So much going on these days, as always.
Brad has been pushing for a family weekend up north at the lake. Now that Kacey is done playing softball for a while, it seems like the perfect time. Our family is rarely all together. With Mark’s crazy work schedule, that’s a problem we’ve battled all our lives. And now that the kids are young adults, it’s even worse. It used to be that their dad was missing from half of the family activities. Now it’s more often one or more of the kids who are missing. It’s normal, I know. But I still don’t like it.
Brad looked at the calendar, checked Mark’s work schedule and proposed we go to the cabin next weekend. It seemed like the perfect opportunity. And then Kacey remembered she has a volleyball camp that weekend; something to help the school team get prepared for their season. What? Mark confirmed it was true. Said he had written a check to pay for this camp a few months ago. It didn’t get put on the calendar so no one remembered. I guess now we try to figure out a way to let Kacey stay home so at least some of us can visit the lake at least once this summer. But it’s not quite what I had in mind. Sigh.
Work continues to be crazy. I feel like I’m in over my head some days. But every time I start to get frustrated, I remember the two years of sheer boredom and I am happy again to have more than enough to do. There is one big project I’ve been working on which just multiplies by the day and I have to try to figure out how to squeeze in all the other everyday things that need doing as well.
And to top it off, there is another project that I have to figure out how to accomplish. This one has me really excited. Remember the seminar I attended a few weeks ago that had me wildly outside of my comfort zone because it required speaking in front of a group? Well, I was there because the CEO wanted someone with writing skills to learn what was being taught. My boss designated me as the “writing skilled” person and now the CEO has asked me to do some writing for a very big project! I’ve begun to write some of the pieces he’s looking for and it feels very right. I can’t remember ever being this excited about work, but I think I’m going to have to bring this one home at times because I just don’t see how I can squeeze it all in during the work day.
Thankfully, bowling continues to provide the perfect stress relief just when I need it most. When I showed up last night, I sat down to have a beer with Preacher Dave before practice began. He said something about me achieving my highest series yet last week. I said, “What?” He said, “Yeah. You carried the team last week and earned us 17 points! You didn’t know that?”
Honestly, I didn’t. I remember telling everyone that I bowled like a rock star, but that was only because I felt like I had finally dragged myself out of the gutter and figured out how to conquer the oil pattern. I really don’t get that serious about my bowling. I’m just there to have fun and am happy when I see myself improve. I had no idea that I had scored as well as I did. I guess that’s a good sign. It’s just fun for me.
Today is one of those rare no-plans kind of days. It’s rainy outside and I’m still in my pajamas. I might just try to enjoy a bit of laziness for a change. Not too much. Just a little. After all, tomorrow will bring back plenty of chaos.