Let's cut to the chase. I am not sure where May, June, or July went. This break wasn't on my blog calendar. It wasn't intentional. And, it's certainly not good for our relationship. Let's move past this. I'm still committed to you. And, I hope you'll return to our regularly scheduled programming too.
Frankly, I'm not sure where we begin to catch up. Though, we've not missed much in the way of food or life events. It's just been steady. You know we bought a house. I wish I could wax poetic about all the lessons and blessings homeownership has brought me, but I am not sure I am appropriately grateful yet. I do know so many people long for this milestone and the gravity of this opportunity isn't lost on us. We're trying to relish it. We're trying to soak up every ounce of the fresh paint smell and reel from the incessant hum of the air compressor oh wait, I mean... Seriously, our house in Middle America, the best of the Midwest, it is good. It's growing on me. We're making it ours.
I owe you extensive updates about our projects--the new floor, the painted trim, the refreshed walls, the leftover ceiling drama, my hodge podge decor tips...plus, we've got a lot left to do: tile floors, cabinet resurrection, a custom kitchen table and storage solution, and our backyard oasis. I guess it's swell that the mortgage is essentially like a lifetime commitment so we'll have plenty time to chat and compare notes.
I don't have a recipe to share this time around, but will share something delicious soon. In the meantime, let's chat about how awesome life is. I am a firm believer that people are put in your life at different points for reasons one can't even anticipate.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend my first Mortar Board National Conference in Phoenix (holy toledo, it's hot there!) . I give some volunteer time as a Section Coordinator for a handful of universities and colleges in Oklahoma. Mortar Board is a Senior Honor Society comprised of high-achieving individuals dedicated to Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. I received the privilege of membership when I was a first year senior (yes, I had a super senior year too) at Kansas State. The XIX Chapter at K-State has a rich legacy and the individuals I connected with because of MB totally changed the course of my life. As a bonus, during the conference, I was able to enjoy extra time with Wildcats from many generations and celebrate as the current XIX chapter was honored with highest award a chapter can win!
MB has given me more than I think I realized. Let's tally: a mentor, I am astounded and inspired by at every turn. Seriously, I am better just for her presence. A fearlessly authentic West Coast BFF. A like-minded, incredible food blogger friend (visit her at Life as a Strawberry, ASAP.) And, more uber sincere, amazingly talented, ambitious friends and acquaintances than I can count. Our time in Phoenix allowed me to reconnect with some of them. They unknowingly challenged me to reflect and reconsider. They shared their journeys and reminisced. They've reminded me of what brings me joy, what I've done, and importantly what I am and always have been. I left with bags under my eyes, a brain full of goals and wishes, and a pretty full heart. I can only hope the students I interact with through this organization will have the same type of experience I've had. Membership is what you make it and it can last forever.
So let's expect big things in the coming months. I want to grow. I want to achieve. I want to take the leap of faith. And more than anything I want to build an attitude of gratitude. Oh, and, I still want a built-in in my kitchen. We can have it all, right?