ALT TAB: 20/52

This week sums up as pretty incredible.  But I'm an easy to please girl, so it's been the little things that have really made it special.  Not any one big thing, just the way life layers together in a way that makes all those little things add up into something I don't think I can fully appreciate even when I try to take it all in. As usual, I can see a theme to the past few days and without stating the obvious right up front, I think you'll see it too. 

I mentioned last week that May 11th was the five year mark from when RC1 strolled into my life and we celebrated the day by retracing that first night.  We went back to the restaurant where we met.  Where even the slant of the sunlight through the trees was the same as my memory and felt like it was laced with that feeling I felt the first time I saw him.  I'm not talking about love at first sight, I'm not that sappy, but something more along the lines of knowing he'd mean something to me.  Maybe you might say I can't say that from this place where he does, but it was real and very easy to remember sitting there with him at the very same table, talking about memories and adding some new ones.

It's a well known fact that I like to think of my life as my very own even better spin on my favorite movies so you can imagine how tickled I was when later on in the evening one thing lead to another and we got blocked in at his friend's going away party. 

Jack - Oh, no! No, no, no, look at this! ldiot just blocked me in. 
Lucy - But l told you not to park that close. 
Jack - Aaah! Hey, check the meter. See what time it is. 
Lucy - Um, it's six o'clock. They can pretty much stay here all night if they wanted to.
Jack - All night, huh? 
Lucy - Um, good night. 
 Jack - You just gonna leave me here with the truck?
Lucy - Basically, yeah. 
 Jack - Well, maybe l oughta walk you back. 
Lucy - What for?
Jack - For protection. 
Lucy - Oh, no, l'm fine. l'm okay. 
Jack - For me. l don't want to be here by myself. 
...or something like that...

But that was just some movie dialogue, and while it lead to them to having that moment on the ice that is so fun - our conversation tucked into blankets on the top deck looking over the swarms of people and the valley below and the stars above rivals any movie and will go down in my book as the perfect random way to spend the rest of our evening before playing detective and tracking down the person who was blocking us in.

Next on the list of things making the week great was the amount of time spent with my family.  We celebrated Mother's Day on the back patio.  I love sitting at the kid table with my cousins like we've done every other summer of our lives.  Because as Ashton pointed out, we will never out grow the people who sit at the other table, we'll always be the kids in this bunch.  
With Vicky in town I gravitated towards the Awesome's house a bit more than usual to get in as much time with her as possible during her visit to the mountains.  Grandma tried calling my bluff when I told them all that, "This is my favorite." after playing cards in the kitchen nook with both of my aunts, Cade and Grandma.  No bluff Grandma, it really is my favorite to be tucked into that nook with my family playing cards.  
{sub category: family fun.  Other subcategories for my favorite things: biking fun, anything w/RC1 fun, eating popcorn in bed with the cat curled up in my armpit fun, a fore mentioned chic flicks...yes, I have a lot of favorites.  But I mean it when I say it and in that moment it very much is my favorite and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.}

Remember that abandoned table I picked up from the gutter last week?  It now resides next to my bed stocked with books to read and other necessities that used to litter my pretty but unpractical bedside table.  I spent a good part of last Saturday out side in the sunshine with the cat as my shadow sanding and painting the little thing.  I also spent a bunch of time weighing my options for spray paint.  White...no blue?....no white.... It isn't like me to go with the safe choice when it comes to something like this, but I did this time and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.  
{Don't ask me why Vesper is always sniffing the furniture.}

Check out this rose!  Ombre is all the rave right now so these giant blooms out front are very en vogue with lighter petals in the middle gradating out to a deep pink.  Gorgeous.

Speaking of pink love.  Sarah is in town and we met up at Paradise Bakery, sat in the fading sunlight and talked for hours.  It doesn't matter how much time passes between seeing each other, it's like picking up the conversation wherever we left off and threading together our experiences and shared memories and walking away feeling like everything happens for a reason.  Looking back with a good friend at the way your life has twisted and turned out just so is a true blessing in my opinion.

And of course, last but far from the least, the anticipation of today has been sprinkling my week with bits of goodness.  It is almost a year to the day since I saw my parents in Uganda. {A year and 4 days if we're being exact.} Later tonight we'll go pick them up from the airport.  So.stinking.excited.I.can't.begin.to.express.it.

Was the theme pretty easy to pick up?   Memories.  You are so right.

Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. 
 ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams


  1. Hey, I was one of those "people" sitting at the "other table"......dinosaur that I am!
    Love the way your white side table turned out. You certainly have the eye.

    Give your folks a hug for me.

  2. not a dinosaur at all Vickers. Glad you made it home safely =)

  3. Beautiful memories in your beautiful life. I love you! And I love your mom and dad. Can't wait for you to see them.

  4. The table looks FAB!!!!!

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited for you to have met your parents last night! I hope it was a fantastic welcome home!!!!