In June of 2006, I was sitting in a Bennigan’s in San Antonio watching the Mavericks fold under the pressure of the Heat. I knew they could play better. I knew they could shut down Wade. But they couldn’t pull it together in time and we lost out on our chance at our first ever NBA Championship. Combine that gut wrenching defeat with the fact that the Mavs shut down a new and improved Heat (Wade, Bosch, and King James) and you have the sweetest championship victory in NBA history. The good guys won. The nice guys came away champions. How awesome it is to live in Dallas on this glorious occasion. LETS GO MAVS!
Now that I got that out of my system, let me admit that I have not kept up with the 7 takes Fridays these past few weeks. I’ve got a lot of excuses. But I won’t bore you with them.
This past Sunday, my oldest went away to boy scout summer camp for the first time. He was nervous which made me even more nervous. I want him to make memories, not nightmares. I want him to have fun, not be miserable. I want him to grow as a person, not feel less of one. I have not been able to talk to him since he left. And that is unnerving. I hope he is doing well. I hope he is having fun. And I hope he is wearing sunscreen, bug spray and has taken a shower at least once.
Along with the revival of 7 takes Friday, I have also revived my time at the gym. Tonight, I ran 2.75 miles in 30 minutes which isn’t bad for an old lady. However, I feel like I have a tire around my waist. I can’t wait for the extra 10-15 pounds to come off. It is driving me crazy. My previous gym was a ladies only gym. My new gym is not. Let me say that I like the change. Ladies tend to walk on the treadmill so I was always running next to walkers. Now, I have a whole bunch of running men next to me. And I like it! I didn’t realize how much easier it is to keep going when you feel like you are running with someone.
I am not that far into Screwtape, but it has already made an impression on me. What a great and model patient I have made for the devil. I fall for all these tricks. Especially, the one where the devil gets between you and your loved ones. Recently, I have two situations where I could tell the spiritual warfare was at play. And they both involve my being upset with my husband. In the first situation, I didn’t respond to the bait. I kept silent and I prayed for Jesus to take this anger away from me. It took most of the day, but it worked. As the day wore on, I could see things from his perspective and I could focus on what really mattered. In the second situation, I took the bait. I blew up. And in the end I could see how ridiculous my behavior was. The devil got the best of me in that one. I’m a little afraid to keep reading Screwtape. I fear I am going to see even more of my true colors. I guess that will make me appreciate the love and MERCY of God on a greater level.
I have decided I want a color Nook for my birthday. My Mom and my Sister have color Nooks while my Mother-in-law and Sister-in-law have Kindles. The Kindle is cool and cheaper. It serves its purpose well. However, the color Nook appears to be really cool. It can do more than just books. Although it doesn’t appear to be as cool as an iPad, it does go on the internet and it runs apps. If I had money to burn, I would just get an iPad. But, sadly, I don’t so I will have to settle for the next best thing. If one of you has an opinion with regard to the Nook vs. iPad vs. Kindle vs. tablet computer, please feel free to share.
Two weeks ago, I got two new fillings. Let me back up by saying I really despise going to the dentist. My dentist is a very nice person, but what she does to me is just plain mean. I am pretty sure that hell is filled with drill wielding dentists who insist you have enough Novocain before they hold you down and drill out all your teeth for eternity. Anyhow, I got the fillings. That evening, I put my night guard in (I have TMJ issues because I grind my teeth into an oblivion while I sleep) and it didn’t fit quite right. So, I bit down on it and I heard a crack. I could not tell from the chip I found in my mouth if it was the filling or the night guard. So, I made another appointment and went back to the dentist. Turns out it was neither- it was a tooth. Now, in all the moments before she told me I chipped my tooth, I had no pain in that tooth. As soon as I got home from the appointment, the tooth started hurting. It’s gotta be all in my head, right?