For months now, the idea of virtual coffee dates has been making its way around blog land. I thought I would give it a go as a means to update you on what has been going on in my little ol’ ordinary life. And I’m doing so while drinking a cup of coffee.
Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done. Don’t even ask why I waited until midnight to type this post. There is often no rhyme or reason to my madness.
With my current caffeine consumption, sleep will probably be out of the question tonight. By the time this post goes live at 6:00 am I will be in need of another cup of coffee to get me through the morning. So grab yourself one and let’s visit.
Things are finally beginning to settle down. This year has been the busiest year of my life. After the wedding and the arrival of little Hawkins, I took some much needed rest. My calendar is beginning to show signs of a few days with no scheduled activity. A first in quite a long time. With fall knocking at the door, the slower schedule couldn’t be more welcomed.
This is my favorite time of year. Time to hunker down and focus on hearth and home. Plus the idea of sweaters and boots always makes me smile. Add in the bluest of blue skies, colorful leaves and cooler temps and I feel I’ve reached my personal nirvana.
July was a whirlwind of activity. Major life events for both of my children meant overlapping schedules and little to no free time. August ended up being rather busy too. One of the highlights was attending a couple of concerts at the Biltmore Estate.
Last year, my concert going pal, Kim, invited me to my first Biltmore concert to hear Sheryl Crow. This year we chose three concerts to attend together. Sadly, the one I was most excited about was cancelled. ZZ Top. Yeah. That would have been cool. Right? But not to worry. Three Dog Night & 38 Special didn’t disappoint.
Kim, her husband, her daughter and I had a blast singing, clapping and dancing our way through the night. In fact, I must have exhibited some kind of interesting new dance moves ’cause I lost an earring in the process. And most likely embarrassed Kim’s daughter while I was at it. What can I say? I was enjoying myself.
Then there was the Lyle Lovett concert. I’m not sure what they were handing out prior to the concert but each and every person in attendance appeared to have been given some sort of sedative. Nary a hand clapped nor did a head bob throughout the entire concert. It was the most subdued concert crowd I’ve ever witnessed. Made me all the more disappointed that we missed the ZZ Top concert in July. Something tells me the atmosphere would have been enormously different when listening to “Gimme All Your Lovin'” versus “She’s No Lady”. It was Girls’ Night Out for us so in spite of the somber cloud that hung over the crowd, we were sure to make the most of it.
The best part of attending concerts at Biltmore is the beautiful scenery and picnicking on the lawn beforehand. It’s a rather upscale form of tailgating, I suppose.
And with sunsets like this…
you are pretty much guaranteed a good night.
I rounded out my summer by spending Labor Day weekend at Road Atlanta cheering on my boss at the NASA Nationals.
It was my first time at Road Atlanta and I’ve gotta tell ya, I had a blast. It didn’t hurt that we spent Friday night out with the crew and friends. Rachel, my co-worker, and I danced like we are in our 20’s. Of course, Rachel is in her 20’s. Me? I haven’t seen my 20’s in quite some time. But I kept up… for the most part.
Race days were fun. The heat was brutal. But the experience was worth every one of the many moments I felt I was having a heat stroke. Mr. Boss Man came in 4th overall in his division. A great finish for his first Nationals in years.
Next weekend I will be photographing a wedding for a friend. Keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer that my less than stellar skills will surprise us all and capture the special moments. I’m excited…and scared to death!
My first trip to Vancouver is booked. Keri and Keenan have settled in and they are ready for guests. I volunteered to be their first. I will be flying up in October. The temperatures are expected to be mild but it is the beginning of Vancouver’s rainy season. I think that’s all the reason to go shopping for cute wellies and a new rain coat.
Speaking of shopping. I recently fed my shoe addiction. I stumbled on a few sales that were too good to pass up. When I returned home and attempted to add my new loves to my existing shoe collection, I realized my addiction is real. Like embarrassingly real. But I’m good with it. ‘Cause y’all. Shoes. No explanation needed.
One of the many reasons I love fall is the fact fall Saturdays are all about college football. Tomorrow I will be hanging out at Wild Wing watching the Georgia Bulldogs take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. All I can say is “Go Dawgs! Sic ’em! Woof! Woof! Woof!”
That’s about all I have to share tonight. My coffee buzz is dying down and bed is calling my name. Now it’s your turn. Tell me about your summer adventures. Are you as excited as I am for fall’s arrival? Are you a football fan? If so, where do your loyalties lie? Shoes? Are you also an addict? If the answer is yes, maybe we can go to rehab together.
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