And…we’re back!

11 Jan

Hi! This is what I wore today (1960’s cardi, Caro-Nan basket bag, Tatyana jeans). IMG_1522It was not as much fun as what I wore yesterday (Bathing suit, beach towel, coconut water in an actual coconut).
IMG_1517We are back from Liberia, Costa Rica where we stayed at the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo–this was a work trip for the Mister.
IMG_1470 As you might have suspected, it did not suck. We also went to Nicaragua, which was very interesting. I enjoyed it very much. We saw the colonial city of Granada…
IMG_1474 This Nicaraguan city actually did look like a lot like my old-timey vision of what I imagined Costa Rica might look like. When we were walking around, I remembered that I had seen the downtown area before on an episode of House Hunters International! costarica2 That donkey and cart are still there, seriously. Okay, maybe a different donkey. IMG_1490We stood on the edge of a live volcano near Granada. The Mister insisted on getting way too close to the edge, of course.
IMG_1492 Seriously, Mister, that is not okay. Move away from the edge, Mister!IMG_1503We also went to another town in Nicaragua (Cateliena? Catelena?)…and there were several streets that had small, family-owned nurseries on either side that were very pretty. We also went to a museum and a Mercado…it was a busy trip from beginning to end. We are glad to be home in Tennessee, although we are not glad to return to the cold.

I’m seeing lots of end-of-year recaps and new year’s goals on other blogs. You know, I just love to read blogs and it’s fun to see the general upswing in interest in blogging that appears at this time of year. People have renewed energy and good intentions. I like that.

It’s so easy to get burned out on blogging, in my opinion. I mean, it’s often just stupid hard to find inspiration to write when the day-to-day stresses of work, etc. grind you down, especially over a long period of time. Once I’ve fought through a day of work and/or the Green Hills Kroger parking lot, I have nothing left for you people, sorry not sorry. And honestly? Sometimes, it seems like when you are blogging, you just are talking to yourself anyway, or in my case, an audience consisting of the Mister, my mother, aunt and mother-in-law. And I talk to myself enough. You should see me when I’m alone in the car; it is an ongoing, very animated conversation. (As my son says, totes craycray.) I thought for a long time that family members were the only ones reading my blog, and eventually when I had a job that took more and more hours of my week, my desire to write or take pictures of my latest vintage acquisition fell to the wayside. I felt vaguely bad about it, but I figured nobody would notice other than family (and they cut me a lot of slack)…until one day several months ago. I happened to be filling in for an absentee cashier at my job and was ringing up a sale for a nice lady whom I had never met. Out of the blue, she said, “I wish you’d update your blog.”  I was stunned. Strangers read my blog? I mean, I know it’s a public website and for strangers to read it is actually the point. I just never figured they were. I know that I have a site statistics page but I’ve always strongly doubted both it’s accuracy and my ability to interpret it correctly. But here was proof positive that somebody read it and what’s more, they liked it enough to say something about it to me, a total stranger. Wow.

I’m not always good at approaching strangers. Maybe you aren’t either? That’s okay. But as we move into this new year, I just really want to share this with you; your small effort could be the thing that pushes someone onward. So, if you like a blog? Maybe try to comment–not all the time, but every once in awhile.  I’m working on this myself. If you blog? Keep going. I love real people’s stories and ideas and style and humor and insight so much, don’t you? If you used to blog and you got discouraged and quit? Come back. Somebody misses the unique brand of “you” that you put out there. If you’ve always wanted to blog but you think nobody would read it and it’s all been done before? Be brave! Try it anyway. And if you talk to yourself in the car? Friend, you are totes craycray but you are not alone.
Here’s to a great 2015!
Mrs. T


9 Responses to “And…we’re back!”

  1. CAM January 11, 2015 at 3:44 am #

    Well, here’s that stranger you met at the sale, and I still wait patiently to read your blog!!! Keep up the good work.

  2. Susanne crews January 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    I read it, do I count? 🙂

  3. shirley turcotte January 11, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    WELCOME HOME…Not everyone gets a chance to bask in the sun this time of year, but so happy you and the Mister did. Read your “blog” all the time. Love seeing all those 50’s items; brings back a lot of memories. Love to all..

  4. rae January 12, 2015 at 12:59 am #

    hey i’m always here! haha. i go through phases with my blog. some months i update it every other day, other times it’s once a week. same with reading them.
    i’m glad you had a good time in costa rica! i’m starting to tentatively plan a trip out of the country. i’m really scared of doing it for some reason. its good to be reminded that people do it all the time! haha.

    • apronstringsvintage January 12, 2015 at 2:42 am #

      You guys have such awesome adventures; you totally inspire me to travel! I’m always telling the Mister–look at this place Rae went, we have to go there. Don’t be intimidated to go outside of the country–you are already a great traveler!

  5. sarahjohnson210 January 13, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Lauren! I love your blog too, and your cardigan!

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