Well, I'm in Nashville again. I should be able to enjoy my town for a whole month! It's the last month of summer, but of course, we know summer in Nashville lives on until at least October.
Things in Atlanta are in a good state - and that's great, I'm thankful. Things in Nashville feel equally stable-ish. Work is a little weird - actually, I'm a little weird and work only highlights it. We're in the process of turning over a project to what I believe to be its rightful owners. I just wish I were better at that kind of work, but I'm not, especially when I'm being pulled in other directions. Which I am. Last night, I dreamed that the house I was living in was leaking, and rainwater was pouring into the house from all directions. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that I'm feeling compromised, anxious, unprotected...
But I'm trying to give myself a little space to make corrections and keep moving forward.
One of the more interesting things I did during my time in Atlanta was sifting through ancient photos with my mother to try and whittle down the herd to a more manageable herd. The boxes we tackled were childhood photos of my sister and me. We were pretty cute - I'll have a post for you on one of my finds soon.
I had dinner with my mother, her boyfriend, his son, the son's girlfriend, and their friend one evening at a local burger joint - I ran into a girl I'd known since 5th grade. It was nice, and kind of affirming that I wasn't such a disaster that people from my youth still remember me favorably.
It's also nice when your hometown really feels like home.
Speaking of hometowns, Matt and I celebrate our sixteenth anniversary tomorrow, and that means I'll celebrate 16 years of living in Nashville next week.
|This Is Us (a few years ago).|
That's roughly a third of my life, which is both everything and nothing. While I was doing some puttering around my hometown and adjacent on this trip, I realized I was going places I don't recall having ever been before. And a few that I had been many time. I know the same is true about Nashville. But I haven't gotten lost going home from the grocery store in nearly 15 years, which is not nothing.
Piper is fine and fluffy these days - it was good to get home to her. She seems equally jazzed about it. Which is good. In stressful times, the therapeutic value of having a doodlebug to pet on cannot be denied.
I'm also grooving on a few new shows - Ted Lasso, of course - because everyone seems to love it as much as I do. But my friend got me hooked on Schmigadoon. The basic premise is a couple who have begun to drift go on a hike and find themselves stuck in a musical. It's got a lot of fun people in it - including Keegan Michael Key, who is just lovely.
My mother's new pulmonologist looks like and Indian version of KMK - it's not unpleasant.
Anyway - it's got Cecily Strong, Jane Krakowski, Aaron Tveit, Kristen Chenoweth, and plenty of other names in the business. If you like musical theatre, this is both an homage and send-up. Fun songs, great sets... it's the total package.
And with that, I'm going to get to getting. We'll see how August turns out, then make our way into September.