Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gratitudes 1/14/14

In moments of discouragement, defeat,or even despair, there are always certain things to cling to. Little things usually: remembered laughter, the face of a sleeping child, a tree in the wind - in fact, any reminder of something deeply felt or dearly loved. No man is so poor as not to have many of these small candles. When they are lighted, darkness goes away and a touch of wonder remains.
~ Tombstone Inscription In Britain

Today I am grate*full...

1. for calendars. Doesn't that sound weird? But when I can create a study plan, even if I can't always stick to it to the letter, I get more done and feel more accomplished. Today I did a study plan for my upcoming Consumer Behavior class. Earlier this week, I did one for the Organizational Behavior class in which I'm currently carrying an incomplete. I wrote the study plan on my calendar and little by little, it's getting done. And for that, I'm grateful.

2. for pencils. Remember how I said I can't always stick to the study plan to the letter? Well, that's why we pencil it in on the calendar...in case it needs to be revised.

3. for my amazing and flexible coworkers. We had a substitute cancel this morning, and two of our wonderful teaching assistants picked up the slack. I (cringe) also forgot to include a teacher on an important purchasing process for next year. She had every right to be furious with me, and she may be so, but if she is, she hid it well and treated me professionally. I'm always, ALWAYS grateful for the people I work with.

4. that I'm finally getting to meet with the professor for my independent study Managerial Leadership class. He sounds like he's right up my alley and I think I'm really going to enjoy working with him. We have rescheduled this meeting twice and I'm really looking forward to it.

5. that my piano student is taking a break. She made the basketball team and I'm very proud of her. However, the practice schedule and her academics are causing her to have to take a break. I was supposed to go there this Thursday and I'm kind of grateful that I don't this week because my week is jam packed with stuff.



  1. Sorry for the absence lately!
    Today I am grateful for:
    1. I just found out I'm going to be a great-aunt for the 18th time in June!
    2. Our computer came back Monday and is working better now.
    3. Glad that my car starts up right away even in cold weather.
    4. My book now has 26 reviews on Amazon!
    5. Beautiful sunrises

  2. Whoo-hoo! I'm going to be a great-aunt for the 4th time in May. I am so excited! <3

    Welcome back. I missed you.

  3. 1. Dave has a long weekend starting today!
    2. My editor is looking for a literary agent for me!
    3. I have been getting really good parking spaces lately :)
    4. Drinkable tap water!
    5. Beautiful sunsets

  4. 1. Yesterday we spent the entire day just snugglin'! Sometimes you need to do that. :)
    2. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition FINALLY started!
    3. I'm grateful for my Thursday Night Craft group
    4. I'm grateful I am developing patience to the point that I even SEEK OUT longer check-out lines so I can practice patience!
    5. Beautiful dusting of snow this morning
    P.S. Hey Ruth Elizabeth; is it ok if we repeat ourselves and list the same blessing more than once?

    1. Sorry I didn't get to this sooner! Yes, absolutely it's OK if you repeat yourself! My gratitudes include Melanie, Marc, Rachael, and John in some form multiple times per week to a point where I feel like I'm cheating if I list them LOL!

  5. 1. My deffenbachia, which I cut back weeks ago, has a new growth bud on it!!
    2.I had just enough coffee beans to grind to make one French Press worth of coffee this am!
    3. The days are getting longer!
    4. Watching the cats play and chase each other. Very glad they get along so well.
    5. Grocery shopping--get to do that this morning!

  6. 1. I have a breakfast date this morning with my 81-year-old friend :)
    2. My ability to type
    3. Computer is running well
    4. trash pick-up
    5. Yarn

  7. 1. I'm glad Dave drove me to my appointment yesterday
    2.I'm glad I didn't have to drink that nasty Barium!
    3. I'm glad we got home safely as the snow was falling
    4.Glad I had something ready for lunch
    5. Glad the whole procedure went smoothly

  8. 1 My yarn came in!
    2. My ability to read--LOVE to read!
    3. Pinterest
    4. Coupons!
    5. Lily is actually behaving herself this morning!

  9. 1. My case of wine came in today!
    2. comfy shoes
    3. didn't have to cook lunch; we ate out
    4. I sold 6 copies on Amazon last week
    5. Gel pens

    1. Hey congratulations on your sales! Way to go!

  10. 1. Dave fixed my phone!
    2. Ambition
    3. Silence
    4. Pleasant dreams
    5. The Internet

  11. 1. Working furnace
    2. Light bulbs
    3. I'm grateful for how well our old carpet is holding up!
    4. No fur balls to clean up lately
    5. My sense of humor