7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #133

From Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast:

…7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is our weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you.

Here are my kicks:
1. Monday, I attended a board meeting for an arts organization, and we actually decided some stuff and got things done.  That happens so rarely at meetings that it’s pretty amazing when it does.

2. On Tuesday night, I met with a group for a project we’re presenting this week, and they were wowed by the Powerpoint I’d put together for us to use.  (It really wasn’t a clever smokescreen to cover up how I hadn’t finished my research.  Really…)

3. On Wednesday night, I wrote a paper that was due Thursday morning.  It looks like procrastination, but I’d been doing research, taking notes, and outlining for two weeks.  Which made the actual writing go really quickly.  And I feel the paper is pretty solid.  And as part of the research process I found out why steam technology never took off in the Roman Empire!

4. On Thursday, my sister came over and I tried on my dress for her wedding and it’s lovely (needs a tiny bit of alteration) and we made banana bread.

5.  My husband’s brother is the guitarist for Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, and they had a hometown show Friday night.  We went and my sister came with us.  I’d been wanting to take her to one of their shows for a while, so I was happy she came.  (Staying out until 2 am after a concert though is really not my thing.)

6. Yesterday I saw “Extract,” which is a cute movie.  In the middle of the film the projector stopped working and it was a long time before management got it fixed and when they did, they’d gone too far forward, past where we left off, so we missed a few scenes.  But the whole experience was rather hilarious, so that’s good.

7. Today I am going to do laundry, and clean clothes smell nice.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #126

From Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast:

As a reminder, 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is our weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you.

Here are mine:

1. I had a lovely wedding, on the beach, with beautiful weather and good company and delicious food and it was beautiful.

2. That was followed by a lovely (and cheap!) honeymoon. We stayed at my husband’s (oh that’s weird to say) family’s beach condo, and his moms (he has two, the one that gave birth to him and the one his dad married later) had left us a beautiful gift basket, a refrigerator full of fancy food, and some wine and sparkling cider.

3. The return trip home was easy.

4. Sad is that my mom hurt her back a few weeks ago, but the good that came of it was that it meant she, my brother, and my dad spent some extra time here in town waiting for her to be ready to travel (and giving her a chance to see her old chiropractor a few times).

5. A friend dropped by Thursday to pick up a script and then when I spontaneously invited him to come to lunch with my family and myself, he said yes. He hadn’t seen my family since before they moved away, so it was nice for them to get together with him.

6. My sister, who was away on an internship for six months, is back in town and we’ve been spending boatloads of time together and bonded over a shared love for Project Runway.

7. The show I’m rehearsing is a very brief ensemble piece. We get through the work we’ve set aside for rehearsal pretty quickly, and then we spend time after that just sitting around bonding, which I think is important for building chemistry.

Bonus Kick: Little Willow put up my Art Saves contribution!

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #120

From Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast:

“Welcome to our weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you.”

Here are my kicks, which will cover a couple of weeks:

1. I had last Sunday to recover from what had been a very social weekend, with outings Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night.

2. At the Saturday night event (a party/meeting), I was elected an at large member of the board of the Durham Savoyards, one of only two theatre groups with which I’m currently active.

3. I went to Target on Monday and discovered that Frito-Lay offers a “Smart Pack” giant bag which contains 20 small bags of baked snacks. It’s hard to find snacks that are both easy and safe for my sensitive tummy, so this was a big happy.

4. On Tuesday I flew to Cincinnati where I got to spend the evening with my family, including my dad, who left for Boulder on Wednesday.

5. On Wednesday I spent the day with my mom and brother, and had another food-related glee when I discovered oatmeal in tiny packets sweetened only with evaporated cane juice and maple sugar. (Unfortunately it was meijer store brand, and we have no meijer here at home.)

6. On Thursday my mom fitted me for my wedding dress, which she is making. My top and my bottom and my front and my back are all different sizes, so if clothes are going to be stunning on me they have to be so fitted as to approach being haute couture. The pattern I’d bought for the dress required a few alterations, which my mom expertly made in some muslin to make a second, properly fitted pattern to use before she started cutting the satin she’ll use to make the dress.

7. On Friday, my sister called and asked me to dinner because she didn’t want to go home to her empty house yet.

Here’s to a new week full of shiny new kicks for all!

Seven on Sunday

From Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast:
As a reminder, our 7 Kicks posts are our weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. So, let’s kick it up. Absolutely anyone is welcome to list kicks — even if, or especially if, you’ve never done so before.

Hello, all! Here are my kicks:

1. I read all the comments prior to me on this weeks 7 Kicks post.

2. I can see a Little Willow comment a mile away, long before I get to the part where it actually says her name. That’s a good feeling.

3. Today, I went to lunch with my sister and her fiance.

4. Yesterday, I saw a good friend in a show which was an amalgamation of several famous fight scenes from theatre, film, and video games. It was a raucously good time, and I may audition for their company next time they open it up. Additionally, their 10-people-rep-company model inspired me to re-commit to my dream of having a community theatre group with minimal political machinations, someday.

5. Friday night, Will and I went to a party hosted by one of my colleagues. I was so happy for him to meet all of them, and they gave us a lovely card and gift both as congratulations for our upcoming wedding and a good-bye to me, since I’m going back to school.

6. Tuesday, I went to the chiropractor.

7. Monday, I had tea with my best friend, who is also my wedding photographer, and hashed out the details of my wedding photography. (I basically said, “I trust you. They better be good,” and then gave her free reign.)

Happy week to all!

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #111

From Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast:

As a reminder, these Sunday posts are our weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. Absolutely anyone, of course, is welcome to list kicks — even if, or especially if, you’ve never done so before.

I’ll be featuring stuff from the past few weeks, because I haven’t participated in a while.

1. A couple of weeks ago I learned that our local big-name-theatre that brings in touring companies will be bringing in The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Spring Awakening, and Beauty and the Beast next year.

2. We had several days of good weather this week, so I went on walks – around the neighborhood, to a restaurant, to the grocery store, etc.

3. On a related note, I realized that if I walk for just ten minutes a day every day that’s more time spent walking than if I were to do twenty minutes three times a week. Ten minutes is more manageable for me because I’m easily fatigued recently (I think it’s allergies) and have been having some hip issues, so it’s good to feel like those won’t keep me from getting to walk.

4. I’ve been doing ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog and I feel very good about it.

5. I recently read The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One and it spoke to me very much. I now am much less overwhelmed by the many worthwhile things to do in the world and know if I take on just a few at a time, I can eventually get to all of the ones that capture my interest.

6. I have a nice stack of non-fiction books to read from the library, and all of them excite me.

7. I am at a place in life where if I need to fall asleep on the couch at 8:30 pm, I can do so and everything is just fine. (Likewise if, on a Sunday, I need to take a nap around 3:15…)

What are your kicks this week?

7 Kicks #104

From Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast:

As a reminder, these Sunday posts are our weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. Absolutely anyone, of course, is welcome to list kicks — even if, or especially if, you’ve never done so before.

This Week’s Kicks:
1) Today I bought this amazing crown, which I may or may not wear in my wedding: www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=14218719

2) Yesterday the Mr.Me-to-Be and I headed down to the beach to visit possible wedding sites and explore. While it was kinda rainy and gross, and the first place we looked at disappointed a bit, it led to some productive thought and research.

3) Friday I received some very good news that I’m not quite ready to share with the world yet, but I will as soon as I can.

4) Thursday was a rather restful day for me.

5) Wednesday, one of my colleagues who accidentally broke the driver’s side mirror on my car paid to have it fixed. It was very good of her to take care of this promptly, when she could easily have just driven off and never told me she was the one who’d done it.

6) Tuesday I went to dinner with my sister and her fiance.

7) Monday I didn’t have a meeting (because my colleague and I scheduled ours for Tuesday instead) which meant I had time to prepare, which made my Tuesday much less hectic.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #90

From Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast:

“As a reminder, our 7 Kicks posts are the weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week—whether book-related or not—that happened to you.”

Please, please, please go to their post and look at the beautiful illustrations by Jackie Morris. I adore the Story Dragon and the picture from The Guardian.

1. This week I have been doing a lot of reading about how to be a better blogger, and it has really revitalized my attitude towards blogging and I hope within the next month or two will revitalize my actual blogging, too. I have at this point 5 blogs, 4 of which I’m going to treat as more personal journals and 1 of which I’m hoping to treat a bit more like a public forum.

2. I have come up with an idea for a sixth blog that is really exciting to me.

3. As a result of researching for that blog, I have discovered a local speaker/author/consultant who is exactly where I want to be when I am at his point in life. I’m working up the courage to drop him an email.

4. The universe has been sending me the message that I need to stop waiting for things to be right before beginning anything new – that I should allow myself to be messy and to fail.

5. My friend Sonja is a one woman tribute to the power of the internet, which is very exciting. She is a published romance writer thanks to the internet and also recently got a job by combining 15 second pitch and Twitter into a monster networking hybrid of Frankensteinian proportions. (Ok, there was maybe some hyperbole there.)

6. This is not from this week – it’s actually a few months old – but I never mentioned it here at lectitans – back in August my boyfriend of 10 years asked me to marry him. It was pretty exciting, and I had to step away from wedding planning for a few weeks to get my head on straight, but I’m back into it now and thanks to our extreme low key style I think it is going to be a lot of fun.

7. I love to make fruity quick breads, and this past week I made two loaves of pumpkin apple spice bread which were a big hit both at work and at home.

Don’t forget to post your own kicks!

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #53

Last week I tried to have a kick a day.  I’m going to go for the same thing this week.  We’ll see how it works out.

1. On Sunday, I got out of rehearsal an hour early.
2. On Monday, I did really well in dance class and my parents brought me hushpuppies.
3. On Tuesday, I had no meetings.
4. On Wednesday, we only had students for half a day. And when you’re used to a 90 minute class, 55 minutes flies by.
5. On Thursday, I gave a test in two of my classes, which is always nice because it makes for a low-energy day.
6. On Friday, I saw The Princess Bride on the big screen at the Carolina Theatre.  And found out they will have Space Balls, The Secret of NIMH, and Terminator showing in the near future.  Also a friend was working the concessions stand.
7. Yesterday, I spent $4 and got a whole pizza for it, because Will’s dad gave him a gift card and we ordered 3 pizzas and I only had to pay the difference on the order between the gift card amount and the total.

That is all.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #52

Seven good things this week:

1. At last week’s music rehearsal for my current production, I was ready to put down my score and sing from memory.  This meant I was ahead of the game, as we didn’t have to be able to do that until just today.

2. I got to rehearse my half a line on Monday night.

3. On Tuesday, I relaxed in the afternoon.

4. On Wednesday, I had a very productive meeting with some colleagues from across the whole school system.

5. Also on Wednesday at a curriculum fair, I talked to several potential new students and their parents, as well as meeting some parents of former/current students.  What was especially nice was being able to talk to a parent of a student who struggled in classes with me last year who is doing very well with the other Latin teacher this year.  It was nice to be able to tell her how genuinely pleased I am that he’s doing so well.

6. On Friday I had some amazingly delicious vegetarian pot pie.

7. Last night I went to the theatre and it was phenomenal. 

I could actually list more: standing up for myself in a situation I wouldn’t have a year ago, the fact that my roommate and his colleagues had an article published which meant they celebrated which meant he brought home cake…  Lots more.  Yay for good weeks, especially when it looked like it was going to be a stressful week.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #49

It’s that time of the week again, when jules and eisha ask us to list “Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week — whether book-related or not — that happened to you.”

Here are mine!

1.  I seem to have really used parental support to modify one student’s behavior and improve another student’s academic achievement.  Parents can be such helpful people.

2. I went to the library and picked up two fiction books there.  I haven’t finished a novel in 2008 yet.

3. I had my first check up in a long, long time, and my Nurse Practicioner and I came up with some strategies to get rid of the perpetual fatigue I seem to experience.

4. Thanks to The Zone Diet (which is not so much a “diet” as a general method of eating), I have greatly simplified my eating habits, which I hope will result in me eating much better.

5. I attended a very productive rehearsal for my current show, Yeomen of the Guard.

6. I beat Guitar Hero 3 on Medium.

7. I was inspired by Tanith Lee’s novel Indigara to start writing my own fiction again. 

What about you?  What Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things happened to you this week?