Sunday, February 22, 2015

this week was good because of...

...celebrating Fat Tuesday with delicious pazcki from the local bakery and jambalaya made at home.

...the opening performance at tonight's Oscars.

...solid progress in my 2013 Project Life album.

...the amusement of Gru and a very staticky balloon. good it feels to use my time well in the evenings. good it feels to simultaneously be okay with sleeping in - way in - on a Saturday morning.

...the rewarding challenges of interpreting policy to make decisions. wrappings for our nephew's birthday gift. cards earned through shopping for the stuff I'd normally buy, and by taking easy online surveys.

...the privilege of having two vehicles, so that, when one breaks, we can still carry on.

...homemade chicken tenders. So easy and delicious!

...confirmed resort reservations for our October vacation.

...the word "effulgent." It's so...awesome.

...this quote from Lysa TerKeurst, a much needed reminder today: "Great love isn't two people finding the perfect match in one another. Great love is two people making the choice to be a match."

What made your week good?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

this week was good because of...

...more celebration of Wildcat Guy's birthday. excited he is that his basketball team is still undefeated.

...the effort to make decent choices in the midst of a difficult week, eating-wise.

...a successful presentation about writing CVs for the first-year students.

...Gru's "help" assembling my awesome new cart from Ikea.

...weekend naps on the couch.

...delicious desserts from a local pastry shop for Valentine's Day.

...cutting myself some slack about not being as productive this week as I would have liked.

What made your week good?

Sunday, February 08, 2015

this week was good because of...

...spending a fun day in celebration of Wildcat Guy's upcoming birthday.

...a sobering, but well-crafted movie.

...the lovely, vibrant bouquet of flowers I came home to on Friday.

...commutes that make for good decompressions between work and home.

...introducing Gru to snow. (For the record, he was not a fan.)

...the privilege of a snow day. interesting affirmation of paper planners.

...a Saturday stroll through IKEA that included playing with the hand puppets.

...sticking with the weekly TRX classes.

...successfully "flipping the dog" in Friday's yoga class.

What made your week good?

Sunday, February 01, 2015

this week was good because of...

...Kitty's entertaining antics (including the way he takes advantage of every opportunity to explore new nooks and crannies). yoga instructor's reminder that, "smiling helps with balancing."

...the free crop I attended on Saturday.

...the beautiful, steady snow we had all day today (and still falling tonight).

...reminding myself that a week filled more with getting tasks done (v. progress on larger projects) is still getting work done.

...the soothing inspiration of a favorite worship song.

...a fun variation on meatloaf that tasted delicious.

...watching an interesting mini-series with Wildcat Guy.

...this awesome sipping lid for a mason jar. Mom and Dad bought us a set back in the fall, and after using one on Saturday, I'm a fan.

...chocolate chip pancakes and thick-cut bacon.

What made your week good?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

this week was good because of... awesome weekend of dates with my love.

...the chance to have dinner with Vintage Blonde and her little one.

...a Saturday that was the ultimate delightful blend of being productive, having fun and indulging my creative side.

...the SnowFest in Frankenmuth. It was bitterly cold, but such a wonderful display of creativity.

...honest, reasonable conversations about next steps for the life we're building in Michigan. commutes in wintry weather road conditions.

...the spirit-nurturing grace of our church's Night of Worship.

...having a supervisor who not only listens to my concerns about systemic challenges, but also takes proactive steps to address them.

...courage to try a new group exercise class at the campus recreation center.

...the next Story Kit from Ali Edwards. (I haven't even used the last one yet, and still I am excited to have these. The ideas in my brain are fantastic!) a Simple Living Challenge is supporting and mirroring things I'm focusing on and making efforts to change.

...using mixes and other ingredients from the cupboard.

...the double bonus of saving money and eating more healthily by not buying snacks on campus.

...this quote, attributed to Francoise de La Rouchefoucauld: "To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."

What made your week good?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

oh snow funny!

Yesterday morning, I was oh so happy to pull into the parking lot closest to the building I work in and claim literally the last parking spot. Seriously. My legs were tired from the TRX class I tried Tuesday night, so I was absolutely not interested in walking up from the parking deck down the hill.

Then I came out after work to find that that pretty snow I'd seen falling all day? Was now layered on my truck, in need of brushing off.

Hmmm. Maybe I should have just parked in the garage after all.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

two-page tuesday - project life

One of albums I am actively working to complete right now is my Project Life 2013 album...because, to be honest, I have a lot of weeks that need to be done. Earlier this month, I took advantage of a Shutterfly print deal to get a stack of photos printed, and last night, I filled in a couple of weeks.

So yes - Two-Page Tuesday was more like Two-Week Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see how it goes, filling in the gaps of more than a year back...whether it will be complicated to put the pieces together. Here's to finding out!