Anyone else but me uber excited about Harry Potter this weekend?! We've got our IMAX tickets for tonight... cannot wait! I've been listening to the audio book while working to get ready. I've said it a million times, but if you're a big fan of the books and haven't experienced the audio versions read by Jim Dale, you must-must-must! I have all 7 books on my ipod.
Only other major thing this weekend is that we're pulling out the Christmas decorations! I usually wait till the weekend after Thanksgiving, because I really do not like to overshadow that holiday - it's also a big favorite! But, we won't be in town but for one day next weekend, so we've got to get that rolling early. I'm excited, but also sort of dreading it because I know we'll come across Charlie's stocking at some point. I can't believe it's been almost 5 months since we said goodbye to him... I find myself thinking about him at random times. The other morning when we were getting ready to leave for our transfer, I could have sworn I heard his bark. Sometimes I lose my breath when I remember, again, that he's gone. We sure do miss him! We're thinking about hanging his stocking somewhere (other than the hearth) with a little halo over it. Too sweet!
OH and I also ordered like 15 of those cheap pregnancy tests online - $15 total (free shipping) for 15 tests. Beats $15 for 2 tests at the grocery! Anyone ever use these? I've heard great things about them, so I much rather pay only $1/test. And if they're a bust, Wally World's right around the corner. We still have a while before we can test, so we're just hanging tight for now. Somehow we've affectionately named our little embryo "dot." So the hub and I have been referring to "dot" and talking to "dot." And I remind him that I'm baking dot and therefore cannot do _____. Or because I'm working hard on dot, I really need him to _____. So far, it's worked really well. I plan to ride this one out as long as possible.
I also have a couple of friends weighing heavily on my heart this weekend. One friend from my women's small group had some cancerous cells removed from her abdomen last week with surgery - which were not expected to be cancerous, but were. So now the doctors fear it may've spread to other areas, so they're in the process of finding all that out. She's of course terrified and not sure what to think - and she's my age, how scary! She has two very young kids, so this is of course really frightening for her family. And then my sweet friend, Lucky, just found out her husband is going to be deployed for six months - almost a month to the day before their 1st anniversary. They've known this was a possibility, but she is so upset and has only a week and a half left with him before he must go! I'm so sad for her that he'll be away for their first Christmas, anniversary, and many other special moments. But she is blessed with lots of family and friends here who will keep her going! I'm so, so proud of her hubby and ALL of our men and women in uniform, but it's never easy to let them go. So yes, several big line-items on my prayer list right now.
Alrighty, that's about it for me today. Y'all have fabu weekends! I'm trying to wrap some things up so I can get outta here and go see Harry! Expecto patronum! Wingardium leviosa! Stupify! Etc, etc.