Let’s just call this a literary-focused month. It began with a trip to Babson College, just outside the city, for a poetry reading (and collection release) by Jericho Brown. Sitting in a college auditorium surrounded by students with backpacks wondering why they needed to attend a poetry reading for a school credit reminded me so much of Berry College, but I was the foreign adult there on purpose. Fun story: Jericho Brown knows some of my BC professors. It was a sweet connection and a wonderful reading. His poetry speaks adamantly and purposefully, but I’ll get to that in my review of the collection in a whole other post.
I also went to an author event at the Somerville Theatre organized by Porter Square Books. I bought tickets for this event with Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle months ago. They spoke to a sold-out crowd about gender roles in the workplace, soccer triumphs, co-parenting, and Abby’s newly released book. It was a great reminder that we’re all part of something greater than ourselves.
The rest of April blew by with the force of March winds. While we saw a few warm days, highs often hovered in the mid to low 50s. I got my hammock out mid-month and soaked up much needed vitamin D. Work has been exceptionally busy this month, which meant long hours and a couple of Saturdays in the office. I started talking to a financial planner about my big Bookstore Dream and, while it still seems like such a mountain, it doesn’t seem so insurmountable anymore. It feels good to make a plan.
I spent the last weekend of April in south Georgia. It was the quickest trip home of my life. I flew down Friday and went to the Braves game with Cody. It was great, though we lost after holding the lead for most of the game and the crowd of people around us couldn’t stay in their seats for long. I have never been to a game where so many people got up and down the whole time! I spent all day Saturday in Perry with family and went back to Atlanta Sunday night before flying out. I spent a few hours walking around Duluth with Madison, Susan, and Sarah – a much needed reunion with my girls. Quality time with them is always good for my soul. Then it was back to rainy Boston, cooler temperatures, and a big work presentation that almost stole my sanity.
Overall, work took the cake in April. Now that we’re on the cusp of spring (maybe?) and summer in New England, I’m hoping May will be full of fun trips to the Cape and beyond!
In the words of Barbara Brown Taylor, here’s a few things that are saving my life right now:
- Highlands (Song of Ascent) from Hillsong UNITED’s new album
- Sleep (seriously… after last weekend, I have been reluctant to leave my bed while I catch up)
- Group texts with people from home