Surviving Mayvember: A Mother’s Day Escape with Laurel


Well, here we are – it’s May and already my children’s school has lost their dang minds. Why in the world are we putting ALL THE ACTIVITIES in the very final month of school? I have lost track of the theme days and parties. I feel like it’s a part-time job – and the worst part is that I knew it was coming. 

But it’s ok. Because…

Taylor Swift dropped a DOUBLE ANTHOLOGY in late April so all is right with the world. I am one of those Swifties who hasn’t really experienced heartbreak the way Dr. Taylor Allison Swift has. I met my husband in college and we married early and fortunately continued to grow in the same direction. One of my best friends calls us The Symbiotic Creature – we have been together so long that we speak our own language and when one of us starts a task, the other effortlessly and quietly finishes it as part of a dance that only people who have been together this long can do. 

And yet. 

I still feel the soul-splitting agony of The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived and loml. 

Wait – this isn’t a company dedicated to Taylor Swift Fandom. Or is it? 

Let’s find out! Onto to good stuff…

Things That are Making My Life:

Well. Do I need to answer this? It’s obviously The Tortured Poets Department. I was working on our board deck last night, on what was probably the eleventh rotation of this album and I had to just sit back for a moment as Mother sang, “And in plain sight you hid // But you are what you did // And I’ll forget you, but I’ll never forgive // The smallest man who ever lived.”

Chills, I tell you. Chills.

Ok, Taylor Swift aside, I’m also thoroughly enjoying a from-the-beginning watch of Summer House on Bravo in the hour-long bite of time between kids going to bed and my own bedtime. It’s a great “brain off” show of drama adjacency with a hint of summer vibes. 

What I’m Looking Forward to: 

I don’t often look forward to Mother’s Day – usually it’s a lot of coordinating with family and high expectations that I don’t even fully understand and then never really articulate. BUT – this year, I think I’ve cracked the code. 

I’m not planning anything. AND I’m not expecting anything – except a new coffeemaker. 

OK, well, I’m also not going to do laundry. I am going to have coffee from my new coffeemaker and binge-watch Summer House OR rewatch The Summer I Turned Pretty in my jammies. 

And then let me know if you’re Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah. 

If you’ve read the books, obviously you need to be Team Conrad, right?

Here’s to surviving Mayvember, my friends – the sweet slowness of summer is almost here!

Till next month!

L 💙

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