Today, I said goodbye to one of my jobs. For the last year-and-a-half I've been working for a lady's gym wearing many hats including file clerk, custodian, counselor, technology specialist, and oh yeah, coach. I loved my time there, but with students coming in left and right, I didn't have any more time to give, let alone to have for myself. So I had to say goodbye. It's bittersweet.
Yesterday was my Mama's birthday and today I took her for a lovely and luxurious high tea as her present. We spent about 3 hours there between teatime with lunch and the shop below. It was wonderful. I also gave her a double-thick extra scrubby dishcloth since all of hers are so well used that they're falling apart! I had started working on a tea cozy for her, but realized I made it too short. I forgot that most of her teapots are medium-large-quite large, and the tea cozy I started was small-medium. But she'll get a good one from me in a few weeks. =)
I have to confess that I am absolutely dying to see "The Lady In Black" or "The Woman In Black", I can't remember which it is, but the one with Harry Potter that looks super scary and that I'll probably regret seeing because it'll give me nightmares. I realized that I am much more adventurous with scary movies when I have someone to keep me company at night. I came to know this when Friend L started making me stay overnight with her so we could watch scary movies, something I've never been into in the past. But with someone else there (and not the creepy I'm-totally-alone noises that always happen after such movies) I feel protected. I also know this because I share everything with Husband, including sleep time. I feel invincible to the scary movies. Even though they still scare me. =)
I get the feeling that I'm on the edge of something really life changing again. Everything is going so well and falling into place, it's a little frightening. Like I'm expecting something to fall apart because nothing could be THIS great. But honestly, so much has happened in the last 4-ish months that I don't know if I can take much more, but it's exciting! There are so many new things happening in my life, and with Husband. And can I just take a moment to say how awesome Husband is? What an amazing support plank I've got. I honestly feel that I can do ANYTHING I want, even something crazy and out there and he'd be like, "Yeah, if that's your dream, we can go for it." I was talking with Mama today at tea/lunch and she said, "Y'know, Husband really... GETS you." And it's so true.
I've been getting more ambitious with my tea experience. I used to pretty much stick to the British black types that go well with a little splash of milk and "one lump or two?", but I'm branching into the herbals and greens and flowery ones and finding them delightful. I am also learning how deeply important steeping time is. Until I started taking the tea (or tea bags) out after a certain amount of steep time, I didn't realize I was over-steeping and the tea was getting bitter. Now that I've learned, I get a whole pot full of tea that tastes fresh cup after cup! =)
Reading "Memoirs of a Geisha", going with the whole international-tea-outlook, and it's a phenomenal book. So well written, beautifully descriptive, and a truly unique story. I admit, I first got it because I really loved the movie they made based on it (which was also well done), but the book stands alone. It's a good read.
Hopefully I'll be able to write a little more since my time will be one less split, and I also know that some of the gym ladies have found my little corner of Blog Land and would like to keep up. I'll do my best to provide. =)
Love to all,