I saw it on her face as soon as I picked her up. That total exhaustion after finishing the first week of school, and for Kiara (my bbbs lil sis), it was her first week of 9th grade, High School! Holy cow the mix of emotions : excitement, terror, thrill and fatigue.
I knew the whole time we ate Saturday that she wanted to hurry back to bed. I was once 14, too. What an amazing feeling, though. Everything is ahead of her. We went to Exlines Pizza, which I think it really outstanding. Actually, it’s my fave in Memphis other than Little Italy ( I think is the name, on Union), I typically prefer a greasy New York Style pizza. Anyhow, she enjoyed it and had more for dinner, whenever she finally got enough sleep to the second week of school. I enjoyed hearing all her stories.
Meanwhile, I’m about to get another cup of coffee. It’s Monday morning. I’ve already done my story searches and filled a couple of minutes playing with white out strips. May your Monday be as thrilling as mine!!
On this Friday I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend alone in Memphis. This is a rare occurrence these days. As much as I’m looking forward to blasting through the latest Vanity Fair and indulging in some of my favorite cold fizzy wine, I’m also thinking about how much fun I had last weekend in Sewanee, TN.
This is where Matt went to undergrad. I may have loved my four years at Ole Miss, but Matt really loved/loves his school. I remember him telling me all about it in one of our first chats – years ago. Finally I had the chance to see why.
Sewanee is beautiful. I actually think the mix of a rustic nature landscape in the East TN mountains and Cambridge style/ locally quarried stone buildings would have inspired me, probably a little more than Ole Miss, no regrets, though. Ole Miss is pristine, just different. Sewanee definitely doesn’t have the square!!
Anyhow, Matt was so excited to show me the campus. Actually he was absolutely giddy as we walked in the library, through his old English classrooms and on walks through the campus trails. They were stunning.
The weekend was all about wishing a beautiful marriage to Matt’s friends William & Martha. His friends put on the sweetest party. Great foods and a beautiful table overlooking the bluff. His friend Miles made these amazing flatbread pizzas with fresh cheese, tomatoes, red onions and olives.
When I first started anchoring mornings, I couldn’t go to sleep early enough to feel good. I was seriously worried I was going to live life feeling perpetually sick and miserable.
If I went to sleep at eight pm that would give me seven hours of sleep. When I started that sounded impossible, though. I was finally crashing at eleven, some nights.
Eventually my body started to adjust, but still, only with reading could I doze off. Still, since I love to read, I’d stay up too late going from page to page then chapter to chapter.
Then came the audiobook. I can say they have saved my health and brought me so much fun. Seriously. I have the audible app on my phone and ipad. It’s amazing.
I look forward to bed time. I get under the covers as early as possible.
The last couple of months I’ve been transported to the Soviet Union. I’ve listened to two books written by Anne Applebaum: Gulag: A History and Iron Curtain – The Crushing of Eastern Europe. As you can imagine they are heavy. I shut my eyes and my imagination flies just like when I read. The books are each around 24 hours.
At first I felt guilty that I was listening and not reading. Not anymore. The end result is the same. I’m transported. I’m fascinated. Learning.
Later today I’m driving a couple of hours to visit Matt. We are meeting in Sewanee, where he went to undergrad. Well, I hate driving. I get so bored. Not this trip. I will pick up right where I left off on my book last night.
I thought to share my experience after reading this article today in the Wall Street Journal. As a heads up : the books aren’t free. I pay a monthly fee, but for me it’s worth it.
I have quite the stash of these mini Bliss products.
Matt and I met up in Atlanta this past weekend and he has the routine down. Since we are long distance we’ve had to to do a lot of travel. He now knows if the hotel has either Bliss, Aveda or Molten Brown, he’s required to ask for a couple more. No hotel employee would ever think a guy like Matt is hoarding product. He’s been a great sport about it.
These above are my favorite. The hotel we stayed at ( I’m not revealing the name to prevent them from black listing me ) not only supplies Bliss shampoo and conditioner, but also the most delicious lemon scented bar soap and lotion, plus the supurb Bliss foaming face wash. I always stare at it in Sephora and refuse to spend that much $$, but ooooh the free ones are so nice with my clairsonic, for those who don’t know about these gadgets, they are the vibrating face devices.
I definitly don’t collect all travel size toiletries. I try to explain that to Matt; he doesn’t believe me. I got it from mom. I can’t help it. It’s only the nice ones I hoard.