Posts Tagged With: Whole Foods Market

Day 3115: Microadventures

Yesterday, between microadventures, I read about microadventures in the New York Times:

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I’ve been on microadventures since I was a microperson, and I believe this blog is a document of the awe I feel every day, home and away.

Yesterday’s microadventures included going to a local casino for the first time and shopping at Whole Foods with my son and my husband. Even if these photos don’t fill you with a sense of awe, I hope this post is a salve for you today.

I very much enjoyed my microwinnings during yesterday’s microadventures.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “microadventures.”

What microadventures have you been on?

I am very grateful for all the microadventures I’ve been on with others, including YOU!

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Day 3107: A grain of salt

We should definitely take what we read on the internet with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, I just did a search for the meaning of “a grain of salt.”

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What have you been taking with a grain of salt lately?

Speaking of grains of salt, Michael made a tofu dish yesterday for the first time and we all agreed it was too salty.

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Next time, he’s going to use less soy sauce and add some honey. I have no reason to take this with a grain of salt.

It’s a good idea to take Twitter with a grain of salt.

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Is there anything in this post you’re taking with a grain of salt (or a dash)? How about these other photos I took yesterday?

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If I tell you I love the score from In the Heights, no need to take that with a grain of salt. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of “96,000” for the original Broadway cast:

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Here’s “96,000” in a trailer for the movie:

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Also, no need to take my gratitude with a grain of salt, so thanks to all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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Day 3044: Your thoughts

Your thoughts, I’m thinking, go everywhere. Your thoughts go into the future, sometimes with anxiety and fear. They go into the past, sometimes with regret. Your thoughts go all around the world.

Your thoughts, for whatever reason, have trouble staying in the here and now.

Your thoughts can keep you awake when you are trying to sleep.

Your thoughts can be unhelpful cognitive distortions, like personalization, catastrophizing, mind-reading, and blaming.

Your thoughts can be busy, serene, hopeless, hopeful, rigid, flexible, judgmental, open, quick, slow, mean, loving, painful, and reassuring.

Your thoughts affect your feelings and your behaviors.

Whatever your thoughts are, more thoughts are coming.

What are your thoughts about today’s images?

When I search YouTube for “your thoughts,” this is what I find:

Feel free to express your thoughts in a comment, below.

As always, at the end of every blog post, my thoughts turn to gratitude for everything, including YOU.

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Day 3038: The Oscars

I never miss the Oscars, which I’ve been watching through all my aspirations and careers, including film school student.

Last night, I watched the Oscars without our late cat Oscar, who always deserved an Oscar for best supporting cat. For many reasons, watching last night’s Oscars just wasn’t the same.

How many Oscars do you see in today’s images?

Here’s the best all-round acceptance speech from last night’s Oscars:

Yuh-Jung Youn definitely deserves an Oscar and much more.

I have no Oscars to award today but just gratitude to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU!

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Day 3023: An invitation from the universe

Yesterday, while dealing with the loss of a warm, funny, and talented therapist from my group therapy organization, I tweeted this:

Here’s an invitation to explore the many other recent images of my universe.

I’m glad so many people in the Twitter universe answered my invitation for ideas about what to say to a mansplainer.

Here is what I find when I search YouTube for “An Invitation from the Universe.”

Consider this an invitation from the universe to leave a comment, below, and many thanks for inviting me into your universe today.

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Day 3016: How are we all supposed to stay sane?

Five insane years ago, I posted this on Facebook:

How do you think we all did? Did we stay sane? And how the hell did we stay sane through THOSE five years? (I’m not going to recount all the insane things we went through for reasons of sanity).

Personally, I stayed sane by sharing my thoughts, feelings, and images with you here, every day.

It’s amazing I’ve stayed sane through all these years.

Music definitely helps me stay sane.

Here’s to many more years of staying sane together!

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Day 3009: Incredible life moments

It’s incredible how many incredible life moments I’ve been able to share and experience here.

Over the years, there have been so many incredible life moments where the incredible support of my blogging community has nourished and sustained me.

Here are some incredible life moments from yesterday:

Some of my incredible life moments yesterday included:

  • getting our taxes done early,
  • dreading the moment of e-filing because of the way the IRS rejected our return last year because someone in the social security office had made the incredible mistake in the past of entering Michael’s birthday incorrectly, which was a bitch to correct during a pandemic, which I won’t take any more incredible life moments to describe,
  • talking myself out of my fear of another IRS rejection by reminding myself that the birthday problem had been solved,
  • hitting the e-file button,
  • the IRS incredibly rejecting my e-file twice, claiming that the 2019 Adjusted Gross Income I entered didn’t match their records, even though it DID,
  • listening to incredibly annoying music and recorded people babbling on hold for many incredible life moments, waiting to talk to an H&R Block customer service person,
  • listening to incredibly annoying babbling thoughts in my head about how the customer service person would not be able to help me and I’d have to mail in our return just like last year and our refunds would be months late again and why do these things always happen to me blah blah blah,
  • reaching an incredibly helpful and empathic customer service person who suggested we try a non-intuitive (to me) workaround solution,
  • asking the customer service person to stay on the line with me as I tried to e-file for the third time, and
  • SUCCESS!

Here’s what I find when I search YouTube for “incredible life moments”:

It would be an incredible life moment if you left a comment, below.

I am grateful for every incredible life moment, including this one I’m sharing now with you.

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Day 3002: What Happens Next

What happens next is something we might predict but don’t know for sure.

What happens next is unknown, which is scary and exciting.

What happens next is never guaranteed.

What happens next is that I remind myself and you to be in the moment as much as we can, instead of worrying about the future or regretting the past.

What happens next is I share my latest images.

What happens next when you search for “what happens next” on YouTube?

This

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… and this:

What happens next when you make a comment on my blog? Eventually, a reply from me.

What happens next is gratitude to all who help me create these daily blogs, including YOU.

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Day 2995: Live each day like it’s your last.

Live each day like it’s your last.

Don’t fear the future or regret the past.

Take it slow, life goes by fast.

Do your best to have a blast.

No matter what the day might bring

Winter, summer, fall or spring,

Changing times or a day of Pi

Live, live, live, like you will die.

I’m very happy to share this moment and this motivational video with you.

Live each day like it’s your last and send thanks to those you love.

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Day 2988: First smile of the day

Yesterday, somebody on Twitter told me I had given them their first smile of the day.

That reminds me of an article I recently read from the Atlantic by Arthur C. Brooks, about how giving smiles to other people is very good for our own mental health:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/03/making-people-happy-makes-you-happier-too/618190/

That article recommends that we act like happy people — even when we’re not happy — to make ourselves happy and to spread happiness. Arthur C. Brooks suggests asking ourselves this question when we’re down: “What would a happy person do?” In other words, to fake it until we make it.

So, if I give you your first smile of the day even when I don’t feel like smiling, that’s good for both of us.

If what I’ve written so far hasn’t evoked the first smile of the day, perhaps one of these images will.

Perhaps this video of The Pat Metheny Group performing “First Circle” (with dancing parrots) will give you the first smile of the day.

Or, maybe this Weird Al video will elicit a first smile of the day:

What gave you the first smile of the day? I’ll smile if you comment, below.

Thanks to all who give me smiles throughout the day, including YOU!

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