Circus Xtreme Wrap-Up

Enter disclaimer text Today’s 30 days of Thankful post is with much thanks to Circus Xtreme from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.


Last night, I got to watch our kids’ eyes light up left and right. We joined other families in an exclusive backstage event before Circus Xtreme kicked off their four-day stay in Pittsburgh and then enjoyed opening night together as a family (for the first time ever).

Thanks to the red train coming to town, I’m thankful that…

I got to see sparkle in Ava’s eyes as the acrobats climbed the heights of PPG Paints Arena.


Evan made the connection between the BMX set we saw backstage that was part of the closing act. He was on the edge of his seat for most of the night!


Arianna truly listened as Rebecca (of the 8-person costume team) told us about how the mermaid costumes went from design to completion. (I know this because when they came out, she was first mesmerized and then second anxious because she could not see the fourth/blue mermaid.)


Isla survived the night. This little girl cannot sit still for longer than 10 minutes without getting mad. She stuck it out and didn’t cry too much, clapping along with crowd and lighting up at the camels and horses.


Greg was able to come with us thanks to our family/life balance of him staying home. (The last time the Bigs and I went, he was spending the night putting in one of his first night shifts at the gas station.)


If you’re hoping to have some memorable family moments like we did, Circus Xtreme is in Pittsburgh until November 6.

Memory Moments

​It’s day 3 of 30 days of thankful. As I sat with Greg last night (watching game 7 of the World Series), I scrolled mindlessly through my Facebook feed and phone photos. I had a few “memory moments” as I did, and for these today I am thankful. 
Greg and I met 9 years ago yesterday, at (a failed attempt at) a bonfire with Diet Coke and Mentos rockets. Back then, Nurin had long hair and I drove a convertible.

I ran into Canadian guys in an elevator in NOLA last year. They knew George. It was a good reminder of his impact and legacy. Reading it made me miss our First Mate.

Speaking of missing people, I was doing good at Apple Butter this year until Uncle Dave brought the silver out of the kettle. That’s when I could feel Grandma there with us and tears hit my eyes.
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Some big, some small, but all impactful and things I am thankful for today. These memory moments.

Taking Chances

It’s November, which for many of us means it is 30 Days of Thankful. Follow along with me this month as I gather the things I am thankful for this year. Today, I’ll be talking about taking chances and the happiness it’s brought my way.

30 days of thankful

Taking Chances.

This one starts with a big sigh tonight. Today was a rough one, but I survived.

It begins at my desk. I was trying to work on an enhancement and couldn’t keep my mind off friends who I used to work with that are home today because of major changes at my previous employer. This makes me sad and yet thankful all at once.

Remember about four months ago I told you about my job change? Yeah. That reinvention of myself, that re-dedication to the tools and processes I love to do for a living, were a big chance that has immensely paid off. My timing was “just right”, just before things got crazy and sad and uncertain. I took a chance on a company that I know feel at home at, part of an Ohana. For this, I am thankful. For not having to worry all last week if I was going to wake up to a job this week, I am thankful.

And regarding another chance I took about 8 years ago…yeah, he worked out pretty well, too. Greg and I might have our differences and not always see eye-to-eye, but I’m glad for us taking a chance on each other. I’m reminded of this as he’s cuddling Isla, woken from a bad dream just now. For the chance we took on love and life together as a family, I’m thankful.

Finally, tonight, I am grateful for taking a chance on myself. With the start of a new month comes re-dedication to goals, remembering those big changes I made and how I can and will do this again in my time. For this commitment to me, I’m thankful.

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!