Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Best Motivation

Ever have one of those moments that makes you forget everything you are stressing/worrying about and just enjoy life?  I had one of those moments the other day at the gym.

I didn't want to go to the gym.  I didn't want to work out.  I didn't want to watch the stupid TV shows that are constantly airing on the televisions at the gym.

Side note: the absolute worst TV show is the Bachelor (and any form of it like the Bachelorette).  A total train wreck on all accounts.  It just happens to be playing when I go to the gym in the evening.  I am highly superior adult and, therefore, I listen to NPR podcasts while at the gym.  But my eyes will watch the TV shows.  My eyes almost burned out of their sockets watching the Bachelor.  Don't believe me?  Next time you want to impale a railroad spike through your frontal lobe turn the Bachelor on and turn the sound off.  Then try not to gag.
If her head is ripped off then there is no need for a verbal assault. Sigh.
I digress.  

The older woman on the treadmill in front of me had the best t-shirt for the gym.  THE BEST!
You can buy the shirt through this store.
Hell yes it does!  As you can imagine, that shirt is an instant mood lifter.  It made me glad to be running at the gym.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Those Crazy Kids

Happy anniversary to my parents.  They are celebrating 41 years of marriage (I'd like to think that 33 of those years I made absolutely wonderful for them).

They married when mom was 19 and dad was 17.  Dad graduated from high school early and turned 18 the week after they were married.  They raised three children (the author of this posting just happens to be the perfect one of the three), always provided what our family needed, ingrained a strong work ethic, and proved that having a fun time is a necessity of life.

To my parents, thanks for being a great example of a lasting relationship.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Exploring My 'Hood

I love walking around my neighborhood.  It is one of the reasons why I bought my house five years ago.  It is an established, safe, and quiet neighborhood a few block away from the Dallas city limits.  Several times a week I will walk along a route that I have walked NUMEROUS times.  I use these walks to get ideas for landscaping and curb appeal.

The same route means the same houses.  It can get ... tiresome.

I've recently decided to mix up my walks by going down streets I've never walked down before.  (Sounds like the beginning of a Bruce Springsteen song.)  This simple change of scenery has done more than just revamp my walking route it has allowed me to see the unique things in my neighborhood.
Little Free Library
I stumbled upon this Little Free Library last week.  Such a great and cute idea.  If you aren't familiar with Little Free Library check them out here or read this article about them.

Then I found this garden next to the elementary school.  A great outdoor classroom to teach students about healthy food, science, sharing, cultivation, and sustainability.

Raised garden beds.
They have a compost bin in the corner. 
There is a rain barrel next to the garden. 
The students decorated their own picket for the fence.
Another fascinating find was an estate sale down the street from my house.  Not gonna lie, I like going to other people's houses to see how my house compares to the neighborhood.  Estate sales allow me to do this legally.  (Note: I don't enter neighbors' houses illegally.  Just in case you were wondering.)
National cash register. It was sitting in the epic man cave of the house.