Friday, April 22, 2011

Give it a squeeze

I feel like I really squeezed the life out of this week. It's been fabulous. Tuesday night, Steve and I and our friends, Ed and Amy, headed to a town about 45 minutes away for the Crystal Bowersox concert.
I have to admit, when Steve told me he got tickets a month or so ago, I got nervous. Mostly because of the *what ifs* I'm now famous for. What if I get a migraine? What if I get tired? What if I don't feel good that night? Blah Blah Blah.

I'm really glad I didn't let the what ifs stop me. Because our night ended up being so much more fun than I expected. Lot's of laughs with Ed and Amy, great seats and a really good show from Crystal. The crowd was a *wee bit* older than I would have guessed (other than a hand full of teen aged girls, our foursome was the youngest group by far; weird, huh?)

Ed and Amy are our American Idol buddies. They may disown me for letting you know this, but they are our friends who have attended the actual American Idol concert with us (in which case we were the only ones NOT chaperoning a group of 12 year old girls). They also are our Diana Krall concert escorts.

I guess you could say concerts are our specialty. They are also some of our best friends. The kind that you just do life with. And being out with them this week did just that. When we left, I felt exhilarated. Not just because of the good music, but because this felt "normal" and good.

Why Ed and Steve were basically wearing the same shirt, we have no idea. But it was rather funny. At least no one else in our group was wearing a scarf; although it appears Ed and I now go to the same barber!

The rest of the week has been equally as life giving. This morning I went to my first Zumba class since surgery. I was a little nervous and wasn't sure I'd be up for it. Let me tell you, I LOVED every minute of it! I may have over done it for the first few songs and decided to pace myself a bit better for the rest of class, but I made it through the whole hour and am contemplating going back tomorrow morning. Because, friends, Monday is coming!

This afternoon Steve and I took the kids to see Rio. It's the first time all five of us have been to the movie theatre together. And the first movie I've been to since my surgery. It was a blast. The kids enjoyed it and we enjoyed watching them enjoy it.

Even though Monday is coming, I'm hoping to tuck some of the joy of this week away and pull it out in the middle of my rough week. If nothing else, as a reminder, that life WILL get back to normal. I just have to endure the pain to get to the good stuff. And when I can't do it, Jesus will do it for me! Have a great Easter weekend.


ALo said...

excuse me...same barber?? i haven seen ed in about 3 years... :) hope i get to see you soon!!

Heather Ruetschle said...

I love it!!!

Karen said...

So fantastic that you got out! And you look lovely! Fun scarf!! I know we still haven't connected... maybe tomorrow!
Love you!

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

You look amazing! Gorgeous. Chemo definitely is not keeping you down! Love the scarf. That is a gorgeous color on you. Happy Easter!

Amy said...

First of all let me say, "you look fabulous!" Second of all, Carrie and i attended an american idol concert. The year David Cook won. We have shirts to prove it. Glad you had a good week.

Marisa said...

Crystal Bowersox was a favorite of mine too! You look beautiful, btw!

Mommin' It Up! said...

you look SO beautiful in the pics!!

Barb Farley said...

Echoing the other comments look BEAUTIFUL! Your face is totally vibrant. Wow!

Tree said...

You look BEAUTIFUL, girl!!!