I wanted to be motivated to get a lot of things accomplished today, but I have to admit that I am guilty of being a bit selfish about this precious bit of time; and I have not done much of anything today at all.
This is the last weekend that I will have to rest and relax for quite a few weeks. Maybe longer. The next three weekends in a row will be dominated with scouting activities/camps, and then I will barely be back at home for any length of time before the 4th of July holiday weekend. Off the top of my head, I don't know what all is on the calendar for July through August; but I know those dates will fill up with activities quick enough. So, for now... in this very moment, on this holiday weekend, I am relaxing.
I was really hoping that I would get to take Karen to the salon, to get her roots touched up this weekend; but I guess that will have to wait for the weekend after I get back from the second scout camp. Her blonde hair is so gorgeous, and super sexy. I don't want to risk letting her get discouraged or tired with it due to root maintenance.
I admit that the blonde hair has been a little expensive to maintain; but our monthly 1 to 3 hour long visits to the salon, getting to see her hair covered in the bleaching and blonde toner agents (sometimes looking like a cap of shaving cream all over her head), and the finished results of her golden angel locks... it's more AWESOME than I can even put into words.
I feel so blessed. Her blonde hair has truly been a gift from her, to me, over these past 6 months or so. And, Although I think she likes it, and it looks amazing on her... I know that she is keeping it this blonde specifically for me. I do realize that, and appreciate it all the more because of it. This is the first time in years that Karen has specifically worn her hair a particular way just for me; and her gift to me has opened my eyes and heart, and torn down walls of doubt, leaving me feeling and experiencing things I haven't felt in a very long time. It's not just the hair (although that is incredibly sexy all on its own). It's the fact that she has fully given, and entrusted, such an important part of herself to me willingly and unconditionally. I am truly honored and humbled by her gift. In this one thing, she has given me more than she could ever realize. I will care for her and her gift with every ounce of my being.
But I've gone into all of this detail before, and recently, so enough said on that. Got to get her to the salon on the 25th or 26th of June to get the roots done, and maybe some more lowlights or richer color to the toner. Have to start getting ready for the changes and events we will share together, coming up in the fall. Hint, Hint. And... Remember this?
Just how busy am I?
- Indoor swimming pools, climbing walls, sink the battleship, zip lines over water and at the high ropes course, and tons of fun activities crammed into every waking hour of the day and night. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
Our event itinerary includes: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, something called Wall Drug, the Badlands National Park, Custer National Park, and a herd of Buffalo. I am excited for this trip. It will be an experience of a lifetime for me. I only wish that we could be taking Karen and Delaney along, for the sight seeing portion of the trip. These are sights and experiences that should be shared and experienced with the whole family. It is breaking my heart that they can't go with us. I will have to make a point to learn more about the area while I am there, and plan for the family to make a trip back next Spring or Summer. It won't be like seeing it for the first time together, but we will only have one day to sight see; I can't imagine we could possibly see everything at even one site.
I've wanted to go out West for so long. Several of these places are primary locations on my bucketlist of Places to Go Before I Die. I can't believe that I'm finally getting to do it. I'm going to see places that I have only read about or seen on TV.
We all just got a FaceBook event invitation to a Trivia Night. The fund raising backstory for the reason of the trivia night is really sad, and in that regards I wish it weren't necessary. No kid, or family, should have to go through this crap. But, that aside, I am so excited to be going to a Trivia Night with all of our friends; and I mean a lot of our good friends. It's going to be so fun.
I'm an introvert. I admit it, I know it, and I own it. I normally do not fit in well at large parties, or social gatherings. Normally, I'm the guy off on the edge of the room, spending time on my phone, or watching the rest of the group do whatever it is that they are doing. I still enjoy being there, and being a part of the group; but I'm not Karen. I'm not at the center of the action.
However, this is going to be an event that is my element. I can't remember the last time there was something with this whole group of friends where I will be able to fully engage and interact with everyone, and feel like I am actually a PART OF the group and not just watching from the shadows. Trivia, or game nights, are my thing. I often feel so alienated and distant from our group of friends (OK, Karen's friends. I'm just there as the tag-along); so I cannot even begin to fully explain how awesome of an opportunity this type of event really is for me to be one of the group.
Like I said, I hate that there is even this specific need for this event; but I can't remember the last time I was this excited about being out with Karen at a social event. I'm literally counting down the days.