1. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been busy and stressed lately, mostly thanks to work (but one big project wraps up tomorrow and another big project wraps up on Monday! Woohoo!). On Friday, I went grocery shopping on my way home from work, as I am apt to do, and I almost burst into happy tears right in the middle of Trader Joe’s.
TULIPS, YOU GUYS!! TRADER JOE’S HAS TULIPS!!
This made my day/week/month/life. I love tulips. Being Dutch, I think I’m genetically wired to have an affinity for tulips (I don’t actually think that, btw, I’m just using it as a cutesy turn of phrase. It drives me INSANE when people talk about things that are quite obviously and inarguably a result of nurture and treat it as if it were nature — like when someone says a child inherited his mother’s love for country music or her father’s passion for the Blackhawks. No. I’m one billion percent sure that’s not coded into anyone’s DNA and one billion percent sure that’s a result of how the child was raised. /endtangent), and they just make me so happy. They make me think of home and spring and I get so giddy every time I see tulips. When I moved to Chicago two and a half years ago, I told myself I would buy myself a bouquet of flowers from Trader Joe’s every time I wrapped up a major project at work, and I never once followed through on that until last Friday. Best $5 I’ve spent in quite some time.
2. You know how iOS 8 came with Health Kit, which aggregates information from all sorts of apps if you let it, but also does its own tracking of your movement and whatnot? Well. I’ve never put a *whole* lot of stock into the 100% accuracy of my iPhone (or any other device’s) activity tracking, but last Monday took my skepticism to a whole new level.
In case you’re not super familiar with this interface, according to my iPhone, I walked/ran 35.76 miles on Monday. (What? You slackers didn’t go out and run an ultramarathon post-blizzard? You’re all a bunch of lazy couch potatoes!). For the record, I worked from home that day, which means I moved FAR less than normal. According to my Polar Loop (which has its own inaccuracies, of course, but tends to be more or less accurate-ish), I traveled 2.94 miles last Monday. I think that makes a LOT more sense 😛
3. Every now and again over the past couple of months, I’ve been in situations that have required me to get up much earlier than usual on weekdays and led to me needing to kill a fair amount of time before actually starting my commute. On these mornings, I’m always right by a Starbucks (though, really, when are you ever not right by a Starbucks in Chicago?), so I’ve gotten into the habit of buying myself a tea (and, on very rare occasions, a pastry as well), and slowly enjoying it while I check my email/Twitter and/or read the RedEye.
I’m not about to start getting up 30 minutes early so I can do this every morning (unless someone wants to donate to the Bethany Likes Starbucks Mornings Fund 😉 ), but on the mornings when this does happen, I have to say that I enjoy it so much. My mornings are usually frenetic (homegirl likes her sleep, thanks, and will sleep in absolutely as late as possible on weekday mornings), so these Starbucks mornings are such a nice contrast to my normal days.
Do you ever buy yourself flowers?
How do you start your days?