I'm linking up once again with The Simple Woman's Daybook to get my brain going on this sluggish Monday. It's one of THOSE Mondays and I just need something to jump start cohesive thinking in my brain - I'm having a hard time putting together coherent and organized thoughts so hopefully this will help.
Outside my window......it is an absolutely beautiful day with the right mix of sun, breeze and warmth. I can't believe that this is the kind of weather that we're having at the end of January in Texas. I'm a little nervous that this is all a trick and February is going to hit us hard with tons of sleet, snow, ice and general crappy winter weather.
I am thinking......of that Bear Hunt song that my mother used to sing with me in preschool. You can't go over it, you can't go around it, you can't go under it......YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH IT. Sometimes that is the key to contentment and resolution - going through the hurt feelings, the uncomfortable moments to get to the sunshine waiting on the other side.
I am thankful......for my two wonderful pups getting along so well. Knowing Angie's questionable temperament I was really anxious about introducing another creature into her territory but apparently I worried for nothing. The two pups get along amazingly well - they cuddle, share food, and play enthusiastically. I couldn't imagine a better addition to our household.
In the kitchen......I made a great taco bar for my mother's birthday on Saturday night so we've been eating the leftovers from that. Mmm. Craig isn't the biggest fan of leftovers and I don't know why - if it was good the first time around why wouldn't you want to eat it again?
I am wearing......straightened hair and make-up! We can officially call this day a success.
I am creating......stuff for Natalie's birthday. Mainly just lists of things that we'll need to create or buy - nothing major. I'm not going to go all out for her birthday but I do want to make it special, mostly because I want to really enjoy and celebrate the fact that Craig and I made it through her first year of life successfully. Okay. Maybe "successfully" is stretching it a bit........but the fact of the matter is, we're still standing. Our home and our family is in tact and much stronger because of the issues we dealt with this past year.
I am going......to try to go to bed early tonight.
I am wondering......I guess a better phrase would be "I am in wonder of" the language that Natalie is developing. It's really a miracle to me to watch her little brain work out methods of communication. She has mastered "mama," "dada," "shoe," and "dog" but yesterday I had her trying out "Go Stars!" and "all done!"
I am reading......I finally finished The Girl Who Played With Fire and I gave my mother the third book for her birthday so I'm looking forward to reading that when she is done but in the meantime I've got a few books on my shelf that pique my interest. We'll see if I have time.
I am hoping......that I made the right decision in reporting my experiences to the proper people in charge. I know it's going to ruffle feathers but I think it was the best thing to do in the long run.
I am looking forward to......my anniversary celebration in March. Craig and I are sending Natalie off to his mother's house for the night and we are heading down to Truluck's for dinner and who knows what else afterwards! I think I'm just excited to put on a cute dress and make-up and have a fancy dinner date with my husband........and oh yeah, that sleeping in part is pretty nice too.
I am learning......that I am an adult and my opinions are valid and to be taken seriously. I know. What a concept, right?!
Around the house......well, my goal to have all the laundry done by last night didn't work out QUITE as planned, but I did get pretty close. I can finish up the last two loads tonight and we'll be set for the week.
I am pondering......a hair cut in my near future. Nothing too drastic and no coloring involved, but I do need something of a change.
A favorite quote for today......"Get out of my way today." Me. This morning. Before coffee.
One of my favorite things......coffee. Today, tomorrow and forever. I love you Starbucks.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Volleyball on Wednesday night, basketball games on Monday and Thursday and then a Stars date on Saturday night.
A peek into my day.....
My four legged fur babies, Angie and Ajax.