Catching Curve Balls

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What a week – seriously…can I just say, what a week. *sigh* I’m sure we’ve all had those weeks that are both good and bad at the same time; weeks that prove to be both a blessing and…well, not a curse but not a blessing…all at once. This past week was one of those weeks – filled with both good memories made and remembering good memories made in the past.

Weeks also play out very differently than we plan them and this week was certainly a fine example of that. As I type this, I was supposed to be soaking up the sun on the last day of a week long trip to the beach with my co-workers, but life happens and while the past week involved a road trip, it was of a different sort – there was no beach involved and not a whole lot of relaxation achieved, but it was a good week all the same. Just in a much different way.

Watson & his baseball cookie that’s as big as him – talk about a home run!

Monday evening walk on the golf course – it sure helps to have pretty scenery to walk in!

My Dad received a call on Monday afternoon that his Mother was not doing well; hospice had been called and my Mamaw would probably not be with us for much longer. She passed away early Tuesday morning and our lives were thrown into a rush of packing, parceling the dog off to the kennel and making the 13 hour drive to Mississippi on Tuesday afternoon. I have a wonderful job, run by equally wonderful people and so everything with my office worked out so easily – having a good job with great people really does make such a difference in life – I didn’t know what that difference was until I started my job in March, but it’s such a blessing. Truly.

Breezing through Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon….

Watson playing his heart out at Cavalier Kennels – he is such a good dog!

Watson was taken to Cavalier Kennels on Tuesday morning; thankfully they had an opening for him for almost the whole week and based on pictures and reports, he did just fine. I was a nervous wreck leaving him for a full week…especially so suddenly, but he appears to have rolled with the punches like a champ. He always does, I don’t know why I expected any different! We stopped for the night in Fort Payne, Alabama and set out on Wednesday morning for the most eventful 3.5 hours of driving I’ve experienced in quite some time…

Coffee – there is never a time when coffee isn’t a good idea.

Our drive started pleasantly enough; we only had a little over three hours left to go and the day was nice and sunny…and cool! Alabama in August and it was cool; who knew it was even possible??? The first hiccup came when my Aunt called to let my Mom know that they were admitting my Nanny into the hospital; her acute bronchitis was getting out of hand and it required hospitalization to tackle and defeat the stuff. So now we were going to be splitting the week between the funeral home and the hospital – yikes! The second bit of fun came in the form of crazy roadside workers in Alabama…

A road crew was busily clearing limbs from some roadside trees as we cruised through Greene County, AL (yep, I know the county…) and bits of limb debris were littering the road ahead. As we cruised past the crew at 70 miles per hour, a limb the size of my arm came flying from the trees, rocketing straight for the windshield and slammed into it with a loud BANG! The only explanation for it not shattering the front windshield is divine intervention because I threw my hands up to block my face…just waiting for impact. 
I called the Alabama Department of Transportation and reported the incident; hence my knowing the name of the county, ha-ha! My Dad also stopped and talked with a State Trooper who asked about reporting the incident…but since there was minimal damage (a small dent in the hood & sap smeared on the windshield) he declined. Shortly before we rolled into Meridian, the 18 wheeler ahead of us lost it’s tire, slinging chunks of rubber our way and causing us to have to quickly cruise into the other lane and away from the path of the projectiles. I’d never been so glad to get out of a car in my life!

I didn’t think I’d be back here so soon…
I’m standing on my tip toes…because she’s taller than me! Stop growing people!

After a quick lunch at my Uncle’s house, we parted ways – my Dad with his brother to go plan things out at the funeral home and my Mom and I to the hospital to see my Nanny. She was hooked up to oxygen but I knew pretty quickly that she’d be just fine because she was her same sassy and fierce self, laughing and chatting in between our jokes and trying not to clothesline herself on her oxygen line when she hopped in and out of the bed.

My other little “sister” stopped by the hospital on the way home from school and visited with us for awhile; I hadn’t seen her in months and she’s almost a high school graduate and she’s driving her own car and she makes me feel SO old. Plus, she’s taller than me and I don’t really think that’s fair. Granted, it seems like everybody is taller than me…so whatever. Ha-ha! When all was said and done, we all met back up and headed for Columbus, AFB to stay with my sister and I finally got to see her house! She’s made quite the happy home for herself and I must say, she has a good eye when it comes to decorating – her house is so cute!

Is it really only Wednesday? I’m tired already…

Early Thursday morning my Dad headed back to Meridian to help with more arrangements; my Mom and I stayed in Columbus to wait for Lindsey to be done with her workday so all three of us could head back to Meridian as well. While we waited for Lindsey’s work day to end, we busied ourselves just fine in and around Columbus – we started the day with a 4 mile walk (yep – 4 miles people), then met Lindsey to relax outside her work building for a bit. I finally got to experience lunch at Proffitt’s Porch, which I’ve heard so much about (and yes, very yummy) and I also got to make some purchases at Deep South Pout, another place I’ve heard so much about from Lindsey. When Lindsey was all set to go around 2:30, we headed back down (up/out/across…) the road to Meridian to visit my Nanny again, meet up with my Dad and spend the night in Meridian….and get to catch up with one of my best friends, Nickolee.

Thursday smiles in the cool(ish) MS weather…

Happy to see this girl again – I do miss her so!

The view from Proffitt’s Porch – it would have been mean to also share a picture of my yummy food.

Friday…like almost every day this week was a complete whirlwind. We remembered my sweet Mamaw on Friday morning and I saw so many family members and friends who offered kind words and shared sweet memories of my Mamaw. I had some flashbacks early in the morning before we left for the funeral home – it was so strange to look out across the yard and see the place I used to live. So different but in some ways, not that changed at all. The sweet church ladies at Midway fed our family so well and loved on us before we parted ways again – my Dad to pick up plants and finalize things with the funeral home, the three of us ladies to visit my Nanny at the hospital again. We headed out of Meridian and back to Columbus around 5:30 and had supper at Huck’s Place before all falling into the bed exhausted.

Did I really live over there for almost 4 years?
Lindsey was a big fan of the homemade Sourdough bread that a sweet church lady made…this was when she was on her 3rd piece.

Friday night dinner at Huck’s Place – some seriously good food.

Saturday we really just tried to relax and spend some time together before the unavoidable 13 hour drive on Sunday…but if you know us, you know we can’t just sit still and relax. Relaxing for us involves exploring and since we were only 25 minutes from Starkville, we headed over to Bulldog Country for the morning. Saturday was definitely my cheat day – between to die for Raspberry Peach biscuits at the Biscuit Lady, a Pimento and Cheese Panini at Oby’s and of course, Bop’s Custard…I almost made myself sick indulging in some deep South goodness. I also indulged in a tiny #15 MSU jersey for Watson to wear on football game days – I know he’s going to look great! 

Raspberry Peach Biscuit – Pimento & Cheese Panini – Bops’s Custard…
The Biscuit Lady Bucket List – who has she served so far?

A plantation in Columbus; Byrn Bella!

We ended the unexpected week together with good news and a cook-out! My Nanny called my Mom on Saturday afternoon to let her know she would be going home from the hospital on Sunday; an answered prayer for sure! We headed down to the little lake on the Air Force base (I think it should really be called a pond…) and grilled some hamburgers for supper and just generally goofed off; I was busy announcing and shouting the Nationals score updates throughout supper – much to my families’ delight. Actually, they were probably like “please shut up already” but they were too kind to say it. Ha-ha! We ended the night and the week on a high note, planning our upcoming trip to London!

Sunset after supper by the lake.

We left Lindsey’s at 6:30 on Sunday morning and started the long(ish) and thankfully uneventful drive back home to Virginia. I narrated the Washington Nationals game as we cruised through the end of Tennessee and into Virginia – they won – and played several levels of Angry Birds 2. We made good time; only 3 gas stops and 1 major food stop…we cruised through Woodstock, VA around 7:30 and grabbed gas and supper from Burger King before the last thirty mile push up the interstate and rolled into the driveway around 8:15! I was so happy to be home and especially happy to see my sweet Watson again – and he seemed just as happy to see us, even if he did give us a look or two, ha-ha!

The Peach State!

Home Sweet Home State – so glad to be reunited with Virginia!

Watson was less than impressed with his Dak Prescott jersey…

So – there was my week in a nutshell. So much happened in what seems like such a short time – and now another week that is packed to the brim with things to do has started. I’m so thankful for time with family, even under the grim circumstances; I’m also thankful for sweet memories that I was able to share with family and friends. This week certainly threw a curve ball…but I think I managed to catch it and make a couple good plays, what do you think?

Let’s Do the Time Warp – August

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So – I feel like I sort of started something with this whole Time Warp thing. I suppose since I started something, I should see it through, right? Who am I kidding – I completely love this whole blast from the past thing! Looking back and seeing memories made, what’s not to love?

August 2015

Rosemont + Tea = a splendid afternoon!
Nationals Park – my happy place.
Freedom Fireworks at the Park.
Sunsets in the Shenandoah National Park.
Unexpected visits…
This Year – Oh August, you were a (mostly) good month! The month started off with a delicious and delightful afternoon Tea at Rosemont Manor in Berryville; just 20 minutes (or so) across the valley. A trip to DC and Nationals Park was probably a highlight for me, even with a loss for the Nationals. Exploring the mountainous countryside on the weekends was also fun. The month ended on a sad note as my Mamaw passed away and we closed out the month remembering what a wonderful grandma she was.
August 2014
Watson bonded immediately with our California cousins – he loves his family!
Outside Morven Park in the August heat.
First time to ever go into Ikea – in love immediately!
My little flower lover.
Riding the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Shenandoah County Fair
One Year Ago – It seems like we always like to cram August full…maybe we are trying to get all we can out of Summer while it lasts? Our California cousins came to visit in early August; Watson was in love with them immediately! We spent Sunday afternoon exploring Morven Park, home of VA governor Westmoreland Davis…it was basically one of the most breathtaking houses ever. I went to Ikea for the first time and was hooked from the minute I walked in the door and we rounded out the month with a trip to the Shenandoah County Fair.
August 2013
The movies with McKenna on a summer afternoon!
Being a little too sassy with these sunglasses…

Picking up this hobo from the airport….

Remembering my Pops – always!
Family – the most important thing.
Two Years Ago – A tumultuous month, to be sure. The month started with movie dates and me taking maybe one too many selfies. My families’ life changed forever in August of 2013 as well; my sweet Pops passed away near the end of the month and our family came together to remember what a wonderful Father and Grandfather (among many other things) he had been to us all. 
August 2012

Right on target with little to no practice – amazing!
Someone learned to stick his tongue out…
It rained until it just couldn’t rain anymore….

Three Years Ago – I couldn’t find much from August of 2012; I guess it was just life as usual. Sometimes the day to day of living doesn’t offer much to look back on – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I did learn that I was something of a natural with a bow and arrow; much to my friend’s shock…since he thought he’d take me down with ease.

August 2011
Watson making himself right at home in our new home.
Watching my favorite cheerleader in action!
Putting my artistic skills to good use, ha-ha!
Always adding to my little home!
Four Years Ago – What can I say, I guess I was just enjoying Summer in the South…which in my opinion involves a LOT of indoor activities. I was also just getting settled in to my new home; Watson of course loved getting settled in too! My Mom and I tried our hand at painting (I think we were both pretty good) and I cheered on my favorite cheerleader at one of her first football games! Of course plenty of shopping was done to spruce up my new home!

August 2010

Oblivious to the giant whale about to eat us…
Panama City Beach with Kristen, Lisa & Kayla.
Wasting away again in Margaritaville…
The beautiful beach!
My sweet munchkin!
Five Years Ago – I think it’s obvious what stands out from five years ago…my trip to the beach to celebrate graduating from college! I spent a week in Panama City, Florida with sweet friends from college: Kayla, Kristen and Lisa and we enjoyed eating good food, working on our tans and just having a blast before the “real world” came knocking. Of course I included a picture of Watson, because…hello, have you seen how cute he is?

August 2009

Six Years Ago – I cannot find anything from August of 2009 – not a single picture. It was the start of my last year at USM & I guess I didn’t start documenting things until September, ha-ha!

August 2008

The effects of Hurricane Dolly felt as we wrapped up our time in San Antonio
Always with the Sonic drinks…always.
Seven Years Ago – Back in the day…back when Summer was still a thing that involved being lazy and having nothing to do all day. Those were the days! David and I obviously made Sonic runs on the weekends; he had to have some Peach Tea! My Mom and I started the month of August in San Antonio and it started with a bang; Hurricane Dolly blew through the day before we were set to leave and left everything strewn around and soaked. Whoosh!

August 2007

Dinner at the Cherokee Grill
Waiting on the haunts on our Gatlinburg Ghost Tour
The babbling brook…
Lindsey is so little…she grew up so fast!
Eight Years Ago – We are getting on back in time…Lindsey was looking pretty wee! I also couldn’t find a whole lot from August, eight years ago but I know my Mom, Lindsey and I took a trip to Gatlinburg together before school started for the year. If I had to guess, I’d say the reason Jeffrey wasn’t with us is because he was somewhere overseas….Iraq or Saudi Arabia seem like valid possibilities. So, we Summerlin ladies spent early August soaking up all the beauty (and ghost stories) that the Tennessee Smokies had to offer!

August 2006

Alabama Adventure with the Youth Group – I think I was a chaperon. Eeek!
Sibling pictures – so fantastic!
My cake for my going away party…off to MSU!
Do I look terrified? I was.
Nine Years Ago – Oh my goodness. The number one thing that stands out to me from nine years ago? I spent a semester at Mississippi State and learned a valuable life lesson: don’t feel like you have to go to college somewhere just because you grew up cheering for them. I can honestly say that August through December of 2009 were not my favorite months. I did get to serve as a chaperon for a youth trip for the first time…that’s a little scary too, right? Ha!

August 2005

A bridesmaid for my cousin’s wedding…
Just relaxing after the festivities…
Ten Years Ago – The farther back I go, the less I find! I’m sure that’s not shocking at all, right? My eldest cousin got married in August…ten years ago. I was one of her bridesmaids and so we spent the weekend on the MS Gulf Coast celebrating all things marital. She isn’t celebrating an anniversary this year…but I do remember that weekend fondly since our whole family was together in one place for a whole weekend! 

August 2004

At a West Lauderdale football game with sweet baby Laurel!
Ready to go somewhere – although I have no idea where I was headed…
Eleven Years Ago – First of all…wow, I miss my long hair! Second…how did I ever think I was fat?? I have no clue what I was up to eleven years ago, besides starting my second year of college at MCC. I’m fairly certain I spent all my time studying for school (hehehe – right.), socializing with friends and baby-sitting one of my favorite little people – Laurel. Who by the way…is almost twelve? Oh my gosh, no way!

August 2003

Twelve Years Ago – I’ve got nothing. No clue. I’d just graduated from high school and I was probably living the terrified life of trying to figure out my first semester of college. Ha!

August 2002

The first day of my Senior year – look at that attitude. Yikes!
And to think – I thought I was fat, ha-ha!
Thirteen Years Ago – I was a Senior in high school. Just typing that makes me feel ancient…WOW. I was young and had a whole year ahead of me to make memories and take in all the fun that high school had to offer. I’m sure there was a football game thrown in there for good measure and probably plenty of mischief with my best friend Nickolee, especially since we could leave campus every day at 1:30! Oh the freedom of youth…
And – that’s all she wrote. All I’ve got. I could only make it thirteen years back in time for this one. Perhaps September will prove to be more fruitful? Only time will tell!

In loving memory of the best Mamaw a girl could have. 

Fitness Friday

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I mean – hilarious, right?

Okay – I don’t actually think it’s so bad as that…I wouldn’t be able to hear my thighs cheering me on over the sound of the music I’m normally listening to! I thought it was funny though…

This week has been – chaotic would probably be an understatement and I’ll elaborate on that in a later post. Suffice it to say that I haven’t really had much of an opportunity to walk/jog this week. We’ve been here, there…all over the place and I haven’t had time to do much more than collapse in the bed at the end of the day. Again – that’s another day.
I did decide to try and make up some lost time on Thursday – when I finally had some time on my hands. I struck out (with my Mom in tow) and walked 4 miles! Definitely the farthest I’ve walked since I started this whole “get fit” initiative…maybe the sound of jet engines provided some extra incentive? 

Hey Mom – come catch up! 

So – I’ll be hitting it again hard core once I’m at home again – because yea…I’m not at home. I will say I think I’ve done well with trying to keep the diet/healthier eating in check in the midst of this crazy week. I don’t think I lost ground but I’m looking forward to getting back to my regularly scheduled program on Monday!

Sunset Pictures are My Thing

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I sometimes wonder if I take way too many pictures of the sunset – I mean, I’m scrolling through this post and it’s like every other picture (okay – they’re not THAT frequent) is of a sunset. I mean, being able to witness such amazing sights on a routine basis is pretty fantastic and so I guess I’ll just go ahead and add “Sunset Enthusiast” to the list of my many interests…

I thought once I moved, I’d stop taking so many pictures of this view…but I can’t.
Sometimes putting a Band-Aid on it just makes it that much worse…

If I’m being honest, I don’t even remember a lot happening at the start of last week – which makes me sound like I was on something…I wasn’t. I think Monday and Tuesday were just made up of work and walking and finally watching baseball again (the Nationals were on the West coast all of last week) although some of those games were less worth watching than others. *sigh* I persuaded my Dad to hang a Nationals flag in our front yard in hopes of boosting morale…even if the stadium is an hour away…and they can’t see it. Ha-ha! Maybe it helped some? We won 4 of 6…

Trying to rally the team from our front yard…it’s only sort of working…
Seriously – the sky has been on fire lately!
Watson says “I want you….to put me down…” Ha-ha!

My Mom and I went out to eat on Wednesday night with some women from the Bible study at my parent’s church and when we were home again, Watson and I had a grand time sending Lindsey a picture letting her know how excited we are to come see her in November. Can’t you see Watson’s excitement? I think he’s really saying “you crazy woman – put me down”. Oh well. I also decorated the roof of my car with a patch from Lindsey’s first squadron at pilot training…I’m sure there will be many more patches to come, so Ron will only be lonely for a short while.

I’ve started my patch collection!
Some things are not what they appear to be…

Thursday it rained and poured and was generally a mess – but by the time I got off, it had cooled off and quit raining which made walking a lot less of a chore than usual. I came home and set off pretty quickly and when I got back to the house, I noticed a bright yellow golf ball mere feet from the edge of the front of my car. I naturally thought that there was a golfer of monumentally bad proportion somewhere nearby, picked up the ball and went on about my business…thankful my car was still in one piece. Over dinner later, I showed the picture to my Dad and he said “I found that golf ball earlier and tossed it there as I came in…I figured you’d see it when you got home and bring it in…” So, not only was my car not in danger of being pelted…I’d completely walked right past it as I was coming in. Eagles eyes I am not.

Although – I did manage to spy a speedy little turtle skittering across the road while Watson and I were walking and we stopped long enough to say hi and snap a picture!

A little friend encountered on an evening walk.
Yet again – crazy gorgeous skies!

Friday evening finally arrived – this past week seemed hectic – and my parents and I cruised over to Long Branch Plantation for Limestone and Blues; a music series they are doing right now that involves a BBQ truck, a band on the limestone steps of the plantation house and a front lawn full of soft grass to make yourself at home in and listen to the music. The band playing was called Cash Express and they performed….Johnny Cash songs! The BBQ was good, the weather was absolutely perfect (if not a bit chilly after the sun went down…yes, chilly in August!) and the company (and I don’t just mean Jeff and Ginger) was quite fine too. There was an older couple seated in their lawn chairs in front of us and y’all – that little old man was loving every minute; tapping his hands and feet to every song and singing along. It just warmed my heart and made me smile…granted, the amazing sunset also made me smile too. See – I’m all about those sunsets.

Who gives a hoot on Friday night?
The Cash Express at Long Branch Plantation
The sunset to the right….
The sunset to the back…
The sunset to the left…
Music & starlight on a brisk Friday night…

Saturday was another adventure and I cannot believe I only have three pictures – and not even “good” pictures at that! I was obviously slacking! After a 2 mile walk and a vet visit for Watson, we drove over to Middleburg for the afternoon to get a late lunch at the French Hound and peruse the shops. I got a ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich at the French Hound…and it was as long as my arm! I ate half and was good and full for a while! We found a new favorite shop in Popcorn Monkey and I’m not even a popcorn fan…but this place has turned me around on that – the cornfetti is to die for and the Salted Caramel is also no joke! The stairs in and out of the store are no joke too…since I decided to fall up them like a klutz; which resulted in me immediately jumping up to make sure no one had seen…

No one did – but telling you all on here makes that all kind of null and void, huh? Oh well – suffice it to say, I busted it like a champ and I have some black and blue marks to show for it. My Mom and I rounded out the evening at PaveMint, which is an awesome little taphouse and restaurant in Front Royal that has some seriously delicious food – best burger I’ve had in a long time!

Have you ever gotten a sandwich as long as your arm?
Graceful I am not…
Hey Lindsey – does that number look familiar?

Sunday was all over the place – I braved church on my own; which I’m sure lots of people do all the time but I’m not great at going places on my own. However, I’d visited a church with a friend last week and really enjoyed it, so this week I decided to suck it up and go on my own. It turned out fine – I don’t know what I thought would happen. It’s church, for Heaven’s sake! No pun intended. People were welcoming and nice, the music was great, the sermon was awesome – another good experience…I might be closing in on a winner. The 10 o’clock service was so packed, I had to park in the grass!

What was waiting for me at the bottom on the stairs on Sunday morning.
Church was so busy that I had to park in the grass…behind the building…

We spent Sunday afternoon shopping!!! I mean – mostly I just shopped and my parents tagged along, although my Dad did buy a book! After supper we all went walking and while it wore me out a little bit, it obviously really took a toll on Watson since I discovered him falling asleep, sitting up! I think it’s safe to say that a sign of a weekend well spent is being so tired you can’t hold your head up – so after a quick snack of Cornfetti, I crashed…in preparation for another week of doing it all over again!

You know you’ve had a good weekend when you fall asleep sitting up.
Popcorn Monkey is the BEST!

Sunday Dinner – Cajun Sausage Pasta

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Sunday Dinner…y’all, I looked up and I’d accidentally typed Sunday Sinner and that’s a whole different blog post that I am not even going to touch… So, moving right along…

This wasn’t actually our Sunday dinner (or our lunch)…we didn’t even eat it on Sunday, but it sure was delicious and I’ll be adding it to the recipe box to make again and again.

You only need 5 ingredients…& a skillet…

You Need

-14 ounces turkey sausage
-12 ounces pasta of your choice
-1 pint heavy cream
-1 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Sausage…noodles…heavy cream…Cajun seasoning….Parmesan cheese

You know things were starting to smell good at this point….

What You Need to Do

-Cook the pasta; drain and set aside.
-Cook the sliced sausage over medium heat; about 4-5 minutes until it’s starting to brown. Add in the cream and Cajun seasoning. Mix well. Lower heat and simmer 4-5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
-Remove the sauce from heat, stir in Parmesan cheese.
-Toss pasta with sauce and serve!

Spicing things up!

Now – if that’s not one of the easiest things I’ve ever cooked, I don’t know what is! It’s also crazy delicious and filling. I will admit I’ve never used turkey sausage before and I wasn’t sure how I’d like it but I thought it was absolutely delicious and I think I’ll be using it more frequently from now on. It was so tasty and I’ve heard it’s better for you, ha-ha!

The (delicious) finished product!

I found this recipe on Plain Chicken – and while I sometimes change things up a little bit, I made this one down to the letter. So glad I did, it was great! Until next time, go cook something for Sunday dinner! 

Fitness Friday

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Well…here we are. Another Fitness Friday post and this week, you get a picture! Don’t everyone rush the computer at once or anything, ha-ha! No really – no need to keep scrolling.

Ironic…because I don’t think I’m THAT slow. 

Oh wait – is that not the picture you thought it would be? My bad…we’ll get to that one later. When Sunday rolls around, I’ll have hit two months of consistent walking and modified eating habits. I shared earlier in the week that I went to Old Navy last Saturday and was able to buy jeans in a smaller size. It was SUCH a huge win – and definitely not a moment I thought I’d be having only 7 weeks out.

I may or may not have have busted moves just like that kid below while I was in the dressing room. Okay – honestly they probably weren’t as good as that kid’s…but still, I was dancing around and trying to text people the news and I had like…next to no cell service and I just wanted to tell people that I’d bought blue jeans that were a size smaller…but none of my text message were going through.
So – as promised – and because I’m trying to hold myself to a certain level of transparency here, I do have a picture. Following through with the nature of being transparent, I don’t love this picture. In fact, I’m pretty disappointed with it… I guess mostly because it wasn’t what I thought it would be. I compared my picture from two weeks ago to this one and was really disappointed with how this one looked in comparison.

However, I started to think about it and I reminded myself that things don’t happen overnight. I also thought about the difference that your clothing makes – I went from wearing black pants and a tank two weeks ago to wearing gray patterned pants and a t-shirt this time around. I suppose too; the longer I look at this picture I realize that maybe it doesn’t look as awful as I thought it did when I initially looked at it.

Yes – my shirt has Sherlock Holmes on it.*

This is totally a process – and every picture probably isn’t going to turn out looking amazing and fantastic like I think it is. And hey, that’s alright. I’ll get there. I just have to keep on going, staying committed and persistent and these pictures will get easier to take every week! Right? 

*Talking about transparency – I have on not even the slightest bit of make-up in that picture. And stretch pants. And my hair is a hot mess. I think I win the award for being transparent – not that it’s necessarily an award I want to win. Oh well, whatever!