Three Things Thursday: 28 September 2017

  1. I’m tired but incredibly thankful for the fullness of my life. I get to spend four days a week with my children and also work (half-days) three days a week at a job that’s new and fulfilling.
  2. Everyone in the house is slowly adjusting to our new routines and rhythms. We all could use a little more sleep and a lot less sickness/crud, but that’s life in Doha¬†what happens when kids start nursery school.
  3. Also randomness: Season Two of Outlander is finally on Netflix streaming. I’ve read the books twice over now and love having the show on in the background while I peruse the internet. I don’t need to hear the dialogue to follow the plot and the costuming and scenery are stunning.

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

I like lists and bullets, so I’m game. Thanks to Emma at Wanderlust And Wet Wipes for the tag. Here goes…

  1. A cup of hot, strong coffee first thing in the morning–I’m the primary caregiver of two small children and I’m not a morning person. Enough said.
  2. Getting in a good sweat session at the gym–A home workout gets the job done, but it’s not the same. Give me a (preferably mostly empty) gym, my Jaybird X3s, and my Spotify playlists and I’m a happy woman. Not being able to get to a gym regularly (or exercise regularly for that matter) has been one of the hardest parts of being a SAHM over the last few years. I used to consider myself a gym rat and I miss the endorphins and stress relief (and if we’re truly being honest, the way my clothes used to fit) that regular gym going gave me.
  3. Having clear skin–Thanks to Rodan + Fields, I have the best skin I’ve had of my adult life. I hate that I let my friends’ Facebook spam turn me off from the products for so long. If you know me in RL (or just via the Internet) and want more information or what to hear my story, hit me up and I’m happy to talk about it.
  4. Bourbon. Neat.–If you know me, no further commentary is necessary.
  5. Getting older–With each passing day/week/month/year, I am more confident and comfortable in my skin. I’m looking forward to my forties and my thirties have been awesome.
  6. Watching my parents play with my children–As I’m an only child, my children are the only grandchildren my parents will have. Watching them together makes me incredibly happy and I’m so thankful that my parents are alive and healthy and want/get to spend time with my little ones.
  7. Tattoos–I have several. I want more. I’m toying with the idea of getting a few more while I’m back in the U.S.
  8. My friends and family–After moving away from my home state at age 23 and then leaving the country at age 33, I’m so thankful for the friends I’ve made and the family I have. Not everyone understands the choices I’ve made, but they’ve been supportive.
  9. Expat life–Being an expat forces you out of your comfort zone and makes your world so much bigger (literally and figuratively). It’s hard as hell sometimes, but completely worth it.
  10. Spending time with my husband and children–Sometimes, the best thing in the world is sitting in the floor with the family, drinking coffee, and playing with whatever the toy du jour is.