Apr

18

Eat Your Veggies

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20120418-192238.jpg. This picture shows the vegetables I bought two days ago. A pound of broccoli, 4 eggplants, 3 zucchinis, 3 bell peppers, a 2 pound bag of pink onions, and 4 pears. Any guess on the price?

I’ll tell you – $11.00! Isn’t that a steal? I thought so too.

I love fresh fruits and vegetables and I can’t wait to put these to use once I get my strength back.

Apr

18

Fun Amongst Colleagues

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I called Marcel at work the other day and while I had him on the phone, he and his colleagues were going each other a hard time about various sporting events. I couldn’t help but laugh at them. With all that testosterone floating around its safe to say they done need any progene, but it’s great to see them not only doing their job but having fun doing it.

Apr

14

Allergy Woes

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Last night I went to bed far later than I should have.   I was catching up on a show that a friend told me about and even though it was not knock-your-socks-off good,  it was silly and light-hearted, which happened to be just the mindless television that I needed.    I fell asleep reading a Nora Roberts book on my Kindle- and at some point during the night- I turned it off and tucked it under the pillow it was resting on.    Marcel had the night shift- which meant I was home alone and no snoring to wake me.

This morning when I awakened, I had a pounding headache- and I also noticed my eyes were watery and blurry.   Welcome to Spring-   I’ve been noticing an excess of pollen and it appears from the nausea and headache that I’ve had most of the day- that it has found my nose and sinus cavities.   I consider it the price of having beautiful weather and the gorgeous flowers that Spring gives us, although I do recall grumbling this morning when I woke up with that pounding feeling in my head.

Over the course of today-  I’ve been busy and the headache has waxed and waned.   It’s also left me feeling exhausted, which may actually mean an early bedtime for me tonight-   That remains to be seen.

Starting next week- I’m going to start getting up an hour earlier each day.  I’d like to make it even earlier- but I’ll try a little at a time until I get there.   I want to start training for a 5k- and I know that in order to do so- I need to schedule some work out time- and not make it hit and miss the way it has been.   I know I can do it- and I plan to run my first 5k this year.  It’s been on my ‘list’ for a few years now and it’s time to make it happen.

Mar

31

The Good Life-

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about in spite of the occasional uphill battle and hiccup that we all tend to have from time to time that life really is good.   There have been people who have said to me that I’ve got the perfect life- and while that is far from the truth, I know that I am blessed and don’t take it for granted.

I’ve also noticed that as I’ve started really being true to myself and in doing what works for me that life has become even sweeter.    I’ve started avoiding those who prefer to focus on the negative or tend to err on the side of drama.   I’m definitely not judging them for their choices in life-  I know it happens and some people prefer the chaos, but I figure life is chaotic enough from time to time on it’s own, I don’t need to have any extra additions that can be avoided, so I do.   We all have to do what works for us and that’s the great thing about life- we have the freedom to choose what works for us and what doesn’t and make concessions accordingly.

My Gratitude List for March 31, 2012.

Today I’m Grateful For:

  • Each and every blessing in my life.  From the roof over my head to good health.
  • The beautiful people in my life who are true friends.
  • The ability to finally ‘get’ what letting go of what doesn’t work is all about.
  • Spring weather and new life.
  • An afternoon of being ‘home alone’ and spending time with me.
  • My business and all that I’m learning along this amazing journey- one of which is patience.

Mar

31

Planning

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Yesterday I started making a list of the things that I would like to pick up before heading home this year for the holidays. Some items are for gifts, and others are just to have while I’m there- such as the Valrhona chocolate that I plan to use for specialty chocolate bars and in my cupcakes while I’m home. One thing I did see the other day was a print at one of the local museums that I’d love to pick up and give to someone on my gift list. (Not mentioning any names in case they see this.) I definitely don’t want it to get bent or creased, so I’m going to pick up a shipping tube and put it in my carry-on and that way it should stay safe all the way home. Plus I can wrap it with the tube around it and it will stay secure until the print is framed. Even though it’s months away- I’m already getting excited!

Mar

31

Number 81 on my DayZero list of 101 things in 1001 days was to Go to a City I’ve Never Been to and I did that a few weeks ago. A good friend invited me to go along with her for a girls day in another city up North that I haven’t been to but once, and it was the perfect opportunity to meet up with a few other wonderful friends. My friend and I traveled to a smaller town to a friends house- where we got in her car and headed to the city. It was my first time in her town and certainly not my last. I didn’t have a chance to explore, but she’s a wonderful sister friend and I’m looking forward to going back, spending more time with her and exploring. It was a fun day with lots of laughter and great shopping.

My ‘list’ says I have 619 days to get everything complete- and even though I haven’t checked them off- there are things that I’ve done- so I need to start sharing more of my list. There are also a few things that are on my list that I’m no longer interested in doing (funny how things change) so I may actually change it this coming week, or I may leave the things on there and just see where it takes me.

Mar

27

Thinking

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I’ve been doing a lot of reprogramming my thought process and thinking about what ” I ” really want for my life and making it happen. I’ve really noticed lately that when we start to change and do things that work best and one up for us to live better lives for ourselves that there are those who balk at every breath. Sometimes we find ourselves going back to old patterns just to keep everyone else happy- even though that means not doing what is best for us. I’ve been guilty of that in the past, but I’ve been working on breaking that pattern. Those who care will get it as they want to see me soar as well, and those who don’t, well- lesson learned.

Mar

16

Moving Right Along

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Hard to believe that I’ve been on my little Facebook hiatus for one week now. I honestly thought it was going to be really hard, but I’ve found that it hasn’t been hard at all. Sure, there are some things that I miss, and definitely miss some people, but many are dropping me a note here and there to say hi. That’s always appreciated.

I’ve been getting a lot done, plus taking time to do other things that I haven’t taken much time to do – like sitting in the sun with a cup of coffee reading and exercising more. On the exercise level, I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m getting there- little by little. Life is indeed good!!

Mar

16

Decorating Inspiration

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One of the biggest places I get ideas for the home these days are Pinterest and home improvement shows. I know some people aren’t fans of reality TV, and I don’t like all shows, but anything that can inspire me has me hooked.

Once I see something, I’ll go online and start a search until I find what I’m looking for, like the show I saw on bathroom remodeling raleigh nc. I saw a few things I think would be a great addition to our bath and without the show I may have never come up with the inspiration. I LOVE things that inspire- regardless of what it is.

Mar

11

On Gratitude and Spring

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Yesterday I started a little Facebook hiatus in order to try to spend more time focused on other things that were far more pressing. My original plan was to just ‘go’ and not mention it to but a few of my closest friends and family (who I have contact with outside of Facebook), but then decided that since I get quite a few messages daily, that I really didn’t want people to think that I’d just ‘disappeared’, so I posted a little hiatus announcement. I love Facebook and most of my favorite people are there- but I’ve been spinning my wheels on a few things, and I knew that I really didn’t need the distraction- and lets face it- Facebook is a huge distraction. I don’t spend hours at a time on Facebook and 90% of the time it’s via the iPad or iPhone, but 20 minutes here and there adds up to precious time that can be better spent somewhere else – so I said adios for a while. It’s only day two and I know that it was the right decision.

This morning I woke up feeling grateful about many things. I was thrilled to look out and see blue skies (something we’ve seen far too little of lately), plus to see that my plants are starting to show a little green. Spring is definitely almost here and today’s weather is that confirmation.

 

My Gratitude List for March 11, 2012.

Today I’m Grateful for:

  • Sitting for hours with a dear friend, drinking coffee and chatting about everything.
  • The gorgeous blue skies and the way the sun feels against my skin.
  • Seeing little hints of Spring everywhere I look.
  • Chia seeds- my new ‘favorite thing’ and the abundance of energy  I seem to be getting from them.
  • Learning to let go and do what works for me- not what others expect of me.