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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Good things 2016: Week #6

Fotor_145540450549831It’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 can’t possibly convey how special this past week was in welcoming a new addition to my friends family. I’m truly honored to be invited to join D’Lovely’s family in welcoming their new little one in the first few hours of his life and a wonderful day on Saturday. I’m truly blessed to call these lovely human beings friends and to be included in such wondrous moments.

While welcoming such a delight and being able to be there for a friend was wonderful, there were many other good things last week.

Good Things

  • Coworkers who bring me a slice of William Sonoma GF Lemon Poppy quick bread – It was amazing. I will be going to WS to get this mix.
  • Custom work inquiries
  • Getting word that one of my work trips isn’t going to happen. (It’s good because it was causing conflict in my personal schedule.)
  • Getting approved for more books to review
  • An extra copy of my license and a few bucks in my jewellery box for when I leave my wallet in Frank’s car.
  • Finding things to be excited about
  • Hearing a rumor we’ll have Brody back for a month!
  • Pics and video chats with my nephew
  • Last day of lessons going well – can be a crap shoot.
  • Keeping up with my good thing every day notes.
  • Replying to old posts on the “On This Day” in facebook. Makes me giggle.

Good reads

Favorite Photo: (One of them. I got some really good ones.)

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Favorite Song:

Totally not a new song, but it will always be one of my favorites. I sang it a few times to E on Saturday when I was snuggling him.

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

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Thursday Three: 100 word reviews

book squareA copy of these books were made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through my partnership with the now defunct Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

I’ve been going through drafts and realized I don’t think I ever shared these. Let’s make the reviews quick. 100 words…AND GO!

Rosarito Beach, M.A. Lawson.

Mystery/suspense is a favorite genre and Rosarito Beach ultimately didn’t disappoint.

It was slow to get started, but things got moving quickly with an unexpected twist. Once the action started, I didn’t want to put the book down and read the rest of it in one sitting.

Kay Hamilton was tough to like. Hard-nosed characters don’t read well for me. When she softens a bit, the book has a much better feel.

Even with the slow start, I liked this book. I did feel that Lawson was trying too hard for Kay Scarpetta, but I would read the next one.

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things: Mister Max 1, Cynthia Voigt

What an adventure for a 10 year old to be on! Max’s parents leave him to fend for himself while they run off to parts unknown.

Max fends for himself using his ability to act and being a resourceful kiddo. He does have the help of his grandmother but is more interested in doing it on his own.

There are different mysteries, ones Max is solving, how he’s going to care for himself, and the larger mystery of what happened to his parents.

I generally love Cynthia Voigt’s books, but not this book. Maybe reading the next one will help?

Delia’s Shadow, Jamie Lee Moyer

Delia’s Shadow had an interesting premise I suppose, but there was very little to knock my socks off and keep me glued to my reader for hours.

There was really quite a bit of potential that failed to develop and I had a hard time keeping my mental picture in the right era. I liked it well enough, but found that the plot was a bit predictable. Ultimately, this was just too flat to really catch my interest.

It was Sixth Sense meets Zodiac Killer and might be one of those books that might actually be better as a movie.

Are any of these something you’d read? Why or why not?

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