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Sunday, October 22, 2017

1,000 Joys: Part 30.

  1. Ballerina stickers
  2. My green lampshades
  3. Mixing chocolate pudding with Cool Whip
  4. More Flower Fairies in my life
  5. Devouring a good magazine in one sitting
  6. Memories of fairy tales with Aunt Linda
  7. Reading poems aloud in the bathtub
  8. Good stepparents
  9. Love letters and love E-mails
  10. Soup To Go cups
  11. Hugs from my brother
  12. Instant forgiveness
  13. Tree shadows
  14. Love despite all that makes me unloveable
  15. Pre-meal bread at restaurants
  16. Metaphors that work decently well
  17. An old notebook full of pictures and colorful scribbles
  18. Josh's high school spiral notebooks, which I saved from the trash
  19. Watching SNL with Bruce
  20. Discovery of Bruce Hornsby after hearing "Mandolin Rain" in a coffee shop
  21. Transplanting work from my journal to the blog
  22. An unopened water bottle in my purse
  23. Oliver's love of drinking water
  24. PB&J--Josh makes it perfectly
  25. The urge to climb trees

Friday, October 20, 2017

A New Page.

(I'm still working on those Joys lists!)

A fresh page always has a little excitement. Will I dare to scrawl my words over this pristine page? One can't think about that. One must believe that the words are worthy, that the paper is doing its great work by accepting the brilliance and nonsense that flow from mind to pen. If we don't believe that, how will we ever put down a word?

I hear people say that a journal is too beautiful to write in. But how else can we experience that beauty? Carrying it around, scribbling bad poems in it, crying on it, coming to it for solace and a kind of companionship--these actions make the beauty ours. And if it is sturdy, the journal will stay beautiful, even when we weigh it down with the unthinkable.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Bold Reader.

(Don't worry; I'm still working on the "1,000 Joys" lists!)

I greatly admire my husband, particularly for the way he reads. While I'm floundering after only 18 books this year, he's reader 59 books so far. He's done that while working full-time plus extra. I haven't worked about from caring for Oliver, yet I can barely pick up a book. I don't know what strange fears are behind this, but I have certainly been a timid reader this year. I want to turn that around, now and for the rest of the year. I won't change my goal; I'll go ahead and fail, but I will get strong.

I don't think Josh has ever looked at a book and said, "I don't think I can handle that." Lately, I feel that way about most books, from huge diaries to slim volumes of poetry. Josh had a challenging masters program that made him a stronger reader, and he hasn't slowed down. My program challenged me as a reader too, but my reading muscles have atrophied. I want to tackle and savor any book (even magazines are difficult now!) that catches my attention.

I want to be a BOLD reader who says "Sure, I can read that," who stays with a book, and who stretches for more. An expansive, adventurous, and wild reader.

And next year, I'll set my goal for 50 books, and I'll reach it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1,000 Joys: Part 29.

  1. Crackling candles
  2. Using a scrap of time to write
  3. Lipsticks in metal casings
  4. Holiday sets (already!) at Ulta
  5. Earrings showing through my hair
  6. Answering creative questions
  7. A smooth new lock
  8. Memories of the Mast Farm Inn
  9. Rare stable energy
  10. A light heart at bedtime
  11. Book lights
  12. Fantasizing about expensive Lollia bubble bath
  13. Anything shaped like a cupcake
  14. Having a good gift idea
  15. Pretty postage stamps
  16. Monochromatic outfits
  17. Pink and silver together
  18. Thick silver ink on black paper
  19. Cherries at the bottom of my Shirley Temple
  20. Miniature bubble bath bottles
  21. A mini gold pen pouch
  22. Wands with floating glitter--soothing!
  23. Marbles
  24. The moment of seeing a snowflake up close
  25. Glowing stars on the ceiling

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1,000 Joys: Part 28.

  1. The decision to be a bold reader
  2. Pink office supplies
  3. Cutting out paper dolls
  4. Lawn tickets and a thick blanket
  5. White glitter
  6. Following writing prompts
  7. Madame Alexander's Rocker Bride doll
  8. Pastel chalk on dark paper
  9. Silver confetti--coaches and castles
  10. Floating sparks from a bonfire
  11. Spotify playlists
  12. A little extra alone time
  13. Tiny perfume bottles made of beads
  14. Tiny wooden apples
  15. American Girl doll accessories
  16. Walking under stars with Bruce
  17. Aquamarine--my favorite stone at the moment
  18. A clean, plain white T-shirt
  19. Memories of shopping at Levenger with Dad
  20. Floating hearts glitter in my phone case
  21. Testing nail polish on floor tiles
  22. Snow Babies
  23. People's remembering my seahorse obsession
  24. My old collection of ballet slipper ornaments
  25. Eyeshadow palettes that include brushes

Monday, October 16, 2017

1,000 Joys: Part 27.

  1. Books about being French
  2. Scottie dogs
  3. Boiled eggs
  4. Giving my mom a doll
  5. Oliver's saying, "It's pretty."
  6. Shimmery blush
  7. Smooth glitter nail polish
  8. An entire box of one color crayon
  9. Native American Playmobile set
  10. Finding a rare Dodie Smith novel at the library
  11. Wearing too much eyeliner
  12. Reading multiple books at once
  13. Wearing too much glitter
  14. Josh's touch, sometimes all that holds me
  15. Hearing trains
  16. Doctors who listen
  17. When my glitter perplexes people
  18. Anything with mermaids
  19. Cleaning out my Amazon wish list
  20. Reading a whole book of poems in a day
  21. Using Amazon Smile and donating to IBDF
  22. 4-ink pens
  23. Blossoms on water
  24. Wisteria tangled in woods by the road
  25. Ink called Amethyst

Sunday, October 15, 2017

1,000 Joys: Part 26.

  1. Writing by candlelight
  2. Lollia hand cream
  3. GPS
  4. Wearing pink
  5. Wearing green
  6. The word abundant
  7. Walking through Anthropologie, imagining myself anew
  8. Edwin McCain in concert
  9. Kind doctor's office staff
  10. Stickers for sale by the roll
  11. Cinnamon mints
  12. Being done with an appointment
  13. Seeing Josh happy or content
  14. Cinnamon toast when I'm sick
  15. Blackberry ginger ale
  16. Finding something Oliver will actually eat
  17. Oliver's singing and muttering to his food
  18. Curly hair
  19. The Good Doctor TV show
  20. Learning more about bipolar disorder
  21. Looking forward to a musical
  22. Brightly colored theatre tickets
  23. Powdered wedding cookies
  24. Free beauty samples
  25. Beauty advent calendars! How can that be real??