Thursday, October 24, 2013

What I've Been Up to Lately

October has been a bit all over the place for me. I’ve logged lots of miles in the car and spent time with some of my favorite people in fun places. I’ve also spent some time doing nothing. Its been wonderful.

First there was much needed time away in a beautiful place, namely the Outer Banks of North Carolina with some family and people who are like family. Stepping out of my everyday routine was perfect. I read a few books sitting on the deck of the house, drank beer with my stepbrother-in-law, and ate a copious amount of Happy Hour shrimp and conch fritter deals while ocean waves crashed beneath me on a pier. There was also a somewhat ineffectual crabbing attempt that involved us freeing the single crab we caught and me screaming like a little girl when I realized I had snagged a snake, eel, some long slithery thing that didn’t belong in the trap. On the plus side, I learned that I prefer to go to the grocery store seafood counter instead of being all man vs wild and catching dinner myself.  Those who can, do and the rest of us go shopping. There are always new things to be learned, right?

Sandy on the beach. 

There is nothing better than spending time with loved ones, especially those that you don’t see often enough. Most evenings were spent around the dining room table eating, drinking, reminiscing and talking about the future. I was again reminded how lucky I am to have the people I do in my life.

While not a beach person, I did see the waves close up a few times. 

After working a few days, I spend last Friday in Pittsburgh with my college aged freshman cousin. She’s taking a music appreciation class which requires her attend some musical performances and write a response paper. Always looking for an excuse to see a show in the Pittsburgh Cultural District, I attempted to convince her that seeing a Pittsburgh Symphony Pops concert would be fun and hey, the professor might give you extra points for going to Pittsburgh. Tony award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell was performing with the orchestra, his rich baritone voice was amazing and it was a wonderful show. I’m not sure my cousin fully agreed with me or loved the entertainment as much as I did, but the fact that we went to Primanti Brothers and Starbucks definitely helped my cause in attempting to bestow a tad bit more cultural awareness on the younger members of my clan.

In a short while, I’ll be picking up my NYC soul sister from the Pittsburgh airport and spending the next three days filling up my friendship well. I am envisioning late night talks, a trip up the Pittsburgh incline, and more of sitting around basking in glow of being with some of my most treasured friends and family.

October, you’ve been good to me, let’s keep it up shall we?

What have you been to this month?