It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written anything. And I’ve missed it terribly.
I’ve been afraid to post anything too personal for fear that anything I write could be twisted and used against me. Sadly, there are those out there that will do that. However, I deserve to do the things that make me happy. I’ve decided that blogging is a part of my life I will refuse to give up. For me, blogging keeps me present in my life. It makes me appreciative. When I don’t reflect and write, life gets so busy that the days and events just blur together. I want to find the happiness in my life. I want to remember and share the things I’ve learned along my ever-changing journey.
So, I’ll start this blogging thing with a Favorite Five Friday!
My big YUCK for this week involved major dental work. Bridges are no fun. I considered an implant, but the bridge was more inline with my budget…being that I had to pay out-of-pocket for it. I used all of my insurance back in January. I’m not sure which hurts more….my feelings that I had to give up a tremendous chunk of my hard earned money, or my mouth. To make matters worse, I unknowingly took pain medicine with codeine. Codeine is NOT my friend as it makes me as sick as a dog. I lost most of Thursday to the aftereffects.
But there were many good things about this week!
Weekend Visitors- Eric’s kids came to visit over the weekend. Life is always more lively with kids. There were tasty frozen kid and adult drinks, lots of fireworks, and lots of food. I’m always stressed about the kids coming over. When you live by yourself all of the time, you get a little obsessed with things being perfect and orderly. I realized that I definitely need to put things into perspective sometimes. Just maybe, making memories is more important than a clean house. Still, I don’t know how you parents do it!
A Pool Day- The 4th of July was a pool day for me. The weather was perfect. Believe it or not, I rarely use the pool. There is just too much work for me to do in the yard and around the house. Floating on my giant Pegasus with Jimmy Buffett playing in the background and a cooler full of cold beverages was so relaxing. We all need a day free from responsibilities once in a while.
Homemade Chicken Salad- I’ve been in the mood for chicken salad. I happened to have pineapple, grapes, walnuts, and celery on hand, so I whipped some up. Finally, I’ve learned how to make good chicken salad! I’ve learned to tear my boiled chicken into large chunks. It seems to be less gooey than when it’s shredded. I added low cal mayo and a little sour cream. It was the perfect summer meal!
A Lunch Date- The bad thing about working at a school is that I can never go out for lunch. Nearly every single day this past school year, my lunch was yogurt with collagen powder- mostly because it’s easy. It gets old after 180 days. So, I met Eric at Sumo one day for lunch. To me, a heaping pile of edamame and a glass of wine always makes the perfect lunch!
My Art Kids- These kids have been such a blessing to me. I’ve wanted to teach art lessons, but was too intimidated to try it. I simply didn’t know where to start. Just the thought was overwhelming. But thanks to the encouragement of a friend (Thank you, Kim!), I just jumped in and started teaching. Working with 800 kids at school, I never have the time to really get to know any of them. I’ve had so much fun getting to know and working with the kids in my small groups. One of my goals for this summer is to create a Facebook page for my art lessons. I can’t wait to share all of the things we’ve done! I LOVE to see smiles!
Bubbles and a SoCo Memory- Thursday night should have been just ordinary. Eric picked up the sparkling wine he had ordered the night we went to SoCo. We don’t normally pop a bottle on a Thursday, but we simply couldn’t wait! A few weeks ago, we attended the Oceanic Chef’s Tasting at SoCo Farm and Food in Wilson. The dinner featured NC seafood and champagne. It was beyond AMAZING! I took close to a hundred pictures, but somehow accidentally deleted them from my camera. I was just heartbroken! Really, seriously, I cried. That was my most memorable night of my whole summer so far. We’ll just have to go back again when I can more carefully document our experience! Yep. I need a redo! Anyway, try SoCo and try these bubbles!!!
In conclusion, I’m a big believer in creating one’s own happiness.
With so much anxiety in my life over things I can’t control, it’s easy for me to overlook the small things that bring so much joy. I’ve challenged myself to continue to focus on the happy things in my life.
I challenge you to find the happy things in your week!