My niceness pays off!

If you know me in person, you know that I’m generally a pretty nice, tolerant person. Some may say a little “too nice”. What does “too nice” mean? Well, I think it means that I could be swayed (Yes, I did buy the lotion from the lotion guy in the mall once…I honestly hate admitting it). I don’t like to hurt peoples feelings and I’m also not one for a major conflict, so I don’t generally sweat the small stuff.

Today, however, I really felt a need to stand up for myself over a very small issue. This past week, someone has parked 3 times in my parking spot here at my apartment complex. It’s not that it’s a great or close spot to my apartment, but a lot of it is just principle and the fact that having to park elsewhere takes me more time to get around and is much less convenient.

So, you know what I did? I wrote the driver this little note…


I’m sure I could have got mad, complained, and have been rude or have been a bit more stern…but perhaps they didn’t realize they were taking my spot. When I first moved in, I didn’t realize it and accidentally parked in somebody’s spot. Also, I wrote the note cause I could have called security and dealt with it that way; however, I feel like, just like if you are blasting your music…wouldn’t you rather be approached nicely by a neighbor rather than have the security guard show up to scold you? Anyway, that is what I did.

Well, I had to run out to the drugstore 30 or so minutes afterward, and I totally noticed the dude walking to his card and picking up the note from under the windshield wiper. Not one for conflict, I ducked behind a car. How lame is that? I’m pretty sure he didn’t see me. I then ran back inside for a bit. I had no clue what I would say to him. Ha ha.

Well, I did go back out and go to the drugstore and you know what? When I got back, his car was moved to the visitor area! I guess my note worked. Well, for tonight atleast…who knows…he may be back in my spot tomorrow, but I think he got the point.

So, is there a better way you think you would have handled it?

Until next time Swellions!


A quick digi project and this and that


So, I whipped up this project last night on the fly. It’s for a friends’ coffee table. Several other people I know are makine 6×6 canvases to go under his coffee table as well as an interesting art series all focused on bugs.

I am feeling a little icky today over dealing with confrontation. I really hate doing it and don’t have to in day in day out situations, but you know when something rears it’s ugly head, sometimes you just have to approach it even when you don’t want to. I’ve always had anxiety over such things and don’t always feel equipped to deal. I guess I need to just do it and learn and experience…seems like most times it is not usually as bad as I seem to make it out to be in my head. Just not fun.

I just went to Subway. Why is it that I always gravitate toward the same type of sandwich? Anyone else do this? My favorite is the Italian BMT on Italian herbs and Cheese. I guess when you find something you like it’s hard to change. Thankfully, though I’ve gotten over chicken finger ordering at nice restaurants. That used to be the thing I always got. Now, I figure it’s one of the worst things I could get on the menu health-wise, so I tend to avoid it.

I’m all by my lonesome today at work. Just the sound of me typing and the air conditioning going. I really hope this afternoon goes by quickly. I plan on going to the arboretum later tonight and out to eat. Trying to make an exercise plan. Last night, I rode around my neighborhood 4 times. It’s actually not that much, but I was still sweating by the time I got through. I came back in and I had only been gone for 15 minutes. Geez. Well, atleast it was something!

Until tomorrow Swellions. Have a great day!