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Feeling Grateful on a Monday

Feeling Grateful on a Monday

I had a real count-my-blessings day yesterday, for various reasons. The day was far from perfect, but what day isn’t a mixture of good and bad and a whole lot of in-between. I caught myself just staring out at my backyard and thinking how lucky I am. How perfect things can feel for a few moments. How looks can be deceiving, things can certainly look perfect from the outside, but also how they can really be pretty perfect, even if for only a short time.

  • Now, before things get too serious around here, let’s talk about candy. I don’t have a serious sweet tooth, for all the baking I love to do. I can say no, I can pass things up, I don’t have daily cravings. I do, however, love candy. Chewy candy in particular. I’ve always been a fan of jelly beans, from the cheap grocery store ones to the fancy gourmet ones and all the sour chews in-between. And licorice, don’t get me started on licorice. I’ve loved it since I was little. When I went to Iceland last year I thought I’d died and gone to heaven, talk about a country obsessed with licorice, it was everywhere. Turns out this is a Northern European obsession in general. Who knew?! Anyway, I think I have to get to Sweden, very soon. How to Eat Candy Like a Swedish Person.
  • The World Cup starts very soon and it is weirdly quiet in my house. In years past the World Cup ground things to a halt, or at least demanded a serious reorganization of life to work around viewing certain matches. Depending on times zones there have been years of viewing games while doing morning prep at the Inn. Years of interrupting evening dinner service to catch just a minute or two. I’m not sure why interest has dropped off. Hubby has become more and more annoyed with his country’s team. And the US didn’t make it in this time around. But Iceland? The smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup is going for the very first time this summer. That’s going to be must-watch TV.
  • Unrelated to anything I’ve talked about so far, I’ve just heard about these mosquito repelling bracelets, Para’Kito, and I’ve already ordered some. Because I am a mosquito magnet extraordinaire. I have high hopes. Fingers crossed. They even make fancy ones to wear to dressed up outdoor parties. If you were a person who attended dressed up outdoor parties.
  • In case you needed some motivation or just generally wanted a reminder about how awesome people can be, I read about this guy, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. He’s an NFL player, plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. And he just finished his medical degree. The only active NFL player to ever become a doctor. Yay for having big goals and sticking with them. And yay for taking the time needed to get there.
  • In the file of simple, effective ideas I read about The Burrito Project. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Burritos to feed the poor or homeless. It’s easy, portable, nutrient-packed food. And tasty. It doesn’t go anywhere near fixing everything, but it’s just a great, simple idea. There are Burrito Projects popping up all over the country.
  • And last for today, back to a serious note, I’ve been doing some reading about Death with Dignity. I know this topic is a minefield of emotion. But I am proud that Vermont allows this to be part of the conversation. Here’s to us all having choices, throughout our lives, to live as we feel best.
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