Being back home for Winter Break. Even though my parents are just as stalwart and fierce about their convictions and beliefs, as I am in my own, it's good to know they still have a fire in their soul, as well. Even if their fire has a different knowledge base than my own, which may cause some friction between us. And well, it makes me realize not everything I've gotten from my parents is bad; they raised me to have my own tenacity!
Tenacity and fire in their soul - such an awesome way to word it.
I'm sending out annual bills for my 2019 payroll services and I had to raise my rates by 25-30% due to increases in costs to me (which my price increase doesn't completely cover). As you might imagine, I was pretty stressed about doing this to my people, who are all my favorite clients, and who are all small or even micro businesses.
Most clients have been very kind and supportive of the increase. One client responded with:
I can't live without you!! 😊
Thank you so much for all you do for me and our company Jocelyn. You truly keep me sane!
Enjoying a delicious dinner with my parents and knowing that even with their different views on nutrition, there are still some meals we can all agree are awesome! We had a salad of duck, hard cheeses, cabbages, avacado, mangoes, butter, and with some berries and butter-fried ripe plantains on the side. We were all quite happy and loved the meal we had together! And I had fun frying up the plantains!
-On Tuesday, I got certified as an Open Water Diver, which made me quite happy!
-On Wednesday (yesterday), I visited Calico Fresh Market, which provides raw milk near the Houston area. I bought raw milk and tasted it for the first time in my life, and it was awesome! It is so delicious and creamy! And I also had kefir made from raw cow milk and a few varieties of cream cheese made from raw cow milk, and those were delicious, too! :) Yummmm!!!
-And this morning, I had a pleasant walk around a neighborhood pond and saw lots of ducks flying in V formations in the early morning sky. I also saw a heron fly down to the pond and catch a fish. I heard the babbling of water as it flowed through some reeds between two of the neighborhood ponds.
Very simple pleasures today:
--no more fever and infections are almost gone!
--energy and brain power are back up!
--my vacuum worked to suck up spilled crumbs on the couch because I took the time to monkey with it a little while ago
--coffee and a nice RMH fire both made by my guy this morning :-)
--burning lots of unrecyclable paper and paperboard to clear out the trash! (amazing how happy this makes me...I don't think I'm a pyro... ;-) )
Spending a few days after Christmas with as little electronics as I could. I consider myself to pretty low use on electronics, and using even less electronics felt nice. It was good to not be answering emails, to not be replying to any text messages, to not be worried about getting in touch with anyone but those around me in person.
Homemade cassava flour bread with leftover turkey and fresh homemade cranberry sauce for dinner last night.
Toad in a hole with the cassava bread and bright yolked eggs for breakfast this morning.
(I am not one to pander about OMG exclamations! I'm/we're trying to eat low(er) carb or anti-inflammatory foods. Plus, I generally don't try to create gluten- or grain-free bread because potatoes or squash are much easier, and often more complex nutritionally, starches to make. Which all is to say that this grain-free bread was a rare, joyous treat!!)
Being open to my friends about the stress and anxiety in my head about graduation, body image, and what I'll be doing after college. It's hard to open up and put myself in a vulnerable position, but it's nice to have people I am safe with and can confide in.