Today started out with a delicious spinach smoothie, reading Streams in the Desert, and dropping Charli off at school.
Oh, by request, here’s my spinach smoothie recipe (I don’t measure anything):
Almond or soy milk, frozen blueberries, frozen spinach, frozen banana, maca powder, chia seeds, coconut oil, peanut butter, and peppermint extract. After that is all blended and smooth, throw in some roasted cacao nibs and pulse three times. It makes the smoothie crunchy and delicious. But beware, you will look like you’ve never enjoyed the luxury of dental hygiene — the cacao will stick between your teeth. It’s worth it. Just put dental floss in your pocket. You can omit the peppermint oil, cacao nibs, and peanut butter and go with frozen pineapple, turmeric, and fresh ginger. You can also add cayenne to any of the above because…it’s cayenne.
Once again, today at Mission Hills Christian School I enjoyed the work I get to do and the people I get to do it with. So very grateful.
After work, I met a friend for a bite to eat at Board & Brew. I feel especially close to Chandler when I’m there. The picture for today’s blog is of the beautiful poem posted on the bar at Board & Brew. The staff and B&B regulars have been so good to us. Love seeing my tribe and the hugs all around. Plus, oh my gosh, the tomato basil soup today was amazing!!!
Next stop, Trader Joe’s. Does anyone else get carried away and leave with about 15 more items than you had planned to pick up when you went in? Free food samples, new stuff to try all the time, and friendly crew members. I typically don’t like going to the grocery store because I’m ALWAYS cold. Trader Joe’s is the closest to a grocery store stop that I can honestly say I enjoy. Today I was on a mission to gather tasty goodies for book club I was hosting tonight.
Got home and tidied up the house, vacuumed up some dog hair, threw appetizers in the oven, and lit some candles. My book club buddies began to arrive. I have to be honest. We’ve been reading the same flipping book for ONE YEAR, and we are literally ONE HALF the way through it! We’re more like a “read a little, talk and graze a lot” club. We decided to trash that book and move on to another next month. We will probably finish that book sometime in 2020. The book isn’t really the point of this group. We have lived a lot of life together. That’s the point.
After everyone left, I went upstairs to put on my pajamas. I saw a white. patterned shirt hanging in my closet. Chandler’s shirt. A shirt he’s wearing in a picture I have of him dancing at a music festival. I hold it close to my face and smell of it. I want to smell Chandler, the way he used to smell when he would dress up to go out dancing in that shirt. It just smells like my closet now.
Tears are close. But they don’t quite surface. I’m not sure how I feel. I’m grateful for such an almost perfect day. Just one thing is missing.
I love you, Chandler Man.