Piggy-backing onto my post from last week about lessening my screen time on my iPhone, so I don’t waste my life falling into the abyss of Instagram and Facebook, this weekend I went one step further and deleted the Instagram and Facebook apps off my phone altogether.
Now, we all know how easy it is to just re-download that business from “the cloud,” but for now it’s actually helping me use my phone for its intended use (texting, photos, reading my Kindle books… Oh yeah, and calling people. Almost forgot about that one.)
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if this resolution lasts, hmm?
I’ve got a couple of DIY posts coming up soon, including one about the transformation of these two pieces:
↑ My New Year’s Eve feet. (And yes, those are Clarks, because I have the knee and back of a 100-year-old.) ↑
Happy New Year, friends! I hope your very first day of 2014 is going swimmingly. And, if you happen to be nursing a hangover, I hope it’s subsided by now. Here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2014:
- Getting back into eating healthy on a regular basis. I like to live it up during the holiday season and not worry so much about silly things like “vegetables” and “working out,” so I’m looking forward to getting back on track in the new year. Y’know, once my vacation is over in a few days 😉
- Trying a few new workouts — I’d like to get back into doing yoga (more for my mind than my body. I think I’m the type of person who could really benefit from some forced meditation/relaxation.) I’m also considering joining KC’s gym so we can workout together on the weekends. (Because, the couple that sweats together… does laundry together..? Is there a saying about that? Probably not. But anyway. ROMANCE! Am I right, guys?)
- Continuing to embrace my own freedom to do what I want to do when I want to do it, and not feel so tied down by other peoples’ expectations of me. (Or really, what I probably just perceive as their expectations of me.) I started doing this last year, and let me tell you, 2013 was one of the best years yet, so I’m looking forward to continuing this one into 2014.
- Keeping an open mind — there are a lot of potential changes on the horizon for 2014. I’m working on just enjoying every second of the present, and trying not to think/worry about what could/might happen down the line this year. Things happen when they’re supposed to, so I’m working on just being thankful for what I have right this second and being happy where I am.
What are your plans for the new year? Is 2014 going to be the year of you? I sure hope so!
Happy 2014, people. It’s going to be an awesome year.
What up, people? It’s been approximately 1000 days since I last blogged and… whatever. It’s the year of me, so let’s not dwell on it, right? Awesome.
So, what’s happened since last we spoke? And by spoke, obviously I mean “since I last rambled on about pretty much nothing on this page.” Uhhh… I got a new job. What else? That’s about all I can think of. I’m pretty sure other things happened, but obviously they aren’t important enough for me to think of what they are right now, so let’s move on.
Oh, we bought a fiddle leaf fig tree. That just happened this weekend, which is probably why I remember it. Exciting. Here’s a picture:
And now with zero transition: it’s fall! (Y’know, in case you didn’t know via everyone and their mother posting about “OMG pumpkin spice lattes!”) Now that a new season is upon us (the second-best season, in my opinion), I’ve put together a list of things I’d like to do this fall:
- Make spiced (and y’know, probably spiked) cider
- Master some sort of new pumpkin baked good
- Make at least 2 new kinds of soup (I’ve got my eye on a Thai-spiced squash soup, currently)
- Keep our new fiddle leaf fig tree alive (3 days in — so far so good)
- Have a taco night with homemade salsas
- Learn to make falafel
- Decorate for Halloween and watch my favorite flicks on the 31st — Young Frankenstein, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Hocus Pocus. (Yes, I’m 12.)
- Host Thanksgiving and finally use our wedding china
- Clean out the hall closet and install cabinet latches in the kitchen (OMG that closet… It’s like the inside of my brain — just crammed full of sh#$)
- Finally paint those last two dining chairs that just hang out in our hallway (ugh, I’m annoyed just thinking about this one. I hate crafts.)
So what’s on your fall bucket list? Jumping in a pile of leaves? A sweet walk in the rain (with wellies + coat, of course). Lots of fires in the fireplace? Spiced apple, plum, or pumpkin baked goods for all your neighbors? A day when you don’t get out of your PJ’s and spend the day lounging with a friend?
Hmm, those all sound good. Maybe I should make my list a little longer…
Do you ever have one of those weeks where it feels like everything is out of whack? I’m having that kind of week.
Nothing especially tragic has happened (I mean, there has been zero cat pee on my bed this week, so that’s an improvement). I’ve stuck to the plan I made for myself over the weekend (to workout and what not); but I feel like I’m just in a funk. Does this ever happen to you? Do you have those weeks where nothing is really going wrong, but you just feel kind of grumpy anyway?
I think I need to reset.
Luckily, we’ve got no plans this weekend, so I’m looking forward to doing some spring cleaning (clean house, clean mind) and spending time relaxing with my favorite person and the new puppy (and Seuss, if she decides to make an appearance).
Is it embarrassing that I have to make a plan to relax? Maybe. But at least I’m making the effort, right?
So here’s what I’m looking forward to doing over the weekend:
- Indoor date night with KC on Friday, complete with homemade pizza (caramelized onion, prosciutto and goat cheese on homemade crust) plus Belgian beer (or the 2 bottles of champagne that have been chilling in the fridge for over a week now… How did that happen?)
- Walks around the neighborhood with the pup (I actually enjoy getting up at 7am on a Saturday now to take care of Penny, because it means we get to walk to coffee and sit in the sun before the hoards of people swarm Piedmont or Lakeshore)
- Clean up the house (I find it much easier to relax when the house is spic-and-span)
- Go through my closet (right now it’s a jumbled mess, which I think is contributing to the dislike I feel for every item of clothing I own)
- Throw out my old makeup and buy some new stuff… I’ve got my eye on some statement lipsticks — MAC Ruby Woo & NARS Heat Wave — plus some new blush
- Hit at least one yoga class
Spring cleaning for the house and my brain — sounds like a plan.
What are your plans for this weekend?
Happy Ash Wednesday, friends! As some of you may remember from last year, I participate in the yearly tradition of Lent (in fact, Lent is actually what inspired this blog). This year I somehow managed to rope KC into participating with me (despite the fact that he wasn’t raised Catholic. He’s really missing out on some sweet, sweet guilt). I think the kicker was that my Lentolution involves saving money, and KC has been trying to tie me down with a budget for years. YEARS! Or months. Whatever. It feels like years.
This year for Lent, we’ve decided to limit going out to eat. This challenge came about because a. we’re trying to be better about a budget, and b. we (meaning: mostly me and a little bit of KC) love to go out to eat. Especially on weekends. I generally try to cook during the week and bring my lunch to work, but I like to take weekends off. I especially like to not cook and have KC take me out to a big, fancy meal, complete with cocktails and dessert. But, y’know, that’s a pricey little evening. So, I figure we can suck it up and try to get creative with weekend meals for 40 days. I’m hoping that eating in during the weekends will inspire me to make some new dishes (since I won’t be dead tired from working all day). I also hope it will spark some together-time in the kitchen (as I plan to rope KC into cooking for/with me — we’re in this together, right?) Maybe it will even create a few dinner parties with friends over the coming weeks (potluck, anyone?)
Here are the rules:
- We’re allowed one lunch out during the work week. If someone else pays, it doesn’t count.
- We’re allowed one dinner and one lunch out on the weekend; however, we will be working to limit this to only one meal (or zero meals) out per weekend.
- We’re allowed to buy coffee once during the work week and once on weekends.
- Going out for drinks doesn’t count (because, y’know, sanity.)
- If we use a gift card, it doesn’t count unless we spend any money over what’s on the gift card. (Which means, it’ll probably always count. Wah.)
Are you participating in Lent? What are you resolving to do/give up this Lent?