Monday, June 15, 2015

this week was good because of... weekend in North Carolina, visiting Baker Blonde and her family.

(Okay, there were other things too...but this trumps it all!)

What made your week good?

Sunday, June 07, 2015

this week was good because of...

...a fun day trip to Port Huron, where we saw the oldest lighthouse in Michigan.

...sunshine and mild temperatures.

...spending the weekend with my love.

...a perfectly-timed reminder that there are blessings in the midst of the dark.

...going to yoga not once, but twice in one week!

...starting a new evening devotional.

...the grace of letting myself rest on the couch (and the lovely company of kitty curled up next to me).

...a salad recipe that makes for an unexpectedly delicious combination of strawberries, avocado, feta cheese and chicken.

...discovering the beautiful writings of an inspiring woman. (How had I not read anything of hers before this?!?!)

...finally treating myself to a pedicure. (It had been a few months!) opportunities at work.

What made your week good?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

these weeks were good because of...

...such a great Memorial Day weekend that I forgot to post last week. That means two for the price of one this week. Enjoy the extended version!

...Wildcat Guy also having Memorial Day off, which meant for a fun afternoon at the zoo.

...a heart-nudging song during worship this morning that reminds me to worry less about what I see and more about what I should be seeking.

...all the animals that were playing and enjoying the sunshine at the zoo.

...the opportunity to dive back into professional reading now that it's summer.

...having my truck back after some moderately-priced repairs.

...another reason to be glad for good insurance. (The only thing I had to pay at the optometrist this week was a small fee for the contact lens exam and a small upgrade for better lenses for the new pair of glasses I ordered!)

...time in the yard, soaking in the sun.

...this beautiful homage to a lovely city.

...meeting my small weekly challenge last week not to spend money on unnecessary snacks during the workday.

...delicious cupcakes from a local bakery. Clockwise from the carrot cake, these are dark chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, lemon cake with lemon frosting, and raspberry cake with lemon filling and lemon cream cheese frosting.

...gratitude for awesome yoga instructors on the summer schedule.

...a thought-provoking article about the difference in focus for men and women's exercise.

...still being mostly happy with my hair as it grows out.

 ...this well-stated reminder that it's less about what works for other people, and more about what works for me.

...finally trying the nitrogen ice cream at the neighborhood cafe. Delicious and creative!

...the courage to attend a women's event at church, and the resulting blessings of connection.

...playing rummy and listening to Motown tunes. interesting take on building a morning routine (especially after slowly modifying mine over the past few months).

...the way the weekend feels longer than it really was, for all the right reasons.

...a black-bottom oatmeal pie that was scrumptious.

..."starfish sit-ups" during TRX.

What made your week good?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

this week was good because of...

...a lovely Saturday-morning excursion to the Market with Wildcat Guy.

...the successful completion of a massive undertaking at work.

...patience. Infinite patience. afternoon nap on the couch.

...egg-y French toast and fat pork sausages for brunch.

...the perfect start to an important day - snoozing for a few minutes with my love's arms around me and our kitty nestled in next to me.

...a delicious, luxurious VIP dinner.

...this much-needed reminder to be aware of and grateful for blessings in all forms - including the opportunity to serve others with genuine joy.

...the simple pleasure of a fresh chef salad for dinner.

...buttermilk blue cheese and slices of pretzel bread.

...the wisdom to recognize the value of working late, but with limits.

...adorable animal pictures that make a delightful postlude to Mother's Day.

...and speaking of adorable, this documentary about my favorite animals.

What made your week good?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

this week was good because of...

...the lovely blooms that are showing up everywhere.

...being cared for, emotionally and mentally, by colleagues.

...a weekend to myself. This included seeing the latest Nicholas Sparks film adaptation, which was a simple, lovely telling of the story.

...making more solid progress on final plans for the upcoming commencement (and having fun with seating charts...seriously).

...the opportunity to spend time cultivating a newer friendship.

...a feeling of accomplishment on Tuesday evening when I kept myself focused and got so much done around the house.

...wearing flip-flops. Yay!

...kind praise from a mentor at my previous institution.

...beautiful, beautiful performances on this week's episode.

What made your week good?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

this week was good because of... word - sunshine.

...evening walks at the park with Wildcat Guy.

...a spot-on, much-needed message about how God uses difficulties for His purpose, and the conversations it prompted.

...chocolate chip cookie gelato - the perfect treat for a perfect Sunday afternoon.

...making progress with a major project at work. entertaining movie (with awesome humor).

...a fun solo visit to the zoo to take pictures and relax.

...taking every possible opportunity to be outside.

...thick, juicy burgers for lunch.

...snuggles with a co-worker's little baby.

What made your week good?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

this week was good because of...

...Kitty's sweet patience with our antics. Because some cats would have meowed and panicked and generally become upset that a highly-deflated helium balloon had been tied to their bellies. But Gru? Just went about his evening.

...this visually and emotionally beautiful reminder that your home - and, to extrapolate, your life - must be arranged in a way that works for your family. husband feeling all better.

...the touching last few minutes of the most recent Fast & Furious installment.

...ending a very busy mental day with an hour of TRX.

What made your week good?