I missed my Great List last week because I was heavily medicated. No need to worry, my dental procedure went swimmingly, but I didn’t think it was a good idea to attempt to write while under the influence. I’m back this week, on an off day since tomorrow is the 12th and that means 12 amazing (spoiler alert!) tailgating recipes are coming your way! You guys definitely should check those out. In the meantime, I’m here to share some gratitude with you all in the midst of a very busy week.
1. The Hubs tops my Great List this week. He works all. the. time. I hate adding things to his plate, but this week I was working in LA on Tuesday, and could not attend to any of my regular Tuesday duties, or take any responsibility for the 2 extra dogs we were hosting. The Hubs stepped in without question or complaint and handled it all. He even made it to the farmers market to pick up our CSA box which is way outside of his wheelhouse (he didn’t even know where the farmers market was) All the dogs got fed, and medicated where appropriate, and I came home after a looooong day to a happy household. As much as The Hubs and I are both very independent people, it’s so nice to know that there is someone I can rely on for help when I really need it.
2. Last week I took Leila out for ice cream. She’s almost 4 and we talked all about her birthday party (it’s at the beach with the “big waves” and of course I’m making her a Frozen themed cake) about her new school, and of course about ice cream…..and candy. This girl has an imagination for the ages. Jen was telling me that you pretty much can’t believe anything she says now, because she’s constantly making things up, but its all harmless, and hilarious, and I cannot get enough of her. Wild imaginations is my absolute, #1 favorite thing about children, and I will do anything to encourage them. This girl has never ceased to put a smile on my face, and I’m so grateful that we’re friends.
3. I’ve got a ton of interesting work projects going on right now. So many that it seems like a juggling act at times. Work always comes in waves like this, and I truly try to appreciate the times of feast, because the famine times can be a bit stressful. I’m very grateful for great clients, new partnerships, creative freedom, and the exchange of ideas. When I decided to change the direction of my life 4 years ago, this is what I envisioned. Sometimes I can’t believe that it really worked out!
It’s very early here on the west coast as I write this, and I’ve got a full day ahead of me, so I’m going to wrap this up. Seeing as it’s September 11th, I can’t help but mention how grateful I am to live in such a extraordinary country. The variety of ideas is what makes this country special, and despite our differences and disagreements, September 11th showed us how similar we all truly are. Deep down we’re all just people who want to be happy, whatever that means to each of us, and we are able to come together when it matters the most. Let this day be a reminder to you each year, to let go of your disagreements and frustrations towards one another and realize that we’re all just trying to make our way through a confusing world. Everyone has the capacity for sorrow and joy, so let’s make a conscious effort to spread more joy and less sorrow, even if just for one day.