I am currently. . .
Wondering: If I will ever actually need a jacket again. . . I am SO ready for this Arizonan weather to start to cool down. . . The last few days, the temperature has been lingering right around 100-degrees (which is considerably cooler than it has been). I know that's not going to last for long, though. . . From what I understand, I have another two months or so before that'll start to happen. For several years, I worked for Wilsons Leather & during that time, I accumulated quite the jacket collection — the majority of which are very nice leather jackets. I have insisted on holding on to them, but between being in the desert & the fact that I've gained quite a bit of weight, I am seriously contemplating posting them on Craigslist or a few of the local yard sale groups on Facebook to see if I can sell them. . . Even if I got $50 or so for each of them, it'd probably be enough for a plane ticket (or two?). . . And, frankly, something like that would serve me better right now than jackets I can't wear anyway. . . Something to ponder some more. . . 😉
Scheming about: A few things, really. The handsome husband's birthday is a bit over a month away. . . He works so hard & he downplays his birthday every single year. Honestly, I suck at gift-giving & all that jazz. I am the type of person who sees something &, if I can afford it, I'll pick it up for you because I think you'll like it — not because I am going to put it away to have the perfect birthday gift. . . Frankly, by the time a birthday or Christmas comes around, I am fresh out of ideas. It bugs me — kinda. I'd like to do something for him for his birthday this year, but I am still not sure what.
Reading: “Dragonfly in Amber” (Book 2 in the Outlander series) by Diana Gabaldon. I've got myself sucked in. I also met a few gals online over the past few months & we've decided to read a few books together. Next up is “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk & “Good in Bed” by Jennifer Weiner. We haven't set a date for our next book gathering, but as soon as we do, I will choose one of our two selections & get to reading. Should be fun. 😉
Sad about: My little RJ flying back to Washington. He left this morning & is back with his dad now. That, by itself, isn't so sad. . . What's a bit heartbreaking is the fact that I won't see him again until at least Thanksgiving. . It'll take some getting used to.
Trying to find a solution for: Getting to one of my best friend's birthday parties in a few months. She celebrates the weekend before Thanksgiving & it is a milestone birthday. (I won't mention which one!) Not only has she made it a point to express how much she would really love for me to be there, but also, she helped me get to Las Vegas for a weekend in June, to celebrate her daughters' 21st birthdays. . . It was a very much needed getaway. Plus, I really want to be there. I will be heartbroken to miss it. I get that it's not always practical to spend $300 on a plane ticket. . . & it will be hard to fit seeing a bunch of people in for such a short visit (because how can I go back to Washington — even briefly — without seeing as many as I can). . . BUT, I am a firm believer that where there's a will, there's a way. . . & your best friends do not celebrate milestone birthdays every year. IF we can work it out, I intend to justify the expense by calling it my birthday gift (which is the weekend prior to this friend's celebration). Plus, maybe I could save the unaccompanied minor fee for Little RJ's Thanksgiving visit by having him fly back with me, only to have to fly home unaccompanied after the holiday. . . I still have some time to try to sort it all out. . .
Excited about: My college classes that just started. My online English class started today & my other three (face-to-face) classes start tomorrow. I am getting a head-start on the assignments that I know about & making sure I am set up for success. I have high hopes for this semester & look forward to making progress towards my ultimate goal of a bachelor degree in finance. For now, getting through my first week of my first semester, working towards my Associates in Business will do the trick. 😉 Baby steps, right?
Smiling about: the handsome husband. There are plenty of reasons he makes me smile, but, in particular, he realized that I was struggling with the silly task of catching up on folding all the clean laundry. . . I had expressed, through one of my blog posts, that it was difficult (partly) because I either don't want to disturb his sleep (since he works graveyard shifts) or I don't want to miss out on time with him when he is home & we're both awake at the same time. SO, what does he do? He made a point to pull me into the bedroom to fold the laundry together. We talked & goofed around a bit as we did it & now, I feel so much better as a result. I definitely married a keeper, y'all. 😉 It is okay to be jealous. 😉
I could go on & on this week, but I think I will end on that note. What are YOU currently up to?