June 24, 2010

I Love Summer Because…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 2:26 am by Gina

Sorry Loves!!

This week has been hectic and fun and too long for only being half-way over 🙂 Needless to say I forgot about Finish the Sentence Tuesday…BUT since you are all loving, empathetic, awesome readers I know you won’t hate me forever! haha

The first day of summer was this past Monday and for many of you I imagine it simply came and went like any other day. I know its not a national holiday and we don’t get presents, food, fireworks or any of the other positives that come from such holidays, but it is an important day nonetheless!!

If you’re anything like me than summer vacation is a slew of happy, fun, deliciously joyful moments and images. Perhaps it’s because of our summer vacations when we were children, but it seems summer often makes us think of the little things that give us pleasure– strawberries, flowers, outdoors, swimming etc etc etc. The list could go on.

This is the reason it’s important!! Despite the fact that we all have responsibilities and to-do lists longer than our arms, don’t let the first day of summer pass without acknowledgement! Tell us your favorite things about summer! The little pleasures that you envision when you close your eyes and think of the word “summer.”

Now for the final part. MAKE THOSE THINGS HAPPEN AGAIN!! Catch fireflies (if you can find them!) play in the sprinkler. Actively work to get that deliciously joyful moment again (while remembering that high expectations can often ruin the awesome moment you’re already having) and take back a little bite of your summer. (what’s with all the food references? I must be hungry.)

When I was a kid I would make lists in my notebook during the last few weeks of school of all the things I loved about summer. It made me very happy and hopeful and helped me to survive the last few weeks of being locked up inside all day– tell me yours!!

p.s. don’t judge the video too harshly, I’m still learning and threw it together quickly 🙂

Happy Summer!! xoxo


June 13, 2010

Sunday Wrap-Up

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:57 pm by Gina

Hi loves,

So here goes another Sunday Wrap-Up!

Sunday is probably my favorite day of the week. It has proven to be the only day of the week I typically have for just me. Many people don’t like Sunday’s because that means the weekend is over, it is the start to another long work week. I completely understand. Often I have a lot of work to do on Sundays- little odds and ends to catch up on. Still, I find that I can do them in my own, lazy manner, with plenty of reading and random lounging sprinkled in. I prefer to think of Sundays as a rehabilitation type of day, not the start to another long work week, but the end of a great one.

OU in Springtime. Photo courtesy of Anna Weisheimer

1) This is my first Sunday of Summer. I finished my first year of college and start work tomorrow morning. It all seems to be happening very fast, but I thought I would share this lovely poem by Mary Oliver that I came across:

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

What a perfect poem to read and ponder on a Sunday afternoon!! Tell me becauseiamawoman readers, “What is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life? Let us know!! It is something everyone should ask themselves (and not just in a “get your life together with a good job etc” kind of way)

Also I apologize for the different style this Sunday, I just felt that this was more than enough to think about, without the other 2 or 3 thoughts of the week. Hope you don’t mind!

Happy Sunday!

P.S. Congratulations to my Aunt Gina (and my namesake) who is officially retiring on June 24th after 25 years in the same company. She can now live a part of her dream as “a stay at home farm wife and mother to my critters.” I love you Aunt Gina!!