Five Things I Learned in February

In a futile attempt to be better about sharing, I thought I would attempt monthly posts about what I'm learning. We aren't halfway through March yet, so I'm counting this a success.

1. Over President's Day weekend I had the opportunity to head to Philadelphia for a rare opportunity to visit with friends. Spending quality time with these amazing friends literally revived me. It was so wonderful to see these people who I hadn't seen in way too long, and just to be instantly right back where we left off. They are such fun, supportive, loving, generous, smart women. I am so blessed to have them in my life. We had a snow storm and a sleep over party. We had a day trip to New York City to visit with a friend. We went back to Villanova, where we met back in 1999 and holy moly, I really FELT old. I did some monkey math and I think we are closer in age to the parents than the students. Yikes. The campus has changed so much. It's growing, and I guess I've been growing too (man, a lot has happened since I graduated!) We did NOT get NY Pizza OR a cheesesteak, but I did have some major travel delays resulting in a travel voucher so I guess that means I will have to go back!

2. Right before President's Day my brother returned from a deployment to Korea, I am so thankful that he is able to be with his family again. My husband left the military 8 years ago, and while at the time we had no idea what would happen, I certainly count my blessings that we are together and not dealing with the training + deployment cycle of Army life. And to those of you who are, thank you, I know it's not easy, I certainly appreciate those sacrifices.

3. My parents were asking for birthday gift ideas, and I sort of drew a blank. Then I remembered I had a friend who had mentioned she used the book Stitch People to create the most darling cross stitch family portrait. Although I hadn't cross stitched in probably 25 years, the book is fantastic and I have already created 3 projects that I will post.

4. While I wish I could sit down an watch tv all day long, it just doesn't happen often, so instead I listen to podcasts while I do other things. I have a substantial list that I listen to regularly, but I'm always curious about what other people are listening to. Do you have any suggestions?

5. My husband is in the final stretch to receiving his MBA. It's definitely a huge accomplishment for him, and while I want to believe I've been this amazing supportive pillar of a wife, I'd be lying if I didn't say how ready I am for this chapter to be closed. My husband has been going 100 miles per hour between work, school, and family commitments, and I often wonder WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO WITH HIMSELF WHEN HE HAS TIME AGAIN?! Thankfully we will find out soon! I'm so proud of him!

I am still working on my simplifying, some days I feel like a rock star, other days I feel like hiding under a rock. Why is it so hard to stay on top of emails? And why is my car always a disaster? And why did I decide to get rid of things that we don't need anymore?!
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