Traveling to NW Arkansas for a memorial service, and it has been thirteen years since Carmen was here.
This was a wonderful moment in our travels yesterday. Twelve hours in a car, to attend a service for essentially my little brother has been difficult to say the least.
He would be turning 50 the 24th of this month. Far to young to be gone. Tony was fun, engaging, strong minded, mean, and loving. I will miss him something fierce.
We were out of touch for about fifteen years, but have been talking every couple of weeks recently.
Life is short. I am grateful I knew him and that he was a part of my life.
See you on the other side cowboy. I love you.
I completely forgot to post something this morning.
We are traveling back from a wonderful couples weekend in Tallahassee. I so love these people.
We also helped Carmen unload more of her apartment.
Will post more tomorrow.
Carmen and I flew home yesterday to 74 degree weather. We unpacked our bags, changed clothes, and headed to the beach.
We live about 15 minutes away so it’s not a long drive except during everyone’s spring break! It took about 40 minutes to get there but so worth it.
We ate some oysters and crab claws, and our bodies were thankful.
My mind and heart are thankful as well. I had a wonderful experience with Carmen. I love our friendship and the way it has blossomed with her aging.
Thankful to God for both of my adult children even with the trials and tribulations. They continue to make my heart happy.
“I thank God every time I remember you.” – Philippians 1:3 NIV
What are you thankful for today?
I am so ready to come home to my guy today (note: it’s not Sam Elliott).
It’s been a great adventure, so happy for Carmen and beginning her career at FSU beginning Monday. Not sure I am ready to cheer for them but so goes life, right?
The adventures with this one has been grand. So excited for her future. Have loved this week with her. But ready to be home to this one…
I am so grateful for him and allowing me to be who I am. Loving my kids as his own. Encouraging all of us to be us…unconditionally. He is amazing. I am grateful, and ready for my lipstick to be smeared.
We were so busy yesterday from getting to Good Morning America, lunch at Butter Midtown, up the Empire State Building, to Chinatown and Little Italy… back to the hotel all in the cold and rain.
We had to arrive at GMA by 615am. We didn’t know who was scheduled to be on, and Carmen was sort of okay with being there. Then we saw Jonathan Van Ness go into the side entrance, and we both got excited to see him! Then we were told they would have all of the guys from @queereye. 🥰 Love watching their show on Netflix, but just following all of them on Twitter is so fun and inspiring. They smiled and waived at us…dorks I know!
I got to go up the Empire State Building, which I didn’t get to do when I was here at 17.
We did the off/on Big Bus tour and saw a lot to the town. It was cold (I know that I’ve already said this) but for us it was really cold. We found a very nice Italian restaurant to have a glass of wine.
We toured the rest of downtown via bus. We really didn’t want to get back out walking in the rain again so we ended up back at the hotel around 7pm.
We ate at the hotel (I know) but it was warm, we didn’t have to leave the hotel (warm and dry), and they had good food. I had their pizza, it was hot and yummy!
We are headed back to DC this afternoon but we had to have a hotdog!
Today is even colder with the wind and rain. Thankful, just thankful for such a good visit. When I come back to NYC, I think it will be in May or June? This Florida (blood is so thin) girl can’t handle the cold.
Tomorrow we travel home so I will post something early.
Y’all! Too much to going on for posting today…but will explain in more detail tomorrow. 😎
Carmen and I waited in line to see an oral argument with the Supreme Court Justices. Carmen was in heaven due to being able to see and hear Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG).
Finally saw blooming cherry blossoms 🌸 outside of the Supreme Court building.
Toured the National Geographic Queens of Egypt exhibit. Women should rule the world.
Stood blocks away from the White House. Security had the square blocked off due to an outside press conference. Ugh!
Had cold water oysters (not sure what kind they were). Eh…I love my Florida oysters. These were good, but small and very briney.
End of the day and rode the MARC trains. Great way to get around especially if I don’t have to do this daily.
Today we are off to NYC. I am super excited to be there for a couple of days and to show Carmen some sites. I haven’t been here since I was seventeen.
Carmen and I are in Washington DC and NYC this week for my spring break, and to celebrate her graduation from LSU last December.
It is aLao a great excuse to spend time with my nieces (and Carmen to have some cousin time). Spending time with family, and their chickens.
The girls are in school, so we explored DC museums yesterday, and are planning on visiting the Supreme Court today.
Oh, by the way, yesterday’s high temperature was 49 degrees! The temperature this morning…29 degrees! Today is supposed to be a bit warmer—51 degrees. Yikes. Carmen and I are warm blooded…and have been freezing! We did bring coats and gloves…but these Florida girls are missing the beach.
There is a trend of coming up with “New Year’s resolutions”, and normally I think of a few (always lose weight), but this year, I’m doing things a little differently. Rarely do I actually stick to my resolutions, so I decided that if I modify them to be more broad and realistic, I might actually follow through.
Instead of just “losing weight” for the sake of it, I tried to get down to the root of WHY I want to lose weight. Sure, I want to fit into clothes from a few years ago, but now it’s more of a health issue. I’ve been eating (and drinking) way too much, and it shows. Walking upstairs is starting to become a workout when it hasn’t been before. So instead of “lose weight”, “get healthy” is my resolution. That means more clean eating and going out less, walking more, and being more aware of what I’m putting into my body.
The second resolution is also related to being more “green”, which is reduce my carbon footprint. I didn’t realize how much energy and resources I was using until I started paying utilities (ha). I’ve got a lot of handouts and notes from the past semester that I won’t need since I graduated (yay), so I have an incentive to recycle. I’m hand washing my dishes instead of running them all into the dish washer, since it doesn’t take too long.
What are some “resolutions” you’re making for the year? Or some changes for self-improvement?
I was nourished this weekend, surrounded by people that I love.
We got to celebrate Carmen’s college graduation. Celebrate her accomplishments of the past twenty-five years.
I am proud to be her Mom, but more proud to have her as a friend and confidant.
I am blessed to be her Mom. Grateful to be her Mom.