First off, I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words regarding my last post. It had been bouncing around in my head and my heart for quite some time. I’m so very glad I took a leap of faith and hit “publish.” If you commented, shared, or sent me a message encouraging me or sharing your own story please know how much I valued your efforts. Thank you SO very much. It has led me to want to write more in-depth, open pieces. Obviously Thursday Things will remain the same, no need to fret.
Do to aggravated nerves that are making my toes numb I’ve been given orders to “take it easy” and there’s nothing that makes me want to workout harder and longer than being told not to. Obviously, I won’t. But as soon as the option is taken away from me it’s all I want to do. You know what I mean?
On my way to and from Nashville (more on that later) I listened to Anna Kendrick’s book, Scrappy Little Nobody and I LOVED it. I was hesitant, never being a huge fan of hers, but not, not liking her, So I gave it a shot. It was witty, insightful, beautifully imagined, and uplifting. Also very real and honest. Anna’s writing is the kind I aspire to.
I’m also working on a list of places I ate and drank in Nashville. Can’t believe everything I consumed in less than 48 hours. It needs to be shared!
I’ve been attempting to do more yard work to whip my house into shape and have been repaid with mosquito bites the size of quarters all over my ankles and feet. Summer fun!
I’ve started season two of Master of None and I’m liking it even more than the first. Such a surprise! It took me a long time to get into the first season but from the get-go I was invested this go round.
When I got back from my trip Edgar (who was under the watchful eye of friends) was so excited he proceeded to piddle on me. And the floor. And his blanket. And the floor again. Better than him being angry with me, right?
We’re one week away from the great wedding cake bake! I’ve got a 3-tier layer cake and 200 cupcakes to put together for my dear friends David and Annie. No pressure though.
I’m also working on a piece for the next issue of Edible Upcountry. I write for them. I don’t know that I’ve actually ever mentioned it on here before? Well, now I have. The more you know!
I’ve been so busy prepping (and maybe panicking) that I’ve got little to no TV watching done this week so I’ve got little to nothing to discuss. I’ll attempt to catch up on New Girl, The Mindy Project and This Is Us in-between marathon baking sessions.
I did make time to go to Sephora this week to replace one of my favorite lipsticks and got matched for a foundation (something I never really wear or do), and I kinda like the idea of expanding my makeup routine. Because I can damn well do what I please with my face. And that’s so empowering.
It’s also empowering to go from spending time in Sephora to working out with battle ropes in my backyard. In an entirely different way. #internationalwomensday
Remember Nick, the friend I made the coffee cake for? He came into work last night to visit and it was so great seeing him for the first time in a month! People following their passions – ugh. So inspiring.
Guacamole from a bag/mix is maybe one of the saddest things I’ve ever tasted. It’s like a mixture of deceit and disappointment. That is all.
Since the weather can’t decide what the heck it wants to do right now my landscaping can’t figure out what’s going on. I had a little mint plant that was coming back, only to die. And now the gardenia bush outsides my door has started blooming! I’ve been picking them and enjoying them inside. Fresh cut flowers make me so happy.
It’s my big brudder’s birthday today! (That’s what I call my brother…and he calls me little pister…ah, family!) Hi, Joey!
I made Shake ‘n’ Bake yesterday for the first time in, oh, at least five years? Maybe more? And I gotta say, I kinda love it. It’s so good.
Alongside the Shake ‘n’ Bake I made some mac ‘n’ cheese in preparation for a little mac ‘n’ cheese cookoff a local brewery is having here in a couple weeks. Gotta fine tune my presentation.
What’re you reading right now? What’re you watching? I’ve been streaming The Office while I am in the kitchen or in my office putzing around but kinda want something new.
But you can never go wrong with that show. It’s too funny.
I fiiiiiiiiinally went and saw Rogue One and omg! Hats off! So good! I’m so embarrassed it took so long but also so glad, because on a Tuesday night in the smallest theater in town my boyfriend and I were the only ones in the entire place. It was so fun! Kinda like when you’re a kid and have that dream of getting locked in a mall or in school overnight.
I skipped Thursday Things last week. I missed two posts while I was home actually. It was my little sister’s birthday, for one. And we were busy watching Disney movies and eating Chinese takeout, for two and three.
I was just busy all around when I was home. A friend told me (on one of the many visits I had with friends) that coming home is never really a vacation – it’s always a “visit” and that is so right. Of the 8 days I was home, I think I was in the car for a solid 72 hours. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Next time I’ll just have to have more posts ready to go. Live and learn.
Getting ready for bed last night, I realized most of my beloved TV heroines wear cutesy, matching pajama sets. Like Mindy. And Jess. I came to this conclusion as I was putting a pair of my own on. I don’t hate it.
I’m gonna be working on my DIY skills soon – I ordered some tabletops and legs from Ikea to overhaul my office space. I’ve been writing at my dining room table since I moved into my house because my childhood desk occupies my office.
Do you watch the Bachelor? I cannot believe it’s still a thing. I’ve never really been into it, but I know friends who watch so intensely they have brackets on their walls of the contestants.
Did you see the performance? I almost missed it (I don’t like staying up late). But I think what’s worth talking about more is what she’s done since. She hasn’t hidden or shied away, she has kept going. It’s a good lesson for any of us – make a mistake, keep moving forward.
Do you know about the Pastry Affair? You probably do. I read a lot of Kristen’s work in college, but fell away from it in the past few years. I’m so happy I rediscovered it.