Will and I got back from our babymoon in DC on Sunday! Full travel post coming next week on what we saw, what we did, and what we ate (very important to this pregnant person).
I will share one sweet story from our trip- by chance, we met a woman on the metro who is married to a congressman and gives tours of the capitol building. She offered to give us a private tour, so the three of us mosied around the capitol Saturday morning, getting the inside scoop on all the historical things and asking all the dumb questions. I was super grateful we had recently watched the John Adams miniseries on HBO, and that I have spent the last year and a half listening to Hamilton, because let me just say, my knowledge of early American history is embarrassingly limited. To things I learned from pop culture. I blame the public education system for devoting an entire year to Texas History and making me spend eight hours of my life building the Alamo out of clay instead of like, ensuring I could name all of the presidents sequentially and recite the preamble to the constitution from memory.
Anyway, we were so grateful for her kindness, and it was one of the highlights of our trip!
IT SNOWED IN AUSTIN LAST NIGHT. If you are not from Austin, this may seem like small fries to you, but let me just tell you it’s a BIG FREAKING DEAL. And it wasn’t just like a little sprinkle of snow, it was children’s dreams coming true, do you wanna build a snowman, winter wonderland snow. And the MOST amazing thing is- it stuck around through the night! I opened my door this morning to a snow-topped roof! A true Christmas miracle.
Speaking of miracles, the season of Advent is upon us and I’ve been loving going through my church’s daily advent devotional. These past few months have seen a host of major life changes- I got pregnant, I said goodbye to my career of 6 years, we cut our budget in half, I got a new job, my belly button turned from an innie to an outie… it’s been a fun, weird, wonderful time. But, with all major life change (or any change really), my anxiety gets racketed up about ten notches. Name a worry, any worry really, and I’ve probably lost sleep over it at some point in the past three months.
So, this excerpt from my devotional this morning was the perfect reminder of where I need to be placing my hope:
“The Advent season summons us to hope in what is unseen, the unlikely birth of a Savior and the return of our King. When our trust is in the God-reality that is beyond any risk of threat, anxiety is pointless… Now our strategy should be one of resolute rejection of worry, while we concentrate on the future in hope and with prayer and on the past with thanksgiving.”
I guess I forgot to mention that I got a new job- I just finished my first week as a stylist for Stitch Fix! If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, it’s a personalized styling service that delivers clothes picked especially for you to your doorstep every month. I’m really loving it so far and learning a lot about fashion! I’m also very, very grateful to have a paycheck again.
I’ve had a cold for about two weeks now, so when I woke up on Tuesday morning feeling stuffy and absolutely miserable (again), I turned to my phone for comfort in the form of a Netflix binge.
I was on the second to last episode of Alias Grace, another Margaret Atwood novel adaptation (she wrote the Handmaiden’s Tale), and had really been enjoying the series. It’s well written, beautifully shot, the acting is amazing…
But listen. Few things that I have watched in my adult life have legitimately scared me (to be fair, I don’t watch that many scary things) but the final episode TERRIFIED ME. While laying in bed at 7:30 IN THE MORNING. So, upon finishing I decided I needed to do a little brain scrub and put on ‘A Holiday Engagement,’ ie the first Christmas movie I could find that I hadn’t already seen. This 2011 gem from Hallmark chronicles the story of a woman whose fiance dumps her the week before Thanksgiving, so she hires an actor to play him for her overbearing family. Naturally. Not to spoil anything, but they fall in love. It was cheesy and poorly written and bore no resemblance to any kind of reality and I LOVED IT. A++, highly recommend. I also still recommend Alias Grace, it was excellent, but maybe watch with friends? In a well-lit room? When you don’t plan on sleeping for a while, say a week? I woke up at 4 am to use the bathroom the other night and actually considered not getting up to go because I was scared. I’m 30 years old. I’m just saying.
So, essentially, Option 1:
Or, Option 2:
Possibly the best still ever taken from a movie, ever. I watched this movie and couldn’t even tell you what is happening here.