how my day off turned out

June 15, 2010

It all started with coffee. Coffee and breakfast, but mostly coffee.

Not wanting to wake up any earlier than necessary, I skipped the shower and makeup, threw on some clothes, and harnessed Oliver. Thinking he was getting a walk, he helpfully pointed me in the direction of his leash.

We arrived at the clinic at 7 a.m. and it opens at 8:30 a.m. We had secured our spot in line, but the following hour and a half was less than pleasant. That length of time in an enclosed space with a 93-pound dog (we found out later that’s how much he weighs), especially one who is naturally anxious and in a situation where he can easily see other cats and dogs through the window, never is.

I tried to walk him around the parking lot once, but he peed on the storefront. Then I walked him behind the storefront and he peed on my foot. I decided I’d bear with him in the car.

After an eternity, an eternity in which I somehow managed to read a few chapters of my book, they called his name and I left him there. It was kind of sad, actually. Kind of.

I drove straight home and began tackling the front room, recently painted, which looked like this:

After three hours of work, it now looks like this:

You might be wondering, “What did she do in those three hours? Take a nap?” But what you don’t see is that the piano was splattered with miniature dots of paint all over and required much scrubbing. And you don’t realize the breadth of the joy that I received in organizing our books according to my own personal system.

The bookshelf isn’t complete, though, and I didn’t even move the piano back in place because the floor still needs to be scrubbed. But this room has come a long way, and I’m proud.

Soon it was time to head out to my acupuncture appointment. Who doesn’t love getting stuck with tiny needles?

After that 20 minute nap, I met my pastor at Starbucks to discuss some things about the church we’re planting, specifically website & social media ideas. I had forgotten to eat lunch, so I ate a blueberry muffin to take the edge off so I could make it to dinner.

I made a quick stop at the grocery store, then swung by to pick up Oliver. He was amazingly calm. I know that he was drugged up, but I still delighted in just one day and one night of calmness.

At home again it was time to tackle my inbox, as well as do some chores like gathering paperwork for our home refinance, making dinner (grilled cheese sandwiches), and cleaning up a bit.

Once that was all done, David and I settled in to watch The Bachelorette. For the record, I turned on the Tonys first but David practically BEGGED me to watch The Bachelorette. Looks like I’ll be watching the Tonys by myself later this week.

A little after 9 p.m. my body demanded to be put to bed, so that’s what I did. And it was good.

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Comments on how my day off turned out

  1. 1

    From Kyla Roma:

    Looks like a fantastic day! Although the acupuncture needles give me shivers for some reason- you’re BRAVE in my books! :)

  2. 2

    From Elizabeth:

    I’m glad you were able to get a lot done, and that you got just a little bit of downtime from Oliver’s antics!

  3. 3

    From Justine:

    Oh Oliver! Hope he recovers nicely and calms down a bit for you!

  4. 4

    From Rae:

    I like your front room. And I know what you mean about organizing books according to your own system. Josh is equally passionate about his method of book organization, but one of these days I’m going to rearrange all the shelves my way. ;-)

  5. 5

    From steph anne:

    I’m jealous of how you make the day seem so long to the point where you got a lot of things done! The days are never like that for me. The bookshelves look amazing!

  6. 6

    From Emily Jane:

    LOL my David practically begs me to watch the Bachelorette, too! :)

  7. 7

    From Megan:

    A) The photo of the needles was a little superfluous. Meaning, I sorta threw up a little.

    B) Love that drugged up doggie! How’s it going now?

    C) I miss you. Come visit. Tomorrow.

  8. 8

    From kapachino:

    A) The photo is awesome.

    B) It’s going pretty well. He’s basically the same, but with less humping. And now I can take him to the dog park without feeling ashamed!

    C) I will come visit…in a month!

  9. 9

    From Stephany:

    Oliver’s face! OMG, priceless! I actually said “Aww” out loud when I saw that picture.

  10. 10

    From kapachino:

    Oliver’s adorable face has saved him many times over. No matter how bad he is, his cuteness precludes me from staying mad at him!

  11. 11

    From dadman:

    I hope you put some tomato on those grilled cheese sandwiches, it makes all the difference.

  12. 12

    From kapachino:

    Never tried that before, but it sounds delish! Thanks!

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