Good morning on a beautiful sunny Thursday! I have not been able to say that lately as it has rained almost every day this month, but one positive by-product is that the yard looks great and I spotted my first rose bloom this morning. I am sure it will find its way onto Instagram at some point today. Onto Thoughts ...
Reading: books I have already read. I have been so disappointed by my reading selections this week. There is nothing that I enjoy more than getting lost in a good book but I have not found a story that captured my imagination. So for this week, I will recommend the book of a new author that I interviewed last week, "Fightisms: Using Your Past To Win Your Future." "Fightisms" is an inspirational narrative aimed towards young professionals and I was so impressed by Adyre when we spoke. What she has accomplished and where she is going is truly awesome.
Writing: about vacation destinations, which is off the beaten path for an Army publication, I know. But every once in awhile we branch out and stretch our writing muscle. I also did a preview story on the Panoply Arts Festival, which I am hoping to get to at some point this weekend. I love Panoply and I really love The Indigo Girls!
Feeling: happy because The Engineer is home after two and a half weeks in Hawaii. Yes, you read that correctly -- he has been in Hawaii for most of this month for work.
We all should have been engineering majors. *shakes head at sociology degree* More on that tomorrow! I was able to tag along last time he had to travel to the Aloha State (from the early days when this blog was still called Yoga Gal, I referred to myself in the third person - cringe- and I had not discovered photo editing yet), but this time life called. We made it through fine with the biggest drama being an infestation of ants (seriously, I found thousands of ants in my kitchen but I took care of them), and a barfing incident in our foyer. If those are the worst things that happen, I consider this stint of solo parenting a success.
Experiencing: calendar stress. I have to work this evening and then leave from the event to take Little to a birthday party while The Engineer and Big are at the ballfield. What I want to be experiencing is the Melting Pot with my friends but duty calls. Sometimes being a responsible grownup is lame.