Presenting…the Present!

The NaBloPoMo prompt for today is a timed writing exercise about the best present we’ve ever received. It specifically instructs us not to overthink; I have spent possibly an hour weighing the values of presents against each other. Hiking stuff? First computer? Books? Movies? Limited edition cosmetics? Kindle? That adorable musical racing pink turtle toy?

But those were items. Physical. Tangible. And none of them really measured up to the simple word best.

Because the best present is always time. Not twenty minutes of writing, although that has its merits, but time with someone you love.

The best gift of time I’ve ever received was our anniversary trip this year. We spent a night at a hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, before spending three days and nights on Mount Magazine, the highest point in Arkansas. 

It was a great trip, y’all. 

        I can’t wait for the next one.

But now I have to go spend some time. Enjoy yours!


The Week Ahead and the Week Behind Us

In bullet-point fashion.

  • First, a PSA: go check your radiator cap and make sure that the bottom that threads inside the radiator is doing just fine and is not about to break off. If it does so, it may lodge somewhere causing pressure to build and your radiator to crack. Also, check your tire pressure for safety’s sake. 
  • Tomorrow I meet my new primary care doctor. She came highly recommended from awesome doctor, so this should go well. I have some kind of rotator cuff injury, hopefully only tendinitis. Cross your fingers PT and exercises will fix me up! 
  • When I get home, we shall purchase a new radiator with a lifetime warranty! Hence the PSA. I just love our being a tale of caution. Grr!
  • My dad and stepmom actually stopped to see us this weekend! Crazy stuff going on around here. They towed their baby camper and spent the night down the road from us. After spending half the day out there yesterday before work, I’m dying to go camping again.
  • Tuesday, I deliver my papers if I’m not benched with some sort of torture device strapping my right arm into immobility. Pizza night’s details will probably also depend on mobility.
  • Wednesday, Ian gets to help his new friend install a ceiling fan and do something with ballast. He’ll laugh when he reads this, but I don’t remember the proper fluorescent lighting terminology.
  • At some point, possibly fix our hissing toilet. That is the proper plumbing terminology.
  • All week long: answer ‘no’ to Ian’s guesses about the nature of his Christmas presents. Unless he guesses correctly, in which case I waffle, which is just as good as meek acquiescence, but somehow more satisfying. Possibly because he no longer accepts the size comparison to a breadbox.
  • Also at some point, make a video for PAIL!

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