High Five Friday 12/14/12

What is “High Five Friday”? It’s a weekly posting I do to remind myself of all the good things that have happened to me during the week, no matter how small they are. Bad things happen in this world. That’s one thing we unfortunately cannot get away from. But these posts keep me focused on all I have to be thankful for in my life, instead of all the chaos and tragedy going on. Reminding myself of the joy and happiness in my life really does have a positive impact on my outlook on life. So I challenge you to try it. Take five minutes and write down five positive things that have happened to you this week. They don’t have to be huge, life-changing events; as you can see from my list below, nothing out of the ordinary really happened to me this week. But once I focus on that small, ordinary event, it becomes extraordinary. I know it’s cliché, but the power of positive thinking is truly amazing!

My heart is breaking is so many ways today – so I’m not in a really “high five” kind of mood. Everyone please hug someone you love today. God bless.

High Five Friday 12/7/12

What is “High Five Friday”? It’s a weekly posting I do to remind myself of all the good things that have happened to me during the week, no matter how small they are. Bad things happen in this world. That’s one thing we unfortunately cannot get away from. But these posts keep me focused on all I have to be thankful for in my life, instead of all the chaos and tragedy going on. Reminding myself of the joy and happiness in my life really does have a positive impact on my outlook on life. So I challenge you to try it. Take five minutes and write down five positive things that have happened to you this week. They don’t have to be huge, life-changing events; as you can see from my list below, nothing out of the ordinary really happened to me this week. But once I focus on that small, ordinary event, it becomes extraordinary. I know it’s cliché, but the power of positive thinking is truly amazing!

Or High Five Saturday! 🙂 I spent the last week in Orlando, FL for work, and since my flight didn’t land until 8:00 pm last night, my High Five Friday post slipped my mind. Oops! Wouldn’t be the first time…but I hope this doesn’t become a habit.

Anyway, this week was absolutely wonderful. Even if I spent it miles and miles away from my home, I was smiling 99.9% of the time. So, let’s get to it:

1. First, and definitely without a doubt most importantly, my dad got WONDERFUL news from the doctor. When he called to tell me, I was literally jumping around in my hotel room. I was sad I couldn’t be there to hug him, but I’ll make up for it when I see him this afternoon. Miracles do happen, folks, even if they are small ones!

2. I was in Orlando for work. Each year, my company sends all newly promoted managers to a week-long conference in Florida. I may not always love my job, but man, I certainly felt appreciated this week. Besides the lovely hotel we stayed in and all of the fun activities they had planned for us, they actually rented out part of Universal Studios one evening. Imagine one of the most fun places on earth with no lines and free food. Yeah, it was ridiculously amazing. I had so much fun with my co-workers, including one who moved to Houston a few years ago. It was so great to be able to hang out with her again! In addition, we saw some absolutely magnificent speakers – these people inspire me to continue working on my public speaking. Great, great week.

3. While in Orlando, I met up with a friend from high school who moved down there 7 years ago. Susie and I weren’t close until after we graduated from high school, but we lost touch after she moved. After nearly 5 hours of good wine and even better conversation, I’m hoping we don’t let that happen again!

4. I got a new laptop! Yay!! I’ve been playing around with all the cool features, including Photoshop. Our old laptop was actually Ryan’s – he got in when he went to college in 2001. Yes, you’re doing the math right: we were working with an 11-year old laptop. It was time to say goodbye.

5. I went for a run. For some of you, this might already be a daily habit, but for me, it isn’t anymore. I have really wanted to get back into it for a while, so I took advantage of the 75 degree weather in Orlando and went running. I only went 1.6 miles, but it’s better than the 0.0 miles I’ve been averaging. Baby steps.

Hope everyone had a wonderful week! It’s December 8 and still not snowing, so this week is starting out GREAT!

High Five Friday 11-16

What is “High Five Friday”? It’s a weekly posting I do to remind myself of all the good things that have happened to me during the week, no matter how small they are. Bad things happen in this world. That’s one thing we unfortunately cannot get away from. But these posts keep me focused on all I have to be thankful for in my life, instead of all the chaos and tragedy going on. Reminding myself of the joy and happiness in my life really does have a positive impact on my outlook on life. So I challenge you to try it. Take five minutes and write down five positive things that have happened to you this week. They don’t have to be huge, life-changing events; as you can see from my list below, nothing out of the ordinary really happened to me this week. But once I focus on that small, ordinary event, it becomes extraordinary. I know it’s cliché, but the power of positive thinking is truly amazing!

This week I found myself getting hurt from surprising sources. I caught myself dwelling on that today, so it’s the perfect time to do my “high five” for this week – and thankfully, I felt a little better after writing them down. I’ll be seeing plenty of friends and family this weekend, so I hope to be out of this “funk” very soon! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

1. I spent last weekend with my best, Lindsey. She has two sons: one who is five years old (and my godson!) and one who just turned four months old. I had a relaxing weekend, shopping with L, playing games with my godson and holding the little one. And I have an inch to eat more vegan food now (thanks, Tim and Lindsey! haha).

2. Veteran’s Day was this past Sunday, so to celebrate my favorite veteran, Ryan and I went out for dinner and drinks on Monday night. We also celebrated my five-year anniversary at work. I just love hanging out with that guy 🙂

2b. To celebrate my other favorite veteran, I had lunch with my dad yesterday!

3. I went out to dinner with three of my best friends from high school. We were there for almost 2.5 hours (and on a school night! We are rebels.). I had a blast, girls – and as always, let’s do it again soon!

4. I took a few steps towards one of my goals. They weren’t huge – and I might not succeed at them, but it’s something. I’m moving forward. And that makes me happy for the future.

5. Ryan not only approved the Advent calendar I put together, he ENTHUSIASTICALLY approved it! I was a little worried, since the list I put together involved going to the ballet and several shopping trips. But he didn’t disappoint! And, let’s be honest: even if he hated every single item on that list, he would still do it. It amazes me what that man will do to make me happy, and for that, I consider myself very lucky. But I am glad he’s excited about it; forcing holiday cheer into his heart would have really put a damper on all my being holly and jolly.

High Five Friday 11-9

What is “High Five Friday”? It’s a weekly posting I do to remind myself of all the good things that have happened to me during the week, no matter how small they are. Bad things happen in this world. That’s one thing we unfortunately cannot get away from. But these posts keep me focused on all I have to be thankful for in my life, instead of all the chaos and tragedy going on. Reminding myself of the joy and happiness in my life really does have a positive impact on my outlook on life. So I challenge you to try it. Take five minutes and write down five positive things that have happened to you this week. They don’t have to be huge, life-changing events; as you can see from my list below, nothing out of the ordinary really happened to me this week. But once I focus on that small, ordinary event, it becomes extraordinary. I know it’s cliché, but the power of positive thinking is truly amazing!

WOW. Has it really been since October 5 that I’ve written a post on here?! Needless to say, the past month has FLOWN by! Instead of doing a “high five” of the week, I want to do a “high five” of the past month. So much has happened over the past few weeks!

1. I took a trip to NYC with two of my best friends: Katie and Deanna. I have to say: I have never had a more eventful trip to that city, and I’ve been there many times. Thanks for such a fun trip, girls! I will forever hold that close to my heart.

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With our cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery
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D – I will now always be able to tell people “My friend got hit by a car in NYC!”

2. Ryan and I went on a long weekend trip together, just the two of us. We hardly get to see each other these days, let alone spend quality time together, so I was really looking forward to this trip! We first went to Indianapolis, IN, where we stayed in a fancy downtown hotel (Thanks, Priceline Name-Your-Own-Price!) and went to the Cleveland Browns / Indianapolis Colts game. We tailgated and went to the game with two fellow-Heidelbergers and randomly ran into one of Ryan’s friends from his time at Ohio University. We couldn’t have asked for better weather; the day was perfect! From there, we drove down to Lexington, KY for a Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour. Ryan was in heaven for that 🙂

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Hanging out with friends before the Browns game. Downtown Indy rocks!
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Pit stop from Indy to Lexington: in Cincinnati for some Sky Line Chili!

 3. My immediate family had another “Syrian Cooking Day”. We spent the day working hard to prepare our favorite dishes that our Syrian family has been preparing for years. But even though we spent close to seven hours on our feet in the kitchen, time flew by. We told stories from when Kendall and I were little (I swear, I will never live down that one Easter video), remembered our much-missed relatives and all the wonderful things they did and laughed about our follies in the kitchen (which were mostly mine). Best of all, we got to enjoy the fruits of our labor for dinner (and the leftovers during the week). I really hope we keep this tradition alive!

 4. I got to spend an entire Sunday with my college roommate, Allie. A few days before, I asked her “Want to go to IKEA in Pittsburgh this Sunday?”. The enthusiasm in her “YES” response is one of the many, many reasons I love her. I got soooo much stuff we needed for the house (including a new down comforter for our bedroom, that Sarge is enjoying below) and got to spend eight hours with the girl I spent every night with for three years in college. Thanks, Al!

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Sarge thinks everything we buy is for him. He’s sort of right…

5. My fifth high five of the month is my “catch-all” for all of the happy memories I made during the past few weeks: dinner with friends from Pennsylvania, Tosh.O marathons with Ryan, seeing some Heidelberg friends for Halloween, feeling overwhelming grateful for the love of our families’ friends (Peloses and Hudsons, I’m talking to you!)…and so many more people, places and events that have put a smile on my face over the past month. Love you all!

High Five Friday 10-5

What is “High Five Friday”? It’s a weekly posting I do to remind myself of all the good things that have happened to me during the week, no matter how small they are. Bad things happen in this world. That’s one thing we unfortunately cannot get away from. But these posts keep me focused on all I have to be thankful for in my life, instead of all the chaos and tragedy going on. Reminding myself of the joy and happiness in my life really does have a positive impact on my outlook on life. So I challenge you to try it. Take five minutes and write down five positive things that have happened to you this week. They don’t have to be huge, life-changing events; as you can see from my list below, nothing out of the ordinary really happened to me this week. But once I focus on that small, ordinary event, it becomes extraordinary. I know it’s cliché, but the power of positive thinking is truly amazing!

1. The Akron marathon relay was a success! Our team finished in about 4 hours (just over 9 minute miles), and while I think the guys on our team were hoping for a better time, we all ran hard and finished with smiles on our faces! My sister, brother-in-law, Ryan and I all stayed for the “post-marathon party” at Canal Park and then rewarded ourselves for a great run by getting burgers at The Rail.

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We all decided: this will be an annual event for us!

2. After a nice, long nap on Saturday afternoon, Ryan and I went to the Zac Brown Band’s concert at Blossom. Oh.my.goodness. What an amazing show. AND I got to hang out with one of my best friends from high school, Christina.

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After the concert, Ryan and I went to the Valley for pizza and just enjoyed the beautiful weather. It was such a perfect day…I’m still smiling about it. : )

3. I finally took the plunge and bought a big-girl camera: the Nikon D5100 16.2MP digital SLR with 18-55mm zoom lens. I have no idea what any of that means…but I did my research and saved for it, so I’m so excited to learn how to use it. It’s scheduled to arrive tomorrow, which means I have about four days to learn how to use it before my trip to NYC.

4. Speaking of NYC, I spent plenty of time this week daydreaming about being there next week. I’m going with two girlfriends, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m sure I’ll have plenty more on that next week.

5. The leaves on the trees have been changing colors, the weather has been nice and cool…that can only mean one thing: fall is officially here!

High Five Friday 9-28

What is “High Five Friday”? It’s a weekly posting I do to remind myself of all the good things that have happened to me during the week, no matter how small they are. Bad things happen in this world. That’s one thing we unfortunately cannot get away from. But these posts keep me focused on all I have to be thankful for in my life, instead of all the chaos and tragedy going on. Reminding myself of the joy and happiness in my life really does have a positive impact on my outlook on life. So I challenge you to try it. Take five minutes and write down five positive things that have happened to you this week. They don’t have to be huge, life-changing events; as you can see from my list below, nothing out of the ordinary really happened to me this week. But once I focus on that small, ordinary event, it becomes extraordinary. I know it’s cliché, but the power of positive thinking is truly amazing!

What a great week for catching up with friends and family!

1. I had a fun happy hour with two of my favorite co-workers. We went to Bricco in downtown Akron; I hadn’t been there in a long time, and that happy hour made me realize how much I miss it! Their dirty martinis are second only to Wasabi’s. Yum!

2. I found out another friend is moving back to the Fairlawn area! Can’t wait!

3. I spent a beautiful fall Sunday with girlfriends from college and their families. The day was perfect: great food, relaxed and fun conversations and the chance to just be around some of my best friends. And while I loved catching up with my friends, it was these little cuties who stole the show:

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Aren’t they adorable! That’s Bridget, Maxim and Lily.

4. It’s a tradition in our family to enjoy a pumpkin Blizzard from Dairy Queen each fall. On Saturday, my mom, dad and I did just that. My only regret was that I got a small! If you haven’t tried one, you must! They are delicious. Or, if you’re in the mood to make you’re own, try out my pumpkin ice cream recipe.

5. Akron has been a-buzz with excitement all week as the city prepares for the Akron Marathon tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to get downtown bright and early tomorrow morning to participate in this amazing event. Good luck to all my loved ones who are running!

High Five Friday (Saturday) 9-14

What is “High Five Friday”? It’s a weekly posting I do to remind myself of all the good things that have happened to me during the week, no matter how small they are. Bad things happen in this world. That’s one thing we unfortunately cannot get away from. But these posts keep me focused on all I have to be thankful for in my life, instead of all the chaos and tragedy going on. Reminding myself of the joy and happiness in my life really does have a positive impact on my outlook on life. So I challenge you to try it. Take five minutes and write down five positive things that have happened to you this week. They don’t have to be huge, life-changing events; as you can see from my list below, nothing out of the ordinary really happened to me this week. But once I focus on that small, ordinary event, it becomes extraordinary. I know it’s cliché, but the power of positive thinking is truly amazing!

Well…I missed my weekly Friday post (oops). But better late than never, right? 🙂

1. Monday is the deadline for corporate tax returns!!

2. Einstein’s started serving their Autumn Roast coffee. This is by far my favorite coffee at my favorite coffee place. I treated myself this week to a big cup of it. Mmmmm so good!

3. Monday is the deadline for corporate tax returns!!

4. My sister stopped by Thursday night to say hi – and to borrow some dresses. haha! But hey, I got a nice break from work to chat with her!

5. Did I mention that Monday is the deadline for corporate tax returns?! I’m so excited for my work weeks to return to a somewhat normal schedule. Working late each night and every weekend has been fun (ha), but I’m ready for a break.

Have a great weekend!