Outside: This morning the frost was super-thick on the roofs around us, and the whole world seemed to be in one of those frozen silences. But this afternoon the sun is shining, the frost has melted, and it's warming up a bit outside -- which is good, because we're going to get our Christmas tree tonight and I don't want to freeze my tail off!
Thinking: About a dear, dear friend going into surgery in just a few minutes. My stomach has been in knots this whole day, not out of fear (because it's pretty much a routine procedure) but because I hate that she has to go through this and I'd rather do it for her (talk about routine -- I've had 6 surgeries in my life and they don't really bother me anymore, isn't that sad?). Also about another dear friend having surgery on Monday...it kills me that I can't go be with both of these girls. Also about another dear friend going through postpartum issues...and again, I would be so ecstatic to just go help her and make her take a bath and a nap so I could run some laundry and dishes and entertain the toddler and hold the baby. I've *been* there (and back, thank God) and there's nothing so helpful as a person who just *gets* it. (Lord, do you hear me? Please move me closer to at least one of these precious friends!)
From the kitchen: A rather ordinary weekend menu-wise, except that I'm going to whip up a batch of dark-chocolate chip/toffee cookies for enjoying in front of the fireplace and the Christmas tree.
Reading: The Bible. I've signed up for a "read the Bible in one year" program at church, and they're giving away Bibles formatted for this very purpose! I'm excited to get started on January 1st, but I'm trying to get into the habit now. Every morning while the kids eat their breakfast and watch cartoons, I'm going to sit down with my coffee and read a few chapters. I've always wanted to do this and 2012 is my year!
Shopping: Ooh, rubbing my hands together in anticipation! We've had little bits of extra money come in from various places, and we've budgeted for a final big spree at the middle of the month, so I'm making my list and checking it twice! I can't wait to pick up a couple of the larger items and put them together for Christmas morning. I hope my kids are beside themselves with joy (and I hope I make my Hubby happy too!).
Hoping: For a very happy Christmas Day, which is also Marty's birthday. It's soooooo important to me to make that day a good one for him, and I've got a couple (little) surprises up my sleeve. Marty, if you're reading this, do NOT take it upon yourself to go snooping around the house in places you don't often frequent...
Hearing: The washing machine work its magic on the fifth or sixth load of the day. I drank a ton of coffee this morning and I've been attacking my chores!
A favorite thing: Free gifts with purchase, especially when they're actually NICE items, not just throwaway junk. (I can't say what it is because that would give away a purchase I made for someone...) Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate (to *DIE* for). Gain detergent (I switched from Tide a couple months ago and I'm still enjoying the new smell!).