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Monday wasn’t so bad after all.

Such a busy day today, I was about to give up and go to bed until…

We started off early with getting the kids ready at 6AM.

Followed by running around all day looking for a new water heater since the old one crapped out two days ago.

Then headed to Best Buy to purchase a new router and modem after 3 days of no internet. Who knew we could survive that long!

Grocery shopping was uneventful except that I decided to do it while everyone else in my town decided to go grocery shopping too.

Fixed dinner for the family. Thank goodness it was taco night. Nice and easy. See below for a recipe for rice.

Got some knowledge in for myself by going through a HTML/CSS lesson. I’m excited that I had time to do this today. I have been talking about it for some time and I am finally getting around to it.

By this time, I’m completely exhausted after all of that. Not to mention I’m still not at a hundred percent from going to the snowy Bears game yesterday.

We finally end our day at about 10:30PM by sitting down to decompress and watch a few episodes of Last Man Standing on Netflix and I get such a cool gift from the universe…

While sitting in the family room working online and watching some TV, I get the coolest ending to my chaotic day… There is an owl sitting on my chimney and we can hear it hooting. Loud and clear!  This literally made my day. I LOVE OWLS! After questioning all the crazy annoying things happening throughout the day, this was cool. We even woke up the kids to listen to it. They were excited about it too.  It felt like we were about to get a message from Hogwarts. Of course, I sneaked outside to catch a glimpse of it and as we stepped outside it flew over to the neighbor’s house. What a beautiful animal! It was a good 2ft tall and the wing span was massive.

This experience put today’s events into perspective for me. No matter how tired and discouraged I get, there is always a prize at the end. Whether it’s experiencing the beautiful sounds of nature or getting kisses from your kids before bed or quiet time to get your thoughts together. Life is beautiful. Don’t let the little things blind you from seeing the beauty of what is around you. Just open your heart and let the universe do the rest.

Here is a quick recipe for you… my family really likes it.

White Rice:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Medium pot with lid

Start by adding olive oil, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and rice. Stir. Add water and heat till water starts to boil. Once boiling, turn heat down to low and cover. Cook approximately 20 mins or until tender and the water is absorbed. Serves about 6.

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Signs… Do you see them?

Signs…

Not like stop signs or street signs or billboard signs, but the kind that the universe throws at you when you are not paying attention. Sometimes in life you must look at all the chaos that is around you and find that one thing that moves you. That one moment in time that stands out from the rest. The one thing that you will learn from.  How many times have you looked up and realized something special happening around you? It’s amazing what you see when you embrace the chaos of life.

Sometimes the signs are simple and just about obvious. For example, waking up one morning at your lowest point, asking yourself if all the time and effort you are putting in is worth it. Frustrated with life in general and wishing everything would change. You finally muster up the strength to shower and get ready for work when your dog decides to not tell you he needs to go outside and does his business right outside the bathroom door. Well, when you open the door thinking that life cannot get any worse at this point, and it is still dark, and you don’t realize what the dog just did…  Yep, you guested it.  What do you do now? Cry and wish the world could pause for a bit so you can catch your breath or laugh at the irony of stepping in a pile of shit first thing I the morning. After I cried for a few mins, I couldn’t help but laugh at the whole situation and realized that was my sign.  And let’s face it, it was pretty hilarious trying to explain to my boss why I was late this time.

Life is chaotic… Learn from it. Embrace it. Live it. Love it.