we watched the Ultimate Fighting Champion reality show while also watching The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading reality show. All of this was accomplished by using the picture in picture on the lower right hand of the screen. That is an entire blog in itself. But the reason I bring it up is because Mike eventually speaks up and says, “Please show me a guy on this show who has no tattoo.” There wasn’t one to be found.

Today I heard an advertisement for the Wrecking Balm which seems to be the favored solution for tattoo removal. The ad goes a little something like this: REGRET IT. FADE IT. FORGET IT.

How about that? The tattoo craze has created a possible surge in the economy with remedies like the Wrecking Balm. Because I honestly believe a great proportion of the people with tattoos will eventually have the “regret it, fade it, forget it” opinion of their body art. I have to admit, knowing there is a safe way to fade permanent ink stains on your skin might be just the reassurance I need to get a tattoo. But come to think of it NONE of the candidates for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders had visible tattoos. In case I decide to audition that will be one less thing I have to worry about… (besides the stretch marks).


Where the River meets the Road

Posted by Shelley on Sep 15, 2007 in songs

Life’s like a road that you travel on
there’s one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind…

Too many times we stand aside And let the waters slip away
‘Til what we put off ’til tomorrow It has now become today
So don’t you sit upon the shoreline And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids And dare to dance that tide

Tom Cochrane, 1991, Life Is a Highway and Garth Brooks, 1991, The River


Sunday Morning Date Night

Posted by Shelley on Sep 9, 2007 in Real Life Stories

While I was busy doing the hurry up or we’ll be late routine this morning I asked Mike if he could take me on a date to Starbucks on the way to church. He said, “sure, but what about the kids??” While I smeared concealer under my thirtysomething year old eyes and I said to him, “If you will drive the car, order for me and pay with your own debit card then I will consider it a date and the kids can come with us and sit quietly in the backseat.” As I’m finishing up and nearing the almost ready point I hear him call for the kids and rally them into the car. That wasn’t even part of the deal! SWEET! He took us to the Starbucks drive thru AND he even dropped us off curbside at the church so we didn’t have to walk through the parking lot. That was the best 15 minute date we’ve ever had. Seriously.

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