Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Things for Friday

1. Peter was in Virginia in the Washington D.C. area this week for a conference (not far from where we stayed when we were stranded there in January). He was looking forward to taking it easy for a few days, but he found out once he got there that it wasn't just a conference--there was also an actuarial exam that he had to take on the final day! Somehow he missed the memo on that! He ended up having to study thousands of pages of material in about three days for the exam that was yesterday morning. I don't know why but I found this situation really funny! He, meanwhile, did not. I don't know why! Ha ha.

2. I got our Christmas cards picked out, designed, and ordered last weekend, which is a record for the earliest in the season that I've ever gotten that done! Usually it takes me a long time to narrow it down to the cards I like the most from a few different websites, then I have to choose which pictures to use and design it, and the whole thing becomes daunting for my inner perfectionist and I tend to put it off. But this year it was a lot easier to do all of that, I think because I knew for sure what pictures I wanted to use and what type of card I wanted. And I got such a good deal for doing it early! 50% off(!!), plus a $10 off coupon, plus free shipping! Thank you Shutterfly!

3. Sam made me the sweetest little baby owl from a mini pinecone at preschool. It's precious! It means so much to me. It's wonderful to see that your children can be thoughtful and kind as they grow up, especially when you are the recipient of that thoughtful kindness every once in awhile. Things like this make me especially thankful to be a mother. 

And bonus owls! The boys went to an activity this week where they made a craft and it happened to be paper plate owls. This was my lucky week when it came to owls, thanks to my children!

4. Remember how I complained about my father's ridiculously high nutritional standards last week? Well there was a very interesting and relevant article in The Wall Street Journal this week about people who are overly preoccupied with eating healthy and who are being treated for it because it can become an obsessive-compulsive disorder or type of anorexia for them. I definitely think this might describe my dad. 
Click here if you want to read the article.
If you're in my family, you MUST read it! And let me know what you think!

5. It snowed for the first time this week. Yay. Boo. I don't like cold temperatures and snow that sticks before December, but I have little say in the matter.

We're supposed to get a few inches of snow tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, I'm hoping to get some much-needed downtime at home this weekend. This week I was out of the house several times for 5-6 hour stretches at a time, and that is way too much time away for homebody me. It depletes my energy and makes me feel unbalanced. So here's to a happy weekend spent mostly in the comfort of home!