1. I love today's title quote. It makes me feel so much less bad about my seemingly endless supply of chaos in the pursuit of a life well lived. I'm birthing stars, people! Dancing ones!
2. The Longest Day : Art with Heart event is happening on Saturday and there is a flurry of activity surrounding final preparations. At the Pinterest inspired suggestion of a co-worker, I purchased a flat of purple flowers, wrapped them in pretty cloth with a bow around them, and will present one festively festooned annual to each artist at the end of their shift with a note expressing my most sincere gratitude for the generous contribution of their time and talents toward making our little event GROW. (Blossom would've been a good word to use, too, come to think of it. But the Pinterest model said GROW, so mine does, too.) It's a sweet little thank you and I'm completely enamored of the whole idea of it.
3. Several of my participating artists have a personal connection to the devastating disease that is Alzheimer's. Just today, one of them informed me that her beloved father-in-law had passed away this past weekend after suffering the indignities of Alzheimer's for several years. She is determined and eager to participate in our event, telling me it will be a special day for their family and a way to honor his life. I am so touched, it's hard to know how to respond.
4. A woman who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and who has been engaged with our programs for a few weeks now called the office today because she had read about Art with Heart in the paper. As it turns out, she used to paint quite a lot - and quite well - and she wanted to donate one of her works for inclusion in the auction to help us raise money. Bless her heart. I love her. She's got great spunk and fortitude, and the love she and her husband share is stronger today than ever. They are a remarkable couple. She is a remarkable woman. I am so honored that she wants to be part of our event.
5. Saturday is going to be fantastic, and the follow on art auction Tuesday night will be icing on the cake. I am eerily calm, while anticipating wildly. How that's possible, I've yet to work out.
6. The husband has been gone since Monday. I miss him. He's on his way home to me as I type this, and I cannot wait to hug his neck. More anticipating wildly. Read here long enough and you'll start to recognize this as a theme, of sorts.
7. Hey! I just got stung by a bumble bee! It's been a little minute since the last time that happened. My thumb was throbbing throbbing throbbing with that sharp, sting-y pain for a few minutes until I remembered the Unker's. Ever heard of it? My mother-in-law stumbled on it several years ago and is convinced it is the cure for everything in a clear, mentholated, petroleum jelly salve. After it took the throbbing straight away from my violated thumb, I have to admit, I'm becoming a believer.
8. There is a big storm brewing on the back of three oppressively hot and muggy days. It was inevitable - like a fever break. The thunder is rolling, oh so slowly across the sky in deep, husky rumbles that build to a sudden bombastic *crack* loud enough to raise the dead. I love these kind of nights. It makes for perfect reading weather, in my book.
9. My BFF became a grandmother for the first time this week. Her only child - her son - became a daddy to his own little boy and they are all over the moon. She is going to be a rock star of a grandmother. There will be nothing traditional about her interpretation of this new role, and it will be spectacular as a result. I am looking forward to being grannies together. Although, let's just keep it real, here. She could have twenty grandchildren and they could all be perfectly lovely and charming people. But they could never be a match for my Henley and her little brother to be. Sorry about their luck. :-)
10. The nonprofit rolls merrily along. Actually, it's steamrolling, full speed ahead. I am up to my eardrums in busy these past couple of weeks, what with launching Faith in Action, my day job, all these events and soirees, volunteering, my post-day-job job, etc. and so on. Chaos, just like the title says. But organized chaos. Chaos with an end in mind. Chaos with chutzpah. Sometimes I feel like I need to start a blog to document the first days of Faith in Action's existence.
And then I laugh. And laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh.
11. John Green Status: I have NOT seen 'A Fault in Our Stars: the Movie' yet. I DID, however, purchase a copy of 'Looking for Alaska.'
12. The family is coming from their various scattered positions to land with us for the July 4th weekend. I was planning on spending the week at Mom's celebrating her 4th of July birthday with some girl time. But then my daughter decided she'd like to come here. So now Mom is coming here, too. I'm still taking the days off as planned and am striving for a completely Pinterestable weekend full of food and fun. So many ideas, so little time! One thing at a time. Get me through this weekend and the Art with Heart festivities and then I will focus my attention on the very many fine details of the long weekend coming up.
13. And then? Vacation. Soon. Hilton Head, I'm gunnin' for you!
*Title bit of beautiful philosophy comes courtesy of Friedrich Nietzsche.