My love left today. He is off to Germany to make research happen for his dissertation. I love him very dearly and saying goodbye today was terribly hard.
It is never easy to say goodbye. It is definitely not easy to say goodbye until Christmas. I cannot even think about the rest of the year. Thank goodness for Skype.
We have been having/attending many celebrations and events over the past couple of weeks. We wanted to do one last pork shoulder, one last time at our favorite restaurant, one last trip to the taco trucks, you know how it goes.
One last trip to Fullsteam.
Speaking of this, I am going to do a post about Derek's last United States dinner soon. Fennel pizza deserves its own post.
It has been a busy couple of weeks. Then, I took Derek to the airport and when I got home it was so quiet. Too quiet.
One last smoked pork shoulder.
I am going to miss that boy.
I am not a wallower though and I intend to keep myself busy for the next three (really ten) months.
I am a list maker and I am going to make a list of the exciting new things I want to try in the next year (307 days, but who is counting?) and get out of my comfort zone a little. Not that I need Derek away to step out of my box, but I need goals so I do not think too much about Derek being gone. I am thinking a I will make a list of 30 goals, get it 300 days?
In order to really get out of my comfort zone, I want help making this list. If I have any readers (Mom?), would you help me come up with suggestions for my year? If they are feasible, I promise to do it and document my efforts here.
Here is what I have so far:
1. Make pancetta.
2. Go backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
3. Make a quilt.
4. Try a 4 new restaurants outside Chapel Hill (I have no idea where the number 4 came from).
5. Take a cooking class.
6. Go to a concert in town.
7. Go on a picnic.
8. Make a friendship bracelet.
9. Go trail running.
Okay, I have nine so far. Help me out friends! I will think on this a bit and hopefully come up with 21 more... with your help? Please?