It was about as Fall as it gets in Southeast Texas this weekend. But that made for perfect weather for cleaning out a packed attic! But I managed to squeeze in a few antique shops and shockingly held off from purchasing that little gem of a typewritter. (Only because it was over-priced!)
After being away for the night, I came home Saturday evening to a little backyard magic. I have the best husband, really. We enjoyed grilling and eating outside under some twinkle lights. And we the hubs also tried a dessert recipe in our saladmaster electric skillet and although I did not think it was as tasty as mypeach cobbler — it sure went down easy.
On Sunday afternoon we decided to go for a little bike ride so I could put up more flyers for my writing studio, but alas, our efforts were thwarted as the new gears we just put on our (clearly old) bikes decided to quit. Luckily we were just a mile from home, so our bike ride turned into a nice walk.
I’ve got two writing workshops and a photoshoot coming up this week….and looking forward to it. I’m so grateful for my life!
We headed up to my Aunt’s house to help her pack and deal with moving out of a house you’ve been in for 30 years. We also enjoyed our first cool snap of the season and lounged with the windows open all evening. This is my kind of weather and makes me happy for the week to come. October, I’m glad you’re here!
Secretly slipped away among the swaying palms on the beach is the simply sublime Samana spa. It’s not near the beach, it’s on the beach. And a couples massage was the perfect way to relax after a hard day of snorkeling and lounging under a cabana.
As if that wasn’t enough pampering, we enjoyed a “romantic dinner for two” on the beach. I was so surprised that it didn’t feel cheesy, but indeed romantic. When Brad talks about that night, he often recounts how perfectly satisfied all five senses were. The weather was perfect: warm with a slight breeze; everything smelled delicious, but not overpowering; clearly our eyes were treated to twinkle lights, moonlight shadows, and a feast for a king; our taste-buds enjoyed the most delicious and fresh four-course meal; and our soundtrack the lulling ocean waves. It really was quite unbelievable.
Our private champagne-clad cabana felt genuine and special and I had to let my cynical self go and enjoy every minute of it…which didn’t take long. After sitting and sipping our champagne, we started with oysters and then onto beef carpaccio. We each chose fish for our main course and a locally caught selection cooked up nicely. And for dessert we had fresh fruit with the best Dominican chocolate fondue. I thought we would have to roll our way back into our room.
I can’t believe that today is the first day of the “real world.” It has been quite an exciting four+ weeks and I’m bursting with creative energy and a desire for routine again. (Granted my routine of wake up, eat, lay on the beach, nap, eat, lay on the beach, eat, sleep, repeat…. was a pretty good routine!) I’m sure I’ll still be processing it all for while, but I cannot explain how wonderful it has been to have a bit of a sabbatical. I feel refreshed and energized to tackle what’s coming next. And I have some exciting things on the horizon — personally and vocationally. I’m full of fear and anticipation as we settle into our *somewhat* new life together.
One of the biggest highlights of our time off was that we celebrated our 9-year anniversary. Gosh, that makes me feel so old. But I also realize that I was just a baby when we got married (26!). As is tradition around here, we did another photo-shoot. This one just so happened to be in The Dominican Republic where we were having a good rest. In years past we’ve taken lots of photos and made a bit of a montage, but this year, a single photo summed it up. Sitting under that cabana for 9 days… reading, drawing, painting, thinking, staring at the ocean…. was beyond perfect. And it feels like it’s just where were are in our relationship too: deep, deep peace. We know we are at the right place a the right time.
So in the next few weeks, I hope to return to a regular blogging schedule again as this platforms provides some sort of outlet that I still (after 5 years) can’t quite put my finger on. I hope to share more about the places we’ve visited (including The D.R.), books I’ve read, our updated and newly re-arranged apartment, and new business ventures. Although B mentioned that he felt like it was the middle or end of summer already since we were just on vacation, I actually feel like we are just starting summer… and the rest of our lives.
My life is full of change right now. When I stumbled across the image above, I identified with it. Here is a little homemade green house with lots happening on the inside, and it looks like it’s kind of messy. But good things are happening in there.
I don’t know why I feel compelled to explain my absence from this space in the coming weeks; but maybe it’s for the record. I’ll look back and wonder… why did I back off of regular posting for a while? Well, to answer my future self’s question here’s why:
Graduation is upon us… family and friends are headed our way; I’m moving to Houston full-time in two weeks; therefore, I’m in the process of wrapping up my final two weeks at a job that I love and has been the perfect solution to our time while B was in school; I’m planning a vacation (and having a subsequent meltdown about said vacation); I’m starting my own business soon; I leave in two weeks for certification for said business; oh, and it’ll be the first time the hubs and I have lived together full-time (just the two of us) in nearly 4 years!
It’s a lot to process and to take in… and I’d like to be present for it. So… something’s got to give… and this space may be it. I may just post pictures… or just words… I’m not sure. But I know that by June 16, my life should be back to “normal,” albeit, completely new.
Well since I’m in the business of sharing good news, I thought I would finally share some of the Brooklyn wedding we attended just two weeks ago (really, ‘cuz it’s feeling more like a year ago!). We had a wonderful rehersal lunch at Lodge. Brad was pumped that he could order breakfast at 3 in the afternoon and I was glad they had an ice cream brownie! Seriously though, the food was delicious and the place was full of panache. The wedding itself was at a very unique venue called reBar. There was a bridal suite with plenty of room to chill before the ceremony; the food was delish, and it quickly converted into a great dance space. All three are important priorities.
Right after the ceremony we walked a few blocks to snap some photos under the Manhattan Bridge and then onto a little park with the best view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. You might not know it from the photos but we were FREEZING. It was a beautiful, sunny 48degrees!!! But yeowzer, my little dress did NOT provide any warmth…. but I sure like it. That little pink number is a dress that B picked out for me all by himself whilst traveling across Europe last summer! He’s the best…
He did it!!!!! The hubs has completed his FINAL architectural project for school! Graduation is a mere 18 days away and a bit of a formality at this point….because it’s over!
Someone was so kind as to snap a photo of him in action. Brad said that this was his best final jury. (Mind you that doesn’t mean it was a great review… it was just better than the last two years’!) But he said that it felt good to go out on a high note, because there was no redeeming this project once it was complete. Maybe I should finally post one of his projects in this space. For now he is celebrating by getting up and going to a paying job and not school! A great day indeed…
Packed! We didn’t stop from Thursday evening until early this morning. And because of a cold snap that came through, waking up to an apartment that was 62 degrees was not conducive to an expedient morning routine this morning! The hubs is in I’m-finishing-my-thesis-in-30-days-crisis mode, but he still managed to squeeze in some time for me. Part of that included spending four hours Friday night (starting at 9pm!) rearranging our place. After we moved it all, I concluded that we had already found the best possible solution… so we moved it all back! Ugh-o.
We gabbed with my sis over brunch on Saturday and then stayed indoors due to the gloomy-ish weather. But not for long. We were invited to take a dinner break for some free BBQ (and really, who can pass that up?!) and then B returned to staring at his computer screen for another 8 hours while I did who knows what. (Read, surfed the interwebs, enjoyed staring at my clean house… you know, the usual.)
Then on Sunday we had a beautiful Palm Sunday service then shared lunch with some friends. And since I could again only see the top of B’s head and hear the faint “click, click, click” of his mouse, I treated myself to a little photo-walk in my neighborhood. The sky was clear and cool by Sunday evening and so decided to think/act like a tourist and practice my picture taking. I still need to sort through those, edit, etc., but I’m sure they’ll turn up here soon.
Another wonderful weekend for the books….
saturday brunch || amazing azaleas || somebody got a haircut!
We celebrated Brad’s birthday early this year and fortunately for us we chose well. Branch Water Tavern has made it to the top of a very short list of our favorite restaurants. It was hands down the best roast chicken I’ve ever had and he ordered the bacon-wrapped shrimp over cheese grits. To our surprise this also included a poached egg and wilted spinach — yum! But I think the best part was the most O-MAZING cornbread with fresno pepper jelly — we couldn’t resist bringing some home to enjoy again the next day. That cornbread was a little bit of heaven as its consistency was that of a fluffy biscuit. And paired with that jelly…. oh dear…. it was the perfect blend of warm spice and sweet jam simultaneously exploding in my mouth. Perfection! Everything else on the menu looked amazing too…including their 10+ page wine and spirits list. We will definitely have to find another excuse to celebrate to justify a quick return!
I am so grateful for so much in my life…but most especially for that tall drink of water I call a husband!