Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 9: Safety

Today, I am thankful for safety.

As I was driving in to work early to go to my alma mater to hear my company’s CEO speak, I got backed up on 28. There was a multi-vehicle accident, but it made my day off to a slower start than I’d have liked. Nonetheless, I was safe.

As I walked into my building after the event, I felt extremely dizzy, nauseous, and out of it. Nothing happened, but I went to MedExpress then home. Turns out I have a good ‘ol set of ear infections. I was safe from what I was scared of — low sugar! Greg came to get me so I wouldn’t have to drive home, again, keeping me safe.


I’d love to share with you some of the great things I learned about my company and leadership. One of these days, I might, but in the mean time, you should head over to see what Back’nGrooveMom had to say about it, so fun!


This post is part of NaBloPoMo.

NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 8: Literacy

One thing I do not take for granted is the ability to read and write. I started reading at an early age and honestly can’t remember life without books. When I was pregnant with both kids, I read to them. Every night, we read books before bed. Last night, Evan read us words from a book as we sat on the couch.

I cannot imagine life without words, without literacy.

Later, I’ll post about a book I recently read. Thanks to blogging, my reading list has been lit up this year, and I am glad to get to share these experiences (and words) with you.


This post is part of NaBloPoMo.

NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 7: Healthy Eating

It’s funny that I am writing a blog post today about being thankful for Healthy Eating when, admittedly, I enjoyed part of a very delicious apple from Applelicious (, a local gourmet chocolate apple company. Ahem.

Anyways, I am thankful that a ‘lil over a year ago I began a journey of healthy eating and exercise that has made me feel and look better. You know, healthy eating isn’t all that awful. I enjoy so many delicious recipes, and have even found ways to enjoy my favorite foods without feeling guilty. (Like that apple…I just will exercise more and accommodate by adjusting my other foods when I eat like that.)

Today is National Healthy Eating Day (through the American Heart Association), and they are sharing 5 Goals to Healthy Eating which are actually goals that I’ve been using to do what I’ve done so far:

1.     Eat more fruits and vegetables.

2.     Eat more whole-grain foods.

3.     Use olive, canola or safflower oil as your main kitchen fat.

4.     Eat more chicken, fish and beans than other meats.

5.     Read food labels to help you choose healthy foods.


Simple ways to be healthy, things that I am thankful for!


This post is part of NaBloPoMo.

NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 5: Changing Minds

Sandy impacted our town’s Trick or Treat, so we changed our minds from not participating to going ahead and passing out candy. Fifteen minutes before we were supposed to head out, the kids woke up from their naps and Arianna announced that she changed her mind. She no longer wanted to be Dora or a pirate, but instead wanted to be a kitty.

So, she went to her room, found a few things, and asked me to give her whiskers. This is what she ended up going as:

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Joined by her ‘lil brother, the monkey:

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Sometimes the cutest things happen when we change our minds.


This post is part of NaBloPoMo.

NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 4: Health

Yesterday, Greg, the kids, and I walked in the Pittsburgh Heart Walk. It was a 5K, and although the crowd and the wagon pushed us over 20 minutes per mile, the fact that we are able to just wake up and walk that far is super.

Today, I am thankful for health. For those who look for cures for heart disease, for those who live every day as survivors. And for my own health. While I am a pretty healthy person, I have been on a year-long journey to keep doing better for myself. I’d like to think there’s a nice difference in my health from last year…

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…to this year…

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NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NoBloPoMo Day 3: Family Dates

Last night, instead of going to my Grandma’s like usual, we went on a Family Date Night. Arianna told us what we were going to do, and oh, did she have a grand time of doing so. We ended up only going to Eat n’ Park and Target, but it was a lovely evening and so good to spend time with the kids.

I’m lucky to get to spend time with my husband and kids like I do, so today, that is what I am most thankful for.


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NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NoBloPoMo Day 2: Tissues

Last weekend, Arianna, Greg, and I got the flu shot. On Tuesday, right smack dab in the middle of dealing with Hurricane Sandy, the three of us started to sniffle.

We’ve gotten through the week with tissues, soup, blankets, and medicine. It should be no surprise, then, that today I am thankful for tissues. Especially when you’ve gone the TP route on a tender nose, tissues are a life-saver.


This post is part of NoBloPoMo.

NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful/NaBloPoMo Day 1: Work

NaBloPoMo November 2012

Today begins NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and also the month of Thanksgiving, aka Thirty Days of Thankful on Facebook.

I’ve decided to join along in the fun and will bring you my normal posts but try to add in a thankful thing every day. My friend Suzie did this via a scrapbook last year, and it was so much fun to watch. Hope you enjoy my thankful moments.

Day 1: Work

This week has been one of the most rewarding and exhausting work weeks for me. It has solidified for me that I really love my company, my co-workers, and my position. Faced with Hurricane Sandy, we knew that storms would probably hit our locations, so the team and I were tasked with coming up with a plan that would keep our service desk up and running while communicating any outages we may occur.

The work we did ahead of time provided to be valuable. Teamwork, communication, and managing a lot of information at once. While the impact of Sandy is huge, I can say that the part I played in the recovery from a business standpoint was meaningful.

Today, I am thankful for not only the job/position that I have but the entire aspect of work and the work I do. If you are a part of that, thank you!

Friday Night Life

Last Friday’s Bloggy Moms Blog Dare Prompt was actually quite appropriate to write about, but since I didn’t use it, today would be appropriate. 

What my Friday Night Used to Look Like

* When I was 9…I would have friends over or would be at a Campfire Kids event. We would be hyped up on pop and pizza and enjoying VCR movies, games, crafts, and trying to burp the alphabet.

* When I was 13…My parents would have picked up a set or two of our cousins and we would be having a sleepover. My friends and I would be making them dance to the Spice Girls. 

* When I was 15…I was proving I could stay up all night at a youth group all-nighter. We would sing about our love of God, play volleyball, worry about what the boys were doing, and giggle way too much.

* When I was 17…A football or basketball game would precede a night with friends at one of our houses. Giggling, talking about our crushes, and staring at yearbook photos.

* When I was 20…Enjoying half price food at Fuel n Fuddle (we got there by shuttle from Chatham to Pitt) with my best college friends.

* When I was 24…Dancing the night away at the Beach Wagon or Revolutions with my roommate and her friend Greg.

* When I was 26…Talking all night to that same Greg as we embarked on our long distance relationship and A snored away in her crib.

* When I was 29…Met up with a co worker while we were on vacation…but we were so old and tired that a game of darts and pool and 10 was time to call it a night.

Friday nights sure have changed as I have gotten older…but I happen to think coming home after a chill night out to the sounds of my two ‘lil babies snoring is pretty nice.