Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blissful Bites #10

This week was about self-care.  I am the first to tell you that self-care is oh so important to being able to be the best person you want to be.  Yet sometimes, I am the last person to take that good advice.  So here are some moments of simple self-care that helped this week.

1) Time off!  I took off three days and only checked my work email twice.  I am getting better at being away.  I have sometimes found it hard to be away since entering community mental health.  I find myself worrying about clients who may currently be more vulnerable.  I will continue to work at finding balance in my life and not let work override my personal life.

2) Camping with the Fam!  We spent four days and three nights on the Umpqua River.  It was lovely weather that ran the gamut of  gorgeous, sunny and warm to muggy, expansive thunderstorms, to cool foggy mornings.  It was perfect.

3) Loving on my sweet sweet nephews!  My parents had three of my four nephews with them this weekend, so I got to spend hours lovin' on them.  We played in the park, swung on the swings, played an amazing game of red light green light where I learned that purple light was a dance party, which by the way was tooooo cute for words!

4) Quality time with my parents!  I do love spending time with them.  I am very blessed to count them as my dearest friends.

It was a great weekend and I can't wait to see the pictures everyone posts up to Facebook as the week unfolds.  I also cannot wait to sleep in my own bed tonight!  That's real self-care!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Blissful Bites #9

Following the lead of the lovely "other Liv" I experienced a handful of wonderful suprises this week.

1) My mom called me from the road and asked to pull in for the night, with my pa and three little nephews in tow! They were traveling back from Idaho and thought it would be fun to camp out at our house for the night. It was a lovely summer evening that had four little boys running through the sprinkler, eating ice cream cones, gathering around a campfire and then drifting off to sleep in a giant pile of sleeping bags.

2) We got our final bid from Community Energy Works of Oregon and have applied for our loan!  In just a few short days we should know if we will get new insulation and water heater.  This is so exciting for us.  Without this program, I am not sure we'd be able to get this work done any time soon. 

3) The Hubs and I spent one evening cleaning up the remnants of the shed remodel.  This is the shed that we got free on Craigslist and with the assistance of our dear friend, were able to put it together for under $200.  We still have to shingle the roof, but it's already pretty amazing.

4) Last night we headed out to watch our friends play kickball and had a joyful evening.  I got to spend time with my bestie, the hubs got some sporty action on the field and we got to enjoy the evening outside with people we had not seen in over a year.  

I am looking forward to celebrating my bestie's birthday tonight dancing the night away at the Holocene, sleeping in this weekend, brunch with another one of my favorite girls and then round out the weekend with Chunky Dunk  on Sunday evening...

It's shaping up to be a truly blissful weekend. How about yours?