Monday, February 15, 2016

Just freshening up!

2012 appears to be the year that everyone stopped writing on their blogs. I know blogs aren't dead, but all my friends and I stalled out several years ago and haven't had anything to say since.

So this is a post that updates my blog a bit.

A lot has happened since my last post. For one thing, the new nephew that I announced is now FOUR. Today. He just turned FOUR. So, instead of being a baby, he's running around telling jokes and kicking a soccer ball and playing with his brother. That's right. The first baby is now a big brother to a 1 year old.

We also moved from Nashville back to Michigan. I had to update my blogger profile because it was all about Nashville living and being in my early 30s, stuff that's totally outdated now.

On my own birthday several weeks ago, I went roller skating with friends. It was not as easy as I remembered it being when I last roller skated. Which was probably 20 years ago. At least. But eventually I got my skate-legs back and had a lot of fun. Also, it is better exercise than I remember it being all those years ago. I got sweaty. It was a total surprise.

The thought this year for me has been updating my "I haven't _________ since I was ______ years old!" statements. A friend gave me the idea about roller skating. I said, "Oh, I probably haven't been roller skating since I was 18 years old!" He said I should go roller skating now so that the next time someone wants to go roller skating I can say, "Oh, I haven't been roller skating for a few weeks!" It makes me sound much more adventuresome and current.

So, I'm thinking about my list of things that I want to get more current on:
1. Running a full marathon (since 2009)
2. Ice skating (since around 1990)
3. Sledding (since around 1990)
4. Going to the upper peninsula (since never)
5. Going cross-country skiing (since never)
6. Going downhill skiing (since around 1991)
7. Going to Europe (since 1993)
8. Going to Ireland (since 1994)
9. Going to the Pacific Northwest (since around 2006)
10. Seeing various friends who I haven't seen in years and years

There's a lot to do and not enough time to do it, but this idea is encouraging me to re-try some things and also break out of some old behaviors. And hopefully have some fun in the meantime.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New Nephew

I forgot to post here that I am a new Aunt! This is Ian Sumner Hunt, my sister's first child! He is five weeks old in this photo. What a little cutie!!

They currently live in Mexico so I haven't gotten to meet him in person yet, but this summer I will switch into full-on Aunt Lisa mode. It's going to be awesome!

Early on, he looked so much like my Dad, but in this photo I think he looks a lot like my sister. So excited to get to meet him in person and spend some time with him!

Visitors!

One of the most fun things for us is to host visitors at our home in Nashville. There are lots of great things to do in this city and having guests allows you to re-visit the various historic sites around TN and see them again with fresh eyes.

This week's guests were Les's sister and brother-in-law who live near the Orlando area. I took off a couple of days to hang out with them (poor Les had to work), and we visited The Hermitage, the Jack Daniel Distillery, and the tiny town of Bell Buckle. We didn't quite make it to the Stones River National Battlefield or the Country Music Hall of Fame or the Frist art museum, but you have to make choices to either runrunrun or actually have some "hang out" time. We chose the latter.

They head back home today. We had a great visit and are looking forward to our next adventure together!

Here's a photo of them outside the Jack Daniel Distillery visitor's center. It's a really great tour and we had amazing weather!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring in Nashville

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are here visiting this week and we took a trip to The Hermitage today. The grounds are beautiful all year long, but I especially enjoyed the Spring scenery on this visit. I don't think we've ever been there this early in the year, so all the plants were just coming into bloom. The lilacs were tender and sweet-smelling, the daffodils were newly opened, the peonies were still closed but starting to unfurl, and each tree had little baby leaves. It was a rainy day, so everything was green and crisp and dewy. So lovely.

I grew up with dogwood in my front yard, so they have a special connection to Spring for me. My favorite Spring tree now is probably the Redbud (which are prevalent and beautiful here in Nashville), but for some reason I just couldn't resist taking a photo of these just-hatched blossoms.