Last Week’s Good Things

backThe intensity of life continues, so it is more than great to think back on a few of last week’s good things.

Dirt DevilMother’s Day – When I was pregnant with Sam, Dan got me a cute Mother’s Day card with a scribbles all over it – aka baby signature. That was 29 mother’s days ago. This year, our two babies are miles away, but on Mother’s Day morning I got calls from both of them. The sounds of their voices is more than good. Having that start to my day, and then just spending a relaxing day around the house with Dan seemed like a good celebration. I do have a funny Mother’s Day bit to share. Needing something new for cleaning purposes, I ordered a small Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner from Amazon. Apparently, I forgot to tell Dan. Coupled with this, the kids both told us that they had gone in together to buy us a combined Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift that would be arriving sometime. Coupled with this, next month, both kids will be home with their respective mates. Soooo …. yesterday, Dan came home from work and opened up the package that arrived – the Dirt Devil. He put 2 and 2 together and couldn’t believe those kids had the nerve of sending us a cleaning machine! When he called me to voice his incredulousness, I set him straight and family peace was restored.

peonyFirst peonies – Two weeks ago it was hummingbirds, last week it was peonies. We have the gift of having several very old peony bushes in our backyard. When they finally bloom, they are magnificent. The color; the scent – the best!

LooseWork Retreat – Since I started working at the hospital fourteen years ago, my department has grown and grown. We tend to have a retreat every three years, and it is during those that the extent of the growth can really be visualized. We gathered for our retreat last week at an incredibly beautiful historic Kansas City location. We spent the day hearing about the accomplishments and visions of each of the different areas of our Division, as well as of the hospital. We got to know each other better over some free time activities and lunch. The day ended with us taping a piece of paper on our back and writing good things on each other’s. The scene of one hundred people, kind of Conga lining as they wrote on each other’s paper, brought smiles.

Jack is Back – Raspy voiced, Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer is back for a new season of “24.” This show with its absurd, but compelling action is fun television.  

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie – I am trying to catch up on my New York Times reading and not being incredibly successful. However, last week I got through a Sunday Magazine that was a few weeks old. First of all, every week that publication puts out beautifully written, long pieces of journalism! That is a good thing in itself. The article that really got to me last week was an April 13 article by John Jeremiah SullivanThe Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie delves into finding the two women who recorded a rare but revered blues record in the early 1930s. The best thing about this piece is the trail that the author takes to investigate it and write it. It is really wonderful and the Times website  supplements what was published with additional audio and visual. It is good history writing.

I hope that your week brings you many good things! 

Last Week’s Good Things

IMG525A happy mother’s day to all who celebrate! That mother thing is a good thing, and here are a few of the other good things that I came upon during last week’s day-to-day:

  1. Getting to play pinball – Yesterday, Dan and I went to Haus to use a Groupon that we had gotten awhile ago. Not only did we get to have a delicious Local Pig sausage, a large order of poutine, and a flight of American craft beers, but as I looked across the restaurant, I spied a “24” pinball machine. My goodness, it was fun to play. There was Jack Bauer and Chloe flashing on the backboard as the silver ball banged around the game. It was delightful. We played three games between us, and because it was Mother’s fest weekend, Dan let me take the extra ball – even though he had gotten more points than me.
  2. Center for Spirit at Work Breakfast – Friday morning I went to a breakfast talk sponsored by The Center for Spirit at Work. The talk was about looking for your passion and going for it. What really struck me about the morning, however, was how friendly and welcoming people were, and how each came to start their day listening to such a positive message.
  3. I always think that I should like Mark Maron more than I do, but he can be a little much for me. This article, however, made me laugh more than a little bit. The article describes him going to buy a pair of jeans because he heard they were making them right again. The advice that he gets from the jean’s salesperson is quite something. My favorite part, however, was Maron’s going off on his dislike of handlebar moustaches:

The clerk helping me was a chubby fellow with a handlebar mustache. I have no patience for contemporary handlebar mustaches. They anger me. They look indulgent and ridiculous. If you have a handlebar mustache, that is pretty much all you are. You are a delivery system for a handlebar mustache. I saw a guy in Brooklyn once with a handlebar mustache, pierced ears, a fedora hat and j odhpurs. He was a collage of sartorial attempts at evading himself. It looked as if he were interrupted during a shave in the mid-1850s and had to grab some clothes and dress quickly while being chased through a time tunnel.

4.  Clean sheets – The fact that I put clean sheets on the list should not indicate that this is the first time that I have had clean sheets since I started writing this series. I do change my sheets fairly regularly, and this week was one of those times. It just struck me that it is such a good feeling to get into a bed that is so fresh and the tuck-ins are so tight and hospital-cornery. Between sheet changes, getting the bed made usually involves pulling all of the covers up and trying to redistribute things after the cover power-grabbing that seems to occur each night. There is no serious smoothing and tucking. That only gets done with clean sheets and it is a delight.

5.  The Office – We are down to the last episode of The Office. I have always liked the show, but over the last few years I lost passion for the series. This year, however, they are bringing it. The Pam and Jim story this week was just heart meltingly sweet, and Dwight finally gets Angela. Oh, Dunder Mifflin of Scranton, PA, I will miss you.product_ream