Welcome To All The Excitement

I actually thought that there would be a podcast post up right about now, but Melanie and I attempted to record a podcast this past Saturday, and y’all, it was the most boring thing you ever did hear. And I know some of y’all are probably thinking, No, I get it – because I listened that time y’all talked about under-eye concealer – but our problem this past Saturday was that we were both super low-energy. Melanie was tired from a quick trip to Houston, I was on the back end of a headache, and neither one of us could muster much enthusiasm about anything (Melanie, God love her, gave it her best, but my reaction to everything was somewhere between “Eh” and “Maybe?”).

All that to say: about 40 minutes in, we decided that we’ll try again later this week. Maybe something will happen by then. Or maybe Melanie won’t have to try to fill my silence by elaborating on why sunshine can be good for us (true story). Thankfully the anvil that was lodged behind my right eye for a couple of days is now completely gone, so I have high hopes for being a productive podcast partner in the very near future.

As for the rest of our weekend, I’m a little sad to say that the headache was probably the biggest part of it (for me, at least). I spent most of Friday afternoon camped out on the couch in my office – which is the darkest and coldest room in the house – and when my head finally started to cooperate with the rest and the essential oil blend and the Advil, I finished the last little bit of my newsletter and clicked a few buttons to send it out. Then David took me to dinner and I ate some soup.

In other words, it was a very exciting evening here at the retirement home.

On Saturday I ran a few errands, fought off round 2 of the headache, then recorded the aforementioned podcast attempt. I tried to get some writing done, but after I tried to write the same sentence about 11 different ways, I gave up and surrendered to the Netflix. Sometimes that is all you can do.

But yesterday, after church and Chuy’s, I sequestered myself in a corner of my beloved Panera, and the change of scenery did me a world of good.


I don’t think the bottomless caffeine source hurt, either.

I wrote for about four hours, which is about as good as an afternoon-o-writing gets for me, and then I decided to run by Target to pick up some groceries on the way home. I have no idea what the temperature actually was when I stepped outside Panera, but I immediately wondered if the parking lot had caught on fire and I had failed to notice. My car had just barely started to cool down by the time I made it to Target, so once I stepped onto the blazing hot pavement and started making my way into the store, I felt a little bit like this.


It took me a little while to round up everything I needed inside the store because MOVING SO SLOWLY, and after I paid for my groceries, crossed the desert-o-asphalt, put the groceries in the trunk, and sat down in my car, I had my first official August Moment.

August is the cruelest of the months, you know. Because HOT.

I should really be ashamed to complain; David worked outside with the pressure-washer most of yesterday afternoon, and Alex starts football practice tonight. Something tells me that my frustration with, you know, WALKING ACROSS A PARKING LOT will probably pale in comparison to whatever Alex endures when he’s running sprints and trying to take down a tackling dummy.

Be near, Lord.

And stay cool, y’all.

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • email


  1. Hey Sophie. Hope you are feeling better. Thankfully here in Indiana we haven’t had it too bad. The heat has only came in spurts and then nice stretches of comfortable weather. Just wanted you to know I bought 2 albums of The Brilliance yesterday and love their music. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I never heard of them. It is a wonderful writing companion. Take care and drink plenty of liquids.

  2. Rachael b says:

    I am SO over the heat and humidity in Iowa!
    Does your Target have new carts? I was at the West Des Moines Target yesterday with some girl friends and they have new cartsM we were in love! So smooth and litterally NO noise! Stealthy! It’s the little things!

  3. Melissa says:

    Looking forward to another podcast – one more college visit is in the offering. Feel better and enjoy this last bit of summer.

  4. Sophie, I noticed that you said you sent out a newsletter on Friday. I didn’t get one, and I don’t know why. I’ve gotten the others. I love your newsletter and your blog.
    Try to stay cool. We are roasting here in south Mississippi.

  5. I don’t care how boring your life/weekend is/was, you ALWAYS make me laugh. Happy August!

  6. Love reading your entries, but I am not getting the newsletter, unless this is your newsletter. :-0

  7. I’m glad you’re feeling better. By the way, I didn’t receive the newsletter either.

  8. Oh, Sophie, you can turn a phrase like nobody’s business! LOVE reading your posts. And I’m looking forward to the next podcast.

  9. Glad you’re feeling better Sophie! I DID get the newsletter!!!

  10. Stay indoors! We were in B’ham last weekend for an OUTDOOR wedding, 90 plus degrees. What were those people thinking?!?!?!?!

  11. Oh Look. I cannot even function in this heat. The evil that is southern Louisiana in August is just too much. I have gone into seclusion. All I do is dream of moving to Montana. Big Sky or bust! I’ve never been there but I’m sure it’s where I could be happy again. It’s all about the temperatures.

  12. Becky in Waxahachie says:

    I’m with you on the heat. Texas is facing some of the hottest days coming up this weekend and into next week. Weatherman says 108° by Monday. Lordy! I’m going to HEB early tomorrow morning to stock up because I don’t plan on leaving my house. Also, I didn’t get your newsletter either. Hate to miss any of your wacky wisdom!