Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week were very normal. I got up, did my thing, went to work and came home. Woot. Now, I had been feeling kind of... down. Not depressed, just not quite as happy as I normally am. Like a funk or something like that. So on Thursday I'm at work and I open up my Bible. I randomly flip to Psalms. And on the right side of the page is Psalm 55. One of my life verses is in Psalm 55, so I considered actually reading the entire thing. The title is "Betrayal by a Friend." I wasn't quite in the mood for that one. So on the left side of the page is Psalm 51, "A Prayer for Restoration." Bingo. Praise God for knowing what I need when I need it. I love the line "Restore the joy of Your salvation to me." Beautiful. So now I am restored. And I'm feeling fantastic.
Friday was another typical day at work. Afterwards was the best part. I had been looking forward to taking a bubble bath all week, and on Friday I finally took one. It was so nice. With real bubbles, too. And Friday night was Graduation. Sigh, 2007 is now finished with high school. And now my brother is going to graduate next year. Yikes is right. Sarah gave me a ride there. She probably parked in the best space ever. See, graduation in Navarre is definitely the event of the week. Everyone in the whole town goes. So of course parking is a disaster. So we drove over to the teacher parking lot, and she quite literally stopped her car and said "Okay, here's our space." Amazing. I saw lots of people I haven't seen in a while. It was actually very nice. On the car ride there, Sarah said casually "Yeah, we'll see lots of people we haven't seen in a while." I started thinking, "Oh no, there are definitely some people I don't really want to see." But luckily I didn't see them. Graduation was very short, too. Record short, I think. Afterwards Sarah, Mary, Andrew, Craige and I went to Sonic. Yay for their banana splits. We talked for a while, and it was a lot of fun. It was nice to catch up. I feel so comfortable with my friends. Praise God for that feeling. Mary gave me a ride home, and I think the funniest thing that has ever happened to me in a car happened. Mary turned left at the light at Publix, except she accidentally turned too sharp and started heading down the left turn lane going the wrong way on 98. I died laughing! It was so funny, and luckily it was only funny because there was no traffic and no one was coming the opposite way. But it was funny! Haha Peaches, I still love you :)
"Ooh child/Things are gonna get easier/Ooh child/Things'll get brighter"
This song is actually sung by... The Five Stairsteps I believe. Or Stairsteps 5. I've been meaning to look that up for a while.
Saturday morning I didn't do a thing. And I felt like a bum. Then in the late afternoon my dad and I ran errands. First we went to Home Depot. My dad is buying cabinets for the house in Biloxi. And we ended up buying a dishwasher also. I actually enjoyed it. It was so... homey-ish. After that we went to the Commissary. Now, they close at 6:00. We walked in at about 5:15. And despite running up and down the aisles at breakneck pace, we still didn't finish on time. Thank God we were on the bread when they made the announcement "It is now 1800 hours..." We didn't want to be one of those jerks who shop at the last minute, but we were still the last people to check out. Now we didn't have to wait in line... so one good side.
After I put the groceries away, my parents, brother and I went out to eat at this new Mexican restaurant over by Wal-Mart. Of course, "new" is relative because it wasn't here back at Christmas. Then my dad and I went to see The DaVinci Code. I have been looking forward to this movie since I first heard about it. Which has been a while. And I really liked it. The beginning was a bit awkward, but it picked up. I was just so glad they stuck close to the book. And they sure did. It was almost exactly right! Good job Mr. Howard. They were very blunt with the ending, too.
Sunday was a nice day, too. I went to church, and then my mom and I drove over to Phyllis's bay house. My dad, brother, grandfather and uncle went to play golf. So I just hung out on the porch and read my book. I kept moving my chair to keep my feet in the sun to keep warm. I found out on Monday that my ankles got sunburned. How did that happen? Oh, well. Then when everyone came back we ate salad and spaghetti and strawberry ice cream. Mmm... heaven's food right there. And we watched "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and the end of the basketball game. It was such a nice day to spend with my family. And I was so incredibly tired on the drive home. Dead tired in fact.
Monday morning before I woke up, I remember dreaming these words: "don't get up because mom is not going to want to go running this morning." So when my alarm went off, I didn't get up. Which was absolutely incredible since my mom didn't get up. Thank You, God, for letting me sleep in a bit. I appreciate it.
So far this week has been nice at work. Monday was the first day of summer camp, so I had a lot of paperwork to finish. Other than that, it's been pretty quiet. Nice.
Oh, and I got a new bike seat, yay. See, I ride my bike to work. And my old bike seat was very hard, very narrow, very uncomfortable. And now my new one is very comfortable. I mean, for a bike seat at least :)
The Hippies won The Amazing Race! Yay! I liked them from the start. I so want to be on that show one day.
Right now I'm reading The Princes of Ireland. I started this book last summer, but I didn't bring it with me to New York. So now I get to finish it. And it is so good! I love Ireland, I really do. I really want to visit it one day. When I spent time with Amanda's grandma over spring break I remembered why. Now I'm reading this book and I'm still remembering why. I so want to go to Paris next spring. I hope it all works out.
Something I was thinking about when I was at graduation is what actually happens after graduation from high school. You go to college, which is the perfect alternate reality between being a kid in high school and being an adult in the real world. I mean this in both a physical and emotional sense. Physically, I can't be an adult yet because I can't financially support myself. There's no way in hell I could afford NYU on my own. I am my own person, and I have spent this past year affirming my identity in Christ. Which has been so incredible I can hardly stand to write it down because then it seems so final. And His work in my has hardly begun, that's for sure. Anyway, I think it is amusing who you hang out with after high school. Everyone has friends in high school. Now look back and see which ones you actually spend time with after school ends. It is positively tickling! I mean that in a nice way, of course. For the vast majority of my friends, I can not see them for a long time and then pick right up where we left off. It's amazing to me. I love my friends and I only wish the best for them. They'll be fine in the future, and I'll always be there if they need me. I just hope they know that.
I had some chicken noodle soup today. I tasted so good. I haven't had it in a long time.
I jumped in the pool today. It felt so good. Freezing, but so good.
I enjoy the simple things in life. Like at the Commissary, when they water the fruits and vegetables. Right before, thunder and lightning sounds play over the speakers. Then the water comes on to water the produce. I love watching this. And I enjoying making tea in the afternoons. And eating my turkey sandwiches.
Nothing else pressing is going on right now. I'm just at peace in my life right now. Je suis contente. I don't know what's going to happen in the future, but God does. And I rest in Him. I'm so glad He restores me and holds me.
I think I'm going to watch American Idol tonight. Just to see how it goes.
Have a lovely rest of day, everyone. Quote for the day is:
"And they go dancin'/Around and around/Without any cares/And her very first true love is holding her close/And for a moment she isn't scared"