Sunday, May 19, 2013
So this past Thursday, my boyfriend, T, went on a long-weekend trip out of town, as did my roommate, A, so I got to spend the majority of my time doing the things I wanted to do with the people I wanted to do them with.
(Not like I don't want to do these things with my boyfriend or my roommate, but it's nice to get a break every once in a while from the two people you see the most.)
Thursday night, I met a good friend, S, and her son, G, at Menard's and bought the supplies for the garden that we were building in her yard. I was VERY surprised at how little the initial supplies cost--like the dirt, manure, and the cinder blocks was. Once we got back to her place, we put it all together in one sitting! Doing that kind of manual labor makes me feel good--since I no longer have to do it for a living.
Friday evening was spent lounging around the house with the two housecats that my roommate and I have...I work a lot and they like having people around, so I try to step it up around the house when my roommate isn't here to keep them occupied and off the kitchen counters.
Saturday morning, I hit the local farmer's market. I love going to the farmer's market because they have a lot of interesting people who show up there. The first thing on my mind on Saturday morning, however, was coffee. After my coffee I had a delicious steak burger with wonderful pepper butter. A friend (and future roommate), JG, met me there and helped me pick out some plants to plant in the garden that I'm co-tending. After running into some other interesting people, another friend, ALL, showed up after all my plants were picked out, and we chatted and chilled at the market for a bit before parting ways.
Later that evening, I went with ALL to my gardening partner's (S's) house to plant my findings from the market, as well as some of the plants my roommate had given us. On the way over there, I bought ice cream for everyone, and we went off to spend some much-needed quality time. The garden gave us all a level playing field--we got to gather to enjoy each other's company and create something together. It was great just to have the three of us (and my co-gardener's 2-yr-old child) chatting with hands, faces, and legs smeared with dirt.
Sunday morning, I rolled out of bed, found myself a summer dress, and went to my favorite local church. It's a pretty laid-back church (read "FLAMING LIBERAL"), but everyone who commented on my dress loved it, and the bracelet I was wearing with it. After the service, I went home to change, and then was back out AGAIN to make it to my hair appointment at a new place my future roommate recommended to me.
It was the first time I actually spent some real time at a salon/spa all by myself. Whenever I was in college, my grandma always sprang for my haircut/style/color when I needed it--which means I always went 'home' to get it done. Now that I choose to live in the town where I work and went to school at, I've decided I need to take some steps into owning my town to make it feel more like 'home'.
They say that 'Home is where your story begins' right?
Well, the spa is where I got to spend 3.5-4 hours with a total stranger who was an element in turning my young-adult life around. She not only helped turn my henna-dyed red hair into a lovely summer-y, strawberry-blonde hair, but she also gave me some tips as to how one could better take care of one's hair, face, and body. Of course, she kinda sold me on the whole, "getting a facial" thing from another girl at the salon, as well as a massage from another chick who works there.
While sitting under a tin-foil hat at the salon, I got a chance to look at some inspiring magazines, which gave me some tidbits of inspiration of living my best life possible. After leaving the salon, I went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant, by myself, and read a similar magazine while taking notes in my journal about the things I think would make me improve as a person.
Since I was distracted at the dinner table, it allowed me to slow down while eating my meal--I only ate half of the large burrito, which I would have otherwise packed the whole thing away and regretted it later. Maybe the whole 'enjoy every bite' is too much for me!
And after the enlightening dinner, I went back to the church to help the Middle and High-schoolers plan their own garden, which they will be tending to this summer.
I finished my day out with a walk along the river, and after this blog is posted, I'll probably read some more of my magazine and start getting more ideas on what to do to live an inspired (and inspiring) life!
I'm excited to be here, and I'm glad you took the time to read all this--I'm sure it was long. Please leave a comment or question if you have any! I would love to get to make some new friends while I'm here!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend, like I did!