The Good News
Hello All! I’m here to announce the winners of last week’s Taste Of Nature giveaway, yay! I used a random number generator to pick the three winners, who were:
Shannon who loves Almonds Almonds Almonds!, Emily who loves mac nuts (and this blog! – which I agree is pretty nutty), and Kendra who loves pecans. Congratulations guys! I’ll be emailing you to put you in touch with Taste Of Nature later this afternoon.
Thanks to everyone who entered!
The Bad News
We skipped Expo West. Sad trombone. Saddest trombone.
Yup. It sucks, but we did it. Late last week, Jeremy and I made the very difficult, very depressing, very responsible-grown-up decision to stay home from Expo and spend that extra time working. My first quarter of grad school is wrapping up this week, with major assignments due and a final next Monday. I had thought I could do it all, but apparently I cannot. So as much as I wanted to go to Expo (and OMG, I wanted to go to Expo!), instead I was all adult-y and stayed home, hunched over my desk for 3 days straight, researching and writing, while Jeremy labored away in the bedroom next door, building Waits this incredible fire truck bunk bed thing that’s going to be amazing, but that’s been taking much more time and energy than he had originally anticipated (and of course, he had anticipated quite a bit of time and energy . . . )
So yeah, we both had major projects to do and and we both spent our “freebie” Expo days hard at work. And it was worth it. At 10 pm on Saturday, I hit “save” on the final draft of the first 25-page paper of my graduate career. And on Sunday night, Jeremy finished the construction of that dang bunk bed.
Every time I checked social media this weekend, my feeds were flooded with pics from Expo. All my friends and colleagues, having a blast and hanging out and checking out all the new foods, and oh the deliciousness of it all! Yes, I was envious. No use trying to pretend I wasn’t.
However, as I was driving to drop Waits off at preschool this morning, I realized that I felt relaxed, and ready to tackle another crazy week. I felt on TOP of things – a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time. And I thought about how I would feel if I hadn’t put in all those extra hours. Ohmigod, I would be a stress mess! And so behind, most likely irreparably behind, and my sanity would be suffering because of it.
So all that’s to say, I’m sorry that I missed Expo and I won’t be able to bring you all the recaps and all the awesome new products and all the greenwashing (though I do still plan to write that article, oh yes I do). I hate when I say I’m going to do something and then I’m not able to do it. But for me and Jeremy, this time, it was definitely what we needed.
I hope you understand. And I hope you had a great weekend!