Day 47: Well, I feel sheepish

You know I had to include this picture, right?

sheepish genie

best childhood movie ever.

When I was little, Aladdin was my favorite movie, followed by The Lion King at a close second. My sister and I used to watch them over and over, to the point where we’d had every line memorized. I know what you’re thinking, but yes, every single line. We’d even divvy up the characters at the beginning (“I’m Aladdin, you’re Jasmine!”) and quote their lines throughout.

And not just the main characters, either. Everyone. We were easily entertained.

Anyway, the past week of non-posts has left me feeling, well, quite sheepish! I know I’ve been MIA, and had even sat down at the computer this morning to tell you’d modified the challenge, but thought better of it. I had considered no longer keeping track of the days, but just the posts … but the truth is I need to know how many of these 100 days I’ve actually been successful. So, back to the grind and back to showing just how inconsistent of a blogger I can be! 🙂

To catch you up, last weekend two of our very dear friends got married amidst what was quite possibly the worst storm of the summer. We’re talking lightning, torrential downpour and my personal favorite, white-knuckle driving to the church. While I was cursing them the entire drive uptown – Darrell was in the wedding, so I was sailing (literally) up the highway solo – the wedding was beautiful and I was so happy to get to celebrate the day with them. Congrats, B & K!

On Sunday, we officially kicked off the start of an upcoming football season with our fantasy draft.

Yes, I’m in a fantasy football league. Actually, I’m in two this year. And no, I still don’t really know what I’m doing.

Darrell’s parents and good friend Matt joined us in person for the live draft, while the rest of the 10-man league drafted from their homes. Even though I was stuck with the second-to-last spot in the draft order, I managed to pick up a great team; now I just have to wait until Sunday to begin total domination. Did I mention my week one opponent is Darrell?

Monday (Labor day – hooray for long weekends!), we held our second fantasy draft, which also went pretty well. Somehow I managed to be dead last in that draft order, but I’m confident this is one of those tortoise & hare situations.

In either case, I’m so excited it’s football season. Just like how baseball season in April rings in the first days of summer, football always sends my mind into thoughts of fall. I love nearly every season in the Cincinnati area (come on, who likes winter?), but I think what I love most is the change from one to another. The first warm day of spring wakes you up, leaves you feeling hopeful for a bright year ahead, summer gives you late nights to soak up more of the day, and fall … well fall has to be my favorite. Sure you could say it’s just a precursor to winter, but I love the way things seem to slow down in the fall. Our summers are always filled with so many places to go and things to do that there are times where all I want is to take a break. In the fall, something magical happens, and I don’t just mean that the mosquitoes go away. The weather gets actually enjoyable again (summers here can be ridiculous) and the obligation list gets shorter, allowing us to linger a little longer with family and friends instead of hopping off to the next stop.

Plus, the fact that Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, is in the fall doesn’t hurt either. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now, I’m just going to enjoy the fact that it’s a gorgeous Friday, we have nowhere we have to be this weekend, and I’m looking good to beat Darrell handily in BOTH of our leagues.

Hey, I can’t be all sunshine and roses. Someone’s gotta win, right? Might as well be me.

Wish me luck!

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Day 39: Old habits die hard

Man. After 38 days of (in)consistent posts, you’d think I’d realize writing at the end of the evening is a bad idea.

Yet here I am, day 39 at nearly 11 p.m., sitting at my desk.

Today of all days, however, was actually pretty busy, meeting with clients and working through a few projects. Nothing like a productive day to reinvigorate your efforts!

When Darrell got home for work, we headed out to meet my family for dinner to celebrate my mom’s birthday, which was on Tuesday. If there’s math you want, you’ll have to do it yourself, because I’m a lady (or something like that) and I’m not about to divulge her age. But she’s awesome, and it was her birthday, and that’s all you need to know. 🙂

Short but sweet, and that’s all I have for today, I’m afraid. Tomorrow, Darrell and I will get wrapped up in full wedding mode, as he’s a groomsman in our friends Brandon & Kiersten’s wedding. I’m looking forward to a good couple of nights out with our friends as we get to watch our friends get hitched!

 

Day 36: A blitz of a weekend

Holy Moses. I started writing this post two days ago … and it was way late then! Now here it is, Wednesday, and it’s been basically a week since I wrote last!

OK, I’ll admit it: I have a tendency to over book weekends.

But when my great friend Amanda told me her bachelorette party was the same weekend as the Green Bay Packers game up in Wisconsin, I knew I’d have to figure out a way to go to both.

And figure it out I did.

I should explain the radio silence, too. I have to admit, as much as I tried to write every day, I didn’t exactly want to shout from the rooftops, “Hey, we’re not home! Our house is empty!” So, I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for not writing the days we were gone. Going forward, I’ll do my best to try and line up posts that aren’t date-specific, that way I can continue to post even if I’m not here (you know, like magic).

I guess that only explains the missing weekend, though. Unfortunately, when we we actually got back to our regular lives, my sleep-deprived brain wanted nothing to do with creativity. But now I’m back up and at ’em, so it’s full-steam ahead!

Anyway, Thursday night we drove up to Muncie to meet up with Darrell’s parents, who drive the rest of the way to Green Bay. Did I mention they’re all crazy Packer fans? They’re all crazy Packer fans.

Lambeau Field

Packed house, per usual

Friday morning, the six of us (Me, Darrell, his brother Derek and sister-in-law Kylee, along with parents Pam & Larry) all embarked on the trip up to Green Bay. The Friday night game was almost perfect – the weather was great and the timing worked for my weekend – unfortunately, they didn’t win.

Saturday, the family dropped me off in Indy on the way home, where I met up with my friends for Amanda’s bachelorette party. This gorgeous lady is getting married!

Amanda

We keep it classy, all the time

Dinner, drinks and dancing – and we were still back at the hotel by midnight! Wild and crazy, I tell ya. In fact, we even bumped into a college friend who was waiting in line at the bar we were leaving … maybe I’m getting old, but I just can’t stay out late like I used to anymore!

After packing back up and heading to breakfast on Sunday, it was time to finally get home. As fun as it was, a four-state, dual destination weekend was more than enough for me!

That is, for now, anyway;  we’re just getting started full-swing into wedding season. With Amanda’s bachelorette last weekend, a wedding of two good friends this weekend and three more on the calendar, we have quite a bit of celebrating on our hands!

Congrats, Amanda – can’t wait to help you celebrate in October!