I have always wanted to do this. My lovely friend Paula always does this and I enjoy reading her “Simple Pleasures” week after week…But then mom got sick. And then she got sicker. And then she was gone. And nothing was simple. Even the simpler times were too fragile for me to write about them. Or maybe I was too fragile! Yeah, that sounds about like me…
Anyway – I have studied for over 3 hours today. The trash cans are rolled back in. One kiddo is home and one is not quite ready to be picked up. Sophie, the rescue beast is in a ball on the red sofa and I really wanted to write….so, here is my first attempt at a Simple Woman’s Daybook Post!
Outside my window…it’s fall. It’s overcast and the leaves are covering the ground (much to my OCD neighbor’s chagrin) Grandpa’s handmade reindeer is standing guard under the oak tree …I’m pretty sure he is watching me out of the corner of his wooden eye. Or maybe he’s looking over his reindeer shoulder to admire the festive red and green ribbons around his neck!
I am thinking…how contented I’ve become this holiday season. I’m also thinking about whether or not to go through the hassle of frying bacon for the burgers tonight since it’s just Murph and me and he would be over the moon for a bacon cheeseburger!
I am thankful…for my friends and family. I may not be technically needy, but I am so grateful to know I have people I can call any time I need a verbal hug or to laugh out loud or to just take my mind off the grief I am still going through since losing mom.
I am wearing…running pants (with absolutely no intention of running), a white t-shirt and the coziest gray hoodie (it’s my husband’s), white footies and Nike sneaks. Having a great hair day, but no one is going to be the wiser…unless the middle schoolers walking by my car took time to notice and be wowwed!!! (HA)
I am creating…a dough ornament for my daughter. I want her to have a cheer ornament this year and I’ve decided I’m just going to have to make it to get what I want. I’ve never done salt dough before, so it may take a couple of tries.
I am going…Well, I was supposed to be going to lunch with a dear friend…but I got a text that she ended up in the ER with a broken toe. She’s fine…but I was so bummed. I’m also going to drop my daughter off at dance and pick my son up from weightlifting. I did all my shopping and errands over the weekend, so I can stay pretty close to home!
I am wondering…if I am going to be able to maintain this high level of studying for my Exam. I’d like to schedule it for the week between Christmas and New Year’s and so far, I am on a roll…can I keep it up!?
I am reading…the Kaplan Series 6 Exam prep manual…over and over and over. Highlighting, notating, big stars, lots of underlined words. EEEEEK!
I am hoping…that my kids escape winter break with little or no homework so we can just enjoy the time together. Of course, that could be because my daughter had 2 major projects due today and my brain is tired from watching her work, work, work all day yesterday!
I am learning…that no matter how many times I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” – I will get so angry when Potter takes Uncle Billy’s money and I will admire Clarence’s ability to not give a hoot what anyone thinks about his clothes and hot mulled wine and I will cry and cry and cry when the town shows up with money for George Bailey.
Around the house…it is a holiday wonderland. I have been collecting Christmas decorations for as long as I can remember and it shows. It has officially spilled into every single room this year.
In the kitchen…potatoes are scrubbed for a couple of bakers and bacon cheeseburgers are on the menu since it’s just me and the boy. Barbeque for him and just plain for me, but with the giant honey wheat buns and the pepper jack cheese! YUM…oh yeah, and my special spices for the burgers.
I am pondering…what to make to take to the neighborhood Christmas Eve party this year. Something yummy. But I dare not spend too much time on Pinterest or I will never pass my exam!
Favorite Quote for Today…“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
One of my Favorite Things…Holiday white chocolate covered pretzels with the bits of peppermint on top…they show up in the store, they end up in my shopping cart and suddenly, they are all gone!
A few plans for this week…Studying, studying, studying. Spending today taking practice exams on section 1 & 2, tomorrow digging into section 3, Wednesday – going Christmas shopping with my husband and then to a Christmas concert at my friend’s church, Thursday – meetings and more studying, Friday – lunch with my hubby and some holiday baking. I also hope to get a few walks in with my neighbor – we solve all the problems of the world on our walks!
A peek into one of my days…the halls are decked!