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It’s Sunday afternoon. I sit here having just finished my Thirsties blog post for the week enjoying the glow of the fire in the fireplace and the din of “In the Kitchen with David” on QVC in the background. I sigh.

I’m sighing because the kids are asleep for a few more moments (I hope) and it feels good. Because I have a bit of anxiety over heading back to school after a slightly-wasted week off (aren’t they always), and even more anxiety over, well, the state of affairs in the world overall.

But, mostly, I sigh because I want to write a more cohesive, “let’s help readers” type of post today…but I know I should just give a recap of what’s been going on in case people have been wondering. So, here’s the latest.

We’ve had a bout of stomach flu. So far, it only attacked Hadley and I, but it was rough. Several nights with the two of us in one bed, poor Dave on the couch, and Harper fighting a fever that has had us concerned whether it’s teeth or the bug (or something else). So, I guess the vacation wasn’t wasted; it was sicked.

The houses are slow going. We are so, so, so close to being done at the old house (aside from the garage, which is a whole other thing that’s not concerning us) but it takes so much energy when I head down that I’ve learned NOT to tackle projects at both houses in one weekend. There’s just not enough energy, then, to stretch into the workweek.

So, I hope to have more updates for you and I’m excited to get going on our room and the basement spaces, but it’s just going to have to wait.

Life continues on. Harper gets new teeth and walks on her tippytoes and throws a ball with a “humph!” every darn time and shows her opinion and humor left and right – and I haven’t documented any of it here. Hadley takes Monday night swimming classes (talk about an energy zapper!) and looks like a darned teenager already and shows so much innate kindness all the time – and I haven’t documented it here. We’ve been eating out more than we should and I majorly need to hit the “reset” button on our real food/simple living world (we’re not off the wagon whatsoever, but we should do better) – and I haven’t documented it here. Our weather has been crazy (60 yesterday, major snow today), school’s been nuts, I’ve got projects left and right, and my head is once again planning for summertime (we must look forward to things, right?!) – and I haven’t been documenting it here.

I hope to work on that, of course.

And I still haven’t decided whether or not to document here how utterly overwhelmed I am with things outside my daily sphere. When I decide, that’ll be my prerogative…whatever comes. It’s difficult to write with an anvil hanging over one’s head. I need to find a way to dig out, and it may be less social media, less information, more living…but ignorance is no way out. This is where I (and many friends, I think) live these days.

I have a little idea…that’s become an official…idea. So, why the heck would I start a new blog if I can’t find the time/motivation to work on this one?! Because I need to get some ideas out into the world that don’t really jive with Meg Acts Out, but this is my happy place (and is still very much a reflection of the life we live)…so I shall do both.

I’m hoping to get a few posts written before officially launching the other one for all the world to see. Let’s just say that it involves history. And kids. And life. That’ll do.

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Did That Summer Go Fast, or…?

Things have been pretty wacky around here lately. My uncle’s wife passed away last week, so I attended her wake and funeral earlier this week, mostly to share my condolences and show support for the family, and a little to see the family that was visiting that I tend to see every couple of years, at most. (What a run-on sentence THAT was!) We’ve had some other private stuff going on in the family that we’ve been doing well getting over, but it’s kept me distracted from the blog. Sorry!

Oh, yeah, and we’ve been doing wedding stuff! Most of the invitations (I accidentally printed slightly fewer RSVP postcards than I should’ve, so there are a few that still need to be sent) have been sent out — there’s no looking back now! And, yes, September 1st is upon us (and gone), so it feels like it’s coming up pretty fast. Our priest (Uncle Mark) let us know that we’re on schedule. We have to meet with our reception people and tie up some loose ends, but otherwise, it’s coming together pretty well. So, that’s excuse #2!

Anyhoo, I’m here to at least provide an update on how things are going! Dave and I have done well balancing things, I’d like to think. We’re working on the wedding checklist, of course, but we’re also trying to make time for friends and continue our theater work. And, now that school’s starting Tuesday, of course, that will be taking more of my energy, as well.

Before we know it, I figure the wedding will be over and we’ll be calling each other husband and wife. I’m hoping to try out some of the preserving the bounty tips (especially drying tomatoes!!! God knows we have enough of ’em) and working on nesting once that happens. Oh, and turning out thoughts towards projects we’ve been neglecting around the house. 🙂 After all, autumn IS our favorite season, so as long as the snow holds off, we’ll enjoy it! Between our honeymoon to Vermont, inevitable trips to Cooperstown, and cozy nights in with the cat, I can’t wait! Plus, you can bake up a storm without worrying about how much energy the A/C is emitting.

Hope all’s going great out there!