It’s been a little slow on the old blog lately, with only one post in the last 10 days or so rather than my normal onslaught of lists you don’t really need and too many pictures of brunch. What – you didn’t even notice??? Thanks a lot.
Lately I have been trying to work on making good decisions, wise decisions, and finally doing some of that saying no that I woefully failed at last semester. It’s meant slugging through books on my PhD reading list instead of blogging, giving time to morning devotions instead of numbly scanning social media, dragging myself out of bed for early morning runs on the weekend instead of sleeping in, getting through another day of Whole30 even though I would sell my soul for some Totinos frozen pizza, and listening to podcasts in the kitchen while I help James with dishes instead of using that time to binge on my poor taste in TV. It’s been quieter, less photo-worthy, and deeply, profoundly, good.
This is not to say that life has been especially calm the last couple weeks. Yesterday I made tea and never got to drinking it ( I know, I know, my mom friends are like “STORY OF MY LIFE”), which meant that when I found it this morning, I just shrugged and reheated that day-old tea because it will be one of those days. Hashtag Live Authentic. Between James’ long work days and my own academic responsibilities, the only way we can get any of that much-needed calm is to pass on a lot of “fun” things. So that’s what we’ve been doing, and I don’t really regret it. I actually managed to turn down three fun things last weekend, one of which included uninviting the Bach Bunch to come over and catch up on Prince Farming’s search to find love and avoid psychopaths. Instead, I did 4 loads of laundry, studied a lot, and made a bazillion tiny fruit tarts for my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s bridal shower. But don’t worry – I learned my lesson and let Trader Joe’s provide a lot of the rest of the food.
Usually I take tons of photos at showers like these, but in continuing my spirit of creating some space to just enjoy things, I took all of 7, and then sat back and reveled in hosting a party for my brother’s impossibly wonderful fiancé instead of overdocumenting it. To top off a post about good decisions, I refer you to the above photos of Ruth blowing glitter in my face at our sparkly themed shower. Glitter is ALWAYS a good idea. That person who was all over the internet because he would let you send glitter to your enemies? That man is a HUMANITARIAN, spreading a little sparkly round the world. I also think his site proved to be fake, making him a doer of untold evil, promising glitter and failing to provide.
Anyway, I will tie these barely congruent rambles up with two pictures I did take. And by saying that I hope you all make good decisions this week, which is to say, find a way to blow glitter in someone’s face.
May I just say, I HAVE noticed and missed your lists the last week and a half?! My inbox has been pretty sad without a new post notification. So encouraged to hear about your good decisions – I’ve been trying to muster up the energy to make some of those myself! My bed just keeps luring me back though.
Beds are tricky that way. And WONDERFUL. I’m glad the lists were missed! : )
You tied that up pretty well! 🙂 In case you need encouragement, I just want to say that I look forward to your posts! You write beautifully. So yeah, I did notice, too. 🙂
ahhhh – thank you so much for the encouragement!
I’m a longtime fan of your blog, definitely my favorite out of the 30+ that I follow. I look forward to your posts. You provoke me to think deeply and to act in love. I often laugh out loud and reread sentences that are particularly well written.
I think we have a lot in common from the way you describe your childhood and the way you see the world and the things you find interesting in everyday life. I really think we would be good friends in real life (though I’m all the way across the country in Sacramento, CA. I love how the Internet bridges gaps. I hope someday I do meet you in person, perhaps over brunch.
Well, I want you to know that your presence on the internet would be very much missed if you ever gave up on blogging.
Oh Kristin – thank you so much for your words! Maybe sometime life will bring you all the way to the other side of the country!
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