Good things 2016: Week #13

Fotor_145947461502065(Due to the way I write organize Good things posts, even though it was yesterday, I’ll talk about my birthday next week. Big thanks to everyone who sent pleasant thoughts!)

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.

Not going to lie, the past week was a little fuzzy at times because I’ve been fighting a cold off. Not the day before yesterday, but the Saturday before that, one of my instructors didn’t show up so I had to teach all his classes.

One of the little girls coughed in my face. It happens with 3-4 year olds. Guess who I didn’t see this week at lessons. I have to guess it’s because she had a cough too.

Good Things

  • Dinner being ready when I got home from the pool. (I’m usually quite famished by then.)
  • Lunch with my previous supervisor and all the laughs we share
  • Not making eye contact because doing so will make you giggle at the wrong time
  • A surprise free night from the pool
  • A visit from Ms. Bix and her boys. I adore them to pieces. We played Mad Libs, had snacks, colored, and pealed crayons.
  • Brody cuddles
  • My TV lineup on On-Demand like civilized society intended
  • Cold meds, cough drops, and hot tea
  • New smoothie maker even if I didn’t have the yogurt I like
  • The final Dorthy Must Die book, Yellow Brick War.

Good reads (Other interesting reads are here.)

Favorite Photo:
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Favorite Song:

I think it’s really the video I love for some reason.

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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Coffee Date

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This picture has nothing to do with this post.
Just wanted to share.
Brody loves chewing on this stick.

Happy Friday to you and you and you! (And happy birthday to Not-So-Sweet Pea!) Thanks for stopping by for a cup of coffee.

We’ve made it through another week and while mine was a little fuzzy (thank you cold meds!) I don’t think it was a bad one. Today, I really changed things up on the coffee front and decided to have VANILLA coffee, not hazelnut or Kahlua. While child right here. Did you drink anything exciting this morning?

So what’s new? How has your day/week been?

I’m taking everything with a grain or three of salt today because it’s April Fools day and I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to be a fool if possible!

I’ve seen some baby announcements, some firing announcements, and Google’s bad prank but nothing too terrible. (And for I really know, they could be real, time will tell.)I do hope the fake pregnancy announcements aren’t too prevalent. I know some people who really struggle with seeing them (summed up nicely in this post). While not all of us struggling to have little ones of our own feel this way, I know many who it does hurt deeply. Just be careful. You may not know someone in your circle is struggling because most people don’t talk about it. (When I posted this post, I literally had dozens of people I didn’t know about reach out to me privately to share their story.)

Let’s just be mindful about our pranks and who they might be really hurtful to, hmkay? So have you been pranked yet? Did you prank someone? I haven’t but the day is young. Plus I do like to spread them out so people are less suspicious.

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Good things 2016: Week #10-12

Fotor_14579172630789It’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.

I haven’t checked in in a bit so let’s ease back in slowly. How about some good things from the past few weeks?

  • Cocktails, adventures, food, and generally vacation in Key West
  • New music
  • Settling back into home
  • Rereading M.J. Rose (in the right order)
  • Watching HGTV, FYI, DIY renovation shows/marathons with Frank
  • Great swim lessons with my kiddos
  • Internet research skills
  • Staff who is willing to help me out
  • Oranges
  • A request specifically for you to do something for work because they like you and want to work specifically with you.
  • Ginger cheweys
  • Exciting news for friends
  • Smiles from babies
  • Hugs from one of their mommas
  • Catching up on sleep
  • Free books that are pretty good
  • Seeing friends I don’t get to see often
  • Getting approval for a trip to Atlanta for work.
  • GF Girlscout cookies
  • Replies to tweets and other Twitter fun

Good reads – You should probably know that I missed a lot of reads on vacation, but here were a few I saw.

Favorite Photo:

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Favorite Song:

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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Good things 2016: Week #8 and 9

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This yarn was helpful.
It told me who it wanted to go live with.

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.

I’d be lying if I said the last couple of weeks were awesome. They had some awesome moments sure, but overall it’s been difficult. More difficult than feeling lousy, perhaps, is struggling with figuring out WHY I’ve felt so lousy.

I’ve identified some things I’m working on adjusting (like remembering to take my vitamins, B & D are critical for me) and seriously cutting back again on facebook and other mindless uses of social media and activities. Also Whoremones are really mean.

Like I told my brother. I’ll be good.

Onto the good things!

Good Things

  • The enormous blackberries someone left in the kitchen to share
  • Lunch with a friend instead of shopping on my lunch break
  • Finding I did have GF chicken tenders in the freezer at work and not having to go out for lunch on an icky day.
  • Being able to help with some design work for a friend in a pinch
  • Exciting news about seeing my nephew
  • Visiting a friend and leaving him in a better place then when I got there.
  • Getting back to Sunday yoga class even if I’m not sure about the instructor
  • Hopefully getting to the bottom of my general feeling of unrest, gloominess,
  • Listening to the yarn I was working with and knowing who it was supposed to belong to.
  • My office flowers blooming again
  • Getting some projects out at work.
  • Dishwashers
  • Naps, oh goodness, glorious naps.
  • The problem with the dryer being a small one
  • Going into the craft store for only what I actually needed to get.

Good reads

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Many blooms.

Favorite Photo:

Favorite Song:

I actually like most of this album.

Also this isn’t a song, but this looks like a great game to play! I don’t know what it’s called, but Tic Tac Toe Sprint sounds good to me.

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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Day 3 #sol16 – Yarn and a hook has me hooked

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Round and through and round and through…repeat and repeat and repeat 1000 times more.

It started when I was a little girl at Mehmere’s side wanting to know how it worked and wanting to try. She handed me a beautiful lavander hook and some yarn and we set to work.

Crocheting didn’t stick then, but fast forward 20+ years to my brother’s first deployment and all the sudden I needed something new to learn. I was visiting her one day and asked her to show me again. She pulled out the lavender crochet hook and some yarn, patiently walking me through the steps again. That day she sent me home with that crochet hook to practice.

This time it stuck. First a scarf! Then another! Then a hat! And a more fancy one!

More than some yarn and a metal hook, every project was a small escape from the realities of the situation. A distraction from the stress and anxiety. I had to count everything stitch, talking it out in my head – sometimes out loud as each project started to take shape.

I also found a way to relax which was new and exciting for me. Crocheting provided not only an outlet, but something I could do right even on my worst days. If it was wrong? It’s easy to take out and do again. Knowing there’s something you can do without question? Sort of proceless. It’s served me well.

Currently my brother is state side but I have other reasons to need an escape and relax. Stress from the day, something to do, gifts for a loved one, there are any number of ways crocheting has helped me. Mostly I just know it’s something I can DO.

If you’d like to join here’s the info. There’s even a post of ideas.

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Day 2 #sol16 – Visits

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I miss them so, in many more ways than I ever thought was possible. I also see, feel, and hear them in more ways than I ever thought possible.

They come to my dreams, sometimes actively, sometimes in the place between awake and sleep. A laugh here, a whisper of loving words there. Almost daily a message of love from one if not more of them.

I see hellos from them when I’m out and about. The owl hidden in the gable, the hidden rainbow only seen when I have my sun glasses on, the wing special on a Wednesday night, finding the perfect item on sale, a broken GI Joe somewhere I’m sure I didn’t leave it…

A hundred hellos as long as I’m looking.

If you’d like to join here’s the info. There’s even a post of ideas.

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Day 1 #sol16 – Cravings

solI’ve been looking for something new to do – it seems like I’m often here, looking for something new to try because I’m feeling “stuck”. I looked at the March’s BlogHer writing lab  and I didn’t really know if it was over all inspiring or interesting to me. I’m quite sure others will love it and run with it! There are some that I might try, but we’ll have to see how the words feel about coming out of my fingers.

Instead, I came across Look at My Happy Rainbow’s most recent post {solsc} Elise #sol16. He’s a former kindergarten teacher who had some of the best posts about his classroom, teaching, and life in general. He’s traded in his teacher job for a different one in a related field, but he still comes up with some gems to share. This post about his friend Elise was one of those lovely gems. I don’t know that mine will be as lovely.

Yesterday I was chatting with BatGirl about a particular craving I was having. It was one that just BOOM came out of nowhere! One second I was sitting there sipping my coffee and the next, I NEEDED to have a Burger King Chicken sandwich with bacon and mayo. I have no idea why it popped into my head, I haven’t had one in years! But there it was yesterday, the craving my mind and tongue wanted.

I didn’t end up getting one because I had a long night ahead of me and didn’t want to deal with the gluten reaction, but it was so very tempting. Had it been a different day? There may have been very different results.

Cravings are a wonky thing for me. There are days I want chocolate which I like it all that much. Other days I must have ketchup on something and I really don’t like ketchup! I know that some are possibly tied to various deficiencies in vital nutrients such as the chocolate craving-magnesium tie or the bread-selenium or amino acids tie. Some may be tied to emotional or mental needs. (a.k.a. comfort foods)

I don’t know that either was the case yesterday. I think the sun was out and I wanted something pleasing on my tongue. Today? I don’t particularly want one. I want a hotdog with relish and mustard instead.

I’d love to hear about what you’re craving today.

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Coffee Date

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With my sunglasses on,
the cloud was like a rainbow.
This in no way does the scene justice,
but I wanted to try and share it with you.

Hello Friday, it’s lovely to see you again – I wasn’t sure you were going to make it!

Dear reader(s) of mine, how are you? Did you make it to Friday coasting along and peacefully, kicking and screaming, or with a giant sigh of relief that it’s the end of the week? This week felt particularly long, but I assume that’s because it was a full week again.

What’s in your cup today? I’m thinking of skipping the Kahlua today, just don’t feel like it I suppose, but hazelnut with hot chocolate sounds great! For my Upstate NYers out there, have you seen/tried the Chocolate Raspberry at Stewarts? Oh goodness it’s delightful cut in half with regular coffee. If you get a chance, try it!

What else is new? I’m getting pretty excited about our trip to Key West. I’m hoping the weather is nice and we get to do adventurous things. I need a little adventure about now!

I’m also pretty excited because I’ve booked my ticket for a work trip to Chicago. Getting out of dodge is exciting enough – even for work, but I have the added bonus of being able to see my friend’s show! He’s in Chimerica and I’m stoked for a few reasons. The first is that I get to see a far away friend. Second, I get to see him perform which is always wonderful. Third, I’m going to try and talk him into going to Lady Gregory’s with me so I can get the gluten free lobster mac and cheese. It was so good!

I’ll likely have some time to kill before I check into my hotel so I’ll see about a trip to the Lincoln Park zoo since it’s pretty much on the way.

The work program won’t be what many would consider “fun” necessarily, but there are some great people and they’ll have good work info to share. Also, a lot of them are really funny.

Speaking of work, I should get showered and off to the office. I hope Friday treats you well!

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Good things 2016: Week #7

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It’s not easy to tell from this angle,
but I got between 4-6 inches cut off my hair.
Love it.

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.

This past week was a little foggy due to cold meds and feeling unwell. I slept a good deal of the weekend.

Good Things

  • Crabbie’s Hard Ginger ale
  • House flipping show marathons.
  • TRX yoga was fun. Challenging, but fun
  • Long weekends
  • Texts of thanks from someone you never thought you’d hear from again
  • The right person seeing someone’s behaviors aren’t all in your head.
  • NyQuil and cough drops
  • Trip to Key West getting closer!
  • Chatting with my bro and confirming Brody will be with us for the month of March.
  • Hot baths with the bath bombs I made. Working on a new book The Skeleton Garden (one of the sequels to The Red Book at Primrose Garden it seems there was one in between, you don’t need to read it to know what’s going on here.)

Good reads

Favorite Photo:

 

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Fluff and crunchy peanut butter
My inner 5 yo was pleased.

Favorite Song:


I can’t tell you how incredibly sad I was to see that they are not coming close to us on this tour.

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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Reading more: Paris Hop (children’s book)

book squareParis Hop by  Margie Blumberg was provided to me at no charge through NetGalley. The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s entirely possible I missed my calling as an elementary school teacher or librarian. I absolutely adore children’s books, stories, and literature. I love the pictures, the story lines, and the cadence of some.I love asking my little swim buddies what they’re reading and loving these days so I know what to look for next.

Because of my love of kiddo books, I jumped on the chance to review this book and I wasn’t disappointed.

From Amazon:

On a visit to Paris for just one day, Grandma Goldie is eager to show her granddaughter, Aimee, how the city sparkles in the sun from the top of the Eiffel Tower. But the other joys of “Paree” create delightful detours along the way. Will this peppy pair make it to the tower before sunset? Find out in this charmingly illustrated rhyming tale about the City of Light . . . and happy surprises.

The pictures were beautiful and the story was cute. While it it wasn’t the best lyrical book I’ve come across, it had some super cute parts and sprinkled French for good measure.

I would definitely purchase this book for a child who had connections to France, Paris, or was interested in it.

Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.

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