I have been incredibly busy this summer… more so than any in recent memory… and I really do love it. I don’t always have the time to cook or bake or create as I have in the past, but it’s ok. I’m trying to make time for everything that truly matters, and isn’t that what life is all about?
I started working at a winery this past fall. I help run the Tasting room at James River Cellars Winery in Glen Allen, VA and I truly love my job. I’ve been given the tasks of our Constant Contact messages, decorating the chalkboards for our in-house special events, updating our business Facebook page (James River Cellars Winery) and our twitter account (JamesRiverWine), and helping my co-workers in their tasks as needed. I don’t have any specific title or job description… while it’d be fun to have an actual title other than “ABC Manager”, I really don’t need one. I am learning to look around and find things that I can do to make things run better or be more organized. I adore taking time with our customers to find wine that makes them happy… I have learned to cook with each of our wines and enjoy sharing this information whenever I have the opportunity. This job has become a part of me and I am having a fabulous time! Note: the photo here was taken by Sarah Haussen of the VTC.
Both my sons are home this summer, which adds another element to our day-to-day activities. D graduated from Hood in May and, two days later, he began taking classes that will help him in his ultimate goal of becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer. My heart swells when I think of how far he’s come in the past four years… I even got teary with one of his professors when they proceeded to not only tell me how great he’d be as a trainer but they went into detail on his many attributes. Proud mama could barely keep from sobbing. E applied for, and got, an internship in an Anti-Money Laundering program. He’s earning money, learning how hard it can be to work a full 8 hour day, and more appreciative of his “off time” than ever. Additionally, both boys are playing in a men’s summer league lacrosse program AND coaching youth lacrosse travel teams – getting to see them each excel in their own ways in similar activities has been a blast.
Lest you think that we don’t have enough going on, M is playing softball again! Not only was he asked to join a locally sponsored team but he was also talked into playing for a work-sponsored team… it’s been interesting trying to add in all the games of both teams AND try to attend as many of everyone’s games as possible. Yikes… My camera is getting a great workout!
Busy is great… wish I had more hours in the day so I could get caught up on sleep, but I’ll have enough years later when we’re not following the boys all over hither and yon, so I’ll suck it up for now. Gotta cut this short cuz we’ve got an RSLL lacrosse game again tonight… and M has a doubleheader softball game… good thing I have tomorrow off, right?
Cheers, all! Come visit me at the winery sometime… I’ve got some great wines to offer you!