Okay, I’ve been a little swamped. But, I have not abandoned my “Love Baton Rouge” Project. I just need to catch up a little. Today I love Baton Rouge because I get to meet my sister for lunch. For 30-something years, we hardly saw each other. She had minimal vacation, and I lived away. She made the effort several times to come see me in Seattle, Michigan and Memphis. But we just never had enough time. Thankfully, she became a teacher and started having more time for travel. But, now, we can just have lunch. She – or I – travel about an hour and a half, and we are face-to-face. It’s not something I take for granted.
Day 24 – Friday… I know that the last 2 weeks I’ve been loving my job. I’m teaching a faculty professional development class, and I’ve been having individual coaching sessions with my student-teachers. For an ENFP like me this is an awesome experience. I am tired by the end of the day, and by Friday I was exhausted. But, the days passed really quickly as I moved from appointment to appointment via webcam. It was great hearing their ideas on their new courses and many had compliments on my course. So Day 24 I loved the fact that I’m getting to do some really fun things in my job.
Day 25 – Saturday. My hair was insane. For two weeks, I’ve been struggling with it. I only get it cut every 3 months, and Saturday was my appointment. It now looks amazing again. On Day 25, what I love about Baton Rouge is the fact that we have a DevaCurl certified hairdresser. And don’t think for a minute that’s not special. A lot of small cities don’t have one. If I can’t get an appointment with Eric, I have to drive to New Orleans, Houston or Mobile. In fact this summer when I had to reschedule for my vacation, I could only find an appointment in Asheville! She was awesome though, so I’m glad it worked out that way. And, believe me, if I need a cut and can’t get an appointment, I will make the drive. It’s the only thing that’s ever worked for my hair except cutting it all off. I am blessed that Eric is 8 minutes from my house.
Day 26 – Sunday. Sunday was an amazing day hiking and camping, but I’ve already “loved” the backpacking class and the hiking club. Poor Ashok ate sand and had to go the emergency clinic at Sherwood South Animal Hospital. They are amazing. They are open 24 hours every day, and I don’t have to fret anymore about emergencies after hours. They are there… they are phenomenal … and they cost about the same as the regular veterinarian. I waited 3 hours on Sunday to see a vet, but it was because that place was jammed with dogs that had been attacked by other dogs, suffered serious accidents and even one that died. When those things happen, I can tell you it’s great to know there’s a place to go where they can help you and your furry friend.
Day 27 – Monday. Yesterday I was exhausted. I slept well on Sunday night, but it was a busy, busy weekend. This week is no less busy. I had plenty of things I needed to do last night – work out, get packed for Memphis, clean my house – but I decided to curl up on the sofa, drink some hot chocolate and chill. So, yesterday what I loved about Baton Rouge was having such a busy life that I have to MAKE TIME for downtime. I actually thought about how much downtime I’ve had in the past and how different that is from right now. I’m sure it will cycle back, but right now I’m loving that my life is so full of amazing people and things to do. December is almost booked!
Some of my recent gatherings!