After a few very long weeks, Natalie and I were able to connect and get together for a nice long lunch at Olive Garden, followed by a little shopping together. It's always so great to just chill over Cokes and good food and wonderful company! What a blessing! By the way, Olive Garden has added to their lunch menu.
Grace and I were able to meet the dentist/doctor that will be removing her wisdom teeth next week. She was as calm as could be. Me, not so much. He went into such detail that it made me a bit sick. She wasn't quite as calm after hearing all the "possible" things that could go wrong, but, then again, she's been through two surgeries and is pretty brave. She acted pretty confident, however, she no likee IV's! I'm so proud of that girl! She really is a brave girl. We really like the doctor. He's young! When did doctors become little kids? Or is it the other way around?
I keep getting asked about the age of my laptop. It's almost six years old! Doug and I were talking about it and I told him that I've not minded having it be so old because it's been perfect since the day we bought it. It was top of the line, so I always felt like it was a winner, even though it was aging. They tell us that laptop longevity is three years, so I'm counting my blessings that it's been so perfect for so long. And yes, we knew it was living on borrowed time! We call that, in our home, "a tithing blessing"... you know... when things that, by all rights and means, should be dead by now but because we pay an honest tithe, things just last longer, work better than they should. There's a quote that says, "Expect miracles." We believe in them, for sure! ;)
Book group is tomorrow night and I've not finished the book! I bought it two years ago and read it then, but I am rereading it, so that will fill much of my day tomorrow (and probably my wee hours of night tonight, if I can't sleep!) This month, we're reading, "The Happiness Project". Love it! Totally up my alley!
ZJ's birthday is less than a week away. She commented, "Mom, I thought you'd forgotten mine was coming since you are so involved with Dad's this year." I had to laugh. I have only two things left to purchase and hers will be ready too. I love that she's so excited about it! In our family, we joke that you may not talk about your birthday until the previous holiday passes. For ZJ, St. Patty's Day is two days before. That doesn't give her much time time talk birthday, so we do make an exception for her. If not for this rule, I'd be hearing about Quayd's October birthday in November and for the entire rest of the year! Poor Grace, with only a week past Christmas. With the bigs, it was much more spread out!
I've also been asked about Kelly. We've not spoken to Kelly in over a month. She no likee her family these days. She no likee when her parents expect her to be respectful in our home and in front of our kids. Oh well. One day, she'll learn. Rumor has it that her marriage is over. Say it with me, "Again?"
Note to self: When turning on the oven to 400' and the house starts smoking and the smoke alarm goes off, don't just assume it's the melted butter from last night's bread sticks! CHECK THE OVEN for the pan of banana bars, wrapped in plastic and now melted all over the place. By the way, those banana bars are - were to die for!
I was looking at Pinterest and thought that this fit many relationships in my lifetime...
You know someone's special to you when...you don't talk for a while because things gut busy but when you two eventually do, it's like you didn't miss a beat. You talk like there was no gap in between and you both laugh until both your stomachs hurt. It's a rare and special connection and personal, I think it's pure magic. If you ever find someone like this in you life, never let them go.
That's it for tonight. Tomorrow, lunch with Denise, Book Group, visiting teaching and working on "Project 60"!
Life is good!
Sometimes we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that much for them.