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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

All By Myself

There's one thing that I always kind of regretted when I think back to the way my life panned out after college, and that was the fact that I never lived alone.  I went straight from my parents' house to Wheaton, where their #1 mantra was COMMUNITY.  I shared some pretty small living quarters with as many as four people during the years that I was there, and it was great.  But once I graduated, I headed right back home to my parents', where I lived until the night before my wedding day.  And the rest is history.

Though looking back, I wouldn't do anything differently (come on, I lived with my parents for FREE and it was awesome!) I think it may have been beneficial for me to learn how to balance my life as a single lady in a little apartment before getting married.  Most of my friends have had that experience for at least one year of their lives, so part of me is jealous of that aspect of their stories.

Anyway, this past weekend, Walker was in Virginia, so I was home free for three nights.  The first evening, I was pathetically lonely, feeling scared to be home alone and even getting a little weepy as I said goodnight to him on the phone.  But by Sunday morning, I got his text at 10 AM saying that he was on his way and my internal response was, "already?!"  

Don't get me wrong, I missed my husband and I was so excited when he walked in the door.  That being said, though, I found two things that I loved during my time alone.  Can you guess what they were?

The first thing was that the apartment stayed the way I left it.  On Thursday afternoon, I scrubbed the heck out of every little nook and cranny and guess what?  The sink stayed clean!  The bathroom sink remained spotless!  Crumbs were swept off the floor!  There were no mysterious blobs of various liquids and gels on the counter!  SO great!

And the second thing falls under the category of doing whatever I wanted to do.  Like when I woke up on Friday, for example.  My alarm goes off at 6 AM, and Walker usually snoozes in bed until 6:50 or so while I get ready around him.  Well, without him in bed, I turned on all the lights and blasted music as I did my hair and makeup.  It was awesome!**

What I ultimately realized was that though those two aspects were wonderful, they kind of aren't possible when you live with someone else, and I'd much rather have my husband than be alone.  I was talking to some of the freshman girls from youth group on Saturday night and they asked me if being married was kind of like having a sleepover every single night with your best friend.  I told them it's even better than that.  In the grand scheme of life, all of those minor instances fade away.  I'll gladly wipe up strange blobs of jelly and ice cream off of the counter on a regular basis if that means spending the rest of my life with Walker.

Did you ever live alone?
What's it like when your husband/significant other goes away for a few days?

**Walker claims that he wouldn't mind me playing music if that's what I wanted to do, but I just feel bad disturbing him!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Flying Solo

For whatever reason, I totally felt like this past weekend was a long one.  Not because I had more time than usual...but probably due to the fact that Walker left on Thursday morning, which I guess put me in "oh it's the weekend" mode.  Who knows.  Regardless, the last four days have felt like a weekend, except I worked on Thursday and Friday.  I'm weird.  But anyway, the real weekend came on Friday afternoon, and I was thrilled.  

My sister Kelley came home from college and asked me to sleep over at my parents' house.  I figured that since Walker was gone anyway, I might as well!  I went over Friday evening and had a delicious homemade dinner, followed up by a handful of old home movies.

I forgot to pack any real clothes for the following day, so I just threw on some jeans and a sweatshirt and tossed my hair up in a messy bun (sans makeup!) for a few errands.  Well wouldn't you know...I can go to Target a hundred times looking cute and the ONE TIME I arrive looking less-than-excellent I see no less than three people from school.  Oh heyyyy coworkers and students!

That evening, we had a youth group bonfire for the freshman girls and guys.  Walker and I are leaders for that age group, along with a couple others, and we got them all together for dinner, board games, and of course, a fire that the freshman boys were a little too excited about.

And on Sunday, I made some delicious pumpkin muffins for Walker who was coming home and skyped with a lovely former roommate for mine, before heading off to an evening of ballet rehearsal.

And now I'm off to have the last normal week of school until January.  The kids are going to get SO riled up about Halloween next week, and then at that's utter chaos until Christmastime is over!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Five

Happy Friday!  This week seemed to drag on and on and on, so I am beyond happy that the weekend is here!  I was mentally ready a few days ago...but that's beside the point.

These are the things making me smile today:

1 // Walker left for Virginia yesterday and is going to be gone for the weekend.  I was feeling lonely (gosh I don't know how some people are able to live alone!) and ended up meeting my family for fajitas at Don Pablos.  Delicious!

2 // My sister Courtney was home last weekend, and now Kelley is here!  I can't wait to spend more time with her.

3 // Monday was an inservice, and even though I had already gone through most of the training, it was still a day where I did not have to deal with any tantrums or meltdowns, which is kind of a win in my book.

4 // In youth alpha the other day, we were talking about prayer and the fact that sometimes, we don't get what we ask for.  This quote really struck me, and I think it's definitely been true in my life.  

5 // Last night, I realized that I haven't watched any of the new Modern Family episodes that have come out this fall!  Cue a binge sesh! 

OH - and also related, Friends is coming to Netflix.  Yippee!

What were you up to this week?