Long Time, No Blog

Oh, y’all.

It has been a sweet forever, hasn’t it?

I have been working like crazy to finish the book, and finding writing time can be a tricky proposition considering that I spend the bulk of my weekdays listening to teenage girls talk about The Bachelor and what they want their dorm rooms to look like and that time they, like, got, like, so embarrassed when they were, like, trying to, like, TALK TO THAT, LIKE, BOY, OHMYGOSH.”

Seriously. Someday I’m going to just transcribe a week’s worth of conversations from work (the ones that aren’t confidential, of course) and call it I Couldn’t Make This Up and then see if someone wants to publish it. Or maybe I’ll just make it a series of blog posts. Because have mercy those girls are entertaining.

Anyway, on top of work stuff, Alex has started lacrosse practice, and I don’t really even know what lacrosse is but I know they practice a lot. Thankfully we’re in a practice carpool a couple of nights a week, but to all of you people who have three or four kids playing sports and basically spend every afternoon running practice shuttle, I would just like to say KUDOS TO YOU. You are heroes among us.

And that is all a very ramble-y way trying to tell you that I finished the book last Tuesday night. Since then I have taken a lot of naps. I have cooked a few meals. I have started to catch up on TV. I have watched a movie. I am about to start reading a new book. And I have wondered what in the world has gotten into Mr. Carson and considered telling him that maybe he needs to cook some food himself as opposed to making passive-aggressive comments to Mrs. Hughes, BUT MAYBE THAT’S JUST ME.

I should get edits back in the next couple of days, which means I’ll be back in deadline mode again, but by next week life will be back to almost-normal. I loved writing the book so much and can’t wait to be able to talk to y’all about the specifics of it, but until it comes out I am going to be the happiest homebody you ever did see. I very deliberately kept my speaking schedule to a minimum this spring; I enjoy it, but I want to soak up time with my family and enjoy my last semester with my senior girls. Plus, I am ready to sit in a folding chair at some spring sporting events with a large Chick-fil-A lemonade in the cupholder, amen. No kidding: the writing stuff is fun, but there is nothing better than sitting at a soccer / baseball / softball / lacrosse (granted, it’s new to us, but I’m optimistic since we tend to like all the sports) game and yelling my fool head off for some young’uns – whether those young’uns belong to us or to friends. It is quite possibly my favorite thing in all of life.

Can y’all tell I’ve been looking forward to spring sports? No kidding – they’ve been my light at the end of the tunnel. Well, spring sports and sleep. Sleep has been a very big, very glorious light.

So needless to say, this past weekend was delightful. There was lots of good family time, and there was the Bruno Mars part of the halftime show, which seemed to trigger an 8th grade part of me that liked to learn dance routines. Because no kidding: I sort of want to learn this one. And maybe participate in some sort of dance-off. It was like MC Hammer meets Michael Jackson meets Paula Abdul in that video where she danced with MC Scat Kat – yet somehow it was still very much its own thing. Glorious, Mr. Mars.

Today I actually drove to my hometown and spoke to the girls in my niece’s senior class. I felt super old just knowing that Melissa is four months away from graduation, but I loved being with her and her friends. My sister-in-law Rose and Martha were there, too, and it was just a sweet time all the way around.

A photo posted by Sophie Hudson (@boomama205) on

The trip was so quick that I didn’t even get to see my parents, but I did get to go to lunch with my cousin Paige, so it was still a big family day.

I like those days.

I feel like I have a thousand things I want to mention (new pants from Old Navy that I like, my friend Anne’s book, my newfound commitment to lip color, my new music faves, the hair dryer that has changed my life, etc.), but I probably need to ease back into the blogging before I start throwing lots of lists at you. However, I do want to be sure to share this song since it is all kinds of gorgeous (I mentioned it on Facebook last week, and I’m still listening to it like crazy) and really it’ll just help you relax before you go to sleep.

Happy Monday, y’all. It sure is good to see you again!

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  1. Welcome back!

  2. You’re BACK! I love that song and this makes my 4th (and 5th) viewing of the Bruno Mars performance. I think you’re right. Surely we could master this dancing thing. Well. Maybe not me. I can’t wait to hear about the hair dryer and new music.

  3. Breath of fresh air this morning! Glad you’re back Sophie!

  4. Sallie Baker says:

    Aw….enjoyed my coffee so much more this morning!! Glad you are back!! Excited about the new book!!

  5. Missed you! I wish I could watch spring sports with you; also my favorite thing. But this morning I’m shoveling snow :(

  6. Sophie, you make me smile. So glad you posted today. I am looking forward to your next book. My sisters and I love to read your stories. :-) God bless you.

  7. Yay! Reading your writing is pure joy. And YES, I used to like Carson, but I kind of want to throttle him since the wedding!!

  8. Old Navy pants…I’ve recently tried the “Harper” style pant, and it fits my body shape (shortish, roundish and bloatedish) fairly well. I’ve been counting calories for the last year and have added some actual physical exercise in the form of me sucking air on the elliptical machine 2-3 times per week, so I’ve lost 40 pounds. It’s nice to be able to shop in the regular sizes again!

  9. Renee Pfannkuch says:

    I was so happy to click on the I-pad and see your posting! Missed you!!!

  10. So, ON pants? Are you speaking of the new linen wide leg once? Because I’m not real sure, they’re not like the ones that had the last two years that I have literally worn a hole in before I put them in the trashcan.
    Also, dancing. I took tap in college, so I know little bit about tap dancing, but I have never clogged. However when I hear “kick the dust up”, I believe I could clog UP A STORM. I think would be awesome, although I realize it would be a one time thing.

  11. Forgive above mistakes- Siri doesn’t get me !

  12. Yay! So glad you are back and looking forward to your book! I submit that you should discuss all the above in podcast format. :)

  13. So glad your back. You never fail to put a smile on my face and I have missed you. Can’t wait for the book.

  14. Welcome Back! I’ve missed you like crazy. Can’t wait to read the new book. When I read your books while I’m in bed, I laugh out loud so much that my husband asks me to wait to read during the day so I don’t wake him up!

  15. Oh, it’s so good to see you! Congrats on finishing up the book, which I can’t wait to read!

    Kindly let Miss Martha know she looks a treat in that picture.

  16. I was so excited to see a blog post from you!! I’ve missed reading! I’m also ready for spring sports. Are you planning on attending Super Bulldog Weekend this spring? I’m ready for some Bulldog Baseball!

  17. Hey Sophie! I have missed reading your posts. Your words are always a joy and encouragement. Can’t wait to read book #3.

  18. Glad to have you back…for now. I heart Bruno Mars! Thought he was by far the best part of the halftime show.

  19. rachael b says:

    wow, been missin’ you like crazy! Can’t wait for more blog posts and cant wait for the BOOK!!
    much love!

  20. “She’s got more likes than Facebook.” – Trent talking about the girls on The Bachelor. ;-)

  21. Mary Lynn says:

    Yay for finishing the book!!! Enjoy some well deserved sleep and family time. Lax(lacrosse) is an interesting sport. We discovered it when we moved to Ohio. My 6th grade daughter plays it and enjoys it. There is nothing like “chicks with sticks” in the so-called spring of NE Ohio! Boys’ lax and girls’ lax differ a bit in equipment and rules so I am glad my son didn’t like lax and kept to soccer. It made my learning curve a lot easier! Watching my kiddos play is one of my greatest joys, too!

  22. Hair dryer details … Please! In whatever format you prefer, but your list of items to share does sound like the intro to a podcast… Just sayin’

  23. Glad that you are back! Can’t wait to read your new book!

  24. I can.not.wait. to read your next book. I have LOVED the other 2. Thanks for working so hard for us.

  25. Soo glad to see you have emerged from the writing bubble and are back on the blog. Loved the Bruno Mars routine and I daresay that if we learned that routine—WOW!–would we be fit or what? Kudos to anyone that can dance like that and sing at the same time without needing oxygen.

  26. Kim Wilkes says:

    I am having serious withdrawal from lack of a recent podcast!! Will you and Melanie please do another podcast soon! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy that hour of laughter!!

    Love yall!!