2011 Challenge: Day 36

February 5, 2011 (Day 36)

Repairing the fence. When I purchased my home, the fence was sagging and has drastically gotten worse the past few months, as more posts have broken off.  Luckily, my dad was able to come up this weekend and help Adam and I repair it.  Despite the rain and dreary weather, we were able to get the new posts in with some gravel and concrete.  Now, we just have to let the dirt settle and the concrete set before finishing it up by drilling in some lag screws to hold the posts in place.  I can’t wait for this headache to be done and am so thankful for my dad and Adam’s help with it!

2011 Challenge: Day 35

February 4, 2011 (Day 35)

Camp Keystone.  Today, my mother, Adam and I drove over to Camp Keystone to finalize some details, get measurements, take detailed pictures and more to prepare for our wedding in November.  My mom originally had some hesitations since she never got to see the venue before we booked it.  However, once she was there and got to see the property and speak to the woman in charge, I think her stress went away and that she was able to better envision the entire thing.  It’s nice to see her get excited about the plans now, so I’m really glad we went and shared this with her.

The Vesper's Cross (where the ceremony will take place)

2011 Challenge: Day 34

February 3, 2011 (Day 34)

Papa love.  My niece turned five today, and we all went to dinner at Red Elephant to celebrate her birthday.  She was surprised to see papa and grandma there, who she didn’t know were up to visit.  It was a great night, and it was wonderful to spend time together as a family.  It was long overdue.

2011 Challenge: Day 31

January 31, 2011 (Day 31)

Reflecting. Since I began this journey at the beginning of the year to try something new each day, I thought it would pose its challenges, and I was correct.  I guess I just didn’t think it’d be so difficult.  What I’ve come to realize is that I may end up doing something new each day, but actually taking the time to think about what I did, especially if I did it subconsciously, is very difficult.  A lot of my days are run of the norm…get up, go to work, go home, spend time with Adam, he goes to work, feed the animals, do some chores and go to bed.  And in between, there are lots of little things.

For instance, today, I received my Amazon package in the mail, had lunch with Ed from the Tally Awards, created some fliers for our work’s chili cook-off, picked up Adam’s ring, got my ring inspected and cleaned, picked up dinner from Mandarin Express, gave Adam the contents of the Amazon package I received, talked to my mother and finalized plans for my parents’ upcoming visit later this week.  Nothing was that spectacular by itself, but put all together, it was quite a good day.

So, I just need to remember that even if it’s not super exciting things that I’m sharing, it’s still something.

One month down, eleven to go.  Forging ahead!  :)

2011 Challenge: Day 24

January 24, 2011 (Day 24)

Giving someone a compliment.  Has there ever just been a day where you went around giving someone a compliment just because?  If not, why not try it today?  You’d be surprised how much it can brighten someone’s day, and your own day in return.  (It’s funny how that works, isn’t it?) 

Today is National Compliment Day, so go ahead, give someone a compliment.  And if you need some help, print these out and hang them up on a bulletin board, a refrigerator or at work.  You’re bound to start a great trend that will inspire someone else to pass on a compliment as well.  :)

Free Compliments Poster

Free Compliments Poster (blank – to write own compliments in)

2011 Challenge: Day 23

January 23, 2011 ~ Day 23

Crossing another item off the wedding planning checklist.  Back in June 2010, Adam and I traveled to Houston for his graduation celebration trip.  While there, we decided to window shop and look at wedding bands.  He finally found one he loved at Zales, and we ended up purchasing it since we couldn’t find it online.  At that time, it was close to $400.  Finances got a little tough, so we decided to return it and chance that it would go online at a later date.  And luckily, it did.  So, when I had the money during November/December, I was going to purchase it to get another thing out of the way.  Except, I found out that it was out of stock, and they had no idea when it would be back in. 

I felt horrible that we might not be able to get it now.  But as fate would have it, it came back in stock today.  YAY!  So I purchased it as fast as I could and ended up scoring it for $250 less.  Whew…one potential disaster avoided.  :)

2011 Challenge: Day 22

January 22, 2011 (Day 22)

Dancing without music.  Adam surprises me all the time, and that’s one of the many things that makes my heart go *pitter*patter* for him.  Tonight while cooking dinner, we just started dancing in the kitchen.  It was fun, lighthearted, and brought out a ton of laughs and smiles.  I love the spontaneity that he brings out in me! <3

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