Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#100HappyDays: Oasis in progress

It turns out Goliath enjoys himself a nice mouthful of dirt from time to time. 
Yesterday I shoveled in the last of ten yards of shredded cedar. T hooked up new irrigation. Goliath practiced his sentry duties. It's incredibly fun to see our little oasis evolve.

I still have a million Spring things to do, you know like planting the rest of my veggies, spreading bark, futzing with potted annuals, weeding. Mostly happy chores (now that the 15 yards of bark have been moved anyway...)

What are your Spring gardening to-dos?

xoxo,
shawna

#100HappyDays
1. 24 Hours of Happy
2. If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong...
3. A trip to the nursery
4. Transplants
5. Sweet peas
6. Cool as a...
7. A Butterfinger Blizzard
8. Happiness by the yard
9. Keeping the vampires at bay
10. Giving P.F. Chang's a run for its money
11. A little Spring snow in the Sierras
12. Communing with fellow comm nerds
13. Ladies' night
14. Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico
15. The shredded cedar fitness plan
16. Baby's first Easter
17. Bathmat runways

#100HappyDays: Bathmat runways

In the last year, I've joked that I finally figured out how to get Mr. T to help me make dinner: Ask him flying questions and then start assigning him things to chop. (The strategy is somewhat flawed given typical pilot predisposition to talk with hand gestures, but it amuses me nonetheless.)

Turns out, I can turn any room in the house into a training space.

Digesting my flying lesson on cross-wind landings and cleaning up after moving bark, I peppered T with questions in the powder room. He kept gesturing toward an imaginary pattern--the rectangular space around  the runway--so I flipped over the bathmat to make the visual more concrete.

And then I cracked myself up wondering if anyone had ever done this bathmat runway creation before. Hey, whatever it takes to help me learn cross-wind landings better, right?

xoxo,
shawna

#100HappyDays
1. 24 Hours of Happy
2. If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong...
3. A trip to the nursery
4. Transplants
5. Sweet peas
6. Cool as a...
7. A Butterfinger Blizzard
8. Happiness by the yard
9. Keeping the vampires at bay
10. Giving P.F. Chang's a run for its money
11. A little Spring snow in the Sierras
12. Communing with fellow comm nerds
13. Ladies' night
14. Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico
15. The shredded cedar fitness plan
16. Baby's first Easter

#100HappyDays: Baby's first Easter

Baby Duckie and Grand-Marm.
Having never been around babies consistently, I am boggled, yes, BOGGLED by how fast my little niece Adelynn (really, Duckie) is changing.

Last week she was just learning how to smile and respond to people talking to her. Now she's starting to grasp stuff and has decided that her favorite position is not burrowed on your chest, but facing outward to the world. I guess that's good, but I thought we'd have more time with a tiny snuggle bug. Sigh.

Although I do not want Duckie growing up any faster, I couldn't help but imagine her next Easter, toddling around to scoop up eggs and crying on some creepy bunny's lap at the mall. (Those pictures are the best, aren't they?)

xoxo,
shawna

#100HappyDays
1. 24 Hours of Happy
2. If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong...
3. A trip to the nursery
4. Transplants
5. Sweet peas
6. Cool as a...
7. A Butterfinger Blizzard
8. Happiness by the yard
9. Keeping the vampires at bay
10. Giving P.F. Chang's a run for its money
11. A little Spring snow in the Sierras
12. Communing with fellow comm nerds
13. Ladies' night
14. Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico
15. The shredded cedar fitness plan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#100HappyDays: The shredded cedar fitness plan

A portion of the 10 yards of bark I ordered last weekend.
While gardening doesn't usually count as an endurance sport, I found that moving 10 yards of bark last weekend sure helped to kick off my Spring fitness plan. By that I mean, I got friendly with my wheel barrow and shovel, and may be sore until mid-May. At least it's a happy kind of sore.

xoxo,
shawna

#100HappyDays
1. 24 Hours of Happy
2. If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong...
3. A trip to the nursery
4. Transplants
5. Sweet peas
6. Cool as a...
7. A Butterfinger Blizzard
8. Happiness by the yard
9. Keeping the vampires at bay
10. Giving P.F. Chang's a run for its money
11. A little Spring snow in the Sierras
12. Communing with fellow comm nerds
13. Ladies' night
14. Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico

#100HappyDays: Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The koi fish pond at Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Directly across from this pond is a foot spa/waiting area where you can sit and stare at the fishies. In the distance is the "Relaxation Room" which is equipped with mats, pillows, blankets and headphones for various types of meditation.

We made the drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in just over an hour, and after passing through downtown, headed up into the hills. After walking up dozens of short, gravely steps, we entered the gateway to relaxation, aka the main building of the luxury spa Ten Thousand Waves. Let me tell you, it was love at first sight.

With just a few hours to spend, we skipped the spa treatments (which I've heard are damn fabulous), instead donning kimonos and flitting between the women's spa/sauna and the Relaxation Room. After a long week, mostly spent traveling and conferencing, taking a few hours to decompress and luxuriate felt especially wonderful. I can't wait to go back!

xoxo,
shawna

#100HappyDays
1. 24 Hours of Happy
2. If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong...
3. A trip to the nursery
4. Transplants
5. Sweet peas
6. Cool as a...
7. A Butterfinger Blizzard
8. Happiness by the yard
9. Keeping the vampires at bay
10. Giving P.F. Chang's a run for its money
11. A little Spring snow in the Sierras
12. Communing with fellow comm nerds
13. Ladies' night

#100HappyDays: Ladies' night

It's not often that I think I'm going to remember this night for as long as I live.

But last week, after our Qualitative Research in Management and Organization conference ended, we headed out for an unforgettable ladies' night. Over a fantastic meal of artisan pizza, we spent hours--at least three--talking, laughing, lamenting, confiding, arguing, planning, and promising. The camaraderie exceeded the food in fabulousness, and that's saying a lot.

I'm so grateful to have smart friends willing to engage in difficult and vulnerable conversations, along with the hysterical and naughty and inspiring.

xoxo,
shawna

#100HappyDays
1. 24 Hours of Happy
2. If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong...
3. A trip to the nursery
4. Transplants
5. Sweet peas
6. Cool as a...
7. A Butterfinger Blizzard
8. Happiness by the yard
9. Keeping the vampires at bay
10. Giving P.F. Chang's a run for its money
11. A little Spring snow in the Sierras
12. Communing with fellow comm nerds

#100HappyDays: Communing with fellow comm nerds

A group of serious smartypants people at the Qualitative Research in Management and Organizations conference in Albuquerque, NM last week.
One of the best things about attending conferences? Catching up with old friends. At last week's Qualitative Research in Management and Organizations conference, I got some serious bonding time with a wonderful group of friends and scholars. I feel so very fortunate to know these folks, and have the opportunity to commune and commiserate with them.

xoxo,
shawna

#100HappyDays
1. 24 Hours of Happy
2. If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong...
3. A trip to the nursery
4. Transplants
5. Sweet peas
6. Cool as a...
7. A Butterfinger Blizzard
8. Happiness by the yard
9. Keeping the vampires at bay
10. Giving P.F. Chang's a run for its money
11. A little Spring snow in the Sierras