Mostly about food. 04 Mar 14 | 0 Comments

This blog is just slowly turning into a daily listing of three silly things.

1. Grocery shopping. It’s a weirdly fun thing to do, is it not? Walking up and down aisles, picking out food possibilities. Rifling through cartons of apples and carrots and radishes. Reading the various ingredients to a multitude of salad dressings. Wondering what you could do with a whole jar of pickled onions. I always like the feeling knowing these little things you’ve tossed into your cart will soon come together to be meals.

2. Really nice vendors. So I alluded to a little work screw-up in yesterday’s post. Today, I was on the phone with the vendor, and I can just tell he’s a nice guy who takes his job seriously. He was really kind and patient with the situation. I’m really extremely thankful for it!

3. Pizza. I need some. I’ve been having little cravings for it here and there. I love that stuff, and haven’t had it in a long time. I’m looking forward to a slice and that’s a fun thing to look forward to, isn’t it??

(I find it funny that two of the three things listed today relate to food and food possibilities.)

the ugh. 03 Mar 14 | 0 Comments

DAY OF GRUMPLES.

I just can’t get over this weird funk that I’m in. UGH. UGH. UGHHHHH…. Hoping for better days.

1. Project stopping at the right time. I made a little flub of a mistake for one of my projects and luckily the fabricator managed to cancel it before it went too far. TALK ABOUT LUCKY. That really worried me most of today. Hopefully no bigger mistakes come from that. UGH.

2. This tweet. It’s pop culture perfection!

3. “UGH.” I know it’s not proper to say it, but I just like saying it. That little silly word so often perfectly describes the situation exactly the way it needs to. UGH.

A little part of the master plan 02 Mar 14 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t truly planning on leaving the house today, but I was getting hungry and didn’t feel like cooking anything. Also, I needed to visit my storage unit to (finally) put away my Christmas decorations that have been sitting in bags and boxes. This was an errand I meant to do yesterday, after my first experience at hot yoga, but it left me so flummoxed that I simply forgot.

After getting frustrated with some software updates I was trying to do on my computer, as well as dealing with a hard drive that was not wanting to mount onto my computer, I threw my hands in the air and thought, “I’m just going to step out for a bit — put away my Christmas stuff as I meant to do yesterday and then pick up some greasy (but delicious) fast food on the way home.” So, I grabbed Bella and rushed her into my car (instead of giving her a proper opportunity to sniff the lawn before leaving) and off we went.

On the way there, I see behind me a blue car steadily approaching behind me, weaving in between cars, obviously recklessly driving and ignoring the speed limit. This is something that frustrates me incredibly. I watched him try to bob and weave around me, when he caught himself behind a slow driver. He was in such a hurry that he actually decided it would be wise to drive onto the shoulder of the road to bypass the car. When he did this, his car kicked up some gravel and low and behold this happened…

cracked

Frustration overwhelmed me. At first it started off as a little starburst crack and I thought, I’ll just visit a windshield repair guy sometime this week. But right when that thought barely finished, I heard the glass break and it grew into several inches. UGHHHHH.

Some years ago, this same thing happened to my car and I had to get my windshield completely replaced. When that happened, I promised myself to be a little more careful with this new glass. So when I saw this happened, I was incredibly upset. That I had to go through the same trouble to make this fix. To have to spend at least a hundred dollars to repair this. I let my upset emotions overtake me.

I started thinking about how I wished I made just a few small changes in order to possibly avoid this from happening. Had I let Bella sniff the ground a little bit longer, maybe we wouldn’t have been in that same group of cars. Had I left the house maybe 2 seconds later. Had I been a little less lazy and cooked something. Had I remembered to visit the storage unit yesterday as I had planned. Had I sit down one last time in front of my computer to figure out some of the stalling software. I lectured myself to try to be a little more careful with things.

On my facebook post of this photo, I expressed a little bit of this frustration, and then a friend of mine wrote:

You can’t 2nd guess something random like this. Maybe you were supposed to be there because if it happened to someone else, they may have been so startled that they’d lose control of their car & have a terrible accident. The universe knew you could handle it!

And that completely changed the way I thought about the situation! These little things happen for a reason, and it’s really not our place to question it. I’m so thankful that I have people in my life that help remind me of this. Sure, I’m going to need to deal with replacing the windshield, but at least it’s some glass that I’m fixing and not some broken bones instead.

Now that’s a little lesson on perspective.

(Though, ugh, I’m still a bit peeved that I need to fix my windshield. I hope that guy had a good reason for driving the way he did.)

Things
1. Taco Bell. Ok, ok, this is a weird thing to be thankful for. Taco-freaking-Bell. It’s something I don’t get often, but that was my choice today. And you know what, it hit the spot! (The cantina bowl is a smart choice… I also got a chulupa cause, ya know. #yolo.)
2. Cold fronts. Our weather has been so weird and yo-yo-y. Last week, it started to get warm and I figured that meant the last of the winter. But then, hello winter again! I’m glad to have this little cold burst again, because I was starting to think that it was time to tuck away my sweaters for the year and I wasn’t completely ready to do that. So I’m happy to have at least one last time to enjoy winter.
3. Hobbies. I seem to be letting myself explore more hobbies lately which is a nice little indulgence. Thinking about it, I don’t really remember the last time I discovered new hobbies. Feels good to go exploring again.

Namaste. 01 Mar 14 | 0 Comments

I survived my first Bikram yoga (hot yoga) experience!

Now my legs feel jello-y and I’m feeling a bit headachey, so …

1. Trying out hot yoga. It was an intense experience and I’ve got a lot of flexibility things to work on, but I’m glad to finally try it and hopefully I’ll improve!

2. Water. Holy hydration, batman! I know I don’t drink enough water throughout the day, but when I make a conscious effort to hydrate, I can definitely sense the cleanse.

3. Improvement. I’m happy for the opportunity to improve certain aspects of my life. Really, I’m fortunate to be able to improve.

Random blips. 28 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

Ok, is it super annoying that all my posts for this past week have been short?

1. Quiet days at work. I brought my ukulele with me to the office and since I was the only one in the office for a big portion of the day, I dabbled a bit with my uke in between projects. The acoustics fit nicely with the sounds of a ukulele.

2. I am starting a new endeavor tomorrow — hot yoga. I’m nervous, scared, excited, and curious about it. We’ll see how it goes! I’m glad I’m trying new things!

3. Asking questions, and asking questions over the phone. These are two things I normally hate to do, but I see myself improving on those fronts. Glad to conquer those weird fears!

Sweet little words 27 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

Nice things people have said to me lately…

1. I said, “A month ago, I didn’t own a ukulele. Today, I can play several chords and can confidently play (at least) 3 songs. I AM AMAZING.” to which my friend Stephanie replied, “You were amazing before you learned to play the ukulele.”

2. A client called me a “Graphic Design Queen” when I quickly whipped together a last-minute project for her.

3. My crush took care of my pie plates. Cute.

11. Ukulele 26 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

My current evening routine when I get home has become:

1. Feed/walk Bella
2. Eat something
3. Quick catch-up on social media
4. Ukulele
5. Ukulele
6. Ukulele
7. Shower
8. Ukulele
9. Ukulele
10. Ukulele

I think it’s paying off since my fingers no longer hurt, my strumming has improved drastically, switching chords is becoming a little less shaky, the few songs I do know I can play faster or slower, the sounds of each chord is becoming more vibrant, and I’m enjoying it more and more and more. What an incredibly fun hobby! It’s funny because I’ve made such huge moves forward in less than a month’s time. When did I even start playing? The beginning of this month and already I’ve got at least three songs tucked away. When I started, I honestly thought it would take me a full year to learn a song. Amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it … and also when you spend hours upon hours playing.

Now that I have that under my belt (and I’ll continue to make the effort to improve), I’m wondering what other new talents I should attempt next. For some reason, juggling has been creeping into my mind. This is something I wanted to learn when I was in high school, and I even attempted to learn. But with lots of things in life, I quickly pushed it aside and here I sit not knowing how to juggle.

I think I’ll make that my next thing to learn. So then I’ll become a graphic designer, with a beagle who has a balancing talent, a ukulele player, and soon-to-become juggler. What a funny little combination of things!

More things to come…
1. Upcoming happy hours and little pop-up get togethers. I’m excited about it all!
2. A new endeavor: hot yoga (Bikram yoga). I’m curious to see how this goes…
3. Spring time. The weather is still going to be chilly (well, between random warm days), but soon enough, it’ll become spring and we can finally welcome some much needed color. It’ll also give me a good excuse to maybe regularly treat myself to some fresh flowers. Nothing seems as happy as fresh flowers, no?

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