Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday 5

1. Ever since Matt and I have started dating, his Master's Thesis has been a major part of our relationship. Not anymore. He defended his Thesis on Monday--and he passed! Happy dance all around! I've never been more proud of him than watching all those pieces he's spent the last year working on come together into something mighty impressive. Bonus: even though his topic was dealing with radiation stimulation for the Apollo Missions, I understood 95% of what he was talking about. 

2. Sunday dinners with the family. Sunday dinners are not the most demure affairs. There's a lot of laughter, jokes, and crazy stories that get passed around the dinner table.

3. Heat and hot water. Over the last two weeks, our heater and hot water has been out of commission. It was only for a few hours each time, but, still in the middle of winter a cold shower or a cold bedroom is far from fun. I know there are many people who do not have these two basics which makes me all the more thankful that I do.

4. Instagram purges. I have a hard time purging friends on Facebook, but Instagram is whole another story. I have no problem purging people who I no longer find what they post interesting. People who feel like they must post every single moment of every single day. Or my personal pet peeve, when they're overly pushy about selling me some type of product. If you fall into any of those categories, bye bye.

5. I am thankful for the peace I can find at the temple. Things may be swirling around inside, but the temple is the one place I can find clarity and understanding.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Friday 5

I'm a little behind on the game for last week. Oh well!

1. In the happiness of having a day off in the middle of January, it's easy to take for granted the struggles of all who have contributed to freedom, democracy and equality. Each year I'm glad for the reminder that change can be accomplished without hatred and violence.

2. Sometimes it's the silliest things that mean the most. Due to a series of plans falling through on MLK Jr. Day, we found ourselves at one of those nickel arcades. We spent the next few hours playing silly arcade games and trying to beat each other. Our favorite though, was this game where you throw balls at baby gophers. We were struck by how absurd we felt throwing all those balls at and trying to get them killed.

3. There are days when laughing with good friends is heart healing. I don't know how I'd ever have made it through all these lonely and tough single years without the most amazing group of friends.

4. I'm grateful that I've mostly missed the two weeks of death flu that Matt and various members of my family has had.

5. I'm enjoying trying my hand at something new and getting my creative juices flowing in my glass jewelry making class.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday 5

Sometimes, it still shocks me how quickly time goes. I feel like it was just yesterday I was having to remember to write 2016 on everything and now, we're half way through the month.

1. I've been making my bed--properly. I love the look of a well made bed, but most mornings I either don't make my bed, or I haphazardly pull up the blankets and throw the pillows on. Spending those extra couple of minutes has made a difference in my day. When my bed is properly made, I realize I'm more likely to make sure everything else is too.

2. I spent way too much time looking for my favorite fingernail polish. Due to being left out in the cold, my very favorite fingernail polish NYC Park Avenue, broke. No big deal I thought. I'll just grab it on my next trip to the grocery store. Wrong! I tried one store, than another, and another and still was coming up empty handed. At which point I was starting to panic. Which is crazy. To panic over a super cheap bottle of fingernail polish. But I did, because well, it's my favorite! I was getting so desperate, I was almost willing to pay the $20 bucks for a $2 bottle on Amazon. On store number 5, I found two bottles and promptly purchased both and it felt like a MAJOR win.

3. Christmas cards came down. During the month of December I eagerly check the mailbox for Christmas cards. I love catching up on people's adventures and seeing their lovely faces on my fridge. I hate that moment when they finally have to come down.

4. I've been running again--it's time to start tri training. The worst part about doing any race is the preparation. There are many mornings when I'd rather stay in my warm bed, then get up and start running. Once I do I love what my body can do. (Plus, I'm motivated to make sure I get my fitbit steps in)  I've been a slacker when it comes to working out, so I was very happy that I ran 1.5 miles this week without stopping.

5. I finished The Great British Baking show and can I just say, that's what reality TV should be all about. It was a show that highlighted talent, seriously, they were amazing, without making people look dumb or stupid. There was no cat fighting--just people who liked each other. It didn't matter who went home each week, I was sad to see them go.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Friday 5

One of my 2016 goals is to get back into blogging. Which is going to take some work as sometimes having to write seems so daunting. Yet, it's the only journal of my life at the moment and I want to remember the things I did/thought so here I go. Starting with my first Friday 5. 

1. I finally put away my suitcases from holiday travels. Now, I know there are some people who just have to put away those suitcases as soon as they are home. I am not one of them. Putting away the suitcase signals the end of vacation and that's the last thing I want. Especially as I had some great travels this holiday. Can someone say Disneyland for Christmas!!! More about that trip coming up. There does come a point though, no matter how great that trip was, having a suitcase in the middle of one's room poses a problem. So away it has to go.

2. I've survived one week in glasses. Now if I can just survive three more weeks.... I'm not a glasses wearer. 99% of the time I hate them. I never feel I can see quite as clearly when I'm wearing them. Dang astigmatism. If in 3 more weeks, they say I'm a candidate for Lasik all of it will be worth it.

3. I took a ride on a Greyhound Bus. Do to some scheduling, I found myself on a Greyhound to the middle Wyoming. 90% of what you hear about the Greyhound is true. It has the most interesting people, but, it also had some very kind people who were generous to those who were less fortunate than themselves even though they didn't have much. People who looked out for me and worried about me being dropped in the middle of Wyoming and being killed by an ax murder. People who were starting on new adventures and knew how lucky they were for the opportunities. It also showed me how good I had it. I am not fighting with mental illness or addiction. I have not been dealt a hand that is hard to overcome. I have security and opportunities and a pretty darn good life.

4. I've gone 2 weeks without Facebook on my phone and I can't say I miss it. I deleted the app for Disneyland because I wanted to be present in line and make memories with my family. Instead of being on our phones we played games, we laughed, and we talked.

5. I bought a new London bag because the first week of January always makes me a little homesick. It was 13 years ago that I began one of the best adventures of my life. Of which, you can read a little bit more here.