What have I been up to the past few months – apart from coming to the conclusion that I’m going through a metamorphosis? It’s not just my head that’s in need of an overhaul, I’ve also been seeking organization in our home.
Not-so-extreme HOME makeover, coming up
A new coat of paint in the kitchen this fall, for one. Yay change! Moving furniture around in such a way that allows me to warm my feet in front of the fire this autumn. Designating a small studio area in the office for still life photography. Working on a new ‘homemade’ seating area in the garden to be completed before spring. New habits in the making: an organized kitchen and no more laundry piles in the making. And a more relaxing bedroom area. Feeling a lot more zen lately.
O hai Murica
Over the summer we traveled to the States with my parents for their 40th wedding anniversary. We hiked in Bryce Canyon, Sedona and Arches National Park, went gambling swimming in Las Vegas, met up with our friends The Nosers in what is quite possibly the coolest place in southwest Colorado (Durango), imbued an impossible amount of wine and had some amazing food, ranging from New-Mex Tex-Mex to regular Tex-Mex to amahzing Italian food.
Yes, I’ll do a photo post. Can’t promise when I’ll have it ready. Starting small, remember?
O bai Canada #BecauseDeltaCantadaAndWontada
In one chapter of the Crapshoot that is 2014, Wil and I were supposed to go to Canada for a week following our US trip, but Delta Airlines ruined our plans by canceling our flight due to a mechanical error, which caused us to miss our connecting flight. Claiming there was only one flight available every day (false: there were other flights but they simply refused to put us on it, I knew this because internet) they forced us to spend the night at the airport. A sour and somewhat traumatic ending (…we were never in our lives treated as horribly as we were during those 48 hours) to an otherwise wonderful trip. Friends, do not fly Delta airlines. Instead, before you book a flight check the carriage of contract to see what arrangements will be made in the event of a flight cancellation (rule 240). Some airlines will be way cooler to their paying, supposedly valued customers. Delta is not one of them. A lesson learned. Canada will be visited another time.
While I’m taking a semi-sabbatical from client work until the end of the year (my head my home my work – all in need of a good fixin’ up), I’m still making a nice amount of coin from stock and book cover sales. It allowed me to purchase a new lens, as an investment. I bought a 100mm macro lens, and I’m loving it so far.
Casa di Mama
Due to reasons I will not specify, I’ve spent a decent amount of time at the inlaws’ home the past few months, helping out, keeping them company and keeping an eye on them #HallMonitor, teaching my father-in-law to cook di pasta bolognese! and risotto (the latter needs more lessons), and slapping him around a little when he’s stubbornly not listening to medical advice (oh the abuse!). It’s been a hectic couple of months but good at the same time.
Make like Jane Fonda minus the spandex
I’ve been focusing on getting back in shape. I’m doing Yoga, still (mostly Vinyasa but at this point it’s more of a mix) and am getting more Pilates work in too. That, and cardio of course. The latter needs improvement, but I’m getting there.
I’m currently stuck with an -itis in my right thumb, so I’m on a break from doing fanatic stuff, but I’m planning to try out Tai Chi for the first time this week, as well as Vinyasa yoga specifically.
If you’re out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold… All you have to do it CAAAAALL MY NAAAAAAME…….!!!!!
I am not ashamed to tell you that a lot of hours are spent in front of my television. I’ve been needing it. I’m currently binging on Gilmore Girls. It’s funny how, when I first watched it as a teenager, I could relate to Rory in many ways. The first few seasons anyway; towards the end I realized there was no way in hell anyone could possibly relate to the most perfect fictional character in the universe. No such person exists in the world, nor can exist. Reality bites, man. Now that I’m an adult and watching it all over again, I can relate to Lorelai so much more. And I just love her to pieces.
– My hair has gotten really long
– I’m comfortable in my skin and my style of dress (casual / Bohemian)
– No tattoo yet but it will happen at some point
To be continued. These things I’ve occupied myself with are subjects to be revisited in posts to come. When they come.