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Here is a quick little list of things I’m losing my mind over this week:
This freaking app. A while back, I must have read about QuizUp somewhere and joined a mailing list for it because this week I received an email telling me the Android version of the trivia app was ready for download. There’s nothing for me to write after that last sentence because nothing has happened in my life since. Constant trivia games (they’re quick, 7-question quizzes on every topic you could imagine), challenging friends, and checking to see how many more wins I need to get The Legionary achievement bonus.
Speaking of apps, I’ve seen this one talked about a few times on Facebook this week and I’m pretty intrigued. The technology is explained a little better here. My Goodreads “to-read” shelf has over 130 books on it, and that’s only because I cleaned it out last weekend, so anything to help me read EVERY BOOK EVER is worth a shot. So crazy how you actually kind of get used to that last one the more you stare at it. Science, man.
Have you ever gotten really excited about…vinegar? It’s not something I ever would have expected to be fanatical about, but I’m so psyched that we’re heading out to New England Olive Oil Company today for a tasting. Ok, and to buy a bunch of things. You’ve probably seen their balsamic vinegars and olive oils in some of my food pictures because I use them all the time. I first discovered this place a couple of years ago and I usually grab a few bottles each time I’m there. I would definitely recommend the Aged Fig Balsamic and the White Peach Balsamic. I’ve also tried one of their olive oils and we’re heading out there today because they’ve added a line of specialty sauces and pestos. Yum!
Finally, I am obsessed with the LHCalligraphy Instagram feed. Yes, they look amazing, but click on one of the videos and watch her create something. She makes it look so easy! I think I’ve finally watched every one. It’s my new Netflix.
What things are you excited about this week?
I swear the temperature in my apartment rose seven degrees just from designing this. I’d like to think some snow melted, too.
The second March was on my calendar, I decided it was Spring enough. I can’t wait any longer for sunshine, green grass, and just that whole feeling of newness. What’s funny is that even though I am not a fan of birds and flowery smells, when given the choice of these versus snow and cold, suddenly I can’t wait for all that chirping outside my window. Until it actually starts. Grass is always greener, or something like that…
Speaking of grass, this bucket list is full of all the things I want to experience from now until Summer, when I’m sure a new (and much longer) bucket list will be made. Ever since last winter when I did my Holiday Bucket List, I’ve been a little obsessed. It’s just such a fun way to make sure I really enjoy everything the season has to offer. Plus, I really like lists. So, there’s that.
What’s on your list for Spring? Did I miss anything?
Thanks to a whole bunch of Presidents that I wasn’t around to vote for, I had today off, but as everyone knows, “long weekend” is one of the truest oxymorons there is. Or, untruest I guess, by definition.
Let’s start with the part where I make sense.
Friday was Valentine’s Day, so we went out for a nice dinner and then came home to watch a movie. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know this roughly translates to “added another title to my list of Movies That End with a Scene from the Back of My Eyelids.”
Saturday we went out for breakfast and to do a few errands before the big snowstorm. Which big snowstorm you ask? I have no idea, I’ve lost track. I did end up finding some mats for our bathroom floor, smoothie ingredients, and a bridesmaid dress for my sister’s upcoming wedding.
Sunday we decided to be a little adventurous and head to Twin River Casino. The “adventurous” part has to do with seeing how much secondhand smoke you can breathe in before giving up and going to the local mall instead. It was there that I finally ended my two-year long search for brown boots!
I got a great deal on them, even if I didn’t buy them with winnings from our casino adventure!
From there we drove back up to Boston to check out the Frost Bar. Because it’s not cold enough OUTside.
It is a bit expensive (and a LOT cold), but we knew going into it that it was likely a one-time thing. It was still fun to see all the sculptures and enjoy the experience, even if the glasses were made from ice and I was more than a little concerned my lips would end up stuck to them.
After that full day, we came home and said “well I’m exhausted, let’s discover that our cat needs to be taken to the emergency vet where we will stay until 1am yayyyyy!” Actually, I don’t remember saying that. This little guy was such a trooper though, and he’s feeling much better today.
To enjoy my final day off today, I met my mom for some shopping, lunch, chatting, and gelato. I bet you can’t guess which one was my favorite? Wrong! It’s my mom
Back to the office tomorrow, unless snowstorm #793,062 can pull through for me. How did you spend your “long” weekend?
Another snow day for me today! My office NEVER used to close for weather, but in the last two years we have had several snow days. While I do enjoy them (not going to work, hello?!), I’ve spent a good part of the afternoon pinning things to my Pinterest vision board that make me think of summer. I’m just kind of over the snow and the cold this year. The unexpected day at home is the one good thing that comes from it, but I’m ready for the bonfires, flip flops, s’mores, and nights by the water with good company and a fruity drink.
And obviously the ice cream.
With all of this free time, I’ve also been doing a lot of reading. It’s one of my goals for 2014 to read a lot more and I have an entire Goodreads list of books that I hope will someday make their way into my hands.
I’m currently reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I’ve read two of her other books and loved, loved, LOVED them both (Dark Places and Gone Girl), so I hope this one is just as good.
I just finished Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy, which was a book I saw for sale at this place when Dan and I did an espionage-themed adventure there. I’ve been kind of obsessed with all things CIA since binge-watching three seasons of Homeland a few weeks ago, but the book was just okay. I liked getting the inside scoop on the life of a spy and some of the things they go through in training (I would crap my pants.), but I found the author to be kind of arrogant and off-putting, and a lot of it was just her whining about the job that she originally tells you is her “dream job”. It was a quick read though, and fairly interesting.
Next I’m thinking of reading one of the Rainbow Rowell novels because the entire internet won’t shut up about them and I need to know what I’m missing. Have you read one? I will probably go with Eleanor & Park first, but Attachments sounds like it might be fun.
Another book I’ve been meaning to read for a long time is January First, but I feel like it might be a little depressing. I just love true psych stories though, especially when it’s just a little bit twisted.
So that’s my list for now. What books are you reading, or wanting to read? I need to make a list for my next snow day (Monday?!)
A few weeks ago I saw this book in a friend’s Instagram photo and I was intrigued. This was back when I was still trying to figure out whether I wanted to do weekly resolutions again (spoiler alert: nope.), and before I decided on my goals for 2014. This seemed like a fun idea that wouldn’t be too time-consuming, but would also get me through the entire year (five times!) with a small little daily project in case I missed my weekly ones.
Because I can’t just enjoy free time, I have to plan something/start a project/make a to-do list to fill it. There is probably at least one neurosis currently residing in my brain.
Anyway, I ordered a Q&A a Day journal of my own and am loving it so far! Some of the questions can get pretty deep and you find yourself needing a LOT more room, and some are just cute, simple questions like the ones below.
I keep the journal on my nightstand and have written in it every night since. It really only takes a minute or two to answer the question, but I think it’s going to be so much fun to go back and see my answers, especially five years from now!
You know, when I’m old. I’m sure I’ll be mortified by some of the answers my SO 5-years-ago self wrote down.
In case you’re wondering, waking up was rough, and what I’m obsessed with right now is organizing (post coming soon!), Homeland and the CIA (which explains the other book on my nightstand), and filing my taxes (I’m a geek.) What are you obsessed with?
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Vision boards are a fitting segue from a year full of resolutions, right? I think so.
I have never actually made a vision board before. Honestly, I didn’t even know what they were until a few years ago. At first, I kind of found the idea a little far-fetched, like something people who also believe in psychics and feng shui would do, and I am not one of those people. How is a picture on a piece of paper going to get me my dream job and a trip to Italy? That’s the thing about us science/math-minded people, we’re too practical sometimes.
Then I started hearing little anecdotes here and there about friends who made vision boards with goals big and small that were actually…happening. I was definitely intrigued, and I have read The Secret, so I know the idea behind it is that you’re sort of allowing these things to happen by focusing on them and giving them attention. In the end, it was really the allure of a fun, new craft project that made me decide to give it a try.
And Lord knows I have enough magazines.
I spent an hour one night paging through a stack of magazines and only ended up with a handful of photos, but millions of ideas floating through my head of images that I wanted to print out and add to my board. Then I read this post by one of my favorite bloggers and it’s like a light bulb went off (or “on”, right? why is that expression so weird?) Electronic vision board (see #5 on her list)? Genius!
I was able to scrap the paper project without feeling too bummed because I think my obsession with love of Pinterest rivals my love of projects and crafty things. Right now, my 2014 Vision Board is a *secret* board on Pinterest, so even if you follow me, you won’t be able to see it, but I’m going to share with you some of my pins and goals for this new year.
First up: my camera. I want to make it a priority to use it more often, learn more about it, and teach myself how to edit photos better. I plan on taking it with me when I go somewhere, and leaving it out at home so that it’s more likely I will grab it and use it to capture certain moments.
The next thing I want to do more of is organize my entire life. It’s no secret by now that I am extremely OCD about things and pins like these make me happy:
I might not go quite as nuts as that last one, but it’s inspiration to use my planner more and organize my lists.
I also want to take at least one trip this year. Dan and I have been doing one big trip a year for the last several years, and I really want to continue that. There are so many places we want to see! Dubai, England, Italy, and Southern California are topping our list right now.
Learning to cook is another thing on my list. I would really like to focus on making healthier meals at home, packing lunches for the week so that I spend less money out, and maybe making a big holiday meal this year. Maybe.
There are loads of other things I want to focus on this year, like blogging
relaxing, and enjoying moments instead of worrying about all of the other things that need to be done
creating a style for myself and shopping for outfits rather than pieces that I don’t really need, but like
reading more often, which means carving out time at night to curl up with a book before bed, and having the library’s online catalog bookmarked
and finally, making a conscious effort to take steps towards things Dan and I want in life, like a bigger, nicer place and an eventual family. I’m stressing eventual here before I start any rumors.
There are also a few pins reflecting the usual mantras about workout motivation, flossing my teeth regularly so it doesn’t look like a murder scene at the dentist, and just general quotes that inspire me.
So, there you have it. Those are my goals for this year. Not quite 52 of them this time, but a good amount of things to focus on. I plan on adding to this board every time I see something that inspires me, or if I think of something else that I want to give attention to.
Do you have a vision board? Has one worked for you? I’m curious to hear your stories!
This has been a long, loooong time coming, but I am so excited to finally have my blog redesigned and on WordPress now!
I know it might not appear to be a big change, but this was a project that I started many months ago (almost 12 of them, eek) and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It was a painstaking process of copying, pasting, researching, coding, crying, Googling, designing, swearing, even more crying, and now…celebrating!
I really want to thank a couple of Dans for their help, as well as Eric from http://www.gopryweb.com, and Sarah at http://www.tech4mommies.com. I should also probably thank everyone who had to endure my frustrated Facebook posts and outbursts of rage when I couldn’t figure something out. I am forever a 5-year-old.
The one thing that I couldn’t figure out was how to set this up so that those of you who currently subscribe to my blog via rss or email wouldn’t have to resubscribe. Unfortunately, whether you think you’re subscribed, you were subscribed, or you are totally new here, you will have to go over to the right and subscribe by email, rss feed, or Facebook if you want to see any future posts. Please also check your bookmarks if you had this site bookmarked.
Feel free to look around and leave some feedback! New posts will be coming very soon (as in, probably tomorrow because I missed the heck out of this thing) and I will be sharing everything from my online vision board of goals for 2014, to a bunch of actual, home-cooked recipes we are trying (like grown ups), and a new project that I’m loving! Right now though, it’s all about the celebrating.
I’ll take any excuse for chocolate and cider.
I saw this a few months back on another blog that I read and I’ve been wanting to do it ever since. Pretty simple – you take a picture of what you’re doing each hour of the day. I actually started it once a few weeks back, but by 2pm I had forgotten to take a few pictures, so this time I set an alarm on my phone to go off every hour.
I meant to take some of these with my DSLR to get some practice, but instead I took none of these with my DSLR. Whoops. Here’s what came out:
7:00am – “Wake up, Mom!”
8:00am – Breakfast of champions
9:00am – Addiction. Please get me a Pintervention.
10:00am – Summahtime and the livin’s easy
11:00am – Lunch
12:00pm – Doesn’t everyone match their razor to their loofah?
1:00pm – Summer outfit
2:00pm – Birthday tea party!
3:00pm – In Wonderland
4:00pm – “C” is for delicious, amazing CAKE.
5:00pm – Cruisin’
6:00pm – Simon
7:00pm – My favorite aisle
8:00pm – Play time
9:00pm – Goodnightstand
Sometimes I feel like vacation planning is so stressful, I need to take a vacation from vacation planning. I’ve even had vacations that I needed to take a vacation from. Ok, maybe I get stressed out easily (“what do you MEAN our flight is two minutes late?! That throws EVERYTHING off!”), but there is just SO much to think of when it comes to planning a trip.
Side note: also stressful is when you have a Very Type A person trying to plan a trip with a Slightly Type A But Mostly Type B person. Lots of indecisiveness, freaking out, last minute-ness, more freaking out…. Oh, by the way, I am an absolute list-making joy to live with. Any questions on which one of us is the Type A?
However, a small miracle happened last week in a cozy, little apartment in New England. Type A & Type A-B managed to book a vacation to Costa Rica! We leave in less than 3 weeks (ahhhh more freaking out!)!! We can’t wait to do a ton of adventure-y things and see a bunch of these guys:
We were actually able to find a really good deal on a guest house by the beach, thanks to one of my friend’s tips. She writes the blog Vacation Fiend and she really knows her stuff! She suggested vrbo.com where you can search through rental properties in the area where you want to stay.
The villa we wanted wasn’t actually available for the week we chose, but the owner was nice enough to rent us his guest house (read: even BIGGER place) for the same price, so we scored a place with 2BR, 2 Bath, living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and a deck with hammocks to relax in for less than $600 for 6 days! Definitely a site worth checking out. It’s an alternative I had never even considered, but now I will be checking this site for every vacation that I go on!