Category Archives: Gratefulness


This Weekend Was…

February 27, 2012

  1. An impromptu Friday night hangout at our place that involved homemade pizza (which I almost ruined, but Alexis saved), sushi, lots of people, and much more booze than originally planned…
  2. Giant mochas and girl-talk at La Boulange with Ashley on Saturday morning.  (#Love)
  3. Sibling brunch at Oakland Grill (because Braden finally made it out to the East Bay).
  4. A drive up into the hills to watch the sunset before heading to Walnut Creek because Highway 24 was a nightmare.
  5. A casual date night followed by the reunion of basically KC’s entire graduating high school class.
  6. Lunch at Sacred Wheel (grilled cheese and tomato soup — yum!)
  7. A random evening milkshake run, followed by a homemade happy hour (vodka-orange sparklers, fancy cheeses, and veggies with green goddess dressing) and Redbox movies.
  8. And a late, Sunday night facebook post from our wedding photographers:

And I was thankful for every minute of it.

How was your weekend?


Lent (Only, like, 2 days late…)

February 24, 2012

Happy Friday folks!  How has your week been?  Smashing?  Full of witty banter, adorable outfits and fancy meals?  Yeah, well, mine either.  Oh wait, I did have a fancy meal at Beretta the other night…  So, one out of three!

Also, I took pictures last weekend to put on the blog of things I was grateful for and… they’re still on my camera.  WTF Chelsea?  (Yes, I chastise myself in the third person.)  Ugh, I’m the worst this week.  The. Worst.

Aside from that though, let’s talk about Lent.  (Like that transition?  There was no transition there.  Zero.)  What, y’all didn’t know I was Catholic?  Well, I’m not.  Ok, I’m not really anymore — but I was raised Catholic (went through confirmation and everything, wha-what?  Give it up for Jesus and St. Clare!  ← She was the saint I chose for my confirmation, ahem, because she’s the patron saint of television.  #SoFreakingHoly)  And while I take issue with many practices of the Catholic church (remember when the pope was against yoga?  WTF indeed.) I generally take part in Lent every year.  For all you sinners* out there (*that’s a joke by the way, so don’t get all offended, please): Lent falls between Ash Wednesday (which is the day after Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday) and Easter Sunday.  It represents the time between when Jesus was crucified and when he was resurrected.  Christians and Catholics generally give up something during these 40 days to remember the sacrifice JC made — giving up his life for the sake of his people.

A few years ago though, rather than giving something up for Lent (giving up cookies during second year of law school the year prior was ROUGH), I decided to resolve to do something for Lent.  (Because, really, does Jesus actually care whether or not I’m eating Sour Patch Kids for 40 days?  I kind of doubt it.  I mean, I basically picture JC looking down at me and being like, “Um, I gave up my life for you; but, you’re right, that is pretty much the same as you giving up chocolate for Lent.  Yeah, pretty much identical, actually.”)


Usually my Lent resolution is something along the lines of working out 4x a week (as I fall off the wagon during the winter holidays and generally have trouble getting my act together until Ash Wednesday rolls around).  This year, I’m pleased to say that I got my a%# in gear and was back on the fitness train by the end of January (fist pump for motivation).  So this year, my Lent resolution (my Lentolution, if you will) is to “do stuff” and “say yes more.” ← I’m pretty sure that Jesus thinks this is awesome.

I had decided that 2012 would be my “year of doing” (2011 was the year of responsibility, just FYI), so I’m trying to commit to this mindset for the 40 days of Lent in the hopes that it will cement the idea and practice for the rest of the year.  In case you can’t read my mind, this idea for the “year of doing” came out of last year, when I didn’t have much free time to devote to anything other than our wedding, so a lot of social activities fell by the wayside.  And while I found I had plenty of “legitimate” excuses for skipping out on things (full time job, workouts, Bar Method teacher training, planning a wedding, etc.), when 2012 rolled around I suddenly had a thought — this is all going to change soon.  Friends are growing up, moving away, having babies — pretty soon there won’t be random Wednesday night happy hours, sporadic trips to the snow planned 24 hours in advance, girls weekends in wine country.  We’ll all have real obligations that aren’t so easily rearranged or put on hold (you can’t really press “pause” on a baby, ya know?)  So for the short amount of time that these activities still exist, I’m making more of an effort to say yes to them.  Yes to mid-week drinks with an old friend, yes to out-of-state bachelorette parties where I’ll know no one but the bride, yes to a weekend trip to Chicago — because why not?  We’ll have plenty of time to say no later when there’s kids, mortgages, pets, and bills.  For now, I’m doing my best to say yes to life.

And yes, I will get my act together and post those damn photos from last weekend.  In the meantime, have a great Friday (and weekend!) and maybe think about making your own Lentolution (I should get that trademarked…) or say yes to something!  I haven’t regretted it yet.


Positively Horrifying

February 22, 2012

Today I’m thankful for mine and KC’s new Dyson vacuum (which we purchased with some of our Macy’s wedding moola).  It’s simultaneously awesome and horrifying how much dust and dirt that thing sucks up.


I actually thought we kept our apartment relatively clean ’til we took that thing out for a spin…

Post on weekend happy thoughts coming up later!  I just haven’t uploaded the pictures from my camera yet.  (I, instead, spent last night playing with my brand new iPhone.  Can you really blame me?)

xo, C


On Not Being Alone

February 21, 2012

There’s a great post over at A Cup of Jo today about feeling down (basically, a little of what inspired this 2 week challenge).  Obviously, this post is Joanna’s own personal story, and therefore it has elements that won’t be relevant to your own life — but I thought the overall message was a really great one.

I’ve talked to a lot of people recently who seem to be in a situation similar to mine — feeling a little lost because of one thing or another (are you supposed to have your whole life figured out at 27?  Is it weird to even think that?).  This post helped remind me that many people go through varying degrees of this, and the best thing you can do is keep putting one foot in front of the other and ask for help when you need it.

And it’s always nice to have a little reminder that you’re not the only one going through this, right?

So, if you’re feeling a little lost or out of control of your life — know that you’re not alone.  And while those grey clouds are overhead, try to focus on the positive until the sun comes out.


Staying positive post coming up later!


Happy Thoughts #2

February 17, 2012

Today I’m thankful that with the invention of the internet has come a place to share things like this:

Oh yeah, and this:

“Seriously, I asked for a spoon like an HOUR ago!”

Have a super chill weekend, dudes.

All images from here.