Becca, Elbee and I started the morning with a 5-mile hike. It was pretty wet from the heavy rains we’ve been having, which enhanced the colors of the mountain and made the trees and grasses shimmer. I thought about how it’s been just about one year since I decided to have surgery on my foot, and that made me appreciate the absence of pain I’m now experiencing.
Mr. Wren and I did our weekly shopping. It probably sounds pretty boring, but I really enjoy doing those routine chores with Mr. Wren.
Mr. Wren talked to the satellite company, and they gave us NFL Sunday ticket free of charge! He has a real knack for getting deals. We spent much of the day watching all the games, which was fun and relaxing.
I haven’t seen you around much & am hoping you’re doing lot of fun, interesting & fulfilling things. Too bad you missed Chris when he stopped by.
I pushed through social anxiety and went to the gym where I won a 3-month membership, with the intention of taking an hour-long Zumba class. It turned out they were having an introductory sampler day, with half hours of all of their classes. I tried Zumba and TRX, both new to me, and also took floor aerobics, step aerobics, yoga and tai chi. It was really fun. I’m so glad I didn’t let fear keep me from trying!
The electric kettle I got for my birthday is wonderful. It helped me to make several cups of awesome pumpkin chai.
A lovely long soak with relaxing bath salts and a good book.
I take Becca & Elbee out early, while it’s still dark. This time, Elbee dawdled on the way back home, and I closed the gate before she was back in the yard. When I realized she was missing, I ran outside and called her. She came pretty quickly. I was overjoyed with relief!
I walked to and from a meeting that was held about a mile from my office.
A co-worker and I had a long discussion about our concerns about our boss. Nothing was resolved, but it felt good to know that I’m not the only one who’s worried…and angry.
I ordered a lot of clothes on super sale last week, and they arrived today. I really like all of them and am excited to wear a new outfit tomorrow.
A nice & supportive message from oldfatguy brightened an otherwise gloomy morning. Thank you!
Mr. Wren & I had a nice phone chat in the middle of the day.
I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my two work friends. Great company, interesting conversation, tasty Lebanese food, and fragrant cardamom-spiked hot tea.
I won a free three-months membership to the new local gym. Yahoo!
I looked at possible new office spaces with my favorite professor.
It was a quiet, productive and non-stressful day at work.
The spaghetti sauce that I made yesterday tasted even better today. Yum!
I treated myself to an hour of massage therapy after work.
I started the morning with a dawn hike. It rained the entire time, which was mostly quite pleasant, and Becca and Elbee loved being cool and wet.
Mr. Wren and I did our weekly shopping, then settled in for some happy football viewing, all to the backdrop of a day full of rain.
Our team and both our fantasy teams all won!
Becca & Elbee accompanied me to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk. They were such great company! They were adorable, friendly and well-behaved, even at an event that was crowded with people and dogs. Feeling proud of your pups feels great!
Mr. Wren got off work early, so we went out for dinner at the good place, and then enjoyed a walk in the cool evening. It was raining a little, so we didn’t walk too long. I could really feel autumn in the air.
I lit candles, made some tea, and the whole family snuggled up for a cozy evening of movie watching.
It’s Friday, which is always good for some happiness, and I had a half day at work for double the joy.
Everyone at work really liked the team t-shirts and gave me many compliments.
Becca, Elbee & I enjoyed a long mid-day hike through the deepening Autumn trees. Sunshine, fresh air, busy squirrels, happy dogs…bliss!
The shirts that I designed for our Memory Walk Team arrived. Very exciting, and I’m happy with how they look.
Playing grab the nose with Elbee. She got very excited and had a huge puppy fit.
One of the fellows I work with is adopting a dog tonight!
I enjoyed a deep & relaxing morning meditation time, a great way to start the day.
My attitude adjustment efforts paid off. I was able to stop myself from stepping into the fray and choose a different, more strategic, and more effective action.
Becca, Elbee and I enjoyed a perfect evening hike in the autumn splendors of our favorite state mountain park.
Lots of sunshine, lots of hiking and plenty of autumn beauty.
Mr. Wren, Elbee & I snuggled up and watched Silver Linings Playbook.
I had time to really get the house in order. It always feels much better when things are clean and in place.
Back to work happies:
My new car seat warmer. Even though it’s not yet cold out, I used it as a heating pad on a strained muscle, & it felt great.
I did a lot of running around on errands at work. It was nice to be out and about.
I was able to avoid getting roped into a meeting at the last minute.
Here’s the eagerest and purest, ganache-iest birthday cake I could find. Erm…what’s that you say? Panache, not ganache? Oops! In that case, I’ll just have to send wishes for a day and a year of vibrant joy and only happy accidents.
At dawn, the girls and I enjoyed a lovely, peaceful hike to Gobbler’s Gulch (named after the wild turkeys who live there, not UK naughtiness :::smile:::).
On the way home, I stopped to admire a flock of beautiful sand hill cranes.
The weather is perfect, and it felt great to have a whole day for puttering around the house, relaxing & just doing as I liked.
In the midst of another stressful workday, I took a few minutes for a water cooler chat about London. I love London and am so happy that I can talk about the city and visualize it.
It was a pleasant surprise to find Mr. Wren at home when I got home, so we were able to enjoy an evening hike together.
After the hike, we decided to visit to local burger drive through, where I got a delicious veggie burger, and Becca & Elbee each got a Milk Bone.
While hiking, we met up with a sweet couple who said nice things to and about Becca and Elbee. It always makes me happy when people appreciate my pups.
While hiking, I collected a few red maple leaves that caught my fancy.
Also while hiking, I picked up a golf ball that was resting at the base of a tree, deep in the woods. How did it get there?
We had such a downpour overnight that there was no need to water my garden. Yes, that made me happy. :)
I used a coupon for half off my favorite candles.
A nice, easy hike in the late summer sunlight. It feels so good to be in the fresh air and sunshine.
My boss was out of town…an excellent mood elevator!
The peaches that we bought from the orchard last week are good & ripe.
I stopped in to chat with a woman I met once. Her face lit up when she saw me, and I was expecting she wouldn’t remember ever meeting me. The ability to extend that kind of warmth to others is a real gift.
I came back to my office from a really annoying meeting and found that my brother had sent me an adorable flower arrangement for my birthday – white mums shaped into a puppy dog, surrounded by sweetheart roses and mini carnations.
Traffic was no worse on the first day of the fall semester than it was all summer. How did that happen?
Mr. Wren made me a green smoothie for supper.