Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy (not strictly a book blog, although she does a lot with reading) has suggested a link-up in which we make a list of things that are saving our lives right now. With February looming, she feels (and I concur) that it's definitely time to focus on what's helping us make it through the time when the holiday lights are down, but the cold and dark seem unending.
As you know if you've ever visited my blog before, I tend to ramble, but I'm going to try really hard to keep this to bullet points.
- Having a job that includes paid sick days. I felt lousy a couple of weeks ago, and being able to take time to recover without having to worry about my family's finances is such a gift. (At least it is in this country. I hear that in some places, it's considered a basic human right. Ahem.)
- The Keurig coffee maker my colleague bought in to work. Not only does it make decent coffee quickly, but I can have a second cup, decaf, later in the day.
- My unicorn socks make me happy every time I wear them, and seem to make others happy as well.
- My ongoing love affair with our library.
- My new position at work, which is SO MUCH FUN, which is really highlighting how not-fun teaching had gotten for me over the past several years.
Going to bed on time and getting enough sleep. J/k! It would sure be a good idea though.
- Reading aloud. To my kids, to my students. Love it.
- The enthusiasm with which my kids greet me at the end of my work day.
- My husband's Tom Yum soup, which I like to call Jon Yum soup, since his name isn't Tom.
- Noisli.com, an app that lets you customize white noise--right now I have rain, thunder, and a train in the distance.
- My husband and I have started watching movies or Netflix TV on weekends the last 2 months. We hadn't done that in a long time (like, since before kids), and it's--nice. Not demanding, not kid-centered, just something we can do together and chat about between.
- Meds. Mine, his, and his. The better we are about taking them, the better we all do. Bless my daughter's peaked little head for not needing meds to be herself.
- A couple of years ago I got a sweatshirt made with the logo of my husband's wine. I then proceeded to borrow it on many occasions, so he got me one of my own for Christmas. It's super soft and cuddly and a nice winey burgundy. PLUS, the logo doesn't look or sound obviously wine-related, so I can wear it to school.
- Almond butter and avocados have become my friends as we've
suffered throughtaken on a month of Paleo eating. (Not together. Eww. Just that if I bring an avocado and a spoon, or some almond butter and fruit, they get me through my after-work snackiness without me missing sweets.)
- Along the same line, there's a Sloppy Joe recipe in a Paleo cookbook I borrowed from the library that is so good. It's become our comfort food in lieu of old favorites like mac and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs.
- I just stumbled across this website that among other things, features authors telling you how to pronounce their names. Jon Scieszka? Carl Hiaasen? Kadir Nelson? Got it covered. I could spend days going through their lists of authors. They also have mini videos in which author's talk a little about their work, or read from their books. Really fun.