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Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday's Favorite Five #2

1. Instant gratification and NCIS.  This past summer we borrowed season 1 of NCIS on DVD from my mother-in-law.  We have plowed through these wonderful shows and have just started season 8.   There is a HUGE benefit coming to a book or television series late- instant gratification!  You don't have to wait for the next show or book to be published or aired to know what happens next!  (What book or TV/movie series do you love??)

2. Candlelights in the windows of our house.  After Christmas my husband granted one of my long time wishes.  We now have candles in each of our windows in the front of the house.  They are battery operated and work on a timer!  On clearance, they cost $4 each at the local hardware store.  For the last twenty years or so I have admired homes with candles in the windows.  They are so inviting!  (And if the Underground Rail Road is near, they will know we are a safe house.  Okay, that is just a bit of humor there...)

3. Friends who are positive.  I would hope that all of my friends have a positive influence on me, but I am especially grateful for one friend who is very purposeful in staying positive.  In a recent email (which was not all good news) she made sure to end on a positive note.  She made me stop and think about how often I just type an email and don't really consider the impact of my rushed tone and words.  Attitude is everything!

4. Anticipation of time with friends.  Today I leave for an overnight girls get-away!  I will be taking my baby with me, but still look forward to the time away in Lancaster, PA.  As much as I would like to be off-duty this weekend, I know that I would not want to be left alone with all three children all weekend, so I can't ask that of my husband, especially since our baby is still rather fussy (though the screaming has stopped).

5. Most of all, my husband.  Tomorrow is he turns 32.
(Um.  That's right.  I'm leaving my husband the weekend of his birthday!  What an awful wife!  I had committed to any weekend in January before I realized his birthday was on a Saturday...and the cabin was already booked.  He is totally okay with it; he may be more okay with it than me...)

Derek is an incredible father and husband.  I do not thank God for him nearly enough.  But truly, I am blessed, even if I always feel "old" compared to him with the four years age difference.

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Dorie said...

What a great listing for today!

A girls' weekend away (still counts, babe and all) - I hope you have fun and are able to rest and enjoy the time!

I too love that homey feeling of candles in the windows - creates such a welcoming feel.

And, a very happy birthday to your husband!

Ticia said...

We love NCIS here, and it's a lot of fun to watch. We got my Mom hooked on it and are planning on giving her the first two season boxes for her birthday (got them on sale at a Target after Christmas sale, SCORE!).

Barbara H. said...

I love NCIs. I've only started watching ti the last few years -- some time I need to get the earlier episodes. Sometimes the USA network runs a marathon of them. I first started watching when I heard David McCallum (Ducky) was on -- in my youth I had a crush on him in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., lol!

That's a needful reminder to end e-mails and such on a positive note. We tend to rush through them more than other types of communication.

Have fun on your weekend away! And happy birthday to your hubby!

Bluerose said...

I also LOVE it when I don't have to wait on the next book or show of a series!!

That's awesome that you got to get candles for your windows! I bet they look beautiful! :)

Susanne said...

I love candles in the windows too. I had no idea they had historical meaning. Gotta love the deal you got!

I really like not waiting with a series too. I just watched one online and I loved watching it whenever I wanted and not having to wait out the seasons and weeks. I'm like that with books too. I'll wait until the series is all out and then read them back to back.

Happy birthday to your hubby. And have a fun weekend away.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

What a sweet picture! My hubby is great with our kids and lets me go away about once a year. If you're like me, these days only having one child with me almost feels like being alone. :)

Julia said...

I love this post! I also love watching tv series after they have all come out on dvd so you don't have to wait week after week. Its one of the only reason we have netflix still is so we can rent tv series on dvd.

Willow said...

We're NCIS fans here too! Have you gotten hooked on NCIS Los Angeles? We watch that too because we lived in LA and recognize so many of the shooting locations. Here's a list of great mystery/murder shows you can get instantly (guess we really really like this type of show): Foyle's War, Rosemary and Thyme, White Collar, and who could forget Monk?

Hope you enjoyed your weekend out.

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