Happy Saturday! Our weekly ‘Three Things” post is where you’ll find a peek into my week, some things that are making me happy, and a few of the things from AOC that you’ve been loving. And yes, that’s more than 3 things, ha! I’m simply using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates, though I’m known to throw in even a few more things – but we’ll call those ‘bonuses,’ okay? Let’s get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
Three Things That Happened
We took another road trip - this time we went south, to Medford. It's a really beautiful drive - that part of I-5 goes through, up and over hills and mountains (vs. to the north that's flat & agricultural) - made even more gorgeous by the bright sun and blue skies. SO nice in February, I tell you! Mt. Jackson greets you as you're coming into Medford and driving around, you see vineyards and even southwest-looking hills.
I haven't mentioned why we've been taking these little road trips - Brian does seasonal work for The Polar Plunge, a major fundraiser for Oregon Special Olympics, and February is the month the plunges are scheduled throughout the state. It's not only a fun event, we've been very impressed with Special Olympics as a whole and the important work they do with all ages of people with disabilities. It's pretty inspiring to hear the stories of the S.O. contestants and know that the money raised through the Polar Plunge is going towards helping them. 🙂
The quince started blooming and I created this simple early spring mantel with branches I set in a vintagey urn and plopped in the middle of the mercury glass that's been there since Christmas. Love, love it. My eye is just drawn to it every time I walk by and I spent a total of 10 minutes on it, I think (that includes going out to harvest the thorny branches - ouch). There's some good use of my time, right there.
What happens when the life you end up living doesn't look like the one you planned? Each of us has setbacks in life, disappointments that have disrupted what we thought was the way...We can't control what life throws our way, but we can control how we react to it...To do this, though, we have to let go of what we think we deserve and embrace what is, which just might lead to something better than we ever could have imagined. - The Art of Work, Jeff Goins
The Art of Work vs. Me Before You. I've been reading Jeff Goins new book, The Art of Work, about finding your calling (vs. simply a job) - which is a lovely book full of inspiring stories of people who took risks to do what they were meant to do and how we all can find our true vocation. Truly inspiring. However, it's this quote (above) in the introduction that practically hit me in the face after I had just finished reading Me Before You and was so disappointed in it and the reviews of that book. This is why - this is what life well lived should look like. In interviewing a father and son who's son was paralyzed at age 5 when a tumor was removed from his brain, the father states he and his son have learned:
More people are watching your life and...are gaining strength in their own lives and in their own challenges because of what you're going through. I promise you: your life matters, your life is significant, and things are happening that you don't even fully understand yourself.
No matter what happens in our lives, we cannot know all the ramifications of that - and what better, amazing things could come out of something we didn't plan - if we just give up because all we can see is ourselves. Let's celebrate these lives and look to them for our examples - the beauty of a life well-lived.
Three Things I'm Loving
When we go on our weekly working coffee date, we've mainly been going to Starbucks for this reason: Starbucks Clover coffee (it's new in the past few months - not all stores have them yet). Have you had one? They make them one at a time, so it's not good if you're in a hurry, but they can make anything you want that they carry - any type of coffee, decaf or not - and its SO good. It's like a combo between a French Press and a vacuum-type coffee maker, so it's strong, hot, and flavorful. And it's around the price of a regular cup of coffee. There's a win-win for you.
Along with the electric blanket for warming our bed before getting in, I use flannel sheets (the pretty ones pictured are from Amazon and are only $29.99!) to keep me warm all night. And they stay on October through June. So yes, regular sheets see only a few months of action in our perpetually cold house. 🙂
I've been using this John Frieda volumizing root booster for several years and it works better on my thin (though not fine) hair than any other drugstore product I've tried (I refuse to pay salon prices for hair stuff - just not worth it to me). I noticed on the Amazon reviews that while it has 4 stars overall, there are a few negative ones - not sure how that happened, unless they were just spraying it on and hoping for the best. I use it at my roots while wet and then blow-dry upside down and then use a brush at my roots and this works great - really better than other volumizers I've tried. Any of you use this or have another volumizer you like?
Random weirdness of the week: a blog alert came in showing I had been mentioned on CountryLiving.com - wow! I clicked over and saw a picture of some bread loaves I'd posted on Instagram a few days ago - with a caption of "How to Make 10-Grain Bread From Scratch." Huh? I hadn't posted the recipe yet - it's coming this next week! Scratching my head, I clicked on my bread picture and was taken to a page that links not only to my blog, but also my Instagram account where the photo came from (kudos, CL) but it seems they are just using my Instagram photo to depict their own bread recipe! Bizarre. But hey, I'm linked on Country Living, yeah! 😉
What are you loving this week?
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