Oh this weekend! I love it when the stars align perfectly and everything seems to go the way they are supposed to. Sometimes things turn out even better than you had originally hoped. These weekend wonders were the stuff that memories are made of.
The weekend started quietly. I spent Friday at home because I needed to have a follow-up appointment with my doctor regarding my shoulder. It’s not better, and he can’t quite figure out what’s wrong with it. He sent me for an MRI, and those results should be back soon – Monday if the technician is to be believed. My doctor doesn’t seem to think that it’s a rotator cuff injury. I suppose that if nothing shows up on the MRI, then it’s on to physical therapy. I told my doctor it’s the strangest feeling I’ve ever had in my life: when I lay down to sleep on my right side, it’s almost like my left shoulder is collapsing on itself – can’t maintain it’s integrity, the bones sliding past each other. It’s incredibly painful in addition to being just weird.
Sweet Husband had a doctor’s appointment too. He injured his finger at work two weeks ago and he’s got a cyst formed. The hope is the cyst will reabsorb, and he will need to go physical therapy. When he got home, we both went to bed. I woke up around 7:00 and proceeded to do some work with my responding to posts on my link-up and scheduling tweets.
Can I just say that I’m so excited about my Photo Friday link-up?! This week there are some great contributions? And that this week, we have 9 people taking part! *happy booty shake* I’ve been doing a lot of work – trying to get it out there into the world, and I’m hoping that is about to start paying off big-time. I created a Pinterest board for the posts that are shared each week (as well as a Pinterest board for my own posts). I can’t wait to see where it goes in the coming week.
I also did our taxes Friday night. I don’t mind doing my taxes. I’ve been doing my own with TaxAct for a really long time. For the last two years now, I’ve done my in-laws’ taxes as well. It’s pretty easy to follow the questions and do what you need to do. The first year I did their taxes, I compared what I was doing with what they had had done professional the year before, and what I came out with was comparable – same deductions, same credits, same things. The parents came down here Saturday so I could get things taken care of.
I don’t mind paying my taxes, either. I think that we have an obligation as members of a society to pay our fair share. Of course, I don’t want to pay more than I have to, and I like for everyone to pay their fair share. We are getting a refund. It’s a third less than it was last year, but it’s still a nice refund. It is certainly useful right now.
The parents arrived Saturday morning with shrimp, and while Dad and I were working on taxes, SH and his mom were out on the front porch, tapped into the keg of Blue Moon we had. (Don’t tell anyone, but SH had started shortly after he got up) And then SH’s best friend Bryan arrived. By that time, Dad had gone to get us crawfish for lunch…he also got corn and mushrooms…because he knows I love the mushrooms 😉
(Yes, it’s butter. The corn and the mushrooms are swimming in butter. There is a reason why Mississippi is one of the fattest and most unhealthy.)
After the parents left, the boys went to the bar to play some pool…and then to the casino. And back to the house for more drinking.
We don’t do these kinds of things often, but sometimes the day just calls for starting the drinking early and then maintaining that lovely, pleasant buzz. The weather was gorgeous, and in fact, I started the day in my PJs on the front porch, working on my morning pages. There were people actually swimming in the Mississippi Sounds this week – not just sitting on the beach in their bathing suits, but in the water. We sat on the front porch and drank beer. We laughed. We joked. We caught up and made plans. I made dinner. Other friends joined us to play poker. and we kept drinking Blue Moon.
I’m telling you – these are the days…these happy, hazy days filled with friends, love, and laughter.
Today has been quiet. We got up around 7:30. SH made us breakfast. Best Friend stayed until about 10:30. And then we went back to bed, sleeping much longer than I thought I was going to. Then it was time to begin working on preparing for the week…going to the store, laundry, cooking, packing, showering (because I might not have done that all weekend…but no one minded).
I also made us New Orleans style BBQ shrimp for dinner tonight. I plan to bring you a recipe post later this week, but I have a picture to hold you over.
It was incredible. The right balance of spice and heat. It’s so rich and luscious. I’ve been meaning to make it for awhile, but we hadn’t gotten around to going to get shrimp. Since the parents were making their way to Bay St. Louis for shrimp, we asked if they could pick up a few pounds for us. I think SH is going to have to make the trip to BSL much more often…because this? Is worth it. As is the Shrimp YaYa. (We’ve decided that next Christmas will be a seafood Christmas – boiled shrimp, BBQ shrimp, Shrimp YaYa, oysters, and crab cakes. Y’all come on)
The last bit of the evening saw SH and I folding laundry, still laughing. A great weekend.
Each Sunday, I like to spend some time planning for the week to come – inviting in the energy I want to reflect and making clear my goals and intentions for the week. I’ve broken them down into categories so I can better focus on what I need to do.
- Complete applications
- Complete all required activities
- Work through requirements for the next phase of training
- Resume my self-care habits
- Finish re-reading Dragonfly in Amber
- Send letters/cards to three friends
- Shoot at least 100 pictures this week
- Finish the baby blanket for Banx
- Get caught up on FMSPDAY
- Continue to grow Photo Friday – 15 people this week?
- Investigate organizations and networks
- Work on increasing both Instagram and Twitter followings
How was your weekend? Share a highlight with us! And what’s on tap for this week?