G20: Twenty things I was grateful for this weekend.
1. Makeda. I had a spa date with this amazing woman on Saturday. I've known her since I was in Grade One and have only come to truly value and love her place in my life this past year. She inspires me with every interaction we have.
2. Massages. So thankful for the most healing and rejuvenating massage at the Elmwood Spa.
3. Face masks. Makeda indulged me and did a face mask with me in the middle of the spa.
4. Whirlpool and steam room girl talk. Good for the heart, soul AND skin.
5. Water. It's healing powers are such a blessing.
6. Red delicious apples. The spa had plenty of these and after a steam, it was one of the best treats EVER. Have had 4 more since then and am looking at...another...one...right - crunch chew chew.
Chipotle. Had their chicken burrito. 'Nuff said.
8. Childhood friends. While eating a burrito with one childhood friend (see number 1) we ran into Roheena, another childhood friend who used to lived halfway between Makeda's home and mine when we were small 'uns.
9. Cellphones. In a matter of minutes, in moments of panic, I was able to call my Mom and BBM with Sheba and Aleem to get an idea of what was going on around me as well as some reassurance and love.
10. Shortest "refugee" status ever. - For 6 hours, it wasn't safe outside and I couldn't make it home I'm so thankful that it didn't last any longer than that for me.
11. Shafik. For giving us displaced people a place to stay along with great hugs.
12. Nancy. For also sharing her home along with her history with both me whom she had met once and Makeda who she was meeting for the first time.
13. Alfie. For his unconditional, furry, dog love. I'm not a dog person but this beauty is too cute.
14. Throw pillows. Throughout the evening in our safe haven we all had an extra dimension of support. I had one under my head while lying down. Another under my elbow while lounging on the couch. And another under my feet while they rested. Need to get me some more of these.
16. Cab drivers. Finally got a cab home and thankfully had a kind driver who told me about growing up in Ethiopia. He was so kind and patient as we figured out how to get me back home. It made me so thankful to be born and to live where I live, in spite of the mayhem this weekend.
17. Y&R. Yes it's true Victor Newman kept me company with his bad ass Brazilian Royal Flush and helped me to unwind.
18. World Cup. Coming home to an event that is so globally unifying put the day into perspective for me.
19. My bed. Having a clean, safe, comfortable place to sleep every night is a blessing.
Wishing you moments of gratitude too.