1. A really good weekend. We headed up to Nebraska to see my boyfriend's sister perform with her country band. I wasn't really sure what to expect, and neither he nor I are really country music fans, but it was amazing! Emily is a fantastic singer and can play the guitar and keyboard as well. And while there was a lot of country music that we didn't recognize, there was also a fair bit of Eagles, some older country songs that we knew from somewhere, a Jimmy Buffett (of course), and even Billy Joel's "Piano Man." It was so cool to sit and watch Emily perform, and it was great to see the rest of the family. We also got to spend some time with his mom, fixed a couple of things around her place, took her out to eat, and made sure everything was okay on her end. And it's good to just get out of town every once in a while, to reset your perspective and catch your breath. And even better, when we got back home, the cat seemed to forgive us fairly quickly, which he does not always do. It was a good 3 days, and I feel like I"m in a better head space to deal with the coming week.
2. Maybe it's the fact that the Fourth of July has passed us, or maybe it's all the sales on school supplies, but I'm feeling like fall is coming. It certainly doesn't feel like it outside (although today the high was merely in the low 90s), but I can feel it. I can feel it coming. Cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, school buses back on the roads, and people counting down to Christmas. I'm not really looking forward to that last thing, but there are lots of aspects of fall that I love. And it makes me think that we'll survive the heat of summer.
3. I say that life is good a lot. Sometimes it's a reminder to myself. Sometimes it's a wish for a better day. Sometimes it's a mantra to center myself and try to see the best in a situation. I'm not sure exactly what's happened this summer, but I feel like my perspective has shifted a little. Life really is good these days, and it feels good too. A lot of my anxiety has melted away. Things are okay. They're not perfect. But they're good. We're healthy. We can pay all our bills. We have love in our lives. I feel lucky. I feel blessed. And I am happy.
*what is making me happy this week