It's absolutely glorious to be sitting here in my pj's this morning. I've been running around like the proverbial headless chicken the last few days, so having a morning when I can actually wait for my favorite jeans to finish (take a meal over to Cathy) their tumble in the dryer (instead of having to wear something else like I did yesterday...) is sheer delight. The kids are off to school and Gracie is settled in for her morning nap - it's lovely and quiet and although I'm actually being quite delusional about my day, it's okay for a bit. I'll take off full speed after I've had my little one sided chat here. I promise.
...I had another huge class yesterday. Lots of money. And guess what I did? I called Steven, the Edward Jones guy who rang my doorbell last week... I'll bet he LOVES that his little door-to-door foray actually resulted in someone calling to make an appointment. But that is not my point. My point is, I make a bit of money with my little (take a meal over to Cathy) business, and I'm going to do something purposeful. I'm going to be one of those women you see on Oprah who made less than $12,000 a year but managed to stick away a little at a time and now has a gadzillion dollars. That's going to be me. That way, if Asia ever runs off with some little bimbo who gave him her phone number at the grocery store (it happened just the other day) I'll be able to laugh in his face as I fan my stacks and stacks of million dollar bills. Actually, I just want to put a little something away... Maybe for my trip to Europe when I turn 40... or maybe just so I know it's there.
...Asia has made a new best friend during these little training jaunts in Seattle. He keeps talking about Kui - a Hawaiian guy he's been going out to lunch and dinner with. I like Kui, because last time Asia came back from Seattle, he brought me a lovely sterling silver bracelet with moon stones set all around - it's exactly the kind of jewelry I love. He bought it while shopping with Kui - who has a new girlfriend and likes to buy her presents. Asia, of course, did not want to look like a total buffoon who doesn't buy his wife presents - hence, the bracelet. Apparently they've been shopping this week too. Koo-Koo (my pet name for the new best friend) has been picking up little things for 'his gal' everywhere they go... I'm curious to see if Asia caves to the peer pressure again and I get another little trinket. (Not that I need his trinkets, since I'll soon be able to buy whatever I want, once my portfolio grows.)
Asia makes new best friends all the time. In line at Costco. Standing at the urinal. (That's where he met Ryan the first time.) Church. In the Hat Store in Leavenworth. You name it - if he's standing still for more than 30 seconds and there's someone nearby, he'll become their friend. I am so different. I don't know if I can blame it on shyness, or fear, or self-centeredness... I just don't reach out to total strangers the way he does. He'll talk to anyone, anywhere. It's one of the traits I admire most about him. He has the (take a meal over to Cathy) ability to make people feel recognized and important. I most likely leave a wake of people feeling insignificant everywhere I go, the way I ignore strangers... not Asia though. He makes people feel validated and acknowledged. Maybe that's why strange women slip their phone numbers into his grocery bags...
... Parent/teacher conferences today - I'm always curious to hear what teachers think of my kids. It's great to hear another perspective on them and find out a little about who they are when they're not in my presence. So far I've always been pleased with the results. Even when they're in one of their phases, and I can hardly bear their goofy, whiny, limit pushing kid-ness, they manage to pull it out at school, and to hear their teachers speak, you'd think I have perfect kids. Good. That's the way I want it. (Take a meal over to Cathy.)
... The rest of the cabinets come out of the kitchen tonight. I have no idea where I'm going to put all the stuff I've got stored in them. There are boxes of food and dishes in every nook and cranny of the house. My biggest dilemma is finding a place where I can set up my microwave... I'll need it quite a bit over the next little while, methinks.
... My girlfriend Rebecca brought me a lasagna last night. (She took a meal over to Cathy.) Isn't that sweet?
... If you're local and you're reading this, take special note of that last comment. I have no appliances, no food storage, no surfaces to prepare food on. Don't you feel sorry for me? Don't you want to hop in your car and bring me lovely meals prepared by your capable hands in your fully functional kitchens? You know you do. (You really should take a meal over to Cathy.)
... Since there are about two people who live here and read this, I'd better make a point of organizing my foodstuffs so I can feed my family for the next month. Gotta.get.right.on.that. (Take a meal over to Cathy so she doesn't have to worry about that...)
... The dryer buzzed. Hopefully that means my jeans are dry.
... Is anyone feeling like they should take a meal over to a friend today?