July 17, 2016 - Playing Five Crowns Cameron, Jodi, me, and Emily Photo by Ken deHaan

July 17, 2016 – Playing Five Crowns
Cameron, Jodi, me, and Emily
Photo by Ken deHaan

In addition to taking time out to observe beautiful sunsets , I do enjoy the occasional game-playing night. It’s no secret about how much I adore playing games.

I had been cleaning house all morning. Around noon, I got a hankering for chicken fettucini alfredo, otherwise known as “Heart Attack On A Plate” in our household. I don’t make it very often, but I was sick and tired of eating cardboard bread (this was before my major decision to stop eating gluten-free bread), salads, protein shakes, and eggs.

Around noon, I texted Jodi, “Hey, kind of short notice, but do you guys want to come over?”

A few hours later, Cam and Jodi drove up and I was happy to see that they had brought their daughter, Emily, with them. It’s so cool when teenagers choose to hang out with the old fuddy-duddies.

The house never did get cleaned all the way (it was in severe need of a good, long vacuuming); I got caught wearing my yoga pants, no makeup, and bobby pins holding my hair back (unattractively); and the candles weren’t lit on time. However, the fettucini was delicious, the homemade bread was delicious (yeehaw and yay for gluten), I was able to slip away and fix myself up a bit, and we had a blast playing Five Crowns and laughing all night. Isn’t that what life is all about?

If I waited until my house was spotless and every hair and eyelash on my head was in place, I would never have anybody over. At this point, I’m glad to have hair and eyelashes period.

I just can’t stop thinking lately of how lucky I am to be alive, finally healing from my past, and blessed with great friends to boot.

By the way, I won the game of Five Crowns. Woot woot.