My week started off with one huge simple joy off the bat: I was using some of my vacation time (if you don't use it, you lose it) and didn't have to go into work this week. That is huge for me. And now that the week is drawing to a close, I am of course dreading having to go back. But that's besides the point because the purpose of this post is to celebrate the joys of the week.
The number two biggest joy of my week was picking up my best friend Julie from the airport. I love her to death and never get to see her since she lives in NY and I'm in FL. Our friendship is the kind where we know what's up without having to say a word and would do anything for each other. We relaxed on the beach, played games on the Wii, talked, drank, ate ice cream for dinner one night... I miss her already.
I saw Julie & Julia this week. I usually am so not into chick flicks, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I felt I could relate to the Julie character quite a bit: she finds herself stuck in a cubicle & unpleasant work situation, living somewhere she doesn't feel a connection to, having friends that can't relate to her, and feeling like her life isn't going anywhere. She found her joy & inspiration in Julia Child and her life turned around because of it. I left the theatre entertained by the story and wondering what was going to be "Julia" for me.
For a few days this week, Scott's been out of town. I am slightly embarrassed to admit how much I've enjoyed having the bed to myself. It's just that I'm a very light sleeper and can usually still hear him even wearing ear plugs, so to get to sleep for a few nights without waking up multiple times throughout the night and without having to wear ear plugs... it's been heaven.
Saturday was such a great day! I always enjoy myself when I go hang out in downtown St. Pete, I don't know why I don't do it more often. I hit the farmer's market (I got more herbs! yarrow & peacock ginger), the fabulous used bookstore, the new age shop, and the acupuncture/herbalism place (for info on classes). I ate lunch at the great organic shop, had one of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays help me get a refrigerator case open, and stopped by the cupcake shop for dessert. I even stumbled upon a tiny little serenity garden literally hidden away between buildings. It was beautiful and I never would have found it if I wasn't just wandering around.
I was pretty bummed about some stuff the last few days which I won't go into now, but sitting down to write out my simple joys from the week reminded me that it wasn't all bad. Yeah, there was some stupid shit that I had to deal with and not everything was perfect, but there were definitely some good highlights in there, too. Thank you CoolZebras for the inspiration to do these posts. They really do make a difference.
As always, check out more Simple Joy Sundays over at Cool Zebras.