This morning I got an email from Brooks, the running apparel brand.  It was a coupon for free shipping and the subject line read, “Happy Half-Birthday!”  It made me laugh because I’m basically the only person who thinks half birthdays are cool…possibly because mine falls on Valentines day, thus giving me something to celebrate other than a silly holiday fabricated by the greeting-card industry.  But I quickly stopped laughing when I realized that in two days I will officially be Thirty-And-A-Half which seems WAY older than just plain Thirty.

As you know, Mary-Hall and I took a one-month-and-a-few-days hiatus from blogging to recharge and renew not only our own love for blogging, but the face of the blog as well.  (We have a new “About” page in case you’re not sure what’s going on here, and a sleeker, cleaner look featuring a fancy-shmancy new header that Mary-Hall designed).  But that doesn’t mean we each laid about in bed eating bonbons or anything.  Nope.  We’ve both been busy, and I thought I’d let you in on some things that have gone down in the past 45 or so days of bloggy silence.

Keith and I were blessed to get to celebrate our 3rd anniversary a little early with a trip to Mexico at the beginning of January.  We stayed at the Aventura Spa Palace resort near CanCun, and thanks to a special scored through his Mom’s timeshare program, we did little else than rotate between the pool, the lagoon, and the actual spa.  We did leave the resort one day to visit Tulum, some ancient Mayan ruins, and had a blast there as well.  All in all, the trip was lovely.  (I even took a Yoga class while I was there…bringing the Yoga Class count up to two!!)


Panoramic View from my lounge chair one afternoon. Mmmm. Lovely


Keith and I cliffside at Tulum overlooking the beach!


Hanging out in the atrium…ready to go to dinner.


I may or may not or may have been chosen to participate in a “follow the leader” style party game at the resort-wide “Mexican Fiesta” night. Unfortunately the game involved the ability to count in Spanish and I came in second place. Sigh.

Also, as many of you know, I officially left my job as violinist for the Ronnie Freeman band this past December (more on that here) but I’d also started a new job as the personal assistant/violinist/road-manager for author/speaker/singer Kelly Minter this past August, and life in Kelly-world has been busy and wonderful!  Travel season for us started the last weekend of January, and since then we’ve been to Louisville Kentucky, Birmingham Alabama, and Ruston Louisiana.  this weekend we’re off to Bellingham….just about 2 hours north of Seattle, Washington.  Our weekends are cram-packed and fast-paced, but I love my job and I’m thankful to be able to support a gal as awesome as Kelly!  Two weekends ago in Birmingham, I was excited to not only have my friends Leslie and Sophie stop by (and bring me yummy yummy cake!) but my mom (know to you blog-followers and commenters as “Momma Daniel”) was able to come stay with me and attend the event Kelly was speaking at.  It was so great to have her there!


“Momma Daniel” and me. So thankful for her support and love!


Did I mention the weekend involved a food-packaging service project that involved hairnets? Sadly, the only photo I have with my boss. We need to change that. Stat.

Other notable things that have happened in the past month:

*Keith had a birthday.  Sadly, we did not get to travel this year.  But we did play skee-ball and 4-person air hockey with our friends John and Hannah.  Not the same kind of awesome, but still awesome all the same.

*The squirrels returned to our attic warranting an emergency call to our favorite carpenter and entire new soffett on one side of the house.

*1/2 Marathon training has begun yet again.

*I’ve lost another pound.  Total weight loss since Jan 1, 2012 = 18.8 pounds.

*I took a cooking class…finally……a really real one.  But that’s a whole ‘nother post.

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4 responses to “Jan-term”

  1. Momma Daniel says :

    Well, since I’ve been privy to all your goings-on, and thoroughly enjoyed my weekend at Kelly’s event in B’ham, I have nothing particularly clever to comment, except that I’m so excited for you in this new position and look forward to all your upcoming stories.

  2. Mary-Hall says :

    1) what is a Jan-term? Is that like a Maymester?
    2) what?!? This means I’m already 30.5. How is that possible?
    3) super jealous of that beach picture. Super duper.
    4) 18#s??? be careful or a good wind burst may blow you away! I’m kidding I bet you look fab in those college jeans of yours.
    5) Yaaay blogging!

    • bethanybordeaux says :

      1. Exactly like it….except in January. I can’t remember which school was on this system…..Samford maybe? I seem to remember David Goetz doing Jan-Term classes.

      2. I will always take comfort in the fact that any age I turn, you will experience it 5 days before me. Nothing like a good friend who gets there first and checks it out and tells you how things are. 😉

      3. You should go back with us. It’s heaven.

      4. I love that you know me well enough to know that I am, in fact, rocking the college jeans. What? Wide leg jeans are out of style? Well, these wide legs were purchased when I was 19 years old. And I look good in them at age 30. Don’t ruin my fun.

      5. I know. I’ve missed the blog. Needed a break, but missed the blog.

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