Hey There, August! I’m excited to see you, but hold up just a minute. Indulge me while I pause to take a look back:
Then, just like that, my dear friend Shap moved to LA, and I was surprised, and sad, and happy for her–all those normal feelings we feel when life suddenly deals us a card we weren’t expecting that we can’t give back.
She made one of those decisions that reminds you that we are all making choices that determine our lives, every single day. Most of the time we don’t even realize it. At each significant turn in my life, choosing to stay (and stay. and stay) or choosing to go have often been equally powerful and challenging (especially the times I stopped to remind myself I was making the choice).
The hubs and I had some hard but necessary conversations about the state of our union and where we can be more connected and more supportive of one another. And man, they were hard, but we walked away from those conversations even more connected and focused on our shared goals and dreams. Marriage is both so difficult and so awesome at the same time, and I’m grateful for that.
Oh, and did I mention we completely purged so much stuff from our little apartment?! We got rid of (or are actively still trying to get rid of) a buffet, a wardrobe, our recliner, bags and bags of clothes (and then some more), and just lots of crap. I am getting serious about getting rid of anything not useful or beautiful in the next three months. We have lived in this place long enough, and ding-dang it, I’m ready for it to be cute.
Here’s looking at you, July:
3. Heat Wave Nars Lipstick| 4. Red Maxi dress by Ralph Lauren | 5. & 6. Red thin striped vintage bangle & Red vintage clasped bangle from Sweet and Spark | 7. Red Hunter Rain Boots | 8. Michael Kors Red Quilt Clutch
Welllll, I sorta failed on this goal this month. We’re just now getting back into our healthy eating routine. I think I ate way too much while we were on vacation, so my body is slowly getting used to smaller portions again.
Soooo, long story long. . . when I originally set my book for July I was in France, and I did a quick search to find the 2nd book in the Steel Corset series. I read the first book at the beach years ago, and I thought the 2nd book would be a quick, easy read for our trip. In my rush to get the right book for my post, I accidentally pulled up the completely wrong book. Oops. Flavia’s Flying Corset was not the book I intended to post for my book of the month. If you read that or looked it up, #dontjudgeme. I swear it was a mistake. I deserted the corset cause entirely and instead I picked up Neil Gaiman’s new book The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the airport. I love the world he built in this story. The characters feel real and homey and just right. Reading this story reminded me of what it felt like when I was a pre-teen reading Madeleiene L’engle’s books. loved it.
My hot air balloon DIY counts as Wall Art, right? I can’t seem to movitate myself to make wall art, so I’m not going to force it. Instead, this happened, and I loved it.
I finally was able to write my SF Restaurant list this month, and I hope I can keep adding to it and building upon it. I love making these sorts of lists, and I hope it may be helpful to others too.
In case you missed it, I posted an overview of our time in Dublin yesterday.
I contributed to Pars Caeli’s Celebrate the Normal photo project for the first time this month, and I absolutely love this project and the sentiment behind it.