Enjoy this week’s version.
I follow college basketball and in particular my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin. On Sunday Wisconsin won the Big Ten Conference Tournament and within an hour they were named one of the number one seeds in the NCAA tournament. My hope going in to the selection show was that Wisconsin would not end up in the same region as Kentucky or Arizona. I got half of my wish. Kentucky is by far the favorite to win the whole thing so who would choose to meet them in an early round? That part worked out for me. If both schools last that long they would not meet until the Final Four. Arizona also has a great team. Because I have good friends and family in Arizona, I would prefer that the teams would not have to meet each other before the Final Four. Arizona and Wisconsin are assigned to the same region and if they both keep winning there would be a rematch of last years Elite Eight game which Wisconsin won in overtime. I will watch a lot of basketball over the next couple weeks.
It was another very busy (almost overwhelming) week at work. I am so grateful for the weekend. I told someone that all it would take is to have two bad days in a row at work and I might retire. That about summed up the week.
My sister cooked traditional corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. That is probably the only time in the whole year that we eat it and it was very, very good.
I indulged in reading this week. I finished Primary Justice by William Bernhardt and then read Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith. That is the #2 book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and has been on my list for a long time. Both books were quick reads and enjoyable. Now I am reading Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson. My sister had heard the author speak at the Southern Festival of the Books in Nashville last year and loaned me the book after she had finished it. We had listened to the book on CD A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by the same author on our road trip home from Nashville over Christmas so I thought I would enjoy this book as well.
Today is the first day of spring. And, as if on cue, when I got home from work last night I noticed the first blossoms on our dwarf peach tree. We had a soft, gentle rain over night. Rain is always welcome here as we pray for our drought to come to an end.
Today is also the International Day of Happiness. Although happiness has different meanings for different people, anything we can do to help others to be happy should be encouraged. The UN promotes this day in support of the idea that happiness is a fundamental human goal. I am a happy person, and I hope that through my actions and my attitude I also bring happiness to other people. Of course, any of us will have circumstances and events that are not positive. But we make decisions about how those things will affect us. Here’s hoping that most people have a positive, happy outlook in spite of the challenges in life.
A happy week, just another thread of my life.
Also check out Amie’s Casual Friday post.