Hello. Hello? Is this thing on? Wow kids, it’s been awhile. I took a mini hiatus. I had stuff to do! Life has been pretty busy lately: I took two big vacations this summer, each two weeks, and then started grad school right when I got home, in addition to working full time. I like having a full plate. However, my plate wasn’t quitttttte full enough, so I decided to add an 11 week old kitten to the mix.

 

Meet Tux.

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I call him Tux because he has a little patch of white fur right on his chest that makes it look like he’s wearing a tuxedo. He is THE most darling little boy, and such a little snuggle bug. Yes, I got him for my pup- I’m THAT kind of dog owner. However, Finley doesn’t even know what to think of the little guy, in fact I might even say he gets annoyed frustrated with his kittenish ways. I think he even gets a little jealous of the new attention the baby is getting, but that’s just a guess. Other than playing with my little tuxedo man, school is front row and center in this gal’s life. Classes are all day on Saturdays, and homework is now part of my every day agenda. And you know what? I love it. Well, hold on. Let me rephrase: love sounds a little strong for what I’m actually experiencing. It feels so good to be back in school, being challenged, meeting new people, saying things like ‘I can’t go out tonight, I have HOMEWORK.’ What?! I haven’t had homework in 10 years! Now, I suddenly have research papers, observation journals, text books, case studys… it is so weird being in a learning environment again. Yet, so refreshing. It’s funny how the rivers of life flow: I remember completing my undergrad, and thinking wow, I NEVER have to go to school again. What a treat! Fast forward to today, and not only am I back in the classroom, but once I complete my Masters, I will be in a classroom every.single.day. By choice. Except summers, (which is really why I’m becoming a teacher.) Kiddingggggg…kinda. But really, what starting grad school has brought to my attention is that we are ever evolving, constantly changing, always working towards what will be-whether we realize it or not.  It’s so amusing to reflect on where I thought I’d be at this stage in my life even 5 years ago, and where I actually am today. I just didn’t see it. But here I am, surprising myself daily in the way life is unfolding. That’s the beauty of life, my friends. The curve balls are what make it all worthwhile…

Typically, in Sun Soaked Laundry fashion, at this point, you would’ve seen at least two posts on how to ‘summerize’ your home. You know meeeee, talking about how to transition the home from red plaids to cool blues, suggesting a replacement of a light quilt instead of the fuzzy warm blanket, adding a big bowl of lemons as a fresh looking centerpiece, and removing the warm wool sweaters from the pegs by the front door and adding a baseball cap and a straw tote. However, my friends, I hope this doesn’t disappoint you: I still have my feather down jackets hanging on the pegs. My fuzzy blankets are still feeling right at home hanging over the back of the couch. I definitely don’t have a bowl of fresh yellow lemons as a centerpiece. Sun.Soaked.Laundry. Fail. What I DO have though, is alllll my red plaid and gingham making it’s merry way through the summer season. In fact, I just decided to bypass summer decor and roll right into Fall. I even added MORE gingham last week. Hey, I’m just looking at it as being reallllly ahead of the game.

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I’ve got my red plaid for Autumn, and I’ve got a black kitten for Halloween. I am SET! Plus, Seattle has had the summer that almost wasn’t…the weather and climate has been so gloomy and overcast on certain days, I keep waiting for summer to actually hit. Maybe an indian summer…?? One thing I know for sure, I haven’t done my annual blackberry picking followed by a homemade blackberry pie yet, so summer is not going ANYWHERE until that tradition with my sister has been completed. Post berry pie baking, summer can go wherever it wants 🙂

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So there you have it, folks. It has been a time of changeover: moving on from what has been to what will be. Sometimes, the most difficult part of change is just realizing that it’s happening and learning how to accept it. BUT, I’m doin’ it friends! Thanks for joining along on this ride- it’s gonna be a fun one. Stick with me, because you know how much I love ya’ll! Happiest of summer days to youuuuu.

 

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