I just spent a huge amount of time writing this post, then hit some stupid button at the bottom of the keyboard right before I was set to publish it, and all my text disappeared. Even though Blogger saves automatically, it was gone. This has happened to me before; has it happened to you? Did it make you scream the Nancy Kerrigan "Why?" because it did me.
OK. So here we go again. Please go see Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to jump into this fun meme.
1. Favorite "thing(s)" this week:
Recently I mentioned that Jorge bought my birthday present a couple of weeks ago, well before the date and well before he even knew he was purchasing it, without ever setting a foot in an "icky" store, thanks to me.
I saw this bomb-a-licious bag at Target and loved it, but didn't want to pay full price, so I embarked on one of those temporary, nonetheless noble, "die-to-self" waiting periods. In the meantime, Big Mama mentioned the very bag in one of her fashion posts. Of course, I knew it was meant to be right there and then (or then and there, however you prefer.) I believe it was Tom Petty who said, "The Waiting is the Hardest Part." No kidding, Tom. Imagine my elation when Target "clearanced" my bag. (NOT a real word.)
Then I realized I had to choose a color, for I loved both the green and this season's must-have color, the purple. It's actually a little more subdued in person than in this picture.
I decided to take both and decide at home which I wanted, when I also spied a black bag. Now, interestingly, I had just said to myself earlier, "You know what you need? A good, black 'neutral' purse that goes with everything." And then I responded to myself, "Why, yes; yes I do. Thanks for pointing that out." And so when my eye fell on "Black Beauty," I couldn't resist.
So in an uncharacteristically generous mood,
2. Favorite food this week: Dude. At my birthday party with my girlfriends, the hostess baked the one and only Ken Lee cake! She also played the soundtrack to "Mama Mia" in the background, bless her ornery heart. Another friend made my favorite no bake cookies, and the hostess gave me some of her coffee-flavored gourmet chocolate. And that's why these people are my friends. They get me. (They get me chocolate.)
3. Favorite funny moment this week: On our way down to Brown County, my friend's husband was telling us a story about when he used to work on oil wells in TX many years ago. There was some problem with absorbency of something or other, so the foreman told all the workers to go into town and buy up all the feminine products they could find. These men wiped that town out, which is funny enough when you picture women everywhere not being able to find what they need and men with carts full of what they will never need, but my friend, in his storytelling fervor, could not pronounce "tampon," no matter how hard he tried. After a while, he gave up even trying. He just kept saying "pan-ton" over and over in his story. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to empty my bladder in their vehicle. Needless to say, from here on out, those products will always be "pantons" to me.
4. Favorite meaningful moment this week: There were several, but the top one was when I realized it was not time for my dad to leave us yet. Thank you for praying for him. He's doing fine at home now, back to working his word searches and word Jumbles and cranking up the TV volume for the Food Network. He does not care for "Emerald" the chef, though.
5. Favorite song on my playlist: This is tough because for some reason, I'm really into my playlist this week. But I've been stuck on Vertical Horizon's "Everything You Want" (2000). It's the chorus that I love. On the surface, it seems to be about unrequited love, but some people speculate that there's spiritual significance to this song. I know the band never wanted to be labeled a "Christian" band because that is the kiss of death in this world, and even among young Emergents. (Why does anything have to be labeled "Christian?") One interpretation is that it's about being dissatisfied in life, not recognizing that the yearning comes from a "God-shaped vacuum" in our spirits. Nothing else can satisfy, and like the song says, we don't know why. I loved the video, and I did notice the lead singer stretches his arms out in a crucifixion-like way. I can't embed the vid, but here's the link if you want to refresh your memory of the tune:
Have a great Friday, my favorite day of the week!