in a monday mood

In my world, Mondays rock. I don’t say that to rub it in your face if you’re sitting sleepily behind a desk this morning. I feel your pain. I used to loathe Mondays. When I was a teacher…yowzers. Some Mondays were just torture. I spent half of every Sunday dreading Monday. And when I was a college graduate working at the local IGA, counting down the days to my wedding, Mondays were murder. I can’t even think about it, or I break out in hives.

These days, Monday says to me–fresh start, getting everything back in order after the weekend and (hopefully) a day of rest (and no housework). What will this week hold?? What kinds of adventure and excitement? What sales will I find on foodstuffs? Who does God want me to meet online? How can I use my gifts to serve Him?

I suppose it’s not all peaches and cream. I had wicked cramps all day yesterday, and they’re still lingering. The house is a wreck. I’ve never been this far behind on dishes. Nina was up three or four times in the middle of the night. Livi has bites on her (bedbugs? there’s an epidemic of them in Ohio, I hear), so I need to wash all their sheets and vacuum up any potential buggies. Lots to do before our road trip to Kentucky Thursday.

Speaking of that, Gail told me yesterday that we’d be leaving her church at 4pm Friday for Living Proof Live. I had a dream last night that it was 4:33pm on Friday, and I hadn’t left Columbus–or packed a thing. It was awful.I was running around like a crazy woman, peeling potatoes and stuff. I finally called someone (?) and asked if they could rewind my dream to Thursday so I could make it on time. My request was granted.

We’re going to the Louisville Zoo on Friday with Gail’s family and hopefully Krista’s too. It’s going to be our first official stop on the Whirlwind Zoo Tour. (I haven’t blogged about this, have I?) Basically, I want to visit as many zoos as I can with my family (in a year? two years?), stay with people along the way, learn about God through His creation, and write a book about it. My new pink thrift store journal is my Official Zoo Journal, and I really can’t even tell you how excited I am about all of this. (and I know it doesn’t sound all that exciting at the moment, but once I share more, I’m sure you’ll just be jumping up and down.)

If you live near a zoo (within an hour or two), and you’d be willing to let our family spend the night at your house sometime, let me know! I don’t have to know you in real life. You’d be surprised to know the people I’ve had spend the night at my house when I’d never even met them–Kristen, Jamie…those kind of people. 🙂

I’m trying to kill lots of birds with a few stones (bad analogy for a zoo trip), so if you have a MOPS group or retreat or something, and you need a speaker (me), that would be cool to work a zoo trip around. I’m just going to be doing a lot of praying, some planning, and see what happens. My girlies aren’t going to be little for long, and I want to make the most of these golden years.

Well, my dirty dishes are yelling my name in derision, so off I go. Hope your day is filled with lots of joy! Thanks for praying for my sister! Have a great week!

29 thoughts on “in a monday mood

  1. Anonymous

    Hey Marla,

    You and ALL your girls (and Gabe) are more than welcome to stay with us if you ever want to make a trip to NC again. This year is strange, though. Our house is about to go on the market, and we will be moving into a new home in December, ish. (You know you can’t rely too heavily on a builder’s promises.) So we may be re-experiencing apartment life for a little bit in between, only this time with a bunch of little ones…fun! 🙂 Anyway, I would definitely ask my MOPS team about having you speak if  it did work out,  but I would guess it should be after January for the best chances of having spaces for everyone to lay their heads. The Asheboro Zoo is about an hour from here, and I guess it’s a good one. I love the new book idea!


  2. ergirl053

    OH MY STARS! We are on a similar wavelength, Marla! Cleveland zoo is here for the taking, maybe when you come you can stay in my new house- provided that the walls are reassembled 🙂 Also, I have not forgotten about replying to your message, just trying to work out the days. Have a great time with Gail and Krista!

  3. bekisue

    I hope you have fun with my sister. Pray that this baby stays in until you guys get back! That’s my prayer!

    The zoo bit sounds really fun. I can’t wait to know more about that.

  4. jbnygaard

    You need to take a trip to the Copenhagen zoo. Or I can just show you my pictures. already saw them on facebook. It’s the ultimate BEST zoo! I also heard from my aunt and uncle (not from Nixie) that Australia has an UNBELIEVABLE zoo. 🙂

  5. kkakwright

    what time friday?

    lincoln park zoo is still free and it has farm animals on display which cracks me up.  but people in chicago don’t see cows and chickens like we grew up doing.  funny.

  6. FlyingCAB

    ^ I LOVED The John Ball Park Zoo when I was little!  If that helps.

    Um, our town has a great small town zoo – I’ve been told it’s one of the US’s best small town zoos, but I can’t find proof.  And if it helps, it’s free to get in!   But, if you ask Sarah ( she’ll point out that on the website the first attraction listed is ‘herb garden’ 😉 

  7. luvmynoah

    What a fun book idea.  Ken Hamm has a book out about zoo’s but it’s like a zoo guide…to take with you…tells about creation , animals, etc.  I like how you are adding the adventure of staying with others to it.  I think God will keep on blessing this’s a good one!  🙂

    I feel the same way about Mondays. Sometimes they stink but for the most part it’s a brand new week with so many possibilities!

  8. bensmomshelly

    You’re welcome in Toledo anytime.  We have an AWESOME zoo and I checked the website…….Columbus Zoo members have a 50% off reciprocity discount.  Our house is small, too, so if you come you’d be in what I like to call our “deluxe basement accomodations” which include one air mattress and kids sleeping on the floor down there, the living room, or Ben’s room. 

    I’m sooooo jealous that you’re meeting Gail and Krista, and I’m also a bit green about you getting to go to Living Proof.  I’ll get over it, I suppose.

    Have a great week!

  9. allieanne

    we live about 2 hours from the knoxville zoo and an hour or so from Grandfather Mountain (never been there but they have wildlife) and our house is nice and cozy 🙂

  10. rebates

    I live 20 minutes away from the Indianapolis Zoo, but I’m not sure that I could handle 5 people in my house.  We do have one spare bedroom (until it gets converted to a new baby room) and a big living room floor, though!  Although, I know you have plenty of family in this area, too, so coming to Indianapolis shouldn’t be too hard.  You’ll have to let me know when you do come if you stay with someone else besides me!  I have yet to take Isabelle to the zoo.  Your whirlwind zoo tour sounds fabulously fun!

  11. ch1pch0p

    Ugh. If there are really bedbugs, spray Lysol on the mattresses after you take the sheets off. Let the mattresses air out for an hour or so before you put on fresh sheets.

  12. faithchick

    i love mondays too.  something about feeling kinda refreshed & ready to dive in.  of course i never accomplish as much as i anticipate, but it’s okay.

    your dream was wacky!  especially the potatoes!

    i had the same teacher problem, too.  Sunday Night Meltdown.  Oh, I don’t miss that!!

  13. gsowell

    I am very pumped about our visit. Not as pumped as the little girls, however. They have each asked about 12 times today how long is it until Marla comes. Josie has picked out clothes to wear to the zoo (who flamingo shirt in honor of the “stinky ‘mingoes.”

    And I love me a Monday, too, despite the fact that so much work is calling my name. That sabbath rest gets me, too. I napped yesterday (!!!).

    Your dream cracked me up…I need the phone number of who to call when I need to back time up a bit to do it right!

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