Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Everyday Life [Weeks 16-20]

Sorry for the unplanned absence. Life got pretty crazy for a while there. I hope it will be back to normal in June.

My brother Glen passed away unexpectedly on April 22nd while competing in his seventh Ironman competition. We all flew to Texas to celebrate his life. It is still a complete shock to all of us that he is gone. I wake up most mornings thinking it is all a nightmare.

We gathered with family before leaving for the funeral. Our cousin Steve and his family stopped by my parents house and it was nice to catch up with them during such a difficult time.
Me with my youngest nephews. 

Two complete strangers opened their huge and gorgeous Texas home to us and let us stay there. I still cannot believe such kind people exist in the world. We also had strangers bring us breakfast and other food every single day.
 The pretty pond on their property.
 We went for walks every morning. I loved this plants--not sure if they are agave.
 Our way back home featured a lightning storm. I took so many photos and videos.
Once I was back, I tried to go back to doing normal things in life like walking. I kind of love teal a little too much I think. 
Experienced my third Warby Parker at home-try on. I still have not ordered any glasses. These are the only ones I was interested in because they are so unique.
My sweet co-worker gave me her extra diffuser and a bunch of oils. I love using it so far!
We celebrated my mom's 78th birthday!
A great library hold pickup day!
Our neighborhood outdoor kitty attacked a cardinal nest in our woods, so I tried my best to save these guys. I am not sure if they made it or not. He knocked them all out of their nest and I had to pick them off the ground. 
Leaving Nathan's soccer game a couple of weeks ago.

Played soccer and baseball practice driver for a night. I don't know how parents find time for themselves with all of the driving around they have to do!
My fidget spinner obsessed nephew.
A view of Waukesha outside the car roof. 
Texas made me obsessed with pimento cheese dip! This one from Fresh Thyme was perfectly spicy and delicious.
I had it on toast with the amazing everything but the bagel sesame seasoning blend from Trader Joe's.
Pema was probably being naughty right before this so I bundled him up in a blanket to get him settled down.
I visited my sister-in-law and nephew a couple of weeks ago. 
Took mom to a cute local cafe for Mother's Day! We had a cozy little spot to sip our lattes.
 Pretty backyard blooms.
A MUCH needed lychee cocktail on Friday night. I never order cocktails, nor do I drink that much, but last week was just one of those that required a drink.
I also enjoyed a massive bowl of tofu soup and vegetarian sushi. It was great to get caught up with my friend. I look so tired in the photo below though. Between Glen's death and work being so busy, the past month has been rough.
I speed walked through the rainy Waukesha Farmer's Market yesterday morning, but it was worth getting damp for an apple cider doughnut and a huge bunch of asparagus for a mere $2 (thanks to the sweet vendor who gave me a deal)! Craig and I headed to a new to us coffee shop in downtown and it was so cute inside!
 I roasted the asparagus with some mushrooms for dinner last night.
We went on tours of historic homes in Waukesha today. This one is Les Paul's father's house. He never lived there, but certainly visited the home while his dad and stepmom lived there. It had a lovely arts & crafts interior.
 So did this house. Very pretty and cozy!

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