Today was the Brickyard 400!! NASCAR racing in Indianapolis. Thanks to a very good friend I was able to attend this beautiful day. Matt Kenseth is my favorite driver, I’ve followed him since I’ve followed NASCAR. I met him a couple years back and I was so nervous I couldn’t remember how to use my camera, it was pretty awesome. Today he finished 4th. I also consumed a foot long corn dog that was absolutely amazing!!
(*side note: I’ve been a vegetarian for several years*)
For some reason I could not sleep tonight. I was not tired, though I should have been, and I was completely restless. I tossed and turned and tried but just couldn’t fall asleep. So I got up and walked downstairs with this book. I’ve been reading it for a while and it hasn’t been the easiest to get through. But reading a book has always helped me slow down and relax. It calms me down and helps me sleep. I don’t know why, but it always works.
Every now and then I will have scenes, ideas or images pop up in my mind. A lot of times they just pass or they really aren’t worth putting effort into developing. And then there are others that I really want to make a reality or they refuse to be ignored. Today for the first time I had a story idea and image come up together. They went hand in hand. So I sketched out the image in my head and started writing. I didn’t work for very long but it was nice to be doing something creative like that again. I never have time for stuff like this anymore. So being able to just draw and write was very nice tonight.
Tonight I went and picked up the start of what will be our next project. It’s a mannequin that I picked up from a store that was closing. We figured we could do something with it and hopefully by the time we’re done with it we will have made into some sort of art. All I know is it should be pretty fun.
I started to make cheesecake (told ya Mary) when I realized I didn’t have a hand mixer. So I called handy Greg, I’ll disclose him later, he’s a solid. Anyhow he was outta town but told me how to break into a cops house. The cheesecake was a success as well as the chicken stuffed with mozzarella and pesto and angle hair pasta with a fresh garlic & lemon sauce. (I dabble 😉 )
Some days are just filled with ups and downs. Arguments and bad feelings and then talking and back to normal. Rain and storms and then clarity. Life is full of ups and downs. Highs and lows. Actions and reactions. While the lows suck and they can be miserable I think they are important. I’d go so far as to say they are necessary. We need them to learn. I know I have learned the most about myself when I am at my lowest. I learned today the damage that can be done from shutting down and not letting anyone in on how you feel.
Oliver is pretty legit! I got to spend some much needed time with KC grabbing breakfast, driving aimlessly & puppy play time at Mimi’s. Oliver loved it all. So well behaved & polite. He crashed hard on the way home next to a lens bigger than him 🙂 What a great day!
‘Go find a new rose, don’t be afraid of thorns, cause we all have thorns.’
Roses. I’ve never been a fan. I’m not sure why. Maybe the lack of uniqueness they have, or the popularity they live in. Any rate, they have a beautiful vibrant floral look. Classy & strong. The thorns, they are hidden. Hidden beneath the beauty and strength in a world where they are already considered beautifully perfect. We use roses to symbolize love and beauty. Its all too obvious why.
A beautiful evening on the patio with family & friends. I really enjoy evenings such as these. Being outside with the fresh air, sun shining, summer breeze wrapping around my bare skin. The sun sets behind me while I enjoy the smiles of those in front of me. I can’t help but be distracted by this, like so many of us during trials of our life. We cannot focus on what’s behind us when we have endless possibilities in front of us. Moments that offer happiness and satisfaction.
Remember the sun will rise tomorrow offering new opportunities and the breeze will gently blow the pain away that lingers from second & third chances.