Friday Gratitude: A Productive Yet Mellow Week

August 9, 2013
Friday Gratitude: A Mellow But Productive Week - Sweet and Savoring

Checked cloth, fresh peach, yogurt and a maple syrup swirl.

Last week, it seemed that there was a lot going on- events and nonstop action. This week, I’ve still been busy, but more in a getting-things-done kind of way. Checking things off the ever-present To-Do List and moving on to the next thing, which usually leads to a nice sense of satisfaction.

This Friday Gratitude is significant perhaps, as I realize how long I’ve done this weekly series. I don’t exactly consider myself good at keeping up with things regularly, and this is Friday Gratitude #12!. I’ve been doing this gratitude thing every single week since May 31; I love that. I love that this weekly practice has caused me to think of the positives throughout the week, as well.

Friday Gratitude: A Mellow, But Productive Week - Sweet and Savoring

Spinach sautéed with garlic, then tossed with quinoa, mozzarella cheese, white kidney beans, lemon juice and red pepper flakes.

Wahoo, it’s time for some positivity!

Friday Gratitude, Part 12: Productivity, sauna time, and more!

I’m grateful for my productivity this week. Having a new day planner really helps me to keep track of errands to run, who I’ve been in touch with, personally and blog-wise, and deadlines (school-related, blog, etc). I’m patting myself on the back this week for wrangling in my ADD-prone mind and making that extra effort to be a bit more organized.

Also in the organization department, all of my photos are now organized by year, month, and day on my external hard drive! No more wondering where I put certain pictures or what’s in a strangely labeled folder on my desktop. That is a huge weight off my shoulders, and makes finding photos (like, um, for blog posts??) much easier. (As such, all the photos in today’s post are random food finds from 2012.)

Friday Gratitude: A Mellow, But Productive Week - Sweet and Savoring

Summer squash salad: raw squash tossed with a basil, lemon juice, and olive oil marinade, plus quinoa, red bell pepper, and pecorino romano cheese.

I mentioned sauna time in Monday’s epic list, and yesterday I visited the Omega sauna for the first time since last year.  I always feel so loose and relaxed after sitting in there. Can’t saunas be a free public service, like town pools? 🙂

As always, I’m grateful for hang out time with friends, spending time with my favorite one-and-a-half year old Bean, and that hard-working, talented and supportive husband of mine.

Friday Gratitude: A Mellow, But Productive Week - Sweet and Savoring

Lightly sautéed kale with salt and lemon juice and scrambled eggs on toast, all sprinkled with pecorino romano cheese and some dill.

What are you grateful for today? (And are you hungry after looking at these food pictures?)


Some links, since I haven’t shared any in a while:



All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.  In this – as in other ways – they are the opposite of paintings.  Paintings record what the painter remembers.  Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.     –John Berger



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  • Becky August 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Sweet gratitude list, Pippi! Checking things off the list and organizing always make life much easier. How great that it’s your 12th Friday Gratitude—the perfect, well-established ritual that’s a joy to write and read. For a while, Andrea and I emailed each other daily gratitude lists. It’s a lovely way to appreciate what’s around us and keep in touch.

    Meg wrote a wonderful feature on you! Can’t wait to read your guest post in a few weeks. 😉

    • Christy August 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Thanks, Beck! Funnily enough, I thought it was my lamest gratitude post yet, but the point is, I’m doing it consistently 🙂 That’s awesome that you and Andrew would do it daily!

  • The Dose of Reality August 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I loved your comment that doing the Friday gratitude series leads to positive feelings throughout the week. That makes so much sense. Awesome.

    Your question at the end made me literally laugh out loud because before I even got to it I was thinking, “MAN, I need to have breakfast. I’m starving!!” –Lisa
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    • Christy August 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Haha, glad my pictures had some effect, Lisa! And yes, that was a nice gratitude realization- who would’ve thought this little practice & series would have such an effect?
      Have a good weekend!

  • Tamara August 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I love, love, love the photo/painting quote. It does help me remember – so does writing. My two favorite things.

    • Christy August 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Appreciate this, Tamara. I spent a bit of time searching for just the right quote to go with this post- glad it resonated with you, too!
      (I’m making the intention to write more!)

  • Katherine August 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I had a productive week too, so I am SO thankful for that. Getting stuff done can feel so good! I’ve been writing my own gratitude list on my phone just for myself because I love how you always write on! It’s so positive!

    • Christy August 11, 2013 at 12:38 am

      Nice, yay for productivity! That’s awesome that you’ve been writing a gratitude list, too, thanks for letting me know 🙂

  • Shana Norris August 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Yum. This all looks so good. I have loads of summer squash, so will be trying the raw summer squash salad. The salad with spinach, quinoa, and white beans looks delicious, too! Do you use recipes or just create as you go?
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  • Erika August 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Mmmmmmm all of the food pictured in this post looks DELICIOUS! And that spinach-quinoa-cheese one might be something I have to do! 🙂

    And I’m so happy that you feel productive this week! It is a great feeling, isn’t it? Yay for Friday Gratitude!
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    • Christy August 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      The spinach salad is super easy to make, I linked to the original in the comment above yours. It’s soooooo good, I promise!
      And thanks! Yay for Friday Gratitude, indeed.

  • Patty August 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I love the gratitude post. I use to keep a gratitude journal in a book, then in an app and somehow I just stopped. I need to get back to this daily.

    Love the photo organization…I need to get mine done. Now that’s a huge project.

    • Christy August 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Isn’t organizing photos SUCH a huge task? Oh my goodness, but it feels good when it’s all done. All organized, now on to uploading!

  • Stevie August 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I am grateful for all the wonderful people I have met through blogging. And yes your pictures are making me hungry!
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  • Kate August 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    The spinach quinoa dish looks incredible! Productive days and weeks always make me feel better.

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