Friday, September 26, 2014

What I like best

It’s Friday night and it’s been a really busy week and I have a fun weekend planned. Before I start though, I’d like to apologize to my regular readers for my sporadic attempts at publishing this month. Last weekend . . . oh, hell. I don’t know. Sometimes I am just a puddle of mush. I can hold it together all week with the best of ease and then the weekend comes and if I don’t have plans other than cleaning and keeping to myself, it’s sometimes not very pretty.

I don’t mind being alone. It’s not that. I just get a little down sometimes.

But this weekend I have fun things planned. I’m going to my first-ever baseball game. I received two suite tickets from a vendor I use at school who’s trying to get on my good side and I’ve asked my sister, Char, to come with me and I’m sure we’ll have fun rain or shine. Because we’re in a suite, of course.

And I was invited to a party with some of my favorite people tomorrow night.


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Today, I went to the mailbox and found a new issue of Down East, a gift from dear Hilary, at Crazy As a Loom. I ordered sushi because I had a $20 off coupon and bought a bottle of wine – something recommended by a teacher at school.

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OMG – what a bargain. It’s a flavorful red blend at only 8.99 a bottle (here in Maryland). I bought an extra bottle to take to the party tomorrow. It will be game night and I’m bringing  my Cards Against Humanity card game. I just want to laugh, eat delicious food, enjoy good friends, and relax.

I have this thing about eating alone . . . I am trying to get used to it and find that if I’m reading something it helps. Sometimes I eat in front of the tv. Sometimes my son eats with me. Sometimes we have my son’s friend over and we all eat together on Friday nights. But the eating alone thing is an issue that I’m trying to overcome.

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I guess I do really have a flair for the creative – but lately I’m not feeling it so much. I think being creative comes and goes with me.

But I’m not going to cry into my sushi over it.

In my mailbox today, I found a movie from Netflix. I can never remember what’s in my dvd queue so it’s always a surprise when I open the package. Sometimes I wonder what in heaven’s name I was thinking when I put that dreadful movie into my queue, and sometimes it’s just such a nice surprise. Tonight’s offering is Lost in Translation with Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson (2003). It was a good surprise.


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Today at school, we had one of our wonderful traditions. It’s called Senior Investiture. We invite the parents of the class that will be graduating next June, and hold an assembly in our fancy Alumni Room. We break out the china, the linen tablecloths, the good silver. The seniors’ blazers are on a rack at the front of the room and have all been adorned with hand-sewn patches that indicate their status as the leaders of the school. The Head of School says wonderful things about each senior, they then sign a plaque which will be framed and hung in the room, and they are given their blazer with the new patch and then a photo is taken (by me). Afterward there is a reception featuring excellent coffee and homemade baked goods that were donated by the families of the 9th grade class, and then the seniors leave the building to sell yearbook ads and spend a day away from school doing grown-up type things and going out to lunch. Sometimes I wish I had gone to this school. But it’s a lot of work and requires much effort to get good grades. I easily got A’s & B’s in public high school but when I see the things our students are learning, I wonder if I could have made the grade.

Anyway, that was today.  And it was so good. And everyone came back safe and sound. And now it’s the weekend. I do hope you all have a good one.

Until the next time, then ~

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"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne

ps – if my blog looks a little different, I’m in the process of cleaning it up a bit. The clutter was getting on my nerves.


Kerri Farley said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful weekend planned!

thewiildmagnola said...

enjoy your weekend.

you will find your pace.

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness; Milne knew what research has confirmed! I just read about the research on a blog I follow; let's see.... Here it is:

Cloudia said...

Your opening paragraphs resonated with me. I feel down sometimes.
Enjoyed reading your activities and plans. So nice that the seniors each get a portrait by you!
Do enjoy this weekend. It will never come again; but you and I know that already, don't we.
All the best, pal
with warm ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

Nellie said...

Sending you hugs and wishes for a good week-end! xo Nellie

DesertHen said...

Enjoy your weekend! Your dinner looks delish!

JaneK said...

Lovely update, Kate. I would imagine getting used to eating alone is something. It is nothing like a young single just out of school learning how to eat alone.... Yours is different altogether.

"I just want to laugh, eat delicious food, enjoy good friends, and relax." Not a bad goal for the weekend. Sounds good to me.
Pray tell... What is the wine?
Cheers, my friend

Blondie's Journal said...

If you don't post but once a month...this sort of post is just perfect. I eat alone quite a bit with my husband's schedule. And I read. It makes me eat slower! Ha! A dieter's no~no, but sorry, it works!

Sounds like a great tradition with your I've told daughter is teaching high school and I'm loving watching her grow and gain confidence. I believe she's already making a difference, and as young as she is...that's what she wants to do.

All my best. Many good thoughts and karma that life just gets better and better...for all of us.


BB said...

So sorry you are not enjoying your solo meals... and assuring you that you ARE one of the most creative people I know. And you are grieving, and not FEELING creative. That's totally okay. Massive hugs and wish I was there to share a meal with you!


Mersad said...

I wish you a happy blog de-cluttering and a happy weekend ahead!

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Daryl said...

sounds like a wonderful weekend is happening .. while i have little to no interest in sports especially baseball i hope you have a fab time en suite, my sweet!!!!!!!

jo said...

I eat in front of the TV every night. That doesn't bother me too much. What bothers me is watching TV alone at night. I often go to bed at 8 or 8:30 and watch in bed. Somehow I don't feel as sad when I do that. Hang in. You are doing great!

Hedy King said...

Kate, it is helpful to read such similar thoughts, I don't mind being alone either, but some days I'm just down. Friday nights are bad for me, we had Friday night habits that I miss so much. It's the little things that hurt, you know? Of course you do. Enjoy your weekend, sounds like a good one. I'm off the stay with my mother, Alheimers is not a good thing, at all. Hedy

Linda Kay said...

Hi, glad you are "up" for the weekend and having so much planned. We all need to enjoy the alone time, but need to also know when we need to get out and about. Thanks for your post!

Susan said...

Love to read your blog however often you write. Your amazing pictures show your creative eye and spirit.

This is a time to just be and do whatever you want. If you are down, you are down, "tomorrow" you will be up. Continue to do loving things for YOU and all will be well.

Gail said...

I think of you often.

Hope your weekend is glorious.

beth said...

hey sweetie….no apologies about lack of posting…K :)

i have a hard time eating alone, too and always admire those who can/do…i mean at home, it's no problem for me, but out and about…oh it's hard.

and lost in translation….we loved that movie!!!

hope your weekend was everything you wanted it to be and MORE!!!…xo

Tammie said...

Hope it was a great week end. I really liked what Bush Babe said.

Hilary said...

I hope your weekend was as wonderful as it sounds. I am the same way about eating alone. I dislike it immensely. Frank loves to eat out alone. I would rather be hungry. My namesake is a gem, ain't she? :)

thotlady said...

I do love a good wine, but it doesn't like me. I get terrible headaches. So I enjoy it vicariously through others, such as yourself and this blog.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I think you have the answer my dear - plan your week-ends and don't give yourself time to feel alone.

Carolynn Anctil said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend. It's okay to feel down sometimes, as long as you don't stay there too long.

Ahh...sweet anticipation. I believe that's the word Pooh was searching for.

A Glowing Ember

sue said...

Understand 100% about weekends, eating alone, etc. Hate it!
But love when I have something to do on weekends. This past Saturday a friend invited me to go to the casino. Lost money, but worth it to not be sitting at home watching the Hallmark channel. What a wonderful tradition your school has! Love hearing about it.

Unknown said...

Thanks again for including me in your weekend. Going to the game with you was a blast! And I've head that wine! It was good!

Karen said...

It's all good :-)

And I just read a story and xray of a man who ate sushi regularly. good lord, the worms.

You're welcome.. lol....

I'll look for that wine!

Country Gal said...

Oh hell , your human and no one can be happy and jumping for joy every single day it just isn't real and that's what I love about your blog your writing and photos all real . We understand life has it's funny turns as do we ! Chins up girl and hope you had a good weekend ! I don't know if you like Downton Abby or have watched it but season 5 has just started here WOOHOO ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

Linda said...

I can relate to what you said about getting down sometimes. You have a very nice blog.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

So envious over your wonderful weekend and you and Sis have a fabulous time! No worries about getting down; like Heraclitus said, "It is what it is" and ain't that the truth!

Unknown said...

That sounds like a fabulous weekend indeed!

Thank you for sharing, when you do! Share when you can, you're in my feedly now so I know when you post.

I'm praying for you!

Child@Heart said...

Hello, I just started reading your blog at the end of last month and let me tell you it's kept me coming back. I thought I might comment on here today. I hope your weekend turned out as well...or even better than you hoped!

sharon said...

I was feeling a little melancholy the other day. Empty nest feeling. Found this poem, thought you would like it too.

Your Catfish Friend
Richard Brautigan, 1935 - 1984

If I were to live my life
in catfish forms
in scaffolds of skin and whiskers
at the bottom of a pond
and you were to come by
one evening
when the moon was shining
down into my dark home
and stand there at the edge
of my affection
and think, “It’s beautiful
here by this pond. I wish
somebody loved me,"
I’d love you and be your catfish
friend and drive such lonely
thoughts from your mind
and suddenly you would be
at peace,
and ask yourself, “I wonder
if there are any catfish
in this pond? It seems like
a perfect place for them.”

Hilary said...

So glad you enjoy the mag....that makes me happy.
I kept looking at the placemats.....did I make them? they look familiar.
I have had a three on the headache scale for THREE days....heart be still.