Hello, and happy weekend! I don’t know about you guys, but we are in go-go-go mode over here, getting ready for a super grand adventure – and you know how I do so love my adventures! This weekend, Jeremy and Waits and I are embarking on a camping extravaganza, making our way northward through California, over the course of 8 days. We’re seeing Sequoia and Yosemite and Tahoe, and then ending up at Mount Shasta for my annual family reunion (I wrote about that last year, here, and the year before, here, and I just re-read both of those and man . . . life is wild. My life is untamed and beautiful and wild, and I’m so glad to have lived it up and down and all the way through these past few years. I’m so glad to be here where I am, right now.) So currently we’re packing and planning and generally very excited about all that!
And I always think it’s rather reckless when bloggers announce their upcoming vacations – like, “Hello, rob me now!”, so I just want to say that 1) I HAVE A HARLEY SITTER MY HOUSE WILL NOT BE EMPTY DON’T ROB ME PLEASE K THANKS, and also 2) there’s seriously nothing to steal, nothing of value here, I promise. Sad but true.
And Waits has never been camping before. Jeremy bought him a miniature head lamp (to match Jeremy’s adult-sized head lamp which he wears pretty much constantly when he’s working around the house – did I mention my man’s eccentric? ♥) and his very own camping chair, and Waits is so excited. They are geeking out like whoa and I am basically dying of the cute. It’s good times.
However! I am hoping to bank some posts to auto-blog while we’re away. I’m looking at 2 weeks gone with very limited internet access, so if it’s quiet around here, or if I take forever responding to comments and emails, please forgive me! I’m doing my best to stay on top of things . . . and we’ll just have to see how well I can keep that up. Wish me luck and Bon Voyage!!
And now, truly the best way to set the stage for a lovely and loving weekend: Le Love List!
Damian is away at the National Pool Championship in Las Vegas, which means I get Waits all to myself for almost 3 weeks. It’s so precious to have all this time together, and I am soaking up every single second of it. // Quietly drinking my morning coffee while listening to Jeremy and Waits play a board game (the game was Fur and Feathers if you’re interested – it’s a great game for vegan/animal loving kiddos!) // All three of my produce bowls overflowing with summer’s bounty. // Gathering with all the other parents for the passage ceremony at preschool. Feeling the connections I’ve made there. Watching the children be amazing together. // In that vein, watching preschool-aged children work their shit out *amongst themselves*. Most traditional educators don’t believe that’s even possible, I’m told, but it is and it is friggin’ beautiful. These tender tiny people who have learned how to express their feelings, how to listen, and how to have real conversations with other tiny people? They are going to change the world some day. // Besting Ms. Mousy in my garden. // The rare and esoteric wine-geek wines that Jeremy brings home for me to try (leftover from their tastings). // When Waits get’s in the car and hollers “Put on Ukulele Anthem, mama!” // Eye contact. // Looong walks everywhere, even when they leave you with a bit of sun-scorch. // Connection. I’ve had a number of re-connections this week, as well as what can only be described as a sort of re-connection inside myself as well. Many of my friends are experiencing the same thing, in their own lives. Do you feel it too? Something is shifting. For me I’m in a place of bloom – but also of pushing, working to expand, digging deeper, inward as well as interpersonally. Connection is the theme. Do you feel it too?
Alright guys, now you’re up. You game? I hope you’ll leave your own little Love List in the comments below, because I (and everyone else who’s here) would really love to read them.