We said goodbye to one of our own this week. Caroline left the Hurley House nest to go spread her wings and fly to law school in Houston. I could not be more proud and excited for her, and I know she is going to do great things, but I am really going to miss her. Our staff is going to miss her. My kids are going to miss her. Caroline brought an attention to detail, an incredible work ethic, a love for John Mayer, and a dry wit that we will all miss. It's hard to let go of those you love. Best wishes, Caroline.
Here is what we talked about this week...
Happy cricket season everyone! Isn't this time of year so festive and exciting? The air is warm and muggy, the days are hot and long, and just when you think it can't get any better, the crickets arrive! My favorite thing about this season is all the fun games we get to play such as Try To Find Out Where The Chirping Is Coming From, Just Kidding That One's Not Dead, and Count The Number Of Crickets That Magically Appeared Overnight.
On Thursday, Elizabeth launched the first of three weekly art installments on her online shop. I first saw Elizabeth's art at her TCU senior show. I had just hired her, the store wasn't even open yet, and I wanted to be supportive and attend her show. I was blown away. Her paintings have a soothing, peaceful quality that draws you in and requires only that you enjoy the color and light she captures. Her pursuit of her art has been a source of inspiration for me. She is committed to putting in the time and effort to get her work out into the world. If you haven't already, check out her website, sign up for her email, read her words, and buy her paintings. Your walls will thank you.
The Emmys. I'm so happy for Jonathan and the boys. I'm so happy for Elisabeth Moss and the entire Handmaid's team. Good work, guys. Sad face for HBO getting out-numbered, but they had a great run and set the bar high so that others (looking at you, Netflix) would rise to the occasion. Plus, Colin and Michael hosting? I'm in.
Do you own a Vitamix? I do not. This past week I had major smoothie failure. The Nutri-Bullet that I bought in January (which I really did love) has stopped working correctly because the connectors are sticky. I have watched YouTube videos on how to clean it, but it's still not working correctly, and it ends up leaking which only makes the connectors sticky again. The Waring blender I have isn't doing a good job blending, and it too is leaking. Granted, I have had it for eighteen years, so maybe it's done the best it can. I got creative slash desperate and decided to use the food processor (it's kind of like a blender, right?), only to have it snap and spew smoothie all over me and the kitchen one morning. So now I have exhausted all the smoothie-making small appliances in my arsenal, but I am not in a position to purchase a blender that costs a small fortune. But also, I'm tired of buying other things that don't last or work well. Maybe I will ask for a Vitamix for Christmas, but in the meantime...my smoothie game is dead. Ideas?
Speaking of small appliances that are all dying, we need a cultural mechanism for restocking our homes and kitchen after fifteen to twenty years of marriage. Timm and I will celebrate eighteen years of wedded bliss this August, and you know what? I need to reboot on the wedding registry items. Guess who has a mismatched set of wine glasses? We do. Guess whose four children have thrown away half our silverware accidentally? Ours have. Guess who has a blender and a food processor that are ready to be put out to pasture and can't even make a smoothie? We do. What are we supposed to do? I don't have a good answer other than start to purchase all these items again. But wouldn't it be cool if there was an accepted way to celebrate couples who stay together with an extravagant party where all of your friends and family chipped in to buy new things to outfit your home? Why should newlyweds have all the fun? What about the couples who have made it through the storms of marriage and come out on the other side still intact? Don't we deserve a new blender?
Have a lovely weekend!