Thursday, May 28, 2015

One Day at A Time

I will admit the last few weeks have been rough for me.

The state of North Carolina requires car inspections. And if you live in certain counties, your car must also pass emissions testing.  Beatrice (my car) and I have been to Doug the mechanic so much in the last three weeks that we should pass just on principal alone. He fixed the problem but for some reason the stupid machine will not let me pass. 

My nerves are on edge because my car is not in compliance and I still have to work. It is just frustrating. I am working hard to keep a positive outlook but right now I just down in the dumps.

I drive only when necessary to work and assignments. Basically, I go to work and come home. I  have been able to reintroduce myself to the apartment that I pay to sleep in.  I thought it would be resolved by now but there has been a holiday and my mechanic’s wife broke her tail bone and has been in surgery.

I try to put it in perspective. My mechanic’s wife is having surgery as I wirite to correct the problem so she can walk and sit. So I am trying to be patient. I just needed to vent and get it out of my system before I go nuts. 

And it is Day 28--Try a new restaurant. I ate at this barbecue place. It was so-so.

Daily Dose
1. Grape soda makes things a little easier.
2. Walking to the library and being in the library.
3. Thankful for my many blessings.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Day 27 and more...

Got to meet Scooby!!!
It is Day 27 of 30 days of positive change. It has been a busy time for me. But still managed to do something positive each day.
Today, I decided to do something crazy. I asked a guy out on a date. He declined because he has a girlfriend. I’m cool with it because I asked. Yay!!!

Here is a quick recap of the other days:
Day 6: I tried to make a new friend. I did my best. We’ll see how it works out.
Day 7: I broke out of my shell by inviting myself to work with my co-workers.
Day 8: Start a good habit. I am waking up at the same time each day.
Day 9: Discover a new music artist. I have discovered The Weeknd. Great artist.
Day 10: Do a random act of kindness. I brought burgers for two kids who didn’t have enough money.
Day 11: Answer a question you’ve always wondered about. I wondered if I could actually stop procrastinating so much.
Day 12: Make something I’ve never made before. I tried to make candy. It didn’t work but it was fun trying.
Day 13: Do something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted to fly a drone. Unfortunately, it rained. But a rain date has been set.
Day 14: Go somewhere you’ve never been. I went to this really cool coffeehouse in Goldsboro.
Day 15: Drive a new route home. I did and got hopelessly lost and had to call a friend to guide me home.
Day 16: Try a new makeup look. I didn’t like this because I don’t like makeup.
Day 17: Try a new lipstick color. I like red lipstick. I tried a lighter one. It was okay.
Day 18: Rearrange a room. I tried to rearrange the bedroom but my bed is too heavy. So I semi-arranged.
Day 19: Create a new outfit from what you already have. I paired this strapless white dress with a jean jacket.
Day 20: Do something spontaneous. I walked to the McDonald’s and decided to eat lunch in the park.
Day 21: Learn a new word and use it in an everyday sentence. The word is bucolic (of, pertaining to or suggesting an idyllic rural life). I had to take pictures in the Albertson community. It was almost bucolic. I couldn’t not imagine living there.
Day 22: Try a new hair style. I tried high ponytail. It didn’t work.
Day 23: Get dressed in the opposite order of how I normally do it. I put my pants on first.
Day 24: Cook a new recipe. Easy Beef Enchiladas. Very zesty.
Day 25: Learn a new skill. I am trying to learn more about cars.
Day 26: Try a new food. I tried avocados. I didn’t like them.

It has been quite adventure and I still have three days left.

Daily Dose
1.        Having lunch in the park.
2.        Appreciating the small thing.
3.        Summer is almost here!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Positive Change: Day 5

 Today is the fifth day of May. I have been doing postive change each day. I have been busy so I will recap May 2-5.
For May 2, I decided to break my usual routine of sleeping in on aSaturday. I got up early and drove to RR to see my friends. It was a nice little getaway. Plus, I got my table.
I decided on May 3 to talk to a stranger. Normally, I head to the Friendly Mart for my Sunday newspaper. I usually say hi and thank you to the clerk. I actually asked her how she was doing. We talked about the weather.
For May 4, I decided I wanted to break my habit of hitting the snooze button. This always causes me to end up leaving the house late in the morning for work. I only hit it once and arrived at work 25 minutes early.
Today, my positive change was to wear a color that I don’t normally wear. As I write this, I am wearing a yellow t-shirt. I think I look cute. Yellow is usually not my thing. It has been interesting coming up with something to do each day.
It helps me to forget how tired I am. I am getting to the point that I have forgotten what not being tired feels like. I would take some time off but it would just put me behind. If I can get through this weekend, everything will soon go back to semi-normal. This is Carolina Strawberry Festival weekend! And Saturday, I will spend a big chunk of my day taking photos and interviewing folks. At least, I get cheesecake on a stick!

1. My bed is so cozy!
2. Sunkist Grape Soda still rocks!
3. Eating outside on a nice day!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Positive Change: Day 1

Today is the first day of May. It is amazing how fast times goes when you are getting older.
I decided for this month that I was am going to do at least one positive thing each day.
So today, instead of looking at Facebook during my lunch break, I started reading the new John Grisham book I checked out a week ago at the library.
I know that doesn’t sound like much but it is a big deal. I got the book a week ago and hadn’t made time to read it. So I sat in my car while it rained and read. After a busy morning, it was nice just to slow down and chill. 
I am a little antsy and on edge today. Tonight is the Duplin County Relay for Life event.
I have a written all of the previews about the event so it is only fitting that I attend the event. I have a bittersweet relationship with Relay. Sometimes it is hard to see the cancer survivors but I am happy for them and their families.
So instead of Facebook, I read and gave myself some calm. I'll need that stored up calm for this evening.

1. The library or libraries!!!
2. Sunkist Grape Soda
3. Doing something!

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