Looking outside…it’s wicked cold. In fact, I don’t think it’s hit the 20s yesterday or today. We’ve had some gorgeous hoar frost though. We’re looking at negative temps this coming week.Listening…to The Artist getting ready to leave. He’s spending the day with a friend’s family. The Doctor is in the office.Loving…that we are welcoming in a new year. Like many people, our 2016 was a difficult one for a myriad of reasons and while we had some good moments, I am not sad to see it leave. I have hope for 2017 and the new opportunities that are coming our way.Thinking…that my brain has too many tabs open right now. We all say things we shouldn’t at times. But, it is difficult to have relationships where there is poor communication. When each party believes they are right in their perceived opinions and each refuses to not only see the others’ perspective, but admit fault or accountability for the failed relationship. In my years working in the professional world, I learned very early on that people have more respect for someone who can admit they’re wrong or that they made a mistake, rather than deny something. But I also learned that many people have a complete inability to do so. I once worked with a woman who, despite being presented with photographic proof, would lie to your face rather than admit she’d made any kind of mistake or said or done anything hurtful. And in any kind of relationship, it’s sad to realize that while there are regrets, you can’t do anything to change the past and perceived wrongs or hurt feelings sometimes just can’t be overcome. But hopefully there are lessons to be learned and experiences not to be repeated. And perhaps, at some point, a softening of hearts.In my kitchen…a cup of hot chocolate. Wearing…blue BSU pajamas, gray turtleneck and fuzzy purple slippers.Hoping…I don’t even know what to say. I have so many thoughts going through my mind right now. There are opportunities and unknowns and so many possibilities before us.Reading…nothing of note. This has not been a great reading year for me. I do have a 2016 wrap-up post scheduled for Monday.Today…a quiet day at home. The Boy had his wisdom teeth out on Thursday, so he’s still swollen and in some pain, but he’s hoping to finally eat real food today. The Artist is hanging out at a friend’s house and has a youth dance tonight. We have no New Years Eve plans. We really are homebodies. We do have dinner plans tomorrow night with good friends. We watched The Martian (extended edition) last night as a family. Love that movie. Loved the book, too.Quoting…“Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman, misquoting G.K. Chesterton in Coraline. I love his version better…Feeling…So tired. But so relieved in may ways. As of today, we are truly self-employed. There is a maelstrom of emotion involved, but also a sense of relief. It is time.Planning…we have lists of things we need to take care of in the next couple of weeks as we get things finalized for this new practice.Gratitude…for my family. For extended family. For good friends. For a support system. For faith, fleeting though it sometimes is. For hope. For life lessons, change and opportunity.From the internets this week… Thank you for visiting here at 2 Kids and Tired Books. Thank you for your comments, for your thoughts. Thank you for your follows on Facebook and Twitter. I wish each of you an amazing 2017. May your hopes, dreams and wishes come true and may you find joy in your journeys.What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?©Holly B. of 2 Kids and Tired Books 2007-2014 All rights reserved. If you’re reading this on a site other than 2 Kids and Tired Books or 2 Kids and Tired Books Feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.
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