Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Week 2 Optimisums

I am a little late in writing, but I just ended my second week of living on Long Island and working in a real physical therapy clinic.  It has been a great week and I think that is partly due to my focus on OPTIMISM this week.  As I tried harder to be positive, I started to notice the "little things" that make my life sweet.  Here they are:
At work there is a long desk where all the therapists and aids set up their laptops to write notes about each patient.  There is a nice picture window in front of the desk and THIS IS THE VIEW!!!!  Most of you know that I love boats (especially sail boats) so for me, this is heaven.  On LI there are TONS of these canals where there should be side streets.  I get to see lots of cool things like a pair of swans, people kayaking, and sail boats taxing in and out.  I can't help but smile.  

My favorite part of my view is this boat... some say it is named after a gun and the owner is a retired policeman.  I'd prefer to think that he just LOVES 80's music.

I don't think this picture needs a lot of explanation.  These are the girlies I live with.  Angie is 10, Abby is 7, and Ella is almost 2.  They are adorable and love to paint nails, watch cool movies, and cook with me.  No complaints there.

Utah may be great, but it is not great enough to have a Panera!  After 6 years of living without, I have one about 2 miles from work.  It is the perfect place to go for a little pick me up before I get to play with the girls at home.  Nothing picks me up like orange scones, soda, and some Harry Potter reading!

I took this picture when my mom and I visited LI in April, but it still makes me smile.  We have quite a few elderly men in our clinic and there are a few who always say "FUHGEDDABOUDIT."
For those of you who have never been to Brooklyn, that is local vernacular for "forget about it."  This go-to phrase could mean terrible, impossible, hard, or painful BUT my favorite definition is "AWESOME."  Such as, "Her cake... Fugheddaboudit!"  I suggest watching Cake Boss to get the hang of it. 

The thing that made me happiest this week was going home to visit the fam.  I have never lived close enough to just drive home on a weekend and it was AWESOME!!!  No checking bags, no layovers, and it only took about 4 hours.  On Saturday we had a little girly shopping day to get Chelsey ready for homecoming.  It was a fun day, but the best part was that we went to TWO VERA BRADLEY STORES!!!!  Family, Vera Bradley, and shopping... it don't get no better than that.
And this is the new stadium blanket that Vera just started making.  SO CUTE!


  1. Haha. I LOVED that signed! Too funny. You and Chelsea are so cute. I am glad that you continue to love Vera. I still consider that fact as something that truly brought us together. Who can't love a fellow Vera-lover?

  2. Watching sports + Vera? That is so you. The girls are so cute, I'm glad your living situation worked out so well!

  3. Thanks girls! Cil - I couldn't agree more. And I have finally converted Chelsey!
    Becca - Thanks for just accepting me the way I am.