1. Thing I am obsessing over:Actors with (northern) English/Irish accents. I'm now watching season 1 of BBC's Merlin. It is a sickness, people.
2. Things I am working on:
- Getting a tan. Holy cow - what a great weekend. 22 degrees today.
- Getting the last load of dishes done. I had 16 folks over for (Easter?) dinner on Thursday night and it's taking me forever to clean up afterwards on account of all the sunshine outside. (The reason I put a question mark after the word Easter, is because, looking back, I don't think we acknowledged Jesus at all during the evening. I suck at honouring the main thing. (Be it birthdays, anniversaries, first day of Spring, Jesus getting risen from the dead ...)
- Getting all my papers together re: income tax.
- Smiling more.
3. Things I am thinking about:
- It's April 1 tomorrow and I probably won't do a prank, not in real life and not on my blog.
- I am also thinking about this day, and how incredible it was. It started with a morning visit with my dad - who showed me at lunchtime that he could feed himself. One bowl of pudding in three spoonfuls, shovelled in with his left hand. Yay dad. Then some time in the sun before scrambling to find a cake for Max's (2-years-clean) cake night. (To clarify - his buddy was going to bring the cake, but ran out of time at 5 pm, so I went looking. THREE grocery stores later I found something that wasn't ideal but would work.) And then? THEN? The best NA meeting I've ever attended. It is the absolute best thing in the entire world to listen to young people tell your son how much he has positively impacted them in their recovery journey. Seriously. THE BEST THING EVER. I love their transparency. Their honesty. Their commitment to NA and to their friendships. I love the way they encourage the new guy. And support the guy who relapsed but is trying again. I am in awe with the way they have all seen each other at their absolute worst, and it doesn't matter. They have each other's backs and rejoice as they all reach milestones in their recovery. IT WAS SUCH A GOOD EVENING until 10 minutes before it ended when Max said to the guy in charge, "Ask my mom to share, she'll say something." And then everyone looked at me, and Max's friends started chanting, "Mom. Mom. Mom." AND I HAD NOTHING PREPARED. And I was drawing a complete blank and I didn't know what I wanted to say, and Max was looking at me, so I got up to the podium and HAD NOT A THOUGHT IN MY HEAD other than that I was so very thankful. So that's what I said. That I was thankful for each person there. And proud of them. And happy. Because two years clean is a big deal, and I know Max wouldn't have made it without the friends he has in that room. And now? I'm obsessing about what I could've/should've said. And then after the meeting, I drove Drew and Danica back to my place where we ate hotdogs and chocolate (one after the other, not at the same time) and at 11 pm I drove to Clint's basement suite in Vancouver to clean out his fridge, wash the floor and vacuum it, and meet his new roommate. I left at 2 am, knowing that that suite was still disgusting. Clint's new digs are a house that a friend of mine's daughters lived in. So my friend and her husband have been cleaning it all week for Clint. AND THE REASON I WAS HELPING CLINT CLEAN HIS SUITE WAS THAT RANDOMLY AND COMPLETELY COINCIDENTLY, ANOTHER FRIEND OF MINE'S DAUGHTER IS MOVING INTO CLINT'S SUITE. The world? Is a small place.
4. I am anticipating:
- more sunny days. I have a feeling it's going to kill me that I can't leave work at 3 to catch those rays.
- Some birthday celebrations, a Chris Tomlin concert, overnighters at the cabin, two more BBC DVD series to arrive by mail, and a decision to be made (by me) about my living arrangements. Try selling again? What/Where would I move? THESE QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED.
5. I am listening to absolutely nothing. Which reminds me, I have to put that load in the dryer.
6. I am eating the last few Purdy's mini eggs left over from Thursday night. Not only did no one mention Jesus during the evening- we didn't even have an egg/candy hunt.
7. I am praying for: (See here's the thing. When I crashed back in November/December and then focused on re-building during the months of January/February - I was praying mostly for me/my ability to do my job as well as the FOTF prayer requests we hear each morning. But lately, as my world gets bigger than me and my job again, all those other requests have re-entered my life. Like:
- my dad's companions at the care home, as well as the workers
- people struggling with addictions
- local NA meetings
- friends who are struggling with health issues
- protection against divorce for my family and friends
- newly married and engaged couples
- my family
8. I am reading:
- smutty novels. (Perfect escapism while sitting in the sun on my patio.) This will have to change.
- The Bible in One Year
- The Power of a Praying Parent
9. I am happy about:
- I saw this on Friday night with Danica, (and her friends Holly, Taryn) and my mom:
- Visa's protection policy. Clint's truck was broken into earlier this month and his backpack and laptop were stolen. On Thursday afternoon, while he was in his office, someone slipped in and grabbed his backpack and laptop AGAIN. Twice in one month he's been robbed. But because he had purchased his replacement backpack and laptop with Visa, there is a chance he will get re-imbursed. Praying that when he talks to them on Tuesday it will be good news.
- Speaking of good news - I lost my iPhone last Tuesday evening. It fell out of my pocket when I was at the hockey game. I called Roger's Arena on Saturday to see if it had been turned in to their lost and found -AND IT HAD. Clint picked it up for me this morning. So happy there are honest people in the world.
- And I am super happy that Drew loves working fulltime.
10. I am wishing:
- that God's will be done. Here on earth (and in my life) as in heaven.