Monday Check In!
Ester Bloom

I had a wonderful weekend, and succeeded at having a $0 weekend! I think I really needed that, psychologically. I had two soul-sucking weeks at work in a row that left me feeling trapped and having a hard time remembering that I have worth outside of my work and my paycheck. Spending a whole weekend doing incredibly rewarding things that reminded me of my inherent worth and capacity for joy without being [directly] linked to money in any way was deeply necessary. [I did use gas & electricity and eat and enjoy a roof over my head and use equipment and subscriptions I pay for with my salary but no money left my wallet directly and it all felt “free,” which is what counts.]

Friday, our friends came over for an impromptu get-together. We served them rotisserie chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, croissants, and cider; they brought pie, ice cream, and a board game. We haven’t hung out much while I was working on the renovations of the old house/moving/adjusting to a new job and it was so wonderful to spend time and share a meal. They’re the friends who own a lot across the street from our new place and they will be building there in the next few years and I can’t wait to have them living right there.

Saturday, my dude and I got up and went for a canoe trip! We started at our neighborhood’s canoe launch onto the lake, paddled down a long canal, and explored the other lake that canal leads to. We saw some great wildlife and just really enjoyed it all — this kind of thing is why we bought where we did, so we could walk two blocks to the lake and take off. We spent the evening watching Gilmore Girls and baking brownies. Yummmm.

Sunday morning, I became a member of the church I have been visiting on and off for years! I have never been an actual member of any kind of spiritual community so this was a big deal. The ceremony was beautiful and everyone was (as always) extremely welcoming. I drove back home and met our friends who own the lot across the street to help them mark out the approximate location of their future home with survey stakes. It was great! It’s fun to picture their new home there, even if it will be a few years before they’re ready to put it in. After that, my dude and I played a board game, then I went to choir rehearsal.

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