1. Surviving the Grocery Store
It would be an understatement to say the grocery store was crowded today. Below freezing temperatures, snow, and horrible wind chills are in the forecast here, so everyone has been rushing to the store to get their milk, eggs, and bread (we’ll all survive on french toast I guess). I felt like I was pulling into the mall parking lot on Christmas Eve.
Once I finally found a parking spot and made my way into the store, I had to wait inside the entrance just to get a cart. One woman got tired of waiting and reluctantly grabbed the lone cart with the built-in car seat. It was hysterical to see her and her non-existent baby as we crossed paths in the store.
I bought some stuff to make my first crockpot stew and a few other items, so we’ll have food in case we get snowed in.
2. Laughing at Myself
There’s something about laughing at yourself out loud that is so funny. I’ve mentioned before I’m teaching in China this summer, so while I was at the library, I picked up a Chinese audio CD. I popped this is while I was driving around running errands.
The CD begins with a Chinese conversation between two people followed by an English speaking narrator guaranteeing you will learn what the people said and how to say it yourself (ha). Listening to the conversation and the guarantee was funny enough.
Then, the narrator began prompting you to repeat certain phrases. He would start by having you say parts of the phrase. Afterwards, he prompted you to say everything together. He kept saying, “Say excuse me.”
I would awkwardly repeat the Chinese phrase of what I had practiced. However, after a few more times of being told to repeat the phrase- I was yelling, “Excuse me. Excuse me.” I realized instantly I was no longer ‘speaking’ in Chinese, but had quickly resorted back to English. I’m pretty sure this CD is going to provide some comical car rides.
I should also add I realized after listening for awhile I had selected the wrong Chinese dialect, so I wasn’t even learning the language of where I’ll be. This provided additional laughs.
3. Time at Home
The idea of being snowed in and forced to stay at home sounds wonderful . I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a snow day Monday, so I’m prepping to be at home for the next few days. I ran all of my errands and tried to do things outside of my house today while I still could. Repeats of Scandal, a large stack of books, grading, and organizing are all calling my name. I’m looking forward to Sunday (usually my most dreaded day of the week) and being able to work on things at my leisure.
4. New Friends
I love the connections I’ve already formed with my first few blog posts. People have been so welcoming and encouraging.
I’m also excited about plans this week to meet up (snow pending) with a new friend I met at All Write last summer. As I called to chat with her today about the weather and how it might impact our plans to meet, I love how she gently reminded me as we were getting off the phone that today was Saturday.
I could tell she was saying she noticed I hadn’t shared my celebration yet. I’m so grateful to have people who are encouraging me on my path and making me accountable to keep writing. Thank you, LeAnn.
5. Finding My OLW
I felt stuck when it came to choosing my word for the year. When I was talking with a friend the other night- she said, “I want to see you thrive this year.”
I barely heard what she said afterwards because THRIVE THRIVE THRIVE kept playing over in my head. There’s my word, I knew it instantly.
I’m excited to reflect on what I’m doing each day to ensure I’m thriving in 2014.