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.

...my 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?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

this week was good because of...



...patience, courage and grace during a challenging week of health-related concerns for Wildcat Guy.

...the ability to step away from work as needed this week.


...a Sunday-morning snooze with kitty laying on my back.

...the delightful sunshine and mild temperatures on Saturday.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

this week was good because of...


...a Sunday afternoon spent exploring a local recreation area.

...treating ourselves to frozen yogurt on the first great Spring day.


...weather mild enough to wear these to church...


...and perfect for wearing these, too.


...being just adventurous enough not to worry when we got a little bit lost off the trail we were on.

...101 free prints from my favorite photo site.


...the simplest dinners, which are sometimes the best.

...letting my body get the rest it needed as it finished recovering from the cold I had last week.


...a lovely little Easter basket care package from Mom & Dad.

...being reminded that, sometimes, on the days when I feel like going to church the least, those are the days I most need to be there.

...time to scrapbook on Saturday and make awesome progress on a couple of smaller projects that needed attention.


...a day off in the middle of the week, just because, to get caught up on little things.

...snoozing in the morning between kitty and my love.

...weekends that are so full and relaxing that they feel delightfully longer than the two days they are.

What made your week good?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

this week was good because of...


...a lovely Easter day with my love.


...carry-out for dinner, to cut myself some slack.

...another moment of craft time with colleagues - this time, making origami flowers to celebrate the arrival of spring.



...a quirky, lovely and only slightly obnoxious range of weather.

...the privilege of staying home on Friday when a cold hit in full force.


...continuing our tradition of Easter brunch at home.

...reassuring, insightful feedback from my supervisor regarding a situation infused with work politics.


...the delicious garlic-parmesan chicken with brown butter-corn pasta that we had for dinner.

...this awesome planner.

What made your week good?

Monday, March 30, 2015

torn out: from instyle

 The one thing I absolutely loved in this month's issue? The cover girl.

Don't get me wrong...the shoes were amazing. (Seriously - platforms AND wedges are in style this season? Hide my debit card!) There were some fun clothes highlighted, as well. 

But I really, really enjoyed the fashion spread and feature article 
about this talented, beautiful woman.

In addition to this beautiful quote 
(something I wish I could remember more often), 
these are a few other quotes I found thoughtful and inspiring:

"At a certain point in my life, I realized if you want to play different games,
then you have to play in different playgrounds, 
where people play the games you want to play."

"I don't believe in an idea of 'post-race.' 
The goal shouldn't be that we get to a point 
where race or gender doesn't matter. 
Race is a really important part of our identity. 
Being a woman is a big part of who I am.
What I want is to live in a world where my gender, race, and ethnicity
don't define my trajectory and don't limit me."

"You have to experience your humanity, 
you have to know you are a limited  vessel,
and you can only do so much."

Yes, yes, yes.


And alright...when I wasn't being inspired by Kerry Washington's words, I may have been drooling over these awesome heels. Just maybe.

Source: the March 2015 issue of InStyle

Sunday, March 29, 2015

this week was good because of...


...the small, but luxurious delight of pulling into a parking lot to take pictures of the deer that roam around campus.

...celebrating five years of being in a relationship with Wildcat Guy, and four years of having Gru-kitty in our family.

...the grace-filled gift of a perfectly timed and much-needed sermon.


...the satisfaction of straightening my short hair myself and liking the result.

...my ability to recognize the need for space - physically, mentally and emotionally - and create those moments for myself. (This included successfully plowing through a serious case of midweek grumps!)


...snowflakes. They came in the lightest of flurries all week - just enough for winter to stand its ground, but not enough for concern.

...much-appreciated opportunities to connect with students more deeply.

...wi$dom, restraint and common sense while out shopping on Saturday.

...a cute movie with an interesting, thought-provoking subtext.


...an absolutely delicious recipe for homemade tomato meat sauce. Yum!

...making time for reading...not just continuing to read magazines at lunch, but claiming space in my evening for books after dinner.

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


...this tangy recipe for roasted cauliflower and chickpeas.

...my love's willingness to let me experiment with healthier eating options.

...reaping the rewards of my Starbucks gold card.

What made your week good?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

this week was good because of...


...some "luck o' the Irish" when a mistake with my drink resulted in two drinks to take.

...a lovely interpretation of a classic story.


...relaxing this weekend after a very full week of work.

...an awesome dinner date with Vintage Blonde and her family.


...a sense of contentment with my much-shorter hairstyle (and gratitude for a hairstylist who can work magic with such a dramatic change).

...enjoying the rhythms of working at home a little bit.


...the opportunity to talk with our first-year students about leadership.

...the opportunity to celebrate our fourth-year students' most recent accomplishments.


...a successful attempt at cauliflower pizza crust.

...finding more effective rhythms for planning dinners during the week.

What made your week good?