23 4 / 2014
While this weekend report may seem two days late, I’m actually extremely proud that it’s only two days late, instead of being posted at all! This weekend was really good, but really exhausting. Evan was baptized this weekend and I was confirmed, so we had both families in town, which can be exhausting for me.
Friday was a pretty excellent day, and you may have been able to tell from my posts from Instagram. I had the day off, so I slept in and was feeling really good about myself; true story, that picture is, I believe, the first time the general public has seen me without anything between me and them (I didn’t even use a filter!). Ordinarily, I either feel protected by my glasses and/or some makeup, but the whole no sugar during Lent thing had my skin really cleared up and I was sleeping better, so I was feeling really good just they way I am. I treated myself to this month’s UK Vogue with Nigella Lawson on the cover (because I am so in love with her!) to read while I got my nails done for the first time since the wedding. I also watched a lot of French romantic comedies; Evan doesn’t mind them, but I know they aren’t his favorite, and I like having something that is just mine. I knew that the families were converging on us on Saturday, so it was nice to take some time to myself.
Oh, also occurred on Friday: the most Chapel Hill moment that has ever happened to me. I went to Whole Foods to grab lunch and some salmon for dinner, and I tried to get into the wrong Subaru Outback. And when I realized it, I looked around to see FIVE other cars identical to mine within my field of vision. My car was about four cars down. Luckily, I don’t think anyone noticed, but…wow.
Anyway. Saturday. Saturday was a little crazy. Farmer’s market, last minute cleaning for parent arrival, Good Saturday prayer, Great Vigil rehearsal, parents arriving, baking, nap, dinner with the other catechumens, our sponsors and the bishop suffragan, and the Great Vigil of Easter. It was an amazing service. The first half, including the baptisms and confirmations, were done by candlelight, and the joy I felt when the lights came on and we gave the Paschal Shout was incredible. I may or may not cried when Evan got baptized, and I’m still trying to put into words my feelings on being confirmed in the Episcopal church. I’ll share when I find the right words.
Sunday was church, family lunch, and nap time. Since Sunday and breaking the Lenten fast, I’m not going to lie, Evan and I have been feeling like crap. We’re thinking that, while we won’t be as extreme as we felt called to be during Lent, reducing the amount of sugar we eat is definitely going to be a permanent lifestyle change. Expect to see more blog posts in coming weeks on my experiments in refined sugar-free living.
All in all, good weekend. But I’m kind of glad to be back to work and the normal routine right now.
15 4 / 2014
"Anything that makes life beautiful is a good thing."