It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and that always makes me feel weird about posting again. Shouldn’t I explain a very sold excuse about why I haven’t posted and shouldn't it also be a post so great that I had to rush off and write it? Well no of course not, but I get hung up sometimes. I’ve learned over the years the best way to get back into is to just jump.
April is almost over and I couldn’t be more glad. April is my most crazy month. There are the car tags to renew because I always forget to do it in march and there are taxes. The 3 people I spend most my time with, Hannah, Danny & Alan, all have their birthdays within 4 days of each other, and this year Easter happened in the middle of those 4 days. This year we also fixed up a not so great car for Hannah, dealt with way too much medical paperwork and helped a little while my mom and Hannah sold their wares at a local Earth Day festival. Is that it? I don’t know, but add those to life’s regular details and it was more than enough.
This is my family. I love that we're all girls.
There were two boys there, but they married in.
Oh, I also slammed my 4 month old, amazing phone in the door of Hannah’s new car. It wasn't just a shattered screen, the whole body of the phone was bent. That was bad. I switched back to a Galaxy 4 for most of the month until I got desperate and found a place that could fix it for me. They replaced the screen and the housing and it's as good as new. (ubreakifix in Wichita. They were amazing, so ask me about them if you need some personal electronics fixed.)
Here’s a before and after picture.
And I lost a necessary piece of my Instant Pot (a magical pressure cooker). I couldn't even remember how to cook without that thing. It was a rough month.
The biggest news though was that Hannah finally got her driver's license. Seriously. After 8 years (wow) of trying to stay seizure free and work through a ridiculous amount of red tape and doctor visits, that girl can drive. Wherever, whenever. It's amazing. It changes both of our lives in such positive and profound way. I could not be happier for her.
Facebook keeps reminding me that a year ago today I was on my first cruise. And 3 years ago this week we were at Disney World. And 7 years ago I was in NYC. Somehow I missed the memo that I was meant to be on vacation this week. Dang. There are so many places I want to go. Maybe next year I'll remember and plan a vacation at the end of April to reward myself for making it through the month. And through the winter.
Spring is here. Right now it's chilly, and this weekend it will be rain for days with highs in the 50s. But it's inevitable - warmth and sunshine are just around the corner. Our winter wasn't bad this year but man I'm ready for less bundling up and more sitting outside. Summer, FTW. Always.
So there's my month. I am planning to be a total hermit in May. Total. I have so many things I want to do inside this house it seems like a really good idea. And there's a lot of stuff I want to do inside my head. This is a weird transition time for me. I like it, don't get me wrong. But for the last 24 years my life has been about that girl, and now it's not. Interesting. I feel like I have a lot to think about. It's an unusual time.
Daisy keeps staring at me. It's about a half an hour until her breakfast and she wants to be sure I don't forget. Actually I think she wants to ask me if I feel like feeding her early today. She loves food more than anyone (human or not) I have ever known. And those eyes of hers -- yes I feel like feeding her early.