Thursday, June 30, 2011

Road Rules

I am a road tripper. I will get in the car and go anywhere, with anyone, at anytime.  I love going and exploring new places I've never been.  Some of my best friendships were formed over road trips.  

Brindi's Ten Road Trip Rules
  1. Trip must be fairly impromptu without much planning.  Road trips and vacations are different.
  2. The driver gets to choose the music.  No exceptions. 
  3. If the weather is agreeable, the windows are down.
  4. There is no crying on road trips.
  5. If you have children that cry, your children will stay home.
  6. There is no importance of time.  If you have to be back at a certain time, you have killed the road trip.
  7. No chain restaurants allowed. 
  8. I make all decisions about bathrooms for myself.  If I say we need to find a different bathroom, we need to find another bathroom.
  9. If something looks interesting, we stop and look.
  10. If I am driving and you tell me I am driving too slow, I will drive even slower. 
If we can follow those rules, I'm a fairly good road tripper.  Even those that have traveled with me, know that I can curl up anywhere and sleep in any position in a car, bus, or plane.  But that is vacation.  Road tripping is for being awake and aware. 

Road trips lead you to Vivace in Charlottesville, VA.  Even though we got off on the wrong exit, our trusty GPS led us to this charming restaurant.   The atmosphere inside was delightful, but the patio outside was heavenly.  It felt as if we were in a charming Italian village. 

Insalata di Caprese
Spinach, pears, walnuts, Gorgonzola with a white balsamic vinaigrette
Pasta Pesto
Pasta with light cream pesto, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts
It was worth the trip.

And one more rule.
       11.  I will take pictures of my food for this here blog.  Be prepared for me to whip out the camera.

(My traveling companion was not aware of this rule.  She had already started on her pasta before I could get a picture.)

So, where have your road trips led you?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Change Happens

Change happens.

What I really wanted to say and how I think the phrase really goes is "shit happens."  When people ask, that's what I want to say, "Shit happens, and it is shit that is none of your business."  But because I live in a small town and I'm generally a polite person, I just smile and shrug and say, "Change happens."  That usually suffices.

Because of change, I needed a rental house.  We won't talk about the houses, holes-in-the-wall, that people were trying to rent in my town that I could afford.   I found this, though.

I fell in love with

the glass door knobs

the funky, old light fixtures

the built-in cabinets
the curved doorways
It had character.  It was cute.  It whispered my name. 

My eyes glittered.  My eyes shone.

I was blinded and didn't see
the heebie-jeebie shower tiles
or my stars, the miniature kitchen

I am working it out though.  I don't touch the walls when I shower. A linen closet down the hallway is now an extra kitchen cabinet.  Part of the built-in china cabinet is now a pantry.  Everything has found a home, including us.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Note To Self

Have you been to visit this blog yet? I love it.

Today's Letters

I felt it was time in light of being half-way through the year to write my own letter.

Dear Self,

What a year last year was. It was rough. Still is rough. Not sure what is going to happen in the rest of this year. One of my coworkers keeps sending me this quote and it always seems to come when I need it the most:

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it is not okay, it isn't the end."

This year has found you be more accepting of our body, no matter what size it is. True, it would be great to be that size 8, but we aren't there yet. So instead of hiding in the clothes, not going places, I'm proud to see you heading out and enjoying life around you.

This year has found you not caring so much about what people think. When we were younger, we used to think that we didn't care what people thought, but really, we did care. This year, I don't know if it finally set in as a mid-life thing or what, but I found if you worry about what other people think it will keep you from your happiness. So, Self, proud of you.

This year, you found your backbone. There have been words, thoughts, opinions that have jumped out in defense of yourself. Sometimes, I wish the fitler on my mouth was a little stronger, but in most cases, I haven't regretted not holding back. Could go back to that not caring about other people think thing.

So this year, Self, I would like to encourage you to continue on this path. Keep up the positive self-image. Enjoy the true freedom of being free from those concerns you used to have about what others were thinking. Work on that back-bone building. Surround yourself with people who are positive. Life is soaring past so quickly, you don't have to time to deal with trivial, petty issues from people who work to bring you down.

So take hold of the rest of this year.  Continue on this path of happiness that is flooding your soul.  The sunshine is back.

Love you muchly,



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