I feel like I pretty much wrote my heart out earlier this week, so today I just need a list. Here are a few things I've noticed, heard, read, or thought about this week.
1. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get your dog used to a time change? Especially a labrador retreiver that eats at specific times every day. The specific time her stomach says she should eat has now become an hour earlier. And as it used to be, she would start to bug me (i.e. follow me at my heels) about an hour before her usual feeding time which means that now she starts following me around at 3:00 in the afternoon, thinking she needs to be fed at 4:00 when she doesn't actually get fed until 5. Boy, I hope she gets used to this soon.
2. I heard the best marriage advice on, of all places, "Barefoot Contessa" this week. In fact, I thought it was so good that I rewound the DVR and listened to it again. Ina was doing a show about her 40th wedding anniversary to her beloved, Jeffrey. I've watched her show enough to know that they have a very sweet love story, so I took notice when she started talking about marriage.
Here's what she said: "People always ask me the secret to a good marriage. I won't say to work at it, even though that's what I'm supposed to say. We just have a good time together. He wants me to be happy; I want him to be happy. It's as simple as that."
After 24 years of marriage myself, I'd have to say she's on to something. Yes, there are some other things I might add, but I love Ina's idea of putting the other person's happiness ahead of your own. If we strip away everything else, that's pretty much what marriage is all about.
3. I get the Proverbs 31 Daily Devotionals in my email box every morning, and one day this week, Lysa TerKeurst wrote about rejection and how much it stinks. It was really good, so if you've been experiencing some rejection and need some encouragement, click here.
4. Speaking of Proverbs 31 Ministries . . . I'm just a little excited to tell you that their November issue of P31 Woman magazine arrived a few days ago and yours truly had an article published in it. Even though I've been writing for years and have had a few small things published, I consider this my first "real" article to be published in a "real" magazine.
Unfortunately, P31 Woman is not available online, so you can't even read my article unless you're a subscriber. If you want to subscribe or even buy a single issue (wink wink), you can click here.
Looks like it's going to be a nice weekend in Chicagoland this weekend which will be a HUGE change from the past, oh, five weeks or so. So I'll be outside enjoying the weekend.
What will you be doing?