Saturday, February 16, 2008

The bright side

This has been a difficult week. I've been feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, exhausted, and cranky for most of the week. Not all, but most. I wasn't going to post anything because who wants to read about my crankiness, but then I decided to write about the good things that happened this week. Sort of a "What I'm thankful for" in mid-February.

  • My best friend is pregnant with twins!!! I've known for a long time now, but she's finally telling everyone else, so I feel OK with telling my world. Yay!!! I'm so excited!! I can't wait until those babies arrive and I can help my friend - because she's going to need all the help she can get. This Wednesday, we'll hopefully find out what she's having (if the babies cooperate). And, on Friday at work, I was sitting in my friend's office talking when she felt the babies move for the first time. That was so cool. :-)

  • On Tuesday night, I had dinner with my best friend and Trish. I had such a nice time hanging out and talking about all kinds of stuff. I tend to forget how good it is to get out and be with friends since I do it so rarely. Plus, it's refreshing to be out with people that do not climb all over me while I'm eating, blow bubbles in their drinks, or talk about boogies or poop during dinner. ;-)

  • A and R "surprised" me on Valentine's Day morning with a beautiful potted orchid plant, fancy chocolates, and a tin of rooibos tea. Plus, a handmade card. R was very upset with himself that he messed up writing his name on it. And, when he accidentally spilled the beans to me about my surprise the night before, he was so sad! Poor little man.

  • My huge project at work that has been dragging on for almost a year due to delay after delay is finally going to be done next week! I think I may actually try to take a day off soon afterwards so I can relax a little and clean my house, which has been neglected for weeks now because of work and my class.

  • The writers' strike is over, which means that "The Office" will be back soon!

  • So far, I've been able to stick to my fast for Lent: I don't eat anything after dinner. That probably doesn't sound very hard, but it's actually been very challenging for me because I always snack at night while I'm on the couch working or watching TV. When I first told A that that's what I was doing for Lent, he laughed. He honestly thought I was kidding because it seemed so ridiculous that I'd be able to give up my evening sugar. But I'm doing it, and it feels good!

  • Sunshine. Although I also thank God for rainy days and snowy days, I've been especially thankful this week when the sun has been out. When it's sunny and 20 degrees, it's much easier to bear the cold.

  • A long, holiday weekend!

  • A and R, for putting up with me and loving me even when I'm crabby.

That's all I can think of for now, although I know there is always much to be thankful for, even when I can't see it.


Gardener Greg said...

I am so glad you are looking at the bright side of things. There are good things and bad all around us. It is up to us to focus on the positive and bring it into the light. Have a wonderful day,


Stef said...

It's easier to see the glass as half-full or look on the bright side, isn't it? I love your list and do some of my own from time-to-time, too. Congrats to the parents-to-be! How wonderful that A&A are expecting twins!

xoxo to you, A & R

shaun said...

I wish I could be as positive as you are .
Sometimes I can be, but I give you props for the effort.

I hope this next week is better for you .

Trish Ryan said...

I'm inspired by your Lenten fast. I may even adopt it!

Our dinner was great fun, and I too am glad nobody pooped ;)

Wanda said...

One of the hardest fasts I ever did was not eating after dinner.

It's easier for me to juice fast, because I only have to make one decision...what kind of juice. Thats a good One Day fast.

Good for you...keep of the good work...blessings are ahead for you!!

Johanna said...

I want to do some sort of ceremonial dance for your wonderful, beautiful friend expecting twins, who must definitely let me know(through you or me, whatever) what kind of receiving blankets I can knit for her, because when I learned about this, I cried and cried and cried,and I am so thrilled for her and well, you know, want to basically climb into her belly and make sure everything is bliss for her and she feels no pain or worry and spends her pregnancy afloat on a puffy cloud. Like we all did. Ha ha, but I think of all you guys did to help me, and of all the visits and all the love you heaped on us, and I hope I can return some of it. (When's the date? Are you in town then? Let us know!!!!!) You are one of the two most wonderful women in the world. I love and miss you. Oh, man your verification word is zhpmjqy, I'm a little bit afraid......

LEstes65 said...

Yeah for the twins! I told the papa yesterday that I expect at least ONE of them to be named Lynette - even if they're both boys. HA!

Love you tons and tons.