over the last few weeks i've been reminded how important it is to have good people in your life. and by good people i mean friends. and by friends i mean good friends, not just friendly acquaintances but the kind of people whose presence at the right time is both comforting and comfortable. they fill a kind of void in your life--maybe one you didn't even know you had? or maybe they just really *get* you in some way.
i have this tendency sometimes, without even realizing it, to slip into "isolation" mode. do you ever do that? i don't know what it is--life i guess--but sometimes i just don't feel like i have the energy to be around people. the irony, of course, is that those are the exact times when experience has taught me i really need to be around people the most. i know this about myself and yet it doesn't seem to make doing something about it any easier.
anyway, why am i telling you this? i guess it's my long-winded way of saying that the engineer has been traveling for work these last two weeks. and that my friend michelle invited us over on a lonely sunday afternoon to make gingerbread houses. ever the forthright hostess, she did warn us that some of the candy, namely the gumdrops, was at least as old as the toddler. (authors' note: michelle is awesome--and a candy hoarder), but for some people (coughcough...SCOUT) the words "candy" and "no" just don't compute. also of note: the gingerbread outhouse.