Day 689

1. Walking into the vet’s office this afternoon (just to pick up meds), I was startled to see all of the staff sitting in the lobby.  Apparently I had arrived at the office during their weekly business meeting.  The primary doctor we see smiled at me, and said, “Hello Stef!  We’ve been waiting for you!” – to which everyone in the room laughed aloud (including me).  As I scanned the faces in front of me, I became aware of all of the intimate (and at times, intense) moments I have shared with every person in that room – and how kind and supportive they have all been to me.  It was a very tender moment for me.

2. At the grocery checkout, the cashier asked me if I had any exciting plans for the weekend.  I replied that no, it was likely going to be pretty low-key; a gathering with a friend, maybe dinner with my husband – enjoyable, but nothing too wild and crazy.  The cashier replied, “I consider a day a terrific one if it meets my four F’s: food, family, friends, and fun.  It sounds like your weekend will be a great one!”  I like this cashier’s spirit.  :)

3. Seeing an old dog actively playing frisbee with his dad.  Seeing old pets enjoy moments of joy-filled activity – just like they used to regularly experience when they were young pups – warms my heart.

dog playing frisbee

Stef

Day 688

1. Returning to my graduate school campus after work.  The early evening weather was perfect, and I enjoyed a lovely stroll around the beautiful grounds:

2. Spending over an hour being interviewed by an undergraduate student.  She asked me about my experiences to this point in my life, key moments that have significantly influenced who I currently am, how my beliefs, values, and faith show up in my decisions and choices, and a whole bevy of other deep topics.  It was a lot of fun!

3. Walking back to my car after the interview, seeing one (of many) great examples of support given to new students.  

When I was an undergraduate student, the woman rooming down the hall from me got her first credit card days after arriving on campus.  By the end of the first semester she had accrued $5000 in credit debt (on top of all of her legitimate education debt).  Seeing this banner today made me think of that woman from almost 20 years ago - and gave me hope that some of these current students can avoid that same fate.

When I was an undergraduate student, the woman rooming down the hall from me got her first credit card days after arriving on campus. By the end of the first semester she had accrued $5000 in credit debt (on top of all of her legitimate education debt). Seeing this banner today made me think of that woman from almost 20 years ago – and gave me hope that some of these current students can avoid that same fate.

Stef

Day 687

1. Waking up just before my alarm went off – and having just enough time this morning to get ready for work without feeling rushed or stressed.  A lovely way to start the day.

2. “Geeking out” with one of my colleagues this morning, discussing documentaries.  I read/view/consume non-fiction items (books, magazines, movies, television, podcasts, radio, etc…) – and it can sometimes be difficult to find other people to chat with who prefer non-fiction over ‘escapism’ media.  I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation!  

3. Seeing a delightful little reminder that caused me to both nod and smile:

not my circus

Stef

Day 686

1. Seeing a man with a toupee driving a convertible with the top down.  That’s bold!  I like his spunk.

2. When I described two parts of a project I am working on as “getting dessert alongside your lima beans”, one of my colleagues remarked, “Lima beans are tiny bags of sand.”  I love this comment because 1) it was so out of the blue, and 2) it’s so true!

3. What I saw when I walked into work this morning:

sunrise

So wonderful.

Stef

Day 685

1. A lightly sweetened decaf iced-and-blended soy latte.  A rare-yet-super-yummy afternoon treat. (Rare because they are so darn expensive!)

2. Doing new-to-me work.  It’s good to stretch professionally, to continue to develop and grow.

3. Reading the following comment on one of my friend’s Facebook page: “When our little girl was younger she couldn’t quite say ‘sit’. “Shit Elmo shit!” was a common phrase in our household.” Hilarious. :)

elmo potty

Stef

(P.S. A bonus image that made me laugh out loud!)

Day 684

1. Seeing a pit bull wearing an NFL jersey pulling a little boy standing on a skateboard.  They wandered around and around the subdivision; it was an odd yet cute scene.  

2. Listening to some mellow jazz and soul-filled blues.  Right on.

3. Seeing an awesome 404 message (shown below).  Computer ‘geeks’ can be a really cool bunch.  :)

404_AlGore

Stef

Day 683

1. While driving, I saw a clever license plate that read: “2TH MD”.  Get it?  Pretty clever!  (And if you don’t get it, scroll allllll the way down to the very end of this post; I’ve provided the ‘translation’ there.)

2. As I waited to begin leading a yoga session for an organization that provides semi-independent living options (and other resources) for mentally disabled individuals, I heard someone call my name.  I wasn’t expecting to see anyone I knew at this event, so I turned towards the voice feeling both surprised and confused.  The confusion cleared immediately when I saw the person who called out to me: a neighbor who lives four houses down the road from my sweetie and I!  The neighbor was as shocked to see me as I was to see him; he asked me, “Do you work here?!”  I said, “No, I’m just volunteering this afternoon; do you work here?”  He shook his head and said, “My sister-in-law lives at one of the residences; my wife and I are just here visiting with her this afternoon.”  We both commented how crazy it was that we should unexpectedly cross paths halfway across town, in a very unlikely setting.  Totally wild!

3. Getting published in one of the local community education catalogues!  I was very surprised to see my brief article (about a 101 task I completed two years ago) find its way into the publication; it felt pretty cool to see my name in print.  [Even if the article is "only" in a free local publication.  Hey, I'm not picky; I'll take it and be happy with it!]  :) 

community ed write up

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2TH MD = Tooth doctor.  (As in, dentist.)  See, I told you it was clever!  :)

Day 682

1. Puppy cuddles.

2. Seeing a small baby sitting upright in a shopping cart, playing with a piece of blank notebook paper (crumpling it, pulling it, banging it up and down against the cart handle) and shrieking with delight the entire time.  Big joys for tiny humans – I love ‘em!

3. Seeing a comic that highlights my kind of yoga class!  :)

Stef

Day 681

1. Sitting in front of a floor-to-ceiling window all day long.  Natural light makes me feel amazing.

2. Seeing a woman walk past the above-mentioned window walking four dogs.  Definitely a smile-generating scene.  :)

3. Using the word “etymology” with my colleagues, and them understanding exactly what I was talking about.  I adore working with smart and well-educated people!

Stef

Day 680

1. At 6:30 am, I crossed paths with a young man from the inner city.  Upon seeing me approaching an entry way at the same time as him, he opened the door for me and smiled broadly at me.  I smiled back at him and said, “Thank you!”  He said, “You’re very welcome; have a blessed day!”  What a great start to the morning.  :)

2. A work colleague shared the below visual comparison about the current suite of Apple products (which I must admit that I’m kind of enamored with – especially after yesterday’s meeting).  Sneaking a Pop Tart in the lineup made me laugh out loud!  

iphone screen sizes

3. Attending the annual fall meeting at the big company I work for.  Every meeting includes a variety of celebrities (this year included Jamie Foxx, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay) – but the people who made me smile today were my fellow colleagues.  Three men and three women were selected to perform brief vocal solos at the event – and they were all AWESOME.  Like, several of them could easily win a reality show contest level of awesome.  I truly work with some amazing people!

A man I worked with last year.  He ROCKED it!

A man I worked with last year. He ROCKED it!  (P.S. The audience consisted of 14,000 of his fellow colleagues.)  :)

Stef