I like to sign up for free samples, especially those of the dessert/bar/cereal variety (shocking, I know). A few weeks ago, I received one full-sized Fiber One: 90 Calorie Chocolate Bar sample in the mail.

Honestly, I had forgotten I signed up for it, so it was a great surprise.

The best way I can describe this bar is a very chewy Rice Krispie treat (with choco chips).

It was on the smaller side as far as bars go, but given that it’s only 90 calories, that makes sense.

Overall, it was good but not great. It would probably be a good option if you are looking for a low-calorie snack with a bit of chocolate and the additional bonus of 5g of fiber.

Knowing me, I think I would like the peanut butter version even more…if anyone wants to send me a free sample of that! 😉

See! Even Health thinks Grateful Monday is a good idea. 😉

And with that endorsement, here’s what I am grateful for today:

1. Hot showers – My favorite temperature is approximately 81 degrees Fahrenheit, but paying a heating bill to maintain that temperature in my house would be prohibitive. I am positive, however, that my bathroom hits that temperature when I take a shower. It’s wonderful, and I always feel so refreshed afterward.

2. Flowers from Trader Joe’s – I don’t see the point in shelling out a lot of cash for flowers as a present (unless maybe they are a living plant…and even then, I’m still not sure how I feel about it), but as I’ve said before, I think Trader Joe’s has beautiful, cheery bouquets. My husband surprised me with one tonight as a congratulations-for-completing-your-first-day-of-work present.

3. Basic human kindness – Being new is hard. Change is hard. Facing the unknown is very hard. Aren’t we lucky there are plenty of humans on Earth who are willing to help someone else out, be it via a friendly word of advice, an encouraging text, or even a guided trip to the office supply room? I know I am.

4. Sleep – I am hoping to get some tonight, so I had better finish this post so that I can compete my last final of the quarter and send it in!

Thanks to another coupon, I was introduced to a new (to me) bar: the Think Thin White Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts Crunch Bar.

White chocolate is my favorite kind of chocolate, so I was pretty excited about these.

One tip: Don’t eat this bar for the first time shortly after consuming a White Hot Chocolate with Extra Whip + Hershey’s Bliss White Chocolates. You will only taste the nuts.

However, if you consume it in any other situation, the nuts are complimented by a light white chocolate taste. It’s really quite pleasant, tasting more like a cereal bar than a protein bar, which is always a plus.

I mean, I wouldn’t complain if they increased the amount of white chocolate, but that kind of goes without saying…

 

It’s that time again, folks: the time when we redirect our attention from our daily cares to what’s making our lives a little (or a lot) easier. Let Grateful Monday begin!

1. My husband – I know he was #1 last time as well, but you might as well get used to it! Anyone who is always willing to drop what he’s doing to help you deal with whatever is stressing you out at the moment. Let’s just say I got a lot of sympathy massages this weekend.

2. My therapist – I started going to therapy because I wanted to learn to face, recognize, and deal with my emotions, and this week my therapist has me writing down what emotion I am feeling every hour. At first, I really resented the assignment, but after only five days of this, I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER. Life is still hard, and now I actually have to feel my emotions, but I am very much comforted by the fact that I am right there, living it instead of busy-ing it away.

3. Sabbaths – Thanks to our very wise pastor, my husband and I have been setting aside one day a week in which to rest (get away from everyday responsibilities and cares, putting down our laptops, and spending some time with ourselves, each other, and God too). This week we went to the planetarium and science museum, did a little shopping and browsed the Barnes and Noble magazine racks, and feasted on frozen yogurt.  Sabbaths get me through the week.

4. People who living thoughtfully and deliberately – I read this post from Fit and Feminist, quoted below, and the former English major whose senior paper examined Third Wave perspectives got very excited.*

What it all comes down to is this persistent societal belief that women’s bodies do not belong to them.  They belong to society, government, husbands, dudes on the street, randos on the internet – everybody but the women themselves.  And because I’m really not all that keen on acting like our bodies are somehow divorced from ourselves, I’ll just come out and say it – in the eyes of many, we are simply not people.

…Your means of resistance is most likely different from mine, and that’s okay, because what matters the most is that you have the right to choose for yourself.

*The current SNL fan was very excited as well.

5. New Music – Specifically within this post by audiofanaticsociety, in which I discovered Beach Fossils and then subsequently reminisced about my old music blog. I really need to get back into it.

Ps. Props to Spencer (the blog’s author), who is apparently also a big Justin Vernon fan–and who featured his new release in the same post as a Gregory Alan Isakov song. Very cool, Spencer.