Favorite Things

“It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self-purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words…”

                                                                      Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

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Reading has always been a passion of mine. I use it as a way to escape, to learn, and to be inspired. Books, blogs, magazines, you name it. Like a beautiful image, the right collection of words can be one of the most inspiring things. As such, I’ve decided to incorporate favorite quotes into these weekly favorite things, since they qualify as such.

Today’s quote goes hand-in-hand with this. What I love about it is that it pushes you to listen and be moved by other people’s truths,  but to also not be afraid to share your own truth, in that it may impact another’s life as someone has impacted yours.

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December 7th:

Remember Pearl Harbor

Once again, Mondays can just be exhausting. My favorite part of the day was unapologetically taking a time-out from life. I curled up under the blankets and immersed myself in many episodes of a favorite television show. Bed bummin’.

December 8th:

Now that Christmas decorating is officially complete in our house, it is time to simply slow down and enjoy their beauty. The best part of the day was turning off all the overhead lights, turning on all the glowy lights, and hunkering down in the midst of it with a book (In the Garden of the Beasts) in front of The Tree.

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December 9th:

One of our marriage goals is to dedicate one day every week to just the two of us (one might loosely refer to it as date night, but with less grandeur, I suppose). It’s way for us to forget about the world and troubles, cell phones and media, and let loose and reconnect with each other with some old-fashioned fun and quality time. This week, I introduced D to a favorite childhood board game. Simple, but favorite part of my day.

December 10th:

Something that brought some smiles to my face today was getting to work with a dog named Winnie. She was just a joy to work with – a happy, carefree little spirit. Always a good influence to have touch your life. Especially after working with quite a string of unhappy felines… 😉

Also, coming home to this guy every day.

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December 11th:

Perhaps it’s a sign of aging…but my favorite part of this Friday night was staying in. Mixed up a drink, queued up the (not so real) fireplace in our library, and settled in to read for a couple of hours. I also got some surprise Christmas treats from that kind and generous guy I married.

I am blessed.

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December 12th:

D and I enjoyed much of the day helping each other finish up (or at least chip away at) finding Christmas gifts. This took us first Downtown, checking out some of the wares some of the local shops – Pinch and Pour, The Red Silo, Unglued, Zandbroz. We also stopped into Sandy’s Donuts and enjoyed a little sugar and coffee, just talking and people watching.

It’s in the small things…

Life is good. 

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