Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How are you?

It's a question we ask and are asked dozens of times every day.  It's one of the first phrases we learn to say in a different language.  I kind of hate the question, and yet I continue to ask it.  It's an ice breaker, and hopefully, for most people that I ask, they feel like they can answer it honestly.  And yet most of us instinctively answer with "Fine." "Great!" or some other non-answer.

What would it sound like if we answered this question honestly?

For me it would sound like this:

  • I am tired.  No amount of sleep will allow me to not feel tired, as much of it is mental and emotional exhaustion.  
  • I have too many balls in the air.  But to be honest, I'm not sure I could successfully juggle 2 at one time right now. 
  • I am scared - that I'm not enough - for my kids, for my job, for my team. 
  • I am blessed - I have so much to be thankful for - health, family, a home, a great job, friends.
  • Sometimes I'm bored.  So I create busy work for myself and the people around me so I can feel productive - and to feel like I'm enough.  
  • And let's be honest, most of the time I could honestly answer that question with I am hungry.  
So, to summarize, I'm fine.  :)  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What I Love

So the other day in facebook land, I joined the many who posted this status update:

ANYONE that knows me knows I love ______.
Post this as your status & see the crazy things people say you love. 

It was surprising to me some of the things that were said numerous times and the things that were NOT said.

No big surprise, Florida and Disney came up often.  I do love Florida and plan on moving back there as soon as possible!  I love Disney too - everything about it.  Carlos is a former Disney "cast-member" and loves Disney and I'm so glad this is something that he shared with me and that we now share with our kids.  What WASN'T said was that I just love travel in general.  Because I do.  I love to travel.  Right now with little kids, Florida and Disney are just easy choices for vacations.  I am looking forward to the time when we can venture a bit further from home and check off some international destinations!

The next category was food - avocados were mentioned more than once, and also Mexican food, Reese's peanut butter cups, and my father-in-law's "tortas y habichuelas."  These things are definitely true.  Also, I think in general someone could have just put "food" and that would have covered it as well! Actually, someone did put good food and fun times so that just about sums it up!

Dancing and swing dancing were listed.  I would say that is probably my favorite activity, and it is so sad that we aren't able to go out dancing more often now.  For now, we dance every chance we get, whether it's in a living room, at a restaurant, or at a concert.

The most popular answer was books.  Also true.  How could a librarian NOT love books?  Other mentions that are in this category were being a library lady, technology, and grammar.  Although I do have to say I love USING technology - I'm not as much of a fan of fixing or being in charge of technology!  In the library I prefer my books!

Shoes and style were listed.  I do definitely love shoes - especially sandals.  Winter shoes, not so much.  I was kind of surprised that dresses and cardigans weren't listed.  Also, I like style, but I don't necessarily feel like I'm stylish.  Most things that are in style look ridiculous on me.  Plus right now I'm torn between being stylish and being comfortable.

Rodan+Fields was mentioned several times.  I know that people know I love R+F, but I'm not sure that people completely understand WHY I love it.  First of all, I love what it has done for my own skin.  I'm a self-proclaimed Reversaholic and I'm currently working to reverse this summer's sun damage!  The other reason I love R+F is because of the friendships I have made and the team I am on.  This camaraderie is something I didn't realize that I needed or wanted, but it has been a huge positive influence in my life!

A few famous people made the list - Harry Connick, Jr. and John Barrowman.  I'm happy to say that because of Carlos, I have met both of these people!

My church, Sojourn Church made the list, as did my Mom and Dad (that was put there by my Mom! ha!), and my babies!  (Of course!)

A few things out of left field were Spanish and the 4th of July.  I do love Latin music and food, and I WISH I could speak Spanish, but it still kind of surprised me.  My favorite holiday is probably Christmas, but this was said by a friend from Florida who has seen me enjoy the festivities there.  4th of July IS a fun event in Florida - with each community planning an outside event with live music on the actual day of Independence.  Where I live in Georgia, there is ONE gigantic event that is way too crowded and is usually the week BEFORE the 4th of July.  So weird.  Plus the fireworks laws are way too lax and you have the entire month of July filled with neighborhood fireworks that keep the kids up at night.  But I digress . . . .

Another random item (but totally true!) was YELLOW!  :)  That is definitely my favorite color, followed VERY closely by turquoise.

Some items that could have been listed but weren't?

  • fuzzy blankets
  • roller coasters
  • shopping at thrift stores
  • taking pictures
  • cool fonts
  • seeing and hearing my kids read
  • Doctor Who, Sherlock, Parks and Rec
  • memes
  • bookstores
  • sleeping in
  • Doris Day movies
  • good harmonies
  • hymns (mostly because of the harmonies)
  • quotes
  • BLUE pens
  • IKEA
  • planners - especially NEW planners
  • crunchy ice (also known as "good ice")
So there you have it - all the weird little random things I love!  :)