First off, I'd like to thank you all for the nice comments on my post about my Grandmother. It wasn't easy to write - even though it's been nearly three years, I still get pretty emotional when I think about her. Plus, as a good friend helped me realize earlier in the week, thinking about what I was going to write made me feel, and I'm not a always fan of feeling. But I made it through a difficult post, so I guess that's progress, right?
In other news, we have a winner of Thin is the New Happy - KatieJ, the book is yours! Email me with your mailing address and I'll get it sent off. By the way, I was impressed by how many of you would pose nude (or have already - you go, Tina and Penny!) - y'all are way more daring than I could ever be!
And a little weekend recap - it involved popcorn, football, a memorial service, a movie and yet more popcorn. But first, while standing in line at the Walgreen's pharmacy to get my flu shot on Friday morning, I saw myself on their closed-circuit monitor and thought "I look pretty good" - remarkable because while most days I come out of my house thinking I look OK, later on if I catch sight of myself in a mirror, or see my reflection in a window, I don't look as good as I thought. It's like those magic mirrors in the Lane Bryant dressing rooms - I swear, I would try on something in a size 24 and thought I looked good; and then when I wore that outfit and saw myself somewhere else, I would be shocked at how huge I looked. So this was a nice little NSV for me!
Friday night was the Crosstown Showdown - the football game between the two rival high schools in our town, where I splurged and shared a bucket of popcorn with my husband - yum! The game is always a fun event - close to 20,000 people attend the game, which is held at our local university's football stadium. Last year was fun for me because my Consol shirt was loose...this year it was so big it was unwearable! So I rooted our team on in my white t-shirt and orange cardigan, and discovered that the seats are a lot more comfortable when you are a smaller size! Oh, and we won again - the score was 43 - 33...go Tigers!
Saturday brought something I was not looking forward to - a memorial service for a friend's eight-year-old son, who died in early August while visiting family out-of-state. He was doing what every kid does - riding his bike - and unfortunately, was hit by a truck. His funeral and burial were held in the state where the accident happened, as all of their family is there; my friend has been dealing with unimaginable grief ever since. I knew they were planning a memorial service here, but had hoped it would be while we were on vacation so I would have an excuse to not attend. Don't think badly of me, but I have been to enough funerals for kids this year. They are just so hard to get through. Of course, I went - it was a lovely service full of funny stories about the son. And I was glad I was able to support my friend. But ugh...more feeling.
On Sunday, I was ready for some much-needed laughs, so my husband and I went to the movies where we saw The Invention of Lying - and I had yet more popcorn. The movie was great and the popcorn, I think, finished off my craving - prior to this weekend, I probably hadn't had any in at least six months, and I think I'm good for another six months now.
I'm looking forward to a bit of a busy week...and of course, counting down the days until we leave for our vacation to Oregon and Hawaii - still need to pack the sunscreen, but I think we're just about ready!