Friday, March 23, 2012

These are a Few of my Favorite Things....

When the dog bites...
When the bee stings...
When the husband deploys again after a wonderful two weeks of R&R...

If I had to pick my favorite movie of all time, it would have to be The Sound of Music. I loved singing all the songs as a child. I love both the music and the storyline as an adult. It is just one of those classics that never, ever gets old to me. So what's a girl to do when she is all alone and missing her honey late at night? Pop in her favorite movie!
While watching the movie and caught up in song, I decided that maybe the best way to get out of my post-R&R funk was to think of a few of my favorite things. (Oh, Rodgers and simple genuises!) And the more I thought about them, the more I was motivated to do them. And the more I did them, the less boo-hooish I have become. (Funny how that works!)
But even happiness felt from the best moments can fade. Here I am alone again at night, feeling sorry for myself. And I would feel silly watching the same movie twice in a row, so I have decided to recreate my favorite-things-day here. If nothing else, I will leave this space with happy thoughts :)

-A Mission Accomplished.

Remember how I joked in the last blog that I wanted to take the perfect airport picture? Well, I got it.
Professionally speaking, it is not the perfect photo. I'm sure the lighting is wrong, and the angles are wrong, and I centered it wrong...but it is still pretty perfect to me! Please note the size of the grin on my son's face as he sees his father for the first time in 6 1/2 months. If that doesn't make your heart melt, then you are not human!!! Also, don't miss the fact that my daughter has literally leapt onto her daddy. This four-year-old is about 50 inches tall and her legs are nowhere in sight! :)

-His Smelly Sweatshirt.

What is it about boys' shirts that are so much more comfortable than girls'? Seriously?! The first day after he left I went fishing in our dirty clothes hamper just so I could smell him on me and "cuddle" up next to him. (Don't judge me! I know it's lame!) Even so, I am sorry to say, babe, you will never wear this sweatshirt again. I have officially inherited it :)

-Dirty Fingernails.

It was a GORGEOUS 80 degrees and sunny today in El Paso. I had dropped the kiddos off with the intention of heading off to the grocery store, but I was sidelined by the beckoning of my own empty garden pots. I made a sporadic decision to head to Lowes, where I spent the remainder of the morning standing in the sunshine, digging in the dirt, and planting all sorts of pretty, fragrant flowers in my pots in the front yard. And they look fantastic.
Either get jealous or get inspired ;)

-A Good Run.

Turns out I did have time to make it to the grocery store, and I even had time to squeeze in a super-quick run. (Amazing the amount of things you can do in a few hours sans-kids!) I am a runner--this is no surprise to anyone who knows me. I love kicking my own butt with a good jog. There is no way you can feel bad about it afterwards. (Though I do freely admit, that sometimes it can seem pretty sucky during!)

-A Much-Awaited E-Mail.

I hadn't heard from my husband in a while, because he was on the move! It takes a few days to get them home, but the Army sure wastes no time getting them back! But I am happy to say that I now know exactly where he is in the world, that he is safe, and that he was willing to lose some sleep in order to appease his worrisome wife with a late-night email.

-Dinner with a Friend.

People deal with sadness in different ways. Some keep to themselves. Some pile on events. I tend to rest somewhere in the middle. Though I am not exactly motivated to plan a girl's night or head out on the town, I still like to have people to socialize with. And I am so thankful to have family and friends who are willing to call and come visit at my discretion. I love each and every one of you--Truly.
Tonight, I was able to have a friend over at the last minute to cook "supper" for and keep me company, and I already have volunteers for future assignments. (lol) Help to keep the schedule packed...I promise not to be too much of a downer :)

-A Glass of Wine.

My husband is the best! I know I am biased, but I don't give a flying flip (ha!) One night when he was here, I caught him on the website for a winery back in Bryan, TX where he ordered my Christmas present from--and he decided to restock my stash. As luck would have it, my new shipment of wine arrived the same day that he left. When I emailed my husband that it had arrived, he responded, "Glad it made it babe. Trading one vice for another huh?" (See?! He's got jokes!)

-A Time to Blog.

I love this stupid blog, and about all 10 of you who consistently read it :) Of course, I love my husband more. That's why I haven't been on here for the better part of two weeks. And come the time when he is home for good, the blogging will probably not be as frequent. But I do really enjoy this, and I am SO happy I hopped back onto it today. And should there be more sad days in the future, you can expect to find me here--hoping to make sense of it all!

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