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So This Is What Having A Good Day Feels Like!

I had a really good day today.

It wasn’t a “great” day. It wasn’t a “spectacular” day. It was, however, a really “good” day.

Now, hopefully you have had mostly good days, so you may not take the time to appreciate them when they happen, because they are so common. They’re nothing to blog home about. Unfortunately for me, it’s been so long since I had a really good day, I almost didn’t recognize it.

I felt the need to share my day with you, so you can see how in hindsight, even an ordinary day can be a really good day. 🙂

1) I had the day off, and I got to spend it with The Husband, so it was already shaping up to be a “pretty good” day!
2) After midnight, which counts as today, I was tweeting with @ericaluckedean, whom I haven’t talked to for a while. She cracks me up, and I read her blog Chasing Bacon and laughed my butt off.
3)For the 1st time in a over a week, we got Dunkin Donuts, and I had, HANDS DOWN, the best bacon, egg & cheese breakfast sandwich I have ever had., #FTW.
4) Got a text from co-manager that my District Manager called for me to congratulate me on a good day in credit & customer service survey scores yesterday. Since he usually calls to yell at me, this made it a good day. Only wish I had been there to take the call!
5) It was a beautiful sunshine day to drive to Connecticut to visit my mom in the hospital (Her being in the hospital is not a “good” part of the day, but later you’ll see the silver lining….omg, just realized that the door to the room across the hall from my moms had a sign that said something about silver linings)
6) On the ride, The Husband and I had a Best of Crosby, Stills & Nash Sing-a-long. (Suite Judy Blue Eyes is my favorite song)
7) Got to talk for a half hour in the front yard to our old neighbor, whom we spent a lot of time laughing with while we. lived with my mom. We got all the gossip about what’s happened on the block over the last year
8) Got a text from work that the scary new market manager made a surprise visit to our store and wasn’t happy. The good part about this is that I was not there. Normally I would not say that, but after the week I have been having at work so far, I don’t think I could have handled it. It would have been a “REALLY” bad first impression, resulting in a “really” bad day.
9) We went to see my mom-she has dementia, and had fallen and hit her head and gashed her arm. When we get to the hospital, she is incoherent and can’t name her children. All tests came back good. So, we still don’t know what’s wrong, but a lot of the bad possibilities, like a stroke, have been ruled out, so that part was good.
10) When we got there, she looked like she was at death’s door and when she did try to talk, she sounded like the low-talker from Seinfeld.. It was scary, and the day was precariously close to heading toward the “bad” end of the day spectrum. Then, about a half hour after my sister left, Mom woke up more when she had to take a pill. We kept her talking, and she started to speak more clearly and was making more sense. Then she looked at The Husband and like she would have when we lived with her, she clearly said, “So, Dale, those Yankees aren’t doing so good, huh?”. She knew his name. She could remember the names of most of the Yankee players, and was talking with him about last year when the Yanks got beaten by her Orioles. It was great. We talked with her for an hour before she started to drift off, so all in all, seeing that her mind was back to where it was before the fall, made it a ‘”really good” day.
11) We were starving when we got back home to Rhode Island and decide to get take out. The place we wanted to go to was closed, so we ended up stumbling upon the best pizza and grinders (subs or heros to you non-New Englanders) we have EVER HAD!! Catanzaro’s in Cranston is our new place. It was a great food day-breakfast, donut snack, awesome pizza/grinder/salad, and now a piece of See’s Candy.
12) The Yankees were actually on tv in our area tonight, and they won.
13) The last thing I did today was post a blog! Yay! #amwriting

So that was “Elaine’s Really Good Day”! I hope it inspires you to appreciate the good things that happen in your day that may seem small or inconsequential. When you put them all together, you almost can’t see the bad parts of the day. I’m hoping to have better days ahead by trying to acknowledge and appreciate the good. We should all give it a try. It might make everyone happier and more grateful.

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