It's been a couple of weeks since I've written anything here, so I'll just jump right in.
Dan and I got home Monday after spending a few days in New Orleans for a family wedding. We stayed in a lovely historic hotel in the French Quarter, ate in some fabulous places, went to a picnic at Audubon Park, took cabs all around the city, and attended the wedding in a lovely old mansion on St Charles Avenue.
Yesterday morning I woke up, put on my favorite yoga pants, an old tee-shirt and some well-worn Sketchers, and felt a bit like Cinderella must have felt the day after the ball. I poured myself a cup of coffee and started on this blog post before taking on the pile of papers on my desk.
The best part of the weekend was getting to meet my step-mother, Carol's, extended family. They are the loveliest, kindest group of people. They are a family that adores one another and there's lots of good natured bantering and story-telling. Dan and I felt so welcomed and embraced by them all. The groom is Carol's oldest son, she also has a daughter and another son, who both have families. Since we all live in different parts of the country, we only see one another occasionally, so it was a nice reunion.
As always, it's good to be home again. After a quick trip to the supermarket and a few necessary chores, I worked yesterday afternoon.
And now, it's already Wednesday, and Thanksgiving is in just two weeks. Two weeks. But first things first. This Saturday, Emily and I are giving Miranda a baby shower. I'm so grateful to my daughter for pushing me to get most of the preparation done before I went to New Orleans.
Each year, I promise myself that I'll keep the holidays a little bit simpler than the year before. At the rate my family is growing, it's even more important to do so, or things will get crazy in a hurry. I've been learning to say 'no' to more things (including myself) and 'yes' to being more intentional about enjoying the simple pleasures. Hopefully, I can keep this going in the weeks ahead.