Friday, April 18, 2008

It's Friday; It's a Good Thing

It's Friday. I'm at the library and I should be working on my book. I have been writing for the last hour and a half, and now I hit a snag, so I thought I'd try to do my Friday post first, then see if the creative juices come back. Otherwise, I'll trudge through thick writing that I will no doubt have to chop and rewrite in the future!

So what am I thankful for this week?

1. 80 degree weather. After lots of cold days, it finally is warm. I think we'll
eat outside tonight, light up the fire pit and have some s'mores. Sit around late into the night with my husband drinking wine and talking, listening to the crickets and the frogs down in the woods, enjoying the privacy that comes every spring when the leaves come out and cocoon us in our own little piece of heaven.

2. The zoo. Is there a more fun place to take kids when they have a day off school? Monday they had a teacher workday so we drove into D.C. There are times NOT to go to the zoo. Spring break is one of these. Anytime in the summer. Christmas break. Normally, anytime the weather is hot or many kids are off school. But we live a ways away and no one close to D.C. was off school, and the weather was 55 degrees and the animals were all out, waiting for us to admire them. We saw every animal in the zoo. Walked until I was in serious pain, hobbling on my bad foot, but smiling every moment. We ate lunch over looking the two pandas (who were also lunching, on some bamboo). And while the parking is not free, the zoo is, so it was a great day of little cost, and for the first time, I actually got us there without getting lost!

Here's my favorite guy:

And some more:

Are we having fun yet?

3. GPS. After said trip to the zoo we decided to drive downtown (the other side of downtown) to pick my hubby up for dinner. Instead of totally freaking out over driving in the city in rush hour traffic, I calmly put in our coordinates into the GPS and let it direct us. Of course, it took us to Constitution and 14th NE instead of NW, which I didn't even know was possible until I sat at a stop sign looking up at the street sign while the female in my car satellite kept saying, "You are are your final desitination," and I said, "I am NOT at my destination! I am surrounded by row houses and the Potomac and I am suppose to be in the middle of office buildings!" But then I punched in new coordinates and wa-la! She took us right to the corner where my husband stood waiting for us. In my old car, with no GPS, I would have been having a coronary and panic attack rolled into one about a block away from the zoo.

4. New clothes. Even if I haven't lost a pound, I feel better in new clothes.

5. Friends who call long distance at eleven in the morning just to talk.

6. Rearranging furniture. It makes it feel like a whole new room. It satisfies my need for change and my longing for roots at the same time. (We use to move every year... there wasn't any time to change furniture around. We just moved it from one house to another. Good for my need for change, bad for my need for stability).

7. A husband who understands my need for moving furniture.

That's it for now! Off to enjoy the great weather here. Have a fun weekend!


  1. Great pictures!

    I'm so grateful for good weather. Finally. It was a brutal winter but I'm trying to pretend it was all just a bad dream. Despite my snotty head I've ridden three different horses this week and I feel so good about that.

    I'm hoping to ride two more this weekend! You have a good weekend too - enjoy the warmth!

  2. So sorry to hear you are feeling badly.... but glad to hear you are riding! Is the snow finally melting?

    Feel better.... I can't wait to hear how the querying goes!