Scattered Hellos

Hello lovely people! I’ve had tons and tons going on over the last few weeks, and while I’ve talked in brief about some things (boys out of school, new haircut, stupid termite issues), I thought I’d do a bullet list of a few happy things going on in my world right now!

05 Nat and me• I recently visited my great friend Natalie in Houston over Memorial Day weekend. Nat and I have known each other since high school, but we’ve never lived in the same area at the same time, so our visits are widely spaced and somewhat erratic. We haven’t seen each other since July or so when I first moved back, so it was great to hang out with her for a few days. I can’t remember the last time we had three whole days together! We visited a bunch of places I knew when I was in college in Houston, and she bought me this absolutely amazing tarot deck at Magick Cauldron. It’s an Italian deck by Nicoletta Ceccoli, and the artwork is phenomenal. Observe:

05 new tarot

06 tarot bag• Speaking of this particular tarot deck, I crocheted a little bag for it after not picking up my crochet hooks for months. I was struggling with my right shoulder because I was crocheting too much (ha!) so I needed a break. The bag isn’t perfect, but came out nicely! (Though I admit, this was my third attempt after two major fails…I had no pattern to follow!)

• Summer is in full-swing in San Antonio, in the 90s most days now, and I discovered a sad thing: I simply cannot wear leggings under my skirts in this heat, which basically means I cannot wear skirts. Then I discovered Bandelettes, which have changed my whole world. These are amazing. They don’t slip, they don’t make me sweat, and they’re perfect protection against chafing. I’ve been wearing a lot more skirts since I grabbed these! Here’s an outfit from pre-haircut days (necklace also courtesy of Magick Cauldron).

06 ootd

beach• Between the increased wardrobe and the lovely haircut, I’m feeling so much more confident about myself these days. Confident enough that I brought my bikini to the beach this week. It was a large family vacation including my dad, most of my siblings, and my nephew (12 of us total). We rented a house near the beach in Port Aransas for three nights. I’m not a huge ocean person – too unpredictable – but there was also a pool and I figured I could at least walk along the shore and such. Um…no. We went out for a walk the first night, and by the time I got home, I had over 30 huge mosquito bites. Everyone else went out constantly, but for the rest of vacation, I stayed inside and read!!! So I didn’t end up wearing that bikini, but hey, I brought it, and I didn’t stay inside because I was body-conscious!! And the boys all seemed to enjoy themselves, which made it all worth it.

What are all of you up to these days?

PS – Let me know if you had any fun blogs come up this week, as I had to do the dreaded mark-all-as-read after a week away from home!

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Agender empty-nester filling my time with cats, books, fitness, and photography. She/they.
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9 Responses to Scattered Hellos

  1. Kailana says:

    Those Tarot cards have awesome art on them! I would want them just to frame. lol Glad you are having lots of fun lately!


  2. Trish says:

    I’m allergic to mosquitoes (they just swell up and insanely itch) and my husband thinks I’m crazy for wanting to stay inside rather than be out. He gets bit and doesn’t feel it at all. Sounds like you were able to relax anyway. And totally intrigued by those bandelettes! I had never heard of them before.


    • Amanda says:

      I’m really allergic to them as well. It’s been five days since I got these and they’re all still huge and swollen and painful. I’m just not an outdoor person!!


  3. Kristen M. says:

    Hello, hello! I am MIA again because this is Z’s last week of 6th grade so we have all sorts of stuff going on. But, after 11am on Friday, I am going to be on cloud nine. I plan on using my time to clear out more random stuff from my house, do some long overdue thorough cleaning, and just relax like I haven’t been able to do in a while — hopefully without getting mosquito bites! We have them around but they’re luckily pretty noisy so I tend to hear them and squish them before they get me. I’m sorry you got eaten!

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    • Amanda says:

      I think they were so bad down there because it’s more like a salt marsh than a regular beach, and it’s been raining sooooooo much more than normal here in south TX, so there were puddings everywhere, long rivers of standing water. The last time I was at the coast – on this same island – there were no mosquitoes at all! So yeah there’s that.


  4. gricel says:

    those bandelettes look amazing! I hate wearing leggings during the summer, but its the only thing that stops the chafe. I need these.


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