Monday, May 2, 2011

Totally Awesome

Monday, May 2, 2011

"Bakers, it has come to our attention that 'morale' is 'low.' Therefore, effective immediately, we will be instituting mandatory staff meetings every Friday at 3pm to get to the bottom of this problem.

During these meetings you will each be required to list at least one 'awesome' thing about working here. Susan, GO."

"Oh, come on, this is so STU...."

"Did I mention this will be on your monthly review?"

"...PENDOUS! Haha! Yeah! [grabbing manager by lapels] WORKING HERE IS AWESOME."

"Something more specific, please."

"Oh. Ok. Um...

"Oh, I know! Making the candy apples is awesome.

"It really gets my aggressive tendencies out."

"I...see. Bob?"

"I like misspelling things and then convincing the customer it's actually spelled that way."

"Cracks me up every time!"

"Bob, I'm not sure this is exactly..."

"Ooh, yeah! And scaring the kids! That is SO awesome, am I right?" [high-fiveing Bob]


"Alright, everyone, if you'll just wait your turn..."

"Oooh, crap!"

"What's wrong, Debra?"

"No, that's my awesome thing! Putting chocolate poo swirls on everything!"

"I call it my number two special. Haha!"

[sigh] "And Mary? What about you?"

"I like giving the customers exactly what they ask for."

"Ah, excellent! You see, everyone? Now this is...

"No, I mean EXACTLY what they ask for."

"It's totally awesome." [giggle]


"Well, I think that's enough for today. I hope this meeting has helped remind you all to cherish the little things, and to really enjoy your jobs here. Now, next week: Airbrushing! See you then."

Thanks to Denise G., Gema B., Amanda N., Meagan B., & Anne L. for being, um, awesome.

Oh, and hey, here's something that really IS awesome: my friend Neil of 1,000 Awesome Things has a free copy of his new book, The Book of Even More Awesome, for five of you lucky readers!



For a chance to win, just leave a comment telling me one of your favorite awesome things. It can be anything: getting extra icing on your slice of cake, picking the fastest line at the supermarket, snagging the last one of that sale item you wanted - you name it. We'll announce the five winners both here - on this post - and on the CW Facebook page at 12 midnight, EST, so be sure to check back!

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GIVEAWAY UPDATE! After randomly selecting five comments, we have our winners! Congrats to the following readers who shared a few of their favorite awesome things.

Sunshine Dayz at 10:17am, who understands how awesome it is to find a few extra hours of sleep before the alarm goes off. (We share this joy with you.)

qurlyloks at 12:34pm, who REALLY appreciates awesome caffeinated coffee.

Elizabeth C., at 1:54pm, who thinks it's "inconceivable" (and awesome) that her kitties unleash cuddly kryptonite! You wanted Neil's book? As you wish.

TCC at 3:06pm, who loves awesome unexpected treats (and turns it up to 11).

soarin_ca4 at 8:37pm, who shares a birthday with David Beckham (which happens to be today). I bet winning Neil's book just made your birthday even more AWESOME.

Congrats again to our winners! Please email us your mailing addresses. Thanks to everyone for the great comments. So much awesomeness!

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Jessica said...

One of my favorite awesome things....the smell after a fresh rain. XD

KDubs said...

One of my favorite awesome things is my friend who adorably (and accidentally) snorts when he laughs. And the embarrassment that inevitably follows.

-Karen

Angie said...

One of my favourite awesome things, is watching it all come together when one of my kids realizes they can READ!

Jenifer said...

Kitty snuggles

Happy Observer said...

Awesome = using big words to confuse people, even better if it insults them and they don't know!

Joy said...

Awesome - seeing the communities in my state come together...even when everything they own has been lost and destroyed in recent tornadoes...giving all of themselves to serve and love others and make sure that others needs are met...that my dear friend is amazingly awesome!

Julie said...

Well aside from my family and friends (who are all awesome!), I'd have to say that one awesome thing is when I hear a song that brings back amazing memories of times past.

Anonymous said...

one of my favorite things is to spend the day with my daughter at the Biltmore Estate in NC.

tamajinn said...

Hearing the old "Tomorrow's Child" music from the old school Spaceship Earth. Takes me back and gives me shivers every time.

Tiffany said...

Favorite thing...really good chocolate gluten free cake! mmmm...
-Tiffany

Susan H. said...

My favorite awesome thing is getting a giant glob of hardened cherry dip in my Dairy Queen vanilla in a cup.

Rainyday said...

Awesome is scoring a fantastic double nap - when my boys both go to sleep at the same time in the afternoon. And even more awesome if I get to snooze a bit then, too!

Kirren said...

One of my favorite awesome things is going outside and coming back in when I'm baking, to get the full effect of the delicious smells!

accomplish said...

watching my little sister be awarded her doctorate today = awesome!!!

Steph0803 said...

My favorite thing that is totally awesome is... OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!!

jessica s said...

My very favorite things are the moments just before you go on vacation...when the bags are packed, your flight has been called, you're settling into your seat...the days away stretch before you all waiting to be experienced and you anticipate them coming with eagerness. Your planning is paying off, the stress is melting away, and it's all there in front of you....awesomeness!!!!

Emily said...

Wine. Wine is awesome.

Etoile said...

Finding a $20 bill in your pocket that you didn't remember was there.

April said...

Awesome is hearing each new word my speech delayed daughter pronounces with perfect clarity.

Sarah L. said...

Hard to think of anything more awesome than dogs!

Mary Anne said...

It is totally awesome to have found a place where my love of The Princess Bride, Star Wars and Disney makes sense!

Chrissy said...

One of my favorite things is watching Top Gear and actually laughing out loud after a long day!

Caroline G said...

My awesome thing this week was the teens that showed up out of the blue to help clear debris/fallen trees in our yard after the tornado in Alabama. They were such a blessing!!

tinypurpleelephant said...

finding a bar of dark chocolate kit kat in my purse, i'd forgotten i had bought it

Kayline said...

My favorite awesome thing is when my students start making jokes in Spanish during clas... it means they're listening!

Kimberly said...

winning contests is pretty awesome. ;) *hint, hint*

Talia said...

My awesome thing is when I find a book at the library that I've been wanting to read but not badly enough to buy but WHAM there it is...Those are happy moments.

Jenny said...

After Easter, Valentine's, and Halloween, when all the candy goes on sale, is AWESOME!

Madison A. M. said...

One of my favorite awesome things is the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when you finish writing something, knowing it will make somebody laugh, or think in a way they didn't before.

AmbassaBoy Quinn said...

Having a big piece of cake, while enjoying IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot!!

Lisa Keown said...

Staying up late browsing the Cake Wrecks website is Awesome. Getting to sleep in the next morning would be Awesome too.
~Lisa Keown from Ky.

kaleena said...

Striped socks.

Lisa Keown said...

Being able to sleep in is Awesome!

Jeanette said...

It's awesome when the weather sucks during finals and it snows in May. Honestly, because then being inside studying doesn't suck as much as if it were sunny and 70 out.

Kerri said...

Getting all three of my kids to take a nap at the SAME TIME!

Loeki said...

Tom Baker's scarf! SO freakin cool!...and.....K9....the most awesome dog ever! Affirmative!!

Crazycatlady said...

to be completely honest - we have talks like that in my office ... they make me sad. you shouldn't have to be forced to pretend to like you job. however - this was very funny lol:)

Shannon said...

Passing first year of Paramedic school today! Awesomesauce!

leah said...

most awesome thing = kids at grandma's house for the week!

Megs T. said...

One of my awesomest things is going home to visit my Mother and the family puppy Angel and seeing the unconditional love on his face as he greets me at the door and how he can't wait for me to get down on the floor to love him! That is an awesome thing!!!

Language Arts Lady said...

Finding holiday candy (that I like!) after the holiday for 75% off! Like Cadbury cream eggs. Yum!

princess jen said...

Going to Krispy Kreme and getting hot, melt-in-my-mouth donuts with my munchkins.

studiorose said...

I like Epcot.

Anna said...

Vacation starting Friday! So excited! And what are the odds, we're headed to Florida. ;)

Jamie said...

Having a random Tuesday off work!

Courtney said...

One of my favorite things is how the air smells just after it's rained. Here in Washington, I get to be happy a lot! ;)

Craig said...

[Not an entry -- I posted earlier.]

I LOVE medical victory stories!!! The more 'impossible', the better.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Wouldn't it be awesome if everyone who said 'impossible', 'no hope', 'nothing we can do', ad nauseam were to receive a cake with their quotes written on it so they can eat their words?

Paula said...

I think it's awesome when my kids actually listen to me the first time!

Jim Bloe said...

I love randomly getting a orange slush from my mom. Love u mom! :)

Lady 44 said...

My favourite awesome thing is a hug from my Autistic students. Nothing brightens a bad day like that.

mica said...

I think baby laughs are awesome. :) And cookies and milk before bed. And coming home from work to a clean house <-- i know it'll happen some day!

Derby_Newbie said...

It is awesome when you find you have a friend right at the very moment that you need one!

Anonymous said...

Dar Dar said...
My most awesome things are seeing my grandchildren, decorating cakes, going to the beach, riding my motorcycle, and my daily dose of Cake Wrecks. Some things just take your breath away.

ambjer said...

My all time favorite awesome thing is squishy new socks!

Melody said...

It was an awesome thing to have had as long with a loving, caring, encouraging, godly grandfather turned adoptive-father as I did. My not-awesome thing: The brain cancer that stole him away.

Carrietastic said...

Tickling my husband with sadistic glee. :)

EvylFashionista said...

One of my favorite awesome things is to spend a "Girls' Day Out" with my mom! I just had one with her on Saturday. :-)

Jen said...

One of my favorite things is getting in the car knowing it's on empty and expecting to have to go fill it up, only to discover my husband already did.

Katherine G said...

I'm a midwife, and one of my very favorite things is the look on a new mom's face right after her baby is born when she looks at this new little person but hadn't quite realized that it is real. So beautiful!

vampi said...

my favorite thing is taking a hot shower in a cold bathroom. the second you open the shower curtain that is holding in all the nice wam steam and the cold air from the outside the shower curls in. better than coffee.

Jen said...

You know what is really awesome? Flour. Yes. I'm serious. You can make it into bread, into sweets, coat things in it, batter them up... and you know, make cakes sometimes too. Flour. Yeah!

Pat L. said...

Drinking my morning coffee -- with great care -- from my very special mug . . . the one with the picture on it that reminds me my sweet little old lady puppy is pure love!

MsS said...

The most awesome thing is when the flowers that you chose, planted, and tended finally start to bloom.

MsS said...

The most awesome thing is when the flowers that you chose, planted, and tended finally start to bloom, and they're beautiful.

Laura said...

Right now? Taking the first fresh bite of Easter Bunny ears - Awesome!

Alisnotmartha said...

Awesome is waking up with my alarm and realizing my bladder didn't wake me up once during the night!

Aitara said...

My favorite awesome thing? Knowing that all my hard work knocking out a professional certificate in museum studies in a year will be worth it. And knowing that spending 12.5 hours today in the library will make tomorrow's paper writing session easier. (and in a non-depressingly academic way? swedish fish. grape ones.)

Josée said...

Cabane a sucre 'tire sur la neige'. That is to say, boiled down maple syrup poured on fresh snow. Wait a few seconds then twirl it up on a popsicle stick. Voilà! A maple syrup 'lollipop'. Make sure you have dental coverage before trying one...

Kelly said...

Kelly N. My most favorite awesome thing is when I deliver a cake to someone and they tell me it is even more amazing than they imagined. It's the ultimate compliment!

tawngap said...

Something awesome.... getting to take a nap that you weren't planning on taking. Yes, I totally did that today. - Tawnia

skatej said...

finally graduating with my master's degree. Awesome.

Val'n'Ben said...

Blueberry yogurt covered pretzels... yum!! And fitting into a smaller size than you thought possible. (Which isn't helped by blueberry yogurt covered pretzels!)-Valerie Shumway

The Management said...

"Flying solo"

Taking my 2,4,and 5 year old to White Castle, while we were enjoying our meal and unexpectedly being complemented on my parenting and the behavior of my children by other customers in the restaurant.

Dan

Gena said...

Getting a corner piece of cake that ALSO has a frosting flower!!

John and Laura said...

Spring weather after a long, rainy winter is my idea of awesome today!

And cake wrecks, too. Totally awesome.

Shelly said...

My favorite awesome thing is getting clothes on clearance.

Anonymous said...

That freeway trick to get around the slow lane that i know and you don't...awesome ! L

Andi said...

Awesome things for me revolve around unexpected and rare affection from my cat.
--Samantha G

Andi said...

Awesome things for me revolve around unexpected and rare affection from my cat.
--Samantha G

awildy said...

A student who has struggled all year with Physics and fundamentals of Chemistry earning their first ever (in their 9 years of education) A on a Chemistry test. AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

A student who has struggled all year with Physics and fundamentals of Chemistry earning their first ever (in their 9 years of education) A on a Chemistry test. AWESOME!

Jamie said...

Oh, I have another one! A post that is utterly INUNDATED with comments, but doesn't send everyone fleeing for the Epcot bunker is awesome! ;-)

It's always encouraging to see how eager people are to acknowledge the good things.

Arlene said...

Ok now I have seen everything. A Hello Kitty themed caramel apple that would frighten the kids lol. Wow it really looks just about what I figured it would with caramel oozing out. Poo swirls must be the favorite of the wreckerators since I see them alot lol.

wildmaven said...

Totally Awesome would be a world where we take joy in giving something to others rather than getting something. But maybe I'm just weird that way...

MissRon said...

My favourite awesome thing was after losing all my possessions thanks to the floods in Queensland, Australia earlier this year, I had an extremely wonderful person replace one of my favourite book series for me for free. And then a second person replaced the second series of books from the same thing for free. (I lost 467 books in the flood. Pretty much my entire collection)

I know it's not quite a typical awesome thing but random acts of kindness sort of kept me going.

The Smiths said...

I am so thankful for Thai food. That and limes. Mmmm. I think being pregnant just intensifies my enjoyment. Awesome.

Andrea

Erica said...

What I think is totally awesome is when my son tells me he loves me and that I'm beautiful, without him being in trouble first :)

amyandtenaya said...

reminded me of what i said to my driving instructer today when a cat run out infront of us during my lesson, "oh, but i like cats"

Katherine Morgan said...

Awesome is when my newborn baby vomits up some breast milk but then swallows it again - don't waste it!

Marvinator said...

Every morning I get off the bus in downtown and pass in front of this new country restaurant. (I live in Nashville, TN) Every morning the smell of smoked bacon fills the street on my walk to work. OMG is that AWESOME!

b6d3c4d8-7580-11e0-828a-000bcdcb471e said...

Going to bed on a chilly night with a hot water bottle is probably one of the most awesome things ever!!!

TolkienGirl20@aol.com
Kimberly

KatieQ said...

Making the last tuition payment for my daughter who is graduating from Wellesley this month.

Laura said...

Awesome? Finding bird poop on your umbrella and realizing that the umbrella just saved your formal-wear!

Ju'leave 'em Cryin said...

Finding a pair of socks for roller derby that I wanted sooooo bad, but couldn't bring myself to pay $8 for, and then coming back 6 months later to find them on clearance for $2. WINNING!!

ThatDeborahGirl said...

"Debra" is the lazy man's way of spelling "Deborah".

Lanelle said...

crawling back into bed AFTER I have taken my kids to school! teehee hee!
THAT is AWESOME!

macropixi said...

It's awesome when I'm having a really bad migraine and my husband moves heaven and hell to provide me with chocolate, coffee, and pills to help. He's awesome. He hates my smoking but understands that it helps the headaches and will actually go out and buy me a pack if I need it.

Julie said...

Wanting something really bad.. and ten finding it at a resale shop or auction for a fraction of it's cost!

Christine said...

One of my favorite awesome things is when I unintentionally do a cool grammar thing in conversation, like using both effect and affect in the same sentence or their, there, and they're.

chapablo said...

Awesome is when somebody tosses me something, I catch it single-handed, and never stop walking!!
Juan Pablo

Joyce Patton said...

Being a 53 year old woman and taking up motorcycle riding! Awesome!

Maria B said...

Awesome things?
Being asked for ID even though I'm well over 40 :)

denali said...

My favorite recent awesome? A hug from the ridiculously hot law enforcement officer next door. I am totally fugly, and he is pure deliciousness, so, yup, pretty awesome!

Also cats who purr so hard they drool. That's pretty awesome :)

Hyper Pigmentation said...

That third cake blew me away! I like it! Reminds me of the movie Legend of the Guardians!

Anonymous said...

As a "Mary" myself, I agree with Mary. Sort of.

Actually, my favorite thing is watching all the people in my class ask who "Mary" is when I get awards for academic skill. But not when I am sitting in the middle of the row. Cause then I have to climb all over people to get out and by the time I'm reciving my award they've all already figured out I'm "Mary".


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