It is Sunday night. My kids are tucked into their beds and are sound asleep. My kitchen is clean. My living room is tidy and ready for the start of another week. I spent all afternoon yesterday cycling, folding, and putting away laundry. I won't have to do laundry again for another 2 weeks or so. Woo hoo! Lesson plans are ready for the morning. The whole house smells like the wonderful cinnamon candles I've been burning all weekend. My husband is at OUR COMPUTER, which is back from Best Buy this afternoon.
Side note--DO NOT buy a computer from Best Buy. DO NOT have The Geek Squad work on your computer. They are lazy, sloppy, and entirely dishonest. It took them 6 weeks to replace our hard drive. They returned the computer to us last week and told us there was a new hard drive in it. We get it home only to discover that they had wiped our old hard drive clean (the one that has now crashed twice), rebuilt it, and put it back in. They told us it was a new hard drive. Liars! They lied about other things, too. What could have been done in the store in 30 minutes took them 6 weeks to do, and caused Matt several hours of frustration, trips down to the store, talks with various associates, managers, etc. to get it all squared away. Okay, enough complaining. I have my computer back, and I'm glad.
So anyway, where was I going? Oh yeah! It has been a fabulous weekend. It started on Friday night. A kind friend from church gave us a gift certificate for a night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. So Deb-Deb babysat overnight for us. Matt and I went and saw Fireproof. Fabulous movie! I highly recommend it. It will be the best money you've spent on a movie in a very long time. After the movie, we went to P.F. Chang's for dinner. Yummy! We checked into the hotel and enjoyed a quiet evening just talking without kids interrupting. I slept like a log on the kingsize Serta pillowtop mattress. Matt got an awful headache in the middle of the night. After visiting the front desk to beg for Advil, he ended up spending the rest of his night on the couch in our room. Poor guy! The Advil kicked in, and we both slept until our alarm went off at 9. I can't tell you the last time I slept until 9! It was wonderful! We enjoyed a very leisurely breakfast of croissants and lattes at a local bakery. It was so great to have some focused time for the two of us. It wasa much-needed break from routine for us both. I spent the rest of the day doing laundry, and crocheting between loads. I'm on a make-hats-for-cancer-patients kick right now.
This morning was church. One of the guys in our community group got baptized this morning, so we went out to lunch to celebrate. We went out to...Sam's Club...for pizza. Ha ha! Strange yes, but a good value for sure! The kids napped this afternoon. Matt worked on getting the computer set up. I crocheted, watched the NASCAR race, and forced myself to drink a quart of cranberry juice. Not the Ocean Spray cranberry juice cocktail. Nope, it was the real, no-sweetener-added, Whole Foods junk. I have yet another bladder infection, and I can't take antibiotics this time. So it's the miserable regiman of that torturous juice for me the next 3 days. I'm praying it works, cause that crap is N-A-S-T-Y! It's bitter enough to make my eyes water and my hair curl! At least my Jimmie Johnson won the race today, the cause for much rejoicing for me! Go Lowes! See, I knew that my wearing the corny NASCAR #48 lounge pants would bring Jimmie good luck!!! I take partial credit for Jimmie's win today. Tonight we went back to church for an all-church prayer meeting. It was good for my heart to spend an hour with our church family seeking God's face for wisdom in the future direction of our church. I love our church!
Now I'm comfortably (except for the quart of cranberry juice churning in my stomach) settled in bed. I'm thankful for the use of Deb-Deb's laptop when she's not at home! I'm thinking ahead to the coming month. There's so much to look forward to! Next weekend is the LifeChange staff women's retreat. I'm looking forward to a weekend away to be encouraged and to spend time with God and my gal pals. We'll be at a gorgeous lakefront resort, and the weather is supposed to be spectacular! The following weekend I'm flying out to North Carolina to spend 5 days with Beverly. I seriously can't wait! We have big plans to watch chick flicks, drink tea, look at pictures, and do lots of laughing. She's good for me--a reality check and a reminder not to take my health for granted. I'm good for her--someone who is not intimidated by her illness, someone who could care less if she's bald and can't walk, someone who has walked very closely the cancer road before and is familiar with what she's going through. I thank God for this sweet friend. And I try not to think of what will happen to my heart if she loses this battle. *Shudders*
There's a lot of other awesome stuff coming up and lots more to say, but I think I've said enough for tonight. I hope I haven't bored you with this rather mundane recounting of our weekend and anticipation of the next few weeks. This blog was more for me than for anyone else. Happy week, y'all!