Good things 2017: Week 21

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See that marshmallow toasting away?
Just one of the many smiles from this past weekend.

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.

Last week was pretty decent to me. Knock on wood the coming one has more triumphs than trip ups.

So here you go, from last week:

  • Only 3 more mandatory Saturdays of group lessons. (Not that I’m counting)
  • Funny Instagram links to send to NotSoSweetPea
  • Mostly smiley long weekends in the sticks
  • Phenomenal response in solidarity to this post about LuLaRoe (and all the “leaving groups” I did last week. I’m in only 2 now I think? I know both reps and they don’t annoy me with it.)
  • Realizations, making decisions and feeling relieved instead of terrified afterwards.
  • Paring down some social media stuff to just what I actually want to see.
  • Another guest post already submitted! (If you want to do one, let me know!)
  • Gluten free cheese crackers from Aldi (seriously, they’re pretty great)
  • Google hangouts with OG and MJ (And all the great pics from their adventures)
  • Knock off cold meds
  • Finding new homes for the “stuff” I don’t want/need anymore
  • Ridiculousness around me. (I don’t know if the Universe sends it because I appreciate it/as a reward or if it’s that I pay attention to stuff going on around me, but man there’s been some funny stuff.)
  • Belated b’day night out with MsBix for dinner, treats, and wine glass painting!
  • Sushi dinner with a friend and her husband! Great time 🙂
  • Text messages from partners in crime that leave you laughing in tears

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:

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Last little bit of the long weekend…

Favorite Song:

 

Nothing sticks out! Let’s go with an old favorite then? Did you have a favorte song last week?

This new Hanson song is catchy, but I don’t know if it’s my favorite from last week. It might make a running playlist though.

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

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Survey Says! Drunk Texts

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Sorry Mom.

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Totally possible.

dt3

Prob not a cat. A turtle or a dog? Heck yeah!

dt4

Ha.

I’d like to say for the record that while I haven’t had any of these text conversations, any of these are maybe possible…But I think some of my friends who have been on the receiving end of tipsy texts might agree that mine are just as wacky.

If you’d like to see what yours look like, you can do so here.

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Friday Fill-In

Happy Friday to you! I hope your week had a minimal amount of whatdafuqery. Mine had some but it didn’t need more than head scratching and chuckles. Let’s call this work week a win even though my allergies are kicking my butt. Okay? Okay.

We’ve had a few Coffee Dates in a row and while I love having a cup of coffee with you, I thought I’d bring something back.

Remember when we used to do Friday Fill-ins? Oh the good old days of blogging… I loved them. They’re a little like like MadLibs (which I still do and love – don’t judge.)

The website that used to put them together is no more, but I made one up for us today.

  1. When it’s _____and _____, I just want to_____!
  2. You would never guess, but I can _____.
  3. My dream _____ is _____, _____, and _____.
  4. When in _____, I tend to _____.
  5. _____ is my favorite holiday weekend.
  6. First _____, then _____ but not _____.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!

You can copy the above and paste it into the comments to answer. I’ll post my answers in the comments later today or tomorrow!

Have a great weekend! Hope it’s relaxing and or delightful.

Unrelated to this post, but I’m going to mention it anyway, Coach Daddy wants to answer your question. Go take a look at the post about questions his daughters ask. They’re fun.

I took the last item and the idea from this now defunct blog.

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Thursday Three – Guest Posts I loved

It seems I’ve picked up a few new readers lately (even though I took quite the break from any sort of real blogging. I don’t know how long this push will last, so just enjoy it while it’s here. Around here, Thursdays are for Thursday Three (or 13 occasionally) and Guest Posts. (There are some great ones in the list there.)

I haven’t had any guest posts in awhile so let me tell you about them.

They’re to give space for someone who has something to say/share but not a venue to do so. They’re to give someone who wants to offer commentary on an issue or topic, but can’t do so on their blog. They bring a little bit of the outside community in to this corner of the internet. (Here’s the rules and how to go about doing it.)

I’ve been super duper lucky through the years regarding guest blog posts and thought I would take a moment to revisit some favorites.

  1. Working with WOAR – by my dear friend Robbie. She wrote about her work with a not-for-profit advocacy group she works with and the important work they do.
  2. Red Lipstick by BatGirl. She talks about turning 30 and what it meant to her.
  3. MJ has an announcement – by the Bro when he told us he was being sent “home” That time has come to a close and he is off again, but it was a really great day. (And stretch of time to have him a few hours and not a plane ride away.)

I’m thinking about bringing back three world game but if you ever have a post you want to write or something to say, please let me know.

Lastly, you don’t have to be a person to write for me. Brodsmontana wrote one too. (Even though I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s people.)

Who’s in?

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Reading More: The Tender Wings of Desire

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Maybe cool isn’t the right word for this one?

The Tender Wings of Desire, by Colonel Sanders was provided to me at no charge through Amazon (it’s free to everyone though). The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

Please add this to the list of “Things Court Did So We Don’t Have To”. Not that anyone is going to make you read a book, but there was enough curiosity I felt I should take one for the team.  I saw this posted on Albany Jane’s fb page right before Mother’s Day and it was so ridiculous (and free from Amazon) so I had to see what it was all about.

Okay so the curiosity was me and like two other people. That’s enough for me to read 96 pages of a book that KFC put out for Mother’s Day. (You’re scratching your head at that one too, aren’t you?)

From Amazon:

When Lady Madeline Parker runs away from Parker Manor and a loveless betrothal, she finally feels like she is in control of her life. But what happens when she realizes she can’t control how she feels? When she finds herself swept into the arms of Harland, a handsome sailor with a mysterious past, Madeline realizes she must choose between a life of order and a man of passion. Can love overcome lies? What happens in the embrace of destiny, on the Tender Wings of Desire?

I don’t even know what to say about this book. I think its just what you might expect from KFC trying to put out a romance novel written by Colonel Sanders for Mother’s Day.

My cousin’s wife, an English teacher, couldn’t get more than a third of the way through it due to the editing it needed. I’m not as particular about the editing of books as long as I can get through them so I just laughed at the cheesiness of it. My ultimate summary of the book to my SIL is “I read it in less than an hour. It was cheesy and not nearly spicy enough. Would recommend as 3rd to last resort”

It did kick off an excellent exchange of bad puns between my cousin’s wife and I.  BUT! Go read the reviews on Amazon. They are worth the time.

If you want to see what it’s all about it’s still free on Amazon. Have at it. Is this something you’d read? Why or why not?

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What I’m about to say isn’t going to make me a whole bunch of friends…but it needs to be said…

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I’m already tired of LuLaRoe.

There, I said it.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my leggings, skirts, and dresses I’ve purchased or been gifted. They are super soft and comfy. I have leggings in space ships, stars, crocodiles, elephants, mixed tapes, jax, black, unicorns, lavender and red. I have a skirt that looks like the back ground from those amazing 90s school pictures and some other fun.

I could do without the insane price tags, but hey, if I love something I’ll spend the money.

But I don’t like their sales model. It feels like they prey on the “OMG I HAVE TO HAVE IT AND BE SPECIAL” nature of people. I get it. I make my own skirts and accessories for because I like something original.

It’s not a bad model for sales (morality being another story), but they create artificial scarcity and the rest is just ugly, but you keep looking through it and start to think maybe it’s not so bad? (But you can’t send it back if you hate it when you get it home.)

I also don’t like the inconvenience. You have to be on fb when the sales start to even potentially get anything cute. I never remember and I’m not on fb that much. Do people set alarms? Do they rely on others to tag them in posts and hope you see it? Do you do what I’ve resorted to doing and having my aunt (who loves shopping the folders!) just be on the lookout for something and then claim sold with my email address? (Is that even really allowed?)

I don’t like how they’ve filled up my news feed with posts to build excitement and games. When I see the little notification go on and it’s one of the groups and not a friend, it makes me a little sad. The other day I had 9 notifications and each one was about a group name change or that a photo has been posted.

I don’t like how a lot of the consultants I’ve come across are crappy about taking down sold items so you get excited you finally tracked down a “unicorn” but no, that was sold last week, sorry #notsorry. (Seriously, I’ve met more consultant jerks though this than any other company and I meet a lot of consultants at craft shows!)

I thought I wanted a tab or app that tells me who is having active or pop up sales but I don’t anymore. A website I can just go order from would be nice, but honestly after hand stitching a pair of leggings for my friend’s daughter (they got “zippered”) I’m kind of done with the whole thing.

Sorry consultants on a personal journey. I’m over it. My own personal journey says I don’t need to be part of yours anymore – at least not for this brand. Now, when I see a notification, I smile because it means I can leave the group. Please don’t add me back.

*I’m not knocking anyone who sells or loves their LLR. The whole process is just not for me. Thanks for understanding!*

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Good things 2017: Week 20

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Long days ending in front of the fire pit.
I’m hopeful there will be more nights like this.

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.

Back on track to note good things from last week! Go me.

The meds adjustment seems to have me coming further out of the anxiety fog and while I have my moments, I’m feeling pretty good about stuff.

So here you go, from last week:

  • Swim kiddos continue to be great (and with a slight rearraging of classes, the groups work)
  • Mother’s day with Momma and Maggie.
  • New babies on the way for friends
  • Random ideas of presentations taking off.
  • Commissioned work. I tell you, it never gets old! (Still! This was a greeting card for a sibling and a piece using a wedding song that I’m still playing with)
  • Macys return policy
  • My return to the mat even if it’s not usual classes (Yoga with Adriene and this Cosmic Kids one is kind of fun!)
  • Not being recognized by a guy I used to date at the concert (or if he did, he didn’t acknowledge it. It could have gotten awkward quickly.)
  • Doing at least one thing a day that bring me mental peace
  • Some pretty sweet dance moves on the t-ball field
  • Embarrassingly positive comments on a photo on fb. (More on this later.)
  • Feeling loved
  • 4 more Saturdays of group lessons unless I want to cover
  • Largely less tears, anxious moments, and being able to reign it in when things get a little haywire.

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:

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I have a thing for different colored veggies. I just want to try them all.

Favorite Song:

And a bonus song in loving memory of Chris Cornell…

Also please see this list from Rolling Stone of covers by Chris Cornell

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

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Survey Says! Which 90’s TV Charachter Are You?

90s tv show How boring. I mean she’s pretty and all, but I felt it was uninspired so I did it again… 90s tv show2

Snort!

If you’d like to see yours, go here

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Coffee date

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This didn’t actually capture the color of the sky, but the storm was insanely beautiful and intense.
My kind of storm.

How are you today? I’m currently sipping on regular Folgers with a scoop of hot fudge and some coconut creamer. It’s a nice little treat to jump start today.

What’s in  your cup?

Today is clearly going to be a 3 or 4 cup of coffee kind of day. Last night’s show was awesome but it went late because of the storm that blew through. And what a storm it was! Thunder, lightening, rain blowing sideways, orange sky. Man, I love a good storm. Momma doesn’t like it when I go out side in a storm so being under the cover in the balcony at SPAC last night was pretty much the next best thing. (Even inside we were pretty wet before it was done. Many thanks to E for bringing an extra poncho!)

Although I technically have a month before summer actually starts, it was a great night to kick off my summer. I’m terrible at doing “lists of things” (like bucket lists) but I’m thinking of loosely outlining some some summer to-dos based on this. Think of it as Court’s Summer Bucket List (#cssummertodolist).

One of the thing’s that’s been added is to download new music (or old favorites) with the stash of iTunes cards I found in my desk drawer. How did I not use them already? One of the albums I’m looking at is this Temple of the Dog. I don’t know if I never knew about it (How?!?) but now that I do, I must have it. (I listened to it on Amazon Prime this morning (G-dBless Amazon Prime) and I recognize a bunch of the stuff off it. What else should I be sure to download?  (Side note: Chris Cornell? Very sad. Can we please put the rest of the talent from that time in a bubble and keep them safe?)

So what’s new? Any exciting summer plans? Seriously, any new/old music for me? I’m also looking for running tunes.

What are you up to this weekend? I have a riveting schedule of Saturday at the pool (all day) and nothing on Sunday. Well, yoga class and maybe brunch, but nothing much other than that. I think I’m going to catch a t-Ball game after work though and that should be fun. I’m hoping the concession stand has lolly pops.

Whatever you do this weekend, please have a wonderful time, find smiles, and laughs.

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Thursday Three: Things I’m looking forward to this summer

2017-05-17_01-06-59It’s getting mighty warm around here. Today is supposed to get to the high-80s which pleases me because I’m going with a friend to see Brad Paisley tonight! (It’s May in Upstate NY, it could be cold and rainy, but it’s not tongiht!)

Can’t wait.

Ellie is a great concert date. We saw Toby Keith last summer so when she asked if I wanted to get the Country Mega Ticket (and it was on sale) I jumped at the chance for 3 girls nights out with her. (They’re lawn tickets so if you want to join us, just let me know!)

Summer around here brings some pretty awesome things including ice cream places and decks opening, live music, sipping adult beverages in the sunshine by the creek, lake, or pool, bonfires, grilled foods, star gazing, (legitimate) flip flop weather, water fights, and more.

While there’s a lot I love about winter (snowfall, curling up in front of the fire, hot chocolate, extra layers of clothes, crock pot cooking, “comfort” foods, etc) the summer brings certain delights and special moments too.

Three things I’m specifically looking forward to this summer are:

  1. Concerts! I have tickets to the following already: Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Matchbox 20 & Counting Crows, Luke Bryant, and Alabama Shakes. I’m thinking about Straight No Chaser & Postmodern Jukebox, Willie Nelson, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Maybe a few others I can’t think of at the moment.
  2. Summer off of Saturdays at the pool (well this is my current plan) I’ll fill in here and there and teach a few private lessons, but it’s been a really long time since I’ve done this and I think it’s time.
  3. Sitting by the water or in my “tree house”. Cold drink in one hand, book in another, Pandora playing…Right now that sounds amazing. Just have to suss out the non-work bathing suit situation.

That’s just a little bit of what I hope the summer brings. What are you looking forward to this summer?

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