Three Things Thursday: Friday Edition!

I couldn’t focus enough last night to sit down and post, so here is the extra special, Friday morning edition of Three Things Thursday (all three things are from Thursday–using today would be cheating), followed by some other stuff:

1. I talked to my sister, who sounds wonderful and happy. So as not to compromise her privacy too much, I’ll just say this: We had some concerns about her health, they were dispelled this week and she is doing great!

2. I saw my husband’s face for the first time in a couple days, and we got to catch up and make dinner together (followed by scarfing it down before he had to leave again).

3. Work was super busy (this is not a new thing), but I felt like I made a lot of progress in several areas, and now I get to take a break! Even when you love your job, sometimes you just need to step away and enjoy the fruits of your labor for a little while.

Now I’m sitting in my bed, sun shining through the window, drinking my coffee, thinking about the fact that my day is completely clear and I can do anything I want, or nothing at all. I’ve been working a lot over the last couple years on not stressing about the things I should be doing, and instead trying to plan them during times that won’t cause me stress. Then if I don’t get them done on schedule I say “that’s ok, I can try again tomorrow,” and I move on.

It seems so simple, but for most of my life when I didn’t do what I thought I should do, I would get mad at myself for not doing it. And then the next time I didn’t do it, I would get even more mad at myself for not being able to just do the thing I was supposed to do. This would go on, over and over, until finally I was just paralyzed with my thoughts of how I was so terrible at doing the things I was supposed to do that I was a bad person. Short version: somehow not doing chores meant I was bad.

Seeing that written out seems silly, but I know I’m not the only person who judges themselves for not meeting the expectation (our own expectation, even!) of what they should be doing. But you know what? Life is too short to worry about whether or not the laundry is caught up before you go see your friends. It’s too short to not spend a sunny holiday morning writing and drinking coffee when the dishwasher needs reloading.

Right now I could be cleaning my house, but I’m right where I should be, making my life richer, and not punishing myself.

I’m not the biggest fan of fireworks (ok, I might actually hate them), so I’ll most likely be at home hiding in my bedroom with my cat tonight, but I do love what Independence Day stands for, so however you choose to celebrate, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday!

Three Things Thursday!

I’ll be honest with you: I was grumpy today. My anxiety was high, my fuse was short, and I’ve had inexplicably bad sleep all week. Inexplicable except for the day the crows were going nuts, that is. But, I pulled it together for Three Things Thursday, so here we go!

1. My motivation to play music is coming back.

I’ve been struggling with it for quite awhile now–not enjoying my voice lessons as much and feeling like the music just wasn’t inside me anymore. After I pushed through the discomfort of performing two solo songs at my voice recital last weekend, I started to remember why I love singing, and this week I have been finding myself singing more often. Thursday is my usual voice lesson, and today I went in with a renewed enthusiasm for training my voice and for learning the piano.

2. It’s cherry season!

Not only is it cherry season, but they are exceptionally good this year AND I can eat them again. Last fall, after I got sick, I had to limit my intake of fruits and vegetables, and the ones I could eat had to be cooked very, very well. (I know it sounds fake, but trust me, it’s a thing). Only recently have I been able to eat fruit again, and I am super happy that it’s happened in time for cherries.

3. Random animal sightings.

Seeing animals in odd places, or at times when I don’t expect to is one of my very favorite things, and it’s a fairly recent quirk I have acquired. Today I had two of those sightings, so it seems like a bonus day! First, I had to stop on my way home from my voice lesson so that a peacock could cross the road. A peacock! A real live peacock, crossing a busy road, in traffic.

Then, in my neighborhood, I got to see The Dog, too.

The Dog is a dog who hangs out on what must be some kind of table, in the window of his house, which is set back a bit from the street. I’m not sure why it makes me so happy to see The Dog, but it always does. Sometimes I won’t see him for days, and then I’ll see him twice in one day, which makes me even happier. “Honey!” I’ll say to my husband. “I saw The Dog today! TWICE!” You would think the novelty would wear off, but it just doesn’t. I love seeing The Dog.

Does anyone else share my love of animal sightings? What are your three things today?

Three Things Thursday

Tonight while I was in the shower I found myself surprised to be thinking about the highlights of my day. I’ve been really tired this week (anyone else having bad dreams?) and feeling like I’m fighting two different kinds of flares at the same time, but there were some really great things about today, too.

So today I’m introducing my very first theme post that I hope to make a regular addition to My Twisty Tale: Three Things Thursday! A quick google search tells me that I’m not the only one who enjoys the alliterative Thursday theme, but I’m certainly hoping to make my own mark on it. I know that a blog with an underlying theme of chronic illness can get a little heavy, so every Thursday I’ll tell you three things that were positive about my day even if it was the worst day ever (cue Tina Fey eyeroll).

So here we go:

1. This beauty, given to me by a coworker. It was so unexpected–it really was a very pleasant and thoughtful surprise!

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2. This guy, who–despite the insistence of pretty much every cat expert out there that it can’t be true–truly loves belly rubs.

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3. I came home to a clean kitchen and bathroom courtesy of THE BEST HUSBAND EVER. (But don’t tell him I told you!)

Bonus thing: today is my Grandma’s birthday. She may be older today, but she never ages a bit– that lady has more energy than I do most days! I don’t get to see her very often, but she is never far from my thoughts and I love her to pieces. I doubt she will read this, but just in case: Happy Birthday, Granny!

What are your three things today?