Today started at 7 AM, when my internal alarm clock (and a very affectionate cat spoiled by all of the lovin’ received last night) woke me from a deep slumber on the couch. Last night actually turned into a very fun night…thanks to many more beers and conversation with my awesome friends. I took one look at the clock, got mad at my internal alarm clock, pushed the furry mass from my face, took some Excedrin and went back to sleep. Until 10:30!!! It was amazing! I got up, showered, and headed in to my office. I had been dreading this part of the weekend…this is myweekend, dammit, and I didn’t want to have to go in there and do work. I checked my email, facebook, and considered doing some work. But I was sidetracked by something, which led me to be sidetracked by something else, which eventually led me to people.com. Where I was further distracted by pictures of Zac. Which then led me to reading his bio. Which told me he starred in a Lifetime TV movie a few years ago in which he played a child with autism. Which, of course I HAD to watch. So I logged into youtube, and spent the next hour and a half watching Miracle Run in 10 minute segments. What a great movie!!! I had a twinge of guilt about coming to work and watching a movie, but it wasn’t that hard to justify my behavior. After all, the movie was about twins with autism. And I am an autism therapist. So, technically, I could call it research. Not that there’s anything I learned that I didn’t already know…other than the fact that Zac is actually a pretty good actor. He obviously did some research for the roll…he had the mannerisms, the voice, everything down pat. Even more fuel to the disgusting fire that is my cougar crush.
So after I finished my research…I headed home. Stopped on the way at my friend’s son’s t-ball game, then came back to do a little bit of nothing. At. All. It was a beautiful day outside, so I took to an Adirondack chair in the backyard with a new book and a sense of relaxation and calm I haven’t felt in a long long time. The next hour or so was one of the best I’ve had in months. Maybe even years.
Then I got ready for the world to end. I’ll provide a little background on this one… About 2 1/2 years ago, Snoop was deployed to Afghanistan and I was a stay at home mom and miserable. We had only lived here a few months and I didn’t have much of a life outside of the kids and one close friend. Snoop sent me an email link to some girl’s myspace page, and said he had been checking out profiles of people who lived in our area and he saw hers and “thought we could be friends.” I thought it was really weird, but checked it out anyway. She seemed a lot like me…she was a psychologist turned stay-at-home-mom and felt like she had totally lost herself in mommyhood. She was a complete smart-ass. So I sent her a message and we started chatting. We “talked” (all IM, facebook, , text, etc…) a lot, shared a lot, and I really felt like I got to know her well. There were many times we almost got together, but for one reason or another it never happened. She’s got 2 little boys with autism, and even came into my office one day but I was, of course, in a meeting and again…didn’t have the chance to meet her (she did leave me a cool present though!). She and I always joke that we can’t actually meet or something disastrous could happen. So last night she and I made plans to get together today. We met up for dinner and drinks, and guess what?! Nothing happened. No earthquakes…no Armageddon… Just a fabulous time with a fabulous “new” friend. Yay!
So after a few hours getting to know this person I’ve actually “known” for years, I came back home. And it’s been a few more fantastical hours. I talked to my kiddos, who are having a fantastic weekend with their daddy (something that was so needed!). I snuggled the cats. I watched a movie. I had a few drinks and I enjoyed being with me and only me. I so needed this weekend…
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