Three Things Thursday (gasp!) – Actually on Thursday, March 26, 2015

I can’t believe that I’m actually posting my weekly contribution to the lovely Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things Thursday Challenge on the day it’s due (and not lame and belatedly later that week.)

I am such an overachiever!  At least, this morning.  So in no particular order, three things this week that made me smile:

Surprise breakfast at work!  They had an event planned for 10 people and only 6 showed up so there were very tasty brekkkie leftovers for the rest of us.  Yum!

Surprise breakfast at work! They had an event planned for 10 people and only 6 showed up so there were very tasty brekkkie leftovers for the rest of us. Yum!

My orchid is blooming!

My orchid is blooming!  All five plants are budding, but this is the first to blossom.

Atlanta dabbled with Spring a few days this week - my co-worker and I took a stroll to the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. (Wait! Is that dude flipping me off?!!??)

Atlanta dabbled with Spring a few days this week – my co-worker and I took a stroll to the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. (Wait! Is that dude flipping me off?!!??)

And there was pizza, at a sidewalk cafe.

Bonus! And there was pizza, at a sidewalk cafe.

Thank you again, NITB, for your wonderful inspiration! I hope you all have had a lovely week with many things to be happy about!
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Three Things Thursday (Saturday): March 21, 2015

Oh, the shame.

Once again, my weekly contribution to Ms. Fabulous Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things Thursday is dawdling into the blog arena on Saturday like a lethargic slug. (Do slugs dawdle? Hmmm. It’s time for coffee.)

Anyhow, my week was filled with stressy work stuff, and way too many events. I told my boss I was calling in “well” on Friday, and I did. So the first major “happy” of the week: much needed day off.

This is my "generic" gleeful face photo shot.  David thought I should have for for whenever someone finally buys me a pony.

Insert my “generic” gleeful face photo.  David thought I should practice for whenever someone finally buys me a pony.

The big happy of this week is that we are having a little dinner party tonight with some good friends, that we are calling, “Tardy to the Paddy’s Party,” because last week when it was actually St. Patrick’s Day, it was also too nutty at work to try to celebrate anything. Since photos from tonight’s event will most likely appear  next Thursday Saturday for Three Things Thursday, I can show you some happy “getting ready for the party” shots.

Irish inspiration for the morning java

Irish inspiration for the morning java

Arranging flowers (btw, Mark Bialczak, Trader Joe’s has awesomely inexpensive flowers) for the dinner table.

Daffodils, hydrangea, tulips and cala lilies

Daffodils, hydrangea, tulips and cala lilies

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Jeeves, alligator butler and bearer of "Springtime."

Jeeves, alligator butler and bearer of “Springtime.”

Hopefully, Spring is springing up wherever you are! Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day and Happy weekend! three-things-thursday-spreading-happiness1

Three Things Thursday: (Saturday) March 14, 2015

As always, a little tardy to the party with this week’s Three Things Thursday Saturday, a lovely challenge from Nerd in the Brain, encouraging you to post 3 things that made you smile this week, “an exercise in gratitude.”

2015-03-08 19.54.29We were in Augusta this past weekend, visiting my Mom-in-law, Linda, and had an opportunity to check out a new restaurant (for us at least) the 5 O’clock Bistro, downtown, off of Central.

My mom-in-law, enjoying dinner and the show!

My mom-in-law, enjoying dinner and the show!

Tasty food and an awesome band – the live music was fantastic!  Stand up bass, guitar, and electric violin, with super talented guys: The Henry’s.  It was a really lovely treat.  (and there was tiramisu!)

332442While we were in town, we also had a chance to visit my husband’s sister and her 9 gorgeous kids.  So fabulous to see my beautiful nieces and nephews!

332447They are all so smart, charming, talented and beautiful – I am very thrilled to be their Aunt Kim!

10929922_10152851360367561_9209328166815804443_nWednesday morning found me enjoying a rare sunrise from the High Up, Twirley Place, with a 7 a.m. call for a corporate breakfast.  The light and colors of the sunrise were truly magical.

11043039_10152851737397561_6263729604489376601_nNot magical enough to get me up every morning, but still, pretty awesome to see.

So, some lovely moments this week I’m grateful for – thank you, Nerdy for the inspiration!

Three Things Thursday: March 5, 2015

Happy to be back again for Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things Thursday (an exercise in gratitude!) with a few things that brought me joy this week.

11025801_10152831848542561_8152065443713902541_nMy good friend, Colleen and her husband Gary were visiting this from San Francisco and came by for dinner on Sunday.  David made his famous Cuban-style beans and rice and we had a wonderful evening hanging out by the fireplace and chatting til they had to vamoose to Hartsfield to catch their plane.

10400076_68006212560_5944759_nTuesday was a sad day for me, since it marked the sixth year of the passing of one of my closest friends, Nkoyen.  There was happiness, too, in a bittersweet way, as people came together on social media to share words of love and support to friends and family.

I was able to connect with our friend Beth for a little memorial dinner and we laughed through the tears telling wonderful stories of our exploits and adventures.  Despite the staggering loss, there is the blessing that she was in my life  for the time that we had, and that her friendship and memories are still a part of who I am.

20150228_132959And on a wildly trivial note, the restaurant we went to was Bone Garden Cantina, one of my favorite restaurants in the world, and there was elote, which chippered me up considerably.

Thank you, Nerd in the Brain, for the opportunity to share some happy things.  Wishing you all a lovely weekend!