(Lucy – January 2019)
From St. Patrick's Day fireworks outside my bedroom window .. gluten-free scones from the corner bakery .. and the first bike ride of the year that felt pretty great. A few things that have been happening in my world ..
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Feeling – Sad .. lost .. lonely .. and yet so very grateful. After losing Lucy just a few short weeks ago .. I've been letting myself simply live through the grief. Nothing seems normal without his larger-than-life personality. I've lost my sweet shadow .. and friend
Quiet – Without him, I especially notice the quiet. A kitty always on a mission, weaving between, under, through piles of folded towels and sheets. I find myself avoiding laundry day
Grateful – For my weighted blanket. A gift from a friend who knew I was struggling with anxiety, especially after his passing. At night, it feels like the biggest bear hug and is magically comforting
Inspired – By his incredible love for life, his acrobatics, and the decade(+) of joy he brought to our lives. His ashes are on my desk, in his morning napping spot. A reminder to carve out time in the day for things that make me smile. That we're hard-wired for enjoyments, a tasty treat, afternoon naps, and belly scratches on the kitchen floor
My Daily Mission? – Leaving the door ajar for some fun
Loving Extra – Miss Nala. Since his passing, we've hung onto each other pretty tight
On Falling Asleep – I'm hopelessly hooked on Headspaces's sleepcasts. As someone who agonizes over random/awkward things I've said in social settings, ( and pretty much everything else ) they're so soothing at bedtime. Something about the narrator's voices and tangential nature of it all.
Related: Spring Splurge – Linen sheets
Reading – Bad Blood. It's the story of the massive fraud perpetrated by Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, It's fascinating(!) Mostly, it's hard to believe the scam went on for so long. ( There is also a podcast )
Related: For Library Lovers – Have you heard about Chrome's Library Extension? Search for a book on your favorite book site (think Amazon or Goodreads) and it will tell you if the book is available at your local library ( + how many copies and in what format .. hardcover, audio, e-book, etc)
Cooking – my way through a classic .. Moosewood Restaurant's Daily Special. Truly, a really great collection of soup and salad recipes, inspired by the original Moosewood restaurant. Every day they offered 2 or 3 soups and the same number of salads. Their “Daily Special” was a pick one of each combo. An edible Garanimals kind of thing ( in the most delicious sort of way )
Lucky Find – Wandering the aisles of the corner grocery, I discovered this and the spinach artichoke flavor has graced no less than three daily meals. Eggs, chicken, rice, toast, potatoes, and salad
Happy, But Mostly Proud – For finishing my studies at Hawthorn University. I'm officially a Holistic Nutrition Consultant(!!)
Channeling Our Inner Super Heroes – The gift I've been giving to all of the Wonder ( and Wonderful ) Women in my life
All Else – Leftover lemon blueberry loaf cake, extra frosting. Dry erase portraits on the bathroom mirror, stacks of cooking magazines scattered happily around the living room. A little girl at the library in the midst of a book, asking the greatest question I know
Why didn't she try?
Sending peace and wishes for Spring to your neck of the woods.
Happy March, friends