Well, Affichomanie has been a bit quiet lately. In case you didn’t know (which seems unlikely since only like 3 people read this blog and they are my mom, my mom, and a spambot), Bryce and I welcomed a beautiful little Irish Terrier named Beatrix (Bea for short) into our home about two months ago. She has brought so much joy into our lives. I barely remember what it was like not to have that little snuggle bug in our family. Life has felt like a really lovely little dream lately. It’s been a bit easier to let the bad things roll off my back. And by bad things I mean, constantly being covered in dog pee and having no money from buying her ALL THE THINGS.
Despite working a full time job, this is the first Summer I’ve had since I was a kid that I really feel I’m taking the time to enjoy and to relax. Maybe having Beatrix has made me slow down, be more patient, and take time to appreciate the now. Also, not having a wedding to plan helps. What a time suck.
I sip weekends slowly and enjoy them to the last drop. South Shore Farmer’s Market is a new weekly requirement. Beatrix gets to play with all the dogs & children while we enjoy breakfast then load up on vibrant produce and freshly baked bread. HINT: If you have a new puppy or baby, Wildflour Bakery gives you a free loaf of bread! Whaaaattt?!? It’s awesome.
When the market must be skipped (last weekend it was replaced by a rainy festival and Bea was a bit lethargic from vaccines early that morning anyway) we find other ways to enjoy our time outside with the little red girl. Humboldt Park Beer Garden with friends the next day was a perfect replacement for our lack of outdoor time. We spent the whole afternoon tasting St. Francis Brewery beers, talking about all things serious and silly, and being entertained by crazy Bea and her new friend Jackson. I even managed to avoid a sunburn. Win!
I read something recently that said, “Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.” Not sure who said it, but I’m totally on board with that plan. It’s what I want Affichomanie to be, documentation of my joys. It’s the whole reason I created this blog, I needed to remind myself of everything that makes me happy. I’m getting back to it!