#1 - I just signed up for the first volunteer event the sweet man, his kids and I will do together. It's preparing donated bikes for kids. We will be preppers which basically involves cleaning/scrubbing the rust off of bikes.
#2 - Do you know what seriously is one of the most appealing things about having a kid is to me? Reading with them. So it is no surprise that since the aforementioned four of us will have a 10 hour drive (round trip) over Thanksgiving, I have made a few requests from the library. I just thought of another book that would be awesome to read together -The Neverending Story. I just added it to my request list even though I already had books planned. Who knows maybe they've already read one of them, best to be prepared. Then again I've already read all these books...I'm still excited.
#3 - I also scheduled the date for my New Years ritual. I had no idea we were starting a tradition when two friends and I honored the New Year in a reflective way 10 years ago. We haven't stopped since. It usually involves a potluck meal, some writing and whatever else we have the inspiration to explore. The last few years it has involved selecting a word of the year.
This year my word of the year is ripe. I was completely afraid of this word when my body selected it. I was playing with words in my head, it was already a couple weeks into 2015 and nothing was coming to me. "Maybe I won't have a word of the year." I thought. I started playing with water imagery and then r words ripple etc. Then "ripe" popped in my my mind and my entire body responded. Well, everything except my brain. My brain said, "What the hell is 'ripe' in my life? Absolutely nothing." I felt I had chosen words of the year before that I wanted but never materialized. I did not want a word of the year that I would feel I failed at.
But I couldn't let it go either. Ripe chose me. It still has a couple more months, but it fulfilled its mission long ago. I am no longer afraid that nothing in my life is/was ready. Hopefully, in a couple months another word partner will come my way.
#4 - I listened to Macklemore's Downtown as a break today. It just made me smile.
#5 - I received an email from a friend about the difficult week she had last week and feeling alone and vulnerable. I'm glad she felt safe and willing to share that with me.