Ten On Tuesday

The commencement address at Hannah’s university was given by the university’s president and it was very good. He spoke about character and strength and gave some excellent advice. It got me to thinking – what advice would I give to a college graduating class? And you know what happens when I start thinking – Ten On Tuesday topics get created. Today’s topic, no surprise is 10 Things You Would Say If You Gave a Commencement Address.

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  1. Congratulations. Well done. Good job.
  2. Find a job but make it one that you love.
  3. Don’t put off an advanced degree if that’s what you’re after.
  4. Thank your parents and families.
  5. Don’t use credit cards.
  6. Trust yourself. Trust your brain, trust your heart, trust your gut. You will know when you are doing the right thing.
  7. Failure builds character. And confidence.
  8. Work hard but don’t make work your life.
  9. Be prepared to change your mind. You might think you have it all figured out right now but you probably don’t. Be open to possibilities.
  10. Find joy every day. Really – at least once every day find something or someone around you that brings you joy.


Ten On Tuesday

I’m generally very good at getting things done. I make lists and I set up schedules and I check things off. Sometimes, though, I procrastinate. We all do it and I’m no different. Today I am thinking about all of the things I need to just.do. and so today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things I Need to Do and Stop Procrastinating.

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Cheers to procrastinators, everywhere!

  1. My annual mammogram. In my defense, I had scheduled this 4 times last winter and every.single.time it snowed and I had to reschedule. I now have it set up for 2 weeks from Friday. If it snows on May 29th you all have me to blame.
  2. Annual Gyno Visit. See #1.
  3. Cleaning up the bedroom closet floor. It’s a jumble of shoots, boots and bags at the moment. It won’t take much time and it will make things much better when it’s done.
  4. Straighten up the craft room. When we redid the hallway a lot of stuff got sort of tossed in there. Now it’s a hot mess and I need to just put things away.
  5. Finish the quilt top for the den. The pieces are all cut out and ready to stitch together but the craft room is such a mess right now that I can’t work on this until I clean things up in there.
  6. Get started on the library’s Long Range Plan. My Assistant Director is holding my feet to the fire on this and that will help. And it’s on the agenda for the Board of Library Trustees meeting tonight, too, so there will be forward progress.
  7. Creating a Facebook page for Carole Julius Photography. I actually had a meeting last week with a professional designer and he is working on a logo for me so I am, at least, almost ready to do this one.
  8. Finalizing the menu for Hannah’s graduation party. I think I’m there but I keep switching up the appetizers. I can’t put this decision off any longer, though, so this may be the first thing I actually get done.
  9. Figuring out what to plant in the front garden beds. Kym even offered to help and all I have to do is send her some photos. Have I done it? Nope.
  10. Decorating the mantel in the living room. I need to come up with stuff that’s up there when it’s not a holiday – I’ve got fall, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter covered but now? It’s just a big blank space.

I’m going to make a plan and set some goals and tackle this list of stuff. If you wrote a post for today please click the link below so that we can all come and read it. If you’d like to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here.


Ten On Tuesday

It’s May 5th, or as we commonly refer to is, Cindo de Mayo! Our Ten On Tuesday topic for this day is a no brainer: 10 Favorite Mexican Foods. And it just so happens that I love Mexican food. Vamos!

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  1. Pico de gallo. Oh yummm, my favorite, hands down, appetizer in the whole wide world.
  2. Gaucamole. Served with #1, of course.
  3. Chicken Enchiladas. I like my own best but I have been known to order them out as well.
  4. Shredded Beef Burrito. I like mine with a bit of rice and a lot of beans and a lot of spice.
  5. Tamales. I’ve had them from street vendors in Mexico and I’ve had them from the hands of Mexican American friends and they are always fantastic.
  6. Fish Tacos. My favorite is when the fish is grilled but that can be hard to come by in these parts. They are best with some cabbage and cilantro and jalapenos.
  7. Chicken mole. One of the times I visited Margene we went to The Red Iguana and we all tried a bunch of different mole sauces and I love them all. So rich and dark and flavorful.
  8. Huevos Rancheros. Spicy eggs for breakfast? Yes, please!
  9. Arroz con camarones. This is my go-to order at our local Mexican restaurant. They serve it with warm flour tortillas and I make my own little tacos and it’s spicy and delicious.
  10. Quesadillas. Or, as we call them at our house, Mexican grilled cheese. They are good with meat but I truly like them best with queso and some fresh pico de gallo for dipping.

Honestly, I could go on and on but I will stop at 10. Did you write a post for today? Be sure and add your link below. If you’d like to sign up for the weekly Ten on Tuesday email, please click here.


Ten On Tuesday!

¡Hola! ¿Cómo está usted?

I’m back from a wonderful week in Mexico. Physically, anyway. My head and my heart? They are still at the beach. I missed you guys while I was away and I’m anxious to hear what you’ve all been doing so this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic is 10 Things You Did Last Week. You kind of already know what I did but I’m going to tell you anyway. Ready? Vamos!

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  1. Enjoyed sunny, 88° weather every day.
  2. Laughed when I heard it was snowing at home on Friday morning.
  3. Swam in the ocean. Snorkeled in a lagoon. Snorkeled in a cenote.
  4. Went barefoot to breakfast. And dinner.
  5. Drank margaritas at Happy Hour.
  6. Relaxed on a bed. At the beach.
  7. Took a gazillion photos. They have not been processed which is why you are only getting one today.
  8. Ate incredible food including amazing tuna nachos, shrimp tacos, fish tacos, and ceviche.
  9. Saw lots of pelicans. And frigate birds.
  10. Made new friends from Colorado, Holland, Amsterdam, Sweden and Mexico.

And so much more that I will tell you about in the coming days! I hope you all had a wonderful week and I hope you will take the opportunity to fill me in on what I’ve missed. Don’t forget to add your link below and click here if you want to subscribe to the weekly Ten On Tuesday email.

¡Hasta Mañana!


Ten On Tuesday

Margene wrote a post yesterday about being delighted by everyday things. Her inspiration came from a poem by Mary Oliver and Margene’s post and Oliver’s poem in turn inspired me to make this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic be 10 Everyday Things That Delight You. Or, in this case, me. Ready? Here we go.

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  1. Hot coffee. I am delighted by it’s smell and taste and the ritual of drinking it every morning.
  2. Words. I love to read and I love that words strung together can evoke feelings and sensations that are incredibly powerful.
  3. Sunshine. I guess technically this is not an everyday thing since the sun doesn’t shine every day but when it does I find it absolutely delightful and it can change my mood in an instant.
  4. Birds. We have feeders for goldfinches and bluebirds, woodpeckers and songbirds and they are used frequently. I love to watch the birds fly in and out and about our yard.
  5. Our front door. For years we had a front door that we couldn’t open. Now we have a beautiful door that is fiberglass but looks like wood and I am delighted by opening it in the afternoon and letting the warmth from the sun come into our front hallway.
  6. Driving a car. I didn’t get my license until I was almost 22 and I can still remember the freedom that came with it, it delights me to this day.
  7. Flowers. Inside or outside, planted or cut, flowers are an every day delight.
  8. Flip flops. I have new ones for Mexico. They are a bit sparkly and utterly delightful.
  9. The new lamp in our living room. I found exactly what I wanted at TJ Maxx, it’s right in my line of sight when I sit on the couch, and I love it.
  10. My camera. It’s an everyday thing because I use it every day. And it delights me because of the way it allows me to capture the world around me.

What’s delightful in your world today? If you wrote a blog post for today please add your link below so that everyone can find it. If you would like to subscribe to the Ten on Tuesday email list please click here.


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