Daily Archives: August 2, 2013

August Break: Day One and Two

augustbreaksusannahslogoThis year, I’m taking part in Susannah Conway’s August Break again. She describes it this way,

How it works: Each day, for the whole of August, take a photo and share it on your blog. You can add words if you want — or not. You can use any camera. You could share a series of photos, or miss a day out, or just post on weekends. There are no real rules, basically. This is all about being present and enjoying taking photos just for the hell of it. And perhaps reinvigorating your love for blogging, and/or taking a break from writing.

There are some regular posts I won’t be giving up in order to take part, like Something Good on Monday or Self-Compassion Saturday. Susannah has provided prompts for each day, and I am planning to use those.

susannahconway_theaugustbreak_2013_hashtag1I am only just now getting back home from a trip to Oregon, sifting through my email and dirty laundry, taking naps and going slow because I have a mild form of jet lag. The first two days, I posted my August Break pictures on Instagram, but I want to share here too, with a few words of explanation.

Day One: Breakfast

breakfastoneIt was my last morning at my parent’s house, and this was what I grabbed for breakfast, but then my mom asked if I wanted scrambled eggs and an english muffin, so I saved the banana and protein bar for the airport shuttle ride, having a second breakfast later like a good little Hobbit.

breakfasttwoAfter eating my breakfast, I was able to get a blurry picture through the window of the feral cat my dad’s been taming eating its breakfast.

Day Two: Circles

My aunt and godmother is an amazing quilter. This is one she made, a series of overlapping circles, one of my favorites. It hangs in my living room and reminds me of a kind of family crest.

Gratitude Friday

1. Visiting family in Oregon. It was a shorter trip this year, and having just lost Dexter I wasn’t necessarily at my best, but it was good to be there, with them. I went to my youngest niece’s softball tournament with my mom and dad, saw her pitch and my brother coach, watched movies with my mom (she made me a marionberry cobbler!), “met” the feral cat my dad has been taming (looked at it through a window because that’s as close as I could get), hung out a bit with my oldest niece, went to visit one aunt who lives on the coast with a few other aunts along for the ride, ate some seafood, played a new dice game, and walked on the beach. It’s nice to sink into the rhythms of their life, but it’s also good to get back to my own.

2. Walking on the beach. I was so happy to be there, but it was mixed with sadness because our trip last summer was our last before Dexter’s cancer diagnosis, the last time he’d be with us in that place, an innocent time before getting the worst news and I couldn’t help remembering, missing him.

3. Marionberries. You can only get them there, and I can’t eat enough to be satisfied — so good.

momscobbler4. Having a smart phone. I resisted it for so long, and still cringe each month when I have to pay the bill, but it sure is nice, especially when I am away from home and Eric can text me, send me pictures of my dog.

Bonus Joy: The way Sam squealed when he first saw me after I’d been away from him for six days.