Frank said…#101

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Me: Oooh what’s this box? I don’t remember ordering anything in a small box. It must be something good.
Frank: You know, not all good things come in small packages
Me: Is that true? I don’t know about that…
Frank: Like wieners
Me: Fair enough.

 

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Good things 2015: Week #3

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

So, here’s what has been good lately:

  • Pretty nail polish – now to just get it on my nails.
  • Frank. I Like him.
  • Cooperative staff for swimming lessons
  • Flexible swim parents
  • Friends to laugh with while we eat sushi lunch special
  • Hope that it’ll work out and if not then it’ll be okay (Vague, I know. I don’t know how deep into this particular thing I want to get right now. I’m okay, just wrestling with something.)
  • Difficult but really good yoga class
  • Coming close a few days to my 120oz of water
  • Grilled peanut butter and jelly.
  • Once Upon a Time to keep me company while I didn’t feel so awesome.
  • Several completed crochet projects

How was your week? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes?

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Friday Coffee Date ’15-2

Hurray! We made it through another week. I have a serious question for you: Why is it that the first part of the week drags and drags, but then you blink and it’s Friday?

So how are you? Is it getting slightly warmer for you yet? When I got into the car this morning, I swear it felt downright balmy…but then I realized I could also see my breath still so “balmy” is clearly relative.

What’s in your cup today? I have some plain coffee with two sugars and almond milk. Lately, I’ve been feeling a less flavorful beverage. I’ve already had my hotwarmcool lemon water. (I say it like that because my office is chilly and hot beverages cool quickly.) Do you go through phases of liking different beverages or are you one who drinks the same thing every day, no changes? Personally, although I have some favorites, I tend to drink whatever strikes my fancy that day.

Speaking of striking my fancy, yesterday I needed a morning snack and only had Strawberry oatmeal in my stash. Previously I’ve eaten this and it tastes like you’ve mixed oatmeal and jello together. Not awesome. BUT! I had some strawberries so I cut them up and mixed them in too. It ended up being quite tasty and less fake flavory.

Also striking my fancy? This song.

I don’t know what it is, I just dig it.

So what’s been striking your fancy lately?

 

 

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Thursday Three – Blog posts I’m GOING to write this coming weekend

Fotor_141943551526683This post comes to you from my phone while I eat lunch because it’s too cold to go outside and I didn’t bring clothes for the gym downstairs or anything I really wanted to read today. Please excuse any typos. After this I’m going to catch up on some Words With Friends (bakingsuit) because I’m sucked back in!

I’m at this really odd place in blogging right now. I have a lot I’d like to share, posts I really want to write – great recipes to share, updates on the house to give you, books to review etc – but it seems that every time I have an idea, I’ve been limited on time and energy to actually write the post. You might say I’m having trouble getting fingers to keyboard

Isn’t that the case? When you’re in the middle of something else or on the way out, you come up with something you want to share? I’ll jot a few ideas down and keep going hoping that when I have a few minutes I can flesh it out. Usually? I forget about it. Maybe that means it wasn’t worth sharing? Who knows.

I have three (This might be a lie. There are probably more) posts I really want to get to you include the following:

  1. Pudding shots , Gluten free stuffing, and spice cookies – I know I’ve been talking about these forever. It’s time.
  2. Frank said(s). He gives me a lot of good material and I have to get them done!
  3. A couple of book reviews that are actually overdue

Of course I also have the burning desire to watch more Once Upon a Time (I’ve had to limit my viewing to one episode a night if I don’t start it before 11pm or I’m up all night), crocheting to do and to sew my little fingers off for an upcoming craft show in February.

Looks like it’ll be busy weekend. Of course, it should go without saying that if anyone has something better to suggest, they should feel free!

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Good things 2015: Week #2

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Home made Chex Mix in one of Nanny’s bowls

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

So, here’s what has been good lately:

  • Great swimming lessons with the kiddos and a decent first day of a session
  • Catching up on Scorpion
  • Hearing Daddy-O super excited about his vacation plans
  • Peanut Butter frosting, homemade Chex, Trader Joe’s hash browns and Wild Berry Adirondack Seltzer
  • Comments from friends on crazy articles I find
  • Breakfast meeting with colleagues
  • A new Super B supplement that’s not a horse pill
  • Friday night in with Frank
  • New dryer
  • Good outfits
  • Delightful afternoon with some new “Hookers” with my Learn to Crochet gathering. Many thanks to me helpers!

How was your week? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes?

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Frank said…#100

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

I was writing frank said posts one night and we had the following exchange…

Me: Is that accurate?
Frank: yep
Me: I’m not sure when it’ll be published, you’ve been a fountain of…
Frank: Interrupting I’M F***ING ON FIIIIIIREE!

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Friday Coffee Date ’15-1

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Brody is coming to live with us for a couple of months so my bro can go to a training. You’ll see more photos and videos of him, I’m sure. We have to finish as much as we can on the house before he gets here because although a love and delightful, he’s not helpful with house things. Lack of opposable thumbs and all.

Although it’s not technically the first Friday of January, it’s the end of the first official week of 2015 and we made it.  Like BatGirl said, “I had a few moments that I would have rather not, but what can you do?”

First week, done. Mostly in one piece.

What’s in your cup? I just saw that my father-in-law is having hot lemon water and I have English Toffee Coffee (8oz) with a little sugar and almond milk in my cup. It’s not Kahlua and hot chocolate, but it’s pretty tasty.  I’m finding that the hot/warm lemon water is reducing my need for coffee so I can have just one actual cup of coffee a day. We’ll see how tomorrow goes…

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still working at kick-starting this year, but you know what? Every day is a new chance to change your life so I’m not tethered to 1/1 for new starts and not stressing myself out about it. Causing myself unneeded stress is not being kind to me.

Fotor_141997527012312In catching up various things:

  • We did some work on the house to get it ready for the party which included hanging a door (complete with chiseling out the hinge spots), finally putting up switch cover plates on most of the outlets and light switches, hanging a new light in the entrance way that really makes the space feel like “us” and ties the entrance to the dining room/living room space together a bit.

    (I know I already mentioned the light on Sunday, but I’m really proud of myself so I’m saying it again.)

  • I put some plants and knicknacky things that scream “Court & Frank” up on the shelf near the door and installed a key/mail holder by the door in hopes that it helps me keep track of my keys and sunglasses. Slowly, we’re making this house our home and making it a reflection of us.
  • On a food front, we recently tried Blue Apron. It didn’t work out for us but I’ll write about that soon along with some of the new recipes I’ve been making – including some of what we had for Thanksgiving dinner, my new favorite cookies, and pudding shots.
  • I’m headed back to the pool for six of the next seven weeks on Saturdays. (The other one I have a craft show booked.)
  • Sunday I’m hosting my very first Learn to Crochet with some friends at our place. I’ll be sure to make some goodies and beverages for my guests but I’m nervous as all get out. My friends are nice so fingers crossed it’ll be okay.

That’s about all I have to report today. What’s new in your world? Did you survive this week with minimal bumps and bruises?

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Thursday Three – Little things I’ve changed so far this year that I feel good about

Fotor_142073501293975Well hello there. I wrote the date on a check for a craft show today and know that we’re officially a week into 2015. I didn’t even have to cross out 4 of 2014 or write a 5 over it. Go me! It’s been a long few days, so I wanted to check and tell you about three small changes I’ve made so far in 2015 that I feel really good having made.

They’re seriously little. Much like the time I opted to brush my teeth in the shower one morning while my conditioner did it’s thing. That little change was such a small thing but it seemed to be the impetus to get me out of a major rut. I still don’t know how that worked, but it did and I’m forever thankful I made that change (and the subsequent changes I made after that)

It seems that small changes add up to big things sometimes. I don’t know that these changes will, but right now I’m feeling good about them.

  1. Warm/Hot lemon water before coffee.  Sometimes I drink it sitting in a favorite chair, all wrapped in a blanket Momma made us for Christmas before I get in the shower. Other times I drink it at my desk before venturing out to the kitchen for coffee. Either way, it’s a nice change. I have no idea why it’s nice, but it is.
  2. A scoop of super crunchy peanut butter in my apple cinnamon oatmeal. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods and the little bit of deliciousness and texture with the oatmeal is a lovey treat to start my day.
  3. I cleaned off my desk at work. I’m what you could call a “clutter worker”. I literally get more done with some clutter around me. That said, I like an organized clutter and my desk had gotten out of control. It’s better now.

I still am working at getting 120 oz of water a day, putting together blog posts ahead of time, doing a little yoga every day (it in the shower, on the floor by my desk, a class, or just some while I’m watching Netflix) and any number of things I want to do better this year, but those little things are a good start.

Have you made any small changes that are delighting you so far?

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Good things 2015: Week #1

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The view from hanging the light

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

It’s been too long since I’ve done one of these, so in no particular order, what has been good lately:

  • Being surrounded by wonderful people for New Year’s Eve
  • Having the skills and ability to figure it out to hang a door and a new light for the entry way.
  • Lunch with a dear friend and her super fun husband. Fun fact: I’ve known her half my life now.
  • Once Upon a Time binging and a bit of relaxation
  • Being “dry” for 2 weeks and a break. I think I finally stopped smelling like the pool. I’m ready to go back.
  • Hockey with two of my best guys
  • A quiet day at the office to ease back into work after 9 days out
  • Frank
  • Making a pattern work
  • Quiet yoga at home when class didn’t work out
  • Writing down good things

How was your week? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes?

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Frank said… #99

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

In the early part of this past season’s Dancing with the Stars, Frank and I were watching. I was mostly quiet, but Frank had the following commentary.

Frank: Carlton is going to win
What happens when you win?
Me: You win…
Frank: (Interrupting) Do you win a seat in congress?
Me: um no?
Frank: It’s easier to get a seat in congress

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