TGIF! Why is it that short weeks always feel so long?
Have to think a little harder to come up with reasons to be happy since this time last week I was on the beach with a Margarita in my hand and the children 1500 miles or so away. My Florida child-free sojourn was short and sweet. I got to spend some quality time with my Dad and I single-handedly brought the warmth, make that heat back to the Sunshine State. Really. The day I arrived the temperatures were back up into the 70's and by the time I left they were well into the 80's. Won't help all those frozen oranges and grapefruits but at least the lizards will stop falling out of the trees because of the cold.
But back to coming up with things that are making me happy at the moment. Well, it wasn't a Snow Day today, although it should have been. Yesterday was because of very high winds but the kids went to school anyway since they miss so darn much for ski racing. This morning I drove Number One Son to the hill for training and could barely see the highway, dropped the dog off at the groomer and impressed upon her the importance of not shaving him down to nothing as winter still has a long way to go and we do spend a lot of time outside. Hopefully I won't have to buy him one of those silly dog coats. Back home now where I am thinking of starting a fire and cozying up to it with Jeanette Wall's Half Broke Horses, the true-life novel based on her great grandmother's amazing life. That would definitely make me very happy.
I did have a very happy day on Wednesday as it was my Other Half's birthday and we spent it together. The kids were picked up by my sister after school and had a sleep over while we went to Le Scandinave Spa for massages and then a perfect few hours in their hot and cold pools, steam rooms and sauna. It is the most relaxing place on earth and only 15 minutes from our house. It is so amazing to sit in the 103F pool with the snow falling gently around you and the moon almost full overhead. Afterwards we went to our favourite local restaurant The Mill Cafe which is right in town. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I saw their Lobster Mac 'n Cheese was back on the menu. It was a huge serving and I saved some for lunch the next day. So all in all it was a pretty perfect evening if I do say so myself. The birthday boy agreed.
Back to reality now as we gear up for another weekend of skiing, lots of fresh snow but very, very cold. Hope you all have a great weekend. Cheers!
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