Thursday, October 06, 2011

Thursday Thirteen

It's the first Thursday of the month, and for me, that means it is time to remember the wonderful things I did last month. So here, in no particular order, are the good things about September 2011.

1. Well, the best thing that happened to me is I didn't get sicker than I could have. I had a really bad infection at the end of the month that I am just getting over. If I hadn't gone to the doctor when I did, I'd have ended up in the hospital. So I am really grateful for that.

2. I had a long talk with one of my undergraduate professors at Hollins University, about writing in general and my thesis in particular, even though she isn't my thesis advisor. It was a helpful discussion.

3. My thesis advisor and I also had a long talk about my thesis, and hopefully something is happening there (as in, I am working on the thing) that will lead to the ultimate goal of graduation in May. Thumbs up!

4. The new TV season started. So far all I've watched are Survivor and the new Charlie's Angels. I think I am the only person watching the new Charlie's Angels. If there are new shows I should be watching, feel free to leave me the titles. I don't watch a lot of TV but I am in the mood to find something I can sink my teeth into for a while.

5. My husband bought a little toy that I can also play with. It's called a Kawasaki Mule and it's a utility terrain vehicle. It is quite fun to drive. I named it Sheba De Mu'le'.

6. We took in a couple of exhibits at the Taubman Art Museum in downtown Roanoke. We went especially to see the photography exhibit from The Roanoke Times, a celebration of the newspaper's 125 years of publication.

7. I bought a Stevie Nicks CD, her latest release, called In Your Dreams, mostly because it has a song on it called Annabel Lee and because I like Stevie Nicks.

8. I went to an author's signing for a book by Amanda Cockrell called What We Keep is not Always What Will Stay. She is a member of the Hollins faculty and my thesis advisor. I am yearning to read the book but unfortunately I have a lot of reading to do for my Detectives in Literature class and I simply haven't had time to get to it.

9. I had lunch and dinner with an old high school friend. It was fun to get together and catch up and reminisce about those days 30 years ago when we were raising hell and misbehaving.

10. The tomato plants continued to spit out tomatoes even as September ended in a chilly spell, with rain and cold. We also picked cucumbers and a green pepper. The garden was good to us this year.

11. I lost four pounds in the month of September (I'm now down 17 pounds since the end of May).

12. The built-in reclining chairs in the sofa broke, but we were able to find the parts on eBay and fix it ourselves for a minimal amount of money. I was quite glad I did not have to spend thousands on a new sectional sofa.

13. I was able to clear out my closet and put away some clothes that are now too big for me. I can't tell you how freeing that felt!

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 211th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. I'm glad your illness didn't require hospitalization, and hope your October is off to a good start!

  2. September was a good month for you! Sometimes I think my life is dull at any particular moment. But when I look bad and add it all up, it looks pretty full.

  3. congrats on the weight loss and getting rid of some old clothes, that's awesome!

  4. What a happy post -- better health, less weight and fewer old clothes!

  5. Sounds like a very good month, Anita! So glad your infection didn't get worse. Congratulations on the weight loss---that is truly wonderful. We still have tomatoes and peppers, too, in our garden. I was even able to find enough tiny squash to make a casserole last night. :-)

  6. Oh, sounds like some good things are happening for you. I wish some of my clothes were too big for me. Happy TT!

  7. Yea! I am still eating my pesto, mozzarella melt because we too are still getting tomatoes.

    Seventeen pounds is a big accomplishment! I'd like to see the Roanoke Times photography exhibit too and have been thinking about collected a "best of the press" from some of my photos taken for The Floyd Press. Not sure what to do with them but they do tell a story.

  8. What a cute little vehicle! You're lucky on the tomatoes and on a lot of other stuff too.

  9. Sheba! WOW.. I want a Sheba too!! She sure is a cutie pie!!

  10. So glad to be long gone on the Thesis thing. Congrats on the weight loss.

    Have a great day!

  11. We're just about to plant our tomatoes down this end of the world. I can't wait to have fresh tomatoes again. I'm watching Charlies Angels :)
    I'm glad you're feeling better.

  12. I'm so glad you didn't end up in the hospital!

    Congrats on the 17lbs! What a wonderful thing to be able to put those clothes away.

    Thanks for the compliments on my banners :)

    Happy T13,

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  13. Sounds like quite a lot of good news came your way. I'm glad to hear it. :)

    Happy (belated) TT!

  14. Lots of positive things happening!!

    I'm lusting after your Mule!!!

    congratulations on the weight loss... I think you can give away the big clothes and not just put them away! :)


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