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Happiness Month_Day Seven
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Day Seven
Three Gratitudes_21/ 63, which means, with this, I'm a third of the way done!
          I'm grateful:
19_that I have always been represented by a Democrat
20_that I am represented currently by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. All women, all the time and for the longest time as well!!
21_that Barack Obama was elected, and then reelected, President (I almost made this two so grateful am I).

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One Positive_7/ 21
Well, since I did just talk with Lauren (see below) about Downton Abbey, I'll use that as my positive for today and why should I do that? Because of David. We kept being told we should watch the show, David even bothered to find it on OnDemend, but was reluctant to begin because he wasn't sure he could relate, but finally we did. After all, he does love Game of Thrones, but still, I knew he'd have problems with Downton Abbey because, as a Brooklyn born son of Puerto Rican parents, he has trouble with British accents in particular and with British traditions and customs in general, and consequently, that he might need much clarification and I wondered if he'd be willing to ask for it.
          The first episode he had to pause it several times because he didn't understand what someone said, the downstairs crew especially, or why people were doing what they were doing. Each time, I explained and we moved on. His needing help with accents became less and less as he adjusted fairly well over several episodes, but he was still having some trouble with the why of things.
          And so, here's the positive. He has never become too embarrassed to ask me whatthehell? I really was concerned that he might, but he is now totally hooked and has no trouble with not only asking me the why of things, but in explaining to me why he thinks someone's being an idiot such as Sybil with Branson (at the point we're at in the story).
          After dinner,  I'll be reading or playing on the computer when suddenly I'll hear, 'Next on Downton Abbey...' as he reads me OnDemand's little summary. He doesn't even ask!! We've been doing 2 eppies a night and are having a lot of fun with it.
          His favorite character? The Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Violet, of course!! which isn't too surprising when reminded that his absolute favorite character on QAF was Emmett!!

          I did one act of doing something beyond the normal: Okay, today, not really. I only dealt with Lauren and David, her on the phone and him in RL so, I'm going with that.
          Lauren and I were in the middle of a fascinating discussion when from out of know where she said, 'I have to go, I need to shower and then meet Jimmy for dinner.' Normally, I'd be just a little snarky about her dumping me with so little thought, just a little put-out, but not today. Today, I was understanding itself because I thought to be. We breezed through our goodbyes with not so much as a single guilty-trip thrown at her by me. What a good mom am I.
           And does the fact that David and I didn't get into any kind, I mean any kind, of squabbles all evening count? Since that is not necessarily typical behavior, I think so. I didn't get huffy and annoyed or pout-y faced about anything and, not unreasonably, he responded well to that ;D.
          I did exercise, by dancing!!...dancing!!
          I did meditate, using my iPod. This time I only made 20 minutes because Lauren called and I wasn't about to not talk with her...for the next hour...about Downton Abbey!!! She and Jimmy are ahead of David and me, she knows things I don't, is aching to tell me, but ever alert for spoilers, tries not to, tries being the operative word..

Fourteen days to go.

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I think you're the second or third person to mention Downtown Abbey, I really should give this series a go. :)

It starts in 1914 or so and we're now at just after WWI. The Brantham's, Downton Abbey's owners, are a 3-generational very rich family trying to deal with all of the changes of the 20th Century, especially those affecting with their class. It's a huge cast and to the show's credit, you get to know each and everyone well.

My daughter and her friend started watching only because Maggie Smith was a main teacher at Harry Potter's Hogwarts. She's terrific in her part as the family Matriarch.

They only just finished S3.

I think Connor showed me some clips, I thought it looks great (and Maggie Smith is a hoot, I remember). :D

Your thankful part made me smile, and a little envious--NJ has His Arrogance. Though if I have to have a Republican Governor, I much prefer Christie to some of the other clowns out there, and that is a sad commentary on the other ones, not a compliment to Christie.

The Downtown Abbey--I am resisting. We tend to be obsessive in our house and watch series all the way through. I admire that you can keep to two eppies a night! And I share David's problem with British accents without his excuse. :) I love close captioning, saves me a lot of frustration. Sherlock BBC is a delight but another show where I need to ask, what did they say all too often. Especially for Sherlock, he speaks so damn fast!

Love the dancing!

Hugs,

Arwen




Sherlock, I'm so glad you're into that show, it is another that Lauren got me, not her dad this time, and I'm hooked.

Honestly, I resisted Downton too, but they only did just finish S3 with maybe 10 episodes per so, not too big a commitment really. Try just two eppies, can't hurt, right? because the early 20th Century is a very interesting time with so many changes taking lace> We just finished with WWI and are now on to the horrible flu that killed so many worldwide.

What songs did you dance to? Yay Emmett!

Adam Lambert's Broken Open (I end with this one as a kind of cool-down), Radiohead's Reckoner (if asked my favorite vocal song, I might just say this one), and Steven Reynold's Winter Stores. Together they equal about 15 minutes. And, so you know, these are not what I listen to when I meditate :)

Yay Emmett!

I have not heard of any of these songs. Today, I danced to George Michael - Freedom and I Want Your Sex.

I've been meaning to do this FOR...ever and now I have. In total, we talking 15 minutes of music here :)

Steve Reynolds_Winter Stores here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2jE34YdXZA
This is live and sounds some different then the album version, but as this is the only one I could find...there you have it.

Radiohead_Reckoner here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wCJPm19XYQ
and don't skip the ad if it's the sketch artist. It's really lovely. Also, I realize it is rather strange of me to be so in love with a song about Death but again...there you have it. Kind of reminds me of The Book Thief.

Finally, Adam Lambert_Broken Open here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU_DDrzeJw8
which is my absolutely favorite song off of his first album. So beautiful and he wrote it!!

I know George Michael at least so...GO ME!!

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