Happy belated Easter! Hope everyone had a great & relaxing weekend. Friday evening I spent 3-1/2 hours grocery shopping (we had no food left in the house, y’all. It was that or make an Australian Shepherd burrito). Have you ever spent 3-1/2 hours grocery shopping the Friday before Easter? Do yourself a favor and DON’T. I was nearly mauled by a woman pushing a shopping cart heaped full of bananas. Yeah, just bananas. Either she has a potassium deficiency or she was making the world’s largest banana pudding.
Saturday I spent the day painting faces at an Easter day camp, & Saturday night we went bowling with 2 of our friends. I hadn’t been bowling in YEARS and I am not proud of my score; my husband however showed his true colors & bowled a 175 (his true colors being he’s amazing at all sports and oh yeah, cannot lose at anything, EVER). Corlene bowled really well too, which sort of blew us away. In the first place, she had been opposed to going bowling, and had claimed to be bad at it… and yet she kept getting strikes & spares. Something wasn’t adding up. Then we figured out there’s a different kind of bowling in Canada & it’s way harder (something about 5 pins & a smaller ball), so she’s basically been trained to bowl under much harder circumstances. Give her a regular size ball and throw 5 more pins down & she’s a bowling Olympian. Later that night she & I watched Steel Magnolias for the nine millionth time, and spent the rest of the weekend quoting it (“Clairee! Are you high?!,” “He is a boil on the butt of humanity,” etc). Sunday morning we went to church, & Sunday afternoon we did NOTHING which was the best part of the whole weekend. For dinner we made salmon & rice & for dessert I made chocolate-covered strawberries. Overall, a wonderful weekend, I just wish there was more of it. Totally not ready to face this week.
Some new things have happened since I last posted. I have new hair:
I went much much blonder, got my layers redone, & had her cut chunkier bangs. I had meant to have side-swept bangs, per usual, but since she went a little shorter with them, I discovered I can also wear them straight across, which I love look-wise but somehow always feel like something is tickling my eyebrows. So far I’ve only worn them like this once, but we’ll see how it goes.
And I’m almost done with the Shred (Wednesday is my LAST DAY!).
Note: Jen has the BEST handwriting! It’s worth ordering something just to see it! There are few things as wonderful as lovely penmanship. Or maybe that’s just the English major/nerd in me.
Sunday morning, an amazing woman at church (who was wearing the cutest necklace/headband) came up to me & said “I read your blog & I want to give you my barely used KitchenAid mixer.” Um, EXCUSE ME? I kind of started hyperventilating. It’s been on my list of things I want for FOREVER, & to tell you the truth I haven’t been able to stop talking about it since she told me. I guess this whole blog thing is really starting to pay off. Oh look, good things can come from being absolutely crazy & writing about it on the internet. Anyway, hi Stephanie! Thanks for being so generous & making my year (!!!).
Michael has chosen a school (well, we’re 99.99% sure), & I don’t want to say where exactly, but we will be STAYING IN TEXAS (hallelujah)… we’ll just be going East. Way East. We’ll be living in a small town & to be perfectly honest, I was terrified to begin with. I was all I CAN’T LIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Then I remembered: Um, Lauren, you grew up in The Middle of Nowhere, and when you were 13 your parents moved you out even MORE to the Middle of Nowhere, and when you were 18 you went away for a year to a town that had maybe 12 people living in it, and then you went to college in a town where people go to Wal-Mart for fun because there’s nothing better to do. So yeah, I should be used to it by now. I’m really a country girl at heart, & now that we’re moving forward with this decision, I’m actually getting excited about living in a small town & doing small-town things. And of course, blogging about it, while sitting on my back porch (assuming/hoping I have a back porch) & sipping sweet tea.
After all, sweet tea is “the house wine of the South!”