I am so blessed. Things I love 8-21-14

This has been a crazy week to say the least. I certainly didn’t think I would be this worried when I started out Monday morning. I have so many blessings in my life and whatever happens this is just another obstacle to overcome. I am trying to not worry until I have something to worry about but it’s been hard for sure. I have an overwhelming support system and really amazed by all of you. The texts, the messages, the emails, the posts. I could not ask for a better group of friends and family. It has been said that perhaps I have been a bit to public about things but that is pretty much me, take it or leave it. I am an over sharer, it’s not something new, I tell you all kinds of random things you could care less about and its therapeutic to me so I will continue to do it. I am so excited to go to the beach tomorrow. Seriously, excited. I am ready to have a getaway and just let the ocean calm wash over me. It is definitely going to be a hot weekend but anytime at the beach is good and since a lot of schools are back in session I am hoping that it won’t be crazy crowded.

I love the beach. I love everything about it. The smell, the sound, the breeze. It is my happy place and I really hope to retire close to the water.

I love fun weekend getaways. It is so nice to get away from the same old same old. We haven’t really done a vacation per se this year but with all the mini trips each month, it actually feels like more.

I love that I know exactly what to do in my class and when its due. The professor is a little undesirable because he treats us like high school kids by having us take turns reading the chapter and barking out commands to highlight passages and also calls people out that haven’t turned in their assignments but after the last class, I am enjoying the regimen and I do my homework so I don’t get called out.

I love my support system. You all are amazing and I don’t know what I would do without you.

I love that we surprised my boss last week for her birthday! It so so nice to have a group of coworkers that make people feel appreciated

I love that I am going to the beach tomorrow. I am really so excited and ready for a weekend away.

I love watching all the people do the ice bucket challenge. It amazes me when the world focuses thier efforts what good we can do. I know its a viral thing but ALS has raised almost 30 million dollars in not very long. does that not show what we can do when we put our focus on helping.

I love sangria and sharing them with friends. GNO was at Takosushi with $3 sangrias yum. Just the way to kick off vacation.

I love doctors waiting rooms (not) but it does give you some good time to catch up on facebook, pinterest, instagram, magazines and books.

I lovethat I deep cleaned my kitchen this weekend. You would never be able to tell if you looked today but I cleaned every cabinet, mopped, and scrubbed every cabinet.

I love my neighbors kids. I told them I was leaving and they said they would miss me. From the mouths of babes.

I love you all and hope you have a great week. I am going to keep my head up, focus on the positive and try not to break down this weekend. Can’t wait to have some time with friends and my amazing husband.

Love you all.
Mary

Things I love, The beach version 8-28-14

Can I tell you what an amazing weekend I had?
It was so nice with all that was going on to get away. Nothing is more cleansing and calming than the ocean to me. I really can’t wait until I can live by the sea.

I still don’t know much more about what’s going on with me except I have more tests next week. I figure that is a good sign since it isn’t immediate and so that’s the perspective I am going to take. It’s not always easy when I am lying in bed at night or if I allow myself a few moments to think but I am going to try to not worry until I have something to worry about. This is full circle for me. I lost my job before and I handled it way better this time, if I have something to worry about I am sure I will handle it even better than before.

I want to thank everyone for the notes of encouragement, the texts, the phone calls, and prayers. I know I sound like a broken record but I am amazed by my friends and family. I know I can make it through anything with all of you by my side.

This is however one of the easiest weeks to do Things I love so without further ado I give you Things I love the Beach version.

I love the sound of the waves, the feel of the breeze, and the salty smell in the air, the amazing seafood, and the beauty all around me.

I love waking up early to see the sun peeking up above the ocean and then watching the sunset to see it melt back to where it came.

I love acting like a kid and flying kites, building sandcastles, riding bikes and eating ice cream cones that drip down your face.

I love taking time to read and getting lost in a book and I loved Rob Lowes autobiography way more than I should but like any girl in the 80s I had the hugest crush on him and reading the behind the scenes stuff of the outsiders was so intriguing to me since it is one of my favorite books and my all-time favorite movie.

I love having alone time with Rich to just be us and remember what we love about each other.

I love mimosas in the morning.

I love friends that make you laugh until your sides hurt.

I love dinner and comradery with friends.

I love my friends RV and totally want one.

I love reading to Rich on long trips. I am his book on tape and it makes the time fly by.

I love coming home to supportive texts and knowing that people are thinking about me.

I love love love riding the bike on the beach. (in low tide anyway) The wind was on our back and it felt like we were on a roller coaster, watching the waves crash next to us. It was FANTASTIC!

I love that I got a good amount of exercise this weekend so I didn’t feel guilty about eating whatever I wanted.

I love being able to go to bed and get up whever I want. Although I did go to bed at 7:30 one night and that was bit ridiculous but we did ride our bikes for miles and miles.

I love that I know exactly what and when everything in this class is due. I can work ahead and get assignments done when I have free time and relax when I want.

I love that we are attempting to eat healthy and the food sounds pretty good.

I love that I am starting a new bible study next week and look forward to more insight.

I love my new haircut. Oh my gosh I was so scared to get bangs and it kind of looks like I just let my roots grow out. But it looks amazing if I do say so myself. LOL

I love the coolness in the air in the morning. It is really starting to feel like fall until its 97 in the afternoon.

There is so much in my life to be grateful for and I am a completely different person than I was seven years ago. With God, my friends, and my family I can tackle whatever comes my way and I have no reason to worry.

I love you all and thank you for being a part of my life and making me feel special. I feel so loved.

Love,
Mary
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Things I love Thursday 8/7/14

I missed last week with my crazy work schedule and homework assignments. I thought about doing it several times but then just decided that some weeks its more stressful to do my TILT than it is to not do it. I hope everyone has had a good couple of weeks. It amazes me how fast the weeks seem to be going by. I know that time has appeared to get faster every year but each week I am amazed when it is Friday. I guess being busy has a lot to do with it. Often I feel as if I need more hours in the day to do all that I want to do. School is back in session in our area and it was so weird to not be getting Michael ready for class. He is taking classes locally but didn’t actually have a first day of school per se. I miss the morning French toast, the new shoes and clothes, the backpack and wide smile on his face. As I scanned through my Facebook I saw so many first day of school pictures. Treasure the moments because they pass by way too quick. That is one of the reasons I find the moments in the week I love. It is too easy to get wrapped up in the day to day and miss all the good stuff. I challenge you to find the good stuff. The junk is all relative and those moments are easily forgotten so why waste any ounce of worry or stress?

I love fresh summer fruits and vegetables. Sweet homegrown tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and fresh sweet corn. I could eat an entire meal of just fruits and vegetables.

I love the little reprieve I have between the last week of a class and the first week of the next class. We do have pre assignments but its typically just reading so its easy to fit in on my lunch.

I love margaritas. Last Friday I went out with a great group of people and had some yummy margaritas. I love laughing until your stomach hurts and friends that just make you feel good after a long and hard week.

I love that Rich does little things to take care of me. I don’t always let him do much for me and think I probably should. I hurt my leg this week and he did extra around the house, left me the automatic car and reminded me to rest when I thought I should be doing something else.

I love when Rich and Michael pick up the slack when I have a busy week at school or work. Last week it was both combined and Michael cleaned up the house and Rich had dinner waiting for me when I came home after a long day.

I love that Augusta has become my home. I know it’s been four years but it amazes me that almost every time I go to a store or restaurant I see someone I know. I lived in Batavia for years and cannot say the same thing.

I love that we have a beach trip on the calendar. I wish it was this week but its only two weeks away. I get to help celebrate a great friends birthday, meet with my awesome Florida friends, and hang out with my husband and son. It really is going to be a nice long weekend I cannot wait. I am really bummed that I missed the month of a July for a trip of some sort but I think this trip will make up for it.

I love the sounds and smells of summer nights. There is a slight coolness in the air with a damp green smell. I love hearing the crickets and the peace of the night.

I love daily kindle deals although I may have a problem. I have so many books both E books and real books to read and never seem to find the time.

I love a simple dinner of macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. It brings me back to days oif the past.

I love a random text or dlelivery to ccheck if I am okay. Its so nice that people think of me.

I love being able to help someone out with thier future. I hope that my input leads to a better life.

I love you all. Hope you have a great week.

Love
Mary