One month down on our long distance marriage! Surprisingly, I've had a better attitude about it than I expected. I had a couple breakdowns in anticipation of being apart but I think we've both stayed busy and talk all the time so it hasn't been as rough as I thought it would be. By keeping myself busy with friends and family, it's made the time go by faster and we are already into September!
Here are a few fun things I've been up to the last several weeks...
Took a self-defense class
I joined a couple friends from work in taking a women's self-defense class and it was amazing! I completely recommend it and think honestly ever girl from elementary school age through adulthood should take one. I learned so many tactics and skills to get out of situations that were easy and make me feel like I have some options if the situation ever arises. I attended the class at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, which is a chain I believe, and it was hosted by a father and his 16 year old daughter who performed all the moves on him. She was so tiny and she was so impressive. It was really fasicinating to be in the class with women of all ethnicities and ages, which just goes to show that this is a universal fear of being overpowered and we all need to learn the skills to defend ourselves. Go take a class!
Took a calligraphy class
Calligraphy is a skill I've been interested in for a long time and I was so excited when my friends Ashley and Bailey invited me to take a class with them. I'll be honest, I've never been so terrible at something right from the beginning! And I don't have awful cursive handwriting to begin with! The trick is you don't form the letters the same as you do when writing cursive which I had wrongly assumed. I felt like I was writing in a different language half the time! I did get better though and I even bought a workbook to keep practicing! I'm determined to become decent. Ashley and Bailey were amazing and I was so impressed!!
Visited Kentucky twice
I also have been lucky to visit Kentucky twice since Austin has been in Portland; once for my cousin's wedding and once for Labor Day Weekend. It was good to see my family in Lexington and Owensboro and just be back home. Especially in the fall, I feel like I miss out on a lot of family time. My parents and cousins and aunt and uncle all have UK football tickets together and so most weekends they are all together in Lexington and I'm the only one not there! Also, fall in Kentucky is my favorite with Keeneland in October and it brings back memories from college. It was nice to get to go to a tailgate and a UK game with them and be a part of the fun again. I also got to visit with Austin's family a little bit in Nashville and snuggle our littlest niece along with spending time with his dad, brother, and sister-in-law.
Here are some pictures from those Kentucky weekends, if you'd like to see...