Hey strangers! Welcome back!

It’s been way too long since we’ve seen each other – and I am sorry about that. Part of the problem was technical difficulties (which I am sure will still take me awhile to get fully fixed — maybe it’s a sign that it’s time for a redesign?), but the bulk of the problem was me. These past few months have been so difficult and so stressful that I didn’t feel positive inside about much…and I didn’t want to inflict that on you. So I stayed quiet, and retreated inside my mind. I’ve spent a lot of time at home, hanging and cuddling with my Wee Muppet. I’ve made significant headway in getting caught up on all of my favorite TV shows on Netflix and Hulu. I’ve embarked on a massive Kondo-style (almost) decluttering of my home (she is totally right about that shit being liberating, btw….but what a nightmare of a process) – while not finished, I’ve made significant progress this summer. I’ve applied for dozens of new jobs – and, while I’ve not had any great results yet, I am trying to be optimistic…as it only takes one person to hire you and change the course of your life. Happy thoughts, friends…happy thoughts. πŸ™‚

How have you spent your vacation, mes amis? I hope that you’ve found wonderful ways to soothe your soul – whether it’s through travel or fun and relaxing staycations. We haven’t ventured far this summer, as we are heading home to Canada later this week for a family wedding – yaa! I’m unreasonably excited about the voyage to the homeland, even if I will only be there for the weekend. Since we had this trip coming up, we didn’t do much for travel this summer other than a quick overnight to Houston, a couple of day trips to Austin, and a visit to the lake about an hour away. Hopefully we will find time to head back to the coast before school begins at the end of August – I always enjoy my trips there so much. I can’t remember if I told you this or not, but back in late April, I decided on a whim to make a quick day trip to Port Aransas/Corpus Christi area…that turned into one of the most fun adventures! We found a new restaurant / hole-in-the-wall with AMAZING food on the island, had a beautiful drive, took a ferry ride (and saw dolphins!!!), and ended up spontaneously deciding to stay overnight in Corpus! Despite the fact that I had no change of clothes other than the random t-shirts in my car, a great time was had by all — especially me. Happiness is heading out on an adventure, with nothing more than a cooler full of ice and Eastciders Blood Orange Cider (heaven, if you are interested in knowing what that tastes like). Happiness. πŸ™‚

I guess I will sign off for now, but I promise to be back super-soon. We will get back to talking about the lovely things in the world around us – something that seems more important now than ever before, don’t you think?



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