Monday, February 27, 2017

So Long Feburary 2017 Life List

Looking Out My Window It is 6:20am and almost light. Cloudy but no snow.
As I Ponder The weekend was fun. We drove over to Roslyn, Washington to meet up for lunch with family we haven't seen in 10 years. It was a joyful day and it did my heart good. My ex-sister-in-law (I hate calling her ex) has a beautiful family and her daughter and three sons joined us. I'm still smiling about it. I'm glad we made that happen. It was exactly half-way for us to meet.
What I'm Learning Well, as I promised myself I would do, I took a good nap yesterday when I felt like it. It was a struggle with the voices in my head that said I should be doing something productive. I need to keep practicing this self-care thing.
What I'm Creating I've been going through a huge pile old Cook's Country magazines that I picked up at a book sale a couple of months ago. I like to tear out recipes that maybe I'll try.
What I'm Reading I'm almost done with Settle for More by Megyn Kelly. I've been too busy to read so I'm hoping to finish it this week and start a new one. Next up: Insomnia by Stephen King
What I'm Watching I watched America's Sweethearts yesterday on Amazon Prime. I love John Cusak but wasn't crazy about him in this movie. I'm also still watching Shameless on Netflix. There was a particularly disturbing episode where the mom attempts suicide on Thanksgiving. It was true drama that caused me to pause and really look at this show differently. It is dealing with every kind of dysfunction known to man. I'm hooked!
What I'm Hearing I've got one whining dog who is never happy. She wants out, then she wants in. Irritable, restless and discontent best describe her.
What's On My Camera: a selfie of my sis in law and me.
Ally and Me
What's Happening in My Kitchen I'm gearing up for the D.A.S.H. diet this week. Hard boiled eggs, salad, grilled chicken, hummus, yellow and red peppers, almonds, non-fat yogurt, and sugar free jello.
A Quote I Want to Share From Megyn Kelly's book Settle for More: "Our priest is Father Jonathan Morris, who is on Fox News sometimes. He's supportive, thoughtful, and good-looking. So handsome, in fact, that his nickname around the studio is Father What-a-Waste (God forgive us)."
A Peek Into My Week I think dog class starts back up on Wednesday. We've been trying to get a 6 week class done since December but the weather has cancelled all but 3 or 4 classes. So we're going to give it a go this week. Other than that, I'm going to focus on getting some steps on my FitBit.
A Final Thought Having lunch with my family on Saturday really filled my cup with joy. My niece's oldest son shares the same birth date with me, he'll be 5 in May. He sat next to me for 2 hours and I fell in love with him. He was that engaging. I'm not often smitten with children but he managed to capture my attention. I carry those moments with me and call on them when parts of the day get rough. In my job, my wish is to treat people with care and understanding ... to pay attention and really hear what they are conveying. People deserve that. My encounter with the little one reminds me that everyone, no matter their age, deserves undivided attention.
love, susan


  1. Remember when your mom taught you the importance of taking naps? How that changed is beyond my ken. In my culture napping is still considered a sign of laziness. Once after a hard day in school and running track during PE I took a nap. My mom woke me with a slash across the backs of my legs. I'd fallen asleep face down. She cut a thick "switch" from a crepe myrtle-like tree, and as she put it, "broke me up from being lazy." Sometimes I'm still jolted back to consciousness as I'm drifting off to sleep if I've had a stressful day. That memory just won't die.

    I've always believed that siestas are healthy. Smart people sleep during the hottest part of the day. :)

    You don't have to publish this. I only want you to know it's okay to enjoy a nap when your body tells you it wants to sleep for a little while. Be well.

    1. Thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU for this comment. YES! That's just exactly the voice that I hear when I try to take care of myself.

  2. Yes to Napping!! What needs done will wait on us! Unfortunately. How I wish I had a magic wand!! Hope the rest of this week is good for you

    1. It's Thursday now and I have had a fantastic week! I've decided to start doing my laundry and cleaning in the early mornings so I can have weekends free to do what I want. Age 57 and still have things to learn! Gearing up to do A to Z Challenge in April. Are you going to do it?

  3. Roslyn, WA... what a beautiful area... and what fun to re-connect with family/friends.

    And I echo others... yes to napping!


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