Thursday, August 30, 2012

A look back

Since I have been writing about our trip to New England a lot lately I find myself thinking about that vacation.

So I wanted to share this memory. I follow a food blog and the writer is always talking about this amazing iced coffee. I convinced Adam to go out of our way so that we could try it.

Adam's was a little too strong, but we both enjoyed sitting at a park and talking. I am lucky to have someone who spoils me so much!!!

Playing in the yard

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grocery shopping

So grocery shopping does not usually make me smile but today I saw this in the store and couldn't help but grin.

I am sure people thought I was a weirdo for taking a picture.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Journey

There are some dates that are impossible to forget. On August 27th, 2011 I was very sick and had to go in for emergency surgery. Everything happened so fast, I was feeling fine one minute and the next minute I could barely move.

I wish I could look back from that day and say that I am completely recovered. But the scars and complications are still with me. I still shake when I see the hospital I had surgery in, I am still in shock when I see the parking garage that has been built since my stay. I spent a long time watching the construction crews flatten the dirt before setting the foundation.

I know this blog is supposed to be about the moments that make me smile, but today is a hard day. I am thankful that I am healthy, but I am not sure how to take a picture of that. In some ways it doesn't seem like a year has passed, but in other ways it is hard to believe it has only been a year. This blog is ALSO supposed to help me heal and refocus my energy, so I want to acknowledge the pain and barriers that are blocking my journey.

I decided to try and make some reachable goals to help keep me busy. 1. I will finish blogging about our vacation that we took in May before we leave for our next vacation. 2. I am going to paint the downstairs bathroom.

Here is the "before" picture of the bathroom.

Anyone have any tips for painting behind the toilet?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sterling Sunday!

Our dog is come free and running around like crazy again. But here is a cute photo from earlier in the week before his stitches were removed.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Crockpot

This crockpot has been with me almost ten years and three different states.

I love it. It is currently holding green chile stew, which makes Adam smile.

Breakfast and a great view

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oops

Sometimes you think you take a picture and get home and realize you didn't take the picture you wanted.

I was going to take a picture of my gym today, since the remodeling is all done. But I forgot, so I wanted to mark the day with a representative picture.

Here is our newest workout (torture) device, the Ugi ball. It may not look like much but it is mean.

I've been trying to ramp up my workouts lately, endorphins make everyone smile.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Green chile!

12 pounds suddenly doesn't seem like a lot. Oh well, we have our stock for the winter.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

My Wii Olympian

Adam got three medals today in the wii Olympics. He got a silver medal for individual bowling, a gold for team bowling and a bronze for home run derby.

I wonder what will happen in the Wii Olympics of 2016.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Quotes

Adam got this birthday card, from Darry this year. I really liked the saying on the front.

I am familiar with a lot of Einstein's quotes but this one was new.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sterling

We were having Internet trouble yesterday, I didn't realize yesterday's post wasn't published correctly. Sorry.

I know it is breaking a rule, but I am so glad that Sterling is home. I was so worried about him today.

Books

Adam finished the first book in what is becoming my new favorite series. It is so nice that we share a love of fantasy books and are able to discuss them.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sterling Sunday

Sterling is going to have a tough week coming up. He is getting a dental and having some growths removed, one on his tail and one on his eye. We are going to have a cone head again.

Adam and I hope everything goes well for him.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Meteor shower!!

Adam and I went stargazing tonight. We came home with a messy back seat, lots of mosquito bites and memories of shooting stars.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Evaluation

I have been thinking about this blog a lot lately.  Not just because I have to find something new to post everyday but also because I wonder if this experiment is working.  If I am actually finding the little moments that make me smile instead of focusing on all the other stuff.  When I first started, I would take several photos a day and eventually pick the best one.  Now I usually find myself anticipating what "might" be the best moment of the day and waiting to take a picture of that.  Though to be honest I also sometimes force myself to come up with something at the last minute. 

I found this blog much more fulfilling in the beginning when I was taking multiple pictures a day and really looking for all the moments that make me smile, instead of the best moment.  I also find it difficult to select different topics.  Because I am sure no one wants to see pictures of the beads I am making daily, especially when the bead is an experiment.

I need to take more pictures.  I realized while working on my other blog that Adam and I haven't taken our camera anywhere since our vacation in May.  I think we need to get out more!

These are just some of the thoughts that went through my head today, while I was watching the clouds.  This morning was pretty nice, not too humid but still hot.  I did take the time to watch the clouds and take some deep breaths while enjoying the sun on my face.  This blog is about the little moments, whether or not it is the highlight of my day.

On a side note:  Congrats to my younger brother who got engaged last night.  I wish the couple every happiness in the world!   Plus thank you to Adam for changing my life eight years ago yesterday!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cards that make me smile

Sometimes you get the perfect card, and that card always seems to make you smile. Recently I've started trying to display the cards more around the house.

Here are two examples one of Adam's favorites and one of mine. Which One is which?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Shipment of glass

So excited to work on my new project, though every attempt has been frustrating. I am hoping for a break through soon, at least now I have plenty of glass to work with.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Closing night

I have my weekends back after tonight! The show has been a lot of fun but I am ready for it to be over.

Adam is coming to the shows again tonight, I am interested to see what he has to say this time. It has been a nice lazy Saturday filled with Olympics, Jeff Dunham and My Big Fat Greek Wedding!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Owl

I know that I have lots of pictures of my beads on here, but I was really excited about this one. I have been having a huge creative block lately and have just been making simple beads over and over. I got the idea to make an owl. Here is my first attempt.

I was so excited, Adam can confirm I was running around the house.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Flip flops

So I had a bad day last week, my flip flops broke while I was walking through a parking lot. Thankfully I didn't fall on my face but I still had to go back home long before I wanted to.

But the other night/evening at three in the morning I ordered a new pair. They came in today and are so comfortable!

BTW Adam has asked me to refrain from shopping at three in the morning anymore.