I'm sitting here on Monday evening. The long weekend, Memorial Day, and the unofficial start of summer is winding down. We've had a good weekend. Tim was actually home all three days!
Backing up to Friday, I turned in all my training certificates and papers for work. I can now say I am officially an employee of CLC, a social services agency. I will be working part-time as a companion for adults with developmental disabilities. I will meet my first client and his family tomorrow evening. (There is always an initial meeting to see if the client and companion are compatible and if what the client needs/wants is compatible with my schedule since I make my own schedule.) I'm looking forward to this new adventure.
On Saturday our daughter was scheduled to use the all-day spa gift certificate her husband got her for Mother's Day. Her husband, however, had to work the night before (he works midnight shift) and needed to sleep. So, it was Tim and I to the rescue. We had the kiddos all day and had a pretty good time. We just puttered a bit in the morning then took them to a big pet store about 45 minutes away.
It was worth the drive. This particular store has a huge tortoise crawling about and the small animals (bunnies, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc.) are all in low, open top pens so you can pet them. The birds, except for the big McCaw, are also in open pens so you can interact with them. They have rescue dogs and cats, all kinds of exotic reptiles, and they specialize in saltwater aquariums which are spectacular. The kids spent more than an hour squealing with excitement and racing from one animal to another. Colton is not particularly fond of getting up close and personal with animals so he didn't pet anything, but little Leah wanted to pet EVERYTHING! She wasn't even a little wary of anything.
Sheldon the tortoise.
We watched Christmas movies (Colton's choice) when we got home and relaxed and played while waiting for Mom to get home.
Sunday I went to church and finally got to speak to the pastor. He and his wife are going away this week, but once they are back he's going to call and set up a time for me to come have lunch with him and his wife. I'm looking forward to that.
Tim puttered around in his workshop for a while. Other than that we just relaxed and watched movies.
We didn't go to any ceremonies or picnic today. We did visit with my mom and stepdad a little in the backyard, but mostly we worked outside in the yard. We made a big dent in what needs done and it looks better.
And now, let's get to the Tuesday 4.
1. What was the best thing you have ever bought? Wow. I don't know. I've bought a lot of stuff in a lifetime. I love all my books...maybe I'll just say our house. We've been here for 28 years. A lot of living has happened here and it's full of memories. It's home.
2. What was the best book you have ever read? The Bible. Other than that, my favorite book is Little Women.
3. What is the best food you have ever eaten? I can't tell you when or where, but I guarantee it was seafood. Seafood is my favorite.
4. What was the best movie or TV series you've ever watched? My personal favorite show ever is The Big Bang Theory. Longmire is a favorite drama and I was inspired to start reading the books it's based on. M*A*S*H probably made the biggest impact. I grew up on it and when it ended it felt like people I knew were going away. I will always remember what a social phenomenon the final episode was.
Thanks for the questions, Annie!