Hi friends! I missed you!
This week (give or take) without blogging went by really fast…but I definitely missed the blog. I did need a break—but I’m not ready to hang up my blogging hat quite yet. I think the blog will probably be undergoing some changes in the near future—good changes, but changes nonetheless! But more on that in the upcoming weeks…
And, to be honest, those changes aren’t the reason why I needed a break from blogging. Truthfully, I think the crazy changes of this summer just finally caught up with me. From moving to leaving our friends to settling in a new house and starting new jobs, I think the life changes that we’ve undergone over the past couple of months had just begun to…well, to wear me out!
People keep asking us how we like Huntsville, and we do like it—our classes are great (I am seriously in LOVE with my poetry students), the school has been wonderful, we love our house, we’ve met tons of nice people, and we’re really reaping the benefits of being closer to my family—my mom has already visited once, and Katherine, Kevin and Sophie are coming next weekend.
Still, I think both of us are feeling sad about some of the things we left behind in Altoona. We really, really miss our friends. And I know, I know—we’ll make new friends here too. Even if we’d moved to the greatest city in the world, there would be an adjustment period—a time when, no matter how well things are going or how much you’re going to grow to love the new place, you feel out of touch…lonely…and just sad to be away from the familiar.
That being said, every day gets a little easier. I do think we’ll settle in here…but it’s going to take time.
Whew! Anyway—that’s kind of a long, drawn-out explanation of why a little bit of a disappearing act was necessary.
We did have fun this week. We explored the “Grand Canyon” of Alabama on Saturday:
Ryan’s still happy to show some ‘Toona love.
Ella found a great swimming hole at the base:
And on Sunday, our friends in the English department had a barbeque—just in time to avoid the massive rainstorm that we’ve had all day long today! All the rain lead to Baxter and myself spending some quality time together, napping on the couch:
…I promise, I also got massive amounts of grading and poem commenting done. Baxter did not.
The rain also pushed me into…the kitchen! I haven’t felt the urge to cook much lately, but the cooler temps and rainy day really made me want to get something going in the oven. I modified a veggie loaf recipe that I found in a Cooking Light advertisement:
This loaf had all sorts of good stuff in it—mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta cheese, basil, walnuts, barley, and parmesan cheese, just to name a few (ha) of the ingredients.
We were so hungry by the time it came out of the oven that we didn’t let it sit, and it pretty much fell apart on our plates!
Oops. Kitchen fail.
No matter—it still tasted great. I guess it’s going to take me a while to get my kitchen skillz back.
Hope you had a good holiday weekend, and thanks again for being so understanding about my little blogging break. I’m going to try to get back into the swing of things…and hopefully some exciting changes are on the way!