December 9, 2007

  1. We got a Christmas tree (we spent over a month’s salary of any of the poorest billion people for it) (wait, I’m not supposed to mention that here).  It’s happily decorated in the corner of our living room.  The girlikins picked it.  It’s a grand fir.  Megans asked me to be engaged and pleasant even thought I find christmas so offputting, and I tried to, and she said just now I had done well.  That went well because I tried.

2. I went and picked up 25 40-pound bags of pellets, and Megsie and I carried them from the van out front to the shed out back.  We carried them one at a time, one each, so together we made 12 trips.  And we talked, and laughed, and felt like we were accomplishing something together. That went well because we rock, and we work on our relationship to keep it growing and well.

3. Coco came over to my easy chair while I was typing just now and she very confidently climbed into my lap as if in all the world that was her very own place.  That went well because Coco rocks, and she still likes me.

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 🙂 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 😉

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.

November 20 Benjamin

1. I made it in time to pick up C from M this morning before l’il peppers.  That went well because I rode like a crazy man on my bicycle to make it on time.

2. I had a lovely dinner with megsie and the girls tonite.  that went well because I showed up.

3. I had two great conversations on the bus today, which is pretty rare.  That went well because I’m a lot less afraid than I used to be.

1. Today I got to hear a brilliant lecture on Acceptance and Commitment therapy.  If I hadn’t decided not to pursue the psychology thing, I would want to be an acceptance and commitment therapist now.  We did a brilliant exercise.  Maybe I’ll post it for you sometime. It almost made me cry.  The lecturer kept saying all the things I think. I love that.  That went well because I went to class today. And because I’m sticking with it re: school.

2. Today I had a really lovely talk with Megan re: our future.  It was fairly stress free, which is unusual re: that subject.  That went well because of number 1 (above) partially, and also because Megan is for some reason being tres kind to me lately (I mean even kinder than usual)

3. Our super brilliant, engaging, listening, kind, understanding amazing friendikin, Lisa, came over today with her three super kewl, obedient kidicans today and hung out for a couple hours.  That rocked.  That went well becuase she’s either a lot kinder than most people (which is probably true) or (or perhaps *and*) because she acutally likes us and wants to hang around with us.  so there.

Benjamin Ady November 18

1. Jim Henderson was born today in 1947. He rocks, and I got to wish him happy birthday.  My life is totally different in it’s trajectory than it was 2 years ago, and this is largely related to my interaction with Jim and with the organization he started–off the map.  That went well because Jim rocks, and I rock, and Helen rocks, and Rachel rocks, and all the rocking came together in an excellent way.

2. Yesterday I got to go down to the brillaint new maker of fair trade chocolates in Fremont–called Theo’s, and go on a tour, presented by the brilliant Rachel.  I got an astounding education in chocolate–it’s history, medicinal value, creation, and so forth.  Plus I got to eat a bunch of super yummy (that is, nearly intoxicating) different chocolates.  And I’m ruined for slave produced, hardly any actual cacao big name brands forever (read: hershey’s, nestle, etc.) That went well because I got on the mailing list for the fair trade coffee people at UW, because I was encouraged to get involved with a student organization in my 199 “welcome to the UW community” class in my freshman year, because I decided to go ahead and hang with that class even though it wasn’t addressing any actual “goals”, because I’ve managed to learn that community is a goal in itself. 

3. I got hugs from all three of my wonderful girls today–E, C, and M.  That went well because I’ve invested the time to have relationships with all of them, and they love me.

November 16 Benjamin

1. Right after I write this, I get to go to bed, because my two girlicans *finally* went to sleep.  And I only got 6-7 hours total the last *two* nights of sleep, so I’m  mega stoked about that.  That went well because I managed to *mostly* maintain my kewl with the girlicans this evening and now I can *sleep*!

2. I got my intro to my IAT paper turned in on top today, and it sounded pretty good, I think.  That went well because I actually wrote it up 2 days ago and thus had time to edit. and edit. and edit. =)

3. I have 162 friends on facebook, which makes me feel pretty frickin’ special.  That went well because I have been a bit silly about trying to find new friends, ’cause Megs has about 20 more than me, and i wanna catch up. =p

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 🙂

Well… anyway… that’s about all I’ve got today 🙂