Friday, September 30, 2011

GIST - Day 118

Things I am grateful for today

1. It's the last day of September. The holidays are fast approaching and I typically enjoy this time of year.

2. rediscovering old blogs.

3. finding new blogs to read

4. being able to say "no" about something and not feel guilty about it.

5. Chris holding my hand.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

GIST - Day 117

Things I am grateful for today

1. The sun was shining today which is a break from the massive amounts of rain we have been receiving.

2. There are flowers blooming in one of the pots that I thought wasn't going to grow.

3. The night has been pretty easy at work.

4. Realizing I am not completely alone even though sometimes it certainly feels that way.

5. not getting upset even though my family did nothing that I asked them very kindly to do.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GIST - Day 116

Things I am grateful for today

1. coffee

2. the ability to be reasonable when faced with a situation that is anything but reasonable...

3. taking a few minutes of my day for me.

4. remembering that I can not do it all.

5. knowing that I am deeply loved.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GIST - Day 115

Things I am grateful for today

1. Chris made me a pot of coffee.

2. He had to work last night so he went in late today so we ended up getting to take a nap together.

3. I have the day off today.

4. I had another night where I got to cook supper.

5. I managed to get enough sleep that I was grumpy when Beth got home and I was able to go pick up Nick from driver's education.

Monday, September 26, 2011

GIST - Day 114

Things I am grateful for today

1. copious amounds of coffee

2. working night audit.

3. cooking supper before I came to work tonight.

4. good friends.

5. a series of happy thoughts.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 17

Things I am grateful for today

1. not having to go anywhere.

2. there was a short break in the rain.

3. lots of coffee.

4. I got the chance to read part of a book.

5. random "how are you" phone calls.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

GIST - Day 112

Things I am grateful for today

1. I got to sleep in today.

2. I managed to get a few things around the house.

3. I have the entire weekend off. I go back to work Monday night at 11pm so it's like a mini vacation.

4. Grocery shopping by myself.

5. Elizabeth makes me laugh.

Friday, September 23, 2011

GIST - Day 111

Things I am grateful for today

1. My first phone call of the day came from my older sister with whom I almost never speak. She was calling to wish me a happy birthday.

2. My phone kept chiming all through the day and night with people wishing me a happy birthday.

3. Chris took the day off to spend with me and we went to lunch at Mi Casita. He had them sing the birthday song to me and I almost died from mortification but I had a good time overall.

4. We lounged around and had pizza for supper and watched it rain and it was a good time.

5. Today I was content.

It's my birthday

I'm 35 today and to say that I'm having a bit of trouble with that is probably an understatement. Not so much the being 35 part, no crisis due to age thing going on. Just.... 35. It seems so old yet so young at the same time. I know that 35 isn't old but some days it feels that way.

I was thinking today how Nick is going to be 17 on his birthday in January. I don't feel old enough to have a son who is almost a grown man. And then there's Elizabeth who just celebrated her 9th birthday earlier this month. Chris will be 34 in 10 days. Time just marches on.

He took the day off but didn't go hunting. He didn't even mention it. I think we were both thinking a bit of what happened to him on my birthday 2 years ago when the world spun upside down & inside out for us both. Goodness, how things have changed in that 2 years.

He took me to lunch at Mi Casita. He told them it was my birthday so they put the giant sombrero on my head and sang the happy birthday song. When we got ready to leave it was pouring rain so we went to the outlet store that is in the same shopping center and walked around looking until the rain let up. And then we drove to Lillington for him to buy some tracking string and then we came home where we have watched it rain and ate homemade pizza and watched random things on tv.

My older sister called me this morning. She was the first person to call which surprised me because usually my mother calls at 6am on the dot. She said she waited this year because she was unsure of my work schedule and didn't want to wake me up. Anyways my older sister, with whom I haven't spoken in person or on the phone in over 10 years, called and we talked for a few minutes. I was pleasantly surprised.

It really has been the best kind of day. It wasn't fancy but it was sweet and relaxed and I am content today. Can't really ask for much more than that.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

GIST - Day 110

Things I am grateful for today

1. the ability to laugh.

2. it's been a really good night.

3. being taught night audit so that I get an overnight shift every week.

4. random acts of kindness by guests (in the form of some encouraging words)

5. finally (!!!) figuring out how to fax multiple pages on the fax machine without having to feed them in one at a time by hand.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

GIST - Day 109

Things I am grateful for today

1. having the ability to hold down a full time job. (There was a time that I couldn't.)

2. this is a pay week.

3. My birthday is in a few days!

4. my children make me laugh.

5. continuing with the 100 words project for 4 straight months!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

GIST - Day 108

Things I am grateful for today

1. My shift is over in another hour and a half.

2. I have made it through with no problems.

3. French Vanilla coffee is really good stuff.

4. Twitter (for keeping me company over the night.)

5. my birthday is coming up & I have the weekend off.

Monday, September 19, 2011

GIST - Day 107

Things I am grateful for today

1. coffee

2. I got a chance to go grocery shopping.

3. Chris made supper while I took a nap since I have to work tonight.

4. I checked the online roster for drivers education and Nick was on it which means he's taking it starting tomorrow for the next 6 weeks.

5. I feel pretty good all things considered.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 16

Things I am grateful for today

1. being loved.

2. having breakfast with Chris

3. football

4. the fire at work was easily contained and no one was hurt.

5. Chris was waiting up for me when I got home.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

GIST - Day 105

Things I am grateful for today

1. I got to see Beth & Codi today because they stayed at our house while Gina went to the funeral for our older sister's mother.

2. I am at peace (still) with my decision to not attend.

3. Nick got up to keep an eye on the girls so I could take a nap before work.

4. The day hasn't been overwhelming.

5. having a very late supper with Chris & Nick after I got off work.

Friday, September 16, 2011

GIST - Day 104

Things I am grateful for today

1. I got to sleep in for a bit.

2. My niece Codi is 8 years old today. I got to see her for a little bit.

3. Beth is at a sleepover at my sister's house.

4. I didn't have to cook tonight.

5. going to bed early-ish.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

GIST - Day 103

Things I am grateful for today

1. I survived my first night of night audit.

2. I treated myself to breakfast.

3. I am off the next two days.

4. Night audit is like the easiest job ever.

5. Chris put a pot of coffee on for me before he left for work for this morning so it would be ready when I got home.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

GIST - Day 102

Things I am grateful for today

1. I'm working night audit tonight.

2. I got a short nap this evening.

3. We all got to have supper together.

4. I am loved.

5. finishing a book.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

GIST - Day 101

Things I am grateful for today

1. hugs

2. technology

3. light breezes

4. my sister

5. crisp sheets

Monday, September 12, 2011

GIST - Day 100

Things I am grateful for today

1. good books

2. the weather is turning a bit cooler.

3. being loved.

4. a clean kitchen

5. the kitten.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 15

Things I am grateful for today

1. the ability to not watch the news since it was making me sad.

2. football.

3. work has been pleasant this evening.

4. I have a couple of nights on night audit next week.

5. coffee

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Miss Lizzy's birthday

It's *almost* difficult to believe that she is nine years old today. Where does the time go? I mean, obviously, I know where it goes but it seems like just yesterday I was laying on an operating table with tears streaming down my face while holding this precious little bundle for the few minutes they allowed me to hold her before whisking her away for what seemed like forever. (It was several hours because they needed to keep her under observation for awhile. Seemed like an eternity.)

This morning, we got up & went to Waffle House. Just the two of us. For breakfast. We had a great time. She was thrilled to get to go on a "mommy date" for her birthday.

She went with me to Verizon to pick up Chris's new phone and we took her to supper in Elizabethtown tonight. She said (as she always does) that this was the best birthday ever. (I think the ice cream cake may have had something to do with it. Or the fact that she got a prepaid cell phone for her birthday. To use when she's in the woods hunting with Chris or just to be able to text with her friends and her brother. Initially I was against the idea but have warmed up to it in the week it's been since he actually bought the phone for her.)

I took her picture today while we were at breakfast and then this evening, I was looking at her baby pictures and I'm still having trouble believing that my baby is nine.

Happy Birthday Miss Elizabeth. Or as you so sweetly informed me today: "I'm nine now Mama. I think you should call me Lizzy."

GIST - Day 98

Things I am grateful for today

1. It is Beth's 9th birthday.

2. She & I went to breakfast and we had a great time.

3. renewing out contract with Verizon & getting new smartphones.

4. supper at The Front Porch

5. giggles with my family.

Friday, September 9, 2011

GIST - Day 97

Things I am grateful for today

1. it's payday.

2. I have the day off.

3. Chris invited me to lunch after recognizing that I was not having a good day.

4. I got Beth's ice cream cake that she wanted.

5. short naps.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

GIST - Day 96

Things I am grateful for today

1. the outlet of blogging.

2. having the sense to know when to shut up.

3. having the sense to know when something is over.

4. a slowish night (because I'm really fragile at the moment & a busy one might be too much.)

5. I got some much needed sleep.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

GIST - Day 95

Things I am grateful for today

1. getting to float which means I got to move around more freely.

2. being loved.

3. peppermints

4. music

5. hugs from Beth.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

GIST - Day 94

Things I am grateful for today

1. School is going well for Beth.

2. She is adjusting rather nicely to the routine.

3. Watching the kitten chase my keys.

4. the rain we got.

5. coffee

Monday, September 5, 2011

GIST - Day 93

Things I am grateful for today

1. we did one more room than last year.

2. there was somebody to talk with while it was so boringly slow.

3. Beth is so enthralled with hunting.

4. getting to have a conversation with Nick that didn't end in slammed doors.

5. recognizing a truth.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 14

Things I am grateful for today

1. grocery shopping with Chris.

2. laughing so hard in the store that people gave me strange looks but goodness, it felt good.

3. We got the front yard mostly cleaned up.

4. finishing the laundry & getting it put away.

5. hugs.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

GIST - Day 91

Things I am grateful for today

1. the ability to hold my tongue

2. a quiet house before I had to go to work.

3. hunting season started today & Beth had a blast.

4. smiles from people

5. remembering to take some "me" time.

Friday, September 2, 2011

GIST - Day 90

Things I am grateful for today

1. it was a bit slower than normal at work but it was good because I wasn't feeling well.

2. coffee

3. hunting season starts tomorrow.

4. twitter.

5. raisin cakes.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

GIST - Day 89

Things I am grateful for today

1. I had a day off.

2. Chris came home early & we ran some errands.

3. I got my hunting license.

4. I also went & got my hair cut (super short!) & I love it.

5. We went out to dinner & it was pretty good.

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

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