Life Lately

Hello! And happy September, or as Gretchen Rubin calls it, the other January. Fresh starts and all that. I love it, do you?

We’re finishing up a busy lake season spent with friends and family. We bought the condo because Tom and the kids are big lake people (and I’m learning). What I couldn’t have anticipated is how great it would be to have a place to spend extended time with your people. This was the first summer season we’ve really been able to do that and it’s been wonderful.

Now we’re headed into tailgating season. We tailgate with our friends and our kids before Kansas football games. Our football record has been dreadful for the last decade or so but we’ve gotten really good at tailgating.

Tom and I went to a Rainy Day Books event to hear Jason Kander talk about his book Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD. (The event was filmed for CSPAN and you can watch it here if you’re interested.) I highly recommend the book and if you’re in KC and are a reader, get on the Rainy Day Books email list. Their author events are outstanding.

We also went to a Mary Chapin Carpenter concert (our second) with our kids. I went through a big MCC phase when my kids were young and I was driving them everywhere so they became fans through osmosis.

I got Botox for the first time, not for the elevens between my eyebrows, but for my chronic teeth grinding/clenching. Some people claim Botox for this is life-changing but I can’t tell a difference. My doctor swears when it wears off in a few months I’ll realize it has been working.

The standing monthly lunch date plan that my friends decided to try (I talked about it here) has been working! I think we have gotten together every month since. The key is to go ahead as long as two or more of us are available.

We’ve booked a trip to Chicago for October. It’s been 3 1/2 years since we’ve been and I’m in withdrawal. I really can’t explain my love for Chicago but it runs deep.

What’s new in your world? I’d love to hear.

P.S. A wedding and a championship and life according to my iPhone.

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