Happy July! Can you even believe that it’s July already?! This year has gone by so fast. Hope you had a nice final June weekend.
Although Sean and I didn’t spend too much of Saturday together, I still wanted to share my Saturday evening. A few members of my sorority’s advisory board got together to bid my friend Kristen farewell. Kristen was asked to take on a new, higher position within our sorority’s volunteer organization, and she’s leaving the board as our fearless leader. It’s bittersweet. In this new role she will escape 3:00 a.m. phone calls about inappropriate party behavior and all the text message drama that goes along with running a sorority. But she was amazing as our chairwoman and we will miss her. We celebrated Kristen with wine tasting and a music festival at Boordy Vineyards in Maryland. The real reason I wanted to share is because look at how some of the gifts we’ve received from you came in handy!
That picnic blanket was a lifesaver. None of us had been to this location, and we didn’t realize until a week out that a blanket would be a good idea and neccessary.
My parents were in town for a wedding this weekend, so we got together with them for brunch on Sunday. Seeing them twice in one month is so nice and unexpected now that they’re in Oregon. I failed to document this brunch, but we went to Volt in Frederick, MD. As fans of all the Top Chefs, Sean and I have been curious about Volt for awhile. Volt’s owner and executive chef was a runner-up during Season 6. Having brunch there confirmed that we’d like to go back at some point for dinner. And it was too short of a time with my parents, but still very nice to see them.
When we got back home from brunch on Sunday we cleaned. Thanks to Sean. I complain about having too much stuff, and he finally helped us get to a point where we actually went through everything. We focused on the guest room (which serves as my dressing room when we don’t have guests) and our bedroom this weekend. We finally parted with a lot of stuff. Lots!
And by we I really mean me. Until we started this process I just thought our house was full of stuff, his stuff and my stuff. I didn’t realize that I was the problem. I’m sentimental and letting go of things is hard for me. As I went through my belongings I found the McDonald’s bag I got at a Ron McDonald House lunch when I was between the ages of 7-9 containing cross stitch projects in various stages of completion from ages 9-25. I finally let go of the McDonald’s bag but did find a new project for myself! Completing a cross stitch I started at probably 25 or so.
For a period of the afternoon I sat on the floor explaining to Sean why I should or should not keep a variety of purses. “But this is the wallet my mom got me at the real Coach store, not the outlet.” “Then keep it!” Ha! Permission! So I did. “Sometimes it’s nice to have a bag this color.” “Really, Sarah, then you can keep it and it’s okay.” I tried on the blue suit I wore on my final round of interviews for my very first job. I finally let go of some other suits from the same era, but this one was hard. I tried it on for Sean and explained to him why we still needed it in our house. My first job! It helped me get through a hard interview! Again, permission! It’s no longer flattering to me, but I neeeeed it. For what I don’t know, but it’s important. I finally let go of t-shirts for races I didn’t even make it to or ones I purchased in college but never wear ever. I finally got rid of a handful of bathing suits from my high school swim team days. They were a little crunchy around the edges from elastic gone bad…it was time. When I peak into my guest room closet I feel much better. But it was really hard during. As I pouted to Sean about how difficult this was even though it had to happen, he told me that I had to clear out the old memories to make room for the new ones. He also reminded me that as hard as it is to let go of the phyiscal memories, I will always have these memories in my head. So out with the old, in with the new.
Then he rewarded me for my efforts by cooking a perfectly roasted chicken.
He followed the instructions found in this YouTube video and, from memory, whipped up some of his mom’s chicken gravy. Delicious!