Sorry for the radio silence around here – I’ve been back in my old Kentucky home, enjoying the Derby festivities!
Friday night, after watching the first female jockey ever to win the Oaks (pretty cool!) the parents and I headed to a quick dinner, and then to Kroger to see the making of the coveted blanket of roses. There are so many cool activities surrounding the Derby that are under-publicized, and I’m excited to be an official Louisvillian again next year and enjoy them!
Saturday morning, after a little potluck brunch with some of my old high school friends, I headed to Claire’s house to meet up with her crew…and then it was off to the races! We got to park at Wagner’s Pharmacy, where Dad works, so we scooted right across the road and hightailed it into the infield to stake out some territory.
Let me just saw that eight cute girls in sundresses, with a setup of folding chairs, a cooler of drinks and ice, chips and brownies, was a pretty popular crew – we made lots of new friends! Several people just wanted to sit for a bit – a few had lost their friends, a few needed to rest – but one gang of Dartmouth boys plunked down and stayed for the rest of the afternoon! Pretty funny.
I had a winner in the very first race that we saw, thanks to my favorite newlyweds and the similarity to their last name, but from then on I didn’t cash a single ticket. Hansen and Alpha seriously let me down in the big race! Oh well, such is life. I enjoyed the sights, the juleps, the rousing rendition of My Old Kentucky Home, and the company – that was enough for me. Overall, it was a pretty fun day. Don’t know if I’ll brave the infield again, but this time it was a great experience!
Wondering why I didn’t take more pictures? Honestly, I somewhat forgot. But I also was trying to uphold my May resolution, albeit in a different city. I was trying to be more present. Instead of running around, worrying about documenting every little moment for my blog, I was a bad blogger. I chose to be a good friend, and a good Derby companion.
I think that is the big question – is it worth sacrificing a little bit of the atmosphere and getting caught up in the moment just to get the perfect picture? Sometimes I think yes, other times I think no. It’s all about striking the perfect balance. And yesterday, I decided it wasn’t. Don’t worry Mom – other people were taking pictures, so it was slightly documented! I was just too busy being present.
Off to coffee at JJ’s and then babysitting – and then maybe some work. The weeks are winding down, time to plow ahead and close out this never-ending project!