I think the last 2 weeks were hard on so many people. Lots of colds, expensive repair bills for furances or cars, the blizzard, etc weigh on people heavy. I know I was struggling with my cold and with poor baby goat not feeling well either and so the events of this weekend were just what I needed!
I finally dragged myself into the doctor and left with perscriptions for an antibiotic and a steroid. The combo went a LONG way in taking care of my lingering cold/cough/asthma fun. This probably helped make my weekend wonderful which is why I include it here.
I went to the dentist (No Cavities!), work and a few errands. Then I had dinner with the family, put the baby to bed, and went out for a rare girl's night out. I'm not really a bar kind of girl but it was fun to see some of my twitter friends (old and new) and hear Tim Mahoney, a local musician, sing. He didn't have his band, just him and the guitar and it was a great time! It was just so nice to be out and unplugged!
We had no plans Sat. I let Mr. Goat sleep in since he was still fighting our cold, but I had a great morning with baby goat. He was finally back to his old cheerful self and I had forgotten how much I missed the twinkling eyes and unbridled joy of baby goat when he's well. When Mr. Goat got up we all packed up to run a few errands and had a lovely family lunch at the pizza buffet. We were all together doing something fun, rather than trying to run errands and leaving at least one parent home with the sick child. Baby goat was giddy with the excitment of being out and about again and it was just nice.
Also nice was the long nap he took afterwards and playing after dinner. Mr. Goat had a concert last night that I didn't go too but I had a quiet night catching up on some DVR and not cleaning, blogging or doing any of the rest of my to-do list. Its ok too, the list is still there but I'll get it done.
I had an early morning when baby goat woke at 5:15 ready for the day, but I got to church early, played with bells, got our Sunday School underway, chatted with folks and just felt so glad to be there. I'm really feeling like I'm starting to get a hang of the new job and the new people and I still think that I'm a great fit there. Yes, nothing has been perfect but I am so thankful for this new church home and the way it has reenergized my ministry.
This afternoon I had a sitter and got to go to Mr. Goat's other choir concert. It is always a great joy to sit and appreciate the beautiful choral music of a great MN choir and this was no exception. It was a testament to how my own mental state though that it was full of joy. There were times I would attend a concert in the midst of feeling beaten down by things that the music is bittersweet. At those times the music acts like a good movie tearjerker - a good cry to help you feel better. No good cry was needed tonight. Just peace and joy. I am feeling very blessed right now and it is amazing.
The concert wrapped up with a real date with my hubby having dinner out in a real restaurant. You can't really go wrong with that!
So in summary. I haven't done my laundry, my cleaning, my wrapping, mailing, or Christmas carding, and I am ok with that. This weekend was just what I needed. A chance to be together with my family and my friends and celebrate the blessings in simple ways. What more can I ask for really?
I'll be back at the to-do list tomorrow because Christmas is coming quickly, but for now I sit here content. If I were a cat I would be purring.