The Silver Linings

Thanks to my lovely husband (who I truly adore), I have been sick twice in the past two weeks. He came home from a business trip with bronchitis and very generously passed it along to me (despite my best efforts to avoid it!) The folks at Kroger’s Little Clinicnow know us by name – and that is not a place I was hoping to become a regular! Thankfully, I am feeling much better now, and am ready to catch all of you up on what’s been happening!

We had a great weekend, and so far – despite the sickness – a really awesome week.

On Saturday, my family and I hit the Cincinnati streets for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We formed a team this year in memory of my Grandad Des and raised $2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. It was freezing cold and raining on Saturday morning, but there was a fantastic turnout and the energy of the crowd was contagious. We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to remember my Grandad and support a cause so close to our hearts. After the walk, we warmed up with a cappuccino from my favorite coffee shop, M5 Espresso Lab (which was visited by none other than Mariah Carey this week, by the way!)

Sunday was beautiful – it was like summer had returned! We started the day with Captain snuggles on the couch (my favorite) and playtime in the backyard (his favorite).

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We spent the afternoon at the 49th Annual Hyde Park Art Show. One of my favorite things about living in Hyde Park are events like these, where they shut down the square and the whole community comes together. We saw some truly amazing artwork and photography. I’m blown away by the talent there every single year.

By Monday morning, I was feeling rotten, but we had big plans that night and I needed to rally. I purchased tickets for Ryan and I to see Sam Smith in concert in Columbus way back in February – the concert was supposed to be in July, but unfortunately, Sam Smith had to reschedule to Monday, because he was recovering from surgery over the summer. I am obsessed with Sam Smith and had been looking forward to his concert for so long. Ryan gave me his album at Christmas and I swear I’ve almost worn out the CD. Rain or shine, in sickness or health, I was going to be there!

We left for Columbus straight from the office on Monday night, and stopped for dinner on our way. I didn’t want to miss the opener – Gavin James – as I had heard incredible reviews about his music. He certainly deserved those accolades! He was incredible. I purchased his music on iTunes as soon as we left the concert. My favorite of his songs is “Coming Home” – just beautiful.

Sam Smith is incredible for a lot of reasons. He is obviously talented, but what you may not know is that he’s also a total class act. If you follow him on any of his social media accounts, you’ll know that he is very humble and sincere. At his concert, he shared stories about how he wrote the songs on his albums, almost as if he was talking with friends. He seemed legitimately overwhelmed by the turnout at the show – he was visibly moved that people would come to hear his music. It made me love him even more.

If you ever have a chance to see him live, I highly recommend you do – his was by far the best concert I’ve ever been to (and I don’t say that lightly.)

The last couple of days have mostly been spent recovering from my second bout of whatever-it-is-that’s-going-around. I was disappointed to have to cancel plans with friends to try to sleep the sickness off.

A couple of developments have had me absolutely beaming, though!

Do you remember the little lost dog I found abandoned in our backyard back in August? Well, I’m very excited to share that she officially has a forever home! Our good friends have adopted her and have made her officially a member of their family. I’m so glad she’s found her happy ending!

And speaking of happily-ever-after: my cousin Jemma, who I wrote about in a recent post, got engaged to the love of her life last night. I’m totally overwhelmed with joy for them – they deserve a lifetime of happiness.

Despite the reasons to feel down, I can’t help but feel so grateful this week for all the good things in our lives.

Until next time,

LL