I am in a gooooooood mood today. (although that could be somewhat related to my getting laid last night. Ha!)
I only have five more hours left at work and then I'm DONE-ZO till Tuesday! I took personal days for tomorrow, Friday, and Monday. Tomorrow I'm getting up early and going apple picking (I love Fall!!) with Sarah and cute little Julia. We'll hang out afterwards and I'll probably make something yummy with my apples. Then in the late afternoon/early evening, Big D and I are meeting up with Joe and Erin at the Big E! I haven't been to the Big E in a few years so I'm really looking forward to it. And hanging out with Joe and Erin is always a treat.
Saturday Daryl and I have big plans. We are going to an orientation. I have not mentioned anything yet, cuz it was still in the thinking process, but we are seriously contemplating fostering a Fidelco German Shepard puppy. Fidelco dogs are guide dogs for people with blindness or other disabilities who need some assistance. Daryl and I were both introduced to the world of fostering guide dogs back in June of 2007 when I went to my first Red Sox game. I don't remember the name of the company, but, they had a little stand with information, calendars for sale, and beautiful yellow Lab puppies on their way to learning how to be good guide dogs. I was totally enthralled and Daryl had to literally tear me away to go watch the game. Then just a few weeks ago, while at work, Daryl was doing some jobs at Fidelco in Bloomfield, and his enthusiasm about the place was totally contagious. He would come home and tell me all about the German Shepard's he'd seen being trained, how he'd talked to employees there about fostering, and how great of an opportunity this was to help someone. I fought the idea at first though, selfishly, becuz I could not imagine vesting 14 months of love into this dog and then immediately having to give it back. But the more Big D talked it up, the more he convinced me of how much of a gratifying service we'd be doing for a disabled person who needed this dog to live and feel independent. I could cry when I think about how much joy these dogs bring to people's lives, and how in it's own little way, Daryl and I would be contributing to that joy. We know we are blessed and we both are always talking about how we feel so lucky for having our health (despite his Diabetes) and each other to lean on. We know not everyone is as lucky and this is a way for us to do our small part in helping someone else feel as blessed. I know it will be tough, and I know the emotional part of it all will take a slight toll, but I already feel like my heart has grown just at the mere thought of doing it. So Saturday we are going to go sit in on a Fidelco orientation, and also I'll get an opportunity to see the facility (and puppies!) for the first time. Wish us luck!
Saturday evening it will be off to dinner our friend Jessica's house. She has her daughter Belle (who is 8) this weekend and she'll also be baby-sitting her sweet nephew Logan so I'll get some MORE baby time (and damn it, you KNOW I'll be sniffing that kid all night if this pheromones-shit has even an inkling of truth to it!! LOL) in addition to a yummy dinner.
Sunday will be another busy day. My cousins' shower is at one (I'm a BM in her wedding) and I have to show up earlier to help set up and bring the food I'm supplying. I'm sure I'll be there most of the afternoon. And Monday I plan on vegging out! I'm going to get some laundry accomplished (finally) and clean the bathroom...and for a change, I'll make dinner for Big D who usually always cooks!! I'm looking forward to it....
Anyone else have any fun plans going on???