Everything is beautiful, it is!

bleachers beautyI was a little sad this morning to see that it had snowed last night. Not only had it snowed, but it had accumulated on to my car. I don’t know about you, but while I love the snow, it has a time and a place. It’s time is over. It didn’t help that my vest and coat were in my car and I had already put my scraper in the trunk when I cleaned out my car the other day.

It was not a beautiful moment getting into my car this morning.

But, beauty is subjective. Beauty is all around us, every day. It can be a sound, something we see, taste, feel, or think. Sometimes you have to look harder, change the framing or how you’re looking at it. It’s there, you have to see it.

I recently read this post by Dana and it’s summarized everything I’ve felt for a very long time. (If you don’t want to click over, here’s what she said.)

Learn to actually see more of the beauty in everything. The broken, the scuffed, the diamonds in the rough.  Some things demand to be fixed, others to be transformed, and others recycled. But by starting with the premise that everything does have beauty, you will see more of the value in treating your whole life- and everything you interact with- with care. xoxo Dana

I took the photo of the bleachers above several years back when I was poking around Albany with my camera. I don’t remember why I took it, just that it struck me as beautiful. It might have been the colors against the sky, the stories my imagination thought it held, or the sounds of the kids laughing on the playground nearby. It’s a little rusty, paint chipped and needs some love, but it’s held cheering fans, parents who have hopefully  hugged their kids after a disappointing match, and any number of tushes for different reasons. It’s been part of their lives and while you say, “Court. It’s a just a set of bleachers.” I see the life it’s lead.

So after the less than beautiful start to the day, I found beauty in the way the light was reflecting from the wet roads and the snow glittered around me like diamonds. I later found it in a coconut macaroon and the left overs I brought for lunch. I found it in good news received from a friend and a chat during lunch with D’Lovely. I found it in the pennies stacked on my desk, the sound of a coworker’s question, and in the hope conveyed in another blogger’s painful to write post.

Some of those were a little harder to find than others, but it’s there. You just have to let yourself see it.

Where did you find beauty today?

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The post I’m writing instead of what’s really on my mind.

At the moment, I have lots on my mind. Even more than usual. Thing is? I don’t want to talk about it, but words are screaming to get out of my brain.

I figured if I write about some of the other things, maybe the rest of the words will shush for a bit. A girl can try right? Besides, it’ll take my mind of finding the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs I bought a few weeks ago and then asked my department coordinator to put away for me so I stopped eating them. They were put away pretty well, but now that I know where they are? I can’t NOT see them.

I’m also a little sad that I’m almost out of cashew butter. Man it’s a tasty treat and pick me up in the afternoon. Sure it’s sort of expensive, but I eat it like a spoon or two at a time, not like peanut butter which is my favorite and I can eat forever. And all of.

Please tell me I’m not the only one here.

I’m wondering what’s for dinner. I’m wondering because well, I’m a little hungry. I really want a Reese’s Egg, but if I have another, I’ll have six more.  I sort of hope that we’re having macaroni and cheese for dinner. We mix a ton of veggies in and have some sort of meat to go with it (sometimes) and then I put some of the magic from the Spicy Garlic grinder thingamabobbie. And then that’s that.

I know much of this was about food and I think that’s because I want to eat all the things! Silly Whoremones. I ended up getting my period after all this month – 12 or so days late so it feels super whoremonal. Damn it. This isn’t really a good time to be super whoremonal.

But is there ever a good time?

Back to eating all the things. Why is it that when I want to eat everything in sight and there’s healthy food in sight (like the banana or the pear staring me in the face) that those are the foods I DO. NOT. WANT?

I know I know. If I don’t want the healthy food, then I’m bored or thirsty, I’m not hungry, but yet, I am.

Riddle me that!

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Things that made me smile…week 15, 2014

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Flowers I'm considering

I’m back at it, listing out the things from the past week that made me smile and that I’m am thankful for. It’s important to remember the things that are good to help ease the sting of the bad.

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others and I’d like to have reminders of the good for when it’s not so good. I re read that statement and it makes me feel like I’m implying that life isn’t good. It mostly is. (Knockonwood!) I just want to make sure I’m documenting the moments that shine for me so when they don’t I can find good things quickly

So. In no particular order, what has been good lately:

  • Tea, hot and iced
  • Sick days to use without guilt
  • Spring Fling ice cream from Stewart’s
  • Colleagues bringing me boxes for packing
  • Trader Joe’s guy opening a lane just for me
  • Sushi special on the weekend
  • Psych reruns
  • Frank. So many reasons.
  • Cold working its way out!
  • Major project done at work

That’s it for now, I’m still way tired and need to go blow my nose again.

How was your week?

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Frank said…#78

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

I was trying to capture a hysterical “Frank said…” moment and both of our memories were failing us.

Me: If you’d let me video you, we wouldn’t have this “Frank said” reconstruction problem
Frank: You weren’t going to video that anyway
Me: I would have if I’d known!
Frank: I don’t even know how my thoughts are going to turn out!

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Friday Fill-In

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Spring is springing! Yukyukyuk

I’ve got nothing today. I’m recovering from the bug that knocked me on my butt earlier this week and although feeling better, I don’t feel super awesome. Yet.

Instead of a usual coffee date for today, I dug deep (or cheated) and went for an old favorite stand by…Friday Fill-In! Although she’s not doing them anymore, I picked one from 2008.

1. I love springtime in the North East, sure it takes a bit to get here, but it’s so beautiful once it arrives!
2. Pancakes (GF) and eggs are foods I love to eat for breakfast.
3. It seems I’m always searching for my cell phone!
4. Quiet time with Bones, Psych or a book is a great way to end the day.
5. I think I will go look at paint colors at lunch!
6. Almost any form of potato  is what I’ve been craving lately.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to doing nothing, tomorrow my plans include teaching, packing, and laundry and Sunday, I want to have a free day!

Your turn.

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Frank said…#77

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

A new Fucillo commercial was on. I’m not sure if it was for Sr. or Jr.’s dealership, but then this happened.

Frank: I don’t have to listen to this!
[Silences t.v. with gusto and flourish]
Frank: I don’t have to listen to this giant car selling turd!

 

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Coffee Date #29

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Such pretty flowers!

Why hello there! I feel like it’s been forever. Mostly because I think it has been. I’m excited to report that the huge project, the medium project, and the small project at work were all done and it’s a huge relief. This was on top of my usual work.  I’m not complaining that I had to get it all done, but I’m thankful that they’re behind me!

So what’s new with you? Anything good to report? Yesterday I had a lovely birthday and was seriously spoiled by that guy I married, family and friends. I’m a lucky lucky lady. SO LUCKY! (Also I have left overs of a modified version of Pioneer Woman’s Au Gratin Potatoes for lunch.)

I don’t want to talk about the house buying too much because I don’t want it to be jinxed, but we’re moving along to the next step. I’ll keep you posted though! I’ve slowly been purging and packing but I’m at a point now where we might be moving in less than 2 months and I don’t know what I’ll need in those months. A lot of my Court is Crafty stuff can be packed though so that’s on task for this weekend.

How about you? Anything exciting to do this weekend? You know what I’m not doing? Going to the pool and it seems delightful. I’m enjoying my role as more of a fill in person but too many weekends in a row and I feel burnt out.

Oh! I’m doing my damnedest to bring spring on. I do this by thinking of flowers, doodling them, and wearing bright happy Spring like colors whenever I can. So tired of grey and cold. This week has been better, but no guarantees around these parts that we won’t get snow in May but we can try! Let’s join together in willing Spring to Spring!

Do I think this will work? Not really, but at least I feel more cheerful in the happy, bright, Spring like colors!

Is it Spring where you are yet? Feel free to send me a photo!

That’s enough from me today. I think Alissa is hosting a coffee date if you’d like to have more! She has a new blog too so you’ll have to check it out.

 

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I amuse me

Sometimes? Things just pop out of my mouth before I fully process them. Many times, it’s what the rest of the room is thinking but not willing to say. Other times it’s funny. I don’t often get in trouble which is amazing.

Today, I had one of those moments. Oh did I!  And it was with the Big Boss Man on the way into work first thing this morning. You should also know that I was carrying my huge swim bag filled w/ workout gear, a legal folder bursting at its seams with the major project I was working on and lunch.

Big Boss Man: Thats quite a load you’re carrying (indicating my huge swim bag)

Me: Yeah, I was working on [huge project] last night.

Big Boss Man: G-d love ya!

Me: Yeah, he loves me!

He chuckled and walked away and I got on the elevator giggling with my 30lb bag in tow.

I amuse me.

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Swamped. Drowning. I have an entire ream of paper left to read…

But the surface/end is in sight. I have a bunch to do before I can return and this is most if it.

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This much left to read

I’ll be back soon. Ish.

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Things that made me smile…weeks 11 & 12

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I’m back at it, listing out the things from the past week that made me smile and that I’m am thankful for. It’s important to remember the things that are good to help ease the sting of the bad.

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others and I’d like to have reminders of the good for when it’s not so good. I re read that statement and it makes me feel like I’m implying that life isn’t good. It mostly is. (Knockonwood!) I just want to make sure I’m documenting the moments that shine for me so when they don’t I can find good things quickly

So. In no particular order for the last 2 weeks:

  • Kettle corn
  • Vacation!
  • 30 foot tall concrete dinosaurs at an old sugar plantation
  • Saving the day for my boss
  • KC and Rick (and fleeting thoughts of getting a dog when we move)
  • Spending a day with friends to move them into their new home
  • Chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream
  • Cool exhibits at the Space Center
  • Finding my white sunglasses
  • Great episodes of my shows, except Rizolli & Isles. What’s up with that one?
  • Cuddles with Em and O
  • Teaching my niece the beginning of swimming
  • Spicy shrimp tacos
  • Deals at the market
  • Good books to read
  • An empty flight
  • The teens I teach not eating me alive, but it was close
  • Showers at work when we don’t have water
  • Naps
  • Good news for friends

Doing Things Differently recap:

Earlier bed time: Insomnia is running rampant, but part of it is the weird and bad dreams I’ve been having. It’s hard to convince my brain to sleep sometimes when it’s sure it’ll be a scary trip. The rest is just not being tried

Activity: Yoga:  Swim: 1 days of teaching Run: 2
I was lazy on vacation. It happens. The above is for the past week.

General feeling of overall accomplishment: Haha, accomplishment. Vacation. I’ve been getting lots done in the few days we’ve been back though! Check in next week.

How was your week?

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