1. I’ve been working at home since Wednesday, and will continue through next Tuesday. As a teacher, I never get to work from home, so this has been a unique experience. I have worked from home before, while I had a summer job, but it’s somehow different this time. I enjoy the fact that I can get up at 6:45 and be ready to work by 7:30 (I’m never ready that quickly on a normal day, since I have to shower, dress, and commute). I also love that I can “take a break” and go workout in the morning. The hardest part of working from home is the balance. It’s very easy to get lost online doing things other than working, but it’s also very easy to work well past the normal work hours. I’m not sure I’d do well with it on a regular basis, though. I need the distinction between work and home that comes with going in to work, even though I hate having to wake up so early. Most of all, I miss the human interaction that comes with teaching. But, it’s definitely been a great way to begin the new year, because I’ve gotten workouts in every day, and I’m starting habits that will last all winter (and year, but let’s start with one thing at a time).
2. I joined and started using Instagram. I’m still getting used to it, and have only posted one photo (my dinner last night), but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it quickly and start posting tons of photos. If you’d like to follow me, I’m bellablogger. Leave me any tips and tricks for getting the most out of Instagram in the comments.
3. While I was really disappointed that Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for an Oscar as best director for Argo, I am thrilled that Silver Linings Playbook has been. I loved that movie, and I think both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence showed strong acting chops in the movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it. On the Oscars note, I love that I’ve seen so many of the nominated films this year. Have you seen any of them? Which one was your favorite?
4. Tomorrow I’m going to my first Zumba class in months, and I’m really excited! My plantar fasciitis has gotten much better, and I’m hoping it lasts through the class. To continue my buddy workouts, I’m going with my friend Ani, which will make it even more fun. Plus, I can’t wait to wear my Zumba shoes!
5. Goal #8 for my 13 in 13 is to keep up with my Google Reader/blogs I read. I’ve done fantastic on it this week, and I’m proud to say that I’ve commented on nearly every post I’ve read. To me, commenting is as important as reading them, because that way I’m offering the blogger my support, encouragement, or advice. I’d much rather read fewer blogs but comment on most of them than the reverse. I know how much I appreciate it when people leave me comments (thanks, guys!), and I hope my comments mean as much when I write them.
I have one addition to the Friday 5, and since it’s been so long since I’ve done one, I think it’s ok to sneak in a 6th.
Yesterday, this arrived in the mail:
Meghann @ LifeAfterSleeve (aka ScaleWarfare) sent me this card, and it completely made my day. Not only is Thoreau one of my favorite philosophers/writers, but that quote is also one of my favorites. It fits everything that’s going on with my life right now so perfectly, too. Does this girl know me, or what? Thanks so much, Meghann, that card absolutely made my day, and it’s got a prominent place on my fridge to remind me of my dreams, and of our friendship.
On a side note, Meghann sent me the card as one of her 52 in 2013. The basic ideas is to write down 52 ideas of things to do, some easy, some more challenging, and put them on different slips of paper and in some sort of container. Then, each week, she pulls out one of the sheets and completes that week’s task. I absolutely adore this idea, and I may do it next year. As it is, I may join in on some of her challenges this year.