It’s been a little over a month since my last post here — and all with good reason. The hiatus was unplanned but definitely necessary. I allowed myself the time to catch up on a lot of things that I let slip through the cracks when you’re still mentally on vacation, but you’re physically trying to take care of your everyday duties. So if you’ve missed me a bit, here’s a little of what I’ve been up to these last few weeks.
Back to Life. Back to Reality.
Which really only means that I had to readjust to waking up early in the morning to get these kids out to school. My daughter started middle school and my son transitioned to 3rd grade (yes, baby boy is really tall) and I didn’t cry.
The morning routine has changed a bit though, especially since the kids are older and they have no other choice but to be a bit more responsible. I’ve completely stepped away from prepping uniforms and clothing. That’s over. It’s canceled. */Joann voice. My children are in charge of washing their uniforms, ironing, and prepping anything else they need to prep.
Because I Know What It’s Like
The weather for the last few weeks has been crazy. Parts of Houston and surrounding areas were engulfed in water and just recently, Florida and Georgia experienced Hurricane Irma. And not to mention, all those countries and U.S. Territories out in the Caribbean… it’s devastating and heartbreaking. Mainly because I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to have to leave in the middle of the night with all that you can, only to return to a home completely destroyed. I know what it’s like to have that pile of destruction out on the street everywhere you turn. I know what it’s like to be displaced for months. It’s heartbreaking and stressful as fuck.
My fiancé and I drove out to Dallas over the Labor Day weekend to drop off donations that we had gathered from friends and family here in Louisiana. I’m also planning on sending donations and care packages to other areas that were affected. It’s literally the least I can do. Simply because that was me just a year ago – and if it wasn’t for those somebodies – friends, family, strangers, etc. who said, “I have to help her. I have to help these people.”, the entire process would have been much harder to push through.
Traveling is a form of self-care for me. It allows me to escape and release. More importantly, it serves as the perfect method of being able to reset. But because I’ve been remodeling my home for a year now, it was time to finally finish. And that meant that I had to be stateside to do so. So traveling was halted. I had initially planned to visit New York for the first time and experience Afropunk, but priorities first and always. Additionally, the time stateside has surprisingly been the perfect pause that I’ve needed. Mind you, I completed my Mom Cave/Home Office, my master bath shower has been installed, barn door in the kitchen, etc.. and all that remains is the installation of a hall closet door and cosmetic updates. I’m pleased and can’t wait to do a reveal soon.
Fall Reading List
It’s the last month of Q3 and I’ve only read about 5 books this year. FIVE. And that is absolutely a disgrace. I’ve always been a person who loved to read. I could spend an entire day at the library and wonder how the day could have passed so quickly when I only read 5 books in a day. Of course, that was pre-mommyhood. But now my kids are much older so that’s really no excuse. I am going to blame it on the stressors ( the first draft of my thesis that I submitted this year – WOOT) in my life that leaves me completely drained at the end of the day. But lately, I’ve been pushing past all that. AND, I still have a few months in the year to at least get to my goal of reading 52 books for the year. Or maybe 26, if I’m being a bit more realistic with myself.
I have a list of books that I want to read by the end of this year, but I’m always adding or rearranging the list. But I figured it I put it out there, the blog universe would hold me accountable. Perhaps. Chile, I don’t know but we shall see.
What’s up with ya’ll tho?