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Happiness Month_Day Seven

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).

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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