Today was one of those days when I’m just happy to be alive! I haven’t felt this content and “smiley” in about a month, so it’s a welcome change. Sometimes it’s important to just appreciate the simple pleasures life brings us, which is exactly what this post is all about.
One of my recent goals was to spend more time with my friends and today I met one of my best friends, Di, for coffee and to catch up on the past month or so of our lives. Di and I talked about everything – Lulu’s death, her ex, my sister/nieces, her kids, taxes, my weight loss, her work, my work, lap and surgery, being (almost) 40, and how excited I am about Sofi (whichever puppy she may be). It was so good to catch up, and we both said we wanted to make sure that we got together again soon.
Now, normally I wouldn’t celebrate potential sun damage, but I was just happy it was sunny enough today for me to get a bit of a color. I NEVER burn, but I guess the sun was just intense where Di and I were sitting. The day started out overcast, but as we sat there for 3 1/2 hours, the sun came out in full force. The nice thing is that this mark will be gone by tomorrow morning. The sad thing is, so will the sun: the weather forecast is calling for morning showers. Ugh. But “April showers bring May flowers, right?”
Pandora! I absolutely love this new Lenka radio station I made about a month ago. Lots of A Fine Frenzy, Kate Nash, Adele, and even some Jason Mraz. Having music in the background just makes any other task more manageable, to me. This afternoon I’ve been grooving to this music and making dinners, doing laundry, changing sheets, and blogging. I’ve been using Pandora for the last 3 years or so, but I’ve noticed that it’s becoming more popular lately. Do you use Pandora? What station do you love? I’m always on the lookout for new music.
My sister picked my nieces up from their old house today (they spent their week off with their dad) and she brought home a bunch of lemons from her old Meyer lemon tree in the back. Thankfully, my sister shares! I love the way that lemons brighten up everything from fish, to salad dressing, to water. I can’t wait to use these all week.
In keeping with my Scrumptious Sunday, I did a little bit of make-ahead cooking today. I was starving after my coffee chat with Di (it was 2pm!) so I decided my Lean & Green was going to be a late lunch. I’m so glad I did that because now I have 4 other meal replacements to enjoy throughout the course of my reality-tv-watching Sunday evening. I made ground turkey taco salad today, and have enough seasoned turkey for two more salads. I also baked a piece of salmon that I’m planning to have with asparagus tomorrow night. So, 3 other meals ready and waiting for me. Friday the rain is finally supposed to end and I’m hoping I’ll be able to bbq some chicken.
I’ve been reading A Dog’s Purpose for the last 3 weeks, but today I got some solid time to read quite a bit of it, and I love it. I started it right after Lulu died, and I have to say that reading it has really helped me get through her death and the loss and emptiness that has come with it. The book is told from a dog’s perspective, and it actually gave me a lot of insight (even though I know it’s fiction). The author consulted with lots of dog behavior experts, including Cesar Milan, and so I think he was able to capture life from a dog’s perspective perfectly. This book is for anyone who loves dogs, and it has truly offered me a huge amount of comfort.
While my official weigh-in isn’t until Wednesday, I am confident to report that since Wednesday I have already lost the 3.6 lbs that I gained last week. I have been following Medifast strictly since then and it is definitely paying off on the scale. I’m thrilled that a bit more effort on my part is going to pay off. I should hit my mini goal in no time at this rate.
And, finally, I’ll end my Sunday Smiles with new photos of flowers that I’ve put all around the house. I’ve never considered myself a great floral arranger, but lately I’ve been impressed with the way I’ve been able to display all the flowers we have in our garden. I wanted to make sure to cut lots of flowers today because of the rain in the forecast for this week. The flowers make me feel like I’ve brought a bit of springtime into the house and that definitely makes me smile. Enjoy!
Cala Lillies are my favorites, and I love the way this looks in my living room.
Basically the same bouquet as last week, but the lighting was different and made the roses look almost florescent.
My favorite bouquet of the week. The vase matches the bathroom perfectly, the freesia smell heavenly, and the colors - gorgeous!!
How was your weekend? What did you do that brought a smile to your face?
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