Five Things Friday


After a crazy long day of errands and quality time with my husband, I’m thinking about a lot of things that I’m thankful for. Right after dinner as we were watching TV, we heard a strange noise. One car backed up into another right outside our apartment. No one was hurt, there was minimal damage, and there was no drama.

I’ve been in a couple car accidents before. No matter the degree of damage, they’re hard to deal with. It makes me glad that I have good insurance, and really puts things in perspective.

So, instead of my five favorite things of the week, I’d like to share five things I’m grateful for.

1. Reusable Water Bottles

water bottle

I now own three of these things and I use them on a daily basis. Not only is it one of my favorite physical objects, but I seriously don’t know what I’d do without it. I fill mine with spring water, a squirt or two of lemonade flavored Mio, and half a tray of ice cubes. At night I drink plain water. I rotate the use of these so that my dishwasher (Shawn) has time to clean them.

2. Energizing Music


Think of Barney’s Get Psyched Mix from the TV show: How I Met Your Mother. “People often think a good mix should rise and fall, but people are wrong. It should be ALL RISE, BABY! Now prepare yourselves for an audio journey into the white-hot center of adrenaline…BAM!” <– This is the only way I know how to get through an hour at the gym.

3. Humor

Unshelved Not Just a Job

There’s nothing like a good, 30 minute comedy show to help me take the edge off. Or a comic book. One of my favorites is Unshelved. It’s about librarians and their experiences while working in a library. If you love books, or have ever worked in a customer service position, Unshelved is for you!

4. Descent Physical Health


My FitBit helps me believe that I’m capable of anything. Thankfully, my mind is well and lucid to know better than to try. My eyesight stinks-I have astigmatism, I fail at oral hygiene-my dental bill would astound you, my knees like to give out randomly, yeast is my worst enemy, I cry during the winter, and my body generally rebels against sleep when it’s dark out. Yeah, I have my problems, but God blessed me with this body and despite minor setbacks, I’ll push through it all to live my life well.

5. My Family

Wise Kouts Wedding

Shawn and I are excited to get new glasses soon, and that wouldn’t happen without help from my mother-in-law. The gift of sight! It’s better than Christmas!

My own mother is super woman. If you know her, then you know this statement to be true. She works hard, always has a positive attitude (and not always assisted by coffee, mind you!), cooks, cleans, quilts, teaches…is there nothing she cannot do? I don’t think so. She home schooled all three kids (so if spell-check missed something here, blame her). My parents have been married for THIRTY-NINE years!!! For most of the summer she’s helping my grandma recover from heart surgery. That means around the clock care. Wow!

Both of my mom’s are an incredible inspiration to me. My mother-in-law has been at the same company for 42ish years! I’d love to find a job that I could put that much loyalty into.

My dad is a hard worker too. It took some time, but I’m finally understanding the wisdom behind the words, “expand your horizons.” In short, I’m sorry for playing Jump 5 so much as a teenager.


Kristina Wise



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