Two great things happened tonight. First of all, we were all sitting around reading when my Mom and her husband pulled into our driveway. “Mom! Grandma and Grandpa P. are here!” Nikki shouted. Doesn’t sound too extraordinary? Well it does if you consider that she has just spent the last two months in Holland, plus a couple of weeks in Alberta. That’s a LONG time to be away! FAR away! I didn’t realize just how much I missed her until I saw their van in the driveway.

Ten minutes later, while we were sitting on the deck and the girls were showing off their new pool, the phone rang. It was Kari – she-who-gave-me the-black-skirt – she’d found out I was trying to track her down, and after she’d recuperated from the birth of her second child, she finally gave me a call! Yay! We’re getting together on Saturday and our kids are going to hang out together and I sure hope that all the years fall away and we are the same old comfortable, laughing at all the silly jokes, letting our hair down, kinda friends.

So now I have at least three things to look forward to this weekend – some time with my Mom, a dinner party with 6 incredible, interesting, talented, beautiful women whom I’m lucky enough to call friends (well, one of them I haven’t met yet, but at the end of the night, I’m sure I’ll call her friend too), and a get-together with one of the truest, most down-to-earth, funny friends I’ve ever had in my life. Throw in a bit of splashin’ in the pool with my girls, a Friday off work, and it has the makings of a perfect weekend. I’m a lucky, lucky girl. Now if only the week would go quickly!

Oh, and there’s other good news – I got a bit of an extended writing gig for another magazine. Two short pieces already accepted with assignments for 4 more. Yippee! Bring on the karma!

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