What we’re eating this week… whatever is easiest (which usually means something in the crockpot)! I had an event last night, and we’re going over to a friend’s house for dinner tomorrow night… so basically, I am getting away with making a beef roast in the crockpot on Monday and letting that be back up breakfast, lunch and dinner until Friday.
What I’m reminiscing about…
I am entering that phase of life where a lot of my longtime close friends are moving/have moved and are married or having kids or just generally entangled in worthy pursuits that take up a lot of their time…. so it’s getting harder and harder to spend quality time with friends. On Friday evening, I had a three hour dinner with one of my friends from middle school (in the front on the right) and it was such a sweet reminder of life friendship- those people who may come and go geographically but you can pick up wherever you left off when you do see them.
What I’m loving… I chopped my hair off! And went kind of blonde!
I’m still adjusting to my reflection, but I love how light my head feels… also, my hair stylist is a good friend from church, so I had the best time chatting my Saturday afternoon away with her.
What we’ve been up to…We are both in busy periods at work, so we’ve been in a season of hustle! I am really grateful that Will is so routine oriented, since I am not AT ALL. Having a rhythm for surviving crazy weeks has been so helpful since we got married-when I was single, I would chuck just about every healthy habit out the window when my schedule got crazy. My diet consisted solely of convenience food, I didn’t exercise, and I exchanged sleep for Netflix marathons in the name of “me time.” Forget things like laundry or cleaning or self care- I felt like a mess, which did not help when I was working long hours and trying to have some semblance of a personal life. Will helps me go to bed on time, keep the apartment clean, invest in people, eat healthy, and not turn into a total crab apple when the days are long and the responsibilities are many. Just one of the many things I am grateful for about him (though admittedly sometimes begrudgingly grateful when I want to stay up watching Gilmore Girls and he reminds me that I said I was exhausted five minutes before)!
What I’m dreading… nothing in particular.
What I’m working on... picking out some plants for spring! None of our plants survived the harsh Texas winter (ha) except my hardy citronella, so I am going forth with new vigor come March (and no plans for total annihilation). My google key terms have been ‘hard to kill’ and ‘black thumb proof.’ We have an enormous wrap around porch on our apartment just waiting to be filled with leafy greenness…
The porch of possibility.
What I’m excited about… It’s pretty much spring here in Texas, which means warm temps, flowers, and some of the worst spring fever imaginable! I go into this existential state come March where the only life worth living is outside and things like work, cleaning, and general responsibility seems totally pointless in the face of such glorious (and temperate) sunshine.
Taken from our spring Boston trip last year… this is my happy place.
Come June, when Texas temperature creep into the 100’s and stubbornly stay there for the next 4-5 months, these feelings flee and I regret my nomad desires… but they are glorious while they last.
What I’m watching/reading… Will and I have been plowing through American Crime Story (which just came to Netflix) and it’s so.dang.good. I vaguely remember the OJ Simpson trial being televised when I was little, but I never understood the context and the controversy that surrounded the trial. The acting is flat out amazing- even John Travolta really pulls it out as Robert Shapiro- and the story is very well handled. During the episodes I keep turning to google because I think ‘did that really happen? No way that happened… oh yep, that happened.’
I started Everyone Brave is Forgiven, but truth be told, I put it down about half way through because I found that I wasn’t looking forward to reading it (I may try it on audiobook instead), but Better than Before is excellent! It’s about forming habits based on your personality.
What I’m listening to… John Mayer (and or the powers that be) released four songs from his latest album on Spotify and they are good news for the rest of the album. Love on the Weekend is my personal favorite!
In other news, does this picture from the album cover scare anyone else?
Oh John. Who green lighted this?
What I’m wearing... layers! It was 50 degrees yesterday morning when I walked into work, and then during an outdoor lunch meeting, I got a sunburn.
My sweet mother in law gave me a gift card to Francesca’s a while back, so I bought this dress to wear on our upcoming trip to Hawaii, and the wedding we are going to in Colorado this summer. It just arrived yesterday and the verdict is still out- it’s super pretty, but wrap dresses tend to be a little too um, chesty, for my liking.
And I just bought these shorts for summer! They are from J Crew Factory and ridiculously comfortable. I’ve found that since I have narrow hips, elastic waist bands are great for me… maybe I’ll give mom jeans a try next.
What I’m doing this weekend… I’m having happy hour with a friend on Friday evening, and our GC (church bible study) is hosting a picnic in the park near our apartment on Saturday. I would also really like to get some decluttering done this weekend, so I am putting that on my to do list now!
What I’m looking forward to next month… Obviously.
What else is new… that about covers it!
What is your “can’t live without” beauty product? I don’t know if this counts as a beauty product, but I would give up makeup, solid food, and the ability to make a fist before I would give up my curling iron. Also, dry shampoo. I hate washing my hair, so dry shampoo allows me to extend my shampoos up to 3 days (sometimes, it depends on what humidity I’m working with). My favorite splurge product is this one, but this drugstore cheapie definitely gets the job done!