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Down a pound since Sunday! I know a pound a day isn’t maintainable or healthy, but a little jumpstart like that sure is motivating. Can’t wait to see what my first week looks like!

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Today’s happiness: Day One of “project restart” (so dubbed by Adam) has gone pretty well. I ate only healthy food, had a good amount of fruits and vegetables, and felt good about it. Need to work on drinking enough water and getting exercise, but not a bad first day.

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Today’s happiness is … my birthday! Today is my mumblemumbletyfirst birthday. Birthdays really aren’t a big deal in our family, at least for the adults, but Tim did a pretty good job of letting me have a chore-free day (as much as possible with three young kids around, at least). The kids were generally nice to me all day, and Allie put on a little birthday show for me before bedtime, complete with harmonica, recorder, and singing. It was very sweet.

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Today’s happiness is having  a boss who understands the morale-boosting benefits of sending his employees home a little early on Fridays. Not every single week, but a half hour here and there is really nice.

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Today was the “back to school celebration” at the kids’ school. We’ve met both of their teachers before, and they seem really nice, but tonight was the first chance we’ve had to really talk with them. They both sound terrific, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the kids do this year. Adam is in the “honors” class (this is the first year they’ve done this for fifth grade) and will have pre-algebra for his math! I’m a little nervous about how he’ll do, but his teacher seems really on the ball, so I feel good about her ability to help him stay on track. He will have different teachers for social studies and science and we met those teachers, too. They are both enthusiastic about their subjects, and I hope that will rub off on Adam (I know he loves science – especially experiments, which the teachers said they’ll do often.) Allie’s teacher has been teaching for almost 20 years and has four kids herself, so I think she can handle anything the kids throw her way (I hope there won’t be any actual throwing, but I have a hunch that this particular group of kids is going to keep her on her toes).

Here’s hoping for a great school year!

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My workplace recently started a new employee recognition program. One part of the program is what we call the “kudos card,” which any employee can give to any other employee in appreciation. It can be for something big or small, something “above and beyond” or just a regular task done well. I’ve gotten a handful – 9, I think – since the program started in March. Not too shabby.

When I got to work yesterday, after being gone just two days, I had three kudos cards sitting on my desk! And one of them was from our second-in-command. Sure made me feel good. 🙂

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I’m going back a couple of days for this one. Tuesday’s happiness – while we were in Chicago, Mom, the kids and I had brunch with The Gal! It was a wonderful visit, and Mom and I could have chatted with her all day. She was charming, genuine, friendly, funny and sweet, just as I thought. 🙂 And she was so kind to the kids – talking with Adam about his Lego interests and his visit to the Lego store, talking to (a very tired and shy) Allie about American Girl dolls.

I’m so glad she took the time to meet us. I’ve met with “cyber friends” a handful of times in my 20+ years online, and some visits have been wonderful (one in particular even ended in marriage) and others have been awkward at best. I’m pleased to say this falls in the “wonderful” category.

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Today’s happiness: Adam’s going to Chicago with us! This little trip has always been billed as a girls’ weekend – just me, Mom, and Allie – because of all the (expensive) Cub Scout things Adam’s done this year. But he was kind of moping about it today, and Allie said “Adam can come, it’s fine with me!” She told us she’d have more fun WITH him, so we bought another train ticket and now it’s a foursome. Turns out that Mom wanted him to come all along, she just never told me. 😉

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Today’s happiness: the weekend is here! Mom, Allie and I are planning a little trip (via train) for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and we’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. Can’t wait!

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The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, PaperbackToday’s happiness is all about reading. I’ve been an avid reader for most of my life, but I confess that I don’t read as much anymore – not since Adam was born 10 years ago, and certainly not since I got my first laptop four years ago (which meant we had two computers in the family and I didn’t have to share with Tim any longer). But when I do read – especially when I read something I really like – I wonder why I don’t read more.

I had that feeling this week when I read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak for book group. I started it Sunday, with the intention of reading 100+ pages (it’s a long book!) a night until I finished, hopefully in time for tomorrow night’s book group meeting. I finished it today at lunchtime – I couldn’t put it down! It was one of those books that I can’t wait to get back to, and at the same time, I don’t want to finish – because then I’ll be done with it. You bookworms know what I mean.

I’ve got another book waiting up by my bed (a Jodi Picoult book my mom lent me a while back) and I’m going to get started on it tonight.

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