Friday, June 18, 2010

Some Farmers’ Market Fun After An Eventful Week

It’s been another busy week. And there was “good busy” and “not-so-good busy.” The not so good part was that we had to take the the toddler to the E.R., and he had to stay in the hospital overnight. Luckily, he is fine, but the incident reminded me, once again, that life is unpredictable and that we really need to enjoy every day and make the most of the amazing gift life is.

Every quarter, I end my last class with a short video of Dr. Randy Pausch. This quarter, I showed it to my 7:30 a.m. class right after staying up all night in the hospital. The end of the video always brings tears to my eyes, but this time I was sobbing… Several students told me after class how much they loved the message of the video.

It was nice to bring “normalcy” back into our lives by going to the Farmers’ Market this morning.

We bought the “usual veggies” (tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, and squash), raw cheese, and black bread. The toddler sampled more than his fair share of fruits, and we got some crepes and a spring roll for lunch. Well, technically, I got the spring roll, and hubby got the crepes. But I reminded him to be nice and share… :-)

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Question: What simple pleasures have reminded you lately that life is good?
Happy Friday!

Be well,


  1. Had some fresh green beans simply steamed this week for dinner and they were so fabulous...sweet and earthy! So good!

  2. This video makes me cry each time (or at least his speech does). I know that's not the purpose, and he doesn't like pity, but still, it's hard not to cry! This guy was amazing.

    I'm glad to hear your son is doing ok. I can only imagine how scary it would be to bring a young boy (a son) to the ER. Parenthood is quite interesting I hear!

  3. Anonymous6/18/2010

    I love the Randy Pausch story. I usually have my high school students learn to outline by outling his last lecture. They all get super into it!

  4. I'm so glad everything is okay with your son. Those moments are scary for sure. It does remind you how precious every moment with our children is.

    My dad is helping me with the renos on my house. Some prep work, some painting. He spent the afternoon here while I was at work. It felt so good to find him here, humming away, listening to his country music and going about his task in the calm and thoughtful way he has. I thought about what a genuine, authentic guy he is and how lucky I am to have him. He totally reminds me that life is good.

  5. I am glad your son is fine.

    The farmer's market always makes me happy! I go whenever I get the chance.

  6. OMG, what happened to your baby? Hope he is well now. I'm sure it's a busy week. Nothing is easy to look after a toddler. You take care of yourself too! Btw, those food at the farmer's market look really mouthwatering. Hope you're having a great weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

  7. wow, what a great vide -thanks for sharing. Glad to hear things are going okay and the toddler is doing well!

  8. lying in bed, reading blogs. life is great!

  9. Anonymous6/19/2010

    Life is good. Last night I went to a baseball game and watched a fireworks show with my hubby. It is important to remember that life is good. I forget sometimes. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  10. I am impressed that you made it to such an early class after being up all night. So glad that all is well with your toddler.

    Simple pleasures are all around if we are just aware enough to notice them.

    I walk outside and I love taking in everyone's lovely front yards and blooming flowers.

  11. I just posted the comment that says from David, my son had been on my computer and had signed into his Google account. I didn't notice it until after I hit post comment!

  12. ANDREA - so much going on! first, i hope everything is okay with the lil' punkin. things like that ARE scary and DO remind us never to take anything for granted. on a more exciting note, congrats to your son for graduating! what a great accomplishment! and the farmer's market - always a good way to get things back on track :)

    have a fabulous rest of your weekend!!!

  13. Glad to hear your toddler is okay! And glad you got a chance to go to the farmer's market. I've been in VA spending time with family this weekend, which has been super nice.

  14. Anonymous6/19/2010

    I'm glad to hear that your little one is ok, must have been so scary to have to take him to ER. Hope you are having a good weekend now!

  15. Oh thank goodness your little sweet pea is okay. That's scary stuff! I just ate a bowl of oats covered in chocolate almond simple..but life is good.

  16. I know that there is nothing worse than worrying about your little children. I'm glad he is okay. My simple pleasures are just watching my children grow and be happy.

  17. That's scary about the toddler's ER visit. But glad to hear it all turned out A-OK.

    As for my recent simple little pleasure -- spending last night at a glorious Chinese banquet meal to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday and Father's Day. It reminds me that even if my own Dad is no longer alive, I still have another "dad'' to honor the day with in a delicious way.

  18. Oh my gosh :( I hope your tyke is okay - how scary :( What happened? I hope he's feeling better - and you too!

    Life does change too quickly, and not always for the good. A small pleasure was taking a bath last night and reading a great book :)

  19. Anonymous6/20/2010

    I hope your little one is ok. That is so scary.

    I watched Dr. Randy Pausch's speech and read the book. It truly is such a touching story.

  20. Glad the toddler is ok. :)
    Simple pleasure - having one of my bff's visiting, and hanging out in our work clothes raking straw around the tomatoes. Basic, but a moment that really joins us as friends.

  21. oh I am so happy Toddler is okay! What a fright! so sorry.

    and I vote for the crepe too! OH YUM.

    I need a morning at the farmer's market. I was just telling my hubs that I wished they ran on Sunday, because getting there on Saturday is always tough.

    life always reminds me how fragile it is. It never leaves my mind!

    have a great day!

  22. Your creps remind me of my all time favorite chocolate covered strawberries rolled in coconut. I made some last week and with high end big strawberries, and high end chocolate. Wow they almost looked like those caramel apples you van get at a chocolate factory on Catalina. Amazingly delicious.

  23. I'm glad the toddler is feeling much better. It's never fun to go to the hospital that being anyone.

    I've got me s craving for some chocolate and strawberries all of the sudden.

  24. What a great video! Good to hear that the toddler is okay :)

    I'm enjoying a simple pleasure right now... a glass of wine!

  25. Awwww toddler + orange = TOO cute!!

    Honestly, I feel like my simple pleasure was just being in my hometown again. Walking into Mellow Mushroom and knowing 1/3 of the people there. Love it.... :)

  26. Farmer's markets are great!

    Going camping on the weekend and coming home to a hot shower definitely reminded me of the simple pleasures in life :)

  27. Oh my goodness that crepe looks amazing beyond words- almost amazing enough for me to go buy Nutella & strawberries & whip some up!! Almost... ;)