back to daily life

Originally uploaded by Bridgman Pottery
I'm back from my little girl's trip to visit my college buddies at my friend's home in Alexandria, VA. It was beautiful, inspiring, refreshing, exhausting. I met my single culinary desire (soft-shell crab), visited Trader Joe's (Please Please Please come to Memphis!!), flew for the first time in 8 years (um, it's changed a LOT!), acquired more new yarn than I thought possible (winter socks for the whole family), caught up with my girlfriends, three of whom I hadn't seen in five years, and was excited to "meet" a new bloggy friend, though it felt like we'd known each other for at least five years. Did I mention that it was blissfully cool? Never got over 85? And the cool weather inexplicably followed me home?

School started yesterday for little boy, so today is my first full-time day of back-to-pottery since the first of July. Museum work won't start again until the first of September, and I have a lot of catch-up to do in the next two weeks. First step-I stopped to gather ferns for a custom order wedding platter after school drop-off. Now it's time to get to work. And I'm excited about it!

That's the wonderful thing about vacations- the sense of renewal that comes when you get back home and fall into you routines with new vigor.

And thank you for the responses to my eco-responsibility-sustainability post. I appreciate the feedback!