Why yes, I ducked out of here for about a week or so. We headed to our old stomping grounds in Colorado. Boulder, Louisville, Vail. It’s been about five years since I last set foot in that state. I can’t believe it took the kids and me that long to head back there. What a great trip it was! And it underscored the importance of getting off the screens because what we really ought to be doing more of is spending time with the people we love. That includes friends as well as family. And I’d maybe forgotten how many good friends I’d left behind in Colorado. And many others we didn’t find time to see this time around. It reminded me that just because we hadn’t seen one another in a few years (well, except for a few who have come to Tahoe to visit us over the years) the connection was nonetheless still strong as ever.
Anyway, I highly, HIGHLY recommend re-connecting. And not just through Facebook. That’s never enough. Face to face connection. Nothing like it. Maddie re-met many old friends she only vaguely remembered. I told her stories of all the sweet things she and one of her best friends used to do and I guess that made her sad, as she said, “I don’t remember that…” and she got pretty teary-eyed. Lately, she’s been very nostalgic for her past – when she was 4, 5, 6 years old. I know how that goes – especially, as you start nearing
the dreaded puberty.
But, when it comes down to it, we’re happy to be home. Back to 10 feet of snow (ha! I’m only a little exaggerating. And there are three more feet in the forecast in the next two days!!!), but back to the friends and family we adore right here in California. I love Colorado and I can’t wait to go back (hopefully, back to Boulder for a football game in the fall). But I’m glad to be back home to my dogs, my cat, my meal plans, my routine. But I promise I won’t stay away from Colorado ever again. Although it isn’t my home now, it will forever be home in my heart.
Book-related? I started to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – gave it to page 112 and I’m sorry it’s just not my kind of book, so it’s DNF for me. I was stretching it when I chose to read it for the PopSugar Reading Challenge. I’m jumping into another how to raise a teenage girl manifesto and am weirdly going to start lifting weights using this book and this program. I’m thin, but just not tone at all, and I’m not strong. Even skiing, I get really wiped out.
I want to go into my elder years with a strong bod. I read the book in about one day (mostly while at Maddie’s gymnastics meet – shh). What I love about it is that the author, Mike Matthews begins with a whole section on willpower and includes a lot of tips and research to back up everything he recommends. The whole program sounds fabulous, and I’ve loved learning about counting your macros, the importance of protein, the science behind lifting weights, etc. We’ll see how it goes. Yikes! Honestly, it’s just hilarious to imagine me lifting barbells!
Will keep ya updated 🙂