Since I came to Arkansas late Thursday night, it has rained practically nonstop. So much so that our return to Texas was delayed. Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flooding are keeping us here another day. It is kind of like a bad dream where there is no sun, just tons of lightning, thunder, and a constant downpour. Not so tragic to be holed up with my family…but also super frustrating to have a few days totally rearranged.
So, Easter recap: Good Friday was a busy busy day running errands, which included checking my eyes and getting them dilated. I couldn’t see anything up close for hours and can now empathize with all those people who are extremely near-sighted. I went to my brother’s chapel (he goes to a private school), and it was probably the best Good Friday service I’ve ever been to. He did it with 3 other friends (all seniors) and for his part he quoted (in an engaging, stellar manner) the entire book of Philippians from the Bible. So so good, and so impactful.
Saturday morning it was a thunderstorm so I went downstairs to do my run on the treadmill. I’ve been so proud of myself because this whole weekend (including today) I’ve gotten up and run before breakfast. I feel like I’ve accomplished so much for some reason whenever I do that. Anyway, I loathe treadmills (great in a pinch, but never my favorite) and I managed to do about 3.5 miles at 7-7 1/2 miles per hour before I went crazy. I snuck out after breakfast amid a few thunder rolls and relished the outdoors before it dumped again!
That afternoon we had a surprise birthday party for my parents (both turned 60 in March) and had about 50 people here. It was a lovely party and great to see lots of people! I made yogurt chocolate cake with strawberry icing and carrot cupcakes with ginger cream cheese icing. There were also apple slices with marshmallow + strawberry cream cheese dip and a veggie tray with black bean hummus.