Playing catch-up.

I’m a list-maker.

I’m more ‘Type A’ than I like to believe. At any given moment, I have multiple lists going. Right now, for example, I have going a grocery list, today’s chores list, a packing list for my trip to Durango, and a general to-do list. The new house has a series of lists that stress me out. The wedding in October has a whole separate pile of lists that I haven’t attacked yet. Somehow, writing things down and having my intentions gathered in one place makes me feel more organized. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I cross something off. I sometimes even catch myself writing down something I’ve already done…just so I can cross it off.

Maybe I really liked getting the gold stars on my homework as a child.

When I decided to recognize the good stuff all around me on April Fool’s Day, I started making a list. I wrote down the best parts of my days, the things I’m grateful for and the things that make my heart smile.

Here’s my happy week.

On Monday:

I sat at my pretty desk, listening to John’s guitar riffs waft upstairs. This space inspires me, and the soundtrack rocked.

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Cholula enjoys sitting shotgun so much that it’s hard not to laugh. The repetitive DING-DING-DINGING of the ‘fasten seatbelt’ reminder isn’t even (very) annoying.

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Other blissful moments:

Wine-colored fingertips after roasting delicious beets.

A new recipe and a full glass of wine in front of me with Final Four basketball in the background.

Daydreaming aloud about writing more regularly with John’s encouragement and support.

On Tuesday:

I wake up to this every morning, which prompts a smile (even before coffee).

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Ahhhh. Steaming black coffee in John’s mother’s PIG mug. It was her favorite. It’s mine, too.

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We took a spontaneous springtime mini-roadtrip, during which we discovered a delectable cheeseburger in Morgan, Utah. (I ate it before I was able to snap a picture.)

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And yesterday:

I caught a glimpse of the burning pinks of a gorgeous sunrise- and then enjoyed the luxury of sleeping late. (Do you really think I got out of bed for a photo?)

I spent some time wandering around the children’s section at a bookstore, piling my arms full of classic books for Sarah’s baby, my own mind flooded with happy memories of childhood.

My lunch screamed SPRING to me.

Delicious weather is here, and I can soak it in through my open window.

The day ended with a little date that included pizza, wine, and gelato. Nobody hates that.

Life is good.

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