january || miscellany

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

most opinions i have heard about the month of january are that people tend to loathe it; the days are long, almost feeling as though half the year resides in them. winter is hard sometimes.  and while most of the time i whole heartedly agree with this sentiment,  january for us has truly passed by in a blink.  well ok, maybe two blinks.

i can divide the month in between two distinct chapters, the first titled --"waiting for puppy" and the next -- "we have a new puppy!? " alternate titles could be, "we've lost our minds, we have two corgis", or " we have the cutest puppy ever!" but more likely "Oh wow, i forgot puppies did this- a memoir."

yes, we got another Corgi.  we truly love them so, our Lucy girl has stolen our hearts completely; and so my husband being the generous, dog loving man he is, surprised me with a puppy for Christmas.  the lack of blog posts this january can directly relate to puppy snuggling and adjusting to a new dog routine, but don't you worry i have made up for it in adorable puppy photos.
evidence below.


a few january things --
+ the first big snow on the first new days of the year.  wow was it a sight to see, 11 inches and blistery tempetures made for a frozen winter wonderland.  -- we balanced our snow days with the right amount of hibernation and fun, as we tend to do.
+ snowy scenes and slippered feet, photos shared between family, even states apart
+ the cleaning out, dusting off, and putting away tasks of january will forever make my heart do flips
+ eucalyptus on the table with candles softly aglow all the while granola baking in the oven, a winter morning of my dreams
+ cherished moments with my Lucy girl, before she became a big sister -- i savored her and even shed a few tears, she will always be my first corgi, my angel dog.
+ all the homemade soups this january, because winter : asain chicken noodle - hearty minestrone - thai coconut chicken- venison stew- the best game day chili - almost perfect homemade ramen
+ running miles and training for spring races to come -- 106 january miles ran.
+ my love for Trader Joes is nothing short of an obsession -- thinking a post on my favorite TJ's things is in order
+ a downright cold morning run on the boardwalk; it was hard and windy but rewarding.  a resolution of sorts, to not put off until "tomorrow" -- treated myself to my favorite breakfast as a reward!
+ a brunch date here and there, margaritas and chips after doctors visits, a glass of wine paired with an epic cheese tray at home, picking up our puppy & petstore shopping to follow, pizza and movies on the couch all the live long day -- january dates.
+ booking our annual trip to Texas and turning the Rodeo into a tradition -- Houston here we come!
+ our little Oliver.  a new puppy for us, a baby brother for Lucy -- we are completely smitten and she loves him more and more each day.  they have become quite the pair already. his puppy ways and perky personality are exciting and certainly keeping us busy, but i'm enjoying it so -- prepping for parenthood, we keep telling ourselves.
+ cozying together on the couch with two dogs in between -- reveling in the joy of the moment, ever thankful for this little life.

another note I want to remember about our January -- committing hard to twenty eighteen and finding the perfect place and doctor to help us in our parenthood journey.  we are headed into February filled with hope and answers, and thats really all i've been wanting, for years.

hello old friend, little blog of mine

Friday, January 12, 2018

Well well well, this feels rusty and nerve racking and all so wonderful all at the same time!  see its still me, I haven't changed much, still over-thinking over-feeling every little thing.

I've missed coming to this space, missed writing, missed sharing, missed diving into the creative parts of me, wherever she may be hiding.  Maybe most of all, I've missed connecting with those of you who read my words or scan our photos.   While I have no particular reason for my brief-ish pause, I still want to offer up some semblance of an explanation.  Last year I was feeling more and more obligated instead of inspired to share or write.  Blogging felt more like a "have-to" instead of a "want-to" and I certainly didn't want to turn this outlet into a chore.  And so after squeaking out a meager twelve posts last year, I unintentionally took a break.  It really wasn't a conscience decision to stop blogging, but more of a whoa its October where has the year gone/I'm not taking many photos/I'm enjoying the pause/who even blogs anymore/where is my computer/who reads this stuff anyways/my life isn't were I thought it would be and so my heart is having a hard time sharing/ time keeps slippin into the future / sort of thing.  ya know?!

But with that said, I am so incredibly happy and inspired to come back to this space and share and write and connect with whomever may read - (hi mom!)  I can think of no better time than the fresh start of a new year to rejoin a world and hobby you love.  And while I'm not sure how often I will be coming to this space; once a month- 10 times a month - five times this year? (my other new year goal, having more grace with myself)  I promise to share and write when I feel inspired and to be unequivocally, authentically me.

Thank you a million times over for your patience, your love and support, your reading eyes and kind hearts -- I've missed you!  & me!