What’s up, Weekend? {09/29} 22

What's up, weekend?

Happy Friday and Welcome to the ‘What’s up, Weekend?’ Friday Link Up!

Welcome to the Happy Friday link-up that Charlotte, from My Pixie Blog, Beth from The Beth Next Door and I host call, ‘What’s up, Weekend?’

For three years now, Fridays have always been (and always will be) a place where I reflect on the happy and grateful things in our lives, but more specifically from the last week. To expand upon that, this link-up is now open to any post that relates to happy things, happy lists, gratitude lists, faves of the week or it could also be your practice to greet the weekend with a bang/open arms. Whatever your choice is, have fun with it. But please remember that any links that are just simply “dumped” or if your blog post does not mesh with our theme, it will be deleted.

For me personally, sometimes all it takes are gentle reminders of things that have made me grateful or appreciative during the week. We live in a world full of conflict, disaster, chaos, poverty, famine, and tragedy – you name it. Reflecting on the positive, I personally find, makes me more mindful, gracious and appreciative of all things, big and small.

You can be having the worst of weeks but I always, always manage to find things to be happy or grateful for. So, I hope writing out your lists makes you happy, too!

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**When adding your blog post link, please remember that this is not a link dump; if it is not an appropriate link, it will be deleted.**

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Grateful and Happy things of the Week:

  • Lazy starts to days.  It sure beats getting up at 5, before the sun.
  • Snuggles with my boys.



  • Saying no and not feeling any guilt.
  • Meeting new people – at work, in life and at weddings.
  • Simple, healthy meals.
  • Afternoon naps and eating total junk (totally contradictory to #6).
  • Operation OCD cleaning and purging is in full effect these days.
  • Doing daily mini workouts with Jeff.
  • Lazy afternoons with a good book.  
  • Enjoying more downtime (weekends), but still being more on top of replying to comments and responding sooner rather than later.  I hate having outstanding comments or notifications at all, so I’m trying to get more on top of things.
  • My mom coming over for a visit.  I couldn’t tell who was more excited, my mom or the dogs. LOL
  • Running into friends in the street.  It’s always nice to catch up, even if it is brief. 🙂
  • Reading.  I’ve been mellowing out a lot lately with a book and I’ve actually missed reading, therefore I need to make it more of a priority.

What are YOU happy or grateful for this week?

We have a busy weekend ahead.  I’ve got my usual cat visits twice daily this weekend, on top of visiting Mr. Sedrick, the beautiful Mastiff I did visits for back in August, Jeff is shooting on Saturday, Charlie has a vet appointment for his eyes, then I’ll go meet up with Jeff.  Then on Sunday, I’ve got two visits with Sedrick, one first thing and one at 2, but in between that, a friend and I are going to a Lab rescue walk and play date.  I won’t be taking the boys but our friend Dina is going to take Lily, her Bichon and we’re going to visit Houston, a beautifully rehomed yellow Labrador retriever that a former friend of ours gave away years ago.  This former friend made excuses as to why she couldn’t/shouldn’t have her dog that she had for most of his life so she decided to give him away.  He went to a Lab rescue and thankfully a lovely family with another Lab later adopted him.  Needless to say, you can take guesses as to why were all not friends anymore (on top of drama and crap with her).  Dogs are for LIFE; they are not to be thrown away like a piece of fucking garbage or when you don’t feel like having them anymore.  Yet, why is this such a hard concept for so many people to grasp? 

Anyways, I’m off on a tangent now and better quit while I’m ahead.  Lol! 

What about YOU? What do you have planned for this weekend?

Take care my friends! 🙂

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  • Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot

    Sounds like you’ve had a great week! I always love reading more in the fall and winter. Nothing like getting cozy with a cup of hot tea and a good book.

  • Great list Lindsay!
    Saying no without guilt – please send me the procedure for this LOL. I’m 34 and still getting the hang of it!
    Reading is such instant bliss – glad you’ve had relaxing afternoons.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  • Hey gorgeous! I’m glad you had a good week. Saying no without guilt is the BEST! I’m getting better at it, slowly. Afternoon naps are awesome, I haven’t had a chance to do much of that lately since the kiddo gave up napping. Sigh. Maybe this winter he’ll go into hibernation mode, lol. Sounds like you have a full weekend on tap with lots of furry friends! I hope it’s a great one! XOXO

  • San

    Oh, saying NO and not feeling guilty is HUGE! I am practicising that 😉

    I love reading, too… haven’t had much time this month, but am looking forward to more couch time with good books this fall! Any recommendations?

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh gosh, I don’t get why people buy animals and then give them away without a really GOOD reason. You’re right, they are forever – it’s like having a kid. You can’t just make these decisions lightly.

    I’m glad you have a nice weekend coming up though! I’ll be out of town with my mom and sister for a belated birthday celebration for my sister, so I’m excited. It’ll be nice to get away and relax a bit!

    Yay for getting back into reading! Best time of the year for it.


  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Way to go on your mini workouts! That’s awesome. I am also loving the saying no and feeling no guilt. It took me a long time to get to that point, but I feel so much freer now. Also, your tangent about dogs being life…AMEN sister. I agree completely. It breaks my heart when people “rehome” or take them to the shelter. :'( Poor babes.

  • I need to get back to reading. I was doing so good for a while, but I haven’t picked up a book in a couple weeks now. Sounds like you have a nice weekend ahead. So sorry to hear about your former friend giving her dog away. I’m so glad it had a happy ending with a new family and that you get to visit. ps. I need to get better about comments, emails, responses BIG TIME. It’s so hard to fit everything in! Have a fab weekend!

  • Kim Munoz

    Saying no is always good! I mean that in the best way of course lol. Junk food and mini work outs are good too. It’s all about balance right? Give the boys lots of love for me! We are doing the children’s museum tomorrow. I didn’t get to the gym all week so I will be playing catch up this weekend. Plus the boys can swim after so it’s a win!

  • TheEmiTimes

    Afternoon naps are the best! I have got do better with eating healthier meals. I would love to know which simple, healthy meals you made. I need some new recipes lol. It always feels great to get rid of stuff that we don’t need or use anymore. Have a great weekend.

  • Good thankful things, my friend! I believe my fave one was about your Mom coming over. I wish mine lived closer (we’re on opposite US coasts), so that we could hang with her more.

    Don’t even get me started about people who give their pets up because they’re no longer convenient. I hate that, and we see some of those situations with the animals we volunteer with. It’s f-ing infuriating.

  • Shannon Paige

    Oh my gosh I could not be friends with someone like that either! How horrible! We just rescued a 3 year old chion and she melts my heart, and to think of what she went through before she got to us 🙁


  • Last week was one of the better weeks of September. September was a doozy!
    We have a long weekend coming up and I can’t wait to kick back with a book, some tea, a warm blanket and the pups! 🙂

  • Trust me, it’s a learning process and doesn’t come over night. My mom and I used to get taken advantage of all the time because we’re kind/nice people, and I’m tired of getting dumped or shit on. No more. I don’t put up with crap anymore. Or LESS. Lol.
    Hope your week has been good love. 🙂

  • I’m not always great st saying no, but I have far less guilt than I used to. I just won’t put up with shit anymore. 🙂
    Oh em gee, I’m so tired lately. Waking up in pitch black, getting on the track before sunrise, it’s just depressing. I want to nap all weekend long, and we have two thanksgiving dinners this weekend so I’m thinking that’s the way to go.
    Can I go into hibernation mode with Ollie too? I like sleep. LOL.

    I hope you’ve been having a good week babes. xoxo

  • Exactly, sometimes life happens and circumstances are beyond your control, but the people that grow tired of their dogs or dispose of them like a piece of trash, come on. That’s just disgraceful. I don’t understand why some people have dogs at all, you know the ones that live on chains and live outdoors for their entire lives, it’s like why even bother having them if you hate/despise them so much? That kinda stuff really bothers me and i just don’t get it.

    I hope your belated birthday celebration with your sister and momma over the weekend were lovely. 🙂

  • Thanks girl! Reading your comments is always like a breath of fresh air.
    I just don’t understand why some people even get an animal in the first place. If it’s just going to be chained up living outdoors for its entire life, why bother? Spare the suffering! I just don’t understand some people. Would you try to return your kids if you got fed up and tired of them? That’s exactly my point. And some people just give up way too easily and don’t even try. And you know who suffers? That poor animal. I swear I care more about animals than I do most people.

  • I went months without reading a novel and man, have I missed it.
    It was so nice to see Houston, the lab that was rehomed. We cried when we saw him, he looks so SO good. He’s 13 now and honest to Pete, I’ve never seen a 13 yo lab look so good. And the way he adoringly looked up at his mom and dad who’ve had him for almost the entire time now, it’s beautiful and priceless. He’s so happy and so are they, and the rest is history. 🙂

    Girl I hear you, you’re not alone. Somedays I feel like I’m drowning and can’t keep up. You’ll never get any grief from me, I’m in the same boat girl. Lol!

  • It’s allllllll about the balance. Lmao.
    The children’s museum must’ve been fun. I hope your weekend was good and you’ve had some time to yourself momma.
    Happy almost Friday! 🙂

  • Most of our meals are simple, but then again we don’t eat very many carbs or sugar. We mostly eat a protein and vegetables every night. I don’t want to be spending any more time than necessary after I’ve been out of the house for 11 hours of the day, you know?

    I hope your week has been good, Em.

  • It’s awful to think of how many pets are surrendered and the circumstances they’ve come from.
    Your girl won the jackpot when you adopted her. I bet she’s never seen so much love. <3

  • It feels good, doesn’t it? 🙂

    No recommendations from me, I don’t read often enough to have a list. Lol. I like light reads and suspense. Stuart Woods is a good author for light reading. 🙂

  • That’s really unfortunate your mom is so far away. That actually makes me a bit sad on the inside. My mom came to pick up the boys last night again and it was so cute – all three of them were smiling as she drove off. Lol!

    You must see it a lot with all your volunteering. It makes me sick just how disposable animals are to some people. I swear if it was an eye for an eye, there’d be some serious trouble…