Tuesday, September 14, 2010

grateful tuesday: because it's been awhile

it's been far too long since i did any posts about gratefulness. a mild depression over huge change and upheaval (even if self-chosen) in our lives surely intervened - changing home, part of the country and work all at the same time is stressful, even if it's what you want. but i feel it lifting. and even tho' the kitchen i have to live with for the time being (flaky (if adorable) architects and building permits take time) continues to depress me (and cause my continuing absence from domestic sensualist), i am coming up for air. i can feel it. interestingly, what's triggered it today is sabin's morning fever, which caused me to stay at home with her today. waiting on her, running to the store for the cottage cheese she was craving, drinking tea together and watching an entire afternoon of BBC Lifestyle programming gave me a sense of well-being that i could scarcely remember. (note to self: remember this.) and all of that has filled me with a desire to express gratefulness...

i'm grateful to lisa of lil fish studios for our recent swap. i sent one of my painted feather stones and she sent me this gorgeous feather stone of her own. very different from mine, yet a sister of it somehow. and an immediate treasured possession. and i'm ever grateful to trinsch for getting me started on the feather stone thing in the first place.

i'm grateful for being published - in an art book by hong kong-based artpower publishers (and i'm grateful that it finally arrived today) and even more grateful for the amusing asian translated subtitle of the book (because who doesn't love different color shades that serve as prevalent colors on the sock). but on the inside is a whole beautiful 8-page spread of my photos of my beloved blue room (along with a whole lot of other inspiring artists that i will share soon). and that just makes me smile.

i'm grateful for the creativity of my child. she creatively wrapped up the blog camp berlin presents today. and yes, i'm also grateful for the upcoming blog camp berlin.  the kid learned how to make these pretty boxes at school (thus i'm also grateful for the danish school system) and taught me how to make some today as well. and even if i do say so myself, i'm pretty pleased with what's inside.

and thank odin for that vintage scale, which seems to be where i take all of my photos of late.

latte. i'm pretty grateful for latte. and when it's accompanied by a tall hyldeblomst (elderflower) beverage and enjoyed in the sunshine at a gorgeous marina, all the better.

but today, i'm most grateful for an encounter i had with the folks at the apple help line. back in february, through the apple.dk website, i ordered one of those big, giant 1TB My Book Studio external hard drives made by western digital. i was in terror of losing my 50-some thousand photos after spilling water in my MBP and having issues with my iMac (now solved, thankfully). i got it and hooked it up, but never really got it properly set up because it kept giving me a strange message that it was going to shut down because it was too hot after i had it on for about five minutes. i never did anything about it at the time because of the chaos of our move, but today, i finally called about it to see if there was anything that could be done. and would you believe that without argument or questions into whether i'd dropped it into the bathtub (for the record, i did not), they said they would send a new one out to me by courier immediately and collect the faulty one? so tomorrow, i will have a new 1TB WD My Book Studio external hard drive. now that's service. and a big part of why i love apple.

what are you grateful for today?


Char said...

(hugs) for overcoming depression of any sort. i so know this. and last night as i drove home, i was grateful for chopra - who i normally just sort of dismss. but last night a sentence resounated with me "people with a purpose are generally more satisfied and happier than the next." so maybe he's onto something that i've avoided doing, that is finding the next purpose in my life besides, breathing, working and eating.

anyway - congrats on the publishing - that is an awesome thing.

Numinosity said...

What a wonderful grateful post. I think you've expressed it so nicely and it makes me feel as if I know you just a bit better now.
xoxo Kim

PS, it was so funny the other day my friend introduced me to a local artist's blog that had wonderful photography, writing and even painted stones. It made me think of you!

Sandra said...

For completely different reasons than yours, I too have been slightly depressed, I guess because I don't live in Denmark. Things are strange on your home shores.

I have much to be grateful for and I often forget that. I am grateful that I can breath again. The humidity is gone.

You will have a fabulous kitchen before you know it. Then it will be I with kitchen envy.

f8hasit said...

Gratitude is one of those emotions that sometimes is to fleeting. I try to find something to be grateful for everyday. Even if it's small, because damnit...I wouldn't have it any other way.

Congratulations on ALL of the fabu things making your gratitude soar! (and thanks for sharing them with us...)

... love the boxes!

nacherluver said...

I'm grateful for you sharing and reminding me to think about and remember all I am grateful for.

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

I enjoyed this post very much--I am greatful for my family, life, job and a place to live.

Have a nice week!

Tracy :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Congratulations on your book! You know I'm a big fan of your blue room and I'm thrilled for you that so many others will get to enjoy it too. Yeah you!

Your daughter is as talented and creative as you! I love the gift wrapping.

And isn't Apple the greatest! Their customer service is second to none.

Cheers, jj

Lisa-Marie said...

julie, i an glad you feel you are overcoming the glums you had. If you don't mind, i'll do a grateful post on my blog as my response!

Lost Star said...

I am grateful for your post that made me remember all the things I am, or should be, grateful for.

I may have to do my own grateful post later in the week.

Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic post. Glad to see you're getting over your blues.

Where in Denmark do you live?

My brother and his family live in Aalborg, Denmark.

Anonymous said...

sometimes it just takes a few minutes of self-reflection to realize all the things we are blessed to have in our lives. congratulations on your book!

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

I'm grateful for posts like this that make me pause and reflect.

Thank you for liking the stone, I can't tell you how happy that makes me. (grateful even)