It’s been an absolutely crazy couple of weeks- and I’m not just talking about the lead-up to the election and the election results. It seems that the planets just aligned in recent days and brought me an abundance of surprises and opportunities- which has felt like such a rarity in 2020- and is something I am so beyond grateful for.
For starters, I was finally able to see my family again for a carefully planned and socially distanced outdoor cookout at my mom’s house last weekend- marking the first time I was able to be with my brothers, sister-in-law and niece in over eight months. Knowing the weather would be warm and mild- my mom spaced out lawn chairs on her front yard (six feet apart!) and laid out a table of food so we could go up one by one, with our masks on, and pick our portions. From there, we could sit in our designated chairs and both eat and catch up with one another for a couple of hours. It was just so laid back and nice- and gave my mom an idea on how she could safely pull off Thanksgiving (weather permitting!)
Next, I was able to participate in an outdoor, also socially distanced photo shoot courtesy of my neighbor- who is an amazing photographer that works for our town’s local newspaper. He was kind enough to take some updated photos of me in my element- being spooky in the woods. I’ve seen a few of the pictures so far- and they came out amazing. I can’t wait to share them!
And finally, my dear friend Troy made a surprise visit back to the East Coast (after he’d moved to California in early February, pre-apocalypse) and we were able to spend some time together and catch up, eat some pizza, have a couple of beers- the usual. It was really, really good to see him. I’d missed him- and being able to just have a couple nights of pre-COVID normalcy again was so refreshing. I’m getting a little misty-eyed thinking about it- because I never realized how much I took “normal” for granted before this pandemic started.
I’m content, and appreciative of the brief reprieve of the usual levels of stress and horror that has been “Every Day Life in Twenty-Twenty,” and I’m ready to ride out the remaining few weeks of this year with as much optimism and grace as I can- starting by getting back to business! Next week on the blog, I’ll be sharing my Fall skin/hair care routine, taking a field trip to a historical seaside community- and breaking out one of my favorite seasonal pieces to wear this time of year.
In-between finalizing my holiday shopping list, of course.