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I always enjoy looking back on the month, recapping a bit about what made it so special. Thankfully Heather hosts her monthly link-up, providing me the motivation to share those moments. Let’s get started for September!

Loved

Jay discovered Burke’s Garden a few years ago, but we never managed to visit until a few weeks ago over Labor Day weekend. This tiny town in the mountains of Virginia lived up to its promise to be a quiet escape from the world. We spent 2 days (mostly) unplugged, enjoying a local Amish bakery, and biking the 10-mile loop to enjoy the scenery.

We want to go back, and I’m considering signing up for the half marathon they host each June. The experience promises to be great, I’m just not sure I want to train to run 13.1 miles again!


Read

How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero (How to Train Your Dragon #11)
by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant

I started this series back in 2015 and quickly discovered that the audio version of the book adds to the fun of the story. I have read the print versions of one or two in the series but always return to the audiobook versions. I’ve purposefully spread out my reading, delaying finishing this series. I love the stories and characters so much I don’t want the story to end!

I feared my heart wouldn’t be able to take book 12, and I’ve been dragging my feet. I never dreamed that book 11 would make me cry! I quickly added book 12 to my holds at the library, but part of me is glad it’s got a bit of a wait. This way, I have a bit longer before I have to say goodbye to Hiccup, Toothless, and the rest of the Viking gang.


Treasured

My treasured item will always be my family. This month, I returned to the movies for the first time since last spring. Jay and I had a cold earlier in the month, and the Justus League graciously waited to see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings until I re-entered society. I loved this movie – not surprisingly since I’ve enjoyed Simu Liu on Kim’s Convenience and always find Awkwafina hilarious.

An excellent movie, passing the popcorn bucket, and some of my favorite people. It’s hard to top that! I told my nephew that this photo with the flash looked like he’d been hit with one of the 10 rings.


Ahead

After enjoying an extended “concert season” in the fall of 2019, we took a bit of a break going into the winter. Of course, concerts stopped being a thing for most of 2020. I wanted the experience of outdoor concerts with pod-style precautions, but we never found any in our area with acts we were interested in.

Jay and I during a spring 2020 Facebook live concert by Cody Jinks

Now that arena concerts are back, Jay and I are ready to get back at it! We wanted to see Sturgill Simpson at the Outlaw Music Festival Tour. On the upward swing from having a cold, I decided that an outdoor concert probably wouldn’t be the best for hacking lungs. The decision disappointed us both but learned later that Sturgill Simpson canceled due to vocal issues. (He’s since canceled other tours we’ve been looking at.)

As we book our adventures for the remainder of the year, we currently have 2 concerts on the books. Months ago I got tickets for the November Eric Church show in Knoxville. Just this past week, Jay bought tickets to the Cody Jinks concert in Asheville. I’m a little nervous to get back at it, but also excited. I’m nervcited. I just keep reminding myself: if I can fly on a plane I can handle a concert!