Well, friends. This has certainly been a week for the record books. I’m sure we’re all feeling a bit weary and war-torn right now. I know I am. The community of Uvalde, Texas, has been on my heart constantly this week; and then there’s the inevitable fallout on social media that’s so hard to avoid when you work in this space.
I’m not one to make a public service announcement every time something devastating hits the news, but I realize saying nothing may seem apathetic, and I am certainly not that. I care very much for those involved, but I also believe that humans were not intended to carry the emotional burden of every tragedy that happens in the world. Between social media that never sleeps and the 24-hour news cycle, we have access to way too much information all the time. I have no doubt that it’s contributing to the mental health epidemic that’s pervading our culture.
All that to say, I try not to dwell too much on world events that don’t directly affect me, but some things hit closer to home than others. As a former 3rd grade teacher and the mother of a high schooler, school shootings are certainly one of those. I tell myself that statistically, they are extremely rare, and I know that school is still one of the safest places my kids can be despite the uptick in these events over the past few years. But it doesn’t always feel that way.
The explanations and answers are multi-faceted, and I wish we could come together as a nation over this rather than ripping each other apart, but that does not seem to be the way things are done these days.
Meanwhile, life goes on for the rest of us, and we’ve had a nice weekend so far. Paul and I took his mom to an outdoor music festival at a local winery yesterday afternoon, and I reconnected with a dear friend from my past who was performing, which was really fun.
We have plans with friends this afternoon, and then tomorrow I think we’re just going to be lazy and hang out by the pool. We had a big gathering here last weekend, so it feels too soon to do that again, although the weather will certainly be conducive. Maybe something will end up developing, who knows? We shall see.
Tomorrow will be four weeks since my surgery, and I’m continuing to feel better every day, but it’s definitely a process. I’m at a rather crucial stage in recovery, so I’m praying for no complications as everything continues to heal. Because I feel so much better, it’s easy to get careless, especially when trying on clothes. I’m trying to remember to be careful and take it slowly.
Other than that, we’re just plugging along over here, trying to get our youngest through her sophomore year of high school. The older two have their summer jobs lined up and are enjoying the extra free-time without college classes. We have some fun vacations coming up so we’re looking forward to those, and believe it or not, I’m already gearing up for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which previews at the end of June. #dontshootthemessenger
Speaking of which, if you’re looking to do some online shopping this weekend, don’t miss my favorites from the Victoria Emerson sale, these beauty deals at QVC, and my top 10 picks from the MDW sales. I also did a roundup from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale, and I updated my Summer Wardrobe Essentials this week.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your long weekend, and have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day. I know our country isn’t perfect, but I’m forever grateful to those who fought and died for this great American experiment. Stay safe out there!