We’ve been having a fun few weeks around here, since Waits was on spring break and the weather has been wonderful. Feels like summer! And it feels like the old days. Those Portland days, pre-preschool days, pre-grad school days, when I got to spend all day every day with my little guy. And okay, so that’s actually totally stressful and difficult and after prolonged periods, pretty disastrous. But for a week? For a break? It was such a special treat.
I hope you’ve been having a beautiful spring as well, and getting outside and enjoying the weather as it begins to warm the world again. We’ve been taking just as much “nature” time as we possibly can, and it’s really made me realize how important that is to me. To my well-being. Ocean, mountains, sun, stars, creeks and beaches. YES. Happiness.
And it actually brought up some unexpected feelings for me. Because I have really vivid memories of tagging along with my mom while she was doing her masters program at UC Berkeley. I was just about exactly his age. And this feels like full circle. ♥
And now, it’s time for our little something special. Our little celebration of all the small things that we have to be grateful for. Our one and only – Le Love List!
Last week I took a morning and read through all my old posts recapping 2012 – starting at the beginning and reading straight through to the end. I cried a lot. And laughed. And thought about how far I’ve come. I am so very grateful for this blog, and the memories – both good and bad – that I’ve captured here. // My boss/advisor is one of the few people in my life who gives me shit – seemingly endless shit – about being vegan (which I always good-naturedly rebuke). And then all of a sudden last week, he mentioned oh-so-offhandedly during a lunch meeting, that he would now be eating meatless lunches. Like, indefinitely. I didn’t press the issue, but you better believe I was grinning and doing a happy dance on the inside! // Kisses all over the face from Waits. // The class I’m teaching this quarter, which marries two of my greatest passions: science and politics. // And in that class, teaching the unit on Evolution vs Creationism. One of my favorite subjects! // Getting reeeeally excited for the third and final Vida Vegan Con. I’m sad that it’s ending, but I’m also proud to say that I’ve presented at all three. ♥ // Getting to spend so much time with Waits. // One of my oldest friends got engaged to the person who is so completely her partner, so beautifully, perfectly matched to accompany her through life. And I’m not even really big on marriage, but geeze, I am so freaking happy for them. Two of the very best. An inspiration. And also . . . it’s gonna be a wild wedding!! // Having a podcast queue filled to capacity with brand new podcasts to check out, thanks to all your fantastic recs on my podcast post. Thanks guys!!! // Getting last quarter’s teaching evaluations from my students. Hearing the positive feedback and knowing that I’m on the right path, that I’m learning and growing, and that I’m actually pretty good at what I’m doing. ♥ // Waits is sort of obsessed with Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s, a super fun band that does pop punk covers of classic rock songs. He especially loves this version of Elton John’s Rocket Man. I gotta say, I am delighted by his musical tastes. // Spring cleansing . . . insomuch as I even believe in the concept of “cleansing”, is something we’ve been doing ’round here. Just tidying up the ol’ insides, you could say. Feels good.
Okay everyone, so now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear what you’re loving lately, and I’m sure everyone else would as well. Let’s share the love and send it out into the world! Just leave your Love List in the comments below, yes?
And as always, I hope you have a fantastic spring weekend!
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