Sunday, October 26, 2014

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 88

Things I am grateful for today

1. Sunshine. While we could use some rain, days that are filled with sunshine make me happy and less prone to cry at the drop of a hat. We've had some really nice autumn-y days here lately and my heart is happy.

2. After I get done at work tonight, I have 3 days off in a row. I plan to use them to catch up on some stuff I have neglected to do and to rest because for some reason, I have been extraordinarily exhausted as of late.

3. Books that captivate my attention. The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner has done just that. I have the 3rd book of the trilogy left to read and the prequel and then I'm going to have to find another series to dive into.

4. The changing colors on the trees. Autumn is in full swing (even if it is almost 80 degrees today) and the leaves are glorious shades of red and yellow and orange.

5. Chris and my children.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 87

Things I am grateful for today

1. A husband who understands my moods.

2. Elizabeth asking me a "serious" question and really listening to the answer instead of just doing whatever she wanted to do in the first place. I know she won't always come to me for advice so it touched my heart (and made me cry a little).

3. An easy night at work. 

4. Books that I am enjoying. (I haven't been doing much reading in the past few months and I have really been able to get into these books and I'm glad for that.)

5. The leaves are changing colors and autumn is really getting into full swing. It is supposed to be in the 40's all week for night time lows and I am loving it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

7 Quick Takes # 15


Today was completely busy with errands, phone calls and things that I have been putting off for weeks now. I managed to get it all done though except for a trip to the US Cellular corporate store which I plan to do tomorrow because it's over an hour from my house and I didn't feel like doing much of anything else today.

I went, this evening, to spend a few hours with my sister. I don't get to see her much because we live so far apart and have insane work schedules so it was nice to be able to spend some time with her.

Bojangles is, hands down, my favorite of the take out chicken places. I picked some up to have for supper tonight since Chris was working and I got enough for there to be leftovers for tomorrow. As much as I love their chicken, I simply adore their biscuits and wish I could find a suitable recipe.

I intend to not spend much time on the internet tomorrow because the news is overwhelming and in some ways, depressing. I think everyone should unplug on occasion and I am taking my own advice and doing just that.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is the book I just finished reading. It was so good that I read it in the course of two and a half hours. I have The Scorch Trials to read next and then I can't find Book 3 in the trilogy and this is bothering me. I may order it on my kindle instead of trying to find a paper copy of it.

Chris is working on my truck on Sunday. I took it to get an oil change and inspection today and the guy gives me a list of things that need to be fixed on it which of course they can do for the small price of an extra $400 or so dollars. Everything on the list is stuff Chris can do so we bought the parts and he's doing that on Sunday. I am most grateful that he knows how to do these things and is willing to give up his Sunday afternoon to do it for me so I don't have to pay someone else to do it.

I really need to get into a better sleep schedule. I don't go to bed until almost 2 every morning and then by the time I finally fall asleep it's almost 4. I spend most of time in a state of exhaustion and it's getting to the point of sheer ridiculousness.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Gist - The Sunday Edition # 86



Things I am grateful for today

1. A date day with Chris.
2. A day off from work when he is also off.
3. New books to read.
4. A new cross stitch to do.
5. Elizabeth & Nick

Friday, October 10, 2014

7 Quick Takes # 14


I love my job, truly I do. Nights like tonight though make me wish for my own deserted island and no way to communicate with civilization. Between complaints about things that have nothing to do with my place of employment or myself, people being rude and the telephone ringing nonstop plus people not understanding that it is easy to change a $20 but not a one hundred dollar bill, I am ready to hide beneath the desk or in the back room or off the property altogether. 

I was so thrilled when I read today that Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Kailash Satyarthi. I had hoped that Malala would win last year and was disappointed when she didn't. I think the Nobel Prize committee got it right this year.

I am flabbergasted that the family of Eric Duncan is claiming racial disparity in treatment because he was not offered a blood transfusion from the doctor who has been voluntarily giving blood to patients after overcoming ebola. The reports say that it was considered as an option until they discovered the blood types didn't match and they couldn't use the doctor's blood. I don't know how that makes it a case of racial disparity and I'm thinking there is more to the story than I have been hearing.

I heard, but can't find confirmation, that the constitutional amendment passed in North Carolina banning gay marriage has been overturned and that same sex marriages can start any day now. I really hope this is true. I am so sick of hearing "but the voters said...." The amendment was voted on during a primary where voter turnout was abysmal and the whole concept sucks to begin with. Here's to marriage equality.

It's common knowledge that I can't go to the library without checking out a book. Today's selections include a biography about Elizabeth Smart, Michelle Knight and the book Adultery by Paulo Coelho. I am trying to read more because I love reading and have gotten away from it in the past several months.

The story of Brittany Maynard makes me cry and I have watched it several times. Life is frequently not fair and this is one of those instances. 

I intend to take my husband away this Sunday since we both have the day off and we need to have a date night. I figure if I spirit him off early, he won't have the opportunity to do anything that resembles "work" because I swear that's all he's done for the past few months. I hope I am successful.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 85

Things I am grateful for today

1. It was 46 degrees this morning. The return of crisp, clean autumn air is not unwelcome. We were able to turn of the air conditioners and open some windows. There isn't anything not to love about that.

2. I have Tuesday off. I will have worked a 6 day week and I was worried it would be more like an 11 day week before a day off so Tuesday off is very much appreciated.

3. This week has a golf group and 3 buses in it so at least it won't be as slow as it has been. I like slow days on occasion but this time of year, they happen too frequently for me.

4. I have several books waiting to be read and I am actually finding/making time to do some reading.

5. Compliments from random strangers. That helped make my day today.

Friday, October 3, 2014

7 Quick Takes # 13

Today is Chris's birthday and we both had to work. He went in early so he'll be off early so he can go hunting tomorrow and because of vacations/drill schedules, I had to work my normal 3 to 11. I'm not complaining though because a) steady employment for us both and b) I gave him his present before my birthday and all he's going to do when he gets home is gather his stuff for tomorrow, shower and go to bed early.

The weather has been hot and humid the past few days. Tonight, it's supposed to thunderstorm and over the weekend the lows are supposed to be in the 40s. I will take it because I'm tired as I can be of summer. I'm ready for some real autumn weather. 


Work has been a mix of busy and slow and I know I shouldn't complain about it because while it's slow right now I have the opportunity to do some things that I don't normally get to do. It will get busy again soon and I won't be able to take a full breath without someone interrupting me and I'll be wishing it was slow. It's a never ending cycle.

My 5 year anniversary at work is coming up soon (even though I took 4 months off, the time still carries so my 5 year anniversary is a few weeks.) This is the longest I have ever been in one place that paid me to work since staying at home is wonderful but unpaid in the monetary department.

I stopped by the library this week and loaded up on reading materials because I'm finding myself picking up books instead of electronics whenever I have a few spare moments. I'm absolutely happy about that because I miss reading when I'm not doing much of it.

I'm also doing a bit more writing than I have been. Maybe some of it will make it's way here instead of just in my notebook.

I got my truck back. It looks better than the picture I posted the other day because Chris sent me that picture while they were still working on it. I am very happy to have it back and not crushed and running. I think, though, that I may save up some money and get a paint job first of next year. I'm thinking black?


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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...