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Day 189: New Used Clothes and Gregorian Chant

It makes me giggle a little to have two gratitude items in one day that are not even remotely related to each other.

The first one is my latest ThredUp box. ThredUp is an online brand name consignment store. I've had varied experiences in the past with both buying and selling there, but my latest order nailed it! It's not like Stitch Fix where you have a stylist; you have to pick out your own stuff. I've had the best luck when I stick with brands I know (Gap, Limited, Banana Republic), because I trust the sizing a little more. This time I kept 8 out of 8 items! I "needed" a denim jacket but of course I had to order enough to get free shipping, because I'm offended by paying shipping (thanks, Amazon!). I got a maxi skirt, capris, two pairs of shorts, two tank tops, a tee shirt and a denim jacket for just under $80. A couple of thinks didn't fit perfectly, but were good enough for the price. Here's my referral link if you want to check it out: http://www.thredup.com/r/2YVYRG 

My second item was the Gregoriam Chant channel on Pandora! Ha! Who knew? Since summer began, my early morning prayer/quiet time has fallen by the wayside, as have the big boys' naps most days. I let them watch a couple of PBS Kids shows after lunch while the baby naps and I try to get some prayer and reading time in then, with varying degrees of success. I struggle staying focused when my "quiet" is actually Sid the Science Kid yapping about something. I had to have something to cover the cartoon sound but not distract me further. I didn't think Pandora would have it but I searched for Gregoriam Chant and boom! There is was. It definitely did the trick, and it also made me want to soak in a hot tub and relax forever. I'm pretty new to that type of music (thanks Advent at Ephasus) but I will definitely be using that channel to help relax and quiet ye olde brain in the future. 

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