It’s only fair really, that I go first you know. So that the jitters any of you newbies might be feeling can quickly dispel when you realize things about me that are sort of… well… roommate access level information. So here goes…my letter to my roommate, Sarah Mae. Do me a favor and please don’t delay in linking up your “Things My Allume Roomie Should Know About Me” type posts below…just so I’m not left out here hanging alone in all of my oddities!
Dear Sarah Mae,
I should probably share a few things with you before we’re cuddled up all snug in our hotel room at Allume in October…just so that you have time to get over it all.
October in South Carolina is gloriously gorgeous with cool weather and the colors of fall foliage… which also means that my allergies will be in full force. And by full force I mean, we could be at def-com level complete with breathe-right strips and still battle serious snoring. Sawing logs my friend. It happens.
So if you won’t hold that against me, I wont be weirded out when you rub your feet together incessantly in bed just to get comfortable….since I already know that bizarre fact about you beforehand too. I don’t get it, but still ,that’s got to be a weirdness cancellation sort of thing happening here right?
And also, in strange places, I have been known to sleep talk…or walk…or suddenly yell out. And by yell out, I don’t mean a minor shout…I mean more of say, a scream. It’s freaky I know. So just to avoid that, I might need to take a Tylenol PM. Which leads to it’s own sort of “joys”…like drooling. I’ve heard….not that I have experience with it, but I’ve heard that sleeping heavily can cause one to drool…alot.
You should also know that I really love late night talks with friends in my room. Which will leave me exhausted, but thankfully, you’re wired the same way. And the good news is that if you’re more energetic than I am, it’s ok…I have totally been known to fall fast asleep sitting upright in a room full of people. It’s not exactly like narcolepsy, but more of a really fast-track way to peaceful slumber despite the presence of loads of guests.
When that peaceful slumber comes to an end too, and thank heavens we both operate in this same space, but please don’t speak to me until the sweet nectar of a cup of coffee has touched my lips. I really won’t have anything nice to say until after that point. I’m sorry to say, but this is probably also partially responsible for my propensity to walk around with a toothbrush in my mouth for lots of minutes. I’m not vigorously brushing the entire time per say, but more of a “soak” in toothpaste scenario. I think somewhere along the way, I have become convinced that if I soak my teeth in toothpaste while I brush for a long time, that top right incisor that is horribly stained from coffee consumption might magically whiten. I’m still waiting on that glorious day.
You should also know that I prefer to shower at night, I wear Christmas pajama pants year round, and there is a strong possibility that I will not wash my hair but once during the entire 5 days that you and I will be together. I will however use a gallon of dry shampoo, lots of deodorant, and a few spritzes of perfume.
I might wear these boots the entire time…
But I haven’t decided yet for sure. I might get crazy and throw in a pair of heals just once. But let’s be honest, I haven’t thought much about what I’m wearing beyond those boots. Because really, with boots like those, does anyone even notice if I rock a bathrobe the whole time?
But mostly Sarah Mae, I’m excited to be doing this thing with you. And despite being grumpy before coffee or clad in bathrobes and boots, I’m excited to spend time with you my friend. And because I’m a gifter, I’ll probably bring you a present…because that’s how I roll. And I know you’ll bring the chocolate.
And one last thing you should know…which you already do…when I get nervous (and I WILL before I stand up in front of 450 women I deeply care about,) I am gonna need you to hold my hand in our room and pray with me. If I mess something up, or say the wrong thing, or something doesn’t happen the way I’d hoped, I need you to grab my face and remind me that there is grace for that and that Allume is a place of love and community and grace….lots and lots of grace…even for those of us running it.
I’m excited, and nervous, and anticipating the things that the Lord is going to do during this time with us all! I can’t wait to see you and to get knee-deep into the Kingdom of God with you and all of our sisters at Allume!
Love your guts,