Friday, May 24, 2013

Celebrating The Small Things

Today I'm pleased to join VikLit's weekly bloghop with a very simple and important purpose: celebrating the small things in life, whatever they may be.

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Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

—I planted lilacs last week. And, by 'I', I mean I told The Man where I thought the holes should be dug. Anyway, lilacs were planted last week...and they're still alive. This may seem like a laughable thing to celebrate, but if you saw my "garden," you'd understand.

—While I technically haven't even come close to starting on my May writing goals, I have three pages of notes that might help me get going on that.

—I spent a delightful afternoon at my mother's house with her, my sisters, my niece and a pair of precocious preschoolers. You know you're a failure at technology when a three year old has to remind you that a Kindle Fire is not a etch-a-sketch. Still, fun was had by all.

—At the beginning of the week, I set a goal to run/walk at least 10 miles before the end of the week. As of this posting, I've logged 13.5 miles. Which is good because I seem to be on a mission to eat all the food in my house and then some.

What are you celebrating this week?

Have a great (Memorial Day) weekend, all.


38 comments:

  1. Funny about the Kindle Fire.
    Don't worry, we kill everything we plant as well, so I understand the miracle of the lilacs thriving.

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    1. I seem to do all right with houseplants, but anything that's supposed to live outside is a completely different story.

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  2. Well done re your running mileage! :)

    My husband and I have this joke that whenever there's an upcoming household project, I should really just say what we both know is the truth - "We-Slash-You (meaning my husband) are going to..."

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yep. That's how most of the household projects work around here. =)

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  3. I thought an Etch a Sketch looked like Mitt Romney. Maybe that's what the child meant.

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  4. lol that's the kind of planting I would do too :D

    I walk/jog a minimum of 12 miles a week also but this week was a fail with everyone in my house being sick, ah well. Good for you! Also, taking a ton of notes for writing counts as part of achieving writing goals in my opinion ;)

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    1. Oh good. I was worried I wouldn't achieve anything writing-wise this month. =)

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  5. Great things to celebrate, I've got a lot of notes for my dissertation, I just haven't started writing it yet. Notes definitely count! :)

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    1. I'm very glad to hear that notes definitely count. Yay me!

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  6. Your gardening skills are superior to mine -- I can kill plastic plants -- and if you actually have written notes for your WIP, you're one step ahead of me. So those and the great "mileage" you're getting are well worth celebrating! :-)

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    1. It's true that I've never killed a plastic plant. At least I don't think so...

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  7. My husband does the gardening at our place, I'm not terribly good with plants either.Happy weekend to you :)

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  8. Thank you so much for the visit. I love your blog. I also need to seriously get down to finishing the novel. I've run out of excuses...

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    1. I've run out of excuses, too, but I still try to come up with more...

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  9. Family time sounds fabulous! All that running, no wonder you're so hungry! Best of the weekend to you. Happy Memorial Day!

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    1. The family time was fabulous. Never boring, that group.

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  10. As someone who very much lacks a green thumb, I can easily see why the lilacs surviving is worth celebrating!

    And wow, 13.5 miles?! Impressive!

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    1. With luck, I'll be celebrating two weeks of lilac life next week. =)

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  11. If a Kindle Fire can't etch-a-sketch, what good is it?

    And awesome on the miles - I haven't run that far since I was a kid and got caught in the hayloft with Mr. McGregor's daughter.

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    1. I didn't run/walk (mostly walk) all those miles all at once. I definitely couldn't do that. If there's ever a zombie apocalypse, I'm in trouble.

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  12. Not a runner, so duly impressed. Not a gardener either, so kudos there too.

    I'm just happy I made it through the week. What would make me even happier is a nap.

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    1. I walked more than I ran. I'm not much of a runner either. Shin splints. And, you know, laziness.

      Naps are awesome. I hope there's one in your future!

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  13. My goals: finish the first draft of Killer Stilettos.

    Question: Can Sir Poops and Hair Ball interview your fur peep?

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. Big and/or the Gator Girl would be happy to oblige.

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  14. I wake up expecting something amazing to happen everyday- it seldom disappoints. I love the minor miracles of life.

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  15. Well done on the 13 miles. Just thinking about running that far makes me feel tired. I can empathise about the garden to. Apparently the best intentions aren't always enough ...

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  16. LOL. Claim your accomplishments! Love the gardening story. Not everyone has that talent, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be able to enjoy it. Sounds like you had a great family get together. Writer’s Mark

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  17. Do they still make Etch-a-Sketch? Kids today wouldn't know what to do with something so simple. Or Spirograph. Or Colorforms. Yes, I'm tripping down memory lane now.

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  18. Whenever I manage to keep plants alive, it's cause to celebrate!

    Stopping by from the hop...

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  19. Expect something amazing to happen everyday is my motto.
    I am a huge believer in minor miracles- little things that make life worth living.

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  20. Is there cake? I'm not celebrating unless there's cake.

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  21. Congrats! Sounds like you have met with considerable success. :-)

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  22. Go you on the running goal!!

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  23. the vibe of this post was very relaxing and laid back. good for you! the writing goals will come easier that way! and great that you're running! you inspire me to make time to exercise!

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  24. Planting flowers is always worth posting about. (At least, if you have the kind of green thumb I do. Plants look at me and fall over dead.)

    Isn't it kind of annoying that three-year-olds can know so much about technology? I mean, we've had it around us longer, and it still mocks us. I wonder if they are born with a manual on how to work it all.

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  25. Sounds like you had a very blessed week. 13.5 miles-that's gotta be cake worthy.

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