Linking up with Emily P. Freeman and others, sharing the silly and sublime of what I’ve learned throughout this spring.
Social media break
Throughout Lent I made a conscious effort to pay attention to how I spent my free time and this meant abstaining from social media, especially Instagram, and let me tell you, it was freeing. Now that we are beyond both Easter and Pentecost, I find I am happier when I give myself more parameters to only check in periodically throughout the week.
I follow a few in-real-life (IRL) friends, but a lot more are accounts of fellow readers I don’t know personally, which I hadn’t realized had begun impacting and overwhelming my bookish decision making. Taking a step away allowed me to not only spend more time reading, but tapping back into making more thoughtful decisions about what I read this spring and how I spent my time.
Yeti to the rescue
Ever since I was diagnosed with a cyst on my vocal chord in college and given a more stringent set of guidelines for vocal health, I’ve been a diligent water drinker. Over the years I’ve gone through my share of Nalgene bottles and a nice Lifefactory one, but after some hesitation about BPA in plastic and the tendency for glass to break, I had my eye on something a bit more easily cleanable and durable .
Over Spring Break The Optometrist and I took a little road trip to Springfield, MO, to visit the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium at Bass Pro Shops (highly recommend!). At Bass Pro he kindly bought me a Yeti water bottle, the 18 oz. “Rambler” in Seafoam. Sturdy, girly, and the ability to keep my water chilled throughout the day makes me realize why this brand has such a loyal following.
Immunity to book allergens
Over Christmas break my parents, The Optometrist, and I visited one of my favorite used book stores. After a little while they all began getting a tickle in their throats and had to step outside for a breath of fresh air, whereas I was just fine. After 8+ years of working in libraries, I find it ironic that I’m now more allergic to plants outside than books inside.
Billy Graham and Queen Elizabeth were friends
I’ve slowly been working my way through episodes of The Crown on Netflix. In Season 2, Episode 6, “Vergangenheit,” a plot point is illustrated that the Queen and Billy Graham met together on several occasions in the 1950s (story via Time), which was a complete surprise to me.
Carry the big umbrella
It’s thankfully been a rainy spring in our corner of Oklahoma and after realizing we own not just one, but three large umbrellas, I decided it was time to grab an unused one and keep it in my trunk for rainy days.
For years I’ve carried around a small-ish Totes umbrella, which has performed admirably, but anything hanging off my person (usually both a purse and tote bag) is inevitably left a little bit damp on my walk from the parking lot to the Library.
This is one of those times where “bigger is better” certainly lives up to its moniker.
I can get by with less than I think
A few weeks ago The Optometrist and I performed with one of our local music groups and our call time was around 5:00, which is about the time we eat dinner. Due to warm ups and stage set-ups before the concert, we only had time to eat the granola bars we had with us, which surprisingly got us both through the entirety of the performance (but I was still glad to eat a bite afterwards).
Duplicates come in handy
In an ongoing quest to live a simple life, I’ve recently discovered having two of something is not redundant or wasteful, but can be helpful and a time saver. (Example: cleaning supplies in each bathroom). However, this idea was really “driven” home during a recent road trip through Oklahoma and Kansas to Missouri.
After leaving home I discovered we didn’t have the atlas with us (in the other car) and while I had road maps for OK and MO, states where I’ve lived, we were going to be driving through Kansas with only our GPS. Of course, it was in Kansas when we experienced a complete road closure, as in the road had been ripped up for repairs and was a field of dirt, and a 10 mile back-track to a gas station resulted in, you guessed it, The Optometrist buying me a second atlas to consult during the rest of our trip.
Yes, you should try to stay at the Pioneer Woman Boarding House
As good fortune would have it, The Optometrist and I were able to book a room at the new Pioneer Woman Boarding House in Pawhuska, OK, the night reservations became available last month. And even though we live an easily drive-able distance away, we hadn’t had the opportunity to visit the Pioneer Woman mecca yet, but as soon as our room at the “BH” was confirmed (the Prairie Room), we knew the time was right for us to visit.
Even though reservations are booked until March 2019 (yowza!), if you have the chance to go in the coming years, her staff will take very good care of you and it will be a restful, memorable stay.
Look for a more thorough blog post about all things Pioneer Woman soon!
What noteworthy moments have defined your Spring? Feel free to share in the comments below.