It's basically been a shade of gray outside for the past ... um... FOREVER.
I'm pretty sure I've forgotten what sunlight looks like.
& I'll remind you that I run on sunlight. When it's not out, I feel like my body just doesnt want to move.
I'm basically Supergirl. (yeah, right!)
Friday, I decided to fight against the gloom & do something productive. That meant going to the grocery & spending all my money.
OUCH... my bill - after coupons & discounts was $167.00. & that's basically a week's worth of food for Ricky & I. Healthy eating costs us money. Granted, I will say, I had to stock up on some stuff - like coconut oil, olive oil, some quinoa & some higher ticket stuff. But GEEEEEEEZZZ.
I did have to laugh when the guy behind me put his food up on the grocery belt & there was my stuff - all organic & fruits & veggies & everything on the outskirts of the store, like they say - & he had a bunch of chips, beer, frozen pizza. Looked like a party was happening at his house. & he told the grocery store cashier "My good starts where the healthy stuff ends". I felt kinda proud of myself.
& then a little sick by the price of it all. UGH.
|This is actual truth... Ricky did bring home pizza for dinner|
I got home, got all the food up & then started on getting our Christmas stuff down. Except 2 little boys kinda didnt want that to happen. Bruno loves laying by the tree... & Harvey, I think he just wanted to be where I was at - so needless to say, I had a lot of stepping over animals all night long.
& they made me just give up half way through.
Saturday, Ricky had to work so that gave me time to finish getting the rest of the Christmas stuff up. Sigh. Always so depressing.
Except, my bare tree is in the corner now. & record usually shows that a bare tree stays up in my house at least till February.... so even if its bare, I dont care. I've turned it on all weekend long. I love the glow of a tree. I am waiting for it to become normal to have a glowing tree in a house all year long. It can become a thing, right?
After I got it all done, & Ricky bought some lunch home, I ended up laying on the couch & started digging into the new show, The Crown.
I am kinda royal obsessed anyways so cant believe I haven't jumped on this sooner rather than later. I fell in love with it within the first 10 minutes when Phillip & Elizabeth get married.
I feel so badly for Phillip right now. & actually felt really bad for Elizabeth & the letter she received from her grandmother about what she has to give up to be the Queen. Makes me see her in a whole new light really.
I had to make myself stop long enough to get on the treadmill & get in my long run for the week... but traded in my Gilmore Girls for another episode of The Crown....
& then watched another episode when I got off the treadmill.
I finally had to stop myself after 5 episodes because I want it to last a least a little bit. I could have easily watched the whole season in one swoop. Am loving it. I just love history pieces anyways, much less things that involves princesses & queens & all things royal.
I pretty much carried on the extent of lazy & just sat & knitted all night while catching up on all the Bravo shows. Still trying to deal with our messed up DVR/cable boxes. Sigh. Again - I'm paying a BUTT LOAD of money & our movie channels dont work on it. After an hour phone call, they said if it doesnt work in 24 hours, call back, they'll have to schedule another repairman. Geez..... this is just getting stupid.
Sunday, I was up (I was going to say "bright & early" - but NOTHING has been bright here lately) & heading to church. Ricky, poor guy, was just exhausted from working the day before & fell back asleep. He said he was going to meet up for Youth... but ended up sleeping through that as well.
I was so glad I went. It was Baptism Sunday. THE BEST DAY at church. There's just something so special at seeing people get baptized. Especially a line of people doing it together. Watching whole families get baptized together - just stop. I'm sobbing. Legit, sobbing. Thank goodness the lady next to me in church was a fellow youth leader & knows me so when I started sobbing, she knows how I am & told me I was going to make her cry too.
It's just the coolest thing when these people would go in the water & come out, the whole place would erupt in applause. So JOYOUS.
& there was one man, he was a more 'mature' man. I would say he had to be in his 70's or older. & it just was so special to see that its never too late to make that choice to follow Jesus. & even better? When he came out of the water, he baptized his whole family - like ENTIRE family. What a special moment.
Yeah... I was a hot mess watching that one.
& there was a young kid who also went forward. I was standing by the Pastor up front who was leading people & saw this young man come up alone. I was nervous. Why was he alone - where was his family. I almost followed him just to let him know someone was there (sorry, the middle school leader in me)... but then noticed after he was changed & ready to get in the water, a bunch of people swarmed the tank & took pictures & was so happy for him. His family. I am assuming they were letting him make the decision all on his own to do it going forward. I respect that. & love that when he came out of the water, he was surrounded by his loved one cheering him on.
After we finished our youth service, I went to the bathroom & walked in to at least 20 women with wet hair who had just got baptized & a line of women changing to GET baptized. I had to just yell CONGRATULATIONS to everyone in the bathroom & they all laughed. & I turned around & there was a young girl that just came for her first time to our church that day. I had met her & her father just an hour before & heard a little bit of her story. She had been through a lot lately but knew God & was making the decisions to be baptized so this was a perfect day for her to come. It was so funny when she tapped me on the shoulder & said, "I'm doing it today"... so I had to stay & watch her. So glad I did.
I ended up getting all emotional watching more people make this decision.
This church... they do it right. They had full tables of shirts & shorts & everything you could want to get baptized. They even had floor mats all the way lining the halls to the bathrooms so everyone was safe. & people at all these stations to give them bibles & information & encouragement. It's just always so well done.
I left church 35 minutes later than usual & the sanctuary was still packed. & bless that worship team - they were still up there singing all the way through. THE BEST SUNDAY!!!!
I ended up stopping to pick up some lunch for Ricky & I & headed home through the still gloomy, gray day.
I finished up my evening by doing some yoga (GO ME!! Finally did it) & then settled in on the couch to finish up some knitting & get another special order project going. I got caught up in the Scientology thing on A&E & just sat amazed watching it. Mind blowing to me.
& here we are... starting another week. Another gloomy week apparently. I think the sun is supposed to come out Saturday. I'm keeping fingers crossed & praying that doesn't change. If it's as warm as they say & sunny - you'll find me just laying on my back porch soaking in all the Vitamin D I can get.
How was your weekend?
Have you watched The Crown yet?
Has it been gloomy where you are?
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