March 24, 2010

on good things and smiling coffee...

good things.

If there's one thing I've learned from my mom, it's to be nice to people, even if you don't know them. If there's one thing I've learned from my dad, it's to always find a way to make light of a situation. I'm thankful that I've managed to carry both of those qualities with me throughout my life - granted, I'm never perfect, but who ever is? For the most part, I've done pretty well. And it's a weird feeling when I'm having a conversation with someone and I know that the expression on my face would remind me of my mom, or when I'm trading witty banter with a random person and I realize it's something my dad would have said.

"Your hair looks nice today!" (That's something my dad says to everyone. Even when he is talking to them on the phone. Which is pretty much the greatest ever.)

Those are good things. Seeing how my parents shaped me into who I am - sometimes in ways that they couldn't have planned. Hand gestures, certain phrases and inflections of the voice. Some things just manage to catch, I guess.

I'm thankful that I have those qualities. Especially the sense of humor that I'm sure I got from my dad. I like joking around with anyone and everyone, and I'm always trying to make light of any situation. When I'm nervous or awkward, I'll most likely be acting silly. And it's not just a defense mechanism to mask an insecurity - it's like in the back of my head I'm thinking, "Why does this have to be awkward? Let's make fun of it. Let's giggle so I don't feel like a hot mess." I have this self-depreciating, Bridget Jones-esque monologue going on in my head all the time, which makes most situations highly entertaining.

Also, I just like connecting with people. I like going through the day knowing that I left some sort of wave in the sea of people all around me, you know?

Kind of like today. Today was a generally good day. But I feel like it could have been worse. I started out the day with every woman's favorite doctors appointment - and instead of dreading it, I was laughing inside because of how awkward I knew it was going to be.

I'm sure the nurse who took my blood work thought I was insane, because I kept giggling and making jokes. When she came back with the needles and such, she mentioned me getting a TB test, too, and I was all, "WHAT." And she was all, "Um, you know? The TB test? Where you get that bubble on your arm and then they come back and check it in a few days?" And I was all, "NO, PLEASE NO DO NOT DO THAT TO ME EVER." (Probably accompanied by a weird, maniacal laugh.) By then she realized the paperwork was mixed up and then she let out this huge laugh and was all, "Giiiiirl, you were not havin' that TB test business, were you?" She was seriously hilarious. Totally distracted me while she stabbed a needle in my vein to drain me of my blood.

(Side note: Having blood drawn would be a lot more soothing if they hired Edward Cullen impersonators. Or maybe that's just me? Okay, never mind.)

Anyway, I kind of adore my doctor (mostly because she is so nice and kind of looks like that one lady from that show Providence from forever ago) and we chattered so much during the entire appointment that it went by incredibly fast. After the appointment was done, she randomly hugged me and said, "Thank you for the laugh! When you wrote on the patient survey form that you were here for your 'lady parts visit' it totally made my morning!" I was all, "I'm glad you didn't think I was creepy!"

I left the doctors office with a skip in my step. I mean, who leaves the doctors office with a skip in their step?

I traditionally follow any doctors visit with a visit to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to reward myself. (I reward myself with food, which is totally healthy and a good idea. You can quote me on that.) When the barista handed me my drink, she leaned it in my direction and I saw that she had added a smiley face of chocolate sauce to the top of the drink. (Of course, in the below photo it had already kind of sunk into the coffee and looks a little more terrifying than it did originally. Use your imagination, though.)

smiling coffee.

When I saw it I kind of squealed and told her how cute it was. Actually, I think it came out as more of a, "Ahhhh, thyahs suhhh cyuuuuht!" because when I get excited I sometimes talk in a weird accent. I don't know why this is, and I'm fairly sure it's not something I inherited from either my mom or dad. Who knows. But I don't think the lady judged me, from what I could tell. She just seemed happy to make someone happy. I just love little things that people do that are different from the norm, you know?

61 comments :

  1. See this post right here? See it? Read it?

    Yes, these are the reasons I adore you.

    Your silliness. Check. Your positive outlook. Check. The ray of sunshien you spread behind you. Check. You openness, honesty & genuinity. Check, check & check. Your amazing writing that makes ME giggle because I feel like I just walked through your morning with you. CHECK.

    Thank you for being you. For seriously.

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  2. It's pretty amazing to see what our parents have instilled in us! I wish to have a better attitude like yours in life. You seem very carefree. I imagine you jumping over every obstacle that comes your way! People should be more like you and your barista! Thanks for sharing.

    By the way, I definitely have to agree with you, having blood drawn by edward cullen impersonators would be fine by me :D !

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  3. i love awesome days like that! glad you had one :)

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  4. You are just so damn cute. More people in this world need an attitude like yours.

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  5. Haha. I love days like that when you interact with perfect strangers like they're old friends.

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  6. Adorable. I love that you wrote lady parts on your sheet...and that smiling coffee is adorable. You're so sweet, Kerri.

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  7. The little things always make my day. And I try to make it a point to do something little and nice for someone else -- a text message, a card, SOMETHING to make someone smile. You never know what sort of impact you can make.

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  8. Love it! I adore those little moments when you're able to connect with a complete stranger and walk away a bit happier. I also love getting older and seeing the ways my parents have influenced me. We're both lucky to have wonderful parents :)

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  9. Kerri, you're such a sweet girl. Gosh, I wanted to say something to you about this a while ago, spurred by something you said on your now defunct Formspring, but I never got to send you the email. I just want you to know that I absolutely love how much you value being just nice. Lately, I see so much hate for just being nice and backlash against people who are nice, like nice people are weak, stupid, or irrational. Or, worse, fake. But, I say, what's the harm in just being nice? I wish more people appreciated nice people. I just want you to know that I really love that about you. I admire you, and knowing that you value that both makes me admire you more and make me make more effort to just be a Nice Person all the time.

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  10. I LOVE that she put a smiley face in your coffee. So cute!

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  11. At my last "lady parts visit" I admitted to my doctor that after every one of these check-ups I feel like I've been to the vet. More specifically, I told her I felt like my dog looks when they face her toward me on that cold metal table, she knows that temperature taking business is about to go down, and she just buries her head under my arm.

    My doctor chuckled and proceeded to tell me all about her doggies, and how pitiful they are at the vet's office. Before I knew it, that dreaded occasion was over and it wasn't so terrible after all.

    I ♥ communication, and family traits/tendencies. They both make me all warm and fuzzy, like there's not a doubt in the world that I belong. ^_^

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  12. ha, i love this! we need more nice people in the world, seriously. during the past couple days, the news and a few other things have really been making me question the power of the good guys, so thanks for sharing this lovely bit of happiness!

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  13. I am with you here... I extremely value niceness. I try and be nice to every single person I come into contact with. I am that girl who compliments people in the grocery store. I am that girl who when the Starbucks baristas in the drive-thru ask me how I am, say "I am absolutely fantastic!!! How are you doing today???" And I have a mini convo with my barista. And it absolutely makes my day.

    I have never been to the "lady parts" doctor yet. I am dreading the day. But hopefully I will have such a lovely experience. And I will totally buy myself a new dress and coffee afterwards.

    And, I would like going to the doctors if they had Jacob impersonators to hold me in the cold, awkward waiting room. Yes, I think that would be quite lovely.

    :)

    Thanks for being so lovely and nice. Even though its not outwardly validated all the time, it brightens the world.

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  14. I read your blog everyday...its one thing I actually look forward to. Get home from work, put some jammies on, crawl under the covers and read my blogs...done and done. But honestly you make me laugh so much. I love the way you write and when i read it i feel like I can actually hear these funny, sarcastic, accented punchlines that are too funny for words. thanks for always making my day.

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  15. I can see you doing all of the things you mentioned. You're so classic!

    And what did you do to your Formspring, miss?! I want it back. :)

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  16. I like happy days like that. I like how you said the coffee was cute.
    I think if I had an American accent, I could get away with a lot more.

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  17. Kerri, one of the reasons I enjoy your blog is that you are so positive. I'm glad you got a smiley coffee!

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  18. I love when this happens too. It's a constant reminder though on how we have to choose our attitude. Way to choose yours. Love your blog!

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  19. You sound practically giddy with happiness. :) It's lovely.

    And I totally joke around ALL THE TIME. Sometimes people don't get that I'm joking and then it's awkward because they get all serious.

    But I just giggle at them in my head.

    Also, I love Coffee Bean. Stupid west cost, keeping all the Coffee Beans to itself!

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  20. You sound so happy girl! I love it. I would giggle over smiley coffee too. :)

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  21. haaa haha.... i love when you get a fun nurse, it helps make the doctors less horrible. Just found your blog - love it!

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  22. I had to do two TB skin tests for nursing school, they aren't bad at all. :)

    I really don't like visiting the gyn... it's just uncomfortable and awkward for me.

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  23. Kerry you are so sweet...I love the way you write, thanks for sharing your thoughts ;0

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  24. My childhood consisted of constant doctor's visits due to my parent's genes wanting nothing to do with each other. At my appointments, my mom was always with me. Because I was nervous, I would talk and giggle uncontrollably, and blame it on my mom. "Mom! Stop making me laugh! *giggle giggle giggle*" while the doctor was pushing on my stomach and listening to my heart. Your lady parts visit reminded me of those days and how I'm still that same little girl at the doctor's now.

    Oh yes, and that coffee smiley face? Adorable. Why can't I ever come across baristas like that? lol

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  25. I love when someone takes that extra effort to make someone happy- that smiley face on the coffee? So sweet. I used to make hearts out of foam for people when I was a barista and it just made people light up. What more can you ask for? =)

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  26. I actually love my doctor, too. When I was pregnant and had to go week-to-week, I looked forward to it -- and not just to hear about my progress. :)

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  27. It's so great to see the joy in life's awkwardness... I tend to make light of most situations as well... It's a great way to live really.

    And that TB skin test thing is so funny! The needle is so tiny, it would've been nothing in comparison to the blood you had drawn for your lab work...

    ALSO, diggin' your new banner. You always have the cutest banners... I wish I was more computer/design/creative/motivated to learn literate.

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  28. Those little moments - like a chocolate-sauce smiley face - are what truly make my day! Not only because they make me smile, but because they make me thankful for the people who do them. I can't help thinking, "you know? That barista didn't have to do that. She could have drizzled the syrup and gone about her day."

    But instead she chose to do something fun...to take an extra moment to put forth a small effort to put a smile on someone's face. I love those little blessings! =)

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  29. I just had a doctor visit thing and i got three shots! I want a smiley face barista!

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  30. Sometimes I freak out when I do something like my mom, but then usually I laugh afterwards.

    I love that you wrote "lady parts visit" too. I would give you a hug for that too!

    (actually I would just give you a hug anyways, because I adore your blog ;))

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  31. You are so cute! I loved this!

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  32. What a lovely post. Made me smile. And I'd have got excited about the smiley coffee too!

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  33. I love how you took a potentially crap situation (helloooo, hoo-ha doctor) and made it into what actually sounds like a pretty decent time! And how adorable is the smiling coffee! What goes around comes around, right?

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  34. How you turned the OBGYN and coffee into such an adorable post is beyond me. Maybe you're the answer to world peace!

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  35. Like you, I inherited my dad's sense of humor and my mom's sweetness. The times when I do something funny and my mom says, "That was your DAD!" just makes me totally happy. My dad has an awesome sense of humor and I love that I have it.

    I love when people put in extra effort to do something nice, especially in the service industry. It just brightens your day and you know it brightens theirs! And it kinda makes you want to pass it on.

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  36. This was such a lovely read. Thank you!

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  37. This post totally made me crack up, Kerri - thank you :) I need more happiness in my days!

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  38. You know why people are so sweet? Because you are so sweet! I have never met you but I can just tell. You are pretty amazing! :)

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  39. You are adorable! The world needs more sweet and bubbly people, seriously. And, I'm totally jealous of the smiley face in your coffee!

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  40. I LOVE THIS. I'm totally the chatty girl too. And I thought I was the only one who liked my lady parts doctor. She is HILARIOUS. She said when husbands tell her, "We want a natural birth," she asks them, "Oh really? Is your butt going to explode in 9 months, too?" I DIED when she said that. I actually am looking forward to my next visit! What!

    I'm going to start drawing smiley faces in drinks from now on. Mark my words.

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  41. This post made me laugh! and it also made me think about how much the little things matter such as cute coffee! and you making me laugh!

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  42. This is the cutest post ever! Yay for happy days!!

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  43. You're one of the nicest girls I know, you know that? From your blog I can tell you're nicer in person. I'm a naturally awkward person especially around people I don't know very well, I'm trying to change that :)

    ps. coffee bean. yummy. my favorite is the ice chocolate :D

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  44. i stumbled across your blog and love it! just wanted to say hi and that this post is the greatest ever. it made my day and made me laugh and smile and miss my parents.. off to make a phone call! :)

    xo, katie
    http://www.kateandoli.blogspot.com

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  45. I see the smile, I see the smile!

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  46. Holy crap I love you. I started reading and a smile crept up on my face and then I read the part about your dad telling everyone they have nice hair, even when he's on the phone with them, and I chuckle. The I continue to read about your "lady parts" visit and I giggle and smile some more. When I get to this line
    "(Of course, in the below photo it had already kind of sunk into the coffee and looks a little more terrifying than it did originally. Use your imagination, though.)"
    I literally burst out in a laugh and don't stop until I'm done with the post.
    THAT is why I love you. You are such a little ray of sunshine and I love when I visit someone's blog and they bring laughter into my life. THANK YOU.
    Also, I have a funny awkward story (you know, just to make my comment EVEN LONGER than it already is.)
    The last time I went to the lady doctor, my regular doctor wasn't in so I was to be seen by her VERY CUTE male partner. Apparently when your dr. is male they have to be accompanied by a female "friend" so that you don't accuse them of being nasty or something. So my dr. and his lady friend come in and get started on my appointment and it was all very awkward (obvs. He's way cute, remember?) So anyway, in an effort to break the awkwardness the lady helper asks me if I'm a fan of Twilight. WHILE MY LEGS ARE SPREAD & FEET ARE IN STIRRUPS.
    I was just like "um, yes. Yes I do." And just like that I was then forced to have this random convo about Twilight & Edward vs. Jake throughout my pap smear. Granted it did help the time pass (i guess?) but I left there thinking it was legitimately the weirdest gyno visit EVER. Like, ever.

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  47. I love the things we learn from our parents and knowing that we'll be passing them onto our kids too!

    I'm dreading my lady parts appt in a few weeks since I'm going to a new office. Yikes!

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  48. You're such a splendid person! I was chuckling through this whole post, and what more can I ask for? A great sense of humor really can alleviate so much of the potential awkwardness in life.

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  49. You're such a splendid person! I was chuckling through this whole post, and what more can I ask for? A great sense of humor really can alleviate so much of the potential awkwardness in life.

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  50. You're such a splendid person! I was chuckling through this whole post, and what more can I ask for? A great sense of humor really can alleviate so much of the potential awkwardness in life.

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  51. You are hilarious!! I love what you wrote about your lady parts visit. I haven't laughed so freely for a while.
    xx

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  52. This is just beaming. I love it. I think you just completely changed my outlook on the day. And the week. Seriously, this is so sweet. It almost makes me want to go to a doctor's appointment just so I can try to experience it in a different light.

    And your dad's hair compliment is the greatest thing ever. Everyone needs to be told their hair looks great over the phone, everyone!

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  53. haha you're adorable! I love that you wrote that on your form!

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  54. This entire post is why when I think of your blog I think of a ray of sunshine. You're so warm and inviting, positive and peppy... definitely something we all could use more of! :)

    I also think smiling coffee should be a requirement for everyone on a Monday or any other day of the week where they have something stressful going on!

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  55. Every time I read an entry from you I have to take the time to smile. You just radiate enormous amounts of sunshine in your posts. Basically it reaffirms my belief that being silly, quirky, positive, and a little crazy is a good thing - which allows me to be myself. Thank you for putting a spring in my step today!

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  56. I just had to come out and say that this is the most wonderful post ever!

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  57. Laughing SO hard at your Edward Cullen reference. OH man do I love me some Twilight!

    The things you've learned from your parents make me smile. My mom would drop me off at the church nursery and say "Be sweet" I still remember it & try to live it.

    If we were in the same city I'd meet you for a rewarding iced coffee. Right with ya sista!

    So much joy comes out in your post - it's so great to read your blog. Thank you! xo

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  58. You are freaking adorable. I wonder how many times I've said that in the comments of your blog? I bet BILLLLLLLION.

    <3

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  59. Hey, you've been photo tagged! =D

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  60. This was so refreshing. THanks for the smile :)

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  61. i am TOTALLY writing that next time i have to get my check up. :)

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