Yesterday I noticed my deodorant is running low. I’m going to visit my family in Utah in about a week so I figured I’d just wait and ask my parents to buy me some toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, etc.). But then I got this in the mail:

A free sample of degree deodorant, the exact kind I use! I thought it was rather serendipitous (although after I thought about it for awhile I remember I actually asked them to send this to me when I saw an ad on

I really like the idea of serendipity though. I like the word too. Somehow it’s romantic sounding to me.

Serendipity: ser·en·dip·i·ty

1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

2. good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about serendipity.

As an example, one of my friends emailed me about a month ago asking if my newspaper was hiring. I told him they weren’t hiring at the moment, but he should turn in a resume anyway because I was thinking of leaving. He has an interview on Thursday. We hadn’t spoken in nearly a year before I got that email from him. That’s serendipity right?

Also, I discovered this new site, where you register books you’ve set out into the wild. When someone finds one of your books they can go to the site, enter the number and find out who left it there originally.

I often leave books on airplanes, in hotels and at coffee shops when I’m traveling. I figure other travelers will find them and not have to spend the money on a new book. But sometimes I worry they’ll think it’s lost or someone will come back for it so they won’t take it. I really like the idea of putting a stamp on there to let people know the book is free to be taken. The site calls this serendipity. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I suppose if it’s a book that changes someone’s life then it could be viewed as serendipitous, but only in hindsight, yes?

Anyway, you should check out the site. I’m going to be leaving books around town and maybe you’ll find one of mine (I know you’re super excited about the prospect of having a book once owned by me)! So, keep your eyes peeled and be sure to check the code at if you find a book in the wild.