I'm a frequent flyer at Trader Joes. It's on my way home from the gym, and makes me happy every time I'm there. The creative packaging, fresh produce, beautiful market flowers, friendly crew, free samples, great coffee. I could go on and on. It's an errand I always love, and I always leave with a happy heart. It sounds weird for a grocery store.
It got me thinking.
Why isn't the church more like Trader Joes?
Both the "c" and the "C."
I'm disgruntled with both these days.
At Trader Joes...
Everyone is welcome.
Smiles and friendly faces are everywhere.
Coffee is terrific.
You can try a sample, and like it or not...and that's ok.
Gorgeous flowers and bits of nature are in abundance.
Creativity, art, and humor is abounding.
"Fearless" Flyers introduce new products with ingenuity and amusement.
Some days one just has to go with the flow...
2 a.m. Wake to dog sick on tinfoil
2:15 a.m. Back to bed after cleanup and time in jammies outside
4:45 a.m. Turn off alarm. No way I'm getting up for pilates.
6:15 a.m. Wake up
6:20 a.m. Time with Linnea.
6:45 a.m. Drive Linnea to jazz band
7:05 a.m. Return, time with Carl and his buddy hanging in the kitchen.
7:20 a.m. Boys take off for High School
7:35 a.m. Hop in shower. Mark wakes girls up. Get ready.
8:05 a.m. Mark to train.
8:20 a.m. Report to 1/2 day sub duty...ELL (Spanish), I have Latin & Swedish background
8:55 a.m. Sub duty- reassigned to full day of subbing as "Floater"
Spend fifty minutes in each of the following..."floating" from room to room, reading plans as I teach
1. Help with special needs kindergarten and first graders.
2. First grade...Calendar and reading
3. Second grade...ELL...Math
4. Third grade...happens to be Sofi's classroom. She turns the color of her sweatshirt upon my arrival...bright pink. Happens to be the job I applied for 5 days before schools started. It wasn't as awkward as I imagined it might be...
12:40 p.m. Lunch...race home, take dogs out, make lunch, deal with Halloween party planning...
1:05 p.m. Head back to school
1. Fifth grade....Math...Science
2. Fourth grade...more Math...
3. Third grade...back to Sofi's class....
3:30 p.m. Home with Sofi & Linnea, snack, check in, madly clean art room
4:30 p.m. Tutor in now "clean" art room...just don't open closet
5:00 p.m. Iz and Carl back from activities
5:05 p.m. Iz and I take Sofi to soccer, get gas, hang out in mini van with dogs...forgot leashes, fielding calls from Linnea who is making tomato soup from scratch...
6:00 p.m. Leave soccer and head home, not train as planned, Mark is late...again.
6:10 p.m. Finish dinner prep, feed kids
6:50 p..m. Carl & Linnea head to youth group and confirmation...have a ride
7:08 p.m. Head to train to pick up Mark
7:25 p.m Reheat dinner, feed Mark, make my dinner (vegan)...eat, spend time with girls
8:10 p.m. Pick up Linnea and friend from confirmation
8:30 p.m. Help girls get ready for bed, read.
8:55 p.m. Head back to church to pick up Carl and two friends.
9:15 p.m. Time with Carl doing Latin while I clean kitchen with a glass of wine
9:45 p.m. Send Carl to bed and do this crazy timeline of my day.
10:00 p.m. Mark heads to bed.
10:03 p.m. I contemplate all that I would and should do before another day...
Thursdays are a worse time schedule than Wednesdays.
It's All Good....
If you stopped by in early June,
You would have seen a pile of sand and a pile of bricks.
Here's a shot of it today from the iphone.
I pulled a few muscles and may have broken two fingers,
But phase one has been done for a few months now.
The "outdoor kitchen" constructed by Mark is almost done.
I'm contemplating pulling out a brick tomorrow in the second level.
And then the fun would begin again...
I'm a stay at home mom of 4 beautiful, fun, creative, very different kids. I've been married for 17 years to the love of my life that I met when I was 16. He was the camp lifeguard, and I was a housekeeper. I love to repurpose and create a unique home with found objects...usually curbside! There is never a dull moment in this house, and I'm grateful for the little things....