First, dinner parties. They are very, very good for rounding people up and getting hearts together for good laughs. It was so fun we did it twice!
Second, ice cream. In February I found out that I am allergic to dairy (along with gluten, bananas, pineapples and eggs). Those facts never bothered me until ice cream season. I bought an ice cream maker and my world has tripled in size! I made easy coconut + almond milk ice cream and felt happiness in my mouth! (I also indulged in whipped cream and was rudely reminded why I am avoiding dairy. Booo.)
Third, kite flying. I haven't flown a kite in a long time. Decades. But, we ventured out and found a secluded, windy, and dog-friendly place to adore the strong prairie breeze as a family unit. Even the dogs! It was worth it to be in the moment with Dan and the girls and the pups. So much fun.
Fourth, breathing room. Painting is a solitary adventure. I like that part. It gives me room to think. To breathe. And sometimes it gives me room to OVER think. The long weekend was a break enough to look back and see that 2012 has been too slow, too fast, too hard and too easy. It's been change in the making and that has been hard - and awesome. And heartbreaking. And liberating. And excrutiating. And terrifying. And all of those kinds of things. It's May and I'm not painfree and I don't have any real answers... I might never have those things.
But, I think 'being fierce' just might be forging ahead without needing those things...
If you're still reading this blog - through all of the complaining and whining and uncertainty. I truly thank you. It means so much to me.
Today: Appointments, painting and a little crazy adventure for me and Penn. Who knows - maybe 2012 will turn out to be the best year yet and greatness is just through this rough patch. Thanks Queen Victoria - for the long weekend reminders. ;)