Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall, 2016

New responsibilities at work
Puppy growing
Hawkeye football, Olivia's first game
Friends visit
Love having to change the sheets on the spare bed
Trying to walk every day before work
Exhausted in the evenings
Lots of meetings
Working up my gumption to ask important questions
For myself
Not something I often do
Maybe getting back into blogging
If on an abbreviated level

Today's song:
 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Days 21-24

I don't feel very well today, so I think it will be good to focus on what I'm thankful for!  :)

Disappointment/Fear:  Hm.  It's weird to be thankful for a disappointment or fear, but I guess I'm thankful for all the disappointments I had with dating and boyfriends before Andrew and I got together.  Those disappointments all led to him, and he was worth the wait.  I truly can't imagine being married to any of my past boyfriends.  Any of those would have been marriages set up to fail.

Book:  To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book, and I adore reading it to my 8th grade GOAL students every year.  We're getting close to the end, and they're all so caught up in the story and in the characters.

Feeling: I'm thankful for feeling supported and loved.  Being lonely is a terrible feeling, and I'm so happy to not feel that way anymore.

Photo:  I love all of our wedding photos, but I love our expressions in this one.  I have it on the lock screen of my phone, and it makes me happy whenever I look at it.


Friday, November 20, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 20

Keepsake:  Pretty much anything that is family-related, especially from my mom, is a keepsake I'm thankful for.  One very special one that I have, though, is the $2 bill that I carry in my purse.  It was in my mom's purse when she died, and it was in my Grandpa Sutherlin's wallet when he died.  It's a little piece of them I carry with me.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 19

Clothing:  Today I'm thankful for Blue Fish.  This store popped up in Fairfield a few years ago, and I was instantly smitten.  The clothing is fun, comfortable, and quirky.  Plus, it comes in all sizes... even mine!  I love being able to go into a shop on the square and find clothes for myself that I love.  Really, the only other place I can find clothes for myself in town is at Wal-Mart, and well, um... yeah.  If I had the funds, I think Blue Fish would be the source of my entire wardrobe.  Check out Blue Fish here!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Days 13-18

Day 13: Something Old:  I'm thankful for my great grandparents' bedroom set that welcomes guests to our home.  My brother slept in the bed two weeks ago when he was here for our early Thanksgiving celebration.  My Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Hiatt bought that bedroom set when they got married in 1917.

Day 14: Something New:  I'm thankful for my new (to me) car, Maude.  She's a red go-getter, and I feel safe and secure driving her.  Bluetooth is awesome!

Day 15: Experience:  I'm thankful for our honeymoon this summer.  Andrew and I waited almost a year to go on our trip, and it was worth the wait.  Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, and the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff and Lake Louise before flying home from Calgary was a spectacular trip, and we made so many wonderful memories.

Day 16: Recipe:  I have lots of recipes I love, but I think I'm most grateful today for the pie crust recipe from Beth Howard's cookbook, Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House.  It was the first recipe I used to make pie, and it's the only one I've used.  I've had such good feedback from it.  When I took two pies to school this week for Support Staff Day for American Education week, I had lots of compliments and two requests for the recipe.


Day 17: Store:  My favorite store is Target.  I guess I'm thankful for having one only 25 minutes away for my entire life.  I'll try not to cry big crocodile tears that it is closing, and now I'll have no reason to go to Ottumwa except to watch a movie.  Why are you leaving me, Target, oh WHY???

Day 18: Quote: Wow.  I have a lot of favorite quotes.  I guess I'll choose one unknown to the world but special to me.  Before I'd embark on an adventure, whether it was on stage or in the classroom or out in the world, my mom would tell me, "Go get 'em, Babe.  It's showtime."  I say it to myself now, and I hear her voice saying it my head.  It gives me strength and helps me when I'm feeling nervous.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Days 11 & 12

Tradition: My life is built on traditions, but here's a weird one not many people know.  Whenever I call my dad, I never say hello.  When he says "Hello," I always ask "Where are you?" in this weird voice.  He used to answer the phone like this whenever a former girlfriend called, and I mocked him incessantly about it.  I have since kidnapped it as my own greeting for him, and it never fails to make him laugh.  Every.  Single.  Time.  Laughing.  I love it.

Gadget: Well, my cell phone is my favorite gadget... I can't believe I ever got along without one.  But for a simple, interesting favorite gadget of mine, I love this silicone garlic peeler.  You can find this little bad boy for around 99 cents, and it really does the trick.  Great invention!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Days 9 & 10

Blog/Website: I'm grateful for the blog written by my dear friend Jeff.  I get a glimpse of his life from Facebook, but he adds lots of detail on his blog, and it's always fun to read.  His commitment to his blog is one reason I'm writing again on mine.

Time of Day: My favorite time of the day is when I get quiet time to read in bed before turning the lights out.  I'm glad my husband is a reader too because it's part of my routine to read a few pages before bed.  We also like to read to each other, and right now, I'm reading Little Women to him because he's never read it.  I'm thankful for books and refreshing rest at the end of the day.
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