Friday, October 31, 2008


I just love Fridays! Although I do like the restaurant Friday's. I am talking about the day of the week. There is just something so comfortable about it. I get to wear jeans and jeans match anything, making getting ready for work so much easier. Also, it just seems like work is much more relaxed. Usually a few people are off, the clinic volume is less and we just have a little more fun. The next day is Saturday, a day I can sleep in a bit and linger on the couch with my coffee before I have to get on with my day.

Happy Friday!

Gratitude list:
1)jeans......comfy and fun
2)my mom is feeling better.........yay Mommy!
3)Carolina Brewery............good for a beer and a light dinner

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Colors of Fall

I love Fall! It's my favorite season and I find that weird since I used to love spring. The colors of fall are so vibrant. I noticed this evening driving home how pretty they are. The vibrant oranges, deep bold gold and brilliant reds are just bursting along the sides of the roads! Take a drive and check it out.

I am grateful for:
1) fall invigorating
2) sandwiches........for a quick dinner
3) friends at work.........very self explanatory!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Computer Updates

Change is good...............right? Well that is what everyone says but it can be painful. People get too comfortable with the same old thing and are hesitant to change or upgrade. Yes it is comfortable in that lil box but we need to step outside the box to grow. So let's all band together, be flexible and embrace change; it builds character!

Things I am grateful for:
1) my son Zack for staying at work with me and helping me do a computer update (everyone at works hates updates because they have to learn something new, but it's usually new features"
2) gas for $2.59 a gallon
3) my hubby for calling to tell me that gas was $2.59 a gallon and cooking dinner. He had it ready when I got home!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Getting prescriptions filled!

I really hate going to the drug store to get prescriptions filled! Mostly, I just send it in to Medco Mail order and get a three month supply delivered right to my mailbox. But when I only have a random one, it's cheaper and quicker to get it filled locally.

Alex's doctor gave him 3 prescriptions and I mailed 2 to Medco. One is for his ankle pain and I needed it filled pretty quickly. I contemplated going after work but then I have to wait with everyone else. Then I re-discovered Duke South Outpatient Pharmacy! It's just 2 floors up, so I ran up there, dropped it off and went back down to work for awhile. Then after lunch I grabbed my Wage Works Healthcare Reimbursement card and popped up there to get it. No long lines, no going out in the cold and no waiting. I just need to remember this for next time!

My gratitude list:
1) gloves- knocks the chill off my hands when walking into work on a cold day
2) Duke outpatient pharmacy- for being there when you need them!
3) my son- for bringing my Wii back home.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Too cold, too Early!

Those who know me, know that I don't like to be cold and generally classify myself as "cold natured." Today was COLD! It was a little chilly when I left for work but as the day went on, it got colder. I had on a camisole with a cute red sweater Jenni picked out for me in Williamsburg. It had one big button at the top and 3/4 sleeves. I had a colorful woolen scarf and a light jacket. I was cold in my office and went home promptly at 5 to get into warmer clothes.

Things I am grateful for:
1) heated leather seats
2) a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup
3) my new fuzzy blanket

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Girls weekend!

I am finally home from a trip to Williamsburg, a group of 7 eating and just jabbering. I haven't been on my laptop all weekend, but kept my list of things I am grateful for so I could post them today.

1) my daughter Jenni, for being my best friend and driving all the way!
2) GPS.......just in case and also to tell you which lane to get in.
3) great friends.... we had dinner with Jenni's room mate's parents who moved to Williamsburg and had us over for dinner.

1) umbrellas...........makes shopping in the rain a little better
2) cellphones............makes it easy to keep in touch across the miles
3) good waitresses...........makes all the difference in enjoying a meal after a long day of shopping (yeah we gave her a really good tip!)

1) sunshine...........after shopping on a rainy, raw day
2) coffee.........warm and cozy on a cool morning.
3) text messaging.........keeping my brother entertained at a boring reception!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


From the time we were little kids, our parents teach us about traditions either directly or indirectly. Most of them are by celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and other familial holidays. Others arise from trying funfilled activities or structuring our lives. I wonder how many families set out with activities designed to become traditions? Probably the best ones have happened by accident.

My best friend Pat has a tradition that she shares with us. When she and Maynard and the 3 kids moved south to NC about 20 years ago, she left behind wonderful friends. She and Kathy planned to meet in Williamsburg for a weekend as a way of staying in touch. Both Pat and Kathy bring other friends and I have been lucky enough to be included in this tradition. We even plan next years' weekend and make reservations when we check out. I wonder if Pat and Kathy intended this to become a tradition?

As I was packing, I realized what I am grateful for:

1) ziploc bags............they come in all size and make packing a breeze.
2) AAA travel services...............a wonderful way to get a disabled car somewhere to get it fixed.
3) Vera Bradley luggage.....makes it easy to pack!

Off to Williamsburg, Va tomorrow with my daughter and a bunch of fun women!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


This evening, my daughter Jenni and I met at Target in Apex and drove to Trader Joes in Cary to do some shopping for our girls' weekend. So along the way we were chatting and she asked if I had read the latest "Real Simple." We both get magazine and I had sort of skimmed mine, and when she further explained the article, I remembered it. Well it's all about counting your blessings and not forgetting even the small stuff in this hectic world. So 4 readers kept a journal for a month, listing everything they are grateful for. Jenni is planning on listing 3 things every day on her blog. Not a bad idea, when in this day and time, the media is filled with gloom and doom. With the election looming, politics are filled with nastiness, and the stock market has gone to "hell in a hambasket" along with my 403b!

So I thought that it would be fun and a good idea to do this myself. It'll be a good reminder of the things we have to be thankful for. Even though my husband got his layoff notice 2 weeks ago, as a family, we do have so much to be thankful for. So here goes:

I am grateful for:
1) my job with great benefits
2) my parents
3) the cooler weather that makes running more comfortable

...............stayed tuned.

I challenge all of you to do this!