I’m supposed to have a few coworkers over tomorrow before we go to a bar around the corner to watch another coworker sing with her band. So tonight my joy is a clean house before company (finally tackled a pile of clothes that have been on my bed for the past 5 days), the candle burning next to my bed and heading to bed early with enough energy to read a little chunk of this.
S: Sunday was the epitome of joy. I hosted brunch for my UIC friends, which is LIT-RALLY chicken soup for the social worker’s soul. Then I got to share my Ruby pictures with Kristin Englund over a cup of tea, followed by a silly Oscar party at the Atlantis. I went to bed feeling very fulfilled.
M: Weekly Girls’ watching date with Kristin
T: I felt joyous yesterday morning because I had accomplished so many things, all before 9 am. I felt like a real-life adult. But then of course, that translated to falling asleep at 8pm.
Oh and Kyle says my joy was texting her all night until I fell asleep on her. My real joy will be when she ditches Cleveland and moves back home to the motherland. ;)
I am the sea, my stretch marks are my waves.
I spent the last two nights in Naperville, likely my last two nights in the Orchard Cir house forever! Crazy to think about that.
So here are my joy moments over the past couple days:
Thursday: we had Family Night at work where different dance, tumbling, cheerleading and other groups performed for our crowded atrium. My joy moment actually came when one of our after-school program kids got sick and I was able to sit with her and comfort her. She was very vulnerable in that moment and I’ve never felt so useful to be there and help her feel safe and less scared. Not that I was happy that she was sick, but it felt good to be there to nurture her when she needed it the most.
Friday: Friday, I was with my people. Friday refilled my tank. I feel at home with my colleagues from the Community Network and we had another successful training. It was good to be back on my old stomping grounds, continuing to educate and promote our mission. And then I felt joy laying on Jamie’s new couch, just like we used to do in college. Just need to add cereal boxes and Biggest Loser on the tv. And then I had a fabulous dinner with the Pattons catching up at Fiamme. Some days go by and feel so insignificant— today was not one of those days.
Saturday: Sinking my teeth into the Maple Bacon Donut (and a Samoa donut, not pictured, for obvious reasons, ie I ate it before a photo could be taken) from Jo & Doh’s Donuts.
And having a laugh-out-loud moment when our old Christmas tree angel that I threw away was found in the middle of the street. It refuses to succumb to its’ fate and must have jumped out of the garbage truck. I promptly hopped out of the car, grabbed the angel and placed it on my dad’s car. It was nice to end my final visit with a good smile.
And now, I will lay in bed and catch up on my blogs from the past few days. Happy Saturday to me :)
Today my joy getting this picture of Ruby this morning. She’s probably smiling from gas but I’ll take it.
Oh and this too: http://bzfd.it/1fQtFk2
Today my joy is waking up to this text from my sister:
“Max talking to Ruby: ‘someday you’ll grow up and maybe have kids of your own if you meet a nice guy - or lady, doesn’t matter to me- you just have to be a good person and make the world a better place.’”
He’s a good man.
And having Chicka Chicka Boom Boom day at work with kids. Above are their letters climbing up the coconut tree :)
Today my joy was sharing a skillet chocolate chip cookie and pictures of Ruby with Marcia and Molly. On a cold February night, there’s nothing more comforting than having comfort food with the ones who’ve known you from the beginning.
Happy Monday :)
Friday: leaving work feeling invigorated and excited about a new project. There is so much joy in working with people who are inspired about the work they do- so much so that you can’t sit still during a meeting, you have your foot crossed under your butt and you can barely sit down because the next idea will erupt out of you. Those are my favorite times to social-work. Discovering gaps in services and breaking the mold to fill them is what keeps me coming back, day after day, despite the obvious struggles that come along with this work.
Saturday: surprising my friend heather at work and having a much needed catch up sesh. and a great hug. and waxed eyebrows.
Sunday: getting a good deal on dog food (it’s the little things), reading through letters I sent my grandma that she saved (“ps wright me back. pps please wright me back!!!”), and celebrating jane’s quarter century + 1 birthday