July started with the 4th. I sadly had to work that afternoon, but enjoyed the morning with my family. We went to a pancake breakfast hosted by our current church (or the tail end of it when all the pancakes were gone 😢). It was horribly awkward and Jehosheba and I left after about ten minutes 😂
We walked home and started a “patriotic” trifle while listening to the Hamilton soundtrack. We played some games and ate burgers grilled on the lovely new grill! Once I got home from work, we had the trifle and just hung out. 💕 It was very nice.
Saturday before the 4th we attended a play about patriotism and such. It was really neat. They had a part where all the kids in the audience were invited up on stage. Dovid was THRILLED. He was sooo cute!
The Friday before the 4th there was a parade that went right past the home where I work. It was a ton of fun. Everyone gathered outside and watched the whole thing. THERE WERE BAGPIPES, YOU GUYS, BAGPIPES!!!! It was so cool.
Daddy’s cousin, Jason, and his family came for a visit. That was a ton of fun! Again, I sadly had to work through most of their visit, but we had fun in the mornings. The boys loved having another boy their age in the house.
Other than that, it was a pretty laid-back month. I FINALLY got some writing done after months of avoiding it. 👍 We also visited and swam in the red section of the great salt lake. That was an amazing experience.
We took lots of beautiful hikes in the mountains. They were…indescribably. it truly looked like a living painting made by God.
We started welcoming in the Shabbat every Friday night. I didn’t realize how much I missed it. It is such a beautiful, sacred time to spend with family. 💖💕
Oh, I finally started my Etsy shop!!! I bet you can guess what I’m selling. 😊😉 I’m soooo happy to have it up and running and to actually have sold something already! *cheers*
Working proved to be good…and embarrassing due to my non-existent social skills. 😆 It seems like my hearing breaks, too, when I’m there because I’m always misunderstanding people and my brain takes forever to realize what they are actually saying. 😐
I was working one afternoon when an older man stopped by to drop off some packages. We chatted for a few minutes and then he left.
A little while later, I was in the middle of sweeping when he returned with another package.
I always get flustered by having to talk to new humans, so I was already nervous and not paying super close attention to the conversation.
He said, “Hey, did you see someone that looked exactly like me here a minute or two ago?”
For about 20 very awkward seconds, I had no clue that he was joking. He looked so serious…
So I said, “Yes….”
“Great, well if you see him again, tell him he is lost.”
He laughed and said some other things that I don’t remember (being too confused and flustered) and went off. As he was leaving, I finally came to the realization of the joke. 😂 But of course it was too late. 😂😆
Another day, I apparently lost my basic motor skills. I spilled all over myself – twice. I dropped a blender (which thankfully didn’t shatter or crack my delicate toes) and almost dropped a whole stack of plates when I was putting them away. 😐 I think the other staff felt sorry for me – I got pitying looks. 😂
We got a new staff member who was my age. That was very nerve-wracking because I…am bad at socializing with anyone my age. In any case, she was talking, and again I was paying more attention to my flustered nerves and the dishes I was drying than to what she was saying. (I was really trying to listen, honest). She said something about disliking Mormonism, stopped suddenly and asked if I was Mormon.
My tongue moved faster than my brain processed the words and I blurted out yes and then had to spend a very awkward few minutes trying to explain that no, I wasn’t actually Mormon, that my brain betrayed me, and that I also wasn’t ashamed to be religious.
Lots of humiliating moments here…😂😂 Keep me humble, I guess.
The really ironic thing is that I feel so completely comfortable around my girls. I can talk to them with no problems at all. I can have full, fine conversations with them. But when it comes to talking to my co-workers…it all falls apart. 😆 I do lots of nodding and awkward laughing…
I have been unofficially named EQVTVHH – Extremely Quiet Very Tiny Very Helpful Human. 😆😂 Those are literally the three things that ALL of the staff say about me. 😆 It’s really hilarious.
But I finally feel like I fit in here. It took two+ miserable months of wanting to quit every day, but I finally know how, when, and where to do everything and I’m happy here. Truly. I love my girls and I love getting to hang out with them. 💖 God knew what he was doing when he put me here and I am so thankful.
Thank you so much, God, for my family, for my life, and for everything that you have so richly blessed me with. 💖💕
How did you celebrate the 4th? What all did you do in July? What are some funny/embarrassing stories about you? Do you lack social skills? If so, how do you hold conversations with other humans?