Day 719

1. Upon hearing that I was *really* tired this morning, my yoga teacher chose to lead the class through a slightly easier routine than usual.  We got to do more flexibility poses and fewer balancing ones – which felt terrific in my body. 

2. Leaving the city, I saw a young aspiring ballerina getting professional pictures taken in various urban settings.  The contrast of a ballerina on pointe against a steel bridge was pretty darn interesting.

3. Seeing my new slippers, my sweetie asked me what happened to my old ones.  When I told him, “They got a hole in them,” he responded, “Oh that’s very sad, dear Liza, dear Liza, oh that’s very sad, dear Liza, that’s sad” – to which I laughed out loud.  Nearly every day my husband makes at least one of these completely unexpected random-yet-relevant comments – and they all make me smile.  His kooky, creative mind is a wonder to me…

Stef

(P.S. If you want an evening of smiles, just search for “Sesame Street” on YouTube.  Adult humor neatly packaged for children; this cast and crew were decades ahead of their time…)

Day 718

1. Having free and open access to election candidate information.  I don’t take my right to vote for granted, and deeply appreciate that I can learn relevant information about potential future representatives so easily and thoroughly.  Thank you community journalism.

2. Attending a local semi-professional theater production with my sweetie.  While the performance was just “okay”, I always feel good 1) spending time with my sweetie, and 2) supporting local arts/artists.  

3. Seeing a brief video clip that had me laughing out loud.  Many approaches to combating fear and discrimination exist; but oftentimes humor is one of the more effective ones…

Stef

Day 717

1. Unexpectedly seeing one of my good friends at the salon today!  She works on Fridays, but took the day off to pamper herself – and was just leaving the stylist’s chair as I was arriving to occupy it.  Kooky!  (And very cool.)

2. Having my hair cut by a very personable stylist.  Today was our “first date” (her words), and she took care to listen to me, then explain what she envisioned, then encourage me throughout the cut and style that I absolutely can recreate the look at home she so skillfully crafted in the salon.  (“Just relax and don’t try to make your hair perfect.  See how casually I dried and curled it?  I made it look very easy, because it is.  You should spend time enjoying your life, not doing your hair!”)  This is my kind of woman.  :)

3. At the end of the appointment when I pulled out my wallet to pay for my service, the stylist informed me that the salon accepts cash or check.  All I had in my purse was a credit card.  (Plus $10 in emergency cash – but that wasn’t going to cover the bill.)  Oops.  I sheepishly looked at the stylist, but before I could say anything, she pulled a blank envelope out of a drawer and addressed it to herself.  She handed it to me, and simply said, “Just mail me a check when you get a chance this weekend.  It’s no big deal.”  A business woman who takes IOUs?? That action sealed the deal for me.  Incredible.

This image of the interior of the salon doesn't do the space (or the experience) justice; it felt very homey and comfortable.  Good stuff all around.

This image of the interior of the salon doesn’t do the space (or the experience) justice; it felt very homey and comfortable. Good stuff all around.

Stef

Day 716

1. Serving as a guest speaker at a college course.  It was fun to share some information about the business world with undergraduate students.

2. Getting to enjoy the college environment for a few hours without having to do all of the studying, paper writing, and test taking.  I loved school – but now that I’ve been away from it for a while, I also love not being in school.

3. Perusing a toy catalog (included in the newspaper that was delivered to our home), and recalling how I played with some of the same toys currently being sold to kids these days.  Sweet memories.

One of my very first toys.  This bad boy was METAL (not plastic); definitely a safety hazard, but SO fun push around the house.

3-4 years old: One of my very first toys. This bad boy was METAL (not plastic); definitely a safety hazard, but SO fun push around the house.

5-6 years old: Swinging and spinning were preferred past times; this toy fit that bill beautifully.

5-6 years old: Swinging and spinning were preferred past times; this toy fit that bill beautifully.

7-8 years old: The EZ Bake Oven produced cakes that tasted like sweet flour bricks; but it was a LOT of fun to make "real" food in a toy.

7-8 years old: The EZ Bake Oven produced cakes that tasted like sweet flour bricks; but it was a LOT of fun to make “real” food in a toy.

9-10 years old: "Transformers… Robots in disguise."  I had this exact Transformer (among others); but this one was my favorite because my dad drove a VW Bug, just like this guy was.  (My dad's car was blue, but still - close enough.)

9-10 years old: “Transformers… Robots in disguise.” I had this exact Transformer (among others); but this one was my favorite because my dad drove a VW Bug, just like this guy was. (My dad’s car was blue, but still – close enough.)

Stef

Day 715

1. Being just the “right” amount of busy at work.  Enough tasks and to-dos to keep me on my toes, but not so many that I felt overwhelmed or overly stressed.  A healthy balance.  

2. Having a partner to help me with the various issues and items that life (and Life) can serve.  [I love you babe.]

3. Remembering random quotes from The Princess Bride.  What a great movie.  (“They only say ‘never’ because no one ever has.”)

princess bride

Stef

Day 714

1. Being addressed by name in a cheerful tone at the coffee shop.  The barista’s visible happiness definitely improved my morning.

2. Having an engaging lunch with a good friend.

3. Sharing an energetic connection with the puppies.  I was in a piss-poor mood this evening – and the puppies let me know that my attitude (energy) was simply not acceptable.  They keep me honest – and I appreciate them for that!  (Among many other things.)  :)

dog info1
dog info2
dog info3

Stef

Day 713

1. My colleagues being genuinely happy to see me back in the office after my week away.  It feels good to be missed.  :)

2. Hearing a business leader speak in front of a large group with candor and authenticity.  It was incredibly refreshing. (And bold!).

3. Seeing this on my afternoon walk:

I love how the smiley appears to be sneaking out from behind the pole - like he's about to yell "surprise!".  :)

I love how the smiley appears to be sneaking out from behind the pole – like he’s about to yell “surprise!”. :)

Stef

Day 712

1. Watching Jojo (our little puppy) play a version of “Are You My Mother?” – and only stopping when he found me.  Aw, honey – melt my freaking heart.  I love you too bud!

2. As my sweetie cleaned our spare bedroom, he found this gem.  I laughed out loud. 

Remember when flip cell phones were "hot"?

Remember when flip cell phones were “hot”?

3. Re-read item #2 – my sweetie cleaned our spare bedroom!  As a minimalist, I love donating and recycling old/no-longer-used (or needed) things.  However, my husband doesn’t always share my same POV; he likes holding on to things for a while. So him choosing to voluntarily dispose of old items is a HUGE gift to me!  It made my day.  (Literally!)

Stef

Day 711

1. Having both the skills and the demeanor to effectively volunteer with a wide array of individuals and organizations.  I enjoy the variety, and love the feeling I get from helping other people and making our collective community stronger, more positive, and just plain better.

2. Attending a family gathering where the hostess did her very best to accommodate the multiple different preferences of all individuals present – including creating a vegan main course!  A very thoughtful gesture, and one I definitely appreciate.

3. Seeing this info tidbit in Time magazine:

Even spies need espresso - they just can't tell you about it.  :)

Even spies need caffeine – they just can’t tell you about it. :)

Stef

Day 710

1. Completing my grocery shopping in 30 minutes – a personal record!

2. Seeing the price of a gallon of gas drop to $2.89.  I can’t remember the last time the cost of fuel has been that low.  (Apparently it was December 2013.)

3. Learning a few tips for dancing hip hop style, courtesy of community education.  The first half of the class was a lot of fun!

The dancer

Stef