5 Things I Loved About Last Week #celebratelu

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Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to reflect on the positives of my week.

1. We did something fun! Doing new stuff, even when it’s stuff that every other kid in the world would find super fun, is really hard for my son. We try not to push it, but we’re always happy when he suggests going somewhere and doing something. Even if it did happen to be riding go-karts and playing laser tag. Is that the kind of thing this mom is into? Definitely not. But I will gamely participate in anything that gets us out of the house and potentially creating a special memory. Also, it turns out that I like to drive a go-kart extremely fast, especially around the corners.


I know it was a pretty stressful day overall for my son. Looking through the photos, it’s hard to find ones where he doesn’t look sick to his stomach. But on the drive home, he snapped this mom-and-son selfie that I love.


2. I found the new Anne Tyler book at the library! I don’t read much contemporary fiction for grown-ups, but I do love Anne Tyler, and I was expecting a wait of several months for this book.

spool of blue thread3. My new coffee mug makes me smile every time I use it. I didn’t know I needed a new coffee mug until my mom surprised me with this beautiful cup.


4. I finished a big work project. This work project has taken up a lot of extra time over the last few weeks–including weekend and evening time that’s required me to be away from home more. I am so glad to wrap this one up and not have to disrupt our family schedule anymore. I don’t foresee any extra evenings away in the near future, which is going to make everyone–including me–much happier.

5. I’m FINALLY listening to a good audiobook. Even though I have a hardcover copy of Gretchen Rubin’s new book about forming habits, I broke down and bought the audiobook to listen to in an effort to break my audiobook slump. And it’s working beautifully. Not only am I enjoying Rubin’s narration, but I’m also learning a lot about my own tendencies that will hopefully help me form better habits. You know. Sometime in the future.

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7 responses to “5 Things I Loved About Last Week #celebratelu”

  1. carriegelson Avatar

    You are Super Mom. Laser Tag? Go Karts? I am very impressed! Love the coffee cup too!

  2. Crystal Avatar

    That mom and son selfie is so awesome. Got tears here. I’m impressed with the go kart skills! Everyone needs a new mug once in a while. Aren’t the best ones from other people? Then you can enjoy it and think of them too.

  3. Linda Baie Avatar

    I’ve been in go-karts, but never have played laser tag, suspect I would be “out” pretty quickly. You’re wonderful to do these things with your son. I’m glad there were some good times among the hard ones. I love Anne Tyler, maybe someday I can read her again? Your mug is lovely, always okay to have a new beautiful mug! Have a good week next week, Elisabeth!

  4. Michele Avatar

    That is a beautiful selfie! Hope it’s on your phone wallpaper somewhere 🙂 The coffee cup is beautiful too!

  5. vgpratt Avatar

    Wonderful things to celebrate. Like the others, I loved the photo. Your heart kind of melts when you have those kinds of moments! I LOVE Gretchen Rubin! Maybe I’ll do her new book as an audio, too…. You’ve inspired me!

  6. Carol Avatar

    Hurray for you finding things that your son enjoys. And hurray to him for putting himself out there like that. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, because I have to drive the 130 mile roundtrip to see my mom every Sunday, but I don’t especially like listening to nonfiction (aside from biography or memoir), because I can’t remember it well enough. I’d rather read nf (in paper form. But I wish I had had this one a few years ago (it was actually just published in Sept.). You might find it helpful.

    Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence
    by Laurence Steinberg

  7. kelseyempfield Avatar

    Love the cup! Your mom is so thoughtful.

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