Monday, August 22, 2016

The weekend that was all about emotion

Hello Monday...

Goodbye wonderful weekend.

I had such a nice weekend. Full of a little bit of relaxing, some great reading, some amazing church time, some family time & beautiful weather... all with one freak out moment, but you can't expect everything to be perfect, right?


I got home from work & didn't really feel like doing anything except finally opening up my new Harry Potter book.

As soon as I opened it up & started reading it, I'm not even joking, I teared up. Going back to those characters again?  It was just like going back 10 years ago. I never knew how much I missed them.

But I started PLOWING through the book & knew I had to hit the breaks because I think I could have stayed up all night long & read it all in one evening.... but I showed restraint.



... so cue the freak out of the weekend...

Saturday is my one day.... ONE DAY... of the week where I can sleep in. There is no other day I can sleep in. And even on a lot of Saturday's, I don't get to sleep in if I have photo sessions/wedding or race days.  Needless to say, I look forward to Saturday's where I can sleep in.

Except on Friday evening, Ricky went to bed at like 8:30pm while I stayed up till past midnight.  So when he was up at 4am & wanted me to get up at 7am since he'd already been awake for hours on end, I didn't handle it well when he started making some noise & got the dogs all rattled & excited, waking me up.

Let's just say, I didn't handle it well.

This is a pretty accruate re-enactmen, I must say. Just ask The Hubs

I'm usually a pretty good morning person.  I have been known to wake up singing & talkative... this Saturday, I think Ricky & all the dogs were running to hide from me.

Wellllll... no going back to sleep for me after a wake up like that.

BUT, I made some breakfast, made some coffee, pulled out my Bible Journal to get my focus back in place & we put Saturday right back on track.


I was supposed to have a photo session on Saturday morning but the rain was sketchy & my friend/client ended up canceling her make up appointment, so we just rescheduled it, leaving my day totally open.

I ended up jumping on the treadmill for some good exercise & started watching Stranger Things on Netflix. I kept hearing all about it & was intrigued. I just watched one episode & cant wait to watch more. But just like Harry Potter, I saw there weren't a lot of episodes & I didn't want to watch them all in one day.

Look at me - the Master of Self Control!  At least when it comes to this. Don't ask me about the dark chocolate in the house. A whole other story.

Got off the treadmill & ran down to the grocery. I'm really liking to go to the grocery on a Saturday evening.  It's really more peaceful. The crowds are thinner. I don't feel the pressure to hurry home like after a work day. As much as I hate grocery shopping, I need to find the day that makes it less miserable for me.

I finished my Saturday by going to my parent's house to visit their new rescue kitten.

The weather was so funny & iffy Saturday... the pictures I took over at my dad's was a perfect description of how it went down.

I got there & took this picture with those beautiful clouds in the background......


... & it was less than 10 minutes & this was the scene......


& then another 10 minutes..... a rainbow


I wish I got another picture of the sky when I left because it was GORGEOUS. The sun was setting & behind the dark clouds, it looked like the sky was on fire.  Breathtaking.

It was great to spend some time with my parents & my nieces though.

I just love watching the girls growing up & taking care of their Papaw & Yaya. Such good girls.
They are loving the new kitty in the house too. Something else to take care of & love.



I ended up going to church alone.  Ricky, bless his poor little heart, has hurt his back/hip on his first week back to work. He just can't cut a break lately.  He stayed home & tried to rest it up knowing he had to be back at work full force.

Youth was great.  We got into some great discussions about emotions & how we can tell ourselves something that isn't necessarily the truth.  We need to be reminded of God's words on the situation as well.  It was really eye opening to me to hear what these young hearts are going through.  Oh, the emotions of teenage girls.  I can still remember it.  & apparently, I can still go through some pretty great emotions even now... as Saturday morning can relate to.

I wonder how easily comparable a peri-menopausal woman & a puberty hormone fueled up teenager are.... hmmmm.....

Being all alone, I took advantage of that & ventured into a Target trip knowing I could spend my time in clothes & make up & books without feeling rushed.


& yep. Ended up walking out with 2 new cardigans (they're on sale for $15!!!) & another new book.
The addiction is real.

I picked up some lunch & got home & it was such a gorgeous day, I knew nothing else was going to matter. No house work. No laundry. No exercise. No need to mark things off my "to-do" list. I just wanted to spend the day outside soaking in the gorgeous weather & finishing up my Harry Potter book.

... & that's exactly what I did.

& I totally teared up & cheered & gasped at the book. LOVED IT.  Ricky even jumped at one point when I GASPED so loudly & he looked at me & said, "Really? You are so into that book you gasp?"... OH YEAH. I did.

I loved it.

I was surprised when I finished & looked up that a lot of people didn't like the book. I can't say enough about it.  Maybe I was just happy to be back in that world & to have some of the fun memories of the previous books brought into this one.

In whatever case, I loved it.  Finishing reading it & spending the day outside in the beautiful sunshine?  It couldn't have been a better Sunday.

All except for the bugs biting the heck out of my legs.  I could have done without that.

I did end my weekend with some grown up stuff, like bill paying & dog shaving ... it's what brought me out of Hogsmeade & back into real life. It was bound to happen.

& now, I'm really not on Platform 9 3/4... I'm sitting in an office.
Not at all magical....
I want to go back.

How was your weekend?

Did you have great weather?

Have you read the new Harry Potter book?

Do you get to sleep in on a certain day of the week?


  1. I love days when I have nothing to do and I can read a book. I've certainly had a few that evoked such emotion because I felt so attached to the characters! You should check out "Family Album" by Danielle Steel.

    I have been so fascinated with the clouds here lately too! I think cus the weathers been so wonky lately. We always have storms in the forecast but it never happens!
    Glad you had a great weekend even if your Saturday started earlier than you wanted it too!

  2. Ha! We're about to find out what a peri-menopausal mama and a puberty stricken daughter is actually going to be like in a few years! Loved this post!

  3. my "sleep in" is 6am. not even kidding about that. and it's not kayla that wakes me up but my body is just used to getting up super early #oldladybedtimes.

  4. I keep hearing about Stranger Things too but I'm not really sure what it's about. I'll have to give it a try at some point since so many people seem to like it. I've seen the negative comments about the Harry Potter book and I'm scared to try it. I love that series so much! I'm sure my curiosity will get the better of me and I'll read it soon.

  5. I'm seriously the same way with reading books and/or watching tv series. It's like you want so badly to watch it/read it all one day but you know once it's over it's gone so you pace yourself. ;)

  6. I'm one of those HP nay-sayers. I just couldn't love it (but I promise I wanted to). There were moments when my heart burst with love and pride for characters (essentially all the Death Eaters- Snape, Malfoy, Scorpius), but overall the adults didn't live up to what I wanted them to be. I don't know... I keep the movies and books separate in my head, so maybe the play should just be it's own thing up there in my mind, too. Lol.

  7. There is nothing like getting lost in a good book. Saturday is my only day off a week (I work six days a week) so I don't always get to sleep in late but when I do it's amazing. I go crazy when someone bothers me on Saturday morning. I try to have one Saturday a month where I can sleep in a bit. It's so great to sleep til 9am!

  8. I'm glad your Saturday opened up for you, but not so much that you weren't able to sleep in! Great job on your target finds!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  9. Chris got me the book for my birthday last week but I haven't read it yet. I read all the books for the first time about 3 years ago and I have never seen the movies. I sort of want to watch a few of the movies to get my mind back in that world before I start the book. I have read so many mixed reviews on it so I am going in with no expectations.

  10. So I read the first 4 HP books and started 5 twice and got halfway through and just COULD. NOT. FINISH. Michael is rereading the books now though, so I think I'm going to try again and hopefully I can make it through 5 this time and read all of them, plus the new one.

  11. If I am planning on sleeping in and something ruins it, I am a she-beast from hell.

    Hurrah for a day outside reading!

  12. That sounds like a great weekend! Glad you were able to get things done, relax a little, and get to start and finish HP. Can't say that last one for myself! ha. I spent Saturday filming (janky by hand iphone video) videos on my project life albums and also on my planner review/and another on how I use it to track and set goals. I am a little on the fence about posting because I want them to be better quality... : / but we'll see. Bummer about Ricky getting hurt again so soon, hopefully he heals up quickly! :) We had nice weather and it was cool enough to put the windows down! hooray! :) I am not a summer girl! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  13. We had great weather over here. It wasn't too hot, just perfect! We had the best Friday evening as a family that ended with Thrify ice cream. And I have to say that you are the pillar of restraint my friend...minus dark chocolate...I'm like that with anything gummy...

  14. I did sleep in, both days. I don't have the new HP book and likely won't get it (sorry!). It was fun reading the others with our granddaughter when they first came out and she was not quite a teen, but I'm not that into them today. I did nothing note-worthy over the weekend but did post about a great party I missed in Ohio.

  15. We had a nice weekend and helped my mom cross an item off on her bucket list (pictures on the blog). Yours sounds wonderful.

    I can tell you having gone through a period when there was a peri-menopausal woman (me) and a hormonal teenager (my daughter) both living in the same house at the same time....they are exactly alike in temperament. Just throw chocolate and caffeine and run!

  16. Haha, I can totally act that way on Saturday mornings too, though I am definitely not a morning person! :)

  17. Boo for being awakened early on your one day! No fair!! I would've been grumpy too. I haven't read the play yet but I probably will, even though I made my friend tell me everything! haha

  18. Aaahhh ... every time I walk past a Harry Potter/Cursed Child display, I so want to grab a book and run to the register. I'm still putting off buying one for as long as possible. I just don't want it to end again!
    Sleeping in? I wish! My body has determined that I will be a morning person no matter what ... meaning that it doesn't matter how early or late I go to bed, I will ALWAYS wake up no later than 7:00. But I also wake up at 5:00 (in case I'm going for a run), then 6:00 (in case it's Mon-Fri and work) ... and am always able to go back to sleep. I just can't get back to sleep after 7 though. I hate going to bed early but I try to a few times a month just to get that 'caught up' feeling.

  19. I have to read the new book I'm so behind on reading.

    I just love you do that in your bible I which I was that creative!

  20. I haven't read any of the HP books, but I hear a lot of people like them. I have to restrain myself on books too. I have heard good things about Stranger Things. I can't wait to watch it as well. Looks like a good weekend. I always love a trip to Target and Starbucks. They go hand in hand for sure!


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