A few things that are making me happy this week and that I’m grateful for:
I’m a movie buff. It was $50 to go see “The Avengers” this week (just the tickets, no snacks), but it was worth it. (Subliminal message: Joss Whedon is a god. Buffy lives!) I love slipping into the big, dark theatre with semi-comfortable chairs, and letting myself be transported to a space where there is nothing else, just entertainment, sometimes insight, laughter, or tears. I enjoy watching movies at home too, but there are always more distractions there – the phone, the computer, the dog, external noises, etc. Nothing beats the big screen.
My dad once said that I was born wrong. He didn’t mean it in a cruel way, but rather in a lamenting and self-blaming kind of way. He said because I was born with a funky spine and will have back pain all my life, because my eyesight was so poor that I was almost legally blind, and because I have psoriasis. But my back pain is such a part of me now that it no longer hurts, I had Lasik to correct my vision, and my psoriasis is mild, almost non-existent when my stress is low. I have weight to lose and would benefit from more exercise, but I’m not unhealthy. Currently, a few family, friends, and coworkers are in pain or recovering from various illnesses and undergoing surgery. I’m very, very fortunate.
Seriously, Theo makes awesome potatoes. I especially like roasted sweet potato.
They make me laugh. Last week I sent my nephew and nieces a couple of boomerangs. My sister said they all immediately ran outside, instructions in hand, to throw them. She sent a photo and my eldest niece was holding the boomerang, about to throw it, in a way that looked like she was going to kill someone. Meanwhile, nearly two-and-a-half months since I’ve arrived in Australia, my mother has finally learned (sort of) how to call me on Skype. Unfortunately, she has not learned the time zone difference.