This afternoon, I started working on the guest bedroom. We found out that Ken's stepsister and her husband are coming by for a visit later this month. Yay! They're coming up to Chicago for a wedding, and will swing by to see us before the rehearsal dinner. Only one night, but we're looking forward to seeing them! We'll have a little cookout and just enjoy their company.
It's been some time since we had a houseguest, so the guest room is going to take some major cleaning. (I always change the sheets right after someone leaves, so I don't have to worry about that.) I was in there clearing things out, and I'll need to do big-time dusting in the coming days! Nothing motivates you quite like company coming, does it? Ha! And of course, I picked what is probably the hottest and most humid day of the summer so far to start tackling this job. Whew! I got hot. Then all the dust flying around...yikes! I do feel good about getting a start on it, though!
I got the nicest email this afternoon. It was from one of my former coworkers, Alissa (the Egg Lady). She apologized for not sending her email sooner, but she has 2 young kids, her husband, and her job at the lab--and I certainly remember how crazy the job can be! She wrote about how much she admired me, how much she learned from me, how they may replace my hours but they can't replace me...and went on to write about some of the fun and crazy conversations we'd had! She mentioned the "strawberry" discussion, the "beaver" discussion, and one she called the "I would do you" conversation. I said I remember the first two, but I totally do not remember the latter conversation! Ha! I bet it was funny, though!
But I also told her how much I appreciated her sentiments, and how much it meant to me. I said that I've always tried to live and work in a way that others would remember me fondly. Oddly enough, it means more to me in the context of a sort of tribute to my parents rather than myself. I feel that this is how they raised me to be, my work ethic was instilled by them, and it says a lot more about them than it does about me.
I'm happy to know that I influenced someone in a positive way. Who could ask for more than that?