Sunday, January 18, 2009

how wonderful life is...

The activity was to write down eight things for which I am grateful...but I couldn't stop at just eight! :) That's quite a marvelous concept, though...

  1. Good, RELEVANT courses this semester! (Teaching High School Methods, Classroom Management, Adolescent Literature)
  2. Less stress/time to do homework/time to reflect at work
  3. James being especially loving lately
  4. Jelly Bean!
  5. Chloe's fervor for God = inspiration
  6. Mom's healthier habits (I want her to live a loooong, full life!)
  7. God's redemption
  8. My creative & aesthetic-seeking nature
  9. Finding the PERFECT wedding venue
  10. Clothes and soft, heavy blankets to keep me warm
  11. All the wonderful books I get to read this semester!
  12. Having a job & reliable employees
  13. Bush's exit and Obama's inauguration
  14. Grammar and literature
  15. Joe being friends with our ex-security guard = random gift of cell phone battery to replace my dying one
  16. Zillions of free movies through our new Verizon FiOs hook-up
  17. Having the strength (Praise God, for real) to procrastinate less and less with each task/assignment/duty/course! :)
  18. Beautiful, inspirational blogs
  19. HG-I owe her so much!
  20. Self-Control
  21. Fun fruit gum + chiclets
  22. James being older than (and turning 21 before) me
  23. Tattoo gift certificates!
  24. Happy days
  25. God as fulfilling love.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Homemade Gift Ideas

  • Recipe jars

  • Family recipe book

  • Scrapbook

  • Photo album/book

  • Cookies wrapped or in a tin

  • Hand-dipped & sprinkled chocolate pretzels

  • Paintings

  • Poem (s)

  • Mini handwritten stories/books

  • Homemade coloring book

  • Goodies in a jar (i.e. candy, buttons, charms, bobby pins/clips/hair ties, gumballs, gum packs or sticks, nuts, ribbon, little toys, crayons, pet treats, beads, lip gloss/make-up/mini nail polish bottles, bath confetti, ground coffee or mini coffee packs, tea bags, notes, pens/pencils, erasers, quotes, sprinkles, lotto tickets, stickers, etc.)

  • Goody baskets (i.e. breakfast theme, drink mix theme, craft supplies, hostess theme, paint/artist theme, kid theme, etc.)

  • Jewelry

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Yay Christmas Films

  • "It's a Wonderful Life"

  • "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

  • "While You Were Sleeping"

  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

  • "Love Actually"

  • "Home Alone 2"

  • "The Santa Claus"

[what did i leave out?]

Thursday, November 27, 2008

5 Things to Be Happy About Right Now (during winter)

  1. Wearing tights (black are prettiest and sophisticated) with both winter and summer dresses

  2. Exercising outside (yay running!) without getting overheated

  3. Soup filled with lots of beans and veggies

  4. Holiday music is so cheerful!

  5. Hot chocolate--always a warm classic

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


  • that class ended early on 11.26.07

  • that D'lites is closed on Thursday and not Wednesday (buy 2 get 1 FREE day!!!)

  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition

  • being with family (and not having to work or go to school instead)

  • my beautiful new home in Tampa

  • that I didn't bust open my face when I fell in the Sweetbay parking lot yesterday

  • my three lovely blogs

  • sweaters! and blankets! and heaters!

  • wedding location recent developments/prospects
  • inspiRations

  • Health/happiness/a job/an education/opportunities/priceless & wonderful blessings

  • life life life life life life life life life life life life life life life life life

Jeez, I could go on FOREVER, but I'll end here so I don't bore I'll lavish my thanks on God, in my prayers, which works pretty well, too...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Current obsessions/passions/whatever you might call them:

  • being thankful

  • warm soup

  • home decor blogs

  • fruit gum

  • Regina Spektor

  • cupcake art

  • D'lites ice cream

  • "Pushing Daisies"

  • planning and making Christmas gifts

  • dimes

  • dreams

  • straws

  • daily snapshots

  • mini braids

  • leggings and tights

  • collecting lesson plans

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Looking forward to...

  • No work, no school tomorrow after 4:45 pm

  • A new mini laptop?

  • Finishing all assignments and the fall semester!

  • Villagefest in Carrollwood Village

  • Thanksgiving and a day off--from everything!

  • "Winter" cleaning

  • E-bay, Etsy, and Craigslist listings

  • Making and compiling Christmas gifts

  • Seeing my darling Amy

  • Spending the weekend after Christmas with my family

  • Blogging/reading blogs

  • Crafts: paintings, plushes, gifts

  • Holiday movies (even though I haven't been to the movies in forever!)
  • President Elect Obama's inauguration