Today was a great day! Pretty much everything made me happy. It was a super way to spend the first full day of vacation.
Today I was happy to start our weeklong vacation with a small contingent of our (covid-negative) friends.
Today I was happy to find the Gardein Chick’n Scallopini I was looking for at only the second store I looked.
What made me happy today was encountering these guys on my walk:
Today I was happy to make it through the day. I only took yesterday off to recover from my vaccine, but today the bicep that got the shot felt like lead, my sinuses were super stuffy, and I’ve had a splitting headache all day.
Two happy things today, tied for top spot: I got my second dose of vaccine today (and had wisely already taken the day off work, so I got to spend the majority of the day lying on the couch, watching TV); and Kim got an invitation to go back to school in person! It’s just Wednesday mornings, but at least it’s something! She’ll start after Spring Break (which is next week).
Today Kim was telling me about something that happened at (virtual) school and how she handled it, and as we were talking, she called me Mom very unselfconsciously. Usually, when she calls me Mom instead of Helen, she’s very pointed about it, to make sure I notice. It made me happy that that title (at least appeared to) slip out naturally.
The whole day made me happy. Today was a great way to spend Easter Sunday. I slept in, bummed around, and when Matt and Kim left to go grocery shopping, I took the opportunity to fill the plastic eggs I had picked up yesterday with candy ( jelly beans and Hershey’s kisses) and cash and hide them in the living room, kitchen, and outside, because I knew Kim really wanted to do an Easter egg hunt. When they came back, I let her know I had hidden 19 eggs in the house and 3 outside, and she went around gathering them, eventually creating what I dubbed a nest left by a giant psychedelic chicken:
She had a lot of fun finding the eggs, and she had also had a lot of fun finding the Easter basket Matt hid for her before we went to bed last night.
I spent more time relaxing, then we went to the birthday party for two-year-old Dhilan, which was held in the park and involved cupcakes and bubbles. Little kids and bubbles is always fun to watch. Then we came back home and entertained our friend Carolyn for a grilled Easter dinner of steak (which I didn’t eat), potatoes (which she didn’t eat), salmon, and broccoli. We capped off dinner with a special Easter dessert: Peeps s’mores. So much better than a regular s’more!
Anyway, the whole day made me happy, it was even worth finishing the day smelling like a campfire.
Today I was happy to find an Easter basket and some great things to fill it with to surprise Kim with tomorrow.
Today, the DC school lottery results came out, and we found out that Kim got into her first choice high school, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. That made us all happy!