Monday, March 23, 2009

My Monday

I'm back from the Poconos, where I had a great time this weekend. I arrived on Friday - the first day of spring - and it was snow flurrying there! The Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom here in NC, so that was a bit of a shock to my southern system. And if you've hung around here for long, you know I'm a cold weather wimp.

We had to to switch hotels, which meant no spa. However, the new hotel was at a ski resort at Camelback Mountain. My room had this cool bedroom loft atop a spiral staircase that gave me a view of the white-covered slopes out my dormer style window. I called it my birds' nest. And I did get to enjoy the hot sauna, and walking on the treadmill overlooking the pretty lake with swans.

No matter that we couldn't get spa treatments, I had fun with the coordinators Charlene and Darlene. Saturday evening we went shopping at the outlet mall and I got a pair jeans for $14 (and no tax either), which is enough to make my entire weekend right there. Then we had dinner at Red Robin, where I saw something I'd never seen before. They had a flat screen TV on the wall in the otherwise typical ladies' bathroom. It was playing HGTV. Things that make you go, hum. We did consider waiting in there for our number to be called.

As expected, I really enjoyed this group: Some really terrific women who are embodying what it means to be the body of Christ. And who also understand a gal's need for a little chocolate and laughter.

I floated home on flights that were on time (virtually unheard of when flying from Newark) to a family who had cleaned the house spotless for my arrival. And hubby even let me sleep in this morning, and sent me a sweet e-card encouraging me to enjoy the day. Bliss I tell you, sheer bliss.

Then the school called and my son was sick with a cough and ear ache and needed to be picked up. I also opened an unexpected bill for $435. And then this evening my daughter had one of her episodes where her heart rate races. Screech. There goes my bliss.

But that's OK, I know how to get it back. Yep, that "still time" with God thing we've been talking about. Thanks for sharing your input on that post, yall.


  1. Glad you got back safe and sound. Sorry about the cold weather. Sounds like it was a great retreat.

  2. Life has a way of crashing back in on ya, doesn't it? But that's what He gives us those great gives from rooms, timely flights and clean houses recharge your batteries! Rachel, look for moments for quiet time all day, if you can. Be good to yourself and reach out for God. Glad you are home safely and enjoyed your weekend. (and $14 jeans, dang!)

  3. Isn't it funny how real life always crashes in on blissful weekends? I just posted about my own weekend of bliss on my blog, yet I've spent the day with crying kids and a messy house. Thanks for the reminder to get some "still time."

  4. Rachel,
    Welcome home sweet Blissful Friend! Hope all is quiet on the home front today.
    Miss you,

  5. Glad you made it back home okay! I hope your kids feel better real soon :)

    Blessings to you,
    Kate :)


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