Watch out world.
But sometimes, when you have an amazing day, you just need to share it, if only to encourage someone else in the throes of a horrible day.
Ian and I had an unofficial date night today.
And all because our power turned off!
Our area of our little tiny city seems to have rolling black outs frequently, so when the power shut off, right as I was in the middle of shredding chicken in the food processor, we loaded Grace into her carseat for naptime and set out on a drive (with our car's air conditioning.)
We drove around our little city, exploring a few areas that we had never set foot in.
We sang along to "Sweet Home Alabama," "Island in the Sun," and a plethora of The Postal Service songs.
We watched as a dust storm rolled in, with wisps of sand streaking across the roads.
We stopped and picked up one of our favorite Middle Eastern desserts, basboosa.
And then, miracle of all miracles, it started to rain.
In the DESERT!
Grace has never driven in the rain.
Or seen it.
Or touched it.
She stirred from her nap and was momentarily frightened until our gleeful chatter lulled her back to sleep.
We talked and talked and talked, and finally returned home to feed, bathe, and put Grace down for the night.
Then we went for a nighttime stroll in our neighborhood, with a dust cleared sky and a mountain of fire in the background.
And, even though the temperatures were only in the seventies, we shivered as we walked along and thought of the months to come.
Because Winter, in the desert, is like Spring in the rest of the world.
And all of this was rung in with a walk in the desert with my husband.
Like I said, it was a good night.