Today is Friday, and it is the second day in our four-day Fall Break. Yesterday, Keegan and I took a trip to the Halloween store, perused, but didn’t buy anything. I feel like that could be an appropriate metaphor for my interaction with this blog over the past few months. I’ve been online, thinking about posts that I want to do, but I never felt committed to anything. Well, that time has finally passed. I’m sitting at my computer and actually typing something not related to school.
Oh, hi there. It’s been awhile hasn’t it? It’s going to take quite a few blog posts to get caught up, but I have them all planned out in my head, so that’s something, right?
This summer has been insane, and there’s still a month left of it! Never have I ever been so busy. The fact that I haven’t been home to Louisiana since early June has definitely compounded this crazed feeling. On June 11th I flew to NY to visit with friends and family before Keegan and I left for our great European vacation/honeymoon. Today is July 22nd. That’s a long time to be fluttering from house to house through multiple states and countries. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I know that it is an incredible luxury that Keegan and I can afford the time and money to travel so much this summer, and I have to say, much of it is due to the generosity of the friends and family we have stayed with over the past month. However, it would be nice to see my own front door one of these days!
Well, new posts are coming, I promise. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to!
Yesterday I celebrated the one year anniversary of my marriage to my best friend. As cliche as it sounds, this year has really taught us how much we have become LIFE partners. Without getting too sappy, despite this month’s theme “personal”, I’m deeply grateful for the happiness I have been afforded in this life. It is amazing to me how quickly time goes and my participation in this photography challenge over the past 10 months (I missed the first two challenges) has been one of my favorite ways to document the passage of a year.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve already finished my first year of graduate school, that Keegan and I have been married for a year (our anniversary is tomorrow!), and that I’ve been living in Louisiana for nine months. Time is a funny thing, and as I get older, it just seems to speed up with each passing day. I’m trying to really value the moments of my experience, to live in those moments instead of living to far into the future or worrying about the past. That’s part of the reason I started this blog, which, by the way, is also almost a year old now! I’m surprised that I stuck with it, but I suppose the need for me to document my life and feel connected to the world I knew was important and still is. I’m looking forward to continue to document my adventures in the Bayou and the rest of the world on this blog. This summer is quite packed with events from our “honeymoon” (which we will finally celebrate in Venice during a conveniently timed Hemingway conference), to multiple marriages, bridal showers, and bachelorette/bachelor parties. I have a feeling that this summer is going to fly by. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite photos from the past few weeks to give you a peek into what I’ve been up to.
As you’re heating up the barbecue this weekend, take some time to reflect on what it all means.
For some, this weekend feels like the kick-off to the summer season, a much-welcomed three-day mini-vacation spent with family and friends outside (if you’re lucky enough to have nice weather) enjoying each others company. And it is. That’s one of the freedoms our Armed Forces fight to protect. I will avoid getting all preachy on you, but I think it is important EVERYDAY to remind myself how grateful I am for my life, especially on the days when it might not be so easy to have that positive perspective. This weekend, in between the hotdogs and pool parties, put your politics aside and remember the men and women who fought and died protecting the rights many of us take for granted the other 362 days of the year.