A couple weeks ago my husband was away on a canoe trip and my in-laws had the kids overnight. I don’t think I’ve been completely home alone in years. And it. was. awesome. I seriously had the best time. I spent the evening with a bunch of girlfriends, went to bed late, and woke up way too early to the sound of construction outside. I took advantage of the morning though by jumping on my bike and riding to a new place I haven’t hiked/run before. For reference, my house is a tiny little speck on the right side of that picture and I biked/ran from there to where I took the picture. Hiya!
I think we’re polar vortexing already again. The high has been like 45 degrees here and it’s just way too cold for me. I refuse to pack the shorts and tank tops away because I’m committed to there being at least one more 80 degree day (and I only have like two winter shirts. Time to go shopping!). On the plus-side, I got to play dress up with my kids and their new-to-them fall clothes. They took the opportunity to practice their album cover photo shoot.
Lola and I have both felt surprisingly left out of all the back to school excitement happening amongst our friends, so we rebelled and went to the park with her siblings (something she would NOT get to do if she were at school). We had a ton of fun avoiding the graffiti (I’m not easily shocked but this must have been one creative kid), holding hands down the slide, and learning about bugs through the convenience of my phone. Did you know that all bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs? Now you do.
There’s a new restaurant opening in town called The Mint. We’ve put a lot of hopes in this place as it is the first farm to table restaurant in town. It’s also incredibly cute and cozy. One of our friends works there and we’ve been following the progress closely on Facebook, but it finally opened up yesterday! Thanks to three other people living in our house we weren’t able to go, but I’m dead set on going tonight while they’re at church and I. Can’t. Wait. If there were ever a place that I’ve pictured Jeron and I being “regulars” and a well known face, it’s this place. If it totally sucks we’re going to have some processing to do.
My Whitney English Day Designer arrived last week! It’s a miracle that I even had my life enough together to get this planner ordered before they sold out. It doesn’t start until January, but there’s a lot of general life organization and goal setting to be done before then so I’m really excited to get started. I’m hoping it will help me narrow down direction in my life, keep me on track with my ever increasing work load, and help me prioritize homeschool, errands, and chores. It comes on recommendation from Jessica, and you know she has her finger on all that is good.
I just started season five of Big Love and it’s definitely not the show I fell in love with. All the political stuff? Ugh. Plus every time Bill Paxton turns around he has someone yelling at him. It’s exhausting. Jeron and I just finished Hemlock Grove on Netflix (which I’m not exactly going to recommend). If you’ve seen season two I’d love to hear your thoughts (or explanations, or WTFs) in the comments. Seriously. Explain it to me. Since then we’ve been watching more of The Leftovers on HBO. It’s interesting enough, not as cringe-worthy as some other HBO stuff, and I just have so much faith in David Lindeloff. But ultimately I just want to know what’s going on. I am not one to put up with suspense and mystery!
Jeron and I finally got to go see Boyhood in the theater last week. I’ve been waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for it to come to the theater near us and we went the first chance we could. It was every bit as good as people have been saying. I left the theater feeling deeply affected and Jeron and I had a lot to talk about over dinner as a result. I highly recommend watching it, just to watch Ethan Hawke age if nothing else.
What have you been up to? Eaten anything good? Keep me in the know.