Today I walked into Kroger hoping to find these chow mein noodles that this guy at work buys there for lunch that I decided I love when he shared some one day. Within seconds of being inside, it smelled like a trip to Florida when I was a kid. I have no idea what exactly that smell was or why it made me remember something from when I was so young. But suddenly there I was... remembering staying at Aunt Tiera's and going to play at the ocean.
Kroger did not have the noodles. I was sad.
Not to mention, I'm exhausted. I've been on the go every day this week. Last night I went to hang out with my sister and stayed out a bit later than I should have. Things didn't go the way we anticipated, but it was still nice to have some sister time.
Tuesday was the first night of the new singles ministry I've been part of getting started in the Boro. I want to write more about that, but for now let me just say we had around 100 people show up for opening night. It went really well, and I'm really excited about the possibilities of new relationships and connections that will come from this gathering of Christians.
I also did a pretty intense strenght training workout yesterday. We all have our target area, and mine is definitely the sides of my tummy. I realize I run marathons and people think I'm skinny and have nothing to complain about. The truth is that yes, I think I have a pretty healthy self-image. But it's important to remember that I do put a lot of energy into running and staying in shape and trying to be healthy. I still have target areas, and right now it's those sides. I want to not have that roll all around the top of my two piece on the beach this summer. So I have been doing core stuff like crazy.
I need to do a tempo run today, but I have to be honest... it's not going to happen. I'm too tired. I'm thinking a post-work nap is on my agenda. And then maybe yoga class... more core stuff without the exhaustion running can sometimes bring. And I keep meaning to get back into it anyways because all the running keeps my hamstrings seriously tight. They need help.
Anyone who could care less about American Idol out there needs to do me a favor and at least take 3 minutes to watch this. It was certainly one of the coolest performances this week. I still haven't watched the results show and have been ignoring the temptation to click on links to see how got voted off last night... I'll be watched it commercial free later this evening.
Tomorrow I'm back to a busy schedule (hopefully after much more sleep tonight) including a meeting down at Mercy Ministries for all the volunteers for their 25th Anniversary. I'm getting really excited about being involved that weekend. Giving my time to this organization has been bringing me so much joy.
I'm tired. I'm ready to go home. I wish I didn't have to ship orders today. But in the end, I'm happy. My life is random sometimes, but it is full and it is good. It's not perfect. I'm lacking some of the biggest desires of my heart. But God is good, and he says "do not throw away your confidence; it will be richy rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised." (Hebrews 10:35-36) I often pray that I'm doing what His will is for me. Sometimes it makes me tired. Sometimes I feel impatient waiting to receive those promises. But I keep smiling and hanging on to my confidence.