I have six biological sisters whom I love and adore. I am grateful for them!
I am also grateful for my sisters in spirit - both those, like Cynthia, Chris, Louise, and Vickie, with whom I am currently working on a committee, and those who work at the Draper Temple where I was able to worship today.
I don't watch much television. The Amazing Race is probably the only show I've watched consistently over the past several years. There are a few shows that we've watched or are watching via NetFlix. There are a few others that I'm currently recording on the DVR for possible future viewing.
A week or so ago I realized I had a dozen or so episodes of Blue Bloods on the DVR and decided to watch a few. Today - with a day off work - I watched several more, as I paid bills and folded laundry. With its riveting police investigations, unapologetic depictions of faith, and tender family relationships, Blue Bloods makes me think, and it makes me cry. I think it is one of the best things on TV today.
Then again, I don't have much to compare it to.
I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy occasional diversions from the dailiness of life.
A delicious breakfast of fresh raspberries with key lime Greek yogurt.
The good friend to my fourteen-year-old Sugar Bear, who scanned and emailed his copy of the Spanish homework assignment that S.B. couldn't find, so S.B. could photoshop out the friend's answers, then print and complete the assignment himself.
A delicious dinner of hash browns, a pumpkin streusel muffin, and an omelet with red onion, green pepper, and bacon.
Tonight the family and I spent two-and-a-half hours at Costco. We spent over $250 an hour (and didn't buy any single item over $26.99). We bought some yummy things to eat over the next several weeks and months. We also stocked up on things like Advil and Airborne and contact solution and vitamins. After we loaded the car, we went back into the store for pizza and ice cream and hot dogs and churros.
I am beyond grateful for the convenience and privilege and excess of warehouse shopping!
I haven't felt very well the past few days, so I've had to take things easier than I would have liked. Even so, I've been able to do several fun or productive things!
I am grateful for a weekend of activity - cheering the BYU Women's Basketball team to a decisive win in their home opener on Friday afternoon, completing a Turkey Trot 5K on Saturday morning, seeing the Pulitzer finalist Other Desert Cities at Pioneer Theatre Company on Saturday night, and teaching a Sunday School lesson today.
I am grateful for medication to get me through it all.
I almost didn't exercise tonight. By the time I got home from my "restful" day off work at about 8:30, I had pretty much decided that I needed to put my feet up and maybe work on a photo project before bed - or else help Sugar Plum cut out lettering for the theatre department display case at the school.
When I looked at my calendar and saw "Gym Time" listed there, though, I decided to change my clothes and go walk/run two miles before bedtime.
I am grateful for my membership to the neighborhood rec center, which has made big difference in my commitment to regular exercise this year, and I'm grateful for e-audiobooks on my iPod to occupy my mind while my body does the work.
After church today, WhiteRabbit helped me prepare kabobs for dinner. In addition to beef strips, we used mushrooms, yellow squash, zucchini, onion, and fresh pineapple. WhiteRabbit made a pot of Japanese sticky rice to accompany the kabobs. Although Sugar Bear wouldn't eat either of the squashes, and Sugar Plum would only eat the beef, but I thought the meal was delicious. Tomorrow I'm taking some leftover veggies and rice to work for lunch.
I am grateful for good food and for good kitchen help!
I am grateful for the beautiful "Indian Summer" weather we've been experiencing on and off for the past few weeks. Wearing sandals, walking around outdoors without a jacket, feeling the sun on my back - all while enjoying the gorgeous autumn colors.
The temperature is supposed to drop dramatically tomorrow, but I'm glad I could enjoy it while it lasted!
On the final day of our holiday, we hiked in Cedar Breaks National Monument and ate a picnic lunch in Brian Head, followed by the drive home, during most of which I slept. I guess it's back to the normal chaos - but it sure was nice while it lasted!
Our Utah Shakespeare Festival experience concluded with a literary seminar (led by Nancy Melich with guest scholar Don Weingust), after which we drove to St. George for a session at the LDS Temple there. Following a late lunch, we returned to Cedar City - and after a nap, we took a nice three-mile hike up the canyon.
During the evening play, I got to wondering whether anyone had ever written a sequel to Love's Labour's Lost. What happened to those immature, handsome boys and sharp, beautiful girls after a year and a day?
I'm the mother of three - Jelly Bean (age 23), Sugar Plum (age 17), and Sugar Bear (age 14). I work with numbers, but I love words. I also love chocolate, Diet Coke with Lime, the ocean, and BYU Women's Basketball.