Don't you worry, we'll all float on.

I love the predictability of good, old friendships. Where they effortlessly stroll in the front door like neighbors popping in for a cup of sugar, when the truth is we haven't seen each other for many months and live many miles apart.

Our long weekend involved hikes, bikes, food, hanging, soaks and music.


The hikes and bikes were bright green, wilderness, downtown, around the hood.


The food and hanging was fresh, plentiful, homemade bread, rhubarb pie, swinging, soup, chilaquiles, reading, ice cream, pancakes, coffee chats. Again.


The soaking was the funky sweet sulphur town of Hot Springs, Montana.


The music was abundant: Arann happily narrated our days with Margot's toy guitar until we fetched him a proper grown-up instrument from neighbors. And, we went to the Modest Mouse concert last Friday night.


The show was completely great, one of those wonderfully confident and content nights rife with reflection on the good ol' buzzed college days and gratitude for standing in a field leaning happy into my husband's frame. I wrote about it in this week's mama digs: float on.

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all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com


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Margaret DeWilliam Horton said...

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Very nice….and I am loving that listening to live music has come full circle in our family. Where my kids are the college kids at the concerts…pumped about it from ticket purchase to the actual event to detailing it for days after. Love to see how music affects them like it did me……and still does…..Occasionally they’ll let us tag along…but at certain ages, not so cool to enjoy it with your parents.
The desciption of the concert was great.

clove's corner said...

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Love your hubby’s hands in the pockets of your puffy coat…makes me yearn for a date with my hubby.

Jessica said...

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I adore Jump Little Children! I used to go see them in Charleston and Richmond whenever I could. Matt Bivins moved like an alley cat, so smoking hot! Great post!

6512 and growing said...

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Love the first paragraph so much.

Ashley Kim said...

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Love it! Sounds like my freshman year, Brumby Hall and all!

Kate said...

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Great post!!
The comfort of great love ~ the security of a strong relationship
and the joy of still being able to play.
It also inspires me to go on more dates with my husband and rock on!!

Jill B. (Overland Park,KS) said...

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Beautiful writing, Nici!

This is quite possibly my new favorite dig quote. Wow, love this..
“There is something lovely and enviable about the free, naive thirsty early college years. I think it is more charmingly nostalgic than enviable. It’s like I wouldn’t be here and loving it if I hadn’t been there.”

Abby said...

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thank you.

Zoe said...

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Oh wonderfulness! My hubby and I are going to a concert in Spokane tomorrow night. A band our daughter brought to our home at the age of 14. Bright Eyes. Her little boy is named for the singer, Conor (though our Connor has 2 ‘n’s. Cassady likes the symmetry). Can. Not. Wait!!!
I’ve been married almost 23 years. And have, ahem, a newish crush! We had some seriously hard years there, but we’ve rounded a corner, all the kids are gone, and damn if we aren’t giddily in love again, unable to go three minutes without turning face to face for a kiss and a snuggle. What a nifty thing to find renewed after sooooo much water under the bridge.
Then in July, we’re going to Big Sky for The Decemberists. Damn kids. They keep turning us on to good music!!!

Deb Bratton said...

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Very nice, Nici. Willie Nelson was in 97?? I thought it was later than that. When are you coming our way?? I thought you had it in your plans. Love you and Andy lots.

Kelly said...

I started singing that song as soon as I read your title! Isn't it wonderful to have friends that don't make you feel like anything but you?

Baby By The Sea said...

We saw that Modest Mouse was in Missoula and we were crossing our fingers that you went. I just love how time floats on with good, old friends like family.

Jodi and Grant said...

hey now, you're making us seem older than we are - we totally had email when we started college! arches.uga.edu, don't ya know :)

Adriana Iris said...

loved the post.... GA huh?! I love me some Athens, GA. Thank you for sharing your love story is magnificent.

Marti said...

Athens???? What made you go to school in GA? It is a pretty sweet town though, I've spent many hot fall Saturdays there.

My husband and I went to see Modest Mouse in the spring of 2007. I was pregnant but not really showing and not really able to fit in my pants anymore :) My husband was so cute how he worried about me the whole time. He didn't want me to go to that concert but I HAD to see Modest Mouse and for a while "Dashboard" was the only thing that would put Ivy to sleep in the car. :)

Kate said...

hey nici!

i've been reading your blog since last fall and have loved watching your daughters grow! i live in nc and think it's so cool to hear about daily life on another side of the country :)
i thought it was great to find out today about your time in brumby hall! my mom used to be an RA in brumby during her grad school days (manyyyy years ago)and my parents met in athens, i was born in athens, and will always have a soft spot in my heart for athens! love the connection!!
i hope you're enjoying a cool montana spring day! (we're sweatin it out at 98 degrees already...ick...is there any room in montana for me and my frizzed out 'do??)

thanks for all your words!

Jaim said...

I love this song and it is now stuck in my head. Thank you!

I have been wondering if you have ever heard Ruby Sees All by Cake. I heard it the other day and thought of you. Glad none of you are swimming with all the extra water in your parts.


Daniele said...

I've missed you! My "dashboard" is screwed up on blogger...can't access the blogs I follow so I'm having to google everyone.
Can't wait to come back and catch up :)

Bikini By 30 said...

I LOVE JUMP LITTLE CHILDREN! I caught some of their last concerts in Chicago. I'm so sad they aren't making music anymore. Matt and Evan live in Chi now! A friend of mine did a play with both of them and I was too shy and ridiculous to go talk them.

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