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I love the concept of this Kickstarter project so much - so I'm backing it! You should, too, and help spread the love :)

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The SF Mirrors Project

The SF Mirrors Project is a public art project with one simple purpose at it’s core - to spread a bit of random happiness. The idea is to create a public art installation overnight throughout the city of San Francisco (my home) spreading messages of inspiration, encouragement, and hope.

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Guess what... today, I went jogging. Yeah, I don't know how that happened either. It felt exactly like I thought it would - awful at the time, but better (and more awake!) once it was over. So, we'll see how that goes.

That reminds me, though, that I haven't checked up on my 2011 goals in a while...

  1. Incorporate more activity/exercise into my daily routine. Still dancing around like a nutjob when I can, and hopefully getting some more organized exercise in if I keep up this jogging thing...
  2. Volunteer at an animal shelter. I've become certified as a Level 1 volunteer at the Delaware Humane Association. My first official volunteering session is tomorrow after work!
  3. Quit the happy pills. I've found a wonderful and inspiring counselor to help me go through the process, but I'm taking it slow.
  4. Write and submit a blog post for ...Still looking!
  5. Get my freakin' Australia scrapbook completed. I'll admit, this and the Tiny Buddha goals have been pushed WAY aside lately so that I can focus my efforts on the photo book I am making of our Italy trip. They're still on my Todoist, though, so hopefully I will be able to get back to them soon!

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So, we ended up not getting the bunny. Not by choice, though - we went to get her last night (after we'd made sure we had a good home for her and had gotten back from our DC trip), but she had already been sold to someone else. I have to admit, I was much more upset than I thought I'd be that I had missed the opportunity to adopt this sweet, snuggly little pet.

However, I know that the overall experience was a very positive and beneficial one, for a number of reasons:
  1. I know that finding a pet is something important to me, and not just something that I just think about in passing.
  2. I understand the essential difference between finding a pet I truly connect with and meeting just another cute fuzzy thing.
  3. After doing all my research for the bunny, I now have a much better understanding as to what's involved in pet ownership (and how expensive it is... yikes!) so I can be better prepared when I finally get one.
  4. Because I've already considered all these different points in light of getting the bunny, I won't have to take as long to make a decision when I do find that new special someone, wherever it may be.
  5. Not buying an animal at the pet store gives me a new opportunity to rescue an animal in need from the shelter, rather than promoting the puppy/bunny mills.

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Today, I am in Washington, DC to participate in this year's Food Safety Summit. I am thankful for this opportunity to
  1. strengthen my confidence in traveling by myself
  2. put in some good face time with our North American sales team (and my boss, and HER boss)
  3. meet some new DuPonters worldwide, including Tip from Taiwan
  4. see both our show booth and the booths of competitors, to get some ideas of how we can better communicate with the public
  5. visit and explore another great city!

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Today I appreciate:
  1. the dandelions in bloom along the sidewalks on my drive to work
  2. fresh, cold orange juice and a bagel with real butter
  3. the box of Irish truffles Barb brought me from her vacation
  4. leaving work (pretty much) on time, rather than an hour late
  5. my first smell of this year's newly-cut grass

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Oh boy.

Doug and I were out and about this afternoon, and we decided to stop by the Pet Kare and maybe have some play time with a cute puppy before we headed home. But... we never even made it to the puppy section. I fell in love as soon as I walked in the door.

We came home empty-handed, so as not to make a decision without giving it some serious thought. But I have a feeling we'll be back before too long. (I even had the store clerk mark this bunny with some green nail polish, so I can identify her again.)