Two terms that are sure to enter any conversation these days are “unprecedented times” and “new normal.” You can set your watch by it, and on some of my conference calls, turning them into a drinking game could get really ugly, really fast. A couple of days ago, I was presenting on a call, and I adopted the term “next normal.” Because the fact of the matter is, you can say “new normal,” but that changes daily, sometimes multiple times a day. So right now, I’m only operating in what’s happening right now, because that’s all that I can control. And while things feel so uncertain and so out of control, I do maintain that I have control over how I react to this environment. And that only reinforces my desire to implement as many happy moments as possible. Maybe that way the “next normal” will feel a little more, well, normal.
Here are a few things that felt a little more “normal” last week and certainly made me happy.
- National French Fry Day. YES!!! I’ve actually always been a fan of celebrating these silly national holidays, especially when they revolve around food. Last Monday was National French Fry Day, and our little fam celebrated with a happy hour at Summit Grill. They have a fantastic happy hour, and one of their appetizers are the most delicious French Fries. They are crispy, sprinkled with Romano cheese, and come with the best garlic aioli dipping sauce. The three of us shared a bunch of food, a bunch of laughs, and a bunch of fun.
- Restore Soft Opening. Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy is a new wellness center in Olathe, and their soft opening was last week. Friends, family, members, and in my case, ambassadors were able to try out their services before they opened to the public. The center offers a variety of services including Cryotherapy, IV Drip Therapy, Compression Therapy, facials, and much more. Last week, I tried out the massage chairs, the compression therapy, the sauna, and a Stretch Base Therapy session. Y’all, everything was so good! I left each service feeling so relaxed and rejuvenated, and I’ve now set up a reoccurring session for each week. If you want to try it for yourself, you can use code CROWNINGGLORY for 20% off when you book.
- Coffee with a New Friend. A few months ago, I signed on to be a contributor for City Lifestyle. I’ve been writing a couple of articles a month, but recently, they challenged me with a couple of articles they would like written, asking if I was up for the task. And since I don’t know how to say no, and I love a challenge, I said yes. One of the articles was to interview a local artist of my choice. Instantly, I knew that I had to ask Meggan Smith, owner of MRS Palette Décor. I’ve followed Meggan on Instagram for a long time, and have admired her pieces that marry wood and metal in stunning creations. But also, she is the meme queen, frequently sharing the most hilarious memes that I’ve ever seen. So yes, I wanted to learn more about Meggan’s art, but it was also a great excuse to hang out with her, because I think she’s hilarious. Fortunately, she didn’t think I was a creep and agreed to hang out with me last week and grab an early morning coffee. We had the best chat about her art, her family, her interests, and of course, her memes. I love learning about people, and I’m so happy to have made a new friend.
- Date Night. FINALLY! If we’ve been hanging out for a while, you know that Chad and I are big on date nights. Prior to COVID and the Stay At Home Order, we had one date night per month, and one family date night per month. When restaurants and other businesses closed, we tried as much as possible to have at least one At Home Date Night per month, but they just weren’t the same. We both genuinely enjoy getting dressed up and exploring our city, and we’ve missed that connection the past couple of months. With things reopening, we have still been a little uneasy and have observed the past month, letting businesses adapt their new practices and protocols. Additionally, we rely on a babysitter, and we weren’t sure about that either. However, our babysitter was available on Saturday night (She also works at Jack’s daycare, so that gives us peace of mind.), and we jumped on it. We got dressed up, grabbed our masks, and we had dinner at Ragazza, followed by drinks on the rooftop of the new Loews Hotel. It definitely felt a little odd, but we were cautious and felt safe, and we really enjoyed the time together.
- Brunch and Shopping. Again, FINALLY! Two of my best girls and I try to do at least one dinner or happy hour every month. Sadly, we haven’t been able to make that happen since early March. The three of us have also been pretty conservative, so we didn’t do any driveway hangs either. Just a couple of Zooms. And while those were okay, we have really missed seeing one another. On Sunday morning, we met for some socially distanced shopping at Frankie & Jules for their Parking Lot Sale. After we’d done some damage, we drove to The Market at Meadowbrook and had a lovely brunch. Again, we all agreed that things were weird (um masks and not hugging…), but we were so happy to see one another, to catch up, and to have some much needed laughs. I was on a high the rest of the day.
I don’t know a lot right now. (Or ever really…) I don’t know what’s next, what the future will bring, what will change in our worlds. But I do know that what brings me happiness really hasn’t changed. I need my people, I need good food, I need to take care of my health, and I need to laugh. Last week brought all of those things, so I’m calling it a win.