Sunday, October 31, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* my car passing inspection and only needing $25 windshield wipers.
* running errands with Andy this morning.
* playing outside in the leaves with Jeffrey & James while Andy & I raked the front lawn.
* our afternoon with the boys. We were supposed to use a gift card we bought for Jeffrey's birthday (in Feb.) to Crazy City. I was really disappointed when we discovered they shut down. There was so much more to do for the boys since they are still little but we made the best of it by going to ChuckE Cheese's.
* learning my lesson about gift cards. You can't wait so long to use them!!
* spending time with Jeffrey & James at the house after ChuckE Cheese's. We had (a very short) naptime, snacks and played in the backyard.
* James's finger being ok. It was shut in the bathroom door and my heart broke while he cried. I think I was more upset than he was because he was ready to go outside and play ball within 3 minutes.
* going out Trick or Treating with the little ones. Narberth had lots of kids out and it was fun to see a neighborhood that was busy with trick-or-treaters.
* trying Five Guys for the first time with Andy & Mrs. Roth. The fries were incredible and the burger was good. I didn't think it was life changing like many people insist, but I'm not a diehard burger girl either :-)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* Trader Joe's cheap wine selection. Stocked up for Holden Beach!
* my visit with Chrissy and Bella. She is getting so big and is really cute.
* yummy chicken salad for lunch with Mom & Dad.
* the photo shoot I did with my friend Michael Franken at Sayen Gardens. Mom came along and we had a great time playing in the leaves, rocks and trees while Michael used us as subjects for his shoot. It was a beautiful fall afternoon. What a great experience!
* shopping with Mom at the Quakerbridge Mall.
* dinner with Mom and Dad before I left to come home.
* narrowly missing a really bad pile up accident on the PA turnpike. I had to slam on my brakes as it happened and was only four or five cars back. There were cars everywhere and one was on its side, completely smashed. It was very scary and I felt numb as I drove by. I was reminded what a difference a few seconds can make in our lives.

Friday, October 29, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* a great meeting with another attorney that may advertise this month.
* chicken with broccoli chinese food for lunch.
* meeting with John this afternoon to discuss time management. I think when we finish this project it will help make us all more successful.
* realizing I forgot the gift cards for dinner before I left Norristown and having time to come home and get them. 
* dinner at Erini with Kerry, Lisa, Terri & Nicole. We had a great girls night talking, laughing and drinking wine. 
* going back to Kerry's after with Terri & Nicole and talking till 2am. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* a nice Italian dinner with Andy.
* setting a date for Jess's Tastefully Simple party. I hope to start doing more parties.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* getting through today since I was really tired from not being able to sleep last night.
*find a great rate for the Holiday Inn in West Chester for the alumni get together on Dec. 4th. Can't wait to have a night out in West Chester with my Phi Sig girls.
* the awesome website Vera Bradley has and the fun order I placed today; some for me, some for others. :-)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* the few wonderful blogs I've started reading. I only read a few but I really look forward to reading their posts. The people that write them live very different lives from me. I feel they have a lot of great things to say and I constantly learn from them.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* the Vera Bradley order I placed today. I got a few nice gifts and a little something for me :-)

* getting a lot done today at work even thought my tooth (or non-tooth), was really hurting a lot.
* buying a gift card to Bed, Bath & Beyond for Erin's parents. It made me feel good to do something for them since they've lost so much.
* sort of being able to eat the pizza we got from Bridgeport for dinner. Although Andy & I almost always order from Sicilian Delight, I like spending money with people I like. The owner is such a nice guy and I like giving my business to nice people that appreciate their customers.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* sleeping in till 10am.
* getting things organized for fall, pitching out stuff I don't use anymore and listening to the new Taylor Swift album with the windows open while I worked. I think her song "Innocent" is brilliant.
* my walk to the farm with Andy for ice cream, they close for the season tonight.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* the awesome massage I had today at the massage school. I feel so lucky to have found this place, I don't feel guilty spending $35 for an hour of pure mental health.
* the great feeling I had dropping of 3 bags of shoes for a charity my friend is involved with to help the people of Haiti.
* my crock pot and the chicken soup I made this morning.
* getting some errands done today that I've been putting off for weeks.
* having a fun time making cupcakes for the Phillies game tonight, I even made P's with red sprinkles.
* naptime this afternoon, the medicine I'm on is making me really tired.
* Erin & Bill's get together for the game. Even though the Phillies lost it was fun hanging out with them and a bunch of their friends.
* learning that Erin's parents were ok after a fire caused severe damage to their home. I can't even imagine losing everything, but at least it was just "stuff" and they were both safe.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* Andy driving me to the dentist this morning.
* having excellent dental insurance that covered 60% of the cost for me to have my baby tooth removed and an implant put in to fill the space.
* drugs that allow us to have surgery without feeling a thing.
* Mrs. Roth picking me up from the dentist and getting my prescriptions filled for me.
* being able to sleep pretty much all day, the prescriptions pretty much knocked me out.
* watching The Hangover again tonight, the first hour really is hysterical.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* lunch at JB Dawsons with Brian & John. The chicken marsala did not disappoint!
* steak dinner with Andy, Jeff, Jeffrey & Mrs. Roth before the game.
* some more playoff baseball even though the Phils lost again, not looking good...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* some great meetings with potential advertisers this afternoon.
* deciding to go to the Flyers game instead of letting the tickets go to waste.
* free parking in FDR park!
* a fun (but nervewracking) time watching the Phillies game at the AT&T Pavillion in the Wachovia Center. It's was packed with everyone that went to the Flyers game, the Phils pulled it off! Woo hoo!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* meeting with my financial planner and realizing I'm ahead of many people my age when it comes to saving for retirement. Hoping Andy & I will get to do lots of fun things after we retire :-)
* getting most of my magazines delivered today. I'm way behind from getting sick last week.
* making it home in time for first pitch, but not happy with the Phillies loss.

Monday, October 18, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* getting a lot done at the office.
* a nice quiet night at home with Andy. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* a nice breakfast at the hotel with Katie & Eric, Jill & Lou and Drew. 
* relaxing on the couch watching football this afternoon. 
* visiting Megan & Jeff at their house in Narberth and seeing all of the changes they've made!
* Celebre's pizza before the game. So good!
* Awesome seats; center field, first row at the Phillies game. 
* a great game with the Phillies pulling out a win. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* getting decent Sarah McLachlan seats for New Year's Eve and for Andy agreeing to go to AC so Jess & I can see her. I've never been to AC for New Year's Eve and I'm excited to do something different. 
* embracing my long straight hair after accepting the curlers didn't work out to well. I used a blow dryer and it looked really nice for the wedding. 
* my fun dress I wore to Katie & Eric's wedding. 
* that I'm feeling better than I have in days just in time for the wedding. 
* my friendship with Katie. I still remember the first day I met her...waiting outside the gate at DEB for my interview right before our senior year started in 1998. Who knew I'd find one of my lifelong friends there? I was so happy to be there on her wedding day and that she ended up with such a nice guy. 
* a great time at Katie & Eric's wedding. Dancing, drinks, Phillies game (although they lost) and good times at the hotel bar. 
* that we decided to stay at the hotel after the wedding instead of going to my parents house. It was fun hanging out afterwards.

Friday, October 15, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* feeling even more like myself today. 
* being able to work from home for most of the day.
* John meeting me in Willow Grove with the new magazines so I didn't have to drive all the way to Bristol, PA. 
* time at the playground with Jeffrey, James & Megan. It was nice to get some fresh air. 
* Megan putting soft curlers in hair for tomorrow.
* a relaxing evening with Andy. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* my overall health. Whenever I get sick with a virus, cold, cough or whatever else I am reminded how difficult it must be for severely sick people that never feel well.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* making it through the work day without feeling sick since I'm came down with an awful virus tonight that is going around. 
* all of the emails back and forth about DMB in New York City next month. I'm so excited to see Craig & Deb, John & Jillian, Katie and everyone else that will be there. 
* movie night with Andy. We watched Wall Street (the original.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* getting a ton of work done at the office today.
* talking with Kelly.
* an easy dinner.
* a relaxing evening.

Monday, October 11, 2010

I have gratitude today for...
* homemade turkey soup for lunch.
* taking Jeffrey & James to the playground. Uncle Andy & Aunt Teen had so much fun playing with the boys!
* watching the Flyers home opener with Andy tonight.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just Me Talking

I'm finding the new show "Boardwalk Empire" hard to get into, and I really wanted to love it. I don't know what it is, I just don't like it.

I'm mad at myself that I haven't exercised in so long, and I have NO desire to start. I would like to start practicing yoga again, but I need to do cardio and lift weights too. I've always been on again/off again with exercise. How do I keep myself motivated so I don't fall off the wagon this time? Exercising again starts tomorrow, there, now I'm accountable; it's in writing.

I was looking at a (long) list of books I have written down that I want to read. There are hundreds. I think I'd have to live to be 1,000 to read all of the books on this list. I haven't read a book from start to finish in months. Another thing on my "do-for-me" to do list.

I'm super excited about the UGG snowboats I won on Ebay last night for 1/2 price. They were used for display and are practically brand new. It kind of makes me look forward to snow (sort of).

I'm really happy for all of my friends that are pregnant or have recently had babies. It feels like there have been a lot of babies born over the last couple of months, I haven't even gotten to meet them all yet. On the other hand, my heart breaks for several people I know that are trying to get pregnant. We hear about awful parenting everyday on the news, and I always think "why do they get to be parents when I have friends who would be fantastic parents and would do anything to have a child?"

My 30th birthday is about four months away. I think that's kind of crazy, where did this year go?

This Phillies team is just so much fun to watch. They seem like they genuinely like each other and make it so easy for the fans to love them. I'm hoping they get another W tonight, I want to go to another playoff game!

We finally started cleaning out the garage and storage shed yesterday. There is something refreshing about getting rid of stuff, especially when you can donate it. How do we all end up with so much stuff?!?

Today was the closest I've come to "doing nothing" in a long time. I keep getting sick and I just needed to slow down this weekend. It was kind of nice, and I only thought about all of the things I need to do a handful of times.

Just Me Talking

I find myself thinking of things I want to write about all of the time. I make lists of "blog ideas" but never actually sit down and get my thoughts out on paper (or screen, I guess). The author of a blog I read regularly often has "late night talking" posts. I enjoy reading them and imagine she at least feels she's journaling, albeit in a very brief form. I'm going to give it a shot without putting a daily expectation on myself like I did with my Gratitude section.  I have been keeping track of things I'm grateful for in my daily planner but clearly I've fallen behind on posting them. I will continue my Gratitude blog entries because it teaches me (and you if you do it) that everyday good things happen.  Once in a while I'll blog about the things that I can't stop thinkng about, things I am struggling with and whatever else...