“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
Matthew 7:25 (context)
See those big, alarmed-looking eyes? The way they seem to say “I should know what’s going on, but I don’t”? …OK, maybe I’m reading a bit much into this particular bobble-head armadillo(?)’s painted-on eyes, but that’s what they say to me. Then again, that just reflects how I feel every time I give myself a chance to think about what I’ll be doing this time next Monday.
Fortunately, this Monday was great. I got some BAW stuff sorted out in the morning and made English muffins. Rachel, with impeccable timing, arrived in time to rescue me from an interminable phone conversation. We finished cooking the English muffins and decamped to St. Edward State Park, where they have the most amazing play structure I’ve ever seen. Here’s a totally inadequate picture from the official website:
When they built that play structure, I immediately became hugely jealous of the little kids who get to play on it. I wish I was still a little kid, or that I’d gotten something that cool to play on when I was the right age!
Instead of dashing for the play structure, because we were grown-ups, we walked around the upper perimeter of the park and talked. Which is what adults call “playing,” even if it’s unrecognizable as such to our younger counterparts.
After Rachel and I finished, I went for a nice flat, easy bike ride with Mom. It’s nice to have a break now and again to remember what leisurely riding feels like. Holding a conversation on a bike — unheard-of on those crazy Francis Gan rides, but really a nice way to spend an hour. Like going for a stroll, only you can see more. My only complaint is that I’m getting fairly tired of the Burke-Gilman/Sammamish River Trail from Marymoor to Kenmore — and even as far as the UW, since I commuted that far on the trail almost daily for 10 months. I need new routes.
Now my stomach is telling me it’s about time for some
leftovers made-aheads. I’m trying to think calmly and without panic about tomorrow and the rest of the week, what I’ll do to prepare for the class, how I will conduct myself… I need to capture a more positive attitude and expect good things, or at least not total disaster. What does success look like? Define it, focus on that, and let the extra stuff go.