Things I miss

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hello, readers.  Kelsey here.

Today was so wonderful.  It started with a phone call from Michael's Mom saying they were in town!  We met up and had lunch just Michael, Mom and me.  Then for the afternoon, we sat on the couch of the Kildow's (Mike's Grandma's friends, where they're staying) and chatted!  We just hung out.  Then we came back to our hotel for a nap before meeting up with everyone to go out to dinner where I ate fajitas and took the leftovers back to the hotel with me.  Our hotel is an extended stay Candwood Suites.  That means we have a kitchenette with real dishes.  This morning I ate cereal - with milk - in a real bowl - with a metal spoon.  We rinsed our dishes and put them in a dishwasher.  Michael ran the garbage disposal in the sink just to hear the sound.  These may not seem like exciting things to the average person, but to us they are gems.

So I got to thinking about all the mundane things we live with but take for granted.  You know the classic saying "You never miss something til it's gone."

Here's a short list I've come up with.  I'm writing more for me tonight so I can look back on my Camfel Tours and remember what it was like to appreciate every little blessing.  But I hope as others read it that you may consider how blessed you are - maybe take time to thank people more often, at least thank God.

1.  Multi-room living accomodations.  Where you can sleep, eat, and relax in separate spaces.  Where you can sleep in in darkness when your husband wakes up early and can go to another room to turn on lights and turn on the tv or computer.

2.  Permanant homes for Toiletries.  I miss leaving my shampoo in the shower.  We pack it all up every morning only to spread it all out at night.  This also includes a cup or other place for a toothbrush.

3.  Dirty Dishes.  My parents won't believe this!  I miss dirty dishes.  Because I learned from my grandma and grandpa Ott, "Always be thankful for dirty dishes.  It means you had food to eat and people to eat it with."  I miss the clean up after a mass dinner being cooked.  Or licking the bowl clean of cookie dough before washing it.  And I far prefer washable dishes to eating with plastic spoons and forks.  Even if I do have to wash them afterwards.

4.  Free Laundry. 

5.  Ice cubes.  For drinks or to put on a bruise.

6.  Rear-View windows.  And along with that - being able to fit into tight parking spaces.  Our van is big and windowless.

7.  Couches.  Just sitting on Couches.  Try going even a week with only sitting on beds, gym floors, car seats, and desk chairs.

8.  Pump Soap - as opposed to hotel bar soap.

9.  Orange Juice, Milk, fresh fruit and vegetables - yes we can get these at restaurants, but we miss having them just on the counter or in the fridge ready when we need them.

10.  Yards - a place to lounge and play.

11.  Walls with fun paint colors.  Eggshell white, while nice, gets old.  Fast.

12.  Hardwood floors.

13.  Clothes living on hangers or in drawers.

14. Reclining chairs.  See #7 above.

15.  DVD players/ movie nights at home without depending on HBO to hopefully show something not offensive.

16.  Cooking, as inferred earlier, but it deserves its own point.

17.  Familiar radio stations and TV stations.  Like local news that you care about.

18.  Familiar roads and scenery.  Where you can drive without the GPS because you know where you are and where you are going.

19.  Seeing the same faces everyday.  Even if you don't like your boss - at least you see his face.

20.  People.  Mostly what I think we take advantage of when we have it and miss when it's gone
is fellowship.  A friend to go have coffee with and just talk about the day.  A group to go to dinner with.  People to share life with us.  You all are deeply missed.
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