It is currently pouring rain and the forecast says to expect more of the same into the next week or so. . Meh. Rainy days are important but they always just make me want to curl up on the couch with a book, a blanket, and a cup of tea. Ah well, work says I do indeed have to leave the house. . So here's a Friday Flashback photo to a day when it was sunny and lovely down by the water. I'll just pretend that's my reality today instead. . Where do you wish you were right now?
My body is at work but my brain is at the beach. . I had a mini panic attack on the bus today but I needed to get to work so I put on a guided meditation with my phone and closed my eyes and pictured the beach. The ocean always helps. . It's a little better in person but an imaginary beach is still pretty good. . What do you like to visualize when you meditate? I like picturing the forest too but beaches are usually my go-to.
I've seen some photos people have shared lately of trees covered in beautiful white blossoms. Well, our trees are white too - just that it's snow and not flowers. 😒 . Yes. Yes, it IS April 9th today. Why do you ask? . I'm still hoping for a ridiculously amazing summer. Eventually. . How was your weekend?
I just finished reading Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane so this feels like an appropriate photo today. . I've never read anything by him before (gasp, I know) but had always meant to. It was so friggin amazing that I can't wait to read more, as soon as I finish up my current books I have from the library. It's been awhile since I read something where the description was so vivid that I forgot where I was because my imagination was standing right inside the book. . What are you reading right now? Next up for me is Nights of the Living Dead, an anthology of short zombie stories!
Water heals me every time. I've been sick at home the past two days but I wish I could've walked and sat by the water - I know it would have been beneficial. . Instead I slept, and ate soup, and read, and did some very gentle yoga, and I think all of that helped because I'm finally feeling human again. . What always makes you feel better?
Hey guys! Look! It's spring! . From now on I do not want to see anything white on the ground unless it's sand or the white foam of crashing waves. Okay? Thanks. . In other news who else is relieved it's almost the weekend?
Oh you know, just drinking a bit of coffee and indulging in denial over the fact that my vacation week is coming to a close! 😭☕ . What are you up to for your Friday evening?
We had a nor'easter with such insanely high winds the other day that part of our fence blew down. Now the snow is mostly melted and I walked to my mailbox in running shoes because it's like spring. . I'm off for March break this week and I can't believe it's already Thursday. Trust me the week NEVER flies by this fast during a work week. . Anyone know how I can slow time down? I'm not ready for this to be over so soon!
If you tell people you're on vacation they often ask if you're going anywhere. I'm not gonna lie, I would love to be on a sunny beach in the Dominican, working on my rusty Spanish skills. . But I also love a good quiet staycation which is what I'm enjoying right now. We may go to the library or to see a movie but mostly we're just laying low and enjoying a whole week with no school and no work. . What's your favorite thing to do on staycation?
Do you ever feel like you're the only person left in the whole world? . (Until you get on the bus and remember That Yes, there are TONS of other people and they're all sneezing and coughing around you. Sigh.)
Yesterday my biggest girl who is 15 had eye surgery. Again. For the 3rd time. This recovery has been the hardest one of all for her. . I am so grateful I could book a specially authorized vacation day yesterday (technically there was no availability but my manager is great). I am grateful that I was able to call in today with no pushback after she asked me to stay home with her. I am grateful that my workplace understand the importance of work life balance. . I still wish I worked for myself and could stay home with her again until she's fully recovered. But for now I am grateful.
D is for Daydream. I know it's not even the end of February but I'm daydreaming of sunny days outside with a glass of wine. . What are you dreaming of? #scenefromtheceiling . (Huge huge shout out to @allthatisshe for inspiring me and even more for encouraging me on Twitter to try something new.)
Halifax remembered that winter in Canada = snow. I didn't mind too much. It did mess up some of our plans but I shoveled and took yoga pictures in the snow, cleaned the bedroom, and relaxed so it wasn't all bad. . Plus there's really nothing like a cup of green tea after pushing 5-10 cm of snow out of your driveway. . Do you have snow in your area right now?
Not many things are better than a weekend. Except a long weekend. I am SO grateful for three days off work. . I have a fantastic mix of mini plans, total relaxation, and creative endeavors in store. Now it's Saturday night and I'm waiting on a late supper while pondering whether to watch a movie or read tonight or maybe start season 2 of The Crown. The best part is I still have two whole days ahead of me. . What are you up to this weekend?
I don't feel like I need a special day to tell someone that I love them but since it IS Valentine's day I will say that I love him more every single day. I will never take for granted all the amazing things he does for me or for our family or the sacrifices that he has made for everyone else's benefit. And believe me there's a LOT. . It's been an adventure since day one and I am so lucky.