The Texas trip was originally supposed to be to attend my nephew’s wedding, but it morphed into a family gathering at my brother’s ranch (140 acres in the middle of nowhere between my parents’ house and my brother’s place in Houston). They have very photogenic cows 🙂
My mom’s sister was there from California, nephew Rob from Massachusetts, and me from Connecticut. Rob didn’t stay long, heading west to spend the weekend with his brother (the former groom) and friends going to a baseball game and country western concert. My youngest niece ran a triathlon that weekend (I can’t imagine doing it in that Texas heat!) but my goddaughter (above) came from Lubbock for the weekend. We celebrated our June/July birthdays together with carrot cake 🙂
Everyone flipped over my new look and I realized while I was there that I’ve almost lost my mother in terms of weight. She weighs 115 lbs and I’ve lost 110 – which really is a whole person. Puts things into very clear perspective.
I had a great time but was glad to come home (as was Tessie). But I’ve been scrambling again because I leave on Friday for my national conference in Denver. I have several meetings to facilitate so I have agendas and prep to finish, plus catch up on my paid job.
My conference wardrobe was all thought out, including a few dresses that looked good and were cool and comfy. Except I’ve realized that all of them – ALL of them – are too big. Great problem but a bad time to figure it out, since the stores are starting to stock fall clothing (just after July 4th, go figure) and only have very picked over summer things. I did get a few tops today that I can wear with black pants that will work. I’ll find out soon enough.
I found it pretty easy to eat while in Texas. My mom generously stocked up on some Greek yogurt, berries, chicken, and guacamole, and there were plenty of good options for me at the ranch. Mostly people were interested in my choices and asked a lot of questions about the band and how it worked. It was good practice for going out with more people; I’ve been reading menus for Denver and practicing restaurant eating, at least in my mind. We’ll see how it goes!
I’ll try to check in from Denver but am not at all sure when I’ll have free time to write. My time is pretty scripted. But I’ll check in and at least keep up with y’all even if I can’t write until I’m back. Stay out of trouble!