Easter

I had yesterday and today off work. (By that I mean I’ve really been working remotely – answering a myriad of questions and complaints.) Over the course of the past two days I’ve deemed to NOT have any extra help around our home to prepare for Easter. We have both sides of the family joining us plus an extra four paws. Here, it means the sheets all need changed, couches need vacuumed, the floors need swept, mopped, and reswept and remopped, the dogs need walked, brushed, bathed, and re-walked, the meals need to be planned and the kitchen needs to be kept up with. Oh, not to mention that Spring has sprung in a matter of two days here in Cleveland.

In an effort to work as hard (or try to work as hard) as my right hand man, I made a list. (Basically the list I already wrote plus a few extra things like going to the grocery and working out.) As I begin checking off each item on my list I keep thinking “this would be a real project with a child or two”. Bless all of you who work so hard to keep a clean house and somehow manage to have children, too! I don’t know how my mom did it with four of us!

I try not to get super stressed about things. Holidays are meant to be fun and relaxing. I’ll admit, I’m still in my pajamas, I have sweat dripping down my back, and I’m on my fourth cup of coffee. However, I did make time to read and watch an episode of my current show. (It’s the little things in life!) I’m enjoying the fruits of my labor. A clean house, little to no dog hair on the floor (for the time being), the windows open, and every bed having fresh sheets for our guests. I can definitely see how people get overwhelmed. Especially, when juggling children, practices, social schedules, and whatever else is on their plate.

This year, I work Saturday until about 5:30 or 6:00 PM and will then come home to a house full of my favorite people. How lucky am I?! That’s what I kept telling myself as I was scrubbing the floors on my hands and knees today. Ha! No, in all honesty, I am really looking forward to having everyone together. Whether we color eggs, or play backyard football, I’m sure it’ll be a riot.

I did grow up nondenimational Christian and I have firm beliefs. One of those beliefs is to love unconditionally. That’s really what Easter means to me. Love your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, coaches, leaders, whoever, love them completely and the best that you can. Now more than ever.

You’ve Gotta Watch This!

My co-author and I have spent many days, nights, and weekends fighting our way through Downton Abbey. I originally began watching it years ago when it first aired on PBS. (I didn’t have cable at the time – and still rarely watch anything besides sports.) When I met Chanel she opened my eyes to the wonderful world of books and TV shows. I’ve always loved to read but was told, at times, that it was a “waste unless you were bettering yourself”. Now, I argue you can learn something from almost each one you pick up!

A few months ago I was doing dishes waiting for my boyfriend to get home and opened my computer. I realized that we had Amazon Prime when my Netflix subscription ran out. …and Downton was the first thing that popped up on the watch list. Knowing I had gotten way behind on the original airing I rewatched from the beginning. Chanel did the same.

Originally, I was interested because of the historical content. (I also just watched my dog eating from a flower pot outside. How nice.) The more episodes I saw the more in depth each relationship and side story became. I was completely and totally enthralled with the idea of living as an English monarch and what troubles came with that title.

I finished the last episode a few weeks ago and I still haven’t quite…recovered. I think that’s probably the appropriate word. My life was filled with the wonder and elegance from Downton for months and now I’m watching Curb Your Enthusiasm to help cope.

I think my most favorite character from the show is probably Aunt Violet, The Dowager Countess. She’s famous for one liners that can shut you down or make you sing – and I absolutely adore her. I think, to some degree, everyone can agree with her on this…

 “Principles are like prayers: noble, of course, but awkward at a party.”  

If you’re looking for something new to watch this is an awesome show. Give it a few episodes before you make your own decision – but it’s something I’d watch again from start to finish. If you do pick it up, or have watched it, let us know your thoughts and favorite characters/episodes. We’d love to hear them! 🙂

Stuck in a Loop

Here are my record favorites on a YouTube loop currently:

 

  1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  2. Superfruit, Mary Lambert, Brian Justin Crum, Mario Jose – RISE cover

I don’t have any words of wisdom about these today except to say that I can’t get them out of my head. They wake me up and make me want to blast my speakers out. The second one in particular gives me chills halfway to brain freeze every time I listen. I have a very wide range of musical tastes and these are on my radar right now.

What has you stuck in a loop?