Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday night grateful moment

Updated Saturday, 7:55 a.m.: See the "grateful for humor bullet below." I gave up on the itunes m4p idea (no comments from the peanut gallery, Shelby) and got an mp3 from amazon. Much better. NOW the weekend can carry on.

I swear I haven't been as happy for a Friday night since... last Friday night. It is wonderful to be here, at this place again, counting my blessings.

Where last week felt draggy and long, this week zipped by. Every day felt short of time to get things done, and more things on the to-do list than minutes to accomplish them in. Ah well. That's the way it goes. If it's not one thing, it's another, no?!

So this week the list is what it is:

*Grateful for Seth as always. He's home to yet another birthday celebration (this time husband is here too). The festivities began about five minutes after Seth walked in the door from school and will continue through the weekend.

I began preparing earlier in the day. I have been wanting to make this cake for some time, and Seth said Yes Please when I asked if he'd like it for his birthday lunch with family tomorrow.

Batter in pans heading in to the oven.

Ready to be frosted.
This cake is high! And yummy (we know cuz of the scraps!).

Seth enjoying his birthday present from Grandma and Grandpa Goerlitz.
* Grateful for husband and his caring and thoughtful ways. It's wonderful to watch him care for others, too. He's a natural.
*Grateful for all our wonderful sunshine. Other than today, which was gray and cool, it's been a wonderfully sunny week, full of crisp mornings, rosy sunsets (great moonrises too) and leaves turning color...
*Grateful for all my butternuts and the curried soup I made today. I am in the mood for soups!
*Grateful for my coffee on these dark mornings. Seriously.
*Grateful for getting into autumn rhythms. Seems like it's taken me longer this year--there have been moments when I've thought, "Fall is my favorite season? Really? This doesn't feel like a favorite anything." Too true. But now that I've truly transitioned, I remember why this really is my favorite time of year.
*Grateful for our hot tub. Too true. The weather has been perfect for an evening soak, watching that great moon. Tonight, even after a gray day, the stars were all sparkly and lovely. Made me think of Contact, which Seth and I watched the night before his birthday... I love that movie.
*Grateful for humor. I was listening to all kinds of stand-up that I have on my ipod this week while I was cleaning out the garden, and my favorite of all right now is Ray Romano. Go figure. But his little commentary on king-size beds rather than queen-size beds? He nails it.
(I spent far too long tonight trying to figure out how to get an itunes m4p file to embed here, and came up lacking. I will keep at it when my brain is caffeinated tomorrow... I have spent entirely too much time on this one little bullet point tonight. I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere, or something to be grateful for, but right now--10:24 p.m.!--I can't think of it...)
Finally, here it is. I hope my effort is going to sufficiently guilt you into listening, though I'm not sure the effort is equal to actual hilarity... the bed part starts around 2:15...

*Grateful for my parents, and their phone calls. I love their stories and antics. Never a dull moment with those two. Next time you see them, ask about their exploding cans of mock duck. It's classic.
*Grateful I got a reprieve on the tooth-pulling this week... though it gives me something to look forward to in 2010... not so much. But grateful at least that I checked my insurance limits and didn't even up having to sell Seth to pay for the experience!
*Grateful for next week, with an Owl City concert on tap, along with a little road trip with similarly music-minded pals (oh yeah, Mom's more excited than the kid, I think). Grateful too that the tickets for the concert actually came through... long story with third-party vendor, too expensive tickets and a Fed-Ex package needing a signature. They are here, in hand. Whew.
Happy weekend. Must away to slumber!


  1. Oh I do want some birthday cake. It looks so yummy!

  2. That cake is beyond AWESOME. Hope the final dessert was super yummy and that you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.

    BTW, I *heart* your grateful moments. They make me reflect on my own life and the things I'm grateful for. Like the fact that I'll end a sentence with a preposition and be ok with it. :)

  3. Thanks, Cha Cha. The cake was simply swell. I ate three pieces over the course of the weekend, not like I HAD to confess or anything. And froze half the cake for later--the flu has descended on the birthday boy, so we're saving it for later...


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