Day 3148 – World Yoga Day!

One thing that I’ve really enjoyed recently is yoga. I happened to find pretty much the best yoga channel on YouTube, Yoga With Adriene. Some videos even include her heeler dog, Benji. Every time I practice with her videos, I grow stronger, increase my flexibility, and just all around feel better.

I used to stay away from yoga, I guess mostly because I’m not big into classes (my little pride monster likes to show up in those situations), and yoga was always this big unknown.

But I happened upon Adriene’s channel a few months back and I have really enjoyed the process of learning the different practices. I have to say, her Yoga for Depression practice has been life changing, every time I practice it.

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Day 3147 – When It’s Hard To Be Sober – or – Thoughts On Society And Drinking

There are times it is hard to be sober. I’ll see a drink that looks like so much fun to drink or I’ll read someone’s meme about drinking. It’s the memes where they are making fun of those who are sober that are difficult. The ones that are especially hard are the ones that seem to say – “it’s no fun being sober. I’ll never be sober, because I’d be boring.” As someone who is now sober, and some days feels alone and not normal, seeing that really makes me feel sad. What also makes me sad, is that drinking alcohol is almost the expected thing to do. “Long day at work? Have a glass of wine. Bad break up? Drink from the bottle.”

Why is alcohol the first thing people go to on the best days and the worst days? Why do we say – “Let me buy you a drink to celebrate!” “I’m sorry to hear about that, tell me all about it over a beer.” It’s the default posture of our culture – grab a drink.

It also really bothers me how TV and movies handle alcohol and addiction. While thinking about this topic, I noticed something on a show I happened to be watching. One guest character was dealing with addiction to drugs. He was shown in a negative light. You almost got happy that the characters were treating him with contempt. “We see you have a problem, we caught you in it, ha ha, you need help now.”

Yet in the next scene, we see a main character having a tough day, when offered the chance, they get drunk. We’re told, “oh, you had a bad day? Let’s drown it in alcohol.” This is shown as a fun and perfectly normal response. Forget about your responsibilities and the fact that your bosses are here, have fun! Thankfully the character does make a mistake and is caught. But it’s still glorified.

If you pay attention to how much characters drink in TV shows, you would think every one of them has a drinking problem. I can definitely look back on some of my drinking days, and watching shows about drinking was a trigger. “Oh, hey, so and so is having a drink, I’d like one too, thank you!” But it would leave me hungover the next day, again.

Is it any wonder people struggle with addictions?

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Day 3146 – It Might Be Poop….Or Something Really Beautiful – repost

In searching for things to write about, I came across this post from 9/20/15. It gave me a laugh, but also things to think about.

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Tonight, I was putting some clothes away. I’ve gotten into the habit of tossing the clean clothes on the floor of the closet when I’m doing multiple loads and then putting everything away when I’m done. Last week, being sick and all, about 3-4 loads hung around on the floor. As I was moving some things around, I noticed something dark and it looked like mouse poop. I was like, oh crap, we’ve had such a clean place with very little bugs and no rodents….except for squirrels running along our balcony and scaling up the wall, but outside.

To be sure, I reached out and touched it. Not poop, not even close. It was a sequin from the dress I wore to the Marine Corps Ball.

Here I was thinking that this beautiful, sparkly, fun thing was poop.

Isn’t this how we look at life sometimes…if we don’t know what we’re looking at? Don’t we question God when things aren’t going “our way”? But we’re so quick to forget that when we can look back and see all the crap that we went through actually WAS for our good and molding us more into Christ.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

So friends, if you think you’re seeing poop, reach out and touch it and maybe it’s a sequin. But it could be poop and if it is, please wash your hands.

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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 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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