This morning was rough.
Wait, I can’t really say this morning because it all went down at 9:30 pm.
I’d been asleep since 8:30 pm only an hour before.
I woke up. It hurt. My eyes were burning & my mind was confused.
BUT that’s what I’m paid to do now. Wake up when I normally would go to bed and do it day after day WITH a smile on my face because there are MANY people who would love my job, which, I should add, I VERY much do. I only discuss the pain to explain why waking up with a bit of burn and a foggy head felt normal.
I did the dark hallway shuffle to my bathroom. Turned the water on. Undressed. Took care of some personal business while I waited for the water to get hot and took a second to think. As my mind wondered I got a little scared because I didn’t actually remember my crazy loud alarm going off.
I feel a bit of panic. Having already forgotten the time I looked at my phone to check it. Imagine my shock it said, 9:30. OMG I’d overslept. I’d missed the whole freaking morning newscast! Nightmare……….
I looked out my window and realized it was still dark. I know for a fact the sun is coming up right now around 7:10 am.
I turned the shower off. Put my pajamas back on.
Didn’t cuss myself. Just said thank you for the four more hours of sleep I was about to get.
I drove to work this morning giggling.
This was my morning drive song.
We had busy and slow. Sunny and overcast. All over a weekend that was all about going to see Elton John Saturday night, a concert that almost never was.
Can you tell how sweaty we were? Goodness the body heat.
No point in posting a pic of the concert – we were way too high up
I got a station email late friday saying Elton had canceled a concert in Birmingham that night. My boyfriend was in the air – on his way to Memphis as I read it. We each had our list of lifetime favorites we’d stayed up way too late ( 6 pm for me) talking about on the phone like high school kids, though I doubt they are up talking about Elton John these days. We’d probably be better off if they were.
Funny thinking that both our parents saw him in the 70’s
40 years or so later so are we
Apparently he just needed a night to get rid of his stomach bug because we were in the nose bleeds dancing in our seats and shaking our shoulders with thousands of Memphians. I had most wanted to hear Bennie and the Jets. I can’t help it. That slow piano start always makes me feel so jazzy. Matt most wanted to hear some songs off Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. When we’d talked about it, I dismissed his choices thinking Elton would only play the major – major crowd pleasers. It was Matt’s lucky night. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is celebrating 40 years this year and Sir Elton was quite eager to go down memory lane and subsequently down that yellow road. As a music lover it’s beautiful to see someone else as happy to hear songs.
When he started Funeral for a Friend Matt was thrilled! As eager as I was to hear Bennie and the Jets, I ended up most enjoying Philadelphia Freedom. I’ve always liked it but I think it was just the laser stars bouncing around the forum that took me over. As a side note, it was a joy to see the forum packed with such a slice of life across age – interest – race – taste / everyone was happy as could be to see this larger than life figure playing the piano in his red bedazzled tunic that looked to have just arrived from India.
Other than that Matt and I ate good food and enjoyed my porch.
I’ve been getting my yard ready. I’m taking my time. Only planting obvious spring bloomers. It’s so hard to not go crazy at once.
I’ve also been playing with some recipes. This was parmesan chicken and mustard roasted potatoes with a simple arugula salad and lemon dressing. I’m no chef, but I like to eat and play with my pretty kitchen items I’ve been collecting forever. Springtime (almost, at least) makes the prettiest light in the house, doesn’t it.
Spring is all about linens for the Brown ladies
dressing to match the tablecloth
Big thanks to my neighbors Leigh & Donna for letting me cut some branches
Goodness what pretty colors!!!
I waited and waited.
I put it off. I looked again to only wait another year or so.
Finally, I bought a new car. What a pain in the rear that process turned out to be for a first time car buyer. Yuck!
Once I worked through my very strong opinions on cars and what they say about our society (usually negative things), I decided to skip the sky high car note that the Audi ( I really wanted) would have gifted me and the plastic-like ride one of the lower end cars I thought about buying would have provided. I went instead……for a Camry! That was two weeks ago. I’m so happy with my decision. My old car was a 2000.
Enter the tech age, Ms. Brown.
I can talk on the phone through bluetooth. Holy Cow. I can also play music wirelessly from my iphone. Playlist heaven.
Though, for my first out of town drive this past weekend I picked a “book on tape” or in my case “book on itunes”.
This cheesy crime novel about a murder on a movie set got me all the way back from Birmingham yesterday. Matt (my boyfriend) and I met at what was sort of half way between where he lives in Georgia and Memphis.
We stayed at the Ross Bridge Resort there which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. It was perfect for us. We pretended it was our own manor house. Ignored all the other people sitting by the fire and sipped our drinks in pretend privacy. This is Ross Bridge pictured in the distance. We get a serious discount so this will be our home away from home.
Despite the snow flurries most of the south had to endure this weekend, we got out and about a good deal. We even went swimming in the indoor pool. I haven’t done that in forever! The resort is pretty far out from from most of the restaurants we wanted to try, but we still hit up two of the Frank Stitt restaurants we had planned to visit: Bottega and Chez Fon Fon. I just loved sweet French Chez Fon Fon with my glasses of wine and croque-monsieur. We closed down Bottega. See how satisfied??
This car is going to one day be old and worn, but for now it is just perfect. I promise to take good care of it. I bought a special vacuum specifically to keep in the trunk. No debris. No food in car. No parking too close to me like this driver. Almost left a note for her.
Big thanks to my sweet friend who helped me in the car shopping process as I threw down the dealership provided popcorn. One day they even put caramel in it! Can’t wait for my maintenance to be done there.
Also, big thanks to John O’Neil Johnson Toyota in Meridian, MS for helping me so much while I looked. I ended up buying from this guy – James at Wolfchase Toyota. My sweet old jeep in the background.
Still, glad I don’t have to do this again for another 10 years — maybe even more!!! Come through for me Toyota.