We still have beautiful weather in the Northwest so our weekend ahead is looking pretty close to magnificent once again.
Kicked off the weekend with book club last night which, to me, is always a wonderful thing. We hit our one year anniversary! Much to most everyone’s chagrin though, it was a witch theme last night in keeping with the time of year. I’m big on theme things but there’s an excellent chance I’m one of the last one of those types left. We read scary books this time and did book reports. I got some good ideas for books to put on that long ole “must read” list. I made “candypagne” cocktails – champagne with candy corn to sweeten them and we feasted on plenty of food including a decadent kahlua cake. Total yum! Thanks again Tenille and thanks, chicks, for turning out.
The most interesting part of the evening though happened as everyone was leaving. Two women showed up at the door – this is 9ish at night – and it turned out to be one of the old owners of our house and her best friend! Pat, the owner, had lived in – and loved – our home for 20 plus years raising her children and just wanted to see what all we had done to it and go through it one more time as she is moving to California this month to be close to her grandkids. Well, come on in! I totally get that and was glad they were brave enough to stop on by. It was fun getting to meet some of the house’s “history” and hear some of her stories. We could tell it had been a good home for her as it has been for us. I think older homes particularly bring with them that sense of history and continuance.
I like being part of a place’s “history.” I often think about that with my job. Working at a public utility isn’t like working many places in a way because there is little chance it will really ever go away. We have to have electricity. So when you work there, you really are a part of a history with the organization and the customers we serve. I think it’s cool. I also think it all goes by at lightning speed. Really I like knowing I’m part of history but I’m far too sentimental to enjoy much looking back. I’m a forward looking kind of girl who reminds herself regularly to enjoy this moment and this time since that is what we have.
Speaking of work, tonight after a long week, the work bunch hit a local pub to celebrate one of our group members getting employee-of-the-month for October. Kevin actually started at the utility when he was 18. He’ll have one of the longest careers in for sure at the District since our retirement system only lets us out at 65! As usual with people you’ve known a good long time, it was a great time. They know who you are and they love you anyways.
Tomorrow, I have a fun few hours of planning on the agenda with Brie who is coming over to help me get organized with next steps on the book. And on Sunday, its work and fun combined for a few hours, helping Tina and Jeff get things packed up and ready for the movers on Monday. It’s that “many hands make for light work” thing and with a pile of us helping we can have that place in boxes in just a few hours. The best part is the “payoff” – they’ll now be living miles closer.
Life is good in my part of the world. Hello weekend!