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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-2

This weekend, Loved-One and I trekked to mid-Michigan to attend our niece’s bridal shower.  Such a long trip mainly because we ran into lake-effect snow.  Somewhere along the way, another niece called requesting a ride along from Lansing.  Well, yeah!

I took all our leftover Christmas candy to share, ready to turnover a new, healthier leaf, upon return.  Just to be sure I could boast a dramatic shift, I indulged in Wendy’s 4 for $4 both coming and going.

That egg white veggie omelet tasted so health, and so delicious, this morning.  Especially after swimming for a half hour!

Loved-One drove the whole way, maybe because I kept announcing what signs I’m unable to read with my right eye shut.
Anyways, on the plus side, all that time in the car, and a ball of yarn, netted a new hat before we arrived at our destination.

Here are a few things, in no particular order, for which I give thanks:

Stuff You Should Know podcast and a battery operated Bluetooth speaker.  I learned all about jellyfish and combed jellies.  They are now my second most fascinating animal, right next to octopuses.

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-1

The first Monday

English: Bust of the god Janus, Vatican museum, .
English: Bust of the god Janus, Vatican museum, . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.  It’s been a rollercoaster back-end of 2016, with the Cubs World Series win almost obliterated by a political season that left be bewildered and bothered.

I’m blessed to be in a family where discourse is the common course, and disagreement opens minds, instead of fostering hate.

I had a great time watching the Cubs win, and sharing the victory with Mom, while hanging on the phone with Loved-One.  Technology can be so wonderful.  Yes, phones and TVs are old technology.  Still, I can remember when a long-distance call was for serious matters, and we listened to ball games on the radio (My science class gave up studying to listen to the Tigers, back in 7th grade.) Plus, I met a new Cleveland friend through a friendly wager.  Can’t wait to claim my tour of Cleveland winnings from Jena.)

A Ship of Pearl and The Fable of Little Tzurie are published and getting great reviews, and at the same time, helping the hungry and the homeless.

I made new friends through my Clown Car Geniuses, IWOC, and CWC.  All who help me grow, keep me grounded, and fill me with optimism.  I hope I do the same for them.

A new part-time job fell in my lap by just asking if I could help.  It may be temporary, and it may be more.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, I like this comment, “You bring a peacefulness to the office.

I have an incredibly healthy, intelligent, and for the most part, happy family.  I feel like their love provides a marvelous safety net and allows me to risk, to fail, and to try new things, because no matter what, I have people who will be there to pick me up, dust me off, and get me going again.

So now what?

Mythbuster: the internet hates women.

It’s no secret I love NPR. I almost always love listen while I’m driving. Many times I’m surprised.  Have you ever listened to the Moth Radio Hour?  People telling their stories live.  Yikes!  That’s scary. The best stories are ones that leave me with a new way of looking at a problem.  This is a little long, for just listening, but really worth the time. I love the way Savage links his mother’s explanation about racial tension with his own struggle with his twin boys and internet porn. https://themoth.org/stories/talking-to-my-kids-about-sex-in-the-internet-age. First aired on NPR in 2012.  Adam Savage is one of…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #6

Sometimes Mother Nature forces us to stop.  A winter storm followed by a winter storm did that for me this weekend. I couldn’t make it to Mrs. Wrestler #2’s 40th birthday party, and I was still snowed in for Miss G’s Christmas concert.  I am blessed that the Mrs. called with all her Birthday excitement.  What a wonderful party she had: old friends and neighbors, family, students, and new friends.  The Mrs. lost her sister and her cousins in early adulthood. When asked if she feels depressed about turning 40, she tells people, “No!  I’m here.  I’m so lucky to…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #5

Oh my, the day sped by today.  I’m busy cooking a roast with rice for supper as I begin this post.  Usually, I’m begin right after my Monday morning phone call to Mom.  Of course, she’s one of the blessings that I count every single day, not just on Monday.  How lucky I am to have such a wise a wonderful woman in my life.  And I grew up with her as my guide.  And guess what?  She likes me, too. Here are a few more things, in no particular order, for which I give thanks and gratitude: The first…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #4

It’s Monday again. A special Monday.  The Monday after a long Thanksgiving weekend. The Monday after dinner with family, a Friday of candy-making with lovely women, a Saturday Christmas outing with the kids and grandkids, and a Sunday breakfast with my sister Julie and her husband Randy.  I am blessed by having so many people I love near me this long weekend.   Here are a few more things, in no particular order that bring me joy and create gratitude in my heart: A gift from a former colleague found abandoned in a drawer.  It’s a beautiful pen from my…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #3

Here's what the street looked like as the light festival began.
Here’s what the street looked like as the light festival began.

Last year around this time,

 I hate the cold. And I’m not much into celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving.  We had such a good time.  Just the two of us.  It reminded me how easily CoCo disappears when the whole family gets together.  Heated political conversation; spirited memory exchanges, tongue-in-cheek jokes, all leave her in their wake.

So, this year, amid more grumbling, the two of us headed to the city once more.  Yes, it was indeed cold.  And yes, it was very windy.  Hot chocolate in one hand and a bag of Garetts popcorn in the other, and we made our way through the crowd, around Trump tower, and into a great viewing site right across from the Marriott.  Maybe next year we’ll invite a few more people and get a room facing the parade!  But then again, we’ll be beyond the two of us, which might spoil our tradition.

CoCo often goads me into doing something I really don’t want to do.  I am so thankful that she does.

In no particular order, here’s the a few of the things that make me realize how abundant my life truly is:

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