Taking the Good with the Bad

June 15th

I’m feeling a bit topsy turvy today.

The July issue of Martha Stewart Living is out and it is fabulous. I know you hear me say this often, but this issue is particularly wonderful, with her “best of” entertaining tricks included. I have so many good ideas for parties I want to throw!

I am on the potential blackball list for future crafting swaps because OH MY GOD my Backtack III package still hasn’t arrived to Kerrie and sweet Jesus, I sent the sucker more than a month ago. I am seriously bummed. Worst case scenario — I start over quickly and overnight the sucker to the other side of the pond. I’m hoping this expensive option won’t be needed. Mr. Postman, please deliver already.

Lots of dates with nice boys lately.

Lots of eating out and a growing midsection.

Kacey’s been in town and I’ve been spending gobs of time with my girlfriends and loving every second of it.

She is going home and we are going to miss her.

I finished Dark Star Safari and it is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. If you want a great travel book about Africa, pick this baby up. You won’t be disappointed. I’m giving it five out of five stars, absoloodle. Truly, I earmarked no fewer than 20 pages where I felt like he was speaking directly to me, to my experiences in Africa, to my understanding of travel and the continent. I simply loved this book. Bravo Mr. Theroux!

Father’s Day is this weekend and my papi lives in Texas. This makes me sad on a gut-aching level. We had a family tradition of swimming together in a local meet each Father’s Day. It was loads of fun because the officials are the same happy crew who were around when I was a kid swimming. They fondly remember our family and we always got taunts and laughter when our father/daughter duo took to the blocks. (Especially the year I entered my father as “The Torpedo.” Imagine them calling out this name when he got up to race. Still it gives me giggles!) So, I’m missing my folks. A lot.

I’m going out of town this weekend to escape the heat, staying with some friends in a cabin. I’ve been encouraged to bring nothing more than my hiking boots, sewing machine and knitting needles. They are going to take care of me. I have such thoughtful friends and am a lucky soul.

Glass half full (can it be a wine glass, with shiraz, c’est vous plait?),

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8 Responses

  1. I’m glad your going off with friends this weekend. Bad news about the swap mail!!

  2. I can’t wait to attend one of your parties πŸ˜‰ LOL I’m sorry to hear you won’t get to see your Dad this Father’s Day. Sounds like ya’ll had a good time in past years at the swimming meet. The Torpedo totally cracked me up! πŸ™‚

  3. torpedo? i’m cracking up!

    sorry about missing your folks. living away from family can be so hard.

    have a great cabin retreat! sounds great.

  4. Oh I hope that your package isn’t lost! It can take awhile to go to another country, don’t they know that?

    It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful weekend, in the which case I am very jealous because I haven’t had a friend weekend in far too long. How lucky you are to have good friends to plan such things!! πŸ™‚

  5. If you were going to be in town, I would make you come with me for Father’s Day. I could use the support. πŸ™‚

    I’d be interested in borrowing that book. I’ve got a few I’m ready to loan out if you’re ready for a trade.

  6. Oh no, YOU can’t be black balled!! Hopefully the package will get there soon. International mail makes me very nervous.

  7. Nice to know you’re earmarking, too.

  8. Hi Kelli – don’t worry too much about the back tack package, these things happen! The one I sent to my pal hasn’t arrived yet and neither has the one she sent to her pal. Its all very strange but I’m sure we’ll be OK. I promise to let you know the MINUTE I receive it although I’m in Paris for the rest of this week so wont be back online until Friday.

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