Friday Pin Finds #2

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And so it goes, and so it goes…

The start to this year has been both a whirlwind and stagnant month if that makes any sense at all to you. I will try to explain if it doesn’t: While it feels that it went by in a flash, I can also say that some weeks felt like they took 2 and some days went on for hours.

Work is going well. I enjoy my coworkers, a good number of my clients and I’ve come to a point of actually liking what I’m working on (mostly) rather than just seeing it as a potential stepping stone to different projects. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the other projects too. I have the constant need to do something different here and there, so it’s a good mix here.

Alternately, I’ve struggled with this swim session with some difficult children and with keeping my head in the game. I think I’ve managed well, but some days it’s just really hard. I cried for the first time during a lesson and am constantly fighting the dreaded burn out. I have some time off from the pool coming up and I’m going to make the best of it to recharge.

Crafting is going well and I have a potential opportunity that I’m both excited and terrified to even consider undertaking. I’m excited because it would be an amazing opportunity and a feather in my cap –  terrified that I’ll get rejected or even worse, it’ll take off and I’ll fail from success. I’ve convinced myself to try though. I’ve been excited that Court is Crafty has started to take off a bit with interest and interaction via the facebook page. I’ll be opening an actual online shop in the coming weeks and making the grand announcement over on the facebook page so click on over and like it to stay up to date.

I’m working on a post about making cupcakes with Em which was really fun, but it’s taking longer than I’d hoped to come together. It’s really hard to convey the fun we had that day baking, coloring, dancing etc. I hope you’ll come back to see it when it’s ready!

How has the start to your year been?

I smiled this week because of…

It’s the little things that can make (or break) your week. I think it’s important to remember the good things, especially when it’s sometimes easier to remember the bad. Here’s a few things that made me smile…

  • the tone of cooperation Wednesday morning
  • Emails from clients thanking me
  • Design and crafting – can’t wait to share photos!
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Hugs from kiddos
  • Spirited grandmother issuing a challenge
  • Amazing thought out wedding gifts
  • Sorting out holiday gift lists
  • A gracious smile making questionable requests more deliverable
  • Perfectly ripe pears

What made you smile this week?

100 Questions Part 1 of 5 #NaBloPoMo

This post is part of BlogHer’s writing prompts for NaBloPloMo I won’t even pretend I’ll be sure to blog every day, but I’ll try even if it’s just something short or a picture. (What is NaBloPoMo? wiseGEEK has the answer) There’s no writing prompt for today, so I’ll have to wing it.

Also, I’d like to say hello to the new readers that I’ve seen peeking around. Welcome! Since I’m sharing about me, why not tell me something about you too?

Here is part 1 of 5 of the 100 Question survey, feel free to do answer at your leisure:

  1. Are you young at heart, or an old soul?
    I’m both. Maybe that’s a cop out, but it’s true. I like to be playful and fun, but I have a different perspective of the world that apparently reveals a more wise understanding.
  2. What makes someone a best friend?
    Many different things make someone a best friend to me – honesty, integrity, humor, fun, creativity, similar out look on the world etc, but I think it comes down to the unable to be defined “clicking” between people.
  3. What Christmas (or Hanukkah) present do you remember the most?
    I’ve received many thoughtful, kind and very nice gifts. One in particular that stands out at this particular moment is a model Barbie doll from my g-d father. It was part of his mother’s collection.
  4. Tell me about a movie/song/tv show/play/book that has changed your life.
    Tell Me Lies, by Jennifer Crusie. It was the first full book I read after I graduated from college. After the last semester I wasn’t sure I wanted to read ever again! Also, PS. I Love You, by Celia Ahern I bought it, lost it and then found it again a few days after Lance passed away. It was a really good reminder that all was not lost, he would always be with me and that as much as I needed to keep him with me, it was OK to move on too.
  5. Name one physical feature that you like about yourself, and one you dislike.
    I love my eyes and hands. I dislike the size of my tush, but I’m working on it.
  6. Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with?
    There are a few I’d like to reconnect with, but I figure since I’m pretty find-able (made up word alert) they’re not interested in reconnecting with me. No biggie.
  7. What’s more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection?
    What kind of relationship are we talking about here? If it’s long term, emotional connection is key.
  8. Name a movie that you knew would be terrible just from reading the title.
    Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
  9. What holiday do you most look forward to?
    Thanksgiving with a good pumpkin pie, a white Christmas and Fourth of July.
  10. How is the relationship between you and your parents?
    My parents and I have had our ups and downs through the year, but we’re pretty solid now. They’re good people and I enjoy their company and I think they feel the same way of me.
  11. You’ve got the TV on, but you’re not really watching. What channel is the TV on?
    Oh about anything. Usually Law and Order SVU, the Cooking channel/Food Network or something I’ve seen 100 times. Rizzoli and Isles is on now.
  12. Name a song that never fails to make you happy.
    I Want You to Want Me, covered by Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies or Letters to Cleo (This link goes to a YouTube video.)
    (I love a good cover, some are better than the first!)
  13. You know at least one person named Michael. Tell me about him.
    I know many, many Michaels. My cousin is my favorite one. Hes fun, funny, smart, hard working, talented, and loves to kiss the moose at John’s.
  14. Have you ever read the “missed connections” on Craigslist? Have you ever posted one, or wanted to?
    Oh they’re fun to read! I haven’t ever posted one though and don’t think I would.
  15. If you could pick anywhere to live the rest of your life, where would it be?
    Right now, wherever my husband and I could have a home.
  16. Can money buy happiness?
    Money can buy comfort and entertainment, but happiness is found inside.
  17. Do you drink? Smoke? Do drugs? Why, or why not?
    I very much enjoy the occasional glass of wine or cold beer, but that’s about it. I don’t like the way most chemicals make me feel and can’t smoke or I get wicked sick.
  18. Is there anyone close to you that you know you can’t trust? You don’t have to give names.
    I don’t think so. My close friends are quite trustworthy.
  19. Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid?
    I’d have to say to visit my grandparents homes. It was just fun. Kids to play with, different toys, and treats. And I really like my grandparents.
  20. Have you ever spent a night in the hospital?
    Yes. 27 of them from what I hear. I don’t recall.

on differences

“We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are dull, some have weird names,all are different, but they all live in the same box. “

This sign hangs in the school where I vote and it makes me smile every time I see it.

As you walk into the school, you walk under the veritable UN worthy collection of flags that hang in the entry way. (It’s my understanding that the flags are representative of the school’s student body. If this is true, the school is rather ethnically and culturally diverse.) The impression of all those flags may or may not stick with you as it does me, but if it does and you see this sign on one of the bulletin boards you can appreciate the undertaking that is at hand.

Did you know that while kids understand the differences between themselves and those around them from a rather early age, they don’t really care about them until someone else tells them that being different is wrong? They have to be taught that being different is bad.

I’ve always believed that it’s really differences that make this world go round. Some people are very different than me. I might not agree with others or think their positions have any sort of validity, but I can not tell you how much I appreciate those differences. Some of them make me challenge my understanding of our differences, some make them challenge my understanding of myself. All of them provide an opportunity for improvement.

Why is being wrong different? I challenge you this week. Find someone you KNOW is different than you and instead of focusing on those differences, figure out what you might also have in common.

I dare you.