Last week was a week.
Like, a weeeeeek.
And I started to write to you guys about all the things that had made it a week, but that process made me feel kind of like this:
And that didn’t feel so great. Because I don’t want to bring you guys down too, y’know? So, instead, here are the positive sides of the things that COULD have totally made last week a week.
I did NOT forget my coffee at the drive through window: I DID forget to pay at the first window, but it was TOTALLY FINE because the guy at THAT window yelled REALLY LOUDLY after me. For some reason, it made me feel old. No worries though, after the yelling (LAAAADY! LADY! YOU NEED TO PAY!) I was able to reverse. And make all of the other cars reverse – until they couldn’t do that anymore, because there were too many of them, but again – NO BIG DEAL because I just popped out of my car, and walked back over to the window.
And all of the other people in their cars were super, super patient. No one even beeped their horn at me.
For real though you guys. I’m not even being sarcastic.
No for real.
I fell in love with one of my neighbors: I work from home. Did I tell you guys this already? It’s mostly amazing, but the notsoamazing parts of it are that there’s no requirement to get dressed. Like, ever. Or shower. Which again, is not the worst. Mostly. Because people stop by sometimes, and for some reason it hasn’t clicked for me that hiding under the window because I’m wearing leggings with holes in them and haven’t washed my hair for 48 hours is no way to live. And when Anna dragged the neighbor-lady down to meet me Friday night, I was still working. And still unshowered. So Anna was like “SOANDSO IS HERE TO MEET YOU” and I was like “I CAN’T COME OUT RIGHT NOW I’M WORKING, JUST TELL HER I’M ON A CALL” because I’ve never met her you guys! And I wanted her to meet showered-Erin. But instead of telling her that I was working, Anna said:
“Oh, my Mom doesn’t really feel like coming out right now. She’ll come meet you later.”
Which I’m sure, made her think I looked something like this:
And let’s be honest, I kind of did.
It was fine, though, because I made her apology corn bread and walked it down yesterday, so she would know that I do actually leave the house. And told her when she came over I was unshowered and wearing leggings with holes in them. And we talked for long enough that I forgot how long it was – in a really good way. And she had that aura about her, the one that makes you feel completely at ease immediately? And everything she said was like – TOTALLY. Y’know? It was like YES. I fell in love with her.
And even though – even with the positive, it was a WEEK, the weekend reminded me of all of the things I love about where I’m sitting right now, writing you from. Because I drove to Massachusetts, to our old neighborhood. And I drove to New Hampshire. And at the end of both drives, when I crossed the border into Maine, I felt safe again. Because I started my day here, on top of a mountain:
And I ended it here, after a 3 mile run along the coastline:
And both of those things happened within 10 minutes of my front door. And that is like TOTALLY, y’know? It’s like YES.
So. If you forget the first window, no worries, someone will notify you. Loudly. And you can hit reverse and pop out of the car. If you forget to wash your hair, no worries, your neighbor will not judge you, especially if you’re honest with her when you bring her apology corn bread.
And if you need a respite, put away the bathtub gin and come over. Because Maine is like TOTALLY. It’s like YES.