I Love Mondays... {Pt. 2}

Monday, January 7, 2013

{I Love...}

A Monday series; What I have been lovin' lately!

Nice Nurses. Today, I went in to get my blood drawn for that MRI I've mentioned before, the one in only two weeks. I know it's early, but I seriously just wanted it over with. Getting into the system and everything was a million times easier at Onslow Diagnostics than it ever has been with Tricare, and I was in and out of the clinic within 30 minutes. Seriously hard to believe! Anyway, the nurse that came to take my blood today was as they all should be --- very friendly, easy to talk to, and does well with calming your nerves {Along with all the other responsiblities!}. Thankful that the needle was microscopic and I barely felt it at all. With as many IV's and shots I've had over my years, things like this always just make me turn away, cringe, and want to just....flee. I wish all nurses were as pleasant as the nurse I had today!

Quiches. Obviously from the recipe I posted the other day, I made a quiche! And it was AMAZING! I just had the last slice this morning for breakfast, and boy I wish there was more. I just might have to make another one! The only thing I will tweak this time is of course to pre-bake the crust and try to evenly distribute all of the ingredients {i.e. grape tomatoes were bunched together rather than spread out}. I could seriously eat a quiche all day long though, so wonderful. If anyone wants to try one, just let me know and I'll make it for you --- I'm searching for a good reason to make another!

Rafe Esquith. Now to most this name is not near familiar, but for me, well, it's one I keep in the front of my mind --- When I'm at a bookstore, that is. Esquith has written 3 award-winning books about his methods and experiences in his classroom in an inner-city Los Angeles elementary school. And might I add, his books are addicting! The way that he excites and mentors these kids, who grew up in poverty, who may not even know a lick of English, who are first- or second- generation immigrants, it's just phenomenal. This is the kind of teacher I want to be! It's how he plans outstanding field trips all across the country, how he understands a child's mind, how he let's the students "make the rules," how he gives them something to be responsible for rather than having everything "handed" to them..... It's madness.

Also, I am frantically searching for the only book of his I haven't read yet, Lighting Their Fires. I realize it's on Amazon but I would love to have it in my hands, yet that awesome bookstore I talked of before --- 2nd & Charles --- and even the Exchange, don't have it. I have found an impasse...

{Above Photo Source}

Once Upon A Time. As you may know, we love to watch this show. The midseason 2 premiere was last night, and although it may have been a little disappointing while also intriguing, it was wonderful. I don't know why it is but I just love how this ingenious show incorporates everyday life in a small town in Maine with all the storybook characters we know and love, such as Snow White, Rumplestiltskin, Belle, Jiminy Cricket, Red Riding Hood, etc... It's just so cool to watch how this show brings all of these stories into one. Anyway, it's wonderful, and it's what I look foward to at the start of each week!


Counting my Blessings. Because I am taking part in the Joy Dare, listing three blessings I find each day according to the charts given, I am, of course, counting my blessings! And it's truly wonderful. Each day I look forward to waking up and seeing what I need to be on the lookout for -- gifts such as words, grace, surprise, dusk, mercy, unseen, seen closely, etc. I truly love my Gratitude Journal and counting my gifts, my blessings! {I talk a little bit about this here}

Joy is a function of gratitude — and gratitude is a function of perspective. So take these prompts to help you see and change perspective — give thanks — and live all His joy! ~Ann Voskamp

Coach Poppy Perfume. For Christmas from my brother-in-law, we each {Marshall, Elaina, and I} were given a certificate to Sephora inside JC Penny for our favorite perfume/cologne - to be picked from a sample package. I picked Coach Poppy --- and I love it! {I love Marshall's too --- L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent!} Anyway, It smells so fruity, and I've always wanted a legit perfume -- Have it be Coach, even better. This is one I've always had my eye on, and it's another reason I can't wait to wake up in the morning so I can spritz a little here and there!

{Photo taken from Coupon Lazy. }

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