Even though I want to say things on the blog and tell you what's up in my life and everywhere, i can't because I don't have any time. ANY. Wedding showers, first communions, yardwork, camping, school art stuff--it all adds up to the mental and time equivalent of jogging through ankle deep mud. It looks like I can do it......but I can't.
But I can give you 10 Good Things Right Now
1. I had a root canal on #4, for those who know how to read a dental diagram. Upper left not-quite-a-molar. I went to the amazing endodontist who works fast and is kind and was the one who warned me: "I might not be able to get you all the way numb" when he did one of my lower teeth with deformed and extra roots. He was able to, and for that reason, I would trust him to do anything to my teeth. I would trust him to fly a plane, do my taxes, build skyscrapers, anything. Of course he can.
And the best part of root canal? I don't hurt anymore. AT ALL. Nothing. Jaw pain is quickly fading into memory. It makes me wonder, but not even that much, if this tooth has been bad since October and my dentist couldn't see it. She was out when I went in for the emergency referral--and her partner sat down and stared at the x-ray. "How long does it hurt if, say, you bite on a piece of ice?" he asked. "Only for a few minutes," I replied. "A few MINUTES?" he repeated. "You need a root canal." So it was again one of those times when the right question would have gotten to the root (ahem) of the problem. I do not blame my dentist, and there definitely was other muscular pain involved, but I think the cranial-sacral therapist and I solved that part back in February. The tooth was something we couldn't solve.
2. I didn't get the job I thought I wanted but now a group of parents at my kids' school is working to raise funds to hire an art teacher for next year. I will have to apply, but frankly I'm probably the only one out there looking to earn a nun's salary teaching 7 hours a week. Basically, I'm looking to pay for Billy's tuition to preschool. And that's about what we're trying to raise. I am so honored and humbled and blessed by this community, even when it's a crazy traveling circus.
3. My garden seems to be working. The spinach I planted, about 2/3 of it grew and is trying so hard against the slugs. Peas, too--I never plant enough to cook, but I throw pods into a salad, and I know peas help the soil. The garlic is SUPER, since we didn't have enough of a winter to really have it go all the way dormant. They are amazing. Ginormous, my daughters would say. Tomatoes are in the ground, and okra part two get put in today.
4. Girl scout camping. A few pictures.
6. Back to girl scout camp, it was a weekend with good adult conversations and now that the girls are older? They do the lion's share of the work. They do not get bored as easily. They do not need so much tending. We were in a beautiful campsite at the end of the road. We had a good camp supervisor who did not burn us at checkout time. We are good archers--I put balloons up on the targets and the girls LOVED this. Even Fiona got a balloon popped, and the few girls who didn't, their technique improved so much in the pursuit that they are better than ever. Canoes, leatherwork, lanyards, fires: good old fashioned camp weekend.
7. Summer begins in 10 days for us. Beautiful cheap in between weather time. No heat, no A/C. Just be comfortable.
8. The Avengers was quite the fun little movie last week at the Hi-Pointe Theater with Jake.
9. Between reading some Harold Morowitz this spring, and Fr. Miguel's Easter homilies, I'm back, faith-wise. It's always a tug of war for me but I'm in a good place again. I know that Harold Morowitz shouldn't necessarily be helpful for faith, but he is for me. Sometimes it's Thomas R. Kelly, sometimes it's a Benedictine here or there (Walker Percy, Joan Chittister, etc), and sometimes it's an expert in biological thermodynamics.
10. It's a whirlwind merry go round tumbling down May but I feel as though, if my luck holds out and the river don't rise, that it'll be fine. I'll come round right.