Ask Away Friday with Tamara of Tamara (Like) Camara.

Today I’m trading Ask Away Friday questions with Tamara of Tamara (Like) Camera. She’s kind of a rock star in this corner of the Internet so you may very well have heard of her or visited her blog, looked at her gorgeous photographs or read her exquisite, from-the-heart writing.

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Tamara has a beautiful soul and I am so thankful to have gotten to know her over the past few months. We’ve had a lot of “What? You too?! I thought I was the only one!” moments. And that – to me – is the best thing about writing and sharing our words and our hearts on the Internet.

I’m answering Tamara’s questions below. To see her answers to my questions, visit her blog.

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1. Do you have any road trip or other travel plans for this spring/summer?

My youngest daughter is on a competitive dance team, so we’ll be traveling to wherever she competes for nationals. Right now it’s looking like Wisconsin Dells.

At one point, my mom talked about planning a big family vacation to Mackinac Island this summer. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. We stay on the mainland, in a campground that is situated right on the lake shore, with stunning views of Mackinac Bridge and the island. I really hope we can swing it. If not this year, then definitely next.

2. Name a quality in each of your kids that is most like you. Name a quality in each of your kids that is not at all like you!

My oldest daughter has my passion – sometimes it’s almost a compulsion, something we literally have to do or we cannot live with ourselves – for serving and helping others.

She loves to stay up late, which is so not me. Staying up late is one of my least favorite things to do.

My youngest daughter and I both love to watch television shows and movies. I am very picky about what I allow my younger kids to watch and I agonized over it, but finally decided we could watch Once Upon a Time together. She’s obsessed. And I’m loving the experience of watching it (on Netflix) with her.

She’s been asking to watch The Hunger Games and Catching Fire for months, and now she’s started in on Divergent. My answer is still a big fat no on those.

How is she not like me? Let me count the ways. And I admire almost every one of them. She was born with so many qualities that I only learned through years of blood, sweat, and tears. She’s brave, strong willed, extremely confident, outspoken, emotionally resilient, and a natural-born leader. I always say – only half-jokingly – that one day I may be the mother of the President of the United States.

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My son is my mini me. Of all my kids, he looks and acts the most like me. He’s very emotionally sensitive, which I’ve always been, and maybe a little passive aggressive. Ahem.

It’s honestly hard to think of a way he’s different from me. Well, he’s a very fast runner and a very good soccer player. I run, but not fast by any means, and I’ve never played soccer.

3. What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

I spent four years in corporate finance at a big pharmaceutical company. It wasn’t an awful job. There were many things I liked about it. But eventually I started feeling really guilty about the fact that we were going out for company dinners that cost anywhere from $100-$150 per person while people were unable to receive the medication they needed to live. Those profit margins were so huge. It felt so wrong. I stopped going to the dinners, and eventually I quit my job. That wasn’t the only reason I resigned, but it was the first reason, and a big one.

4. You say you grew up in a family of foodies! Do you have any tried and true recipes from your family that you can share? Or one of your own?

There are so many. My mom makes the best chocolate layer cake, usually for special occasions. She made it last week for my birthday so it’s fresh in my memory. She got the recipe from Midwest Living – she and my dad are always trying new recipes from the many magazines they subscribe to – and it’s became a favorite in our family. It originally ran in the December 2005 issue and has been republished a few times since: Cafe Latte’s Turtle Cake.

5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? Do you plan to attend any?

I’ve never been and I don’t have any plans to do so this year. I wish I’d went to BlogHer when it was in Chicago, since that’s within driving distance for me.

If time and money and fear of airplanes were not an issue, I’d go to BlogHer, Alt Summit, or The Influence Conference.

But since all of those factors are indeed issues, what’s more realistic is that I’ll find a small, somewhat local writing conference. I’ve really been all about writing lately (more so than blogging, if that makes any sense.)

6. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far about blogging?

I’ve only been blogging for about a year, and I feel like I’m still trying to find my footing in terms of what I want to write about, how often I want to write, and what the purpose of my blog is.

Right now I’m in a place where it’s okay not to know. It’s okay to evaluate. It’s okay to ponder. It’s okay to not quite know the answers, and to maybe have to do some real soul-searching to find them.

7. Can you share a recent photo and tell me the story behind it?

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I’ve been obsessing over the Minnetonka Kilty moccasin for a few months now. My mom gave me a pair for my birthday last week and I’m seriously so in love with them that my enthusiasm embarrasses me just a little.

8. What is something mischievous you have done?

Well, I come from a long line of mischievous, ornery people. It’s in my blood! And I’m passive-aggressive so I’m sure to someone like my husband, it’s a vexing combination. I tease him a lot just to see his very reactive, very predictable responses.

Growing up, my sister and I were an odd mix of demure and well-behaved and mischievous and naughty. We did so many things that part of the grown-up me laughs about, while the other part prays my own children never do.

My mom raised sheep when we were growing up, as more of a hobby than anything else. The male sheep (bucks) were often mean. They’d charge and butt at anything they didn’t like – including my sister and I. We were under strict instructions to stay far away from them. But sometimes we’d venture into the area they were kept. We’d get their attention and of course they’d chase us. We’d then run away as fast as our legs would carry us and clamber over the fence to safety.

9. I know you’re an avid reader. Name some books that have had a large impact on you.

Most recently, Anne Lamott’s faith-focused memoirs. Traveling Mercies and Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith. I’ve spent the last few years in a spiritual wasteland. Like District 12 in The Hunger Games or whatever it is I imagine is on the outside of the fence in Insurgent. Bleak. Barren. A little scary.

Lamott – and Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner and Addie Zierman – have shown me that people of faith, people who embrace a religion – can be open minded, inclusive, compassionate, loving, imperfect, sometimes full of doubt and questions and searching.

Something inside me is coming back to life, and I have these people to thank for it.

10. What’s your favorite thing about Twitter? Least favorite?

It’s funny that you ask that because I’ve really been off social media lately. Like I said earlier, I just want to write, write, write. And hold my kids and have tea with my husband and read books and watch Scandal.

But Twitter. It’s the one I keep going back to. Days go by when I don’t get on any other social media all day long, but I almost always check one of my two favorite Twitter lists at least once a day.

I love that I can link to articles or blog posts about subjects I’m passionate about. Books. Movies. Parenting. Marriage. Politics. Faith. Running. It’s hard to describe, but Twitter just makes me feel good. Checking in is like checking in with an old friend. It’s like coming home at the end of the day. I’m not sure why, but there you have it.

I think Twitter can be spammy. You only have so many words, so if you’re trying to get in a link, and keyword hashtags, and an attention-grabbing phrase, a tweet can come off as completely self-promoting. So while I see it as a downside, creating lists allows me to completely bypass the issue. Or at least to only see those types of tweets from people I really, really like!

Thanks for providing me with awesome questions, Tamara. This was a lot of fun.

Don’t forget to see Tamara’s answers to my questions HERE.

For more Ask Away Friday Q&A, visit the event hosts: Amber, Penny, Tiffany, Stacey.

Twitterature: March 2014.

Lately I’ve felt like I’m really, truly back to one of my first loves: reading. For the last six months of 2013 it was a struggle to make time to read and often felt more like work than pleasure. It’s good to be back into the groove. Really good.

Today I’m joining Anne Bogel’s Twitterature link-up to share short, Twitter-style reviews of the books I’ve read in the past month:

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The Lake of Dreams, Kim Edwards. My least favorite of the month. If you want to read Edwards, skip this one and start with The Memory Keeper’s Daughter or her short story collection The Secrets of a Fire King.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott. I’m officially an Anne Lamott fan girl now. This book. I realize how I feel about it is directly related to where I am in my life – the perfect storm, you could say. I want to read – and own, so I can mark them up to my heart’s content – every book she’s written.

This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper. Hands-down the funniest thing I’ve read in years. A word of warning: this one is definitely rated R.

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Jan-Philipp Sendker. I’ve noticed a trend with the audio books I’ve been listening to lately: it’s taking me at least 1/2 the book to get into them. Definitely the case here. It took me that long to start caring about the characters. In the end it was a redeeming read, though.

Divergent, Veronica Roth. Again, I didn’t fall in love until the halfway mark. Which is exactly what happened with another book you might have heard this one compared to: The Hunger Games. I finished this and immediately started reading Insurgent. For the record, I’m liking this series even more than The Hunger Games.

The Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian. I’m quickly becoming a huge fan of Bohjalian. This novel was a heartbreaking look at the Armenian genocide that took place during and after World War I.

Have you read any great books lately?

One Community: March 2014.

The prompts for this month’s One Community photoblogging link up are calm | friendship | green | shower.

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I wish I could remember who told me about calm.com so I could thank them. It’s come in especially handy this month as I’ve been trying to meditate daily. (I’m also enjoying the Omvana app on my iPhone.)

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I consider myself exceedingly fortunate to have some really great friends. This man, though, is my very best friend.

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This is why I’m a crazy plant lady: so that in the drab brown of early March, when I’m longing to see green peeking through the ground but it’s just not happening yet, I can at least find spots of the color inside my house.

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My husband showers me with love.

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One Community is a monthly photoblogging project in which participants photograph their homes and community with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us closer together in understanding through art.

For more One Community, visit Kelli and Sarah.

10 Weekly Goals.

Weekly Goals | Shana Norris BlogI haven’t made weekly goals since February 17. Yikes. Like I said yesterday, February was a stinker. But March? March is gonna be awesome.

We had not one but two birthday parties for my sweet little girl this weekend. Friday night was the “friend party” and we had a houseful – seven girls! Saturday night was the “family party.”

This week my baby girl turns 9, I turn 40, and in two more weeks my oldest turns 20. Those numbers make my head spin.

On the reading front, I’m officially hooked on the Divergent series. I went straight from Divergent to Insurgent with scarcely a breath between.

Juliet and I have been devouring the Who Was … books. We’ve read Who Was Sacagawea? and Who Was Queen Elizabeth I? Next up is Who Was Jane Goodall? Somehow I’ve turned into a lover of history over the years, and the books really hold Juliet’s attention – she’s always begging for one more chapter – so they’re perfect for us to read together. The added bonus is that she’s quickly knocking out her nonfiction book report requirement.

And now I’m bravely dipping my toes back into the beckoning waters of weekly goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Relational Goals

1. Read three chapters of Who Was Jane Goodall? to Juliet, read three picture books to Jake, read three chapters of Best Friends Forever to both kids.
2. Write a love letter to Jim.
3. Finish delivering Girl Scout cookies with Juliet.
4. Do three Tiger Cub electives with Jake.
5. Go out to dinner on my birthday with Jim and the kids.
6. Three calculated acts of kindness.

Personal Goals

7. Finish reading Insurgent and read one chapter of One Year to an Organized Life.
8. 2×6 mile runs, 1×10 mile run, 1 strength training session.

At Home Goals

9. Clean out office/laundry room in preparation for painting.

Writing Goals

10. Free write/journal daily this week.

Have a wonderful week, friends. I hope the sun is shining and the weather is warming wherever you are.

CAOK 2014.

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When Kelli asked me to join her, Aimee, and Sarah in CAOK (Calculated Acts of Kindness) 2014, I didn’t even think twice. February kind of kicked my butt. But I’ve always been a fighter. When life hits me hard, I may fall down (I usually do, in fact) but I don’t stay down long.

What that often looks like is this: 1. wait until the kids are at school or asleep for the night; 2. curl up in the fetal position (preferably in my bed); 3. have a good cry; 4. after 10 minutes, get up; 5. wipe away the smeared mascara; 6. go make something – anything – good happen.

So CAOK seemed like the perfect answer to the past 4-5 weeks. It’s that something good on a slightly larger scale. And it’s more deliberate, more purposeful, more collaborative.

Here’s how Kelli describes CAOK:

▲ 40 days between Lent and Easter to do nice things for other people.
▲ A way to share those kind acts, banking them as inspiration for others regardless of faith. All faiths promote helping those in need and being kind.
▲ A time to think about the goodness in your life, and how you can spread it a bit to others.
▲ A perspective reset.

I’ve always been fascinated by Lent, regardless of the fact that I didn’t grow up in a faith tradition that celebrated it. At some point in my 20s, I learned that it meant so much more than simply giving up chocolate, or caffeine, or swearing, or alcohol for the 40 days before Easter.

That the cross on people’s foreheads was a reminder of the brevity and fragility of life. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes.

It doesn’t matter what faith I embrace, or if I embrace one at all. I need that reminder daily. So 40 days of focus on seizing the moment, living in it, being more intentional, deliberate, and proactive? Yes, please.

And these days love, kindness, and compassion are a huge focus for me. Because you guys, I need so much more of them in my life. I gossip too often, I judge too often, I exclude too often. I really do. That’s not the person I want to be. That’s not the person I want my kids to see me being. It’s not the person I want my husband to share a life with.

So Kelli, thank you, because this came at the perfect time for me.

For now I’m going to leave you with photos of my beautiful daughters performing acts of kindness this week. One was at the table in our breakfast nook, the other was in Limuru Town, Kenya.

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CAOK 2014 | Shana Norris Blog

Kindness can happen anywhere, anytime. It can happen in the very next moment, right where you are. It can be a small, simple action. And sometimes – many times, maybe even most of the time – those little acts are so, so big …

Do you celebrate Lent in any way?
What are your thoughts on the season?
I’d love for you to share an act of kindness you’ve done today – or recently – here in the comments.

March 2014 Goals.

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How about that February, friends? I won’t say it was a bad month, but I won’t say I’m sad to see it go, either.

February was a month of sickness, of snow and biting cold, of evenings curled under blankets reading or watching television with the people I love most in this world, of friendships broken, of other friendships redeemed, of creative scarcity, of exhaustion, of hope, of awakening, of daring …

February was full. Of good and bad. Of life.

How did my goals go in the midst of this crazy beautiful month?

1. Have a family game night. B. It actually happened March 3, thus the B.
2. Have a family movie night. A.
3. Try two new homemade pizzas. F. Not a one.
4. Have three unplugged days. C. I had two.
5. Sleep more. C. Some progress is better than none?
6. Go out for breakfast. A+. Twice!
7. Listen to live music. F. Concert was cancelled.
8. Have a family Valentine’s dinner. A. It was breakfast, actually.
9. Make a care package for Ally and deliver in person. A.
10. Stay on schedule to finish Juliet’s annual photo books by the end of March. B. I’m a little off schedule but haven’t given up on finishing by March 31.

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My March goals:

1. Meditate daily.
2. Take the kids hiking.
3. Run 100 miles.
4. Tune up our bikes.
5. Have a St. Patrick’s Day dinner or breakfast.
6. Ten random acts of kindness.
7. Embrace turning 40 in at least three ways, big or small.

How is March going for you so far? Tell me one thing you’d like to see – or make! – happen this month.

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My Mamalode Instagram Takeover.

Yesterday I had the privilege of taking over Mamalode’s Instagram feed. Here’s my Monday in photos and captions:

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“Sometimes I look forward to going to bed at night because I know that when I wake up I get coffee.”

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“It’s 1 degree and sunny here in northern MO, cold enough for a 2-hour delayed start to the school day.”

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“I’ve had this peace lily since my now 19-year-old daughter was hospitalized for over two months 10 years ago. At the time, the doctors offered very little hope for her recovery. This morning she’s Facebook messaging me from just outside Nairobi, Kenya where she’s spending her spring break working at an orphanage. This plant is a daily reminder that miracles do happen.”

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“Working lunch.”

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“What happens when you ask your artist husband to pick up make-up applicators at the store: color.”

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“Taking a few moments to relax with a book + tea while watching the kids work off pent-up energy playing in the backyard.”

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“She’s so excited to start writing letters to her newly sponsored “sister” in Colombia.”

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“New leggings arrived in the mail today. I’m wearing them already. A little colorful, bright spot on this cold, white winter day. They’re so soft – the kids keep touching my legs.”

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“Dinner. My kids love eating by candlelight. Sometimes I want to skip it in favor of quick and easy but they usually talk me into it. I’m always glad later, because a little candlelight makes a meal feel extra special.”

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“And … that’s a wrap. Thanks for letting me share my day with you, Mamaloders. It’s time for family game night now. xoxo.”

Check out Mamalode’s website HERE and their Instagram feed HERE.

Weekly Menu Plan + How I Use Pinterest to Menu Plan.

Menu Planning with Pinterest | Shana Norris BlogBefore I share my weekly menu plan, I thought I’d talk about the process I use to actually create these plans each week.

First of all, the essential tools:

1. Google Calendar
2. Pinterest
3. Miscellaneous other recipe sources
→ A few hard copies of Cooking Light magazine
Cooking Light’s Facebook page
→ The weekly menu plan link up at Mommy Run Faster and Fitness, Health, and Happiness

From there, I start assigning meals to each day based on the activities we have planned. For example, because Tuesdays are busy with dance and wrestling practice – and soon, soccer – those are slow cooker days.

If the younger kids will be at their dad’s, I make a meal that’s heavy on the heat factor or a particular ingredient they’re not fond of that night.

I also take into account any leftovers we might have, and assign those to particularly busy days/nights in the form of “Helpie Selfie.” (Although I reheat the little ones’ meals, making that title a little misleading. I guess I just think it sounds fun.)

Pinterest is essential since it’s my virtual recipe box, the filing cabinet for recipes I want to try. If I see a recipe in a magazine that I want to save, I search for it online and pin it. If I’m flipping through a magazine at the doctor’s office or the gym, I write down the title and source so that I can find and pin it when I get home.

I try to keep all of my recipes – past and present – in this one central location.

Because I have recipes organized into fairly detailed boards – current count: 22 – it’s easy to find filler when I have a hole in the menu.

Keeping the boards specific also means they’re smaller, so I can find what I’m looking for more quickly.

I have a separate calendar in Google for our weekly menu plan. I put each recipe into the calendar as an all-day event so it shows right at the top of each day. At the beginning of each week I merge all my calendars (work, kids’ schedule, menu plan) and print from the weekly view. That calendar is a lifesaver.

Now that we’ve covered that, here’s the plan for this week:

Sunday. Egg Salad Sandwiches with Bacon & Sriracha Jim and I decided to deviate from our traditional Sunday night dinner because these sandwiches looked so good to us. (And he volunteered to make them – he’s a gem, I tell ya.)

Monday. Chicken Tortilla Chip Casserole

Tuesday. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Slaw (via Born and Raced in Chicago)

Wednesday. Southwestern Cobb Salad (carried over from last week)

Thursday. Helpie Selfie

Friday. Chicken Pizza + cheese pizzas for the kids

Saturday. Juliet’s birthday dinner: Beef Taco Pasta, Parmesan Garlic Bread, Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans, cake TBD

What are your menu planning must-haves?

What I’m Into: February 2014.

What I'm Into: February 2014 | Shana Norris Blog
What I’m Into is a monthly sharefest hosted by Leigh Kramer. It’s where we talk about what we’ve been reading, watching, listening to, and thinking about throughout the month. Here’s how I’d sum up my February:

Reading

I just finished This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Seriously funny. Lots of laugh out loud moments. Lots of laugh a few hours later when you recall a funny passage moments. I hear they’re making a movie of this one and if that’s true? I’m so watching it. Disclaimer: sex and language in abundance.

I listened to the audio version of Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards this month. Her debut novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was much better, as was her short story collection The Secrets of a Fire King. I just couldn’t bring myself to care about any of the characters in this book.

In the course of one 10-mile run, I finished The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker and started The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. I hadn’t paid much attention to who was narrating the latter when I downloaded it to my iPhone so imagine my surprise when I heard the same voice. Cassandra Campbell narrates both novels (very well, I might add.)

Next up: Divergent! I’ve been talking about reading it forever, put it on my 2014 reading list, and now it’s finally time.

Watching

We continue to make our way through Scandal and it continues to delight. (Did you hear that Kerry Washington is keynoting BlogHer 2014?!)

I’m still loving Once Upon a Time when I can fit it in. And I’m holding off on trying House of Cards until we catch up on Scandal but I’m kind of chomping at the bit what with all the Season Two hype.

The kids and I had so much fun watching the Olympics and consumed copious amounts of popcorn and M&Ms with each viewing. I think I gained five pounds during those two weeks.

I took the little kids to see The Lego Movie (meh) and Ally and I saw Labor Day in Springfield. Two thumbs up for Labor Day. I liked it much more than I expected to.

Listening

I’m listening to the How They Blog podcast every week. I’ve also just started tuning into The Smart Passive Income podcast and The Moonshine Jesus Show. I’ve only listened to a couple of each, so I can’t really recommend them yet.

Eating

Far, far, FAR too many monster cookies. On the flip side, I’m really craving salads lately. Does the latter make up for the former?

Wearing

Still wearing monochrome, stripes, skinnies, leggings. I can’t stop looking through the new H&M catalogue, and I’m lusting after a pair of Minnetonka Kilty moccasins. Also, I’ve ordered three pairs of athletic-type leggings in the past week. I think I’ve officially entered into a phase.

Thinking About

Joining Kelli for 13 acts of calculated kindness during Lent

What it means to see the big issues differently from your tribe of origin

The listening face

Added to My Feedly

Family Sport Life | She Loves Magazine | Willowday

Instagram of the Month

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Now it’s your turn: what have you been up to this month?

The Weekly Goals that Didn’t Happen and a Little Gratitude Instead.

Weekly Goals | Shana Norris BlogSo, about those weekly goals. They didn’t happen last week. What happened instead was a lot of throwing up and bodies aching and sleep that needed to happen but didn’t due to aforementioned aching, throwing up bodies.

And to top it off? I was set to do my 10-mile run on Friday in spite of all that, in spite of the fact that I wondered if I could actually even push my body that far (not to mention should) and thennnnnnnnnn … I dropped my phone in the toilet.

The toilet was clean – thank goodness – but still. My phone had some issues for the rest of the day. And no 10-mile run was gonna happen without music or an audiobook on my iPhone.

If I were the superstitious type (who, me?) I’d think the fates had aligned against me and my goal setting last week.

But the thing is, good things happened too. No matter how sick we were or how long it took my phone to dry out, there is so much to be thankful for.

This is just the tip of the iceberg:

1. My phone dried and is working fine now
2. My husband got sick before I did, which meant he was very sympathetic when the bug struck me
3. My daughter got sick before me too, which meant I was healthy and whole to take care of her
4. Laying on the couch with your almost-nine-year-old and having her hold your hand = priceless
5. We recovered in time to make a special mother-daughter trip to the American Girl store
6. The best friends a girl could ask for
7. Chocolate
8. Anne Lamott
9. Seven-year-olds playing basketball
10. A husband who cooks for me
11. And supports me
12. And takes very good care of me
13. Not needing a man to take care of me, but having one anyway
14. Carpet cleaner
15. Bleach
16. Books to escape into
17. The best parents ever
18. My awesome sister and her equally awesome husband and kids
19. Hot tea
20. Coffee
21. A 50+ degree day this week
22. Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake ice cream
23. Rachel Held Evans
24. Passages from books that are so funny I’m laughing hours after reading them
25. Kids who still fight over who gets to sit by Mama

Your turn: tell me about some good things that happened to you last week, or a few things you’re thankful for.

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