- Family (& Friends) - - For those who have been a follower of this blog for some time, you know how important and close I am to my family. A little background for those new - I have 2 younger sisters, one married and living in the cities (250 miles one direction) and the other living at home with the rents (200 miles in the other direction). We travel a lot to see each other and it seems like I get to see someone at least once every few weeks. I have a large extended family on both sides, equally about 19 aunts and uncles (not including spouses), 40-something cousins, and then there are about 10 great grandkids combined... Many of us are very close... and I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful loving family... The same goes for friends, both here and in blogland. You all have been so supportive, even when you didn't know exactly what has been going on in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
- Music - - Sometimes I just can't handle silence - especially when stressed. This should be a good personality trait for me, considering I teach in an elementary school. I have kids in an out of my classroom all day. My room is located in the 2nd grade hallway - imagine 100+ seven and eight (sometimes nine) year olds running around. So, when it's too quiet at work - I crank up Pandora (even when I am concentrating hard on assessments). When it's too quiet at home - I crank up the iPod on the Bose... Music is such a stress reliever for me... it just makes me happy!
- The freedom of weekends with no plans - - As much as I love traveling to see family and friends, or busy weekends with birthdays or parties here and there... I sometimes just look forward to those weekends of nothing (but maybe a couple good hard workouts!). This coming weekend should be pretty low key... I was supposed to go to a UND hockey game this friday, but we decided to get rid of the tickets. Instead, it's going to be a lot of R&R, maybe a nice meal out, and hopefully getting in a nice 6+ mile run Sunday.... I haven't gone that far in a long long time!
What are a few things that makes you happy?