The Joy of Anticipation

Two months from yesterday, I will be flying to Hawaii with a dear friend of mine, Terri.  From the moment we booked our flights, Terri (and I) have been like little kids, breaking out into huge smiles as we tick away the days until we leave.   This will be my first time there (though not hers) so she’ll be able to have some insight.  When we were in the early stages of planning our trip, she asked what all I wanted to do, how much I would be up for spending, etc.  I told her I wanted this trip to be awesome and am up for it all–from a helicopter ride to snorkeling….anything that will create a lasting memory, I say “bring it on.”  We went to lunch two days ago and she reached over to grab my arm and said, “Two more months, I can’t wait.”  I just smiled because I loved seeing her excitement. Terri is one of those people who would do anything for her friends (or really anyone) so with this being a trip that benefits her as well, I’m thrilled.  Oh, and we didn’t just randomly decide to go to Hawaii.  The OU Softball team is playing there so we figured that was a good enough reason for us to join them.

We’ve all heard the phrase “Life is short” but that took on a whole new meaning in 2013.  Between my Dad getting pneumonia, a horrifying tornado ripping neighborhoods in Oklahoma to shreds and taking innocent lives with it, to losing two dear friends (one of whom was Terri’s husband), we’ve both embraced a new motto of living life to the fullest….now. We’re not waiting or wasting any opportunities.  Though I have written on this topic before, I never tire of expressing my appreciation for God giving me another chance with my Dad and my friends.

In closing….I love the feeling of anticipation and seeing it in someone else’s face.  You look forward to seeing a friend for lunch and when you lock eyes, you both smile because you’re happy to see them….I love that.  To me, life is truly about making the little things count and creating memories from them that will last a lifetime.

Enjoy each and every day.

 

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Lunch at our usual place

cracker barrel

Today I had lunch with a friend of mine (we’ll call her Terri).  When she picked me up outside my building, she asked “So where do you want to go?”  I shook my head and said, “Oh no…your choice.”  She replied “Well, we could go to our usual place.  You’re really the only one i go there with actually.”  I smiled because I knew exactly where she meant: Cracker Barrel.  Who doesn’t love that place?  I did have to laugh when we walked in because we were decades younger than most of the crowd.

Though we’ve been there so many times, Terri and I still flipped through the menu. For two people who are notoriously “creatures of habit” (aka ordering the same thing each time), we surprised ourselves by going outside our comfort zone.  She ordered catfish and her main dish and I ordered country ham.  Ours sides remained the same but we still considered it a small victory.

This is one of my favorite places to eat because the staff is always friendly and food delicious.  Not to mention the cute merchandise.  You can really do some damage in their gift shop…yes, I’m speaking from experience.  Admitting it is the first step, stop judging.

As always, lunch was enjoyable as the company is just so easy to be around.  We can have moments of silence and be perfectly fine.  We can also make each other laugh which I love.

After just gotten out of an almost 2 hour staff meeting, lunch with Terri was just what I needed.  God has definitely blessed with me with a great group of friends.