Thank you for all your kind and understanding comments on my last post. I spent the weekend on a much-needed break from most of the internet and felt ready to engage – at least a bit! – in things again this morning. For the first week in a LONG time, I have lots of empty space on my calendar and a few projects that will require me to dig in and get something done. It feels sort of ‘on brand’ for me, and I can’t even tell you how good that feels. One of the things I was looking forward to was getting back to this space (and visiting y’all) and when I read Elise’s latest newsletter this morning, I thought it would be the perfect way to start. She closed the letter with these words:
my husband Paul [who is currently deployed – they just passed the six-month mark and he’s supposed to be home before Christmas] sent me an email with things he is looking forward to when he gets home. It’s a long list of small good stuff like…roasting coffee and meeting the chickens and making mac & cheese for the girls. It simultaneously makes my heart ache and inspires me. I don’t know what goal-setting looks like for the rest of 2020. I don’t know what goal-setting will look like in 2021. I don’t know how to “plan” for this timeline we are in. But I do believe that a long list of small good stuff is where we start.
I love a good list, and it’s been such a nice distraction today to think about small good stuff from right now.
To set the stage – three of our favorite guys spent the weekend away on a fishing trip and Katie invited me over for a girls night on Saturday.
ONE: seeing those three, so obviously having such a great time, makes it much easier to enjoy our time!
TWO: linen placemats, napkins, silverware, and conversation.
THREE: we cooked four things from Alison Roman’s nothing fancy. Of course I have NO photos that show what we actually ate, but it was 100% things that I haven’t had since March 15 when I started sharing all my meals with Marc. (The Dip, beans, peas, burrata, and chocolate cookies for dessert. and almost two bottles of wine.) It was delicious. and just what I needed.
FOUR: a five mile walk Sunday morning through the neighborhood and near-neighborhoods where Katie lives. I’ve been dreaming about moving someplace different to get away from All This. and our walk – and the accompanying conversation – made me realize what I might be craving is more community, with a more diverse character (Katie lives in Atlanta).
FIVE: later Sunday morning, I enjoyed a very informative discussion on Zoom with church (and yikes, this morning we encountered our first YouTube copyright – as soon as it’s resolved I’ll share the recording link – because y’all – it was such a great learning opportunity!)
SIX: the mere-et-filles meetup* on Zoom was yesterday afternoon and we wrapped up our discussion about James McBride’s Song Yet Sung. much food for thought, and I’m so grateful for the community opportunity All This has created!
and now we’re to today.
SEVEN: I can get my toes back into the photo, thanks to a self-painted pedicure last weekend for Jill’s wedding. OPI’s Cajun Shrimp!
EIGHT: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. finally. I can’t imagine how/why this book escaped me for so long, but I’m happy to be reading it now. This version is narrated by Kate Burton and she does the whole NYC/Brooklyn accents perfectly.
TEN: Holly. by my side.
Of course the gist of Elise’s list was about looking forward, and maybe – just maybe?! – I’ll be ready to do that if I can just get a few good days under my belt this week.
Here’s to another Monday. Be well.
*if you’d like to join us, you’re more than welcome! just let me know in the comments and I’ll send you the link. We meet up Sundays from 1:00-2:30pm ET.