Here’s what I was up to in August.
The return of football season (or at least my husband is). We went to a preseason Eagles football game. It was my first football game and honestly I was less then impressed. Is it really just grown men getting an opportunity to tackle each other?
We finished up the final season of Orphan Black and man was that a disappointment. A disappointment that it was over, not so much with the last season. Tatiana Maslany is an incredible actress and I definitely got attached to many of her roles throughout our binge watch of the show, especially Sarah and Helena.
Up next on the binge-watching list was the Father Brown series. One thing you might not know about me is that I’m a bit of an anglophile. I have loved anything British since I was a child and England is definitely one of my happy spots. I ended up studying abroad in Oxford during undergrad and did grad school in London. It’s been years since I’ve been back, so I like to get my Brit fix through period dramas and British mysteries like Sherlock, Miss Marple, and Inspector Lewis. I haven’t watched this series before, but doesn’t quite have the appeal of the others I’ve watched.
Fall weather. Although I am enjoying our time at the beach this weekend, I am looking forward to cooler weather. I don’t do well when it’s 90+ outside and I’m ready to be able to spend more time outdoors without feeling like I am melting. And yes, I am one of those people that loves pumpkins, leaves, and caramel and apple flavored things.
For a baby shower that I am helping plan for this weekend. It has a children’s book theme, so I’ve been able to utilize my extensive collection of children’s books for decorations. I also am putting together two different activities for the shower, so it has allowed me to indulge my crafty side lately. The mom is a very close friend, so we are thrilled that baby boy will be here in a little over a month.
Starting to take photos for a special project that I am hoping will be launched in October. We also created our own photo booth earlier this month with our Bonding Bees date box. Read this post for more photos.
What I Learned This Summer…
- You can’t do it all yourself. June was especially challenging when my husband was in serious pain and spent some time in the hospital after a back injury. I quickly started to feel burn-out because I wanted to do everything to take care of him myself. Asking for help seemed to be admitting failure or weakness. But it was really such a relief to do it. And the thing is, close friends and family members want to help out in a crisis even if they don’t know how. So give them something specific to do.
- Waiting is hard. This is not something profound or anything new. I have never pretended to be a patient person and yet I have been faced with many periods of waiting in my life. This summer has been no different and I am still learning how to cope with it.
- Date nights are so, so important. Through some of the crappy stuff that has happened this summer the real highlights have been the date nights that we have shared together. It would have been so easy to be knocked flat by the health problems and other bad news we’ve received. But what has really revived our marriage and our connection is spending quality time together. And when we couldn’t because we were stuck at home/in the hospital we really felt it. This is why we have a date night bucket list that we are working through and why I’ve started a date night series on the blog.
- Tolerance is one of the most important values we can have. This month I wrote a blog post reflecting on the hate that I’ve seen around me over the past eight months. The absence of tolerance and love also led us from a community that we had called home for a number of years and into one that embraces everyone with no judgement. And what a blessing that has been, especially in the last couple of months.
What were you up to in August?