Sunday, October 19, 2014

this week was good because of...

...time spent with Wildcat Guy and Team Vintage Blonde.

...braving the chill and wind to do some sightseeing.

...weekend naps.

...the beautiful - beautiful! - autumn colors that are showing themselves around here.

...the autumn colors. Okay, I already mentioned them - but this view on campus, first seen while running an errand in another building, was so pretty that I made a second trip out to the quad with my camera just to capture it.

...the success of pulling off a challenging event at work - one that required finesse, patience and pure persistence.

...a mostly straightforward week of catch-up (and being kind to myself in navigating a few complicated details).

...a movie date with my love to see a long-anticipated film (even if it was just okay).

...opportunities to have genuine conversations with students - be they moments of serious discussion or fun and laughter.

...the Halloween decorations I put out this afternoon - including a basket of these delicious treats!

...this awesome perspective on "old-fashioned" (or analog, as it's called) record-keeping, including a few helpful hints to help me refine my own priority management.

What made your week good?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

these two weeks were good because of...

...the truly delightful anniversary vacation we took, with a weekend stop at home before five luxurious days away in the Shenandoah mountains.

...being in the stadium for an unbelievable football game!

...picking up a whole bunch of our favorite beverage. amazing anniversary dinner at a restaurant that prides itself on local sourcing. (There is definitely an entire story about this dinner on its way.)

...the thoughtful, lovely anniversary gift my love made. (Yes, made.)

...the laidback, relaxing day we had on our actual anniversary.

...the timeshare my parents let us use for our getaway.

...picking out pumpkins for Halloween carving. (And yes, he did bring this 36-pounder home!)

...our ability to roll with the weather and make the most of our vacation.

...the fun sightseeing we got to do (and having a partner who enjoys sightseeing like I do).

...the anniversary cake we were able to pick up.

...letting myself really be on vacation when it came to treats good eats.

...letting myself really be on vacation when it came to email and work.

...his patience (and amusement) with my picture-taking.

...the beautiful autumn colors we got see in the mountains.

...celebrating a birthday in there, as well. (I may have some thoughts to share on that, too.)

...chances to see friends and former colleagues.

...just the right words to express how Sundays do and could feel.

What made your week good?

Monday, September 29, 2014

torn out: from in style

 (Oh, Fall issue, how I love you! You know an issue will have a lot of good stuff to browse through when the magazine is so thick it doesn't fit in your mailbox or stay confined in its rubber band.)

(Of course, it's even better when a favorite actress is on the cover.)

(I like this quote about featuring a person who "consistently leads a life of grace and elegance." What a lovely way to describe life...maybe even something to strive for?)

(Sometimes I like the ads for their slogans...even as I recognize the irony.)

(This tote. Beautiful and perfect in its simplicity!)

(This blue bag was pretty eye-catching, too...minus the cross-body strap.)

(Again, the ad. Not a fan of the product, but this copy is delightfully inspiring. Awesomely phrased.)

(I've been wanting another pair of oxford-esque heels. After really liking the Clarks heels my mother-in-law got me for Christmas, these are a possibility.)

(Pants = gorgeous. I will always like a good wide-leg pant.)

(I've been very proud of myself for not buying new shoes. But then I see pumps like this, and the temptation is strong!)

(Seriously. This quote from the magazine's interview with their cover star - about her response to "how do you do it all?" - is spot on. Way to keep it real, classy lady.)

(I also like this quote from actress Charlotte Le Bon. It reminds me that love is a powerful and positive emotion.)

Source - September 2014 issue of InStyle magazine

Sunday, September 28, 2014

this week was good because of...

...a visit to a local cider mill with my love and our friends.

...small moments that added up to a great weekend.

...cinnamon sugar doughnuts and fresh apple cider.

...a good yoga practice on Wednesday evening that felt simultaneously challenging and soothing.

...finishing the Book of Proverbs.

...the opportunity to have genuine conversations with my students. peaceful Gru looks snoozing in the sunshine.

...laughter and conversation while we watch the season premiere of a favorite show.

...the gorgeous, vibrant colors that are spreading across the trees here.

...preparations for our upcoming vacation.

...the way my rings sparkle in the sunshine after they've been cleaned.

...a pumpkin pie smoothie from the campus cafe.

...the rewarding feeling of how well this month's budget has gone.

What made your week good?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

this week was good because of...

...the first sighting of Honeycrisp apples in the grocery store!

...a supervisor who understands that sometimes, going home early is the most productive choice one can make, especially on a frustrating, tiring day.

...the experience of showing grace and kindness to myself in the midst of personal challenge.

...a going-away celebration for dear friends.

...enjoying a Michigan Honeycrisp apple with a local Michigan caramel sauce.

...the patience to stick with the yoga classes available at the Rec Center (taught in a style I find frustrating), and the recognition of the learning value of this experience.

...homemade chicken tortilla soup.

...another football win for my team!

...the realization that, even with winter on its way, I genuinely like living in the Detroit area. (To paraphrase this mirror quote, it has definitely started to move me!)

...the opportunity to complete Safe Space training.

...that moment when the barista at my local Starbucks cafe asks if I've been there before. (I only go once a week...but that is apparently enough.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

two-page tuesday: the baby gift

After a bit of a break from making cards, I stumbled upon another opportunity to make a card this past weekend. I had been invited to a baby shower; and when I went to Target last week to pick up the gift itself, I realized that not only did I have just the right wrapping paper, but also I had good "ingredients" for a semi-coordinating card.

So Friday evening, while enjoying a fun movie on TV, I got to work assembling a simple, but delightful little card.

For some reason, the coordination of polka dots on the wrapping paper and on the card was incredibly satisfying. Perhaps that speaks to the lack of creative endeavors in my life right now...or perhaps it's a reminder that life is all about the little pleasures.

Either way, I was happy.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

this week was good because of...

...a Saturday spent at the Michigan Renaissance Festival with my own knight in shining armor.

...laughter, singing and conversations on our two small weekend road trips.

...a celebration for friends as they await the arrival of their baby boy.

...the opportunity to serve as a faculty adviser to an interest group that would like to start a chapter of my fraternity.

...all the lovely little creative details I noticed throughout the week (even the ones I wasn't able to photograph).

...interesting conversations with students that draw on unexpected previous experiences (hello, composting).

...the sense of accomplishment I felt after two very challenging yoga classes as the semester schedule gets underway. truck becoming a Michigan resident with its new license plate.

...sirloin stirfry, eaten with my awesome chopsticks.

...recognition of what I find frustrating in working with my colleagues. discovery that there are not one, but two nearby Paper Source stores. (My budget just got very nervous!)

...a win for my football team.

What made your week good?