I woke up in a really good mood today. I've been struggling with the old winter blues for a few weeks so it felt good to wake up ready to tackle the morning rather than just lay in bed and ask myself "are you really that tired?" Or "are you being that girl from the depression commercial who just can't wind herself up?" Anyone else do the mental health check every morning? No? Just me?
Perhaps if your backyard looked like this you'd have to do the mental health check.
We have the teeniest little city backyard there ever was and right no there is no less than three feet of snow back there. This is Harlow going for a dive in it. The wind and lack of sunshine have done nothing to help melt it. It's just back there. Standing and waiting for another snow storm to dump more on top of it.
But alas, it will bring me down no more. So today let's concentrate on the good stuff. The stuff that makes me happy.
I saw The Theory of Everything last night and I think that might have something to do with my good mood today. It's the story of Stephen Hawking, aka the guy who just became my new hero.
You need to watch it. You will be inspired and motivated by the amazing life Hawking has led and continues to lead. He just became my new Tony Robbins.
And then there's this Save by the Bell reunion from the Jimmy Fallon show. I'm sure you've already watched it, but if haven't click here. And if you have, watch it again.
I've watched it ten times now and I smile and get goosebumps of nostalgia every single time. Yes, I just said I get chills from watching a Saved by the Bell reunion. Judge me all you want. This show just brings back so many good memories for me. I almost teared up when they started singing "we'll be friends forever." Okay I did tear up. And the fact the cast looks almost exactly the same (one guy looks just a little bit different...) is just mind boggling to me. I love these people. I grew up with them.
And then there's this photo I happened to stumble upon yesterday when cleaning out my email. Here we are in front of our first home we rented together back in Topeker, Kansas more than 100 years ago. We lived here for three months. This photo was taken the day we packed up our Uhaul and moved to Chicago.
Look at crazy baby Harlow, always pulling on the damn leash. He's probably seven months old here. People use to ask me if I fed him and I'd get so offended because he ate like a horse when he was a puppy. Now I see why there was reason for concern. His ribs!
Fun fact about this house: it was less than two blocks away from the Westboro Baptist Church. I refuse to link to their site, but if you want to know what I'm talking about just google it. Nothing gets my blood boiling more than thinking about those satanic people. I would walk by their commune every day and plot how to destroy it. It was also the one yard I would let Harlow go the bathroom in and accidentally forget to pick up after him. #noregrets
Lastly today I'm collaborating with another great store with a cause, Peace. Love. Paws. It's an animal-loving company (go figure) and a portion of all their profits goes right back to helping animals.
Their quality is absolutely amazing and all of their clothing and accessories are super cute! I especially love their greeting cards. They have graciously donated a few items for a giveaway that one of you could win so you can see firsthand how great their products are.
To enter to win the shirt, greeting cards, necklace and earrings just follow them on twitter @peacelovepawsco and leave me a comment below telling me you did so.
That's all I've got for today. I'm ready for some Friday.