Mid-Week Must Haves

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful. We let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine.”― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

I have decided that I need to read this quote if not each morning, at least a couple times throughout the week. Because, if I’m being honest, when I awake in the middle of the night feeling stressed, or am entirely overwhelmed in my days, gratitude is not always at the forefront of my thoughts. I figure that there is no better way to be grateful for your blessings than by counting them.

Which brings me to my mid-week must haves! My mid-week must haves are the experiences and people that help me to appreciate each day for what it offers. This week I am looking forward to the following must haves-

Frozen Yogurt. Fro Yo outings are a weekly thing for our household. I load mine with gummi worms and enjoy every last bite.

Wii Competitions. Dan and I get pretty intense in our Mario Kart races. He claims that he beats me every time, but let’s be real, I taught him all he knows. I am basically the equivalent of Mr. Miyagi in the ‘Karate Kid‘. Aka, I am Dan’s sensei.

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DVR. If you read my blog, you know that like all classy ladies, I have a deep appreciation for ‘The Bachelor‘. The fact that it is on, not once, but twice this week is simply glorious.

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Popcorn and m&ms accompanied by a glass of wine. I think that the ‘Hannah Montana’ theme song, ‘Best of Both Worlds’, was originally written about the coupling of these amazing products.

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Family Dinners. No surprise here, I love my mom and dad. They live about a block away from us, and I take full advantage of the proximity. I also take full advantage of my mom’s cooking, and our mother-daughter date nights. Last week, we headed out for Vietnamese. On that note, I have a new-found appreciation for Peanut Sauce. It is so good!Image

Reader Question: What are your mid-week must haves?

Little Things to Love

Last Year When I was little, the days leading up to Christmas seemed to move in slow-mo. We had an elf ladder with 25 steps that our raggedy elf climbed each day. I’m sure I must have counted the stairs ten times a day, making certain that I wasn’t behind. I wasn’t. I had time to practice Christmas carols-sorry mom and dad-organize our presents into separate piles, examine each package under the tree, and make educated guesses as to what Santa had dropped off early. Now I barely have time to turn on the Christmas lights at night, let alone find the wrapping paper, scissors and tape.

I realize that time is not going to slow down, and so, I must instead find ways to keep up, and in keeping up, appreciate the joys of the season. Although I’m sure I’ve said it before, I think it is worthy to say it again, I truly believe that the “little things” make up life.

This week’s little things to love:

Charades

Although we never got around to playing charades over Thanksgiving Break, sigh, we did manage to fit in a game at a white elephant gift party this past weekend. The ladies in the room were far more enthused by my initial suggestion to play, and yet by the end of the night, I would wager to say that the guys had an equally great time. Oh, and if you’re wondering, the girls won.

Family Dinners

I stole this phrase straight out of the Jersey Shore book. But I’m sure they stole it out of someone else’s book too. So, it’s all good. There are few things I love more than dinners at home with my friends. If I’m cooking, I usually do a vegetable lasagna or manicotti because that’s about as far as my culinary skills stretch. But my friend, Emily, is an amazing little chef, so anytime she cooks dinner it’s better than a restaurant anyway. Not to mention we don’t have to dress up or wear make-up.

Online Shopping

Thank goodness for online shopping. Honestly. I fully intended to do my shopping in-store, but after one failed attempt, I placed that dream aside. I love people, but not enough to fight over shopping carts with them. The internet is just so much more peaceful. And that’s what the holidays are all about, right?

Reading a Good Book

This past Saturday was 80 degrees, which on December 1, almost seems impossible. I took full advantage of the beautiful day by taking my 3 dogs and my Nicholas Sparks’ novel, The Best of Me, on the porch. It was incredibly relaxing, and if you ask me, much better than heading out to the hectic stores.

And now, time to turn on those Christmas lights!