Good morning! It’s a rainy Sunday morning here in Philly. I don’t know what it is about Sundays, but lately they always seem to be rainy, wherever I am. Last Sunday was the 4th of July, of course, and it down-poured all day in Maine. And before that, we had a string of rainy Sundays here at home.
I wouldn’t really mind, except I’m supposed to shoot a couple looks for Athleta this morning. The post preview is due tomorrow, so I need to get that taken care of before I head out to the Nordstrom Sale in the morning because I know I will be all-consumed with that for a couple days. Nothing like waiting to the last minute, I know!
I didn’t have the products in time to shoot them with Alison before we went to Maine, so I brought it all with me, hoping to shoot up there with Paul. Well, our Maine vacation was a bit of a fiasco, and that didn’t happen. I should have done it yesterday, I guess! I was a beautiful day, but I didn’t feel like getting fixed up for a photo shoot, so here we are.
This is the kind of juggling that goes on all the time behind the scenes. There are a lot of deadlines involved in the brand collaborations I do, and it gets overwhelming to orchestrate the outfit selections, product orders, photo shoots, preview dates (when the posts need to be approved by the sponsor), and live dates (when the posts are supposed to go live on my site.) You can see why I’m so obsessed with the weather, lol!!! It really can throw off the entire schedule.
Anyway! Enough about that. It will work out; it always does.
As for our Maine vacation, we had some nice days and some good times, but about halfway through the trip, Paul started having an episode of diverticulitis. He started having these right before we sold our old house, about 3 years ago, and he’s had them off and on ever since. He just had one a couple of weeks ago, so we thought he was good for a while, but evidently not! This was a bad one, and he ended up in the ER overnight.
Needless to say, that kind of put a dark cloud over the rest of our trip. Speaking of dark clouds… When we saw the rainy forecast for our last few days, we decided to hightail it home to Philly. I did all of the driving because Paul was still not feeling well, plus the medicine they give him always makes him weak and lightheaded.
I never drive very much on these trips. Usually after an hour or two, I’m falling asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, I did the drive to Boston and back last fall with Caroline for her college visit, so I knew I could at least do 5 or 6 hours, and that would get us half-way home.
I guess you do what you have to do, because I was just fine, and we had some really rough driving with heavy rain to complicate matters. We did make a pitstop overnight in Hartford, which worked out well enough. The girls and I had dinner in the hotel restaurant, while Paul got some time to rest outside of a bumpy car. After a night’s sleep (notice, I did not say a good night’s sleep, lol!) I was able to drive the rest of the way home, in spite of heavy rain for most of it. I’ve never been so happy to see that Welcome to Pennsylvania sign in my life!
David did not go with us to Maine because he’s working as a camp counselor again this summer. He came in last night for his 24-hour rest period between campers, so it was good to see him. (He gets a new group every week, and he comes home in between.)
Savannah also did not go with us to Maine. I have a wonderful dog sitter/house sitter who stays at our house when we’re away. She also works for me a few days a week, helping with some of the blog stuff here behind the scenes, so Savannah knows her and is comfortable with her.
All that to say, it was just the girls with us this trip. We had some good times, but we are all very happy to be home.
Paul is feeling a little better, but it’s a slow recovery this time around. He’s probably going to have to have surgery because he can’t seem to figure out what triggers it, and he can’t keep going through this.
Since I’ve been back, I’ve been a busy bee. I put up my #NSale Beauty picks last night, as well as a post on the Talbots Red Hanger Sale, so be sure to check those out if they interest you. I also put together some outfit inspiration from the #NSale Preview. I know, I’m going gangbusters over here!!!
I’m looking forward to catching up with friends tonight, and preparing to hit the ground running tomorrow. I have a lot of blog posts I’m working on — more #NSale coverage, of course, but also the Athleta collab I mentioned, one with DSW, and also one with Macy’s. I’m planning to get a What I Wore Lately post up a some point this week, and I’m working on a Fall Trends post as well, so there’s lots of good stuff coming your way!
It looks like the rain stopped, so hopefully we can get those pictures taken before church. That means, I better go get ready. Have a very blessed Sunday!