"I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself." -CS Lewis, The Great Divorce


Thing #38: Sun tan lines

At my last check-up, my doctor said, "Oh no. We don't like to see tan lines. That means you haven't been wearing enough sunscreen." Yeah yeah. I get it. I'll be wrinkly and spotted when I'm older. It's bad for my skin. Tan is technically damage. Yeah.

But I love the sun. And I love that my skin is brown and smells of sunscreen for days at a time (because I DO wear it...just a low SPF). I love that I can wade into the water, come out, and let the sun dry the droplets seemingly instantaneously. The lines mean that I can wear my swimsuit. They mean that my summer dresses no longer need sweaters. They mean that winter woes are a memory.

They mean summer is almost here. Beach days (my happy days) aren't far away.



Thing #37: Three Day Weekends

Without explanation or apology, I am back. (thanks for the inspiration, Drew)

There is something sweet about waking up on Sunday and thinking, "What do I need to get done today before going back to the grind?" and realizing that you have two days rather than one to finish things. This three day weekend came at a particularly wonderful time, following a student calling me "unprofessional" and lying to me at the end of 3rd block on Friday. It's good to get away from those kinds of situations for a longer-than-normal amount of time.

It's also nice to think that I can go to church today, enjoy lunch with the fam as usual, hit the beach, and still hang out late and get papers graded or even grab a drink with a willing friend. I like the possibilities today affords as a result of tomorrow's freedom from the grind.

Also surprising is the weather - once calling for thunderstorms, it appears calm and sunny outside. What a fabulous way to continue the three day hiatus from reality.