I started writing this before receiving Bella's phone call. That'll teach me to think life is calming down...
In all it's crazy glory, I have been living life.
I can't even pinpoint a specific time when I decided to sort of, kind of, go off the grid.
These days, I basically stalk FB, Twitter and Instagram. When there is something that moves me, I share it.
In the beginning of this journey, I had A LOT to say. No one wants to read the same blah-blah-blah from a writer day in and day out and I felt like I was getting to that point. It seemed like it was time to recharge.
What's been going on here at TGHR?
Peter finished up his first year at college. I barely see him. He is working like a dog, playing baseball AND softball, going to the gym nearly every day and taking in a Yankee game when he can.
Bella graduated high school. She went on a 10 day adventure to Costa Rica where she was eaten alive by many bugs. In spite of the mud and bugs, she had a wonderful time and frankly, her texts made for fabulous entertainment. Yes, she would go again, but to the resorts on the Caribbean side.
The salon has converted from paper to a computerized environment. It has been a task. We convinced Linda (via texts, video and general stalking) to get us up and running and between the two of us we were finally sailing smoothly by Saturday. Once we get it figured out even further, our clients will be able to book appointments via the app. But first, we need to figure out how to do it 100% correctly ourselves.
We also hired Janis, my co-president of the PTA and my dear friend. I had been asking her to come to Backstage since she was in school and I didn't even own the salon. To say I am thrilled would be an understatement. She has no idea how much I have been watching her and listening to her as she speaks to her clients. She is a special woman with tremendous skills. Sit in her chair and you will feel and see what I do.
Throughout all of these processes I totally lost my one mind one morning. If you looked at me, I cried. I couldn't even begin to tell you why. All I knew was that I HAD TO GET OUT. Right then. Right there. THAT SECOND. Thankfully, Leslie was able to sit at the front desk and I left for 90 minutes. I walked the river. I texted my therapist - because let's face it, when the ship is sinking, you need someone who knows you and makes sure you really ARE breathing. In the weeks since that particular episode I have been "working" on continuing to get my shit together. This stuff takes time.
When it rains it pours and so, last week we had to have all of our kitchen appliances replaced. I checked pieces out last year and couldn't justify the price just because the stove top wasn't working and maybe the dishwasher leaked. However, when Peter announced the ice cream had turned to soft serve I knew it was time to take action. The kitchen has moved into 2015 with stainless steel and a stove top that has every burner working. It's a nice change. Plus, the dishwasher is so quiet you don't even know it's on even when you are standing right next to it! THAT alone is worth the payments. I have also been assured by the salesperson that my electric bill will go down since they are that much more efficient.
I have been reading like a fiend. I haven't even updated my Goodreads account which is rather stupid on my part as I never can remember what I read. With that said, I have read several stand outs.
Born With Teeth is Kate Mulgrew's memoir. Each chapter is filled with anecdotes that make you smirk, cry or laugh. It is so well written; I flew through it.
I just read The Seven Sisters. Oh, my anthology loving friends, I am SO excited because this is going to be a long running series. Naturally that means I am chomping at the bit for the next book to come out already! It is so well crafted.
Take a breath and connect your Peace with someone.
IT IS DENISE'S NEW COMPANY!
I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. How this slipped by me - perhaps the social media leave of absence had something to do with this - is a mystery.
I must share it here with all of you and I want all of you to check it out and order some and spread peace everywhere you can.
Until next time,
Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss
Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again
Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on peace train
Yes, it's the peace train