These weeks just keep zipping along, don’t they? I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. That means Christmas will be here before we know it. So much to do! Here is a review of my week:
Last Saturday night we went out to listen to live music. David and Chris had flown to Denver Friday to watch the USC/Denver football game and flew home Saturday. I had gone to listen to one of our bands play at a local coffee shop that afternoon and I figured we would stay home that night. However, David really wanted to hear a couple of the bands that were playing so we went. I was awfully tired but we were both really glad we went. I’m constantly amazed at the talent we have in our little town.
Sunday evening we went to the movies and saw “Love the Coopers” with Diane Keaton and John Goodman. It isn’t going to become a holiday classic by any means but it was watchable and I do love Diane Keaton. We then went out to dinner at a local diner afterwards.
I’m trying to be intentional about my activities through the holidays. There are certain things I really want to do so I’m putting them on my calendar and everything else will just have to fit in around those things. For instance, I love singing Handel’s Messiah. Over the years I’ve had numerous opportunities to sing either with a community chorus or the university choir. It’s been a few years, though so when I heard about a community chorus singalong I determined to join. There were no rehearsals for this; we just showed up and sang. I knew many in the choir, though, from previous events and we all knew the music. This was Monday evening. David went with me which I really appreciated. It’s probably not his favorite thing but he knew it was important to me so I didn’t even have to ask him. He’s a good guy. 🙂
Tuesday evening I spent close to three hours interviewing and then discussing our options for the hiring of a new program director of our local homeless services organization. I have to admit I’ll be very glad when we finally hire someone. This has been an arduous process and there are more meetings about it in my future.
Wednesday morning I picked up my co-op order in town and ran a couple of errands. I had so much to do that day that I ended up skipping choir rehearsal. That’s something I don’t like to have to do and I want to arrange my schedule better so I don’t miss other rehearsals. I really need that time to just focus on music for an hour and forget everything on my to-do list.
My daughter and I went to the city Thursday to do our monthly grocery shopping. She’s a busy blogger, too, and we joked about how others might think it strange that a full day of grocery shopping was a nice break for us. But we truly do enjoy our time together.
I was so stressed last week and ended up with a massive case of hives. That was my clue that I need to de-stress. So I made myself an appointment for a massage Friday morning. Oh, how wonderful that was! My massage therapist always asks what’s going on in my life before she starts working on me. When I told her about how overwhelmed I’ve been she showed me a couple of reflexology pressure points to use when I’m feeling that way. She worked on me for about an hour and a half and I left feeling like a new person. Friday evening we enjoyed a nice dinner at home – baked chicken, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, salad, French bread and wine. We then watched the first episode of Downton Abbey. I bought the first four seasons on DVD and we are re-watching them all before the final season starts in January. I still need to purchase season 5. I’m glad David enjoys this series as much as I do. I’m not sure what we’ll watch when it’s over. Especially since Mad Men is over, too. Any series to recommend?
So here it is, Saturday. David has hired a friend’s 16 year old son to help him get some projects done around here. They’ve been cutting up a couple of downed trees for firewood and I think I hear the lawnmower right now. I’ve done a bit of housework and some writing so far today. This evening we are going out to dinner with our daughter and son-in-law which will be really nice. We have church in the morning and I may suggest we go see The Peanuts Movie after lunch.
So that’s what I’ve been up to this week. I’d love to hear what’s going on in your life. Leave me a comment or send me an email. You can also join the conversation on the Facebook page.
On the Blog
- Menu Monday
- Music Monday ~ Paris Jazz Sessions
- 9 Steps to Take Control of Your Day
- Timely Tunes
- Grocery Haul ~ November 2015
On the Facebook Page
- 10 Ways to Reduce Holiday Travel Stress
- The Secret to a More Enjoyable Holiday Event
- 25 Ways to Keep Your Sanity Over the Holidays
- Thanksgiving Planner Printables
- 10 Minutes to a Spotless Home This Holiday Season
- A More Meaningful Holiday Season
- Safe DIY Holiday Scents For Your Home
- The Miracle Morning
- 15 Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts
- 18 Things Everyone Should Start Making Time For Again
YouTube Video of The Week
Podcast of the Week
Knowing When to Quit by The Productive Woman
I really needed to hear this podcast. I know I’ve got too much on my plate. I know I need to let something go. I haven’t decided what that will be, though. As the year comes to a close I am giving careful thought to the things I’m spending my time on, goals and routines. Expect to see a number of posts addressing those topics in the weeks to come. As always, I love to hear from my readers. If you have any helpful books, articles, websites, apps or personal suggestions I would love to hear them. Leave me a comment or send me an email. I try really hard to respond to all comments and emails.
Have a beautiful weekend!
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