Benjamin reminded me to post today! So, here goes.
1. I was very much blessed by my coworkers bringing me flowers and a card and an ice cream cake for my birthday yesterday (well, my birthday was on Sunday, but I got them yesterday). They have cheered me up all day today, and that’s because of my coworkers’ generosity, and the general loveliness of flowers.
2. I came up with a great idea for homemade Christmas presents yesterday (and Benjamin’s daughter actually had a hand in it!). My family has decided to put a $20 limit on presents for Christmastime (after years of each member trying to outdo the others in expense). Anyway, the other night at his party, Benjamin’s youngest was pretending to be a “good baby lion,” and her antics made me think an excellent children’s book title would be “C., the Good Baby Lion.” Eventually, this translated into “I should totally write children’s books,” which translated into thinking perhaps I should start by writing down fun memories of my family from my childhood and creating homemade books for them as presents for Christmas. So, I’ve spent part of the day working on a book for one of my cousins (or at least coming up with the story). I am scared of how I’m going to do the art, having no observable artistic skills, but I’ll figure something out. Anyway, I’ve been blessed by getting to write down these fun memories of my cousin, and thinking about how to illustrate them, and it’s made my day much more enjoyable. This happened because I guess I’m more creative than I thought, and because Benjamin’s youngest has a very active imagination that translates well into literary fantasy.
3. One of my stories for work today led me to a website detailing how one buys a lighthouse, which led me to another website on how one buys an island. Both websites have captured my imagination this morning and kept me happy, daydreaming about life after retirement (a long ways off, I know, but fun to daydream about). This happened because I, too, have a great imagination, and because people actually buy and sell islands and lighthouses. How lovely!