Happy Monday, my friends!
In contrast to the last blog post, it's been a crazy week -- in a good way!
First of all, you should know that autumn is my absolutely favorite time of year.
According to my wall calendar, autumn started last Monday. I 'celebrated' with an apple dish for breakfast and setting up all my fall décor. I also put together all the ingredients to make homemade pumpkin spice lattes (so fun and festive)! However, apparently, autumn actually started Monday night, so I was a bit premature in my seasonal rejoicing. Oh well. When the first full day of fall rolled around on Tuesday, Kyle (he was off work that day) and I went to the nearby apple orchard to explore and delight in the perfect weather. We walked through pumpkin patches (they looked quite sincere), admired the expansive apple orchard, visited the farm animals (goats and rabbits and alpacas, oh my!), got lost in a delightful little corn maze, and explored the goodies in the country store, leaving with several small pumpkins, apple cider donut holes, honey, and a bale of hay that we managed to fit in the backseat of my little car. We spent the rest of the day relaxing together. It was the perfect first day of fall and my last day of 'break.'
Yep, that's right --- my background check came in and I started work on Wednesday!! Yay!! Oh boy, let me tell you -- I am exhausted. At the end of my first day, I came home and plopped down on the couch to watch a movie. It was all I could manage to do. After work on Thursday, we headed to Lexington for some laser tag, roller skating, mini-golf, and all-you-can-eat pizza with some of Kyle's coworkers. Everything was free; it was an enjoyable time but my body was too exhausted to do anything other than eat and mini golf. Friday's work day was followed with a volunteer shift as part of the clean-up crew after a church-sponsored dance for people with special needs. It was wonderful being a part of it, but needless to say, I was, well.... exhausted. : The weekend brought me the rest that I needed (and I finally watched The Book Thief -- sooo good, like the book) and today, I energized myself with a large iced coffee. I am happy to be working.
I love two things about my job: the kids and the morning drive. The kids in my room -- a handful of sweet, messy, playful wobblers (approximately nine to eighteen months old) -- brighten my day constantly. Yes, it's chaotic and messy, but that's OK. It's worth it. And the morning drive? It's been heavenly!! It's sixteen miles (about thirty minutes) of winding country roads through hills and fog past farms with fields of horses and cows. The route is nearly nonstop, with only one stoplight and a couple stop signs. No traffic at all, except for the occasional car that passes by. The best part? The sunrises! I leave for work right as the sun greets the day, which makes for marvelous skies. That, combined with the Kentucky mist (patches of fog in the hills), is glorious. I didn't have mornings like these back in Chicagoland. I am constantly in awe, with eyes wide open. And yes, I have pulled over several times to snap photos. I don't know if I will ever tire of the beauty that surrounds me here.
I am so happy my own personal fog has lifted. I feel useful and productive again. My back is also almost completely better! It is sore after work since I'm picking up kids all day, but it's healing well. The next thing I have to tackle? A cold is creeping into my body. At least I have all my essential oils to help me with that!
Our internet situation is still a bit iffy -- meaning, we don't really have any. We are hoping to get that established by the end of October. Until then, it's the occasional trip to the library (when they're open), McDonald's (the only other place in town with free WiFi), and Starbucks after work (yay for a Starbucks near work). I usually don't mind this lack of internet because a break from the screen is good; however, I am itching to share more with you soon.
Love, peace, and light.