* My dad and nephew (see #6)
So, there is plenty of ick news going around with the economy and the general stuff of life. A rain cloud parked in our neck of the woods for something like 4 days and that wasn’t so fun either. But today was sunny and back into the 60s and like the dawn of spring, things seem possible. So, with the whole things seem possible vibe going, I thought we might share good news here today. Here’s some of my good news– and you’ll see that no good news is too small. Hope you’ll share yours, too.
1. From the turning lemons into lemonade file: my parents brought us a big ole bunch of bananas that we forgot about but bananas that you forget about are the perfect bananas for banana bread so I whipped up my banana-blueberry loaves with lemon zest icing (9 loaves!) and go to deliver them to people we love.
2. And because when you said good things out, good things come back (the law of attraction, right?), the perfect baked goods came our way. Perfect baked good # 1: my mother-in-law’s brownies. Two layers of brownie goodness with a slightly melted Hershey bar in between. Seriously, I don’t know that there is anything I prefer to eat in this world. Perfect baked good # 2 Carly brought us big ole red velvet cupcakes with sassy polka dot icing. Yum.
3. From the I am not professionally brain dead file: I turned into articles last night– my first two articles since we’ve returned from Ethiopia. I wasn’t sure if I had a decent sentence in my sleep-deprived brain and both these pieces needed to be autobiographical and were for a new editor. It was like riding a bike for the first time after a decade– woobly there for a bit. But, in the end, I was happy with them. Just as good? My editor emailed me this morning to say, “These are great!”
4. From the I am not professionally brain dead 2 file: I have three different workshops this week– and I haven’t done a workshop since November, pre-motherhood and slower mind. And, yet, I’ve just barely stumbled for words during the two I’ve already done and I felt good about them overall. Hooray!
5. From the pleasant surprise file: Hijas Americanas was just reviewed a book review blogger from the Netherlands. How cool is that? Here is what she had to say about the book cover and because you shouldn’t just judge a book by it’s cover, here is what she had to say about the book.
6. From the family file: My dad, who is a cancer patient, continues to be cancer-free three years after he wrapped up treatment for an aggressive Agent Orange caused lymphoma that does not really go into remission. If we can’t have remission, we’ll take no cancer cells dancing around in his body at this present time.