Last year around this time, I did my very first reader giveaway.
On April 26th 2014, readers had the chance to win a copy of a The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha.
After a year, and in light of our snowy holiday weekend, I thought it was time to revisit awesome.
Yesterday it started snowing. It snowed all day. People are annoyed. Me, Im not really annoyed. I’m not too fond of snow but I would rather have this cooler temperature than summer heat any day. Seriously.
But regardless of how you feel about the weather, I started thinking about how annoying things could be reinterpreted as awesome things.
For me, yucky annoying snow us reinterpreted as, “well, at least it’s not hot…and that’s awesome!”
Or, another example:
A few days ago, the snow was trying to melt. Jason and I noticed something beige and baguette-shaped at the base of our crabapple tree. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it was, in fact, a frozen baguette. Actually, there were five frozen baguettes.
After being confused for a few minutes, I remembered back to late fall when I threw away some freezer burnt baguettes. I assumed a giant squirrel or another other animal dug through the garbage and buried them beside the tree for a mid winter snack.
I was pretty grossed out and definitely annoyed.
This morning, it was snowing heavily and JP and I were having a lazy start to the day. We hurt loud twittering and looked out to see the ground around the apple tree full of busy little black birds, going mad for the frozen baguettes. There were a few crows getting in on the action too. JP and I raided the freezer for some more freezer burnt bread (apparently we have a lot of gross bread in our house) and dumped it all over the front steps and just beyond.
We were back and forth to the windows throughout the day just watching the birds. It might sound lame, but my kid was loving the free entertainment. He yelled at the birds, laughed at them, and stared at them. At one point, a giant scruffy raven stopped by. The annoying half thawed baguettes in my front yard became awesome aviary entertainment.
Scruffy looking raven! I could tell it was a raven because all the crows sitting off to the side watching were half the size!
I signed JP up for a pre-school gymnastics class. I didn’t expect him to be as attentive as his brother was two years ago, but I was expecting a small modicum of listening skills. I was very wrong. It was bedlam. There were eight kids in the class and four out of the eight were running around like maniacs.
I was extremely annoyed that I couldn’t control my child (though grateful that other parents were in the same predicament), so I had to change my way of thinking.
At the end of the hour, after running after JP almost constantly, I was feeling kind of excited about my free workout. We weren’t actually at an annoying children’s gymnastics class, we were actually at an awesome adult calisthenics class (there just happened to be eight children there with us!).
Thankfully he did stop running a few times, long enough for me to snap a few pictures!
Now, I want you tell ME something awesome!
To make it a bit challenging, can you tell me about something that initially seemed annoying but ended up being awesome?
Everybody who comments will be entered in a draw to win the SECOND book from Neil Pasricha – it’s called The Book of (even more) Awesome!
The contest closes Monday night at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) and the winner will be announced Tuesday morning.
Have a great weekend everybody!
You will still be entered in the contest if you can’t think of something annoying that transformed into something awesome. That’s just an extra challenge. But, if you entered the first awesome giveaway last year, you have to write something different. I will check to make sure!
Also, you can’t just write “possum.” As in, awesome possum. That’s lazy!