Thursday, June 30, 2011

GIST - Day 26

Things I am grateful for today

1. extra sleep since I am currently at work.

2. twitter (no matter how bad my day is there is always someone tweeting something that makes me realize that I'm not alone in the world and usually some link that will direct me to a place I wouldn't have found on my own.)

3. sweet and sour chicken.

4. guest compliments

5. Elizabeth (who helped me clean up the house some before I came to work.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

GIST - Day 25

Things I am grateful for today

1. a 2nd day off in a row (I may regret this next week when I've worked 10 or 11 days straight before my next day off but for now, it's nice.)

2. Chris took me to get a mushroom swiss burger and it was really good.

3. Beth went to church for a couple of hours.

4. I spoke with my friend's son on the phone for a little bit. (I hadn't spoken to him since he was a very young child, maybe 8 or 9. He's 17 now.)

5. being loved. (Always a good thing.)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

GIST - Day 24

Things I am grateful for today

1. coffee

2. sunshine

3. rain storms (of which we've had 2 this week.)

4. chicken parmesan (it's what we made for supper tonight and by we I really mean Chris. I intended to be the one to cook it but he sort of took over and I let him because I was bit grumpy and not feeling well.)

5. naps (not just for

Monday, June 27, 2011

GIST - Day 23

Things I am grateful for today

1. I added a splash of milk to my coffee something I rarely do anymore and realized it is as good as I remembered it being.

2. It's been a fairly steady evening here; not too busy, not too slow.

3. I got to have an extended conversation with my sister twice today.

4. I have caught up on my blog reading.

5. I have the next two days off.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 4

Things I am grateful for today

1. Getting up early enables me to not only get some extra things done but to also enjoy the quiet of the morning before everyone else gets to moving about.

2. Today, I saw several birds flitting about and chirping up a storm.

3. I have tomatoes on my vines that will soon be ready to pick.

4. The fish tank has a calming effect on my mind. (I was surprised by this.)

5. Chris cooked fish for me to take for supper tonight at work. (And I didn't even ask him to do it. He just decided and got in there and cooked. He packed my lunch too. I am very lucky.)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

GIST - Day 21

Things I am grateful for today

1. Chris brought me a sub from my favorite place because the dinner I had brought from home turned out to be disgusting once I cooked it in the microwave. (For future reference, chicken fried rice in the carton from the freezer section tastes absolutely horrible.)

2. I sold out the hotel tonight which is amazing because we had half the rooms left when I got here today.

3. I was able to get a nap before work.

4. Cindy worked with me as the floater again tonight and as usual, she had me laughing.

5. I learned an important lesson about forgiveness today. (Now I just need to apply it.)

Friday, June 24, 2011

GIST - Day 20

Things I am grateful for today

1. the act of making this list has made me appreciate things more.

2. cute text messages from Chris during the day.

3. I was able to finish a book. (I haven't started a new one yet but I have plenty from which to choose when I am ready.)

4. good friends

5. a job that I like.

Where I'm From

I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.

I am from the _______ (home description... adjective, adjective, sensory detail).

I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)

I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).

I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).

From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I'm from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).

From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).

I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

GIST - Day 19

Things I am grateful for today

1. I stood up for myself today. (This shouldn't be a big deal but it is. I was being mistreated by someone who claims to be my friend and when I made mention of it, the conversation got heated and ugly and I stood up for myself and made it clear that I didn't deserve any of the crap that was being dished out and I wasn't going to sit there and endure it.)

2. my bathroom. (I thoroughly cleaned it yesterday and decluttered it and oh my goodness, I am amazed at how much bigger the room seems when the counters are cleared off. I made every effort to put things back where they belonged after I took my shower and got myself ready today.)

3. Elizabeth. (I don't say it often enough but she is one of the lights of my world. Today she kept coming into the room just for the purpose of getting and giving hugs. She helped me get my stuff together for work and picked out the book I am going to start reading next.)

4. People have been really friendly this evening and very few have scoffed at the fact that the rates have astronomically increased.

5. I am loved.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

GIST - Day 18

Things I am grateful for today

1. Beth and I made it through 2 different trips to the grocery store today.

2. She & I enjoyed each other's company today.

3. I had time to start a new book.

4. showers. (That shower I had may have been the best.shower.ever!)

5. devilled egg potato salad. (I love that stuff.)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

GIST - Day 17

Things I am grateful for today

1. Rain. (Oh the glorious rain. It rained for a full 11 hours today. Storms too but the rain was so needed that I can deal with some thunder and lightning.)

2. avoiding being struck by lightning. (It struck so close I felt ALL the hair on my body stand up. I was actually pretty damn scared.)

3. Being able to change the menu in mid stride. (We were going to have enchiladas for supper but towards the early afternoon, I decided to change the menu to burgers. Oh, I'm glad I did. They were so very good.)

4. having the opportunity to help Gina move. (Watching mattresses blow out of the back of the truck is not as amusing as we found it and being cursed at by people who were forced to wait an extra minute while we loaded things back into the truck again sucked but it was fun to help her move and then sit on her new front porch and have a conversation.)

5. my very wonderful husband who took it in stride that his crazy bride was an emotional wreck this evening.

Monday, June 20, 2011

GIST - Day 16

Things I am grateful for today

1. I had coffee and some quiet before having to come to work.

2. It has been a pretty good day so far.

3. some nice words on twitter directed at me.

4. the new schedule is up and I'm off 2 days in a row. (Those two days happen to be tomorrow and Wednesday.)

5. the pleasantness of a guest just a few minutes ago.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 3

Things I am grateful for today

1. Cindy is working with me tonight. (I really like her. She actually takes the time to come over here and make sure things are okay.)

2. I managed to get something that resembled a nap before having to come to work.

3. Chris enjoyed his father's day.

4. He made me pasta salad at 1 in the morning because I was hungry. (That's love right there! ;-P)

5. So far, it has been a decent evening.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

GIST - Day 14

Things I am grateful for today

1. having the opportunity to have a conversation with a friend even though I think it will be one of our last conversations.

2. twitter... because I realize that no matter the time of day or night, I am not alone in the world even if it feels that way at times.

3. Chris: for bringing me a plate of food from the cookout they had since I had to work tonight.

4. being the first customer for Elizabeth's shop.

5. the ability to smile even though I am not in the best of moods.

Friday, June 17, 2011

GIST - Day 13

Things I am grateful for today

1. sunshine. Even though it is unbearably hot. The sun is lovely.

2. coming back to work today. As much as I enjoy my two days off every week, I'm always ready to get back into the swing of things.

3. getting paid today.

4. late night Oreo McFlurries.

5. being loved.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

GIST - Day 12

Things I am grateful for today

1. I went out with Chris to the hardware store even though I didn't really want to go. I'm glad I did now because I enjoyed getting out of the house for a few minutes.

2. I cooked a roast with all the trimmings for supper.

3. I managed to get the laundry finished. And I made a big dent in my kitchen disaster. I can stand to look at it now.

4. I had the chance to talk to my sister for a little bit today.

5. Benadryl. I got attacked by ants and they were itching like crazy so Chris gave me a dose of Benadryl and now I'm ready to go

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

GIST - Day 11

Things I am grateful for today

1. having a day off.

2. the ability to do laundry whenever I want.

3. the spark of creativity that Elizabeth has exhibited with her new rock painting venture.

4. having breakfast for supper. Chris added tomatoes to my sausage, egg, pepper and potato scrambles and oh my goodness, it was really so excellent.

5. coffee. Today I needed it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GIST - Day 10

Things I'm grateful for today

1. getting back in touch with old friends. Today is my friend, Heather's, 35th birthday. I hope she had a spectacular one.

2. being friend requested on facebook by a guy I figured I would not have contact with ever again after he stopped working where I do. I enjoyed talking to him... he's always so friendly. So the friend request came as a nice surprise.

3. having to work tonight but not again until Friday.

4. being sold out for the evening.

5. making a guest smile when I asked him if he qualified for the senior discount and jokingly telling him I didn't believe him because he was so dashing. He got a good chuckle out of that.

Monday, June 13, 2011

GIST - Day 9

Things I am grateful for today

1. The first full day of summer vacation & I didn't hear "I'm bored" not once.

2. The weather was cooler than it has been.

3. Despite my 5 hour nap from yesterday, I was able to sleep last night. (Even if I did get up at 5am this morning.)

4. sunshine after a good rain

5. I guess I am grateful that I am here. After the day I have had, it has been a stretch to find that 5th thing.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 2

Things I am grateful for today

1. Chris went fishing this morning and I didn't raise a single fuss even though it was my day off and we don't get very many days together anymore.

2. He came home at 11am and we proceeded to take a very long, luxurious FIVE hour nap.

3. We made pizza and jalapeƱo poppers for supper & it was so good.

4. We finally got some rain. It was a really loud thunderstorm but the bonus was lots of rain which we desperately needed.

5. There is a pork loin cooking in barbecue sauce in my slow cooker right now. It will be ready for tomorrow night's supper. Yay.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

GIST - Day 7

Things I am grateful for today

1. headache medicine

2. a full house at work tonight.

3. the public library. (I got a book yesterday that I started tonight and omg, it is so very good.)

4. the smiles from random strangers this evening.

5. the hope that I will eventually get back to feeling like myself. (Right now it's difficult to have gratitude when my head hurts so bad, I can barely breathe and it feels like I've been standing in a water sprinkler because I have sweated through my shirt... but being grateful is what I am trying to do and I know that the medication will eventually kick in and I'll feel more like I'm supposed to feel.)

Friday, June 10, 2011

GIST - Day 6

Things I am grateful for today

1. that I didn't skip my appointment with endocrinology today.

2. that modern medicine is so much better than it used to be.

3. I have a job I love.

4. today was the last day of school.

5. winning $9 on the megamillions lottery. (It wasn't the jackpot but it was still cool to recoup my initial investment plus some.)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

GIST - Day 5

Things I am grateful for today

1. strawberry cheesecake muffins

2. coffee

3. the ability to know the woman at my front door this afternoon meant well even is she was all kinds of wrong and not flipping out on her even though I really wanted to do that.

4. an easy night at work.

5. music

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

GIST - Day 4

Things I am grateful for today

1. a day off where no one called to tell me the schedule had been changed without my knowledge.

2. Cherry Icee-s

3. text messages that enable me to reach out all across the world.

4. a long conversation with my sister.

5. the laundry is completely washed, dried and put away.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

GIST - Day 3

Things I am grateful for today

1. having a job (even if right now I am irritated that when I left on Sunday I was off the next three days and then they called me at 3:17pm this afternoon to inform that they had changed the schedule and I was supposed to be at work today at 3.)

2. Nick's help grocery shopping today.

3. I have tomorrow off. And then again, Sunday.

4. the day today was gorgeous even if it was hot.

5. when I get home there will be a plate of homemade spaghetti & meatballs waiting for me.

Monday, June 6, 2011

GIST - Day 2

Things I am grateful for today

1. a day off

2. libraries where you can check out books and movies and not have to spend a gazillion dollars. I do love a good book.

3. the ability to bite my tongue and not be rude to a person who is supposed to be providing customer service. (Even if she's doing a terrible job as was the case today.)

4. being loved. (& I'm grateful for instinctively knowing it even when I'm being grumpy and irritable.)

5. being able to surprise my children with small presents on occasion.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 1

Things I am grateful for today

1.  coffee. Lots & lots of coffee (expect this to show up on a lot of lists)

2. a job that I really like (even on days that it is slow... like today.)

3. a wonderful husband

4. my two beautiful children (even though the oldest is thoroughly irritating me right now)

5. sunshine

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

It's been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point. In no particular order, here ar...