The month of May ended 18 days ago, and I’m just now sitting down to journal all that I did… or didn’t do! I actually had to flip back to May in my calendar to find out just what I’d done. It was THAT exciting of a month – and that’s a good thing! I love boring months!
Speaking of months, I just got a new calendar/journal from Etsy, filled with lists, and pockets, and as much as I want the month of June to last forever, I can’t wait to start using the new calendar that starts with July. Some of you will get that!
I’m six months into my new job now, and still getting used to being east of Woodward. I’m discovering I actually DO know some people on the side of town near my work, and there are some pretty sweet restaurants to visit! I’ve made it a goal to discover some new fun places this summer.
Speaking of visiting new places – the not fun kind… Getting established with all new physicians in a hospital system I’m completely unfamiliar with is not very fun. I miss familiar faces and getting to walk down the hall and know everyone I pass. It’s just not so anymore. But I’ve resolved to embrace this new season of life, because… well, because I’m here now.
Highlights of the month included a sleepover with Lyla – my very first one. I think I love her 1,000 times more after getting to spend more than just a couple of hours with her. She’s turning into a sweet little girl, and I’m looking forward to getting Owen some day too, so we can hang out together. Maci is starting to give kisses and sit by herself, and she is all smiles, and oh my goodness… she is just a squishy little ball of sweetness…. Oh, and then there were a couple of softball games Lyla and Owen played in that I got to see, too! (Once, Owen completely not paying attention while out in the field, started throwing me kisses). It’s true that the days pass slowly, but the years fly by.
I also had a whole day with my friend Jean who I’ve known since forever. We walked, we talked, we cried, we laughed, we ate, we took photos, and ended the evening with a hilarious musical laughing so hard we could have, but we didn’t…. you know. Laughter is good for the soul. For God’s sake… Laugh!
I arranged a Saturday for a Detroit tour with some friends, and not only did we have a really, really, really good time together, I got to run into an old friend, who moved and lives next to another old friend, and so I got to catch up with two old friends! Now THAT was one sweet Saturday!
I had my first bone density test, and let’s just say it was a nice reminder that our bodies are getting older and older… and that causes me to ponder the things that matter a little more frequently.
I had a trip to see Ian and Hayley in Denver too. Sat in the last row of the airplane – an added row where even all 5’3″ of me had no room for a tray, or even a book! On my right was an unmasked COVID+ woman who hacked and coughed and snotted for 4 hours (and I still haven’t had COVID – that’s a God thing!), and on the other side of me was another RN who volunteered to sit there (knowing about the COVID+ woman next to me). She volunteered for the seat because the very large gentleman who was supposed to sit there couldn’t fit. Worse. Flight. Ever. On the way home, I treated myself to upgrading to first class, got a sandwich, a glass of wine, and was the first one off the plane 😉 It was a really sweet time to just sit and talk with the kids, get to know Hayley a little more, and get to know their pup, their neighbors, and get addicted to Sweet Magnolias on Netflix. Thanks, Hayley!
I had dinner with kind of a new friend I knew just casually, but we made an effort to get together for dinner one night when I got off work, and have been becoming closer friends since then. She was a real gift to me in the month of May!
Wow, I guess I had more of an eventful month of May than I thought, now that I re-read this! Reading through my journal too, it was a sweet month. Some of it bittersweet, but most of it sweet. It’s been a challenging, exhausting two years for me – two years this month, in fact! (Injury, surgery, recovery, new job, then a promotion, then a new house, then another new job in a new hospital system)… I would really welcome some boring right now, but that’s apparently not what God has in mind. I’m grateful for the faithful, intentional friends I get to walk through this life with.
Well, that’s a rap.