I’ve been really thinking on integrity and what it looks like. Coming to a complete stop and using your turn signal, even when no one is there, is having integrity. This word isn’t a lofty idea or some vague notion, it’s living and breathing… It’s built day by day, decision by decision. Easy to do, easy not to do.
[This is my favorite shirt. It says ‘Treat yo self’. This outfit was amazing, like, two weeks ago.]
Confronting people or situations can be very difficult, but confronting yourself is even more tricky. I’ve been really meditating on a situation and how to handle it when I was confronted with it today. I want to cry and laugh at the same time, so I just smiled. It feels good to know that I’m getting dealt with in this area before it gets out of hand.
[long story short to all that I typed above: I have a good friend and our friendship started out well, but overtime they’ve really brought me down. I’ve gotten cynical and angry about things insead of talking about it. Sadly, I’m going to have to confront this NegItive Ned in my life. I don’t want to contaminate the other wonderful positive people I have in my life just because of my friendship with this person. It’s a harsh thing to think about where I started out to where I am now and how much I could have hurt others. Attitudes are contagious and I’ve been catching the wrong one.] [I gush about my cool neighbors frequently, and I’m gonna again! They were amazing and got this beautiful fence to replace our old one. I took this picture last week before they finished fencing in their whole yard but you should all know that it looks amazing. It’s great having friends who are working on their home… Kinda gives you a kick in the pants to work on your own!]
[One more thing: we moved our shed! When we first moved in, even though you couldn’t tell by looking, our shed was over on or neighbor’s property. Adam and I had hoped to replace it before we had to move this old rusty one, but not right now. Our next task is to patch some spots, replace some bolts, and then paint it with something to prevent more rust. It’s great having the shed moved, AND Adam put in a wood floor instead of just gravel!]
Adam took a nap and then we worked on cleaning the kitchen and making dinner. These tasks were completed with no fighting, disagreeing, or raised voice discussions. It should also be mentioned that there was no weird bitterness or unmet expectations either. Basically we’re taking life a day at a time and celebrating the victories. And also breakfast for dinner. [On Sunday we were so blessed, it’s almost stupid how blessed I feel! We’ve wanted a grill, but didn’t want to spend the money on one right now. While taking Adam to work we saw the one in the picture for FREE! It needs a wheel and it needed a good cleaning, but Josh and Adam took care of that! Added bonus: we had a propane tank under our deck that still had fuel!! All and all, the Casa de Cook backyard is coming together nicely.]
Poopy Diapers: 0
Auntie Cait: 4
Total Auntie Credits Earned: 4 [I didn’t grow up around babies or pregnant women. I had no sisters and was on the youngest waves of cousins, so I’ve got a lot of learning to do before the stork delivers us some Cookies!]
I climbed the latter into our attic and searched for a book. My hands didn’t sweat at all, which is huge progress since we installed it! Being able to look back to where I came from gives me grace for others, which is helpful. I also started reading the book I got out of the attic. [Casa de Cook is a flora and fauna grab bag of color! The surprises have been so much fun.]
I read the instructions to my new camera. It was in some ways surprisingly difficult, but in the end relatively simple. That last sentence is probably why people don’t read the instructions… [Of course I vainly took a selfie as the test photo. Adam was pleased because he gets to keep a picture of me in his office. Annnnnnnd, my flower crown is on fleek.]
Bring life where there is none and make the most of it. Maybe I’m being too deep with the placement of my flowers. Whatevs.
Your day doesn’t have to end like it started and the next day doesn’t have to start like them last one ended. This is not something I was actually sold on for a long time, but I’m liking this more and more. [A gift given on a day other than the four designated? Adam is figuring this gift thing out splendidly.]
Reading because I wanted to while sitting out in the sun because it was shinning: this is joy.
[I find myself wanting to be so professional or so cool and aloof that I’ve stopped laughing like I used to. Semi recently someone heard me “belly laugh” and they remarked that they’d never heard it! A person who has spent a fair amount of 4 years around me hasn’t seen me really let my hair down and laugh. It was a tough pill to swallow, so I’m working on a balance.]
[This picture is kinda a long story buuuut, basically Adam and I took our lunch break together and we had to drive the office’s box truck. Best part: I got to wear a hard hat in my nice work clothes! Lots of laughter on my part today!]