Do you ever look back at your college days and think, “How in the world did I survive that?” I’m not talking about too many nights at the bar, I’m talking about balancing leadership positions, multiple jobs, and too many credit hours. Sometimes I look back and think, “I wish I was still that good.”
Because, if I was… I wouldn’t be so tired.
Don’t get me wrong, my life is completely worth being tired.
Last week was interesting, to keep state it simply. T was in Dallas for work, so made a mini road trip to Dallas after delighting in a few peaches in Stratford. Not a day passes that I’m not thankful for my amazing job that allows me to work from home every now and then, or in this case work poolside in Dallas.
After a few fun days in Dallas, including a Darius Rucker concert, I woke up in the 4 o’clocks Wednesday for a too-early road trip back to Oklahoma City. Our church group meets at our house each Wednesday, so early to bed wasn’t an option. Courtney’s surprise birthday party followed Thursday evening and an Avett Brothers concert Friday. I had a fun work event on Saturday, catching some zzz’s wasn’t an option then, either.
With all that said, Saturday night I wanted nothing more than to curl up in my faded Oklahoma State sweat pants and watch a few hundred episodes of the Golden Girls.
But, as a proud big sister, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to watch my little sister run barrels while people watching with my little brother. So, I pulled a pair of starched jeans from the closet and headed to a small-town rodeo.
Wait. Hold on. I feel obligated to confess my love for starched jeans. If I’m going to wear boots, I need my jeans to have the ability to stand by themselves. It’s odd, I know, but I feel as strongly about this as I do that spending more for quality high heels is better than mostly everything else.
I love more than anything that after a long busy week of urban living, I can sit in the stands with my dad (yes, those are our boots and starched jeans) and talk his ear off about things that don’t really matter while he says all of four words.
My little brother, one of my favorite people in the entire world, is going to be a high school senior. I can’t begin to explain how much this blows my mind. This picture taken around 9 p.m. when the sun was still glaring heavily into our eyes and the temperatures were still in the triple digits. Honestly, I don’t care how gross we look because my brother is smiling and this never happens. This, too, is a Christmas miracle.
I will trade all the quality nights of sleep in the world weeks like this. Weeks incorporating everything I love about life – rural, urban, family, T., adventures, family, friends – are exactly how I want to live my life.