Monday, September 22, 2014

Seven Things I've Been Doing Lately

You guys.

I didn't mean to go radio silent on you all, I really didn't.

But sometimes life gets in the way, doesn't it? You all know what I mean.

And sometimes the world just feels so heavy and you have All The Thoughts about it, but just can't seem to find a way to put those thoughts down on paper or computer screen or whatever you call it these days. The Thoughts are what's important anyway.

And sometimes you just have so much going on, some of which seems a little trite compared to all the big things in the world, and you feel like writing about your own little corner of the world just doesn't really matter any more.

These are the thoughts that have been rambling around in my brain lately. And I just didn't know where to start again.

But I miss you, those of you who care enough to click over here and check every now and then.

And I miss writing. I really miss writing.

So, in an effort to jump start what I had going on here a while ago, I thought I'd just tell you not All The Thoughts about the world and life and parenthood that I have right now, but instead I thought I'd just tell you where I've been and what I've been up to over the past couple of months.

I just downloaded the pictures from my phone, and I'll share a few in an effort to tell a story. About my life. So you can keep up, or I can.


1. Probably the most significant thing that has given me pause lately has been moving this girl . . .

. . . into her first apartment. In the city.

Which means that she doesn't live here anymore. (*wah!!!!*)

She bought her very first piece of furniture: this very fine, retro velvet sofa.

Isn't it the coolest? And the best part is that I found it at a local resale shop for $44.

It is, without a doubt, the heaviest piece of furniture I've ever moved.

We also bought furnace filters.

A girl's gotta have furnace filters, you know?

2. Back in August, I picked up Kate at work one day so we could check out her new apartment together, but before we got to the apartment we decided we were hungry and a restaurant we've been dying to try just happened to be on our way.

So I got to cross a big item off my bucket list.

Girl and the Goat was every bit as amazing as everyone says it is. Make your 2015 reservations NOW.

We ate the most interesting food.

Soft shelled crab. Oh my!

The most amazing green beans I've ever eaten.

And something called the "pig face" which, literally, IS that. (Don't read the Girl and the Goat website if you don't want to know what's in it.)

You know what? This was melt-in-your-mouth amazing. The combination of textures between the crispy hash browns, the oh-so-tender meat, and the soft egg is something I'll never forget.

3. Another thing we've done a lot of this summer has been attending weddings. We got invited to six weddings (sadly, we had to miss one of them), all of which were very special and lots of fun.

Here are my three beauties at the last wedding we attended for Kate's dear friend, Mary. Obviously, Kate was in the wedding.

Such a special evening for a very special friend.

(Ginny, Kate, and Mary--best friends since Day 1 at school.)

This weekend marks Wedding Number Six for us, and the close of Wedding Season 2014.

But this weekend also marks the wedding I've been most excited about as my first niece is getting married on Friday. The family will be gathering in Texas later on this week to celebrate Kira and Jon, and we couldn't be happier.

(Check Instagram for photos that are sure to amaze!)

4. What else?

Well, school started again. Here's my "first day of school" picture.

And teaching again forces me to do lots of this:

5. But I do manage to have fun on my days off. Like this day when my friend, Kathy, and I snuck into the city for some exploring and lunch.

This place was so cute and absolutely delicious.

6. I've been trying to walk outside as much as I can because I know that one of these days the weather will force me back inside.

Here's the path where I walk a lot of times:

Ahhhhhhh. Pure relaxational bliss.

7. Since Kate moved out and Caroline headed back to school, we've been moving things around. Julia moved into Kate's old room, leaving her room to eventually become a dedicated guest room. (Until the next time someone needs a place to stay.)

So a couple of Saturdays ago Julia and I painted her "new" room.

Before . . . . . . . . and . . . . . . . . After

Julia's going for the muted, more grown-up look. I like it. What do you think?

Anyway, after a Saturday of painting, I was pretty much wiped out. 

Until the following Saturday (last Saturday) when I gave cooking lessons to a group of college girls, including my own!, which was so much fun we all decided to do it again sometime. 

I love college girls!

But now I'm tired. And I can't seem to shake the tiredness from my bones. It never leaves me. But don't tell me to take vitamins (I am!) or see a doctor (that's another thing I've been doing all summer--I've just had random checkups for random things, and I couldn't be healthier.).

I guess I'm just in a tired season that's going to be that way for a while.

Probably because I've had just a few things going on for the past couple of months.

What about you? What have you been up to? I'd really like to know, so leave me a comment!


  1. So good to hear from you again. I feel for you on your daughter moving out. Our so bought a house and moved out in May, and we moved our daughter to college in August. She's been gone just over a month, and I still miss her, terribly. She was home this past weekend, and when she left to go back to school I cried. Life goes by so fast. Thank you for your posts. You remind me that I am not alone in this journey of letting my kids go. Blessings to you!!!

  2. Ah, Robin, I get it. It is an adjustment, isn't it? I don't have an empty nest yet, but it's coming quickly. Such a good thing we aren't alone, isn't it? Thanks for being here.