Outside my window:
it's a whole 7 degrees as I begin this post. And the local weather gal just told me that there will be 5-8 inches of snow this evening.
I am thinking:
That the weather gal's sweater is way too tight. But this is probably not very fair because it falls into the category of "don't shoot the messenger."
I am thankful:
for writers and for their books and their articles and their discipline and their bravery to take the words out of their heads and put them out there for all the world to see and to love or hate. For those who make the decision to set aside the time and to believe they have something to say and to not wait for things to happen, but to make things happen. And especially for those who encourage other writers because the world is big and the readers are many. For Elizabeth Foss and Jen Hatmaker and Amy Poehler and Melanie Shankle. For Lisa Genova and Kelly Corrigan and Ann Voskamp and Liane Moriarty. For all of the ones I read religiously and all the ones I haven't gotten to yet.
In the kitchen:
Well, I just went to the grocery store to get all the snowstorm stuff a family needs which for the Skinners does not necessarily involve toilet paper, milk and bread, but rather Tostitos, shredded cheese, peanuts and diet Coke. While I was there, I also bought a pork loin because it was on sale and it just seemed like the thing a proper stay at home mom would do. I mean, please, it's not as if my kids are being raised by wolves. Also, by the way, I have no idea what to do with the pork loin.
I am wearing:
black running pants and orange Nike running jacket. There is also zero chance I'm going out to run today. I'm a big time fake.
I am listening to:
well, I am more listening for the door to open because when it does my first born baby will have his driver's license in his hand. I'm equal parts thrilled and terrified because WHY does there have to be a snowstorm predicted on the very day my son is legally able to drive all on his own?
I am going:
to need to buy a new Dustbuster. Please, don't hate me because my life is so exciting.
I am reading:
I have been a reading machine lately. In the last few weeks I have read Liane Moriarty's What Alice Forgot, Lisa Genova's Still Alice and Mindy Kaling's Why is Alice Hanging Out Without Me? Just kidding. Actually it's Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and I laughed so hard reading it that it was better than an Abs of Steel workout. Now I'm in the middle of Amy Poehler's Yes, Please. I highly recommend every single one of these books.
I am hoping:
That two little boys, their buddy and my husband don't freeze on top of a snowy mountain today. They were up early to go skiing because that's how Abe Lincoln and George Washington hoped the future citizens of their beloved democracy would celebrate one day. No, I didn't go along because I prefer to honor the great American presidents in my warm American home sitting next to my warm American fireplace. And also I am not completely coconuts.
I am looking forward to:
Kyle's Kamp Casino Night to raise money for pediatric cancer. This is what you should be looking forward to as well. Less than two weeks away, so go buy your tickets HERE
I am praying:
for my boys and for their mom because she just so desperately wants to do everything right and she so often feels like she is messing up and has just gotten lucky so far. Teenage boys are wonderful and funny and loud at the same time they are frustrating and terrifying and quiet. I just want to jump inside their brains and figure out what's happening in there. So yea. I'm praying for my boys' mom because her heart sometimes feels it will burst open with equal parts fear and love. So she needs to remember that love is bigger than fear and that God loves her boys even more than she does. That's some really big love.
On my Ipod:.
Sugar by Maroon 5 and Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
I am wondering:
why when my friend, Nancy and I wanted to see Still Alice, the movie with the phenomenal actress, Julianne Moore, based on a heartbreakingly beautiful book by Lisa Genova, we could only find it in two theaters in our area this weekend and yet that other movie was in as many theaters as there are dead armadillos on Texas highways. Never mind, I know why.
I am pondering this quote for today:
"So what do we do? How do we move forward when we are tired and afraid? What do we do when the voice in our head is yelling that WE ARE NEVER GONNA MAKE IT? How do we drag ourselves through the muck when our brain is telling us youaredumbandyouwillneverfinishandnoonecaresanditstimeyoustop? Well the first thing we do is take our brain out and put it in a drawer. Stick it somewhere and let it tantrum until it wears itself out. And then you just do it. . . .The doing is the thing. The talking and the worrying and thinking is not the thing. . . I believe great people do things before they are ready." - Amy Poehler
A verse for today:
"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you, he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." - Deuteronomy 31:8
One of my favorite things:
a photo indicating that my little boys have not turned to icicles yet.
A few plans for the week:
I haven't been able to visit any of the children at the cancer clinic for a lot of months due to flu concerns. I'm hoping we might be able to visit this week.
A peek into my day:
Daybook idea from www.thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/