My week was so full, I have enough material for two posts. After the amazing experience with Jury Duty on Tuesday, the adventure continued:
1. People to People: is an organization that sends kids to other countries in for a cultural exchange. The first year G visited London and Paris. Last year G went to Canada. This year G gets to go to Australia. In year’s past I’ve not been able to participate in the fundraisers. This year I could and Bunco was the perfect antidote to the day. Australian food suggested by A Mother Life accompanied by Australian wine. Even GirlyK tried some Vegimite!
2. Navigating friendships: I really hate when I’m right. AND it was confirmed when GirlyK procrastinated school work and had a minor meltdown before a homeschool Constitution class. I am proud of her for not wanting to answer in kind to the “good-hearted teasing” she’s on the other side of. Her thick skin and acutely logical mind can make friendships difficult for her to manage, BUT I’m proud of her integrity.
3 New cups: I am a sucker for a nice cup. I lost my favorite Starbucks one last weekend, and GirlyK needed the artistic therapy… so of course that meant new cups, new sharpies and DOODLES.
4. Irony: Since we call a spade a spade around here, I bought GirlyK this On Wednesdays We Wear Pink shirt as a reminder to own her own crap during that friendship growth season.
5. Thursday: Typically my Thursday night is coffee/drinks with the fantastic artist Jeannie Hart. She’s in the UK for a few weeks, so I had to adjust. I spent the two hours, outside of the dance studio, feet propped up researching tutoring and trying to pass level 137 in Candy Crush.
6. Jimmy Fallon: had a lip sinc battle with Paul Rudd. I’m just going to leave this here:
7. Realization: GirlyK does NOT like boy bands. Sure some of the songs are alright, but it wasn’t until Jimmy Fallon started singing Juke Box Hero that I realized why. With older brothers and a Rock and Roll Dad, she has an eclectic taste in music. It doesn’t matter if the boy is cute, she’d rather sing the song.
8. Lent: is around the corner. Last year I went beyond the numb protestant observation and studied the liturgical significance of it. It was a deeply meaningful and celebratory time for me. I’ve been praying about what direction to take this year. What I landed on was Elizabeth Esther’s Gentle Lent.
9. Rain!!! We got some, about two days worth. Mostly it was spitting, but we had a few beautiful moments that were full fledged big wet drops from the sky.
10. Clean air: Remember a few weeks ago when my air looked like this?
Well… NOW it looks like this. AND we can see the mountains. These are the few days when I realize why people originally settled into this Central Valley town. Take away the particulate matter in the air and it is a pretty place.