Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The New Normal

Tonight we went for  a very last minute date night to Houston's...I had been craving their cheeseburger and so, well...we went for the cheeseburger.

I have no clue why it's sooooo good but it just is.  And the fries with the spicy aioli are the absolute bomb.

But...that late night dinner now has me blogging at 2:45am because I am so full I can't sleep.  

Oh well.


Buddy the Dog is so happy that he has me home all to himself during the day.  I thought he might be lonely but he follows me from room to room and puts his sweet little head on my lap while I'm working and don't tell Daddy this, but he curls up next to me on the couch too.

He's smart though and jumps down when he hears his car.

I won't tell if you won't tell.

Two big events happened yesterday.  I did 5 long, hot, painful, whiney miles on my favorite trail AND my work car hit 33,333 miles.  

The driving part was MUCH easier.  And less sweaty.

Our lime tree is literally losing branches from all the lines that are growing.  I made key lime pie  (two actually) and have been loving my bubbly water with fresh limes in it.

The lemon tree isn't as happy this year and the fig tree produced 5 whole figs, 3 of which the birds ate.  The grapes were prolific and the olives are ready to be picked...I'm going to press them into oil this time around and will probably get a 1/2 cup if I'm lucky.

Gardening isn't for the faint of heart.

I was given a box of HelloFresh meals and they were actually pretty fun to cook and everyone liked them.  This one was the favorite...pork chops in a shallot pan sauce over couscous with an arugula and peach salad.  

I'd definitely do them again during a busy season when we have lots going on...and don't have boys popping in and out for food.   

Speaking of the boys...Brian and his roommates have come home a few times and it's so fun to hear their stories.  He TOTALLY lucked out in the roomie department and I am so happy for him...they are all having a fun time.

I just love boys.  

I also love that my job is still secure because the 'hey mom!' calls keep coming.  The latest is that his phone is broken and he can only facetime us and not make regular calls.  Guess we've gotta get that taken care of at some point but it's fun to see his sweet face when he calls us.


We went to Disneyland last week for an afternoon but don't let this picture fool you.  I was totally stressed about my job and kept breaking out in tears.  That guy that I like so much was hunting Pokemon and I was annoyed and ugh...we were both just totally grumpy and even the happiest place on earth didn't help.

But then we sat in Carthay Circle for an hour or so and slowly we relaxed.  And by the time we got home I had a fever, which explains a lot.

New shirts for my Colorado football loving boys.  I couldn't resist.


Friday night we had a garden party and it was so nice to make a big pot of pasta and just sit in the garden and just 'be'.  The weather, even though hot during the day, has changed and I can feel Fall coming.

I'm ready for all of it.  Meals cooked in the oven.  Sweaters.  Pumpkin candles.

Above: before bed.

Below: the morning.

The clean up fairy lost our address and forgot to come while I was sleeping.


So, my work life has been a challenge lately and I'm just so bummed.  But for now, I think it's all settled and relatively quiet...I'm back to doing what I do and trying to make thigs ok for my team.  I'll be honest, I cry a lot in the shower and my worry level is at an all time high but I know...I KNOW that this is all part of the plan.  That God has his hand in all this and I'm just trusting that it will all work out.  But for reals, it's been really rough.

And so I'm cooking.  And eating.  


And that's that.  It's all good.  The quiet house isn't hard to adjust to...but the strange lack of sporting events is.  For the first time since 1995, there isn't a single Busch boy playing a sport (or an instrument) without a Busch parent in the stands.

Kinda weird.  But kinda not.

It's hard to explain.  



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