Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thankful For So Much

It's once again weekend, a much-needed weekend. One week closer to our vacation, I really can't wait. The first guest post came in this week for scheduling, and I'm excited about it. Boxing is about to start on TV, yay for me!

But besides that, there's so much more I'm truly thankful for this week!


Ten Things of Thankful


1. First of all, since I missed it last week, I'm thankful for this link-up. It's a great way to recap the week and focus on how lucky I truly am. Thank you so much, Liz!

2. Yoga outside on Monday. There's nothing more meditative than yoga while looking at a roof of light green leaves and listening to the birds and the wind.

3. Having a job where my work is appreciated on a daily basis.

4. People who stand by their word, which resulted in my office getting yummie gourmet cake from a business partner plus two bottles of Moet et Chandon champagnes in our office fridge from my department head.

5. Having been able to learn to listen to my body, at least most of the time.

6. My work hours being so flexible.

7. Having gotten a good result from the thyroid ultrasound. For some reason, I was very nervous this year and had a bad gut feeling.

8. Having a wonderful daughter, who does act out but thinks about her behaviour and draws her conclusions.

9. Sid Meier's "Pirates" (sorry!!)

10. The barbecue with colleagues we got to attend on Friday. I really work with a bunch of awesome people!


Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

26 comments:

  1. #8 is a big one! It's a huge step in the right direction when children (or adults, for that matter!) can think about and learn from their behavioral choices.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Kristi! We think so, too. The most important thing we need to work on right now is impulse control, but she's a great girl, she'll figure it out soon. We're really lucky with our girls!!

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  2. Excellent...where do you work ...must be Disney :) Have fun!!

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    1. Much better than Disney. I work for the global finance department of an international company based out of Germany. It's just a great office, a wonderful team head, interesting work. Pretty much jackpot I'd say ;-)

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  3. #7 is very interesting.
    Like most people, I have faced situation where the outcomes (of tests and such) can be significant.
    What I mean by 'interesting' is that I have found that often, the while the relief of good news is an incredibly good thing, it is often enhanced by the appreciation of how precious the present can be.

    (probably not explaining as well as I should), but to dodge bullets of any sort is not just good because a bullet has been dodged, but it is, for me, a way of remembering to not ignore the good things in the moment.

    ...like #10 Barbecue!

    Good Post!

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    1. I totally agree, thank you, Clark! The weird thing was that I was really, really scared this year that there would be tumors. And even though the responsible thing, given that I have young children, would have been scheduling the scan as early as possible, I postponed it for 3 months, just because I wasn't prepared for a bad result. But I'm really glad now that the load is off my back!

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  4. So relieved for you that your thyroid scan was ok! What a thing to have to worry about (from experience...)

    Your daughter sounds like an absolute star - that's a really mature girl you're supporting there - she sounds like an absolute credit to you.

    And champagne? At work? WOW! You must have an awesome job.

    (yay for green leaves and sunshine and time to think)

    Thanks for joining us again this week :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lizzie! It's really a burden off my shoulders knowing that everything is fine for now.

      If I can trust what others say, Lily is my little clone, in every aspect. We're trying to foster her independence while still asking her to understand that she's 5 and simply cannot do everything she wants without letting us know and that we're still the adults who she needs to respect. We're getting there.

      I do have an awesome job that I am really, really thankful for, especially since I feel like my work is being appreciated every single day. The champage never happened before, but it was after we finally finished a piece of work after almost 9 months.

      Thank you for hosting once again!!

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    2. Any time! (or, in fact, each weekend)

      9 months is a LONG time on one piece of work. It sounds as though it was well worth the champers :)

      5! Wow. She's starting out on the right foot. The way you described her, I thought she'd be 9 or so! Good for her :D

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    3. She'll be excited to hear that, I think that she believes she's 9, or at least that 5 year-old should be able to do all the things 9 year-olds do. But I was very proud of her when we were outside Sunday night and she actually TOLD me she'd take a walk around the block (which she's allowed to do) instead of just wandering off. She's learning ;-)

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  5. Oh so glad you are closing in on your vacation and know that you totally deserve it. Hoping that you are enjoying the rest of your weekend now and loved reading what you too are thankful for!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Janine!! It's going to be three more weeks until our vacation, and I might just add a few more days in the end, we'll see. Have a great rest of your weekend as well!

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  6. These are all wonderful! :) Hope you are having a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Jen! I'm truly having a blast this weekend! Hope you do, too! Enjoy your early birthday celebration!

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  7. So glad that your ultrasound went smoothly!!! Glad to connect, Stephanie!!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Michelle! I cannot tell you how relieved I am that everything is still fine (as fine as it gets given the condition). Now I'm waiting for the results of my blood work, but don't expect much news on that.

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  8. Okay, there is nothing much worse than waiting for test results. Why can't they all be instant, like a pregnancy test?! Torture!

    Isn't it wonderful to be appreciated at work?

    Barbecue? Good! Cake? Better!

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    1. The good thing is that the important results I got instantly (the u/s scan, no tumors!!). The blood screen will just check if my dosage is still fine.

      I love my work, honestly! It'S simply awesome! I wish everyone could have a job like that...

      Cake is indeed awesome ;-)

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  9. So glad your thyroid test went well. I have put off my own blood test for a while now, but I just need to bite the bullet and get it done.

    It is wonderful to watch children listen to us and the voices in their little brains, then choosing the better way to handle a situation. Sometimes it is a long time coming, but it is still great to see.

    Outdoor yoga sounds dreamy. Indoor yoga is rare around here. Outdoor is unheard of.

    A job you love is always a blessing!

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    1. Thank you so much! It's such a relieve knowing that everything is fine for now. It's really important to me to go in once a year for the scan because I don't want to risk something growing undetected.

      I do this yoga class during my Monday lunch break; it's sponsored by my work. And whenever the weather is nice, we're excercising outside, love it!

      My job is really a great blessing that I'm thankful for. I don't think that I'd ever dreaded going to work..

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  10. have a good week coming up... (all of a few hours...already!)

    thanks for joining us, see you next time.

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    1. See you next week! Again a very wonderful link-up!

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  11. This is a great list, Stephanie! It's awesome you were able to link up this weekend.

    I am really glad the test turned out good. It's so easy to freak ourselves out, generally thinking the worse medically. I pretty much avoid the Dr, because of it. This, ironically, may result in causing the very issues I'm afraid of them discovering in the first place.

    Yoga is not my cup of tea. Have I tried it? Nope. I just have that gut bad feeling ;-)

    And if by listening to your body you mean your toe...

    Too often I've worked for companies that didn't appreciate my work and dedication. It's never a good feeling. I'm glad you don't have to put up with that!

    Hmm... already got in one of the guest post entries. I have to get on that!

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

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    1. Thank you very much, Jak! I was so nervous going, but needed to go. There are things I draw out, and honestly don't feel too bad about it (dentist??), but others I try not to postpone too much, because the results are important.

      When it comes to yoga, the style is really important. The style our yoga teacher practices is very active. I tried others that focused too much on breathing and made me dizzy.

      I hope you also have a job now where your work is appreciated. It's so important getting a "thank you" or "good job", or mundane things like a raise every once in a while ;-)

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  12. Ooh, I would love to do yoga outside!! That must be a wonderful experience!

    Yay for the good thyroid ultrasound! It is always relieving to get positive results!

    I read that about your daughter and must say that this is soo cool! Wow!

    Moet et Chandon? Envy you! ;-)

    Did you watch boxing? I fell asleep shortly after it started.

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    1. My boss-boss is awesome! Oh, and I found out while being on a beer garden hike, when my boss told me "oh, and we're getting champagne for that..." Celebrated that with some home-distilled awesomeness ;-)

      Yes, I did watch boxing. Robert won, obviously, but the Japanese guy was impressive. He almost was knocked out but just kept standing and even somewhat had a come-back, even though it was quite unfair. The fight was ended by the doc due to a major cut above the Japanese guy's eyes. Robert won by point, the way it should have been, he was clearly the better fighter.

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