August was a month of transition. From a family of four back to a family of two. From a flexible work schedule back to a more normal-five-days-in-the-office schedule.
I spent the first two weeks trying to get things back to “normal.” Cleaning up after the girls, trying to do it on the sly so it wouldn’t make Knight more sad than he already was. Guessing which clothes they would fit/like/care about next summer vs. what we could sell, donate or give to friends. Finding hair ties and empty snack bags under the cushions of our sofa. And just when I thought I had everything in order, another stuffed animal or note would be discovered, and I’d get sad and emotional all over again. Bittersweet.
I spent the whole month getting back to me: making my fitness, my health, my relationship with Knight a priority. I’ll share more about my health and wellness next week but suffice to say, I’m so very glad I went head-first into the 3S Fitness program. I’ve been sore. I’ve cursed. I’ve loved every second of it. I have witnessed both scale and non-scale victories and I feel good which is what it is all about.
I read a whole book in less than a weekend; I couldn’t tell you the last time that happened. I treated myself to fancy markers so I could continue my adult coloring book addiction. I’ve held my friends babies every chance I get, marveling at how quickly they change, loving watching my friends turn into parents. We hosted friends from out of town, threw an awesome party at my dad’s pool. I hugged friends in DC and showed Knight my favorite historical/political science geek spots. I got hooked on Entourage (10 years late, I know). I let myself cry when necessary… even when it means I’m crying at airport baggage claim because a grandmother is oohing and aahing over her daughter’s baby which is both joyous but sad; I can’t share that with my mother if I ever have a child.
September is here, one of my favorite months: so many of my favorite people have birthdays this month. Eventually fall will start to settle in around us, meaning scarves and windows open and leaf raking, pumpkin in every type of food imaginable, and before we know it, we’ll be on a downhill slide into 2016.
Here’s to September.