Off to RV

I’m Back!

I’m back after taking most of the summer off of writing.

I wish I had some sort of interesting reason for my absence. I tried! I thought: Am I too happy to blog? Too depressed? Lost? Dazed? Confused?

I finally gave up on being reasonable and starting writing this post.


I actually have so much to tell everyone.

Off to RV

We went on our big RV trip and 5000 miles later, we’ve been to Yellowstone and back. I’ll need to write about it state-by-state though because we did so much in every state we visited so stay tuned for RV Trip Part 1: West Virginia (or some version of that exciting title). We had such a good time that we will probably be RV owners by the time I hit publish, and Late Enough can finally become the RV blog it was always meant to be.

Speaking of Late Enough, this blog was chosen as the best local blog by Richmond Family Magazine. I made Scott read the blurb to me because I was too anxious to hear how it was characterized, but the writer, Mary Helen Sheriff, perfectly captured this space.

I’m so far behind in telling stories that I never got to show off my sister’s wedding (or my matron of honor speech) from March although it got picked up by so many magazines, I’m sure everyone in the South has seen it. (That’s not going to stop me though!)

Of course, the wider world has seen so much turmoil as of late, and I obviously have opinions although I feel myself focusing less on the political side and more on the humanitarian side again. Did you know our last name, Iwashyna, is Ukrainian? I’ve run into a lot of interesting conversations because of it.

While I’ve missed writing in this space, our summer was definitely easier with me just focused on home and family rather than trading off work time with Scott. We’ve had tea parties, ice skating and rock climbing camps, general mayhem, and Pikachus. We had cookouts over fire pits and almost had the Virginia Beach Dog Mafia reject Lars. We had so many days in the high 70s and low 80s that I forgot to hate summer.

Maybe what I’ve realized is that I don’t NEED to write. I want to blog regularly but it’s not something I need to feel settled? I don’t know. I do know that in general, I feel less attached to having to do this or that. Buddhism, here I come! (Actually, we are trying out a new Christian church in the country, and the organist invited my son to play! Compliment my kids and I’ll be a fan for life!)

Okay, I hope that your July was wonderful and I’ll see you here more often for sure.

PS. It’s hard to hit publish after 8 weeks. Here we go! WHEEEEEEE


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Just Stop Sleeping And Help Some People Out

Me: ‘Do you want to watch another episode?’

Scott: ‘No, I can’t.’

Me: ‘This is why I hate watch TV shows with you.’

Scott: ‘Because I sleep?’

Me: ‘Yeah.’

When we’re not sleeping or watching TV, my family likes to help others just as we’ve been helped. We give to charities and people throughout the year, but during the holidays, I think money struggles and the “have and have-nots” feel more stark so we reach out through Late Enough to offer support. In the past, we’ve helped pay for an unexpected car bill or Christmas presents for kid who have gone without in the past.

I also like to not take myself too seriously.

Email me at alex{at}lateenough{dot}com or leave a comment below, and let me know what’s up. We’ll work something out because you aren’t alone even if no one will watch TV with you. (Okay, that was a terrible tie in, but I AM on very little sleep.)

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