i’m fortunate enough to have a father who is handy in the yard and insists his skill set is always more in-demand than hired help. case in point, last week, he started building a deck on the back of my house. not only is his hobby saving me a ton of money, this deck will be something i will love that much before because it’s being built with love (& some occasional cursing).
the girls i’ve been nannying for the better part of the last five years are still one the greatest diversions i’ve been afforded. last weekend, i was their chauffeur & cheap entertainment for 72 hours. i introduced the littlest tot (now an 8th grader) to my love, the Hallmark channel. i assumed she’d settle in for one Christmas movie & then blow me off, but turns out, my love for the cheesiest holiday movies was infectious. 4 movies later, she finally moved on. but not before i kept a long running tradition alive by baking up some orange cinnamon rolls & chocolate chip pancakes.
mama j & i first saw wicked up in Chicago about 4 years ago. when tickets went on sale for the Indy tour, we jumped on the chance to attend. when a song gives you chills, you know it’s good, & i had chills during at least 5 of ‘em.
on Sunday, storms moved through my beloved state. last i heard, they’ve settled for 26— 26 tornadoes in a state plopped in the middle of the country. the Starbucks right up the road from my parent’s house was hit, but that hasn’t stopped Starbucks from providing coffee for customers. we were warned the storms would hit, but nothing can ever prepare you for the destruction. when a break arrived in the path, i drove downtown for dinner & was greeted by the most beautiful light. ah, indianapolis. you really do feel like home.
the past three days have been a bit of a blur. my alarm on Monday went off at 4:45 am to get in a work out before heading up north to a farm tour; however, on my way to meet my team, we got word the tour was cancelled due to said storms. a shortened day in the office meant loads of laundry, cleaning of the house, and grading for more hours than i’d like to count that evening. tuesday was for being a shy girl in front of pro athletes & the Selena concert with my favorite long-haired beauty. yesterday was for a Fuel Up to Play 60 presentation downtown & a long drive up north to Attica, IN where i witnessed a Family Fitness Night that completely blew me away.
luckily, yesterday morning, i didn’t have to be in the office until 11 am (!!!).
right now, life feels good, really good.
"i do know how lucky i am" was the statement that exited my mouth last night, and it’s true, 6 months ago, i was a different person, & it feels nice knowing there’s room to grow, challenges to overcome, an acceptance of the past that has to happen in order to proceed, & a promise to live more in the present that must be followed.
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