this week was good because of...
...Gru beseeching Wildcat Guy for attention. ("Please, Dad - could you please scratch behind my ears just a little bit more??")
...the fully-evolved realization that my priority list needs to be updated and adjusted; and the decision to use this summer to better manage them.
...late-night cinnamon rolls.
...an in-studio performance of a lovely song by one of my favorite bands on this morning's country countdown.
...this great article highlighting the importance of a work-life balance, and the gratitude of working in an office (and an institution) that provides flexibility in my day-to-day hours.
...a safe, fun, interesting trip to Ohio for the weekend.
...being able to help out a dear friend.
...good conversations - whether late at night or mid-afternoon - with that same dear friend.
...the artichoke sub (with turkey added) at Penn Station.
...a (mostly) successful experience sitting for two of my favorite kids.
...feeling like I did the right things right, especially in a few very difficult sibling-dispute moments.
...the awesomeness of fort-building for an afternoon.
...a darling little five-year old girl reminding me that, no matter how big Clifford is, God is bigger.
...how adorable my fluffy kitty is.
...having a wonderful student who looks forward to caring for Gru.
...feeling good about the progress and direction the Board I lead is going in.
...vanilla donuts with a vanilla glaze. (more on this to come!)
...deciding that I'm a Type A-minus personality.
...the sweet joyful pride of seeing Wildcat Guy open up and actively participate in our weekly small-group discussions.
...letting myself try on shoes at Target.
...showing restraint and only buying one pair (for now).
...a bank that is an extra-vigilant quick responder to potentially fraudulent charges on my debit card. (Going through the small hassle of getting a new debit card is never fun - but I am very thankful my bank's cardholder security branch recognized that purchases like jewelry in Indiana and a hotel stay in Tennessee were not mine.)
...live webcasts of church services, which meant I got to see a friend be baptized.
...getting my state tax refund (which, conveniently covers my registration fee for a summer scrapbooking workshop).
...stopping on an afternoon walk to watch the piggies at the farm.
...beautiful, mild weather that makes walks even better.
...this awesome quote that a friend shared on Facebook: "A good leader inspires others with confidence in him [or her]; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves."
What made your week good?
Where I am: homeWhat I'm reading: an issue of Smithsonian magazine