Sleepless nights, Jamberry, old shoes & the zoo – Looking Back, Looking Ahead #8
(I’m still catching up on Looking Back, Looking Ahead so here’s another back-dated post for you.)
I’ve gotta say, Monday (the 11th) was a hard day for me, for reasons I’m not entirely prepared to go into here on the blog, but I will share eventually when the time is right. I read something that shook me to my core and I’ve been working on processing it since then. Have you ever experienced something that felt like a definitive line in the sand for you? Something where you knew you couldn’t go back to how life was before? That’s how Monday was for me. I can’t un-know what I now know, and I can’t erase the images from my mind, so now I move forward and try to sort through what it means.
So the entire week was colored by that experience, which left me feeling a bit sad. I didn’t sleep very much and most nights I sat on our porch after everyone was asleep, until 2 or 3am, just writing and thinking. During the day, we went about our lives as normal but I had this nagging in the background, where it felt like every.single.thing I was doing was completely worthless. As I’m writing this, two weeks have passed and that feeling has faded (as I knew it would) but, still. There’s that nagging.
I don’t want this post to be a downer and, anyway, as I said I’m not totally ready to share my thoughts on this thing that happened. So, instead, I’ll share what we did the second week of August because a bit of normalcy helps when you’re working through something.
One of my friends started selling Jamberry so I have been trying them out and they’re a lot more fun than I thought they would be. They’re also fairly affordable, considering they last on your nails for at least two weeks. If you’re the kind of girl that polishes her nails herself, they don’t necessarily save you money, though…but if you’re the type of girl who regularly goes to get manicures, then yes, it will save you money.
In September, I’m partnering with my friend to do a Jamberry giveaway which I am really excited about so stay tuned for more information about that!
I’ve had these shoes from Anthropologie for at least seven years. And I’ve worn them maybe five times, which explains why they still look brand new. I went up to work on Wednesday (I’m down to one day a month at the construction company until they find a replacement for me) and decided to break these out. I’m not really a shoe girl, but I do love these shoes.
On Friday, I decided to shake myself out of my funk and Ezra and I headed out to visit the zoo. We packed a picnic lunch and had a great time. My little guy is so into animals. Farm animals – specifically, any kind of cattle – are definitely his favorites but wild animals are up on the list, too. We had to check out the elephants, the giraffes, the cheetahs, lions, tigers, bears (oh my!)…a few statues… you name it, we probably saw it. We even saw a squirrel foraging for food from the trash. It was a well-rounded experience.
The weekend was fairly low key, with the only big plan being a game night hosted by one of our neighbors. We met quite a few of their friends and brought some macaroni & cheese bites to share (these are the same ones I made for Ezra’s birthday party). We all had a great time and Ezra was pretty bummed when it was time to go home.
And that about wraps up August 11th-17th. I told you it was a light week. Just one more week to catch up on and then Looking Back, Looking Ahead will be current again – yahoo! Thanks for reading 🙂