Oh well, here we go...
1. What news story are you following right now?
The wildfires out West. I am troubled for family and friends but so far all are safe.
2. What's the last thing you wanted but didn't get?
A cookout with my kids and their spouses to celebrate two birthdays (belatedly) and my DIL's college graduation. I wanted it to happen--and had tried to make it happen--sometime this past weekend, but
home improvement projects here and at my oldest son's house, plus an MRI and the hangover from the sedative I needed for it, plus some miscommunication and hurt feelings because people are human (most of the time), I didn't get what I wanted. I spent yesterday pretty much feeling sorry for myself.
3. May 28th is National Hamburger Day...when did you last have a hamburger? Other than your own kitchen or BBQ grill, where is your favorite place to go for a hamburger? And for all you non-meat eaters out there...when you're invited to a cookout what is the one side dish you hope is on the menu?
Five Guys makes hamburgers the way I like them--juicy and loaded!
4. How have your priorities changed over time?
a. I care less and less about what people think of me.
b. I'd much rather spend time with my family than with friends.
c. My health is more important--and improving it is higher on my priority list.
d. Doing more little things now--when I have the opportunity--and doing them with love is more important to me than doing "great things" in the name of serving God.
e. Knowing that God loves me the way he loves His own Son has changed everything. I really firmly believe that I am cherished that way by Godpp and, oh. what freedom! I am almost healed from legalism.
5. What's a favorite memory with your grandparents?
My paternal grandparents lived in the small town of Sterling, Kansas for decades. When I was 8 and 9 years old, we also lived near there. Our 4th of July celebrations with small town parade, turtle races, and the fireworks over the lake just really made me feel a deep sense of belonging.
I've got a small town soul.
6. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being fantastic!), how good are you at multitasking? Share an example.
Gonna say a 3. Might be a stretch at that. I don't think anyone really "multi-tasks", but some uni-task in rapid succession better than others. I work well from a list with tasks broken down into smaller tasks and starting with verbs. (Sometimes I try to make a game of starting all tasks with the same letter. For example, Dust family room, Declutter mail counter, Decide on dinner, Dunk 3 loads of laundry, Drink 4 glasses of water, Dab floor cleaner in kitchen. It somehow seems more fun to say "dunk" than 'wash" or to say "decide" than to "fix". Agree?)
7. How would you summarize your highs and lows for the month of May?
To brag on God and not myself, I will say that He has grown me in patience and --how do you say--not feeling the urge to control everything and everyone. I have not arrived (see answer to number one) but the bathroom remodel did not stress me out . I was happy to leave the bulk of the decisions and timeline to my husband (which is easy because he has good taste and a work ethic unparalleled). I only mildly felt jealous of the time he was spending on the project instead of on me (you know how we like to be the Center of our Guy's Universe). I was happy to be the go-fer to Lowe's and Home Depot even when it was inconvenient (which was every time). So that's a high --in addition to the beautiful bathroom he created for us.
The lows--definitely my shoulder pain from my January injury. I had an MRI (which went very peacefully, thank you for praying, if you did). On Wednesday afternoon the doctor will give me the results and treatment options. I sure wish I had started this process a lot sooner; in my optimism I thought I'd be better, not worse.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Should I put our house number on the mailbox or paint it on the bucket?