Monday, September 26, 2011

being happy with what I have

It is a super blah rainy day here in the CLE, one that makes it hard to think about all the good things and instead just curl up in bed and hide under the covers.  Sometimes that is the easier thing to do, and sometimes that is exactly what we all want and need to do, and as far as I'm concerned that is okay.  What's wrong with taking it easy and relaxing and every once in awhile just feeling sad?  I think that's what makes us human and makes us have feelings.

Today for me just isn't one of those days and I'm feeling the need to write about the happiness in my life (despite the rain water that is all over my basement floor AGAIN because of a little downpour). 

This past weekend was my little sisters 23rd birthday and my parents 29th wedding anniversary.  Both were awesome things to celebrate and I could not be happier for all three of them.  My sister is a great person who I think has finally found her 'calling' working at a vet office.  She is a strong, fun, outgoing person who does not care what other people think.  We've definitely had our share of arguments, but she's my sister and I would not change that for the world.

My parents are two people who I look up to each and every day.  There are lots of times when I just wonder how they did it.  It could not have been easy raising two kids, but they always made it seem simple.  We were so lucky as kids and I know we did not appreciate it like we should have.  It's probably taken me 26 years to realize just how much we had and should be thankful for.  I don't think I could ever tell them enough just how great they are.  I am sure there were many times when they wondered how they were able to make it through the last 29 years, but that's what marriage is about right?  I hope someday that I am lucky enough to have the happy that they have.

Where I am right now in my life is such a great place.  I have a wonderful boy to spend my days with and he is so supportive of all the crazy that I can be.  I have a great family who has made me who I am.  I have an adorable little puppy, who we treat like a human, but who makes even the worst days good when she licks your face hello and cuddles up with you in bed.

I'm feeling as if I am in just the right place at the right time and I want to celebrate that.  Believe me, there have been many hard days in my past year, and I know that is par for life's course.  Right now is a great time though and I'm looking forward to so many more good times ahead. 

*All of this was brought on by a dr's visit I had today.  I switched dr's because mine was on the east side and since I'm living back on the west side I figured it would be easier to have one out here.  She was awesome!  We talked about everything including the pressure to be married and have babies and the fact that it is not necessary to do before a certain age.  It was nice to have that conversation because I feel that pressure and that has definitely caused some stress and anxiety in my life.  I know I put some most of that pressure on myself for some crazy reason but it was just a great conversation with her that made me feel good about where I am and what I've done.  Thanks doc, you gave me just what I needed!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

fall is in full swing

Fall is such a wonderful season, and even though it means going back to work for me, I still love when it is here.  I was thinking about all the great things about this fall and fall in general and decided that a list was in order.

Reasons to Love Fall:
  • Warm days and cool nights
  • Sleeping with the windows open instead of the air conditioning
  • Being able to turn off the air conditioning (means lower electric bills!)
  • Football and tailgating...go Browns!
  • Scarves and boots
  • Everything pumpkin...especially Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  • Fall decorations in the house
  • Burning fall scented candles
  • Girls on the Run, a little program I volunteer for that I love love love
  • Melissa is back in Cleveland! (for this fall and every fall)
  • Fall Festivals
  • Clambakes
  • Pumpkin picking and pumpkin carving
  • Apple cider, caramel apples, and candy corn
  • A new season of TV shows
I'm sure I could think of lots of other reasons to love fall, but this is what I've got for now.  I hope everyone has their own list of why they love fall, or anything really.

Here is proof that fall is for football and tailgating and I can't wait for next Sunday!

here we go brownies, here we go!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

a new toy

Who says grown ups can't have toys? Who says I'm a grown up? I guess I am it's just hard to admit sometimes.

Tonight Ben bought an iPad and I already love it. If it weren't for papers to grade, showers to be taken, and sleep to be had, my eyes would probably burn out of my sockets while I used the ten hours of battery life this thing has. Yep that's right, ten hours.

But since I am a grown up an have to be responsible I will put it down and head to bed. I did love blogging with it though!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

i'm old and i have a problem

You know you are enjoying too many adult beverages when you can't remember the last night you didn't have one.

You know you are getting old when you can't go out on a work night and wake up feeling great the next day.

These are two things I have realized in the last few days.  Another conclusion I have come to is that I have wonderful friends and family.  Seriously, could not ask for much better.  I am one lucky girl.

This past weekend I worked, went to brunch with my mom, went to a cookout, hung out with the absolute best friends in the world (twice), enjoyed the annual airshow, and had a fresh fish cookout with some delicious home brewed beers.

How did I cram all of that into the last 5 days?  I don't know either.  Maybe that's why I was falling asleep on the way to work this morning.

That's why tonight is a boring old sit on the couch and relax night.  Ben and I had sushi Wednesday for the fourth week in a row.  It is becoming a little pattern for us and I really enjoy it.  Now we are hanging out with the puppy just enjoying the fall breeze coming through the window.

And it's already Wednesday!