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Nov. 30, Beth

You know, it’s too bad I feel the need to limit myself to just what’s happened today- there’s all sorts of awesome blessings I discovered throughout the week… but I forgot to post! Ack! But, at least I can tell you that I happily lost another 5 lbs. without doing anything, and that I got wedding chocolate from the girl who runs the deli down the street that I go to lunch at every day, because she got married over Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚ These things make me happy. But… let’s get back to today!

1. I have been blessed today by the absence of my coworkers…. oh, that sounds bad. I don’t mean it like that. What I mean is that it’s extremely quiet today in the office, and it makes me more productive (and a little less worried about being *less* productive). This happened because everyone’s doctor agreed to take them in on the same day or something ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. Our boss implemented a weekly report, which has been a great way for me to quantify what I’m doing for the company, and sort of toot my own horn, so to speak. It’s good to have down in writing what my accomplishments have been for the week- it really raises my satisfaction level at work. This happened because my boss is an excellent manager, and is managing for results, rather than … looking over our shoulders all the time.

3. One of our friends is having a party tonight, and while I have no idea whether it will be a blessing to me or not (I suspect so), I do know that it will be a giant blessing to my rideshare companion, who very clearly craves companionship, but lacks a number of necessary social skills. I invited him, and our friend encouraged me to invite him, and even if I’m uncomfortable around him, I am glad that I can be helpful to him by simply helping him make connections, I guess.

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Beth- Nov. 16

I don’t feel like I have a whole lot today, but I’ll give it a go.

1. I had a very nice night with Carl last night- that went well because he is kind and attentive and much more compassionate with me than I am with him…

2. At work, I’m working on a story that I’m really interested in and have some background knowledge of, which is interesting and different. That happened because I was assertive and asked to write the story.

3. Hmmm… umm… Vanilla latte? Because I paid for it, and caffeine is awesome. Oh, no, wait… I got to extend an offer to drive someone to a support group, which will hopefully be a blessing to both of us in the future. That went well, because I got off my duff (Figuratively) and responded to the e-mail someone sent to the group ๐Ÿ™‚

Well… anyway… that’s about all I’ve got today ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nov. 14- Beth

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 Christmasย 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!

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Nov. 12- Beth

Pooh, I can’t use yesterday’s lovely visit from the founder of this blog for today’s blessings… I guess I’ll just have to start updating more often!

1. My jeans have now dried off from being forced to step in an ankle-deep puddle to get to my ride’s car. I am thankful that they’re dry now, because my feet were very cold earlier! This happened because it is warm and dry in my building.

2. Starbucks has brought back peppermint flavor in spades ๐Ÿ™‚ย Peppermint mochas, peppermint bark brownies… etc. This is a blessing because I like peppermint, and it makes me happy. This happened because Starbucks is amazingly genius ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Umm, shoot. Oooh! So, the weather here? Even though it’s wet, it’s like 50 degrees outside and lovely for the middle of November! Yay Seattle weather patterns ๐Ÿ˜€

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August 3, Beth

Ack, I keep forgetting to update here. Our life has been so full of blessings that we don’t know what to do with ourselves. I’ll try to relegate it to the … um, daily?

1.ย  We go in for our second ultrasound tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m pretty excited about this, and I guess it’s a blessing that I’m getting to have so many of them because I’m technically, erm, “high risk.” But… I’m totally excited, moreso than last time, though last time they discovered that it might be twins! (You see what I mean about having too many blessings to list!) I just want some verification ๐Ÿ˜€

2. Today at work went much better than the rest of this week, because I wasn’t so focused on the negative stuff. Yay! I felt productive and was interested in what I was doing, and accomplished a lot!

3. We’re having friends over for dinner tonight, and I fully expect that to be a very exciting blessing, because they seem like such great people. This happened because I extended an invitation that they accepted! ๐Ÿ˜€

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June 10- Beth

Not even all the way through the day, and I already have three blessings!

1. My husband and I drove up to Magnolia and walked along the boulevard, and sat on the benches and enjoyed the beautiful view. It was his surprise to me, after church, and it was lovely. It’s beautiful outside today, and it wasย  refreshing to get out in the sunlight, after yesterday’s yuckiness.

2. As we sat on the park benches, we saw not one, but two! bald eagles fly by ๐Ÿ˜€ I had never seen one before (well, not in captivity), and that was super-exciting.ย  I called my parents to share my excitement… but they didn’t pick up their phone. Oh well…

3. I got to sleep in this morning! Woohoo!

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June 9- Beth

Wow- I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve had lots of good stuff going on, I just haven’t had time to post! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good problem to have, I suppose ๐Ÿ˜€ Here are my three for today.

1. A good friend, actually from Seattle proper, called to talk to me today ๐Ÿ™‚ Mostly just to tell me that she and another friend had been talking about me at a meeting they went to, and were play-fighting about whose friend I was. “My friend, Beth,” says one… the other says “No, *my* friend Beth.” This is a lovely fun story, and I’m glad that my friends (plural) like me enough to joke about whose friend I am, and that I have friends out here, and that my friend thought the story was worth sharing with me ๐Ÿ˜€ It was lovely.ย  It’s nice to feel wanted. This happened… because I have friends? ๐Ÿ™‚ Because they are good people ๐Ÿ˜€

2. I caught the tail end of a Billy Graham special today. Usually, I find televangelism really cheesy and avoid it at all costs. But it seemed like a good idea after watching Saw III and… it was very encouraging and inspiring. This happened because I finished the movie in time to catch the show, and because Billy Graham is having his “crusade” or whatever, and because a whole mess of people made that decision. Anyway, it was neat. Don’t worry, I’m making fun of myself, too.

3. I started a new diet today. Despite my generally bad feelings about dieting (it’s a long story, but it involves a parent who was a yo-yo dieter) … I think this one is low-maintenance enough that I won’t have to think about it (because thinking about it makes me anxious and unhappy) too much, and I’m hopeful that it will make a real improvement in my health (trust me, this isn’t about watching pounds!). So, it’s been one successful day, and that’s good, because I was a little concerned that because I have such negative feelings toward dieting that I wouldn’t even be able to handle this low maintenance one. I am glad, because I have made it through Day 1, and because I have some hope of making it to the weight-loss phase. Yay… ish.

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