i had lunch with my friend, Jen, every day at work this week. we ate spicy chicken and teriyaki and lots of rice, and prayed a lot.
then, there was National Geographic ON SITE.
okay, not THE National Geographic, but we started calling it that at my office because i kept seeing huge yellow butterflies, baby turtles, a heron, 9 fuzzy baby ducklings waddling everywhere, and a baby hawk who i can hear all day through my window. she does this little screech, then swoops down to dive bomb leaves and tramples them to death. it's pretty adorable. i think she can also see her reflection in the window because she pecks and pecks, tilting her head to the side, as if to say, "who is this?'' i can literally watch her all day; we're practically bff's.
we also had a party for our coworker, Martha's, retirement, and celebrated with Peruvian food. on her very last day, she snuck a "thank you" note under my keyboard. My absolute favorite part was "Thank you for always smiling and making me feel like you are happy to see me. Believe me, that is a gift from God." that part made me cry because if i strive to do anything in this world, that is it. so that means i've accomplished something in this little life of mine.
on another note...i got my Bible. :) it is the most beautiful thing i've ever seen. i haven't really gotten into it yet, but i can't wait to sit down and peruse through my favorite verses and highlight my favorite parts and make notes in the margins<3
other thankfuls from this week include:
an evening with one of my BFFs, Angie. :) we spent the first half of the evening catching up over tacos and beer, then parked ourselves on the sidewalk outside the nearest Baskin Robbins - with shakes in hand - and watched the moon come out while the warm summer night wrapped itself around us.
Friday night grocery shopping. i normally LOATHE grocery shopping, but this time, i made an experience out of it. i spent the afternoon after work meal planning. then, i downloaded a sermon and spent the evening perusing Trader Joe's, listening to worship, and soaking in my favorite pastor's words. at the end of the evening, i brought all my goodies home and just stared in awe at the abundance. coming back from Trader Joe's is literally like coming back from a holy experience y'all. i couldn't help but feel an enormous sense of gratitude for the colors, the varieties, the flavors, the richness of food. fresh mangos, bananas, cherries, raspberries. bacon and eggs and broccoli and green onions. almond milk and creamer. and as a Friday treat, a 6-pack of Black Butte Porter, a bottle of champagne, and two bouquets: one of white hydrangeas and the other of coral carnations.
it didn't take me long to get into worship mode while i popped open a beer, pulled each item out of my bags one-by-one, propped my bouquets into little glasses and mason jars, all while dancing along to my favorite worship songs.
on Saturday, i got to spend the day with ANOTHER bff, Yesenia, and we had the loveliest summer day. we met at a nearby outdoor mall, which feels more like a carnival than anything else. we had Chipotle for lunch, spent the afternoon browsing shops...but in the evening? oh, the evening. it was pure magic. another holy weekend experience, where we stopped a fancy restaurant and SPLURGED. we sat outside on the patio, and ordered glasses of buttery chardonnay, appetizers consisting of fresh artichoke and garlic dipping sauce, and huge plates full of the most delicious cheesecake.
we must've spent hours at that place - sipping wine, dipping artichoke, savoring bites of cheesecake, and talking about life. about meditation and peace. about how change is the nature of all things. about the balance of moving forward while also savoring the moment that you're in. i could've cried at all of it. we watched the sun move from the rich golden hour of sunset into the warmth of evening in those chairs. i could easily rank it as one of the best nights i've ever had.
and now, i'm sitting here at home. the birds are outside, chirping in my feeder. the laundry is going. there are fresh sheets on my bed, with a beer to my left and a mason jar full of carnations to my right. after hitting Publish on the this post, i'm going to color in my new adult coloring book, Animal Kingdom, before diving into wedding stuff.
life is so rich, and i'm trying to realize that always. there is chaos, and yet there is order. morning coffee and birds and and fresh fruit and blankets and laughter with the people we love...these are the things that get us through. and for all of these things, i could not be more positive that i am the richest girl in the world.
more to come<3