Thursday, April 10, 2014

THURSDAY THOUGHTS


THINKING ABOUT: I've done a pretty good job of sorting through our stuff and donating anything we don't need or want; however, I've got a small pile of things just hanging out in the future nursery, and I can't help but scratch my head because I have NO clue where I'm going to store it. This house is a decent size, but the bedroom sitch is throwing me for a loop. I think they took a 2.5 bedroom unit and turned it into a 3 bedroom; therefore, making the rooms a lot smaller than normal. Oh, and don't get me started on the placement of doors and closets. It's a doozy, m' dears! I'm trying to approach this challenge with optimism (I've got this!), but my potential storage options keep getting fewer and fewer. I guess it's time to get crafty and pray that NO ONE ever opens a few of the closets. Some times organization and function go out the window when space is at a minimum.

FEELING: Did I tell you that my mom and sister are coming to visit next week?! Eek, I'm so excited! As their arrival gets closer, I find myself smiling like a buffoon and prancing around on my tiptoes. Isn't family wonderful? I mean, they're both willingly coming to Swell Rio to visit us at our new home. If you're familiar with the area, then you know this is quite the selfless act. There's not a lot to do in this area, and it would probably make more sense for me to go and visit them. Ha! I'm not sure what sorts of fun-tivities are in store for us next week, but I look forward to getting their opinions on where to hang things on the walls and input as to how I should repurpose knick-knacks. I still haven't decided whether or not I'll blog next week, but I'll keep you posted.

READING: This week has been a busy one, so it's taken me awhile to read and respond to all of your wonderful comments regarding Tuesday's post. I'm overwhelmed by your kindness and well wishes. Thank you all in advance! I was so nervous to share the news with you, but your reactions didn't disappoint. I promise to get back to each and every one of you personally within the next few days. We're still getting everything squared away with our household goods, in-processing appointments, April pen-pal assignments, prepping for guests, etc., but I have every intention to reply ASAP. You can count on it!

EATING: I should take a brief moment to mourn the "unconscious coupling" of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, but I'd like to celebrate Gwynnie's Roasted Chicken recipe. I made it this week for the first time, and I totally understand why it gets the Goop seal of approval. It was delish and super simple! I can definitely see it becoming a weekly staple around here.

WATCHING: SPOILER ALERT regarding the HIMYM finale. If you've yet to watch the finale, you might want to hop on down to the next topic. Now, for those of you who tuned in and watched it, what are your thoughts? I was shocked by the backlash. I can see why some people were disappointed; however, the entire show has been centered around Ted and his ongoing love for Robin. I thought the story line was rushed in the final 40 minutes of the episode (so much happened so quickly), especially because we spent this entire last season AT THE WEDDING, which felt like forever. Ha Ha! I really think the way the show ended was realistic in a lot of ways. Life is a little bit more messy and endings aren't always as we might imagine. I feel at peace with the final episode, but I will say that it has made watching reruns a little hard. All this time I wondered how it would end and now I know! I really can't wait to hear what you have to say. I only wish I was blogging last week so this conversation wasn't delayed any longer.

LISTENING TO: We got a new washer and dryer last week and it plays the silliest tune whenever a load is finished. I thought it was cute at first, but after doing endless amounts of laundry, it's absolutely annoying. Flyboy and I find ourselves whistling or humming the melody because we've heard it frequently. Make it stop!

THANKFUL FOR: When I learned that I was pregnant, I obviously told my closest family members. However, I knew I needed to talk to someone my age who recently experienced pregnancy, especially someone I could trust to keep the news hush hush. The blog world has been a true blessing in my life, and thankfully, I thought of two dear bloggie friends I knew I could email for honest advice and words of wisdom. I don't think I could have survived the first trimester without encouraging emails from Mary of Tulips and Flight Suits along with Meredith of It's Like This. Somehow, they both managed to validate the roller coaster of emotions that I was feeling. Their words were so authentic and reassuring. Whenever I felt overwhelmed or unsure about this new season of life, I'd turn to their emails for encouragement. Although it's still weird to think we've never met in person, their friendship and kindness has meant the world to me. The comfort I felt while corresponding with them was similar to the way you might feel with an old friend. I even had Flyboy read excerpts of their emails so he was aware that the way I was acting or feeling was apparently quite normal. God bless anyone who has put up with my crazy the past few months. You all deserve the shiniest medals!!

LOVING: After months out of the saddle, I was eager to hop on my spin bike again. I managed to find a few prenatal workouts that I enjoy. Woo Hoo! That being said, I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm trying, and I feel better already.
 
What about you? How are you feeling today? What are you up to?
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