Thursday, August 7, 2014

Is This Thing On???

Don't know if anyone will even read this, but clearly blogging has not been in the forefront of my priorities the past several months. There has been a shit ton of stuff going on in life, mostly related to my job, which was the most stressful, painful time I have ever had in a job. I've worked for my employer for almost 11 years, and have always loved it. It's in the non-profit field, very small office - we had 4 employees as of last October. At that time, our VP took another job. This past May, our President retired, and in June our Office Manager left, which left ...guess who...THIS guy...there by myself. I was never sure how long it would last, IF it would last, when they would bring someone else in, and where I would land if/when they did. There were NUMEROUS times I was THISCLOSE to walking out the door without another job, but I didn't. The new President is in place, I like him, and I've decided to stick it out at least a little while. 

Hear me now and believe me later when I tell you the range of emotions and the depression I have felt in the past months affected me in every facet of my life. Coming home bawling every night, while Tom asked - "you're crying AGAIN?" incredulously, was soul-crushing. Don't get me wrong - I had moments of clarity when I realized that in the scheme of things, this was by far the worst thing that could happen - but when you're mired in the midst of it, sometimes it's difficult to see that. I DID come away with a renewed appreciation for my kids, and realized that their little messes, their tattling or bickering or general ornery-ness wasn't the worst thing in life. I did more yoga and pilates than ever before, which was a gift, simply speaking. It clears my head like almost nothing else. So. What has been going on with YOU, dear people? If anyone is out there, let me know. Here are some pics of the Blah-Blah life since March. Enjoy.

Don't get me wrong - though I did a lotta this:


We also did a lotta that:




some of this:


(because why WOULDN'T you wear a rubber horse's head to cheer yourself up???)

a good bit of cooking:


(This is literally the best thing I made all year - Asian Sesame Grilled Tuna Steak with orange glazed sweet potatoes and forbidden rice.)



Can't get enough tomato peach mozzarella caprese salad.


...and for the fourth of July...God bless lobster. I mean America.


New favorite necklace - the Gemini - from Charming Charlie's, along with new favorite Marrakech tee from Madewell...


Lookit that! Date night with mah hubby.


New favorite way to wear my bracelet (aka belt) around my bicep. It's very Game of Thrones chic. You may call me The Khaleesi.


Oh yeah, and this happened last week...




Pa, Ma and I were lucky enough to see the Prez land and shake his hand. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Happy Day, Luvahs.

Merci,
Shannan