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Last week was a whirlwind.  It ended with a Cinque Terre weekend though, so I’m not sure I’m allowed want to complain.

I don’t know how everything got done but somehow it did.  It always does, doesn’t it? Some crazytown stuff happened at one of my schools.  Ever seen Gossip Girl?  (It’s a guilty pleasure, don’t judge me.)  ANYWAY, yeah, that -ish is better left on TV.  Thankfully, it worked out but it blew my entire day on Wednesday.  I went to JLD WomenLEAD on Thursday evening.  Our girls did AMAZING and took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (that’s $30,000 in scholarships right there).   You can (and should) watch the videos on our Facebook page.  I stayed up way too late to finish the work that I should have done on Wednesday.  Friday morning, I got up at 5:00am to pack before meeting with one of my kiddos at 8:00 to finish her graduate school applications.  I spent the day with her before boarding a flight at 7:45 Friday evening.

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Let the Cinque Terre Weekend Begin!

Two planes, two trains, and a hike later and we found ourselves in Manarola by Saturday evening.  Not to worry, my husband had already located the closest restaurant to our hotel and we had ourselves an enjoyable first meal around 9:30 that evening.

Yesterday, we woke up early and were out the door by 9:00am.  From Manarola to Cornigila to Vernazza to Manarola to Cornigila to Vernazza to Manarola to Vernazza and finally back to Manarola late last night.  (Did you catch all that?  lol)  Our train and hiking passes are being put to good use.

You’ll catch me in the vineyards today.  And, probably continuing my quest for the best gelato in the Cinque Terre along with adding a focaccia quest.  Follow me on the ‘gram for my latest adventures.

Linking up with B for weekending.  Have a fantastic week, mea amies!

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  • Katie Elizabeth - Have so much fun!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Beautiful shot! You’ve been busy! I’m surprised you visited so many of the cities in one day! I can’t wait to hear about the “best gelato” you discover. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SMD @ Life According to Steph - Fabulous photos!


  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders - It sounds like all the chaos was totally worth it for a weekend in Cinque Terre! All the hiking sounds fabulous, but the wine tasting sounds even better! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip!ReplyCancel

  • Biana - I hope your quest to find the best gelato was a fruitful one!! xo, Biana –BlovedBostonReplyCancel

  • Kasie Chelanne - Talk about a whirlwind! I can’t believe you’re still standing after a weekend like that. I haven’t been to Cinque Terre yet but have heard such wonderful things!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Keane - Have such a great time on your trip! Love all the pictures on IG! All that hiking sounds like so much fun (and tiring lol).ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista - STUNNING! And girl totally not judging you for Gossip Girl… my daughter’s name is Serena 😉ReplyCancel

Thanks for hearing me out last week (and for encouraging me).  It felt good to just be honest in this little space of mine and own up to what was going on in my head.  Once I released those thoughts, things started to look up.

Time for a brief update, no?  Linking up with B for weekending.


We headed to Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon for my brother-in-law’s change of command ceremony.  We headed to get parking passes as soon as we got into town, grabbed a quick dinner, and I made up for the 4 hours of sleep I got the night before.  Thursday was an early morning at the base, but it was great to celebrate such a joyous promotion.  I was obsessed with my dress, but the only picture anyone snapped of me was one where I was drinking from a water bottle… so #nopictures.  Sigh.  We got back to Dallas around 3:00 and headed back to work.

Yesterday morning, I decided that I wasn’t ready to go to Ohio this week, so I opted out of the trip.  I had a migraine on Saturday, so I didn’t think traveling was going to help.  I was able to get a lot of things done on Sunday morning (like booking our hotels for our trip that we leave for in FOUR DAYS), and I headed to the office yesterday afternoon.  I finished preparing our 2016 NSC data file and worked on some data that our consultants need.  I feel like I was able to be really productive.  It felt REALLY good.

I expect this week will be busy – and the last of the college decisions will trickle out.  It’s been a tough few weeks, and I just need to remember that we do a good job.  We’ll never save all the starfish, but we do make a difference to the ones that we’re able to save.

And then Friday night… I’m off to forget about a lot of things for a little while.  YAY!

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  • cara - Hoping you get to relax some next weekend! It sounds like you could really use some time off to re-charge. Congratulations to your brother-in-law, that’s awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Olya @ The Siberian American - I’m so glad things are starting to look up for you, friend, and that you’re leaving for your trip in just four days! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear all about it.ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista - Hope this week goes better, and you can catch up on rest and no more headaches! Yay for Friday being about forgetting about all the things. Sending *hugs* <3ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Glad you were able to get a much-needed break before your 25 days on the road.

    I can’t believe you waited until 4 days before leaving to book your hotels! That’s one of the first things I book!

    I can’t wait to hear all about your busy April when you get back and see images of all that you did and the places you went! I’m so excited for you! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Katie Elizabeth - Friday is coming!!!! I’m so excited for you and for me to live vicariously through your pictures 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Bradshaw - The starfish story is one of my favorites. I have it framed in my counseling office. I am sorry you have had a tough few weeks. I hope they get better for you and it looks brighter next week. 🙂 Chin up, buttercup!ReplyCancel

It’s late.

I’ve got a lot on my mind.

I can’t seem to stay focused these days.

There’s a lot going on and my to do list seems never ending.

I worry that I’m failing a lot of people.

I suppose it’s stress.

The next week and a half is big for my job.  I’ve been on the phone for two weeks trying to get our kiddos placed.  Some things are looking good.  Other things are a little more dicey.  It’s hard.  The newest U.S. budget is devastating for poor kids (among others).  Sometimes I look at what’s going on and I feel like they are trying to erase the poor, the elderly, and the sick.  That terrifies me.

We’re supposed to drive to Oklahoma today to see my brother-in-law’s change of command tomorrow.   My husband has given me an out, but I feel like I need to go.  I’m supposed to go to Ohio Sunday – Wednesday for work.  I want to go.  I need to go.  But, I’m so stressed about everything I need to get done.  I haven’t booked hotels for our trip.  I haven’t booked anything for the wedding I’m in next month.  It’s like I’m stuck and paralyzed with things I need to do.  I think I realized that I’m going to be on the road for 25 days in the next 30 days… and that seems insane right now.


Did I mention my favorite kid is applying to graduate school?  Merp.

Good things, good things, I should tell you good things.

I got nothing.

I’ll be back later in the week.  In the mean time, tell me your best ways to handle your paralyzing to do list.

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  • Katie Elizabeth - Sending you good thoughts!!!! My only advice would be to get more Halotop. Because ice cream helps everything, right?ReplyCancel

  • Olya @ The Siberian American - Oh Sara, I’m so sorry about all the stress! Keep your head up. You are doing great things. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - I HATE that feeling when you have so much going on that it paralyzes you and you can’t do anything. It’s the worst. When I have that happen, I try to sit down and make a to-do list of actionable items and pick 3 a day to accomplish. I know I can’t tackle it all in one day but if I can just pick 3 and do those then I know I’m making progress.ReplyCancel


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  • Kate @ Green Fashionista - These photos are stunning! Your photography is perfection gurlie <3
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  • Mandy - Wow! I love your shots of the clock. When I was in Prague, we went to see the clock but it was so cold and snowy that despite the fact that my friends SAID we saw the clock, I have absolutely no recollection of it. Now, through your images, I can say I’ve seen it. 🙂 You’ve been rocking the image editing recently. Are you getting close to being caught up? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Audrey - Wow. Prague is gorgeous! I love older, architecturally rich European cities! Great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Wynne - gorgeous photos! I visited Prague for a very quick period of time so I didn’t really get to appreciate the beauty there. I am planning a Europe trip and hopefully will be able to stop by for a worthy amount of time!ReplyCancel

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Spring Goals

  • Reformat, refocus, repurpose and reorganize older blog content.  I’ve been going through some of the really old stuff on my blog, and I want to update it.  There are some things in there that I feel like I was just pushing to publish without completely sharing what I hoped to, so don’t be surprised if you see a few blasts from the past updated.  Spoiler alert – last week’s Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton post was one of those posts!
  • Try to troubleshoot the hard drive with our December 2016 Europe photos on it before spending the big bucks to save it.
  • Create a book from our April 2016 adventures…. now that all the photos are edited!
  • Finish off the so-close-to-being-done home office.
  • Figure out the next big home organizing project.
  • Give the good things some brain space.  This week has been rough when it comes to college admissions decisions… but there are some great things, too.

Winter Goals Recap

  • [DONE!  Although this (at times) felt like way more trouble than it was worth, it was fantastic to have everyone over on Christmas day! I’m looking forward to our next celebration.] Host our first Christmas celebration in our house.
  • [I actually unpacked the boxes and started organizing the stuff that was everywhere.  I’m still not working in there yet, but I made a lot of progress.]  Finish that One Room Challenge I never finished so I can have a functional home office.
  • [DONE… if you only count April 2016 due to technical difficulties on my hard drive for the December 2016 adventures… recaps are in progress!] Edit Europe 2016 photos and recap my favorite adventures.
  • [Kind of.  Stay tuned.] Find a way to publicize all the awesome things our students have accomplished this year.
  • [FAIL.] Prioritize date night with my husband.
  • [FAIL… mostly due to the technical difficulties. Right now it’s looking like it’s going to cost upwards of $2,000 to recover the hard drive that I downloaded my pictures to… so we’ll see when I get that fixed.] Create a souvenir of our trip for my mom – not sure what that looks like yet, so I’ll take any ideas.  😉
  • [In progress – I’ve been working on self care and being healthy this month.  I am feeling better, too!]  Get healthy again.  I seriously need a detox from our European adventure (all the sugar and carbs)…


Goalgetters, how did you do?  What are your plans for spring?  Grab a button and link up below with me and Steph!

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  • James - Thanks for sharing! I never took the time to write mine down but my list looks similar. You can do it!

    Your winter goal #5 is a good one to prioritize.


  • SMD @ Life According to Steph - I fully need to board the healthy train.

    I have no energy to go back through old blog posts LOLReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Wait! What?!? Your [old] hard drive died? That’s one of my biggest fears! My laptop is currently backed up, but my external hard drive is not. My husband is working on getting us set up with Amazon, so that we can back up my external. I have had it happen before where I lost my laptop hard drive and back up hard drive all within a few days of one another (so basically I lost everything). Luckily I hadn’t traveled too much before that happened, so I really only lost college papers, music, movies, etc… My current external holds all of my travel images from my first trip to Europe, etc… up until my most recent trip to Hawaii. If I lost those images, I would just die. 🙁 So I can’t even imagine what you must be feeling to have possibly lost Europe images from last December!

    If you don’t mind my asking, what is your current backup setup? Like I said, we’re considering going with Amazon cloud, but I’m surprised you lost some pictures, but not all. It sounds like you have some method in place?

    Anyway, 1) I hope you blog about your April Europe pics book! I’d love to see how it turns out and hear about which company you use to print it! 🙂 2) Love that you are doing a blog clean out and resharing posts. I need to do that… and 3) Really interested in that one room challenge. I need to do that as well… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dolce Nina - Amazing goals! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I’ve been working on being healthy too, it’s harder than it looks! Does self care involve buying the glitter shoes you sent me? Because if so, I’m at least rocking the self care aspect 😉
    Good luck with the home office this quarter! Can’t wait to see the final result.ReplyCancel