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The Family Does Sambokojin

August is a special month for our family, mainly because it starts with Mom's and Hannah's birthdays. This year, we did something different, something the little boys certainly hadn't experienced before. We went to Sambokojin, my current favorite buffet place. (It's no secret I like buffets . Who doesn't?) So, on August the first, we went to pick up Hannah, Mark, and Achi at the airport as they had gone to the beach for Hannah's birthday. Their flight was horrendously late, though, so we had to wait at a coffee shop so that the kids would be comfortable somehow. Sam did enjoy picking out items on the menu with his Granny.

When Grown Ups Collect "Toys"

It's been a busy month for me, but I am thankful for the little pockets of time that have allowed me to get a little bit of fun. While I've always maintained that I am not one to like shopping, there is something about it - when you find things that you actually want to have. I suppose even grown ups can have their toys, yeah? There are people who collect coins - antique ones, army challenge coins , or newly minted ones. There are people who collect LEGO. Whatever floats your boat, I say. And here is the stuff that has been floating my boat recently. The 10th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver

Three Things I am Grateful for Today: An Experiment

Today, I was told that whenever I feel low and start getting agitated - which I have been a lot in recent times - I should name three things that I am grateful for. This is something that many of us know in theory - a grateful heart is the best cure for the blues. In practice, though, it is not always that easy. It's like saying "Think positively", "Control your thoughts", and so on. In any case, I do want to have a more positive outlook and to stop feeling blue all the time. So here I am, naming three things I am grateful for today. Taking things one step further, I am writing them on my blog so I am accountable to the handful of people who actually read my ramblings.

Notes to Self in Times of Turmoil

It hasn't been an easy time for me lately. Not for a while. There have been sporadic periods of pure awesomeness, but I have to admit that I am not handling things very well. I have a lot to be thankful for, but I also have a lot that stresses me out. Or maybe, I am adding to the "ambient stress" myself. Who knows? I found this apt poster on Pinterest, which I think will be in my head regularly.

From Plans of Lounging at the Beach to Navigating the Concrete Jungle

So my yearning for a ukelele has somehow abated. Somehow. I've been distracted by certain events that happened over the weekend. I have not been hiding my excitement about a weekend trip to the beach, but for some reason, plans fell through. I could have sulked - was tempted actually - but I've been trying to avoid negativity in my life, so I thought, might as well make the most of things. So there I was on a Saturday afternoon...