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Day 365: Wow

Here we are. Day 365. I’m getting it in just under the wire. What a good, relaxing day I’ve had.

I started out doing some work from home, looking out at the alley view I wrote about on Day 3. Then I took a three mile walk (Day 235) with Elphie (Day 18)! We went to sit by the lake (Day 21) for a minute or two before heading back home (Day 93). Then I may have done a little online shopping (Day 28), reading (Day 112) and adoption paperwork (Day 348) before the hubs (Day 175) came home from work. Then we got ready and went out for a little celebration at Lady Gregory’s (Day 27) with friends (Day 172).

I added all these post links in to show that in one day, I have done at least 11 things that I consider fun. (And this doesn’t even include all of the Instagraming that happened tonight). As I continue to reflect on the year, I realize that this is one of the best things to come out of it–both appreciating all the good, and yes fun, in things I already do and going out of my way to ensure each day includes something fun. It has been an amazing year of highs and lows (mostly highs) and I cannot wait to see how this blog, these activities, and the support of amazing people continue to impact my life.

It was suggested to me this evening that I change the name of the blog to “Life of Fun.” That’s a good idea because that is how I intend to live. I hope, at the very least, I have made some people smile or laugh. I hope some have seen the best in their lives. I hope that maybe a few who also suffer from some kind of disease have found comfort in our shared experience. And maybe just a couple of people have found inspiration here. If not, then at least I helped myself by becoming proactive about my struggles.

Thank you thank you to everyone who reads this. Every comment, text, Facebook post or like. Every follow. It has meant something to me. Thank you. To my friends who tonight shared with me their favorite posts from throughout the year–I can’t believe you all remember posts that far back! Thank you. To far away friends who have been just as supportive as local ones. Thank you. A special thank you to to Emily who has been such vocal advocate of my continuing on this journey. Thank you. To my family for their unyielding love and open encouragement. Thank you. A special thank you to my mom for printing every post and putting it in a binder for my grandmother to read since she does not have a computer. Thank you. To the hubs, who has not minded when I put anything and everything on the internet, who has cared for me in my worst time and who has constantly encouraged me and reminded what doing a Year of Fun is all about. Thank you.

My gosh. Now I’m getting sad. The Year is over, but the blog and fun continues. Here are some pics from throughout the day and dinner with celebratory people!




Also, the hubs made this amazing poster with the text from the “What is a Year of Fun?” post and pictures from special moments throughout the year. It has found a home in our hallway. I love it! 20130925-000839.jpg





Day 363: PeeWee

Today the hubs and I watched our 9 year old nephew Nathan play tackle football! He is on the Steelers in a 10-12 league (he’ll be 10 in a little under two months) at the local park district. I have never seen children this young play tackle football and it was so fun. They have a major running game because they can’t really throw that well at this point–though the times they did pass the ball were super exciting. They line up and try to cover their man but eventually everyone kinds of runs after whoever has the ball. It was fun, competitive and, yes, adorable. And they won!



Day 358: More Arbonne and More

Remember those awesome vegan face products I blogged about a few weeks ago? Well, I hosted a small gathering for some of my friends to get free facials and learn about the skincare line from my friend Amanda. Even the hubs participated! And let me tell you, I did not hear one complaint. He happily used products that she lovingly called, “pantyhose for your face” and “magic unicorn love.” In fact everyone loved it!

On a totally unrelated note, I don’t know if you saw this after you started following Emily Alt Photography (after I recommended it because of how awesome she is), but Emily posted this super nice stuff about my involvement with the company. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she bought me this awesome t-shirt AND a subscription to Kinfolk as a thank you. Girl. Thank YOU.


Day 356: Spiritual Awakening Part 2

Today team spiritual tried Second Unitarian Universalist otherwise known as 2U. At this service, the whole team felt more inclined to participate. We sang the songs and read aloud the covenant and other responses in the program. Perhaps Bodhi broke the ice and now we are ready to be active church-goers?

After the service, we trekked up to Uncommon Ground on Devon for a brunch debrief. Brunch is one of the best parts of this journey. We discuss the elements we liked and disliked from the service. We articulate and re-articulate what we are each looking for. We challenge each other on our beliefs. All while eating runny eggs and seasoned potatoes. It’s quickly becoming a favorite Sunday ritual.

Oh, I forgot to Instagram my second church outfit but it was pretty good–jeans, three-quarter sleeve cream blouse (yes, this was a blouse-there is no better word to describe it) with a navy, tweed blazer and a chartreuse, patterned scarf.

I don’t not even want to talk about the Giants game.

Church, brunch, football–best Sunday.

Day 354: FNL

Confession: I watched Friday Night Lights on Friday night until about 3am Saturday morning. What?

I started watching this show almost a year ago with the hubs. We have so many friends who are so into it but we just did not understand the hype. We gave up. Then, last week, I started watching again. I got through a few more “rough” episodes until a very particular Smash episode totally hooked me. I’ve been watching frequently, but Day 354 took the cake. I just couldn’t stop. If you aren’t watching it, give it 10 episodes before you make your final decision. You will not regret it!

Smash, Jason, Lyla, Tyra, Matt, Julie, Landry, Coach Taylor, Buddy, Tim Riggins and that little kids who worships Tim Riggins are all great, but Tammy Taylor is my everything. Love. Her.

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