Thoughts on Thursday ... Flowers, Baseball & Hawaii

Good morning on a beautiful sunny Thursday! I have not been able to say that lately as it has rained almost every day this month, but one positive by-product is that the yard looks great and I spotted my first rose bloom this morning. I am sure it will find its way onto Instagram at some point today.  Onto Thoughts ...

Reading: books I have already read. I have been so disappointed by my reading selections this week. There is nothing that I enjoy more than getting lost in a good book but I have not found a story that captured my imagination. So for this week, I will recommend the book of a new author that I interviewed last week, "Fightisms: Using Your Past To Win Your Future." "Fightisms" is an inspirational narrative aimed towards young professionals and I was so impressed by Adyre when we spoke. What she has accomplished and where she is going  is truly awesome.
Writing: about vacation destinations, which is off the beaten path for an Army publication, I know. But every once in awhile we branch out and stretch our writing muscle. I also did a preview story on the Panoply Arts Festival, which I am hoping to get to at some point this weekend. I love Panoply and I really love The Indigo Girls!

Watching: my boy play baseball. He and his buddy R. played each other Tuesday night and while they were fierce competitors on the field, they were all smiles off. After seven seasons, we have friends on almost every team, which he likes -- and I do too, but it is tough on a momma! You want to cheer your kid but it is hard when another child that you know and like strikes out or is tagged stealing. Since our last Thoughts, he has pitched one game and did very well and played short for another with some good plays. He enjoys pitching but is so hard on himself. That is a lot of pressure on a ten-year-old for all eyes to be focused on you and so much riding on whether you throw a good pitch or not. I don't think he cracked a smile until the last inning when they moved him to third -- he visibly relaxed. He has struggled in his batting though and is frustrated right now. He needs a good hit tonight.

Feeling: happy because The Engineer is home after two and a half weeks in Hawaii. Yes, you read that correctly -- he has been in Hawaii for most of this month for work. 

We all should have been engineering majors. *shakes head at sociology degree* More on that tomorrow! I was able to tag along last time he had to travel to the Aloha State (from the early days when this blog was still called Yoga Gal, I referred to myself in the third person - cringe- and I had not discovered photo editing yet), but this time life called. We made it through fine with the biggest drama being an infestation of ants (seriously, I found thousands of ants in my kitchen but I took care of them), and a barfing incident in our foyer. If those are the worst things that happen, I consider this stint of solo parenting a success.
Experiencing: calendar stress. I have to work this evening and then leave from the event to take Little to a birthday party while The Engineer and Big are at the ballfield. What I want to be experiencing is the Melting Pot with my friends but duty calls. Sometimes being a responsible grownup is lame.
Happy Thursday!

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