Well Hello There...Life Lately

Has it been five months?  I'm not good at journaling and apparently not very good at this blogging thing either. Life and my other hobbies have gotten in the way.  Not that I'm off knitting blankets or anything but I forget about this blog here and why I started it in the first place.  Which was to document and communicate with people I do not see often or don't know...hmm weird.   I think I will just dive right in to what I have been up to lately.  Since my last post I have actually started a new job.  I don't particularly want to go into work life on my blog because I want to keep the two things separate.  I am a social worker after all and we need to distance ourselves from our work as much as possible when we are not actually working.  Plus, confidentiality is very important.  Not to say I don't expand my knowledge by reading etc but anywho.  Yeah, I started a new job and I will say it was a good change, I needed it and I felt called to do it so I went for it.   My sister got married.  MY SISTER ELLEN GOT MARRIED.  To her dearest love Alex and it was such a lovely day, it could not have been better.  It was below freezing which is abnormal for South Louisiana but it made for the perfect hashtag #farrozen.  Farr, being my sister's new married name ;)  It made the day and evening that much more memorable.  Everyone danced the whole time and it was quite warm underneath the tent with the heaters and well, humans. 

Has it been five months?  I'm not good at journaling and apparently not very good at this blogging thing either. Life and my other hobbies have gotten in the way.  Not that I'm off knitting blankets or anything but I forget about this blog here and why I started it in the first place.  Which was to document and communicate with people I do not see often or don't know...hmm weird.  

I think I will just dive right in to what I have been up to lately.  Since my last post I have actually started a new job.  I don't particularly want to go into work life on my blog because I want to keep the two things separate.  I am a social worker after all and we need to distance ourselves from our work as much as possible when we are not actually working.  Plus, confidentiality is very important.  Not to say I don't expand my knowledge by reading etc but anywho.  Yeah, I started a new job and I will say it was a good change, I needed it and I felt called to do it so I went for it.  

My sister got married.  MY SISTER ELLEN GOT MARRIED.  To her dearest love Alex and it was such a lovely day, it could not have been better.  It was below freezing which is abnormal for South Louisiana but it made for the perfect hashtag #farrozen.  Farr, being my sister's new married name ;)  It made the day and evening that much more memorable.  Everyone danced the whole time and it was quite warm underneath the tent with the heaters and well, humans. 

Isn't she gorgeous?? This was the dress she changed into for the reception.  She wore my mother's wedding dress which was originally my grandmother's and her grandmother made it!  How special.

Isn't she gorgeous?? This was the dress she changed into for the reception.  She wore my mother's wedding dress which was originally my grandmother's and her grandmother made it!  How special.

Ice, ice baby ;)

Ice, ice baby ;)

I was her maid of honor and was elated to carry that very important responsibility.  I have to say, one of the highlights of being her maid of honor was planning her bachelorette trip...we went to Nashville with some of the bridesmaids (including our stepsister Rachel) and her closest friends.  We stayed in what felt like the most private loft in downtown Nashville.  Our uber driver could not find it and it took us about 20 minutes to find it after being dropped off nearby.  It was lovely! We relaxed, went out and danced and truly had the time of our lives.

I was her maid of honor and was elated to carry that very important responsibility.  I have to say, one of the highlights of being her maid of honor was planning her bachelorette trip...we went to Nashville with some of the bridesmaids (including our stepsister Rachel) and her closest friends.  We stayed in what felt like the most private loft in downtown Nashville.  Our uber driver could not find it and it took us about 20 minutes to find it after being dropped off nearby.  It was lovely! We relaxed, went out and danced and truly had the time of our lives.

Collin got a new dog.  It's a long story but his friend from back home was not able to keep her beloved German Shepherd, Rusko, due to her other dog and Rusko not getting along very well.  Collin had spent much time with Rusko back in his Omaha days.  He had taken her camping and hiking and pretty much knew he needed to take her once we saw she was being placed for doggy adoption.  We love her (including Jackson). I also started this thing called Whole30.  I'm sure some of you have heard of it while others maybe not.  The purpose of Whole30 is to take out specified foods from your diet for 30 WHOLE DAYS (that's how I felt anyway) that could be having a negative impact on your overall health (mental, physical, gut etc).  You do away with added sugar, grains of all kinds (even corn stuff), dairy, legumes (even chick peas which means hummus), and alcohol (bites fist) for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days you are SUPPOSED to re-integrate these foods back into your diet one by one (give each food group a day) and then go back to Whole30 for two days to see how your body/mind/gut reacts.  Disclaimer:  This is not endorsed by Whole30 nor am I an expert on the matter so take what I say with a grain of salt (which you can have on whole30) and go read about it for yourself if you are interested :) I am currently on day 25.  5 more days!! And you may have noticed how I said you are SUPPOSED to re-integrate the foods you've done without slowly but surely.  Well, I'm going to try but I may not do it perfectly.  My main focus is to continue buying Whole30 approved groceries for during the week and allowing myself to indulge (smartly of course) on the weekends.  Although, I will probably have wine with my dinner during the week.  If anything, this journey has changed the way I read labels and it has changed how I think about food and what it is doing for my body.  I definitely plan to enjoy my favorite things again but hopefully in a more controlled way.  Since I'm not done I will do a post later on the whole journey and also talk about how I feel after.  I wish I had photos of the meals I've cooked but I don't...whoops.   Here is a picture of Jackson instead.

Collin got a new dog.  It's a long story but his friend from back home was not able to keep her beloved German Shepherd, Rusko, due to her other dog and Rusko not getting along very well.  Collin had spent much time with Rusko back in his Omaha days.  He had taken her camping and hiking and pretty much knew he needed to take her once we saw she was being placed for doggy adoption.  We love her (including Jackson).

I also started this thing called Whole30.  I'm sure some of you have heard of it while others maybe not.  The purpose of Whole30 is to take out specified foods from your diet for 30 WHOLE DAYS (that's how I felt anyway) that could be having a negative impact on your overall health (mental, physical, gut etc).  You do away with added sugar, grains of all kinds (even corn stuff), dairy, legumes (even chick peas which means hummus), and alcohol (bites fist) for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days you are SUPPOSED to re-integrate these foods back into your diet one by one (give each food group a day) and then go back to Whole30 for two days to see how your body/mind/gut reacts.  Disclaimer:  This is not endorsed by Whole30 nor am I an expert on the matter so take what I say with a grain of salt (which you can have on whole30) and go read about it for yourself if you are interested :)

I am currently on day 25.  5 more days!! And you may have noticed how I said you are SUPPOSED to re-integrate the foods you've done without slowly but surely.  Well, I'm going to try but I may not do it perfectly.  My main focus is to continue buying Whole30 approved groceries for during the week and allowing myself to indulge (smartly of course) on the weekends.  Although, I will probably have wine with my dinner during the week.  If anything, this journey has changed the way I read labels and it has changed how I think about food and what it is doing for my body.  I definitely plan to enjoy my favorite things again but hopefully in a more controlled way.  Since I'm not done I will do a post later on the whole journey and also talk about how I feel after.  I wish I had photos of the meals I've cooked but I don't...whoops.  

Here is a picture of Jackson instead.

Collin and I quite enjoy going to Estate Sales and we usually try to make it to one each weekend.  I love vintage glasses and I have to stop myself from purchasing some at every single one we go to.  I refrained at this particular Estate Sale but aren't those green stems to die for?

Collin and I quite enjoy going to Estate Sales and we usually try to make it to one each weekend.  I love vintage glasses and I have to stop myself from purchasing some at every single one we go to.  I refrained at this particular Estate Sale but aren't those green stems to die for?

Isn't this little guy cool?  Collin has a thing about knives...he likes them.  I'm not sure if it's because he likes to work with his hands or if he enjoys the craftsmanship.  Probably both.  Needless to say, he bought it.

Isn't this little guy cool?  Collin has a thing about knives...he likes them.  I'm not sure if it's because he likes to work with his hands or if he enjoys the craftsmanship.  Probably both.  Needless to say, he bought it.

Phew, and there is that.  A little peak into what I've been up to.    

Phew, and there is that.  A little peak into what I've been up to.