~Yesterday was the 4th of July. Holy mackerel, where did summer come from so fast? Although I’m looking forward to vacation next month, I’m so NOT ready for summer to speed along out of control like this. This being my favorite season of the year, I’d like to enjoy it a bit. Please?
~Both my horses have been sold in he past few weeks, each to fantastic homes with wonderful people. Selling Pea and Beau was necessary to allow me to go back to school, but it still hurts my heart. Saying it’s bittersweet doesn’t even begin to cover the range of emotions. I feel like a little piece of me has been ripped away. But, as a horsey friend so wisely said, I’ll always be a horsewoman–it’s in my blood. And when horses come into my life in the future, I’ll appreciate them that much more.
~Two very dear women to me have gotten engaged in the past few weeks, my cousin and one of my closest friends. Add that to my brother and his girlfriend (now fiance)–who got engaged in January–and it seems like everyone I know who wasn’t hitched is about to take the plunge! I’m honored and excited that A asked me to be in her wedding. It’ll be my first stint as a bridesmaid! (Girliness I didn’t know I had is popping up!)
~Since it rained here from March through May, I didn’t plant a garden for the first time in years. I feel a little rotten about it, actually. (Hehe) To make up for it, I’m planting my own hanging baskets. More on that project later…
~Salsa, corn on the cob, peaches, sangria, and grilling out may just be the very best parts about summer time.
~Poison Ivy is the very worst part about summer. Especially when you have it in areas that it’s typically socially unacceptable to scratch in public. (Yes, I know you’re not supposed to scratch it anyway, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!)
~This summer is all about home improvements for us. Currently, my kitchen ceiling is down to the bare bones…which means EVERYTHING from the kitchen is chillin’ in the dining room. (Have I mentioned how I loath clutter, chaos, messes, things in the wrong place, etc?) This is going to be an exercise in being a little less OCD…
~Work is all about change, change, change these days. I’m being reminded that first impressions are usually spot on, but being open-minded is golden, on a daily basis. Also, pre-conceived notions are just plain worthless. (We have a new hire from Richmond, VA and–since I love what I’ve seen of Richmond and have a fab friend who lives there–I got this notion that New Girl A would be T’s clone. Of course, the reality is that the city doesn’t make the person, just as the person doesn’t make the city.)
~I up and decided to creatively fill my tragically boring wardrobe and have had a blast doing it! Plato’s Closet and the thrift store have been my best buds, with a trip to Kohl’s, another to Old Navy, and an e-trip to Victoria’s Secret’s semi-annual sale thrown in for good measure. I can now say that I’m (finally) happy with my summer closet! Winter clothes are coming along, but I *may* need to do a little more tweaking to get it just right. (I plan on posting pics some day!)
~I started college (again) two weeks ago. (Yay!) Class has been…interesting. It’s a 5 credit hour class that meets once a week–which works fabulously for me, but makes Tuesday a long day. Class is supposed to be 5:30-10pm, but our prof moved our start time to 6. We’re talking about psychology during the life span–so from birth to death–which is fascinating. What major theme have I learned so far? That it’s very, very easy to screw up your kids. Definitely enough to make me think twice about ever wanting any!
~I read an amazing book a few weeks ago. It’s called I Am Nujood: Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali. It’s a short, easy read, but emotionally draining. Definitely worth reading, though. That girl has more cojones than just about anyone I know.