my suburban diary: lookin’ my best

if you know me at all, you know i don’t sit still for long, even on the weekends when that is exactly part of what one should do. i’m usually out and about running errands or doing chores around the house, gettin’ to all that stuff i neglected during the week. included in that list is almost always at least one workout to keep myself in check.

well, several months back i had popped on over to orangetheory for an early morning class one saturday. in typical fashion, afterwards i also took grace on a nice stroll through the neighborhood and then showered off for the rest of the day. however, that particular saturday had “the rest of the day” start with a nap. i am usually not a weekend napper, but clearly my body was telling me i was due for some much needed rest, so i threw on my long, fuzzy, pink robe and curled up for a snooze.

hours later (who knows exactly how many) i was jolted awake by grace’s barks. someone had rung the bell, and since phillip was out doing his own thing, i raced down the stairs, big hair flying everywhere (and i mean EVERYWHERE). i can only imagine how i looked to my neighbor when i flung the door open! she, too, was slightly taken aback since it was the middle of the day and had certainly never seen me in this state. i can only hope there weren’t drool trails down the sides of my face!

i eventually got my bearings, engaged in a brief conversation that was more than socially acceptable in length, and promptly went back upstairs to finish my nap. so, if answering the front door in my robe was on my bucket list, i guess i can mark it off now!

my suburban diary: the ultimate favor

with a new year comes a new blog series (don’t worry, i promise i’ll finish the mcu!). this one is going to be casual and fun and will include posts whenever the mood hits me. i’m looking to minimize self-induced stress this year, and blogging when i want to (rather than when i feel like i should) is step one. 🙂

a couple years ago phillip and i moved out of atlanta and up to the suburbs for more space and more affordable housing. city livin’ has its price! our neighborhood has proven to be the ultimate suburban dream, one of which i feel like i have been waiting my whole life to live. so, as fun things happen up here in our little bubble, i’ll share them with you!

there is a family of five down the road with the sweetest group of daughters, and a few months ago they went on a roadtrip. i of course offered to pick up their mail and boxes while they were gone, and a couple nights before they left, the mother saw me on a walk and asked if we could watch their fish, too. i don’t know if i have ever been more flattered in my life! i immediately replied yes and ran home to tell phillip the good news.

for five days, we kept their beta fishes bluey and bella alive. my only regret is that i did not get a picture of them! they were in a compact tank with a divider (apparently beta fish attack each other if they are in the same space?) and each gobbled up their fish flakes when they were fed. only bluey gave me a scare a few days in when he was lying side-up at the top of the tank and not moving much. turns out their water probably should have been changed once or twice while they stayed with us. but hey! the fact that we walked that little aquarium back to their house with both fish alive is all i wanted.

p.s. the fish did finally meet their fate about a month ago. i think they had a little ceremony in the backyard and buried the fish in some shoeboxes. some things never change. 🙂