Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I was somehow asked to name my top 10 pet peeves today. As I started to think about the list (littering, people not washing their hands after using the toilet, driving behind buses, etc.), I suddenly stopped and wondered why I was focusing on negative things. "Come what may, and love it" -Joseph B. Wirthlin. (Well, actually I'm quoting him as he quoted his mother.)

So I stopped my list and went for a walk. The streets of Plzeň have become all too familiar to me since this is my third summer here. This led me to my plan to change my attitude: I decided to have a little photo scavenger hunt of things that I saw that made me smile today. Here is what I found:

*The smell of roses as a summer breeze blew through my hair.
*Lens flare and funny shaped roof tops (love them both).
*SALE signs...in ANY language.
*The gesture of a dude moving to the outside as he walked next to his lady friend to keep her free from danger in the street.
*Places around town where people touch something for luck. Can you tell which one gets the most action?
*Pushing different buttons depending on whether you go #1 or #2 in the toilet (gotta save water).
*Little children (and maybe I do it too) chasing pigeons in the town square.
*Behind the scenes look as the circus was being set up in town.
*Stairs. EVERYWHERE. And lots of them. It's great for the booty.
*The sight of pretty flowers on someone's balcony.
*Wonderful walls full of texture (but dirty--don't touch).
*Removing your shoes before entering the apartment and putting on house slippers (or you'll hear the wrath of Ivanka).

There you have it...Come what may in Plzeň, and LOVING it.


Brandon said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower. Great photo scavenger hunt! Seriously. Just thought I'd say ahoj.

Deanna said...

Dear Brandon,
I will be forced to thrash you for mocking me. Maybe you should say you're my newest stalker instead of follower. Unless you mean you're following me in a super creepy, down a dark alley, late at night, lock your door sort of way. Then yes, you're a new follower. ha ha thanks for the support.

Britny Clark said...

Aw, I wish this summer was going to be my third summer, too. :( But...in the spirit of your post, I'd like to add: watching rainstorms from the conservatory or the dorm with the big European windows thrown wide open!!!

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Ma What's 4 dinner said...

You are awesome. I love that you turned your list on it's head and made it into this beautiful collage. Good for you to see the better things in life. I'm a fan of yours for life!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Jill said...

It's nice to meet you :)

I now Follow you via Wobble Over Wednesday!

~ Jill


Kara said...

Love the photography. So interesting. And good for you for turning around the pet peeve list. I don't take you for a negative nelly at all!

Carol said...

I'm following you from Wobble Over Wed.
Will you follow me?

This Mom said...

What a nice twist...and the photos are gorgeous!

Just found you through a blog hop, and I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to getting to know you...and Plzen? Is it terrible that I don't know where that is???

Kate @ This Mom Loves

Deanna said...

Britny - ah, there is PLENTY of rain this summer.
KS - we all have our moments.
Kate - CZECH REPUBLIC (you know, Europe)
Ma - you're too kind
others - thanks for the love

Unknown said...

love your mosaic!
I found you on the Two savvy sisters!