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Cindy Maddera

It's Friday!!!! For reelz people. This week kind of reminds me of trying to leave the zoo after spending the day there with a toddler and no stroller. You can either make the child walk or carry the sticky cranky beast out through the sea of cars into the depths of the parking lot. Either way, all you want to do is get to that car. This is the only thing that you are thinking as you are half carrying, half dragging said toddler through the desert of hot pavement. Get to the car. Friday is that car. Everyone around me right now completely agrees with me. This week was hard. 

Yesterday, I went back to the dentist because he wanted to do an overlay of my bicuspids on the right side of my mouth. They let you pick out something to watch on the TV screen hanging on the ceiling and their collection is a mix of concerts and DVDs. One time I chose a Jim Gaffigan stand up DVD. Oh, how we all laughed and laughed. This time I chose an ABBA DVD, to which at one point my dentist said "Wait! I need a minute. I'm being taken over by the music and she's going to end up with Disco teeth." I always opt for the nitrous oxide when I go to the dentist just because it keeps me from wanting to jump out of the chair. Nitrous oxide while watching ABBA is totally trippy awesome. In one of the videos, one of the female singers is dressed in a tunic and leggings with tall boots and I thought "hey! I have that outfit!" I dress like ABBA. As the dentist was drilling bad stuff out of my tooth, he realized that my tooth wasn't that bad. To do an overlay, he'd have to remove a whole lot of good healthy tooth and he said that was unethical. Instead, he's just going to do an inlay. I have a temporary inlay in place now. It feels weird, like I have a piece rough silly putty stuck up inside my tooth. So, I'm super thankful I get to keep most of my tooth and that the inlay is cheaper than an overlay (which I think is really crown, but I don't know). 

Then I went to an AIDS Walk Memorial planning meeting at Bistro 303, which was also hosting a Hillary Clinton rally. We came up with a game plan for the memorial flags and then we listened to some inspiring people talk about why we need to vote and why we should vote for Hillary. It kind of lit that fire I used to have for politics, like the time I helped campaign for John Kerry in the reddest of the red states. Man, was I on fire to change the world back then. Whoo! I was so young and idealistic. Now I'm content with just changing my neighborhood. In the middle of all of this, I received a phone call from the dog chip people telling me that Adam had my dog. Apparently she'd escaped the back yard three times that evening. The last time ended her in doggie jail. She's spending the day in her crate until we can dog proof the fence (again). I am so thankful that Adam got her before a car did and I'm thankful that he did the right thing by calling the number on her tag. Thank you, Adam! (He doesn't even know this blog exists.)

That gets me back to today where, once again I will say that I'm thankful it is Friday. Michael and I are escaping for an impromptu getaway. This is something we have not done in a really long time. With illness and school and crazy scheduling, it has been hard to make some time for just the two of us. I'm thankful for this. Terry is going to keep Josephine for us. I am equal parts nervous and thankful for this. I am not worried about Terry's ability to spoil my dog rotten. I am a little worried about Josephine being a good, polite house guest. Let me just that I am so thankful for Terry. I am thankful for many things when I sit down and really think about it. We think all four chickens are now laying eggs. The number of eggs we collect daily ranges anywhere between two and four. We bought a clear reusable egg holder for the refrigerator and it is such a joy to open the fridge and see all the different egg colors. I am thankful for fresh eggs. I am thankful for sunshine. I am thankful for Michael who ordered a pizza that night this week when I was too tired and annoyed to make dinner. I am thankful for you.

Have a pleasant weekend, but truly enjoy this Thankful Friday.