1. my daughter’s request for a picnic in the sunshine.
  2. running as fast as I can to clear out the cobwebs in my head.
  3. the restorative power of a good sweat.
  4. starting a new book for the first time in months.
  5. choosing silence over the usual routine.


  1. getting out of our snowed in garage.
  2. when the sun finally comes up.
  3. stocking up on groceries in case the snow shows up again.
  4. coming fully prepared with snacks and entertainment for a very long wait at the tire shop.
  5. incredibly patient kids.


  1. sitting in my quiet house.
  2. cleaning my surprisingly dirty dishwasher.
  3. getting through my entire morning routine without the interference of children.
  4. not having to share my bacon with anyone.
  5. having time for “my” things.


  1. the pleasant surprise of the accidental rainbow inside of the dishwasher.
  2. brand new baking sheets, completely unscathed by culinary misadventures.
  3. using up a $10 gift card that has been in my wallet for 2 years.
  4. toddlers that can pee in the toilet without having a panic attack.
  5. striking a balance between getting shit done and being good to myself.