Thursday, November 26, 2015


I started a post detailing all the minute little things I have to be thankful for, but sometimes, simple really is better.

I am thankful for these two--the world knows them as Susan and Doug, but I know them as Mom and Dad. They're pretty amazing, and I'm lucky to have them. I never forget it.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

A Wee Moment of Gratitude on Thanksgiving

Yesterday, I noticed that my school keys were not in my purse, where they ought to be.

Well, that's not good.

I started mentally going over where I've been, when I last saw them. But I was also on my way out the door to teach some piano lessons and run a few errands, so I didn't get too stressed about it.

In the wee hours of this morning--Thanksgiving--I woke up from a weird dream, and before I could drift back to sleep, an image of my school keys--which I keep on a cute Donald Duck keychain from Disneyland--flashed through my head, and suddenly, I was wide awake.

I started to retrace the last few days in my head. I remembered taking the keys out of my purse on Saturday before driving up to see friends in Auburn. And I remember putting the keys back in my purse later that day. After that...well, hell. They could be anywhere.

So this morning, I started with the garbage can. The big, smelly one outside of our garage, that goes out on the curb every Friday. Dad helped me go through bags of trash on the just-in-case chance that I'd accidentally thrown them in the garbage.

(Believe me, I am thankful for Dad for a lot of reasons...and this morning is just one more.)

No keys in the garbage. By now, I was growing concerned. No one wants to be that person who loses the school keys. I went back to Sunday in my mind--what did I do? Movies with Sarah...but before that, I went to my storage unit, then to Raley's. Then Walgreen's.

I called Raley's--no Donald Duck in the lost and found. I decided they couldn't possibly be at Walgreen's, but I called anyway (and this is where I'm really, really happy that they're open on Thanksgiving). A manager came on the line. "What do they look like?"

"Donald Duck key chain? Three keys?"

"Yeah, I'm pretty sure I saw those...hold on."

Sure enough, they had my keys.

So this explains why I went to Walgreen's at 8:00 on Thanksgiving morning (thank goodness it wasn't for illness!), and bought some battery-operated candles as my way of thanking the store for being open this morning, and for having my keys.

Monday, November 23, 2015

My Week in Instagram (Week #156)

Or, The Week Before Thanksgiving Break, Where Not A Damn Was Given.


What my Instagram feed looked like on Saturday night.


I saw this nightie at Target. Didn't buy it, though.

Sylvie is a rainy day rock star.

I got her a window decal.

Mom has been making fun pillowcases for hospital patients.

That's three half marathons now...


Looking chipper on a Monday.

Pixel art

A dude at the gym commented on the "great art" I had. Ha.

I filled up Sylvie and figured out this was her gas mileage.


Hand print turkeys with my kinders.

Official Finish Photo!

That is 150 pounds, and I dead lifted it.


Happy one week, Sylvie!

After 12 years with Rosie, it finally occurred to me that the
Mazda logo M. 


Good hair day. 

This made me laugh. 

Crafts with second grade.

Gym bag, lunch bag, tea mug, purse. My desk drawer.

As I left Matt's, we noticed the sky was absolutely gorgeous.


I left Sylvie at Maita for the day to get a protective seal for
her paint.

Friday! A WEEK OFF!!!

My art class watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and all
was right in our world.

I was invited to a 2nd grade feast. 

Waiting for the shuttle to pick me up and return me to my car.
I said 3:15. They thought 3:00. Driver arrived at 2:45, then left
because I wasn't outside. Because I was in a meeting. Because
I had said 3:15. I finally got picked up at about 3:45.

Stopped by the music store to pick up a flute and this made me

Dinner with some of my colleagues.

We went to see another colleague in Peter Pan Panto. It was

Duckie had some time with me. 



I went to Auburn to meet up with Shae and Shay, who I haven't
seen in a couple of years. It was a lovely afternoon, and so good
to catch up in person.

In a shop.

Every year, Auburn decorates the town founder with a huge
Santa hat. 

Shae and Meg. : )