2014 started out pretty slow for us around here. Our New Year's Eve plans didn't involve any wild parties or even watching the ball drop, if we're being honest. The mister played video games and I read British history books all evening. We did manage to stay awake until midnight, welcome the new year with a kiss, and have a few sips of champagne before we wearily dragged ourselves into bed (at roughtly 12:10). I swear, we're 80 under our 20-something-year-old exteriors.
New Year's Day I celebrated a little bit more--with some Hurts Donuts and a very long, very candle-and-champagne reinforced bubble bath. Sometimes I really have to force myself to slow down and relax. I usually have about a million different projects going at once, and I always feel the need to be working on something. Wednesday, though, I left the laundry in the hamper, the dishes in the sink, and the Project Life stuff disorganized (and also the blog posts unwritten, as you may have noticed. No regrets!) and just existed for a little while. Okay, I may have read a bit, too, but that could hardly count as being productive.
Friday I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Layne, another Springfield blogger, and chatting over coffee for a couple hours. We may have ended up venturing to a couple thrift stores, too.......maybe. (Layne blogs at The Room Journal, a wonderful DIY home design blog that is genuinely one of my favorite reads. Definitely check her out if you have an extra few minutes. She recently painted the floors in her bedroom white, and I'm obsessed with them!) As we were talking, I kept thinking of a C.S. Lewis quote I had seen: “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: 'What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .'” We definitely had more than a couple "You too?" moments during our conversation, and I see many more thrifting adventures in our future. So grateful for new friendships!
Probably because I caught the thrifting bug the day before, Tyler and I ended up at Relics on Saturday. We browsed around a bit, but ended up leaving before we got through the whole place (blasphemy, I know, but it's HUGE). We had spent the morning battling the crowds to get some essentials before the big winter storm that came through Sunday (because concealer and a kitchen utensil container totally count as essentials, right?), so I was a bit worn out. I'm glad we braved the crowds, though, because we got more than a little bit of snow and our roads are horrible, even today. I watched an interview with someone at the Dept of Transportation who said that it could be Tuesday before they make any headway on the roads at all because the temperatures are rendering the salt & chemicals useless. How to people in northern states survive? We have a -25 windchill, too, so if I'm being honest, I'm a little relieved that my clients cancelled and our afternoon program closed today. Even if I have to use the last of my vacation hours, I'm taking a snow day. I just hope winter calms down for a while! Or we could just fast-forward to spring, and I'd be okay with that, too.