Wednesday Hodgepodge – My ray of sunshine on this otherwise crappy day


 

1. What’s something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?

Oh geez, so many things! I guess one of them is how much money we actually make. Now I am not bragging; I’m saying that Ash and I have been at the paycheck to paycheck point and we’ve struggled each time we added another kid but we’ve gotten to the point where we know how to budget everything in our lives now and I am so blessed to be able to do ALL this, live this entire life. And yeah, I forget about that all the time.

2. The color brown-love it or no? What’s your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?

I had this brown shirt from Old Navy that I grew to love and it matched a brown pair of Sperrys that were super comfy; it was one of my favorite outfits. But it got a hole and when I went back to ON, they had not one stitch of brown in their collection. In general, it’s kind of a bah color but it suits certain things. The colors of a few rooms in our house are called “warm maple” and are a light brownish and it’s a wonderful cozy color. (Below: the nursery before baby arrived)9288676690_4776ea4a10_z

3. What’s something you’re looking forward to today?

Getting work done and over with! I have to grade a lot of assignments and I am kind of stressed from a crazy morning we had so I just want to be done  with the day.
4. The word ‘feminism’ is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you’re a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

To me, it tends to have a negative connotation because of some of the people I know who are up in everyone’s faces about the issues. I know it’s a “good” thing in general because I do believe in equality but I am also a realist and know that nothing is equal or fair. I think people all should see everyone as equals but it isn’t going to happen. So I seek to be as fair as I can be. If that means I am a feminist, so be it.

5. What’s something you personally can’t eat without making a mess?

Hmmm, grapefruit? I like to actually eat it with a spoon and a little sugar on top but I always manage to squirt it everywhere.grapefruit

6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?

A few months ago, one of the TAs brought me flowers, thanking me for all the help I had provided for her and others while she’d been here. I was really moved by it. It was so unexpected, even though she was one of the nicer people I ever dealt with here. It was just such a nice sentiment.

7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.

This is from an old Bing Crosby song:

I’ve got plenty to be thankful for
I haven’t got great big yacht
To sail from shore to shore
Still I’ve got plenty to be thankful for
I’ve got plenty to be thankful for
No private car, no caviar
No carpet on my floor
Still I’ve got plenty to be thankful for
I’ve got eyes to see with, ears to hear with
Arms to hug with, lips to kiss with
Someone to adore
How could anybody ask for more?
My needs are small, I buy ’em all
At the five and ten cent store
Oh, I’ve got plenty to be thankful for
I’ve got eyes to see with, ears to hear with
Arms to hug with, lips to kiss with
Someone to adore
How could anybody ask for more?
My needs are small, buy ’em all
Five and ten cent store
Oh, I’ve got plenty to be thankful for

8.  Insert your own random question here.

You know those mornings where nothing goes right? That was today. Ok, in the vein of being grateful and not taking stuff for granted, it could have been worse. For starters, Todd’s eye was looking really good so we agreed to get one more med then not see him until after Thanksgiving. But now it is looking red again. Then, we were running super late and being stressed about Todd, I was just angry this morning. I managed to get a good meal made for the kids but I was an at them and being very, just, out of control. I feel kind of bad about it because they really didn’t do anything wrong – aside from not jumping when I said jump, which is unreasonable, I know.

So, I took a little bit of a break from that rumination and took the dog to the vet AGAIN. He’s ok but we know now where we’re headed. Down the line here, he’ll be a one-eyed dog… for the best.

 

3 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – My ray of sunshine on this otherwise crappy day

  1. I had one of those mornings too – nothing terribly wrong, just a series of little things that didn’t go right. It can really set the tone for the rest of the day, but I tried not to let it.

    I’ve never heard those Bing Crosby lyrics, but I really liked them…thanks for sharing!!

  2. Sorry bout your day. Tomorrow is a brand new one, something I am grateful for too. A clean slate, a chance to try again. Hope your Thursday is smooth sailing!

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