The Art of Mirriam Neal

you know what I did this summer

It’s been a week since I returned from Colorado, give or take a few hours, but it’s hard to believe. It doesn’t feel as if it’s been that long. Time has flown because, presumably, I’m having fun relaxing and sleeping in too late. On the day I came back, I slept well into the afternoon and would have continued to sleep if I hadn’t been awoken by a family who is now back in good standing with me. I was going to write some long post, complete with a plethora of photographic evidence that I was actually across the country, but I decided against it. Honestly, I don’t like those kinds of posts much – they’re a bore to put up, as I’ve already lived it and know exactly what I did. Instead, I’m going to give you a few of my favorite pictures, and the highlights of my trip, and leave it at that. I hope it satisfies whatever curiosity you have, and then life can continue as normal. I’ve missed you all.

HIGHLIGHTS

– the girls I worked with were not limited to my spirit doppelganger. they included my unicorn, her cousin, the energizer bunny, superwoman, and one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known.

– sleeping out under falling stars and a super moon.

– riding around the mountains with my closest friend.

– the food. the food was spectacular. all of it. even the fish. did I mention the food?

– the guests. did I like all of them? no. but there were many spectacular souls I got to know over the three weeks, and felt, as my s.d. put it, like a reverse-gypsy; watching everyone pass around me while we stay the same, like ferrymen.

– I did not get much reading or writing done, granted. but I came home more inspired than I’ve been in years. mentally, I feel as if I’ve opened up, and I can stand on the mountains of my imagination and see miles farther than I could before.

– we went to a small-town rodeo. the drive took hours. the drive back also took hours. we sang along to songs we didn’t know, and had a great time.

– we also drove up to the cliffs and walked until we found good vantage points. Then we sat. The view was beautiful.

– singing along to the guitar, fiddle, or harpsichord any given afternoon, braiding the little girls’ hair and letting them play with mine.

– being able to laugh and joke on the job with coworkers and bosses is something not a lot of people have, and it made my job so much fun.

– a walk-in fridge is a gift from heaven and you cannot convince me otherwise.

– last, but not least, this list would not be complete unless I mentioned having hot chocolate any time I wanted it.

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bible study in townIMG_0455(221B, our flat, on any given day)

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