Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hi. Remember me?

I love this ridiculous selfie with Conway. Found it on my phone when I was looking through pictures for this post. 

So. Hi. It's been a while. Last time I wrote, I was finishing up the summer term and now we're over a month into the fall semester! Time flies! Teaching is going well, and I'm enjoying getting to know my new groups of students. But things have been very busy. Fortunately, one of my classes is ending next week and it'll be nice to have an evening home again! (Which is also a little sad, because that class is a ton of fun and I'll miss it! But I will not miss what I affectionately call "12 hour Tuesdays"...)  I can't really recap everything that's happened since my last post, but I'll share some photo highlights with a little bit of commentary :)

First! We went to the Virginia beach at the end of August with a huge group of my friends. It was great and they are the best.

 I did some light summer reading, including this one (The School to Prison Pipelne). I also finished Born with Teeth, Bossypants, and another Akunin mystery novel or two. Sadly, reading has stalled since then! I even have two very sad library books I've renewed multiple times waiting for me to read them.. 

We went bike riding. 

And played mini golf.

We also went stand up paddle boarding. Which was awesome. I want to do it all the time :)

I enjoyed running along the boardwalk. 

We stopped on the way home at two of my favorite Williamsburg places. Pierce's... 

And Sno To Go!

We stopped at a rest stop with some pretty sunflowers :) Nothing special about this picture, I just like it.

The following weekend we were in the DC area. This is my obligatory "First ride on the Silver Line" picture. Granted, it's several months after many of my other friends posted theirs. But still. I have one ;) 

We were in the area for my good friend from college and grad school's wedding, which was just lovely. We had a great time!

Conway was pretty tuckered out from the trip! 

I finished this lace-back shirt, which I designed myself and made without a pattern.  I'm not the most technically skilled sewer (sewist?), but I enjoy the process for sure :) Now I just need to figure out how and where to wear this!

This dress isn't new, but it's one of my favorites and I finally got a nice picture of it :) I submitted it to a sewing contest, which it didn't win - but I did at least make the "here are some entries!" photo montage ;)

And this past weekend we took Conway to our church's blessing of the animals. It's complete chaos, but always a fun time. 

A few other random big things that I don't really have pictures of...

My doctor put me on a new diet to try to resolve some chronic stomach issues. I decided to cut out both what she recommended I cut as well as some other things I know cause issues for me. Sadly, it doesn't leave me with a lot of things I can eat - but I'm making do...  Cross your fingers that maybe some answers come of this! 

In early September I got a tattoo. There are (of course) pictures of this, but I've decided to not post them widely/publicly. If you want to see one, just let me know and I'm happy to share. I had made the appointment back in June and my artist had a long waiting list. She was totally worth it, though. I'm completely in love with the tattoo! 

Running has been going well.  I did the Beat The Blerch virtual half marathon back in August and I have a real half marathon this weekend. Wish me luck!  I'll try to remember to report back when I'm done!

And now that I feel like I've caught up and that posting won't be a huge deal / effort, I can try to get back to more regular posts...  (We'll see if this actually happens or not!)