Friday, October 4, 2013


I needed today.

I spent the morning at my house alone while both my kids were at school. I spent the morning in sweatpants that made me feel like I was waiting for a flood but they were comfortable anyway. I spent the morning reading and cleaning and responding to emails and rearranging furniture. Laundry was going. Chicken was cooking in the Crock Pot.

My house, my thoughts, my words, my calendar, and my to-do list were quiet. And that's exactly what I needed.

Speaking of quiet, finding a home for this table is what led to the furniture rearranging. What's that have to do with quiet? Well, it had been sitting in the upstairs hallway for almost a week. Now it has a home. {Clean and organized help quiet my life.} And I have a new place to do morning reading and writing. {Quiet place for my HelloMornings.}

Please notice the quilt. Holly made it for me and calls it The Everything Quilt because it's from scraps she had leftover from other more-themed quilts. That's kind of like our friendship, which is a whole bunch of everything to me.

So, back to my day. My sister-in-law brought Ben home and I popped a frozen pizza in the oven. We had lunch. He watched some Disney Junior and then took a nap. I did more of what I had done in the morning and then watched an episode of "Grey's Anatomy" while I folded a couple loads of towels.

Y'all. I was done with "Grey's Anatomy." It was once a favorite of mine. So well written. Such strong, likable characters. But the plot got lazy. Everybody had slept with everybody. So I quit the show. And, really, I hadn't looked back.

And then I watched the premiere of season eight. Now I'm nine episodes in and I'm sucked back in. {Seriously, this ninth episode was oh-so good.} The plot is strong again and even includes an adoption story line. The characters aren't getting on my nerves like they were. It's like I want to fold laundry, you know, so I can sit down and watch.

Really, I don't need another show to watch right now. The DVR is set up to record "Scandal," "Parenthood" and "The Good Wife" this season.

So, anyway, I only had time for one episode this afternoon before I had to leave the house for the first time today to pick up Cate. Yes, rearranging furniture and watching TV trumped showering. Yes, that means I went to pick her up in my waiting-for-a-flood sweat pants and the shirt I wore yesterday and slept in.

OK, I know. That's quite a confession. I'm just keepin' it real, though. So much so I called my dear friend Katie and left a 2 minute 42 second message about my day. Clearly, I haven't socialized much.

Now it's time to prepare the poppyseed chicken casserole I'm making for Jaclyn and her family who are coming over for dinner and Settlers of Catan. I think I'll shower too ... or at least change my clothes. And maybe I'll hang back up the framed pictures I started moving around on my walls.

I'm an extrovert with introvert tendencies. And I needed today just as it's been.

So, how's your day been? What shows are you watching these days?

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  1. That quiet morning for reading & writing sounds pretty appealing! We don't have many of those at our house. In the meantime, I'll try not to wish away the hectic mornings of the right now! Oh and a favorite show? Let's just say my oldest turns four tomorrow and I haven't had a "show" since she was born. Ahh, Mom's Life... :)

  2. KristinHillTaylor10/07/2013 1:52 PM

    We don't have many of those mornings either - it was such a treat! And our shows only happen thanks to Netflix or our DVR ... and kids going to bed at 7:30ish. :)