Tonight John and I are going out. Without the kids. For supper. For spicy Sri Lankan food at what was once our favourite restaurant in Ottawa, and probably still would be if we ever, ever, ever went out without the kids.
Mike and Cibele are looking after the kids tonight so we can get a night out and after the past three weeks, but mostly this past week, I've never needed a night out more than I do right now.
The last three weeks have been tough. Sinus infection for me, bad colds for both the kids and more GD snow than I can shake a shovel at. Five more centimetres today. Just what we need on March 1... more snow. And we all know that there is a lot more still to come before that first crocus makes what will certainly be a celebrated appearance.
The last week has been the worst of my life. Okay, not the worst. The worst was the week after my mum died. That was, and possibly will always be, the worst. This is the second worst. Not just because of the colds although that has made it that much more difficult. I'll likely never get into why this week has been so bad but just for myself I wanted it noted so I can look back and hopefully be proud of the decision I made or at least proud of how I handled it all. It's very likely that this next week will be even worse. After that it will get better.
For now, I'm going to dwell on dinner with my wonderful husband. I'm also going to try to make this month, my least favourite of all months, a little better by stealing an idea from my friend Julie and posting a photo of a small moment from everyday in March. I think this will be a constant reminder of how great my life is, really, and how much I have, and even though it is grey and probably snowy outside, life is generally pretty damn good.
My first small moment is Emily. She is in love with t.v. so much so that I have become very strict about how much she watches. She hasn't watched any since yesterday morning so when I wanted to take a photo of her just now, she posed, but without taking her eyes of the beloved tube, my mortal enemy now.