And right next to my chair as close to me as the power cord will allow:
And, of course, this:
1. Fuzzy socks and fleece pjs. I haven’t gotten dressed since Tuesday.
2. The laptop, aka “my right arm.” Can’t live without it. From this little baby, I have mindlessly surfed the web for patio furniture and barstools, read other people’s blogs (but have not summoned enough brain power to write my own), read the local/national/world news, checked my kids’ grades (even though they haven’t been in school all week…but ya never know), checked to see who has read my blog this week, checked the weather, renewed our library books (since we couldn’t get out of our driveway to return them), and endlessly endlessly endlessly checked Facebook to commiserate with all the other suburban DFW moms who are about to kill their children and themselves if they spend one more second stuck indoors.
After I did all that, I repeated the list.
3, 4 & 5: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted, and The Amplified Bible. You’d think with all this time on my hands and not having to rush out the door every day, I’d wisely spend my time soaking in and studying The Word, allowing its refreshing truth to wash me clean of all my imperfections and irritations.
Oh, you give me far too much credit.
(Though, looking back on the last 4 days, I certainly could have used a little washing.)
Not that I ignored it completely. I didn’t. But I had this tendency to find other mindless things to do. Like check my kids’ grades.
(And the Veggie Tales Jonah movie was Movie #4 yesterday. Does that count?)
Though, sidenote here, I woke up on Wednesday – or was it Thursday? – morning at 4 a.m., couldn’t go back to sleep, finally got out of bed at 6, and since I was awake and alert, thought I’d spend do some reading and praying during the precious few quiet moments before chaos ensued. It was nice. If I were normally a morning person and could wake up coherent and do that every day and still function for the rest of the day, I’d do this every morning. But I’m not. So I don’t.
6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – which is what Nathan and I are reading right now. I’d love to tell you that we’ve spent the last 4 days snuggled up together reading – but no. The book has been sitting there for 4 days because one night I didn’t want to get out of my chair and away from the space heater to put him to bed, so I made him go get his book and sit with me. And I’ve been too lazy to put it anywhere else.
(There goes my stellar mom image. Whoops.)
7. Three phones. Yes, three. Two house phones and my iPhone. I’m still not sure how I ended up with the two house phones, but I’m pretty sure somebody brought them to me and I haven’t gotten up out of my chair to put them back on the cradles.
And my iPhone? It never leaves me. So when I’m not texting or talking to Gretchen in balmy Cleveland, and when I’m not on my laptop, I’m playing Words With Friends.
So far this week, I’ve played Pinot, beer, gin, and barf. Care to take a guess at my state of mind?
In the middle of writing this post, we did actually venture out for the first time in four days GLORY HALLELUJAH!!! and went out to The House. I managed to shoot a couple of pics before my camera battery died.
All the stain on the wood is done. The cabinets look amazing. But my battery was already dead by the time we made our way to the kitchen. Sorry.
Now, if you’ll please excuse me, I need to stand up and stretch before the next movie begins…