I've been blessed lately with some good friend-time. Since graduating college, moving cities, and getting married, I've not been as successful at cultivating and maintaining friendships as I would like. But last week, I went for a walk with a new friend Monday, then had coffee with another Tuesday, and have plans with week to have coffee and dinner with a few more. All really neat women. Also, at church, working with the Women's ministry has given me more opportunities to build relationships, and a lot of our Women's ministry is planning opportunities to do just that. So I'm thankful. This is something that I've definitely wanted for several years, prayed about, sobbed to Casey about....but now things are seeming to happen naturally. Yay.
Also this weekend, Casey and I cooked up a storm, preparing a week's worth a food before church this morning. Since we'd planned to go to the late service, it made sense. Yesterday, we went grocery shopping at three different grocery stores...odd, but for good reason. We went to the Asian market for fresh seafood and cheap produce, the Middle Eastern market to re-stock on olive oil and spices, and the regular supermarket for the rest. Casey and I like grocery shopping WAY more than regular shopping, and we almost always grocery shop together, sometimes touring Central Market too. It's fun to look at fancy or odd ingredients...like whole Halal goat and exotic flatbreads hot from the oven, or White Rabbit candy and Jack fruit essence (because the fruit itself is absolutely VILE. Why anyone would want to concentrate something that smells like rot is fascinating to me...as long as the bottle stays closed.) Somehow clothes or shoes or home furnishings don't hold the same interest for either of us. Plus you can't eat shoes. :-)