Nov 14, 2011

Hello - My Name Is...


Now that I am back I thought this may be a good time to get reacquainted with ya'll.  It has been nearly a year since my first blog post in December 2010.  A lot has happened in the past year to the blog, our home, and even myself. At times you think the days move slow but then you look up and it is already November 14!  I can't believe it! So here is a little catch up with Little Brick Ranch and yours truly...

I am still me.  I mostly look the same (besides a haircut a few months back) and I mostly act the same.  I have begun to think a little differently, however.  My newest mantra is easy.

It began with:  Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.  

A 350 mile hike across Spain will do that for you.  


I left for Spain with 12 lbs of gear on my back and the weight of the world on my shoulders.  I returned with the gear (most of it, anyway) but none of the worry.  Life is too short.  It seems once you are out "there", in life, the only thing you really need is faith.  This isn't a religious faith type of thing (unless that is your belief and then I say go with it).  This is the type of faith that everything is going to happen as it should.  That if you are thirsty and have run out of water someone will have some to share, if you get to town late after everyone else there will indeed be a bed for you or another accommodation will be made available, and if you have been dreaming of raspberries along the road you will eventually find them...maybe even on the honor system...

  
Your life will unfold exactly as it is supposed to.  It won't always be easy.  You may find yourself in a pension sharing a double bed room with an overzealous Italian man causing you to pack your gear asap and high tail it out of there in the middle of the night stumbling in the dark as you walk 2 km to the next available alburgue.  But have a little faith, once you are there you will see a familiar face and a warm bunk bed and soon you will realize that you are where you were meant to be.  OK - not many will find themselves in that same situation but the outcome is the same - you are where you should be.  

Upon my return from Spain I have kept the Simplify Simplify Simplify mantra when it comes to my household and projects.  But when I wander into my beliefs and overall feeling on life I have narrowed it down further to the belief that I am where I should be.  It is amazing the sort of clarity that comes with not only saying that but actually believing it.  


So where should LBR be?  When I first started blogging I wanted to improve our house, teach others to do the same, and wow the universe with my amazing insight on all things DIY.  Ummmm...I've simmered down a bit.  When blogging 5 times a week and meeting so many fabulous bloggy friends this momentum takes over which is quite similar to the term "Keeping up with the Joneses" except I was trying to keep up with the Kates, Petersiks, and Nesters instead.  There is simply only one word to describe it: EXHAUSTING!  My house was constantly in shambles, there was always a half finished project (more likely a 1/4 finished project) and even when I finished something I was constantly thinking of ways to improve it.  While all this was happening I also started working again which took even more time away from my blogging and those projects...I simply couldn't keep up and was starting to sink under the pressure.

I am happy to say that this blogging break has shattered those feelings.  I am back to being me...not some mocked up am-I-writing-enough-wit-and-puns-to-make-others-snort sort of me.  As much as I love those ladies (and gent) I am not them nor will I ever be.  This is why blogging is so fabulous, after all - we all have our own wit/humor, our own goals to achieve, and our own ideas...and when we run out of ideas we all have Pinterest!

So where are we now?

When we last left you we were in full fledged Foodie Friday mode.  Every Friday I hosted a fabulous array of dishes you fine peeps brought to the table.  I loved it, you loved it, my family loved it, my friends loved it!  It was fabulous.  After much consideration I have decided to continue Foodie Friday however I need to find time to focus on some other parts of my day to day that I was skimping on...

Now that I am back at work I am traveling.  A Lot.  I am hoping to include some of my travels with you to give others a chance to get to know the cities where you come from.  Where is the best antique shop?  Who has the best donuts?  What is your town best known for??  I need the deets people!  I typically fly weekdays and have around 15 hours in each town which only leaves around 5-6 hours to truly explore.  I will let you know what towns I am visiting ahead of time and I hope you all will give me some tips on what to do while I am there.  Once I get a chance I will post my trip for all to see in the event that one day you find yourself hungry at Pikes Market in Seattle and craving a Dungeness Crab roll loaded with fresh sweet crab I would send you straight to Lowells.  Mmmmm...let's think about that one for a moment...


Or perhaps you have a few hours to kill in Greenville, South Carolina and feel like some fresh air?  I would point you in the direction of Parks Falls where you can explore to your hearts delight...


So this is the not so new but improved LBR.  My new goals for the blog are to write what makes me happy, do projects that I can (and will) finish, and continue to make friends along the way.  I want to share my travels with you, our household projects, and all the ups and downs that make us who we are.  I hope you will stick around for the ride!

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