Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Backwards Catch Up

Good gracious, it's been a while since I posted... I keep meaning to, and life keeps getting in the way...

So, what have I been up to?

Well, I had a birthday yesterday!! The first one in quite a while that I spent without my kids.  I thought it was going to be rough, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated.  Isn't that always the truth?  The anticipation of things always ends up being much more difficult than the actual event.

Anyway, things started off with brunch with my mom at Another Broken Egg.  Crabmeat Eggs Benedict.

Can you say "yum"?????

Then after playing with the girls at the Needlepoint Shoppe (more on that later) I had some wine with my friend Jennifer then it was dinner with CruiseGran, my brother Ed, sister-in-law Julie, and their girls Emerson and Ella.  Ella, of course, is all about a party......

And I had creme brulee for dessert.


But backwards we must go (as Yoda would phrase it).  As I announced a few weeks ago, I have decided to move back to my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.  The process is taking a while, though, and I see now that I will be back and forth between Maison Cou Rouge East and Maison Cou Rouge West for several months at least.  Yes, the house is on the market, but no one has looked at it yet.  It's a big house, so it will take a while to sell.  Put that with AJ's and Anna-Grace's wedding in May, and Alix still getting used to being at college....well, all good things will occur in their right time.  I've decided to stop fighting the conflict inside me and just let life occur organically, as it were.

So I go back and forth between locales, staying at my mom's in Shreveport, and the house in Tennille.  It's a bitch of a drive- 11 hours if I time going through Atlanta correctly--and the last two hours of the trip always start playing with my mind.

I left on Tuesday, having loaded my much-loved  smartcar with everything I needed for the next week or so...

(I think I deserve a smartcar commercial, don't you?)

But before leaving Georgia, I spent last weekend in Atlanta, camping out with AJ and Anna-Grace.  I got my "kid fix" --spending some FABULOUS time with both the "Big Pair" and the "Little Pair".

Friday, I went up to visit the Gourmet Market at AmericasMart....where I learned to transform this...

into THIS.

It was also Tech's Parents' Weekend,  so it was dinner with Alix, Wesley, and Alix's roommate Casey and her mom.  We went to Steele and had sushi.

Notice how the sushi roll in the front looks like a caterpillar???

On Saturday, we had a Fiji Tailgate before the football game- hadn't been to one of those is YEARS!

All great fun!!!

What am I doing with all my time in between driving back and forth?

Well, I am doing a LOT of needlepoint-related things.  The new owner of Shreveport's Needlepoint Shoppe, Stacy,  is an incredibly creative dynamo.  We have really hit it off.  She has lots of great ideas, and has asked me to help with some in-house designing and social networking for the shop.  Plus, all us stitchers have so much fun together....

that I never want to leave!  So there are lots of projects in the works, websites and blogs to be created, canvas painting to be done, and general mirth and merriment!

So, SLOWLY, but  ever so surely, I am beginning to, as my clever brother Ed says "to cobble a living together."  A little bit of this, a little bit of that, a little paycheck here, a little paycheck there....

And before I know it, the empty nest syndrome and relocation will be behind me, I will be settled in a new place, in a new home.

Nuthin' like an adventure, is there????