Thursday, April 12, 2012

Recent Milestones

I have been loving spring break.  I am glad I didn't have to travel.  I'm just hanging out at home.  It has been good for me.  Even in this down time, when I tend to think nothing worth posting about is going on, I look closer and realize several little milestones have been reached in the recent past, let me share. 
  •  I voted on a reality TV show for the first time.  (It was the Voice; I love that show.)
  •  I bought a song on iTunes without Tom for the first time.  I am remembering how much I love music.  My current favorite artist to listen to is Lenka.  I also purchased some awesome, classic love songs to add to a playlist I'm working on.  I have wanted the Unchained Melody for a long time.  Now I have it.
  •  I ate daikon radish for the first time, loved it, bought one from the store, and didn't love it.  If you have good daikon recipes, let me know.  If not, then I can always put it in a stir-fry.  Almost all vegetables are welcome in a stir-fry.
  • I made lentil soup for the first time (I do love that Dutch oven from the last post).  
  • I made Oreo truffles for my dad's birthday, and we used cards to make a treasure hunt.  The royalty were directions and the numbers told how far to go.
  •  For the first time in a long time, I went to a baby shower and didn't cry at all that day.  Really! Not before or after.  It was a big deal for me to go, an even bigger deal not to cry for the whole day.  Maybe I'm getting better at ignoring.  Maybe I'm coping well.  Either way I consider it a little milestone.
  • I read an action/adventure book with Tom.  He's resisted reading together in the past. I broke him in with some light comedy, and we just finished Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.  I've won him over.  I miss my old book club so bad.  If you ever want to read the same book as me and then talk about it, I would love that. :)
  • I bought my first pair of hot pink shoes. They're running shoes, and I think the color does make me run faster.
  •  I almost finished my current oil painting. (check it out)
  • For the first time that I can remember, I was sick enough to miss work.  Then the paraprofessional in my classroom took over as part of preparing her for teaching next year, so I didn't teach those days either.  Then I had some professional development to go so I missed more work.  It is nice to know that, while it wasn't perfect, my classroom is set up enough to function without me.  
  • I took pictures of my little brother, Skyler, who is graduating High School this year!
  • My other brother, Trezor, is dating a sweet girl named Katie.    

This is why I love writing: it forces me to acknowledge the little but important things happening in my life.  I love writing, and I love pictures.  Hooray for blogs because we can have both.  This time, however, you have to match the photos up with their bullet points.  I didn't want to deal with sticking them in the right places.