Thursday, April 07, 2011

Thursday Thirteen #185

Today it's the positive 13! This year, during the first Thursday of the month I am looking back at the previous month to recount 13 good things that happened the month before. I can be a bit negative sometimes, so I am trying to take the time to remember that all is not bleak and bad!

So here are good things from March:

1. I received an A on my first "real" paper in Sociology. I was quite pleased. The paper was on Harriet Martineau and her book, How to Observe Morals and Manners. I also received an A on an oral presentation on the Chicago School/Hull House (early 20th century "settlement" established to learn about and to assist the less fortunate). I have always been a good student, and I am glad that age hasn't changed that!

2. My allergies stayed under control, for the most part, thanks to a new steroid nasal spray, VeraMyst, that I started using regularly.

3. It's spring! Thank goodness. Warmer temperatures, flowers (ah . . . ah . . . choo!), green grass. Time to put the heavy coat back into the closet!

4. I walked on the treadmill 12 out of  31 days of the month. (I keep a record.) That's not as frequently as I would like - better than nothing, of course, so I will celebrate that! I want to do at least 20 out of 30 days. I will offer up a pulled muscle as a reason for not at least walking every other day, as I had to take a little rest for a few days to let that heal.

5. A new friend from class, someone 20 years my junior, has given me much to think about. I have enjoyed getting to know someone in her age bracket. I think it is good to learn to listen and talk to people of all ages.

6. I had a massage. I try to have one a month because it really helps my back. I highly recommend it for stress reduction and overall good health.

7. Reiki is a "Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing." It's a kind of energy healing, like a laying on of hands. I have found this helpful in the past, and so I tried out a new Reiki practitioner in late March.

8. I think I have settled on a topic for the 50+ page thesis I must write in order to obtain my master's degree. I am pretty happy with the ideas I have.

9. Someone backed into my car  - twice -  while it was parked, which was not a very good thing, but I am quite thankful he had insurance and the company has agreed to fix the damage.

10. I had lunch a couple of times with good friends. I am always so thankful for the people in my life.

11. I read these books: The Walk, by Richard Paul Evans, Every Day by the Sun, by Dean Faulkner Wells, Women & Economics, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The latter, written in 1898, was for my sociology class. Very thought-provoking.

12. We had a little snow in late March, but fortunately it was gone by lunchtime. My kind of snow!

13. I watched the super moon of March 19 set behind the mountains, and took a video of it. You can see that here if you want.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 185th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. What a great list and a wonderful way to look back on last month's blessings! My daughter did a project on Hull House when we were doing a state study of Illinois, and I highly recommend a monthly massage as well.

  2. #9. What? Backing into it once wasn't good enough so he had to back into it twice? LOL


  3. great list - it's always good to look back at the positive things

  4. That is kind of funny making friends with someone much younger than you. I can't help but think where I was when they were born.

  5. I like Richard Paul Evans. I'll look for The Walk. :) Happy TT!

  6. Sorry to be out of touch, Anita. What a lovely idea for Thursday 13...and a timely reminder for me to focus on the positive. You are indeed blessed to have so much good in your life. And so am I. Thanks for reminding me.

  7. I'm sorry to hear about your car - Geez!

    My allergies are starting to kick in, too. I might have to see about trying that nasal spray you mentioned. I wonder if it'd work for me?

    Happy TT!

  8. Congratulations on you A.
    Twice? Your poor car. Luckily he had insurance. Not everyone is insured down here.

  9. Thanks for the super moon video. We missed it because of cloud cover.

  10. #1 You have so much practical experience that I'm sure you'll ace all your classes.

    I'm always grateful that I have a close friend 20 years younger than me and one 20 years older.

    I didn't know Reiki was Japanese.

  11. Congrats on the A. I'm trying to get back into my walking regimen, which isn't easy with the start of allergy season. At least the temps are finally getting warmer!

  12. 12 of 31 is good! I haven't been walking much lately. Now that it's nicer outside, I need to, though. Congrats on the A.

  13. Gone by lunch time. That will be my kind of snow too. A's - there you go! Congratulations.

  14. What a great list! Congrats on those A's. I'm glad you had such highlights to last month.

    Happy TT,

    13 WIPS

  15. The super moon was cool, wasn't it?! My oldest and I also caught the space station and the shuttle passing overhead last month (can you tell we are major nerds or what). That was awesome.

    Very positive list! I enjoyed it. Happy Spring!

  16. A great list of the month! Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you have a lot going on, getting a lot accomplished too.

    Thanks for visiting Sweet Tea and Sunshine. Happy TT!

  17. that's a super list! BUT, how can someone back into your car TWICE?!


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