People people people.

This has been a weekend of people.

On Friday night, I hung out with my sisters.  On Saturday morning, I did a bike ride with the Mamma Jamma group and got to see my friends David, Alice, and Bill, and I made some new friends, Tom, Tammy and Deborah.  After the ride, I met Jenny and her precious daughters briefly before Jenny and I went for coffee.  As Jenny and I were wrapping up at Teo’s, we bumped into Alex.  Afterwards, I went out to the LBJ Ranch and caught up with Catherine, Christian, Nina, and TJ.  Then I drove down to San Antonio to a Toastmasters event and got to visit with Brian, Michelle, Amy, Susana, Shane, Betty, Mary and Maria.  This morning, I had brunch with Amanda and Joey.  Then I drove down to San Antonio to visit Pete, who is briefly home from China.  While I was there, I got to say hello to his sweet mom.  Then on my way back into Dripping Springs, I stopped by to see my mom and dad.  And throughout the weekend, I spoke with Erin, Heather, Celena, Jeanie, Dacia, Jason and Bill on the phone.  I even got to exchange quick calls and messages with Lina and Karyn.

I consider myself to be fairly social, but even for me, that’s a lot of people in a short span of time.  On the one hand, I’m a little tired from being out of the house and on the road and being “on” all weekend.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t trade a moment of the weekend for anything.  It was great to catch up with people I adore and don’t see often enough. 

Tonight, I spent some time flipping back through old photos.  I was reminded of how rich my life is in people.  I was reminded…

of the day Laura, Kerry, Catherine and I toured and toasted the house Catherine had purchased but had not yet moved into…

of the day I got to watch Jeanie race her first half-Ironman…

of the day Teri and I joined my parents and their pet goat to cheer for my sister during her first triathlon…

of the day I said goodbye to my dear friends from the law firm where I spent the first eleven years of my career…

of the night I saw Hayes Carll at Stubb’s with an awesome group of girls…

of the New Year’s Eve I spent at the Broken Spoke with Catherine, Joslin, Michelle, Jenny, Dorothy, and Pete…

of the day I celebrated my first Ironman finish with Jeanie and my mom…

of the day I celebrated my 35th birthday with Rey and other dear friends and perhaps the best cake ever…
of the day I got together with some of my favorite women to wish Jenny well in Portland…
of the day I surprised my dad on his birthday with a gathering of people he and I both love…

of the night I met Lina’s sister…
of the weekend I got to spend cheering Erin on through her first half-Ironman…
and of my time in Seattle with Karyn and her family.
I could go on and on. 
I love looking back through photos and remembering. I love the people I have been fortunate enough to do life with over the years. I love my friends and my family. 
I’ve been a bit down lately, trying to figure out life stuff.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in what’s not going well.  It’s easy to overlook all the goodness and just see the stuff that disappoints. 
I didn’t plan for this weekend to be so fully about people.  It just ended up that way.  It just so happened that getting together with my sisters worked out and that Pete was in town and Joey was in town and Jenny and I were able to meet for coffee.  It just so happened that Susana was able, at the last minute, to make the contest and that Shane, Betty, Mary and Maria were there also.  It was a lot of goodness packed into a couple of days.  And it was exactly the sort of weekend I needed. 

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