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A Thursday Gratitude List

All last weekend I had been thinking about life was going really well right now. I was just feeling good, feeling driven, feeling happy. Then I took Daphne back to the vet Tuesday and the vet (who was incredibly nice) told me that Daphne probably wasn’t going to get better and that I needed to prepare myself to let her go. She couldn’t tell me how long I had left with my girl but I know I’ve still got some time. *makes choking noise* I am crushed. Daphne is secretly my favorite (don’t tell the others!) and it’s hard knowing what’s coming. *sigh* I got some good advice from a good friend and I am determined to just take things one day at a time and I have decided that I can’t let all the good habits and all the things I’ve been working on fall apart! My girls really helped me feel better mentally (see post here and here about how sucky depression is) and I feel like I owe it them to keep moving forward. (I am definitely anticipating some major snuggle sessions and copious photo taking in the coming weeks though.) To remind myself of all the goods things I do have going on in my life, here is a little gratitude list:
#1) I am grateful we have a vet that I trust. As hard as it is to hear, I feel good knowing that Tij and I have done/are doing everything we can for Daphne and that she’s in good hands.
#2) One of my cousins is in town! She’s so much fun and such a wonderful distraction right now.
#3) I started subscribing to a DIY dinner service and it has done wonders for me in the kitchen. Everything they send me is already perfectly measured and the directions come with pictures (which is so helpful for me). I don’t have to think about what to make for dinner 3 days a week and they send me ingredients and recipes I would never try on my own. And everything has been delicious!
#4) I’ve indulged in a little retail therapy recently.
#5) I attended a Women’s Conference at my church a couple weeks ago and it was lovely. I felt very peaceful and loved – just the feelings I need right now!
#6) Thanks to a little workout group my friend started, I have been exercising pretty consistently. Being outside more and getting my blood (and happy endorphins!) pumping is great. I feel much more prepared to “take on the day” when I’ve started it off right.
#7) Tij came home with flowers and chocolate the other night. What a guy! I’m so glad he’s my guy.
#8) I have been keeping up with my New Year’s Resolutions (for the most part). They’re important to me so I’m happy that I’m knocking them out.
#9) It’s been raining a lot here in Vegas which is a treat. Sunny days are great but it’s always fun to mix things up!
#10) The 4 year-olds that I teach at church are hilarious! It’s such a fun calling to have and I love how excited they are when they see me outside of class. Little kids can make you feel like you’re super cool :)

I hope you all are having a great day! Life is good.

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Kisses from Bianca

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A Wednesday Gratitude List

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Olive loves her applesauce

Happy Hump Day everyone! Daphne has been having some breathing issues so I took her to the vet yesterday and they put her on antibiotics. The vet and I are hopeful that they will clear up her lungs and she’ll be breathing normally again soon. It was a little scary though! I don’t want anything to happen to my girls! I’m trying to stay positive so I thought I would write down 10 things I’m grateful for and things that are going well in my life.

#1) Netflix has all 9 seasons of “The Office” available. I kind of missed that boat when it was actually airing, but I’ve always heard it was good. I decided to give it a try and before I knew it, I’d burned through all the episodes in a month. Jim & Pam forever!
#2) Podcasts! I started listening to them while I clean the apartment and they’re awesome! I’ve learned so much already and they make washing the dishes much more palatable. (Actually, one of the podcasts I was listening to was talking about 5 habits of successful individuals, and one of them was gratitude! That’s something I can always work on…)
#3) The weather in Vegas has been glorious! 65 in the middle of January?! I have been going for walks to enjoy all the sunshine and fresh air.
#4) I’m trading babysitting for a photo session with a friend from church. Tij and I haven’t gotten nice pictures taken of us in over 4 years, so it’s time. I’m really looking forward to taking them!
#5) I’m grateful for Tij. I think I list him every time but he is just the best.
#6) I love having a second bedroom and bathroom. We’ve had friends stay with us a few times in November and December and it makes playing hostess much less stressful if you have a nice place to “put” your guests while they’re visiting.
#7) I’m grateful to be done with school. I was just talking to my sister (who’s trying to go back to school) and while I’m grateful I got to attend university and graduate, I’m grateful that chapter of my life is over.
#8) Our local library is really nice and I love that it’s close by.
#9) I’ve been using my Fitbit and I love that it motivates me to be more active. I need all the help I can to stay healthy!
#10) Daphne has been extra snuggly. It’s sad that she’s not feeling well, but I love it when she cuddles me after I give her her meds. (Fingers crossed that the medicine does the trick!)

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A Wednesday Gratitude List

‘Tis the season to count our blessings! I know Tij have so much to be grateful for this year. We feel so blessed. We know we were guided to Las Vegas, Tij’s job, our ward…we feel so lucky. So here’s some things I’m particularly grateful for right now:

#1) I voted two weeks ago! It’s the first time I’ve ever voted in local elections and it just got me thinking about how grateful I feel to live in this country where I get to have an opinion and a say in what happens in it.
#2) The holiday season is fast approaching! I loooooooove Christmas and I have lots more decorations I plan on festooning our apartment with. I’ll wait to decorate until after Thanksgiving, but the Christmas music has already started…
#3) Netflix added a new season of my favorite show: “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”. If you like the 20s, plucky female heroines, and mysteries, check it out!
#4) Pei-wei takeout.
#5) Our new rat cage has been a good investment. I’ve been gone most weekends the last 6 weeks and having them in a much bigger space makes me feel less guilty about them getting less playtime.
#6) And speaking of being gone most weekends, this weekend is my mom’s wedding and the last weekend I’ll be away from home until Christmas!!! I am so happy. Tij and I have traveled more this year than we probably have in our entire marriage and being on the go isn’t as glamorous as I thought it would be. Maybe I’m a homebody, but I’m really looking forward to staying put for a while.
#7) My hard-working, hunky husband.
#8) Tij downloaded Harry Potter onto my iPod and I have been enjoying reliving the first two books. I love me some Harry Potter!
#9) Lately I have been grateful for technology. I know the internet can be a total time-suck, but I love pinterest and all the helpful apps I use. Google and I are also really tight too.
#10) Having my own car is awesome! I’ve dubbed her Leslie, after Leslie Knope from “Parks & Rec”. I anticipate many happy trips with Leslie in my future, haha.

Happy Hump Day! I hope you all feel like you have a lot to be grateful for this season.

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A Sunday Gratitude List

I have been reading The Rockstar Diaries blog for years now. (I discovered Taza as a newlywed and I have loved following her little family as they’ve grown from 2, to 4, and now 4.5! Remember what I said last post about “virtual friends”? She’s been my longest running cyber-buddy.) She used to do these little gratitude lists where she’d list 10 little things she was grateful for at the moment. Lovely idea, right? I like it so much I’m going to do the occasional gratitude list here. It’s good for me to stop and count my blessings. What are you grateful for today?

1.) Fall is on it’s way! I’m so ready for some cooler temperatures.
2.) Chocolate.
3.) Texts from good friends. I love getting little pep talks from my bestie!
4.) The library. I have borrowed some killer books lately. I’m exploring new topics, looking up new vocab words, and loosing myself in Regency romances.
5.) The FitBit Tij got me for birthday. It kindly reminds me that I’ve only gone a lousy 1200 steps and that I should get moving. I always feel better when I do.
6.) The kind responses I’ve received from sharing my experience with depression. Thank you so much for your support.
7.) My new teal eyeliner.
8.) Teen Wolf. Banshees, werewolves, copious amounts of fake blood, and ridiculously good-looking teens who often misplace their shirts. Just the ticket when I need some mindless TV time.
9.) Tij, for making me laugh.
10.) My mother-in-law, for lending a kind ear and giving such great advice.

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