**Is that lipstick you're wearing? Why yes. It is.**
Hi there. Remember that girl who fills this place with emotions and photos and life? She got swept away. Tying up lose ends in Sacramento, returning to the midwest, three days in Chicago with family and a few quiet days in Wisconsin before her boy leaves on Saturday.
I've been handling Gabe's impending return to Iraq quite well. That is, with one exception. While picking up a few items at the store, I breezed past a Valentine's Day display. While fully aware that Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday, my mind wasn't able to reach my heart in time to stop the tears. February 14th. A day I adore. Three weeks after Gabriel leaves.
Then I cried. A lot. In a place where Gabriel couldn't see me and, as he so often does, feel guilty.
And since that day, things have fallen to the side. My hopes for starting off the year with gym trips and days of creativity. Book reading. Faithful blogging. Cooking. It all feels so little in comparison to being present in this time, before we're once again separated by eight-thousand miles and four and a half months.
So, I hope you don't mind if I'm on "away" for a few more days, while I soak up the time we've got left. But, I cross my heart to reunite with you on Monday. :)
P.S. Here's a lipstick update: Covergirl in Wine Shine is giving me a color I love. Unfortunately, I have to reapply every hour or two. But...in a few days I'll have no reason to lipstick-up, so it works for now!