Five for Friday: Palliative Care Edition

Gonna be real honest here, folks, life changed on a dime at lunch today so aside from the amazing breakfast I fixed and shared with my poodle-brother, and the pot of tea I was working on, there wasn't much beauty in my day.  

But on to #5ForFri!

I will say that seeing a bunch of well-worn romance novels on the shelves in the family room of the palliative care floor made my soul glow a little.  

And the basket of snacks the nurses brought me. 

And the fact I might be living in a Kristan Higgins novel. 

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Laughter through tears really is my favorite emotion. ❤ 

Five for Friday: New Moon Edition

Could also be the new moon tonight and January is almost over (?!) edition.

Like, whoa. February is upon us. How did this happen?

Anyhoodle, I'm loving my new Friday master plan—because it really does feel like a grand architectural choice to take a day to especially enjoy all that surrounds one. I'd love to see you take it and make it your own. Use the hash #5ForFri on Twitter and Insta so I can seeeeeee what you're doing to ignore all the noise and seek beauty this year. 

Today's list without further ado:

1.  Read this rad article on The Quiet Revolution site and basically fist-pumped my way through it: http://www.quietrev.com/the-science-of-awe-and-why-it-matters-at-work/

2. Spent a delicious afternoon being hygge A. F. reading my RITA books all snuggled up in bed. Polishing off the remnants of the best dang snacks in all the land. 

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3. Related: was wearing my delightful HOT PINK leggings while lounging about...and then forgot to put on real pants when I went to grab lunch. (I like to think that brought some small measure of joy to someone out and about in Dallas.)

4. Also related: you know how I used to say you'd pry my leggings out of my cold, dead hands? Well… These majestic caftan thingies can't replace them, but they are going to be supplementing my cozy wardrobe. Just call me the modern Mrs. Roper.

5. Tonight I'm having a total girls night: crazy face mask (that turned my face tin man silver… Yeah… It was so fabulous!!!), deep conditioning my hair, and watching Dirty Dancing*. Gonna drink lots of water and say no to dessert...because I had a burrito the size of my face earlier. #balance

 

*Did you catch my post about the 30th anniversary of that piece of cinematic greatness? http://alexandrahaughton.com/blog/2017/1/26/dirty-dancing-thirty-years-later

Five for Friday: Seventy Degrees Edition

Last week, I started a new-to-me blog series called Five for Friday wherein I list, lickety-split, five things I did to really seek out some beauty in the world and enjoy my #FriYAY! 

Little did I know, it would inspire some writing besties to start their own. So this is my official NUMBER ONE on the list because it makes my heart happy to see Julia Kelly and Alexis Anne living out some good times. 

The day is still young, but I've already got my Five for Friday: 

1. Obvs: seeing Julia Kelly and Alexis Anne take #54Fri and make it their own. (Plus Sexy Lexy called me her glitter-sparkle leader and I ain't mad about it.)

2. Julia Kelly's coworkers got in the celebratory spirit and procured a rainbow unicorn for Ms. Kelly. I'm so glad she posted this picture so I can share it. It absolutely made my morning.

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3. I celebrated the life of my writing mentor today. It was a bittersweet moment, to be sure, but sitting in the packed chapel was a beautiful experience. There was so much love and laughter in that room, and I know we all yearned to hear one more story. One more joke and see that lazy wink that always followed. Sitting there reminded me of that 20-something girl who sat in his office (laughing, crying, and laugh-crying) for two years and how far she's come...

And how she's still so much the same. 

Mr. T. never poo-pooed my desire to write genre fiction. He never once denigrated romance and suggested I shoot for something approaching "lit-ra-chure." And his wisdom and no-nonsense approach to fiction is something I carry in my heart. 

I'm grateful you were mine, even for a little while. <3

4. I've been designing up a storm over at Romanced by the Cover. And today, I got an order from Sticker Mule. I can't WAIT to share it with you. Just a few more weeks. (PS If you want $10 off your order, you can click this here link: https://www.stickermule.com/unlock?ref_id=3415080701)

5. It's 76 degrees. And while I was a bit miffed I couldn't wear the pretty sweater I'd planned to wear to the service today, I'm loving the fresh air and blue skies.