Saturday, January 11, 2014
Ten Things of Thankful-#30
Nerf War: My weekend finished on the highest note. It was exactly what I needed. GirlyK got a Nerf Rebelle for Christmas. Of course this meant Ase and Zany needed to update their armory. While I was attempting to gather myself and write last weeks post, Ase, Ase’s girlfriend, The Counting Mutant, Zany, and GirlyK gathered their weapons together and burst through the back door. The squealing in the back yard blasting the crap out of each other lasted for an hour. My harmony loving heart is full and happy. It set the tone for the entire week.
My Mother in Law: Counting Mutant’s Mom fell this week and broke her ankle the day before New Year’s Eve. At 85, she is still full of love for those around her. I learned graceful patience from her. I learned about joy, laughter and the art of conversation from her. She taught me that joy was possible in this job of Mothering. She had surgery and is now in rehab for a while.
The Holidays are OVER! Normalcy came on Monday, with Counting Mutant and Ase at work, Zany back in school, GirlyK’s homeschooling schedule could resume. We intended the day to be super productive, but we ended up basking in the stillness of the house. Moving at our own pace through the assignments and To-Dos.
Science Fair is DONE! The homeschool group we are affiliated with is through a private school. The official classification is Private Satellite School Program (PSP.) One of the requirements for Jr. High is to participate in the school’s science fair. Girly K loves her science-just read the Dead Cat story-but she’s not a fan of the presentation/art side. This year she decided to focus on that. The three days she worked on her board paid off. The number's sweater and the promise to dye her hair with Kool-aid helped her motivation.
And of course she is already planning for next year-BUT for now, the lab is empty.
Frozen:That film. On Tuesday, after the Science Fair, GirlyK and I celebrated by lunching and a movie. It seemed a perfect bookend. The film started our holidays so it should end it. Simply the reminder that love thaws fear added to my week’s focus.
Gracious friends: Typically in January, after the holiday rush, my fibro tends to flair. This week has been no different. Anxiety attacks have been a regular visitor to my afternoon, along with a touch of fibro fog. This usually means I limit who I speak to because what comes out of my mouth is so unpredictable. Wednesday at coffee with a friend, I sounded like a cell phone call breaking up. Incomplete sentences, forgotten thoughts and out of context replies were embarrassingly apparent. My friend never even blinks or looks confused, just happily sits and we converse like everything is normal.
Dogs: Yup. Them again. Part of the flair up this time was pain. I think my body is still complaining about falling. It is great to HAVE to walk them because it makes the pain phase process faster. They help me remember, if I rest, I only make it worse.
Slaughtered the Laundry Monster: Somehow the holidays knocked the laundry schedule off its ear. Counting Mutant’s pile was taller than me. It only took me two days to get it all caught up and put away. It is the little victories.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Zany and I saw it last weekend. Throughout the week, others in the house have gone as well. I loved the original with Danny Kaye so much, I was a little concerned about what Ben Stiller would do to it. The result is a breathtaking, thought provoking story. It is worth seeing it on a big screen.