If we were having coffee this weekend (preferably in a coffee shop with outdoor seating), I would tell you how much I love the nostalgic smell of coffee. It reminds me of celebrations, dessert, and the morning—my favorite time of day. But despite my fondness for coffee, I would cradle a tall mug of green tea since that’s all I drink these days. Still I’ll meet you in a coffee shop with cheer because of the cozy feelings being there invokes–not to mention how much I enjoy your company.
I would ask what fills your days of late and then tell you how I’m making an intention to give my intellect a rest while finding ways to play. I have a bookclub meeting on Tuesday I have yet to begin reading for, so I’m planning to spread a blanket and read while sprawled across my backyard lawn, my legs in the sun and face in the shade. The weather has been amazing this weekend. So welcome after such a long, cold winter that I occupied with hundreds of hours revising my book proposal and manuscript, per my agent’s guidance. Oh about my agent, Laura. Can I tell you how wonderful she is? She’s nothing short of brilliant. Not to mention highly involved. Would you believe she responded to my silly questions while she was recovering from surgery in the hospital? Zenab and I are both so proud of how far the book has come since her involvement in February—it has grown by 30%!
If you seemed interested, I would share how I sent off the final edit of the manuscript and proposal two weeks ago. Just this week Laura submitted it to publishers. If you asked, I would tell you I’m strangely not all that apprehensive because I had a dream the other night. Are you the sort that dreams or gives much credit to them? I’m not one who regularly has symbolic dreams nor do I usually pay much attention when I do, but there I was eating dinner on a train with both co-workers and friends. The vivid images and emotions lingered well after my first cup of green tea and chia-flax cereal which compelled me to consult google for a dream interpretation. What did people do before the internet? This is what my research revealed, “New opportunities through business or work will change your life for the better. Indicates changes in life, especially in professional matters. You will reach your goals.” You do agree it means something, right? I’m convinced it was a message straight from the Divine. I can hear my mother chuckle when I tell you I feel it in my bones. She always thought I was a bit dramatic whenever I said that. But I have no other way to describe it.
I’m enjoying how empty my hands feel without the book in them, and am allowing my pace to slow as work winds to a halt for the summer. Do you have anything fun planned this upcoming week? My cousin, Olivia, is coming to visit Thursday night to shadow me at work on Friday. She wonders if she should change career aspirations from Nurse to Speech/Language Pathologist. I’m looking forward to her visit. Brian and I plan to take her to Alive at Five Thursday night–an outdoor concert on the creek. I’ll introduce her to some of my friends who always come out for the music, and then we’ll take her to my favorite restaurant, Ayse Meze Lounge for dinner on the patio.
Yesterday Brian and I enjoyed a two hour hike at Black Hills park. It’s where he proposed some almost 8 years ago, but we hadn’t hiked there in almost two. We walked as far as we could around the lake. The weather was perfect–75, sunny, and no humidity. For dinner I made my all-time favorite salad, the one I always order in nice restaurants—roasted beet, creamy goat cheese, walnuts, and tarragon vinaigrette on a bed of lemony arugula. I paired the salad with mahi mahi and roasted asparagus. As I cleaned up the kitchen, Brian built a fire in the pit on our outdoor patio. We laughed about nonsense and watched the logs disintegrate into glowing brilliant orange. Life feels so peaceful lately.
How have you been?
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