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I’m back!

Wow. Talk about a hiatus from blogging.

In the past few months, I’ve been trying to adapt to a lot of new changes… a new house that needs a lot of love, a new job, plus a fair bit of traveling. To say the least, I’m still still trying to find my groove and find some balance so that I can carve out a regular time each week to devote to some of the things I’ve cut out in the past few months— blogging, songwriting, to name a few.

The house is coming along… slowly but surely… we’ll get there. And, I promise to show before and after pictures. We’ve been taking care of some not-so-sexy tasks like replacing the electrical box and adding recessed lighting. Things that will make a big difference in how we live in the house, but aren’t so exciting for blogging before-and-after reveals.

Though I haven’t been working on my music as much as I’d like, I haven’t dropped it completely. I had a show on Aug. 4 at Mudhouse in Crozet and I’ll post a video that my Richmond neighbors, Colleen and Steve, made from the night. I am also going to be playing a fundraiser—Love for Animals Fall Festival—on Oct. 13. I hope no one calls me out that I don’t even have a pet!

Here’s the video. I hope to be back soon with some more regular posting about the house, music, and life.

And now, a pictorial overview of what we’ve been up to.

Well, first we were up to this… Before we even moved our stuff in, Ryan and Brodie were already tearing the carpet up in our upstairs hallway.

Which led to this. Ahhhh…. much improved over the mint green shag that had been there.

And then we got into a little of this… that’s wallpaper being taken down, if you can’t tell.

And, of course, we couldn’t stop there. We had to do a little of this…

Thank god we got a new roof just in time for the wind storm…

But, we’re finally at the point where we can do a little of this…

It’s been one heck-of-a month, and we are immensely enjoying our new house—the good, the bad, and the ugly! I didn’t even get a picture of the trash pile that was in our driveway for a month and the industrial-sized dumpster that followed. Or, the deer munching and pooping in our backyard. Or, the spectacular fireworks from McIntire Park that we watch from lawn chairs in our front yard. Looking forward to sharing our updates along the way!

Summa Time

A much needed break! Many new updates about the new house to follow shortly.

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In eight short days, Ryan and I will be leaving our beloved apartment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited for the new house, but I will miss this apartment that we first shared as an engaged/ newly-married couple. I’ll miss walking 30 seconds to dinner at Mono Loco on Thursday nights. I’ll miss having other people in the house when Ryan is gone. I will miss having only a few rooms of items to keep track of (and clean!). I’ll miss living in the apartment that I stayed in the night before my wedding.

A few people recommended I take pictures of my apartment before we leave. As my mom said, “you think you’ll remember what it looks like but you won’t.” I already have some pictures of the apartment that I shared in this post. But, these pictures—which try to fit every corner of the room into one single frame—aren’t how I actually experience the rooms. I never stand in a corner taking in as much of the room as my peripheral vision will allow.

So, I decided to take some pictures from a few of my favorite places in the apartment. The view from those spots is how want to remember our apartment. And, I made sure not to tidy up too much because that wouldn’t be true to life either.
Our hallway

The view I see every time I round the corner to the hallway

The dining room from the corner loveseat

From our kitchen

Looking into the living room

Walking through the front door

Sitting on the couch—best spot in the house!

Watching TV waiting for Ryan to come home

We’ll miss you South Street apartment. Thanks for the good times.

PS- Don’t miss me and Willie DE tomorrow night @ 7:30 at Mudhouse in Crozet.

I couldn’t have been happier to read this post today: Things I am Afraid to Tell You over at one of my favorite bogs, coco+kelley. I feel like it might turn into the next It Gets Better with everyone airing out their dirty laundry all over the internet. It’s one of my pet peeves about blogs— particularly with female bloggers—and it’s something I’ve been wary of here: showing only the clean, happy, pretty with none of the ugly, tormented failure.

You might remember this older post of mine where I vented and ranted profusely about social media, blogs and the ways in which we have carelessly manipulated them into an anxiety-ridden game of telephone on the internet. I’m glad to know I’m not alone.  coco+kelley is listing several bloggers who are taking part. I hope to add my name to the list.

Everything

For mother’s day I thought I’d share a sweet lullaby I’ve been working on called Everything. Throughout the process of writing the song, the idea of the song shifted and changed several times, and I was ultimately inspired by the theme of unconditional love; particularly the love of a parent. I hope you enjoy it! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! Thank you for everything.

Everything
Since before I met you
You’ve had a place in side of me
All my love is yours forever I give to you
Everything

Every little waking moment
In corners of your mind
Don’t let the darkness fool you I’m there with
All the time

And you never have to ask
I will always give you
Everything I have

Through your battles and your burdens
In your moments of defeat
When you think no one is thinking of you
I’ll be

I’m very excited to announce that in a little less than a month I’ll be playing at Mudhouse in Crozet with Ashley McMillen. Ashley is a country-inspired singer-songwriter— her voice and her songs will knock your socks off! She is truly one of my favorite artists and Cville and she couldn’t be a nicer person.

In honor of Mother’s Day, you should head over to her web site and check out her song “Momma” and my personal favorite, “Poor Thing.” And, while you’re at it, you should like her Facebook page. Why stop there? RSVP to our event on Facebook and let us know that you’ll be there!

I’ve been working on a lot of new songs recently— one, in fact, that I hope to post this weekend! And, I’m very eager to share them and get them out into the world. I’m very lucky to say that Willie DE, an amazing songwriter and guitar genius, will accompany me. It’s going to be a fantastic night. Hope to see you there!

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