Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gratitude to Bliss Forever! :)

I apologize for taking so long to update this blog- Things have been kind of crazy for me even after Passover. I'm going to do two things in this post. First, I'm going to list some highlights, not necessarily in chronological order, of the days, almost a full month now, since my last post. I'm not going to attempt to write my top five for every single day because there's no way I can remember five things on specific days and also such a long post would bore you to tears! Second, I'm going to announce a change to my postings for the future.

Ok, here are some highlights:

1. I found out that I somehow won both a Gratitude to Bliss journal and a coaching session.
2. We got the kittens! :)
3. Our friend who gave us the kittens came over the second night of Passover. She told us wonderful stories about her life experiences. She's in her fifties so she's had decades of exeriences!
4. The weather has been getting warmer.
5. Hubby randomly decided to get me some flowers, beautiful yellow tulips.
6. Rena had her first visit to the doctor here in Seattle. The doctor's office thoughtfully put baby toys out both in the waiting room and in the examination room, so she had a great time! :) The doctor was very nice, as well. Also something had to be tested just to make sure there was nothing wrong and so far the tests have all come back negative.
7. I got a little lost looking for a hardware store so I had a chance to take a long walk and explore more of our neighborhood.
8. On the phone, my mom told me something along the lines of it always keeps her going to talk to me.
9. Today an old friend who now lives in Israel, so we don't get to talk much, called me and left a voicemail message just to say hi. She inquired about Rena and how things are going in Seattle. I was pleased that she remembered that we'd moved to Seattle.
10. We got a new desktop computer because there was a problem with our laptop and we already had a monitor for a desktop. So we get to make a fresh start. Also we didn't have to spend as much money on the desktop as we would have had we gotten a new laptop. Hubby is really happy with it, too. It has great resolution which is nice because he likes to chill on the computer after work, watching a movie or playing a game.
11. I've finally build all our little bookshelves so I can finally set up all the books.
12. Our plants are still growing beautifully! :)
13. I got some pretty green hangers to help me organize our big walk-in closet that I love.
14. I got and began implementing an idea to raise money to pay tuition for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition! :) Stay tuned for details!
15. A family at our synagogue invited us for a Shabbat lunch at their house. There were a bunch of young kids there, including a boy who's just one month older than Rena. So Rena made tons of new friends! :) I'm grateful that I've been trying to get Rena used to healthy food. She was playing with this boy while he was eating a cookie, but she expressed no interest in eating a cookie herself. She's more likely to try to grab some fruit that another kid (or adult) is eating.
16. We needed checks to pay the rent. I had no idea where they were at first, but then I remembered that we had a brand-new, unopened box of checks. I couldn't remember exactly where they were, but I found them quickly because I had an idea where I could find them. I managed to pay our rent on time.
17. One Sunday, Rena and I visited her Grandma and Grandpa (my father-in-law and step-mother-in-law) at their huge house with their huge property. I took a Seattle bus for the first time to get to the ferry, and we managed to make the first one of the morning just when it was boarding. At their house, we had party sandwiches and pie. We walked along the beach and picked up shells, and we relaxed on the grass while Rena picked and played with dandelions. We will have to make another visit because hubby couldn't come this time, and also we didn't see the chickens or do any gardening this time.
18. I was able to find organic, whole wheat matzah and even organic, whole wheat matzah meal at Whole Foods. I have a big post planned for my Foodiscovery blog about my organic food saga.
19. We have lots of clean clothes! They came from moving boxes that I just recently unpacked and laundered.
20. My parents have to move from their house to an apartment this summer, and my mom told me she's been making progress with sorting through their stuff. Also they've been getting friends to help them with such things as taking donations of furniture to Goodwill. I'm grateful that my parents have local friends to help them out like that, since I can't travel to Cincinnati (where they still live and where I was born and raised). I'm also grateful that they're holding onto a lot of my stuff until I'm able to come and sort through it, rather than just getting rid of everything. They're going to put it in storage until I can come. Also I'm grateful that, in Cincinnati, they'll be able to get a two-bedroom apartment for cheap.

Announcement: Instead of posting daily a list of five things for which I'm grateful, I'm going to list, once a week, the highlights for the previous week. The other days I'm going to post other things like I used to in this blog, such as yayful quotes, website, music, etc. Also my husband gave me the idea to profile people. I guess I'll interview people with inspiring stories and/or who have made a difference. Stay tuned!

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