BestThings: Late Wednesday Edition

I am so happy today.  Silly happy today. And I got a VERY late start, not even getting up until after nine. But that's because, well, I had a very full, fun day yesterday.

Cleaning. I started off the morning cleaning.  As one of my part-time jobs, I agreed to take on cleaning one of my friends' houses for her a couple of times a month.  We worked out our terms and I spent 3.5 hours yesterday sweeping, mopping, cleaning floors and bathrooms.  I got a great work-out in!  And, because I was using a Shark to clean the floors, it was like being in a sauna all day long.  My skin looks amazing and I might have sweated out about five pounds.  Nothing wrong with hard work. I was so glad I didn't shower before.  But seriously, I was super-happy to be of service and put my cleaning skills to use in my friend and her family's home because your home is important.  And I know if mine is not clean, I can't seem to focus on much else.  It's good for us creatives to have order, but we don't always like doing it ourselves.  So pay someone else to do it and everyone benefits!  

Late lunch.  I drove home and took a quick shower, which made me about 15 minutes late for a lunch I scheduled with a friend from elementary/jr. high.  I knew she would be glad I showered so I took the extra time.  Anyway, we talk a lot on Facebook, but decided to meet in the real world and finally got it nailed down.  We met at one of my favorite cafes, Costello's Travel Caffe.  I had the most delicious roast beef sandwich with cheese and horseradish.  And, you can get gluten-free bread on any sandwich.  It was awesome!  We had a great time catching up on the years over lunch and decided we would meet periodically.  So good!  Of course I had to take a gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookie home with me.

Books.  I love books.  I always have, and always will.  I have stack of them waiting to be read.  Well, actually, stacks of them, to be accurate.  I've been reading some personal growth books so I decided to take a break and go to Barnes & Noble and find a bargain fiction book.  And so I did.  Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield.  I had read her other book and enjoyed it, so I knew this was the one.  I read a few pages last night before falling asleep and I think it's going to be good.

Lyft. Always interesting.  I picked up a guy from Chicago at the Dollar Tree at Lloyd Center (???).  Yea, I don't know how he got there either but he kept talking about getting lost, so who knows.  Super-nice guy, so I dropped him off and headed back home.  I had another ride request and was on my way but it was cancelled.  I decided to do a few errands, and then drive down to the area around 8th & Burnside and see if I could pick up some passengers. I was sitting in my car reading my book on a side street most likely looking like a weirdo, when a request for a ride a few blocks away came in.  Off I went.  I  picked up a few guys from a bar and took them home.  But, one gets out and the other stays with me and we head on to Mississippi St.  Next thing I know, we're having a beer together.  Good thing I agreed to it, because he left his phone in my car.  We shared some time and conversation, and who knows, maybe we'll get together again in the future outside of Lyft.  I'm down.  And, I did give him my awesome business card, instead of just a number in a phone, so he knows how to get in touch.  Plus, he gave me the best tip ever.  Easily my best passenger experience to date.  I don't normally do that when working, but for some reason, saying yes seemed like the right thing to do.  Super-cool guy.

They say the Universe reflects back to you the degree to which you are open in regards to love.  And I'm not even talking about romantic love, just being in love with life.  And I would have to say this is true, based on the experiences I have been having with all kinds of people these days.  I am beyond excited to be going on a road trip this weekend, to see my best friend and my dad.  More adventures await!