So Close to Amazing

I’m really happy for my friend, Karianne Wood, who is enjoying the launch of her very first book.

 So Close to Amazing is filled with Karianne’s delightful humor, trademark openness and inspiration on dealing with whatever life throws your way and how to make the most of it.

If you’ve ever spent any time on Karianne’s blog, Thistlewood Farms, you know how sweet, genuine and approachable she is.

Well, her book is like that too with fun, doable DIY’s and projects sprinkled with good-natured tales of life, love, family…. and that feeling of imperfection that we can all relate to.

Karianne Wood

Several months ago, Karianne asked me to help her celebrate the release of her book by sharing my own So Close to Amazing story.

At first I considered writing about how I dealt with a not-so-perfect haircut.

Then, I thought I’d share a particular treasure I found at a flea market… and promptly lost to another buyer.

Later, I considered writing about my on-going battle to save my rose bushes from the neighborhood herd of voracious deer.

I just couldn’t decide.

Finally, it hit me…. and I settled on one topic that has actually changed the entire dynamic of my household.

cameron duke

As many of you may already know, my oldest left for college last month.

And while she’s settling into her new environment several hours away… we’re all also settling into a new routine at home without her.

Honestly, it’s been a little weird.  It’s almost like the air in the house is different now.

Some days it’s more obvious than others but there’s definitely a change in atmosphere.

I walked passed Cameron’s room last week and imagined her sitting on her bed reading and I actually got a little lump in my throat.

So, I just closed the door.

Even though Jordy now has his parents all to himself,  I can tell he misses her more than he’s willing to talk about and I’ve been showering him with a little extra attention because of it.

Every day, Boris and I check with each other to see who has talked (ahem, more like texted) to Cameron already, if at all.

Oh, and burger night just isn’t the same either.

We’re all missing Cameron’s mouth-watering cheeseburgers flavored with her own special blend of secret seasonings along with her homemade sauteed onion and bacon-based spread and toasted, buttered buns.

She really knows how to make burgers.

dorm room

Despite the altered dynamic in our house, it has been exciting to see how the dynamics in Cameron’s life are also changing.

Here’s a peek at how she transformed her dorm space to make it her own.

As you can see, she’s very earthy.

She’s also immersing herself in coursework, activities and clubs that she is truly excited about.

Now, she did have to get rid of the pet toad she was keeping in that terrarium on the edge of her desk… but that’s a story for another day.

I asked Cameron this week if she still felt like she made the right choice of school in going to Duke.

Absolutely”,  she confirmed without hesitation… and to my relief.

empty chair

Meanwhile, Jordy (and budding photographer), recently snapped this photo of an empty chair in our dining room.

I was immediately struck not just by how much I liked his lighting but that it also symbolized to me that there was one less person in our house.

Not that I needed any reminder… but the photo gave me another lump in my throat.

Whenever I feel those lumps coming up, I try to push them back.

I remind myself that we’re all in transition here…. and the big wide world opening up for Cameron the way it is…. is not only sweet consolation but it’s also… so close to amazing.

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 

  • Deborah

    Change can be exciting, yet tinged with sadness too.

    So glad your daughter is settling in and loving her school!

    And I loved So Close to Amazing!

  • Dorthey Daniels

    oh my goodness… off to college!!!!wow, time is flying!! this is so beautifully written..and your son is a budding photographer…any interest in tv news??? lol!!
    call me when you can.. 404-897-2239

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      I know, Dorthey… can you believe my oldest is already in college?
      I don’t know yet if Jordy is going to follow in my television news shoes but he is interested in video production.
      Boris has him interested in marketing too, so we’ll see how that shakes out-lol.
      So glad to hear from you and yes, I’m going to call you.
      Hope your family is well and tell everyone at WSB-TV hello from me.
      Looking forward to catching up.

  • MaryLisa Noyes

    I can totally relate. My daughter left for school 5 years ago. She decided to stay close to campus after graduating in 2016. Now she has applied to vet school so she feels all that nervous anticipation of getting accepted. You have to be so proud of your daughter. Thank you for choosing your story to share!!!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Mary Lisa.
      Your daughter sounds amazing.
      There’s so much pressure and anxiety these days surrounding schools, applications, acceptances, etc.
      I know you must be very proud of your daughter.
      Good luck to her with vet school.
      Happy day to you.

  • Sherry

    I know exactly how you feel! Been there, done that, lived to tell it! And my son is now, ten years later, a beyond amazing meteorologist! Of course, he’d say, in his oh so humble way, “Just so close to amazing, Mom, so close!”
    Thanks for sharing, Lisa.

  • Dana

    Dang it Lisa, you’re making me cry! Best wishes and I’m glad your little girl likes school so much.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Awww, Dana. You’re making me smile knowing that you were touched by this.
      Thanks for the good wishes. We’re all hanging in there (smile).

  • Jeanne

    How lovely, Lisa – so beautiful and heartfelt. And so true.

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