The Twin Cities Rainbow Chaser

moving across the country…to discover what God has in store

I’m a Weeble

Weeble-free zone

Yes, I am referring to that endearing child’s toy, the kind that doesn’t fall down.

Today was rough.  I feel like I have so many things on my plate…all half-done.  The essential pieces always seem to be missing just as I get ready to finish a task.  As soon as I realize that task A is going to be left half-done, another task gets tossed on.  So I’m left balancing a ton of half-done projects.  Balance is not my strong suit. But I have been blessed.

God made me a Weeble.  No matter how much those projects try to fall over, I weeble and wobble with them!  Everything stays in place…until it gets done or passed off to someone else (that doesn’t happen…ever).  And no matter how much the stress of the world attempts to knock me down, they can’t.  Instead, I pop back up and hit them back…that’s a bobo doll.  We’ll stick with the Weeble analogy.

 

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3. Sunday: Kids!

Okay, okay.  I realize that it has been merely hours since I put up a review of my stargazing/moongazing experience.  But, I’ve gotta go ahead and get Sunday on here…otherwise I’ll be really backed up when Tuesday rolls around since, ya know, I’m unplugging tomorrow.  It will be challenging…especially since I never know when I might get called in to work or another important call/text will come in.  So, here’s what I decided: alternate hours when I can check my phone.  from 6-7 am, I can check my phone.  Then, I have to turn it off for a couple of hours.  Then from, umm, 9-10 I can use my phone.  It has to go away after that until noon…or something like that.  Anyways, that’s tomorrow.  And now…today…kids!

Children’s church was entertaining as always.  Normally I work in the 5+ classroom, but today I was helping out with ages 3-5…and they are hilarious little creatures.  We colored today.  Watching kids color is great.  One little boy was so brilliantly meticulous…his butterfly was lovely!  And then there was the road…we built a road with blocks.  Some boys decided that it would make a book hurdle to jump over…they almost ran into the wall a couple of times.  Oh, and the lemur.

One of the little boys had this little lemur toy.  A lemur–yes!  I don’t know why he had a lemur…but it made me smile.  Kids make me smile as a general rule.  They know how to have fun without holding back.  They savor life and each tiny experience in a way that is nearly impossible once you learn what homework is.  I look at my life and I see all of these little problems (I just ate a whole bag of potato chips; I need to take the trash out; I need to mop the kitchen; I had to work late tonight…).  I don’t look past all of that and see the beauty (I just ate a whole bag of yummy chips; My trash could be smelling way worse–I know because it has; If I wear shoes in the kitchen, I won’t notice that it’s dirty; I have a job!).  You just have to put things in perspective…blocks don’t have to be limited to building…they can be hurdles too!

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1. Friday: Baking

Yea!  Baking!  I love it…even if I burn myself (twice today)…and make a mess of my kitchen (I do that even if I don’t bake).  Now, I know I said that I was going to make brownies, but I had a change of plans.  The recipe I had planned on using required frosting and I didn’t think that frosting would be ideal since I would have to put them in ziploc baggies.  So…cookies!

…yeah, I know it’s not the best picture but I am trying to share some proof of today’s accomplishment.  I had some leftover (i.e. didn’t need to go in baggies) and I ate them.  They were very yummy.  And the process of baking was, as always, incredibly enjoyable.  There was this one moment when I accidentally pulled my hand mixer off the counter and sent softened butter and cream cheese flying across the kitchen…but I survived (so did my toes).  Other than that, there were no issues.  The smoke detector didn’t even go off…it went off when I was making blueberry muffins one time.  True story.

Also, today, I took time to relax.  I said “no” when I got a call from one of my supervisors at work…someone else was sick and couldn’t work.  I said “no”.  That is a big, good deal for me.  I’m not very good at saying “no”.  But, I have to work 14 hours tomorrow so…I deserved to be free this evening.  And, I thoroughly enjoyed my freedom.

I made this:

Yes…that is a fruit and yogurt parfait with granola…homemade granola!  It was very delightful.  I used frozen blueberries…but those are my favorite for stuff like this.  When you defrost the berries, they juice just enough to give a hint of blueberriness to everything surrounding them…granola, yogurt, milk (when use as a cereal topping)…they are just fabulous.  I’ve also used them for blueberry tea.  They are just so delightful!

I didn’t spend the whole afternoon eating my parfait…although that might have been just lovely.  I also did something that I haven’t done in a while…well, two somethings actually.  I rode my bike and I took some photographs (besides these pathetic excuses for food photography).  I biked down to a little park that is near my house and just enjoyed myself.  I stuck a book in my bag too…got started on that (I’m preparing for Tuesday).  It was so enjoyable!  I like scaling back my life and savoring the little things.  Today?  Baking, biking, and a bit of a book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, while work will consume most of tomorrow (14 hours–ugh), I can look forward to one beautiful thing: stargazing.  So, that seems like a pathetic way to leave a blog post.

I have a bit of advice for you.  Even if your day seems crappy, find something beautiful to hold on to…whether it be the flowers outside your office, a really fabulous cup of coffee, or magical future plans…hold on to that piece of beauty…savor it…and know that there is always more beauty to find in the world.

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Blessings

It is often easy to forget how incredibly blessed I truly am.  The chaos of (ah–I just got fingernail polish on my keyboard!) life is so incredibly distracting.  And, I tend to get bogged down in the messy details or complex big picture, forgetting to smell the daffodils and honeysuckle (I don’t really care for the smell of roses).  So, I am just going to take some time to stop and reflect on some of the ways that God has blessed me…just today.

  • I had a bagel for breakfast!
  • I got out of class early.
  • The nice guy was working at the registrar’s office.
  • I made it to my interview early.
  • I got the job.
  • My dad was excited that I got the job (my mom…ehhh).
  • I finished reading a chapter and writing up my notes.
  • I don’t have to do a group paper today.
Whoa!  I’m not even to noon yet!  And, after noon, my day got even better.  I got up with one of my best friends.  We got our the cartilage at the top of our ears pierced and had lunch together.  Then, we just roamed the mall for a while.  For dinner, I caught up with one of my cousins and her husband plus their two kids (who I haven’t seen since January).  That was just delightful.  I got to feed her 7 month old daughter…mac & cheese with veggies, yum!
Good grief.  God has blessed me beyond words.  I cannot say how wonderful today has been, even though there have been frustrating moments.  There was a moment when I wanted to break down and yell at the world.  But, when I look at all that I would have missed if I had been wallowing…man, I hate to think about that.  Even worse?  Thinking about all of the things that I have missed out on wallowing during my life.  That makes me want to live life to the fullest…and quite wallowing!  Just be blessed!
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