It’s been about a week and a half since I last blogged and honestly? I haven’t taken that long a break since I went to Slovenia a few years back. (I like to drop in “I went to Slovenia” whenever I can, considering most of the time, I just go to the grocery store, school, Target and home.) Here is an update on some things in my life at present.
Wondering if taking a break from regular blogging might be in the cards this summer. No, this isn’t a goodbye blog post, but it seems right now that the stories I could be telling about this middle era of my life… some of them involve people (read: teenagers) whose stories need to stay private for the most part. When I signed on to a career as a memory keeper, I prided myself on telling it like it is and that’s okay if it’s just about me. You feel me on that one? So if my blogging seems sporadic, it’s not because I’m done with it but rather, I’m being more selective with what I write about. So there’s that.
Welcoming my college-aged girl back into our home for the summer. Aidan has finished up her sophomore year with a bang. She plays collegiate ultimate and her team, the St. Olaf Vortex, competed at Nationals in North Carolina a few weeks back where they placed third. It brings me so much peace to know she’s found her place and made some of the best friends of her life to date. I’ll keep writing the checks to that college for sure.
Anticipating seeing some of the photos my BFF Tara Whitney took of Aidan and her beau, as well as a few she shot of my family. I will soon have a lovely photo of me and my teenaged boy, much to his chagrin. I think he’ll appreciate it. Some day.
Researching what photo printer I should buy to replace my old Photosmart 8750. I am considering getting the Epson SureColor P400 (my friend Ali has it and says it’s working well for her), but I’m not loving the idea of spending that much money right now. Back in the day, companies like HP and Epson gave scrapbook magazine editors, like yours truly, free printers. It was a totally awesome thing, let me tell you. In this modern era, that doesn’t really happen anymore so mama has to make smart choices. Especially while Papa is looking for work as a teacher.
Hoping that Dan gets some more interviews this summer so he can move onto the the next phase of his work life as an awesome elementary school teacher.
Planning a new class designed around simplifying the process of making a scrapbook about your year. Yes, it’s basically taking a Project Life type of approach, but I have some ideas about letting go of the need to cover it all and instead covering enough to make a meaningful document. I have a very loose idea that this class will show you in real time, how someone can start with absolutely nothing but photos and emerge with a plan to create a printed book that covers your entire year in less than 30 photos a month. Stay tuned on that one.
Loving my letter board from Letterfolk. A few months ago, I bought The Writer and I am still kind of giddy about it. I picked up a few extra packs of the Helvetica letters (swoon) and I am having so much fun with them. If you’re on the fence, I say go for it. Memory keepers love word stuff, right? At the very least, follow their stellar Instagram account. I think it’s my favorite in all of the land. It’s a perfect blend of humor, wit and showing you their product in action. So, so good!
And finally, we are mourning the passing of Dan’s older brother, David Zielske. Dave died last week at the age of 53. He leaves behind loving parents, siblings, cousins, and many nieces and nephews. He was a kind, creative and big-hearted man. He also struggled with depression and alcoholism for a large part of his adult life. My heart aches for Dan’s family and their loss. Addiction is hard. The disease of alcoholism is brutal. Rest in peace, Dave.