Day 3144 – 11 Years Later, He Still Surprises Me – or – The Way To My Heart

Yesterday, Bret had several appointments, and I had a massive project for the real estate business. I was so engrossed in the project, I didn’t check in with Bret at all. We have an app (Life360) that gives each of the GPS location to the other. This has been great for making sure Bret is ok when going on appointments in the city, or when Bret is waiting for a ride from me. Instead of having to call or send him a text via Siri, he can just open the app and know how far away I am. When Bret has several appointments, I do tend to check in and see what’s up. But nosiriebob, I barely even thought about him. To be fair, I was working on a project for our business, so there’s that…

Just as I was finishing up on a portion of the project, I thought, oh yea, Bret’s appointment was over 2 hours ago…I wonder how it went and where he is. No sooner had I thought it then the app notified me that Bret was home! Sweet! I was focused on my work, and only slightly noticed him pulling something out of his bag. I started to turn around and he said something along the lines of “don’t look” and I continued with my work.

He finally brought the surprise over and I was very very very pleasantly surprised. This guy. This man I’ve been married to for almost 9 years, who I have known for 11, brought me not a cup, not a bowl, but a QUART of cream of crab soup from Broom’s Bloom. Oh friends, it was amazing. I think I will concede that this is THE best cream of crab soup I have ever had, and it is consistently amazing. I’m so glad they’re open year round and not just in the summer.

To further show his amazingness, he let me take a picture. 🙂

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Day 3143 – The Year Of 300 (Errrr, Maybe 200??) Books Update!

Whew, I have been behind in this blog post! But I suppose once a month is a good time to give an update.

First, while I am not giving up hope that I will read 300 books this year, I have officially changed my Goodreads goal to 200. I found I was NOT enjoying my reading times. I was looking at my pile of books like I did my school reading assignments. The worst was when my Goodreads was like, um, you are behind 2 books, you are behind 5 books, you are behind a million books even though your goal is 300. It felt too much like work, and not at all what I want my reading to be. I am still a little behind (2 books) at the moment….but I’ve been focusing on rereading the Harry Potter series, and while only 1 book at a time, it’s totally pumping my page read count up.

Without further ado and preamble, here are my recently reads. See below for links to each reading challenge.

Book #14 – The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – this fulfilled a book set at sea for the Popsugar challenge. I have to say, this was a great book to get me back into reading. I had JUST said to Bret I wished I had a book that I could tear through. This was just that. Whew, I read that one fast!

Book #15 – The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – this fulfilled a book that makes you cry for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge. This was just a wonderful read. I highly recommend it and think it should be required reading for all. Lots of great gems for how to live.

Book #16 – Comics for a Strange World: A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza Farazmand – this fulfilled a comic written and illustrated by the same person for the Read Harder challenge.

Book #17 – You Look Better Online: Your Life in 150 Unfiltered Cartoons by Emmet Truxes – this fulfilled a one-sitting book for the Read Harder challenge.

Book #18 – Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung – this fulfilled a book you can read in a day for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.

Book #19 – The House That Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton – this fulfilled a book that inspires you for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.

Book #20 – Secret Lives of Walter Mitty and of James Thurber by James Thurber – this fulfilled a book that has been made into a movie for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.

Book #21 – Harry Potter and the Goblet by J.K. Rowling – this fulfilled a book with a green spine for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.

Book #22 – Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris – this fulfilled a book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist in the Popsugar challenge. This was a really fun one to listen too!

Book #23 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – this fulfilled the next book in a series you’ve started in the Popsugar challenge.

The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge
The 2018 Read Harder Challenge
The Mommy Mannegren 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

I can’t wait to finish the Harry Potter series and get crackalackin on the rest of my huge to be read list!

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Day 3142 – 11 Years With This Goofball

I love celebrating the day I met Bret. It was a crazy night…which was really the best way to start our crazy journey. It’s been a very awesome, very fun 11 years.

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Day 3141 – You Never Know What Tomorrow Will Bring

Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of meeting Bret. I’ll never forget the date because of it’s proximity to Valentine’s day, I love easy to remember dates. I’ve been watching my On This Day on Facebook for posts leading up to meeting this guy who would change my life, and I keep saying to my lonely, past Jennilyn “just hold on girlfriend, he’ll be here very soon!”

For years, I’ve said I was totally ok with being single two days before meeting Bret, and on that day, I was. But as I was scrolling, I saw that I had posted this “still convinced that sprite has caffeine in it and sometimes she really wishes she wasn’t single” at 11:05 p.m. the day before I met Bret. I look at that and think, “AH! You only have ONE day left to wait! Less than 24 hours!” Now, granted, you won’t be in an official relationship with him until June, and you won’t know if you’re getting married until the following July…..BUT, he’s sooooooooo close!!!!

So friends, you never know what tomorrow will bring you. You never know if tomorrow is the day that you’ve been waiting for.

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Day 3140 – 250,000 Miles Later, And This “Guy” Still Has My Heart – or – Happy Valentine’s Day To My Car

I celebrated a very important event yesterday – my car hit a quarter of a million miles. I actually pulled over to the side of the highway to Facetime with Bret to celebrate the occasion. He’s been with Sam (my car) and I for a lot of the journey. I think we figured Bret joined us around 30,000 miles.

Sam has taken me across the country three times. He’s taken me up and down the east coast many times. He’s taken me to the beach.

He was there when I had my first conversations with Bret.

I’ve loved this car so so so much. He was brand new when I got him, with only about 100 miles under his belt.

He’s hit a few deer. He’s slid on some ice. He’s been in a few fender benders.

He’s held me while I cried. He’s held me while I laughed.

Many stories have been told through his amazing sound system.

I’ve given him mid-grade gas pretty much his whole life.

Sam, it’s been great hitting such a big milestone with you dude. Here’s hopin’ we make it another quarter million miles.

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