Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cold weather & a bit of random thrown in

I'm in Indianapolis for the day & leaving to head home tomorrow evening. We've been enjoying seasonable winter weather in Charlotte (but honestly, who hasn't been?) so to step off the plane & feel the bite of winter cold was a bit of a shock.

I'm not sure what the highs will be here. This is one of the first times I've ever traveled for work and not checked the weather report. I most likely will be going from hotel to conference room so I don't expect to be outside much. Anyone else check before they travel?

On to the random...mostly travel & airport related.

Anyone ever people watched in an airport? It really is one of the more interesting parts of traveling. Different nationalities, different accents, fashion choices....oh my!

I've seen jeans that my mom would have worn 10 years ago on women barely older than me. Faded & maybe with a hint of acid wash.

I know we all want to be comfortable when we travel (at least I do) but I have what I call travel clothes that wear well out in public without looking sloppy. Typically a looser fitting black pant in a light material, a soft knit sweater & usually comfortable shoes that I can slip on & off. But I always have a pair of socks so I don't have to walk through the screening area barefoot! Do any of you also travel like this?

Little girls and boys with their parents in awe of the hugeness of the airport and almost overwhelmed with the excitement of flying on an airplane. That is a sight to behold. I also wonder how parents do it with a small child. I appreciate those whose children are quiet & excited on planes, not screaming & kicking my backseat.

I tend to tear up a bit when I see the young men in uniform boarding a plane. I try to thank them for their service when I see them. I also feel a tug on my heart because so many of them look so young. They're practically babies yet here they are defending our freedom.

Enough randomness for a morning. Hope you're all having a wonderful week! I can't wait until Friday!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fabulous Friday

Why hello! So good to see you my dear friend.

I'm back to my perky happy self. Why is that, you may ask? I have finally recovered from a very nasty cold. I can talk without getting out of breath. I can laugh without coughing for 5 minutes after. Hayden & I can go for a walk outside without me feeling like someone took to me with a baseball bat after.

Fabulous Friday indeed!

The other part that makes this day so fabulous?

One of my best girlfriends who lost her little one a little over a year ago had a precious, perfect baby boy on Wednesday. He's perfect and he's all theirs.

I'll admit, I burst into spontaneous tears of joy when my girlfriend called me to tell me they were going to have a baby that day. I cried when I saw her, I cried when I held him and I'm crying now. But happy tears, only happy ones.

When I met him I told him how loved he already was and how many prayers went into his arrival. Love surrounds us this month; I like to think this little baby boy has been born into an expanded family that will love and support him his entire journey into adulthood.

Plus, he's absolutely gorgeous!

When I saw him I thought, "This is exactly what a baby Potts would look like."

Fabulous Friday for sure!

The other week I asked you to share how you spread the positive in your life; the first three to share were Sarah Lang, Tracy & Neha. Ladies, if you'll send me an email with your mailing address, you'll have something coming your way in the next few days.

Happy Friday, y'all!!

PS: LOVE that b.e.g. has continued this on even while I stepped back for a while! If you aren't reading her already, please go over & say hello!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A little meme to break up the monotany

A break from the usual. MCW tagged me in the meme going around and I have to admit, I sighed a little sigh of relief. Who doesn't sometimes need a little prompt to get things going?

The rules:
1. Post the rules.
2. Write 11 fun facts about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you and then create 11 new quesitons to ask people you tag.
4. Tag 11 people and link them to your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

1. I'm going to Cabo with Mr. Potts and another couple in April. Exactly 73 days from now I will be here.

2. I would rather eat fruit than chocolate. Apple pie, blueberry get the idea.

3. I believe that peanut butter should be it's own food group.

4. There are very few foods I choose not to eat. Cabbage, mushrooms and liver are the only three. Cabbage because I can't stand the smell of it cooking, mushrooms are a texture thing and liver is just disgusting. Bleh.

5. In the last 5 or 6 years I've developed an intolerance for shellfish & it makes me very, very sad. I used to LOVE oysters & crab & lobster. Sigh

6. I follow old school punctuation rules, i.e. 2 spaces after a period.

7. Mr. Potts' Dad & Stepmom have offered to pay for me to go back to school and obtain my masters degree. I cried. It is something I've wanted for a while & didn't think I'd have the opportunity to do.

8. I love the Real Housewives series, but ONLY Beverly Hills, OC & NJ.

9. I will sometimes go for a spell without purchasing clothes. But when I decide I need some new things I totally go for it.

10. My favorite nail color lately has been OPI's Wocka Wocka from the Muppets line.

11. One of my previous life stances has changed dramatically in the last year. This will result in a major life change in the next few years. To be discussed at a later date.

Now on to the questions that MCW posted!

1. How do you eat your burger?
I like mine either one of two ways. With peanut butter (see #3 above), bacon & cheddar OR on a toasted english muffin with bacon & pimento cheese.

2. What's your favorite characteristic about yourself?
I'm sincerely optimistic and find the positive in anything and usually anyone!

3. What time period from the past would you like to live in?
I like the period I'm in now, but I wouldn't mind the "Little House on the Prairie" type of period where things were simpler.

4. What actress would be cast to play you?
Reese Witherspoon. I seriously believe we'd be BFF in real life.

5. What was your first car?
A Honda Civic

6. What's one product you hope is never discontinued?
Aquaphor Advanced Therapy hand cream

7. What was high school like for you?
Nothing mind-blowing. I was there, I did well in classes, I had bad hair (but who didn't then?) & then I went to college.

8. Do you believe in ghosts?
Not especially

9. What would your dream house look like?
It has a huge porch, a large living area outside, a master kitchen that opens up into a dining/living area & lots of room.

10. When did you have your first beer? Did you have more than one?
Umm....I don't remember. Probably sometime in high school & I'm sure I had more than one.

11. What is your least favorite word?
One that has to do with women's underwear. Rhymes with SHANTY. Makes me shudder.

Now, I'm breaking from the rules & opening this up to anyone. If you want to play along, use the same questions MCW asked. Because thinking up 11 new ones is just making my brain hurt!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Positives

Thank you so much for the encouragement you shared with me last Friday when I wrote about the unhappiness I've been feeling in the new job. I know that I'm not alone feeling that way & that other people have been in the same position. I'm working to stay positive about it & I truly appreciate your support.

On that note, this week I've had the chance to spend time with a co-worker who is not my boss. I feel like if I can continue to focus on the positive, this will be a great experience for me. While I've been with this co-worker I was told several times that I have one of the most positive outlooks of anyone. It made me smile knowing that people see this in me.

You see, I truly believe that the small, everyday actions you take can make a positive impact on people you may not know.

I strive to focus on the positive and lift other people up.

I think that the more frequently we can lift others up the better place our world can be.

When people need encouragement, I encourage. When I have an opportunity, I praise people's accomplishments.

What you did last week was turn that around for me & help me keep focused on the positives that are in my work life. Thank you so much.

As a special thank you the first three people to comment with how they spread the positive will receive a special gift from me.

So tell me, how do you spread the positive in your everyday life?