Three things I’m grateful for this week: March 27

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Making lemonade from lemons!

  • Our vacation to Phoenix for Spring Training. Oh my gosh, it was so good to get away and relax for a few days – I’m so grateful to my husband for organizing everything (and doing all of the driving) so that I could focus on the enjoyment of it all.
  • Gentle rain. Last month’s gully-washing rain in San Diego were awful because so much moisture came down so quickly that it couldn’t be absorbed to do any good for our plants and streams. This week we’ve had a couple of days of slow, gentle rain and you can see it all soaking into our poor, parched dirt. With any luck at all, we’ll have some wildflowers in May to show for this.
  • A recovering Pug. Poor Alouysius, he swallowed a large piece of landscaping bark not last weekend but the weekend before and had to have emergency surgery to remove the obstruction. Between eating the bark and the veterinarian discovering what was going on, fluid and partially digested food built up in his abdomen and even post-surgery it was still draining from his (very short) nose, leading to concerns that he could aspirate some of the fluid and develop pneumonia. You can’t imagine how little sleep any of us got until it was clear he was out of the woods! He’s got to wear the Cone of Shame for another day, until his stitches come out tomorrow, so he’s doing Doggy Day Care at the vet’s office for the week, but it’s a small price to pay to get his sweet, squishy face back and healthy.
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Poor, sad Cone-of-Shame Pug!

Your turn: What are you grateful for this week?

Surround yourself with inspiration

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For as long as I can remember, having bright, pretty things to look at has inspired me. From the colorful posters I plastered on the walls of my on-campus apartment freshman year in college to the bright red, patent leather heels that make me smile whenever I wear them, I am happiest – and do my best work – when I have pretty things to look at.

When I moved into our new home – now just over six years ago! – I wanted to wait to hang things on the walls until I could figure out exactly the perfect piece for each spot. As a consequence, most of the walls in our bedroom and office are bare. A rare exception is the wall next to my side of the bed where I wake up every morning to see this:

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More Than Coffee, a limited edition print by Lehan Veenker on minted.com

Several years ago now, I stumbled upon minted, where I found this print for sale, and fell in love. There are so many gorgeous pieces on the site, created by independent artists who submit their work for consideration and are chosen by visitors to the minted site; this one spoke to me because I am obsessed with coffee. Once I’d chosen the design I wanted, I was able to easily view my options then choose the size and frame for my finished piece – saving me a trip to the framing shop plus the time to wade through all of the framing options to choose just the right one for my piece. A short time later, my limited edition print, framed and ready, arrived in the mail and went straight onto the wall in our bedroom, where it still lives today.

When I was recently approached by a representative from minted to write a review of my experience with their site, I remembered the great end-to-end experience I had with my purchase and agreed without reservation. There’s a quote on their site, in the About Us area, that I absolutely love -

“Our purpose in life is to uncover exceptional design from all over the world and bring this to savvy consumers who won’t accept anything else.”

By giving visitors the power to choose what will be offered for sale on the site, minted allows artists from anywhere in the world to put their work in front of buyers who might not otherwise ever see it; what a neat business model.

What inspires you? And is anyone else still looking at (mostly) bare walls in their home and/or office?

Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Three things I’m grateful for this week: March 6

Three fabulous bloggers (and one very fortunate one)!

San Diego finally got some desperately-needed rain. Yes, we did get about a quarter of what we ought to get for a whole year in one very soggy weekend and yes, lots of areas flooded badly, but I was beginning to despair of ever seeing rain without going on vacation again. Also, it restores my hope that further precipitation could still happen here before the … [Continue reading...]

Project Me 2014: January/February review and goals for March

Happy, healthy, and very much in love

My goals for January were: Re-do the 'running a 5K course' that I started (then stopped) last year - Although I'd just finished Week 3 (of 8) when I published my January goals, I hit another brick wall at the start of Week 4. Something about the step up between those two weeks had my hip flexors crying out in pain, again, and I had to stop. After giving … [Continue reading...]

High Five Friday: Sharing Project Me With the World

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A few months ago, I was approached by a writer for Sanofi USA's diabetes blog, Discussing Diabetes, to share the story of Project Me with their readers. I still don't know how they found out about my little health-improvement plan but to say that I was excited about the prospect would be an understatement. I spent an hour at lunch time chatting with a couple … [Continue reading...]

Three things I’m grateful for this week: February 20

An understanding husband. TCB puts up with my craziness, my mom's craziness, and the craziness of my job at this time of year and he's usually pretty even keeled about it. A job that I enjoy, serving customers that I admire, with colleagues that I love. Some days are better than others but no matter what happens, I still wouldn't trade this team, our … [Continue reading...]

High Five Friday: A happy reminder about why I do what I do

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I went to see my Primary Care Physician - as opposed to my Endocrinologist (diabetes doctor) - recently, because I am losing my hair. (Definitely NOT celebrating that development.) After congratulating me on my weight loss and explaining that it was probably the cause of my hair loss, the doctor ordered a comprehensive metabolic panel and lipid panel - blood … [Continue reading...]

Three things I’m thankful for this week: February 13

yes, they really DO have yoga classes next to the lake!

Sunshine. I know it's really awful for so many people across not just this country but in other parts of the world, too, so I'm so grateful for the gorgeous weather we're having right now in southern California. (If I could bundle some of it up to send to all of you, I would, truly.) My parents are visiting for the weekend. Mummy and Daddy arrive … [Continue reading...]

Three things I’m grateful for this week: February 6

not pretty, but it - and I - works

A lessening of my anger and anxiety. I've spoken here before about my mental health issues and I need to write a longer post to deal with it more fully but suffice it to say that the past few weeks have been very bad and it's starting to get better. Comfortable clothes. I might look like a lumberjack today but I'm warm and cozy and I didn't have to use any … [Continue reading...]

Project Me 2014: Goals for January

this is so embarrassing!

My goals for 2014 have been published and they include: Achieve a healthy Body Mass Index by weighing 140 or fewer pounds, A waist circumference measurement of 30 inches or less, Body fat between 23 and 33%, Complete a 10K event in 75 minutes or less, Park both cars in our garage at the same time So, will I work on for the next 16 … [Continue reading...]