Have I ever been more happy for a week to end? I don't think so.
When your week starts out with losing your beloved canine friend, it's generally not going to be a good one.
I wanted to sleep a lot, and I did. Till I woke up at 2 in the morning and couldn't go back to sleep. I cried, aka the "ugly cry." I ate two Publix black and white cookies. I reached for some healthier distractions and found a few, all of which I recommend for anyone going through a) loss b)c onfusion c)quarter or mid-life crisis. Those categories pretty much cover it all, right?
- I watered my new plants, which was a surprisingly therapeutic activity (especially when done with a glass of wine in hand). Following the guidelines of The Grumpy Gardener, my Gardens colleague Steve who is in charge of my yard makeover, I stood out in the yard and gave each plant a slow, long shower. There are a lot of plants so this takes a good while, but I don't mind the smell of mulch and the routine.
- Walled myself off at Hoover's Ross Bridge Spa, where I turned off my cell phone, sat in the steam room, and had life's stressed scrubbed off of me. Call me high-maintenance (and trust me, you wouldn't be the first) but hot water and good product soothes the soul.
- Attended the first ever Ignite Birmingham, in which a bunch of speakers had five minutes to talk about anything they're passionate about. Lots of my friends spoke, like Shaun Chavis who did a rockin' talk on "Finding Your Inner Foodie." Arts, media, science -- the talks ran the gamut, and it was pretty brave of those folks to get up and participate. I want to speak next time. (Wade Kwon has a great recap, complete with Tweets from the evening here .)
- Shane, Nate, and I created this "ugly bug" as part of a classroom assignment. Granted, we probably took the project to ridiculous lengths, with me doing the concepting and styling, Nate painting and gluing, and Shane coordinating the mechanicals. But that's what we do, and it made us laugh, and that was good.
Laughter is good.
So that's this week. Check please.