July 19, 2017

A Long Trip

We have been in Indianapolis since last Sunday on a work trip. We've been doing training and instead of traveling back and forth a few weeks in a row, we packed up the pups and headed to an AirBnB for two week straight to do it all in one swoop. Two weeks is a really long time. We are exhausted. The work part has been great - super productive and lots of awesome stuff is happening, but I'm so excited for my own bed and my own shower.

Since my brain is kind of mush right now, I figured I'd check in here and just make some observations about things happening lately:

1. AirBnB is great for work trips. We got a house with 3 very separate bedrooms and we have a couple of coworkers that are staying here with us. I understand that would be really uncomfortable for a lot of people, but the group we are with is super comfortable (or we would not have brought up this idea at all.)

2. If you are in Indy ever, you should check out Garden Table. We love this place and visited here twice during our visit and love it. Also, the Broad Ripple Brewpub, they have the best vegetarian options.

3. Countermatch is back in stock. This stuff is amazing and when Beautycounter first released it, it sold out almost instantly. It's back now and they made a lot more so get your hands on some. Click here. Make it happen.

4. I haven't had very much time to check social media, but it isn't one of those good breaks. I'm still seeing the sad and horrible and disgusting news, but just seeing less of my friends daily antics and pictures of their babies and puppies.

5. We have had a rough week with Lola. She's going to see the vet on Monday, so let's just hope that our drive home is comfortable and happy for her. She's on a rice and chicken diet right now and I'm hoping that helps.

6. I'm still excited about the GoT premiere.

7. I read an article this week about the new Star Wars hotel at Disney... and now I want to just go super nerd and check it out. Read more about it here.

8. Athleta is having a sale. They are one of my favorite stores because they are comfortable and they have environmentally friendly practices. I'm thinking of getting one of these comfy shirts or these leggings.

9. Everyone here has chickens. I know that lots of people do this, but we are staying just north of downtown and literally every house on this block has a chicken coop. They run around during the day and it keeps catching me off guard. When we walk the dogs in the morning, we hear Roosters. It's hilarious.

So, send good thoughts - for Lola, for these last two days and for our sanity. We will be home Saturday night and I'm so excited. Also, we listened to all of S-Town on our drive out here, so if you have any good podcast recommendations for our trip back - let me know. Hope all is well!

July 16, 2017

Why I Love Game of Thrones

I have so many friends that would update Facebook on Sunday nights with posts about winter and the iron throne and I didn't get it. I understood a tiny bit about Game of Thrones, but didn't really have the interest. I can't remember what started it, but last year, we decided to sit down and watch the first two episodes. We always give shows two chances. Good thing too because the first episode was a little overwhelming. After the second hour, we were hooked. 

We are currently watching the last few episodes of season six and prepping for tonight's big premiere. Unless you live under a rock, you've been seeing the tweets and posts about it everywhere. If you're like I was two years ago, you might roll your eyes and say that it's not your thing, but I thought I'd share the reasons I love the show in case you're on the fence.

A bunch of bad ass women. Seriously, the talented ladies in this show are everything. There is no shortage of powerful females in these stories and it makes it easier to have multiple favorites.

Nerdy discussions are necessary. I can't tell you how many happy hours have been spent arguing over our favorite characters and creating conspiracy theories.

There is an entire map that I can reference while watching the show. I love maps, so this website makes me so happy.

Iceland and the other beautiful places it is filmed. The scenery alone makes me want to travel to all kinds of new places. Lots of filming is done in Iceland, Croatia and Scotland.

The right blend of character development and hard core action. I'm not a fan of non stop fighting scenes or action movies. This show definitely has that, but the stories and writing are so detailed that it doesn't feel like I'm just watching battles non stop.

It isn't a huge commitment. This season, there are only 7 episodes. While sometimes I wish there were more in each season, I'm also happy that I can stick with it. Shows with 20+ episodes each season take so much time to watch.

The music. I love it. I missed out on a live orchestra performance of some of the music last year and I'm still kicking myself over it.

Even after watching many episodes twice already, I still find myself discovering new clues and character connections I didn't notice the first time. The story is so complicated, but you find yourself wanting to learn more. Plus, I haven't even tried the books yet, so there's a whole different level I could take this love to.

If you're watching the premiere of season 7, I'm with you. If you're thinking about giving the first episode a try, I fully support that idea. I'm off to get my wine poured and get comfortable. Cheers!

July 11, 2017

The Bookshelf: Vol 13

It's book day!! Surprisingly, I'm still on track to hit my goal and that's after I've decided to give up on two books already this year. If I've tried more than 1/4 of the book and I'm still not into it, I'm probably going to give up. If I'm on the fence, I usually check to see if any of my Goodreads friends have read it and what they thought. 

Not Finished: Swing Time was a book that I was so excited about and then I just didn't love it. I might give it another try next year. The Women in the Castle was the one I just brought back to the library. I think it was too soon to try another WW2 story.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling - (Goodreads/Amazon) I really enjoyed this book. I recently watched the Mindy Project and loved it way more than I thought I would. It took me a lot longer to finish but I read it while reading other books and it was perfect to pick up every once in a while and read a little bit. I would definitely recommend this if you like anything she does.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo - (Goodreads/Amazon) This book was fine. I didn't love it, but I finished it and it was enjoyable enough. I think I just have a problem with love stories that make me angry at the people in them. This was one of those stories. I just rolled my eyes multiple times.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham - (Goodreads/Amazon) I love Gilmore Girls and I love Parenthood, so I was excited to read this book. It didn't impress me that much. I was enjoyable to read, but I think I was hoping for more. I did like the way she shared her memories from filming the Gilmore Girls special on Netflix. It's always been obvious that she loved played that role, but it was fun hearing how much they all loved each other.

My favorite of the last month:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - (Goodreads/Amazon) I loved this book. It was recommended by one of my best friends, plus it was the book selected for the citywide book club in New York. Some of my favorite books are ones that introduce you to characters and just walk you through their life. There was no suspense or mystery, just a constant desire to know what happened next.

So what about you? Did you finish those two books I mentioned above? Have you read Americanah? What should I read next? It's that time of year for poolside easy reads.

Linking up with Steph and Jana for my favorite book link up.

July 3, 2017


Happy 4th of July weekend. My mom is in town visiting so we have been eating, drinking, strolling and sweating all over the city. But I did take the time to write my monthly "currently" post since I think the blog would explode if I missed a month. Here is what I'm currently doing...

Reading this book since it's been a while since I read a WW2 book. I went through a phase where it felt like that was all I was reading, so I took a little break. I just started it, so we will see if it's easy to dive into.

Watching summer movies. After long days in the sun, I love coming home, pouring a glass of rose and putting on something hilarious like The Great Outdoors or Summer Rental.

Loving this amazon purchase. It has come with us on multiple adventures now and is so comfortable. Plus, watching Justin run to fill it with air is amazing. Get one now. You won't regret it.

Attempting to use Instagram stories for more things. I think I will hold onto Snapchat because I like the voice changers and the ease of sending funny photos to one person, but I use Instagram more and I like the back and forth communication.

Sharing this bundle of Beautycounter summer essentials, because I love when anything saves money and these are some of my favorites. Get these 3 items for $50 instead of $63 if you place your order by July 5th. Click here to get yours.

Eating Steve's Key Lime Pies. He opened a stand at the Dekalb Food Hall and we visited it last night. Those damn pies are my absolute favorite - especially on a hot day. They have tons of awesome food stands there and if you need a break from the sun, it's a great place to check out.

Plotting out our road trip. We are heading to Indianapolis for work next week and we are driving since we have to stay for longer than 2 days. We like to bring the dogs if we can instead of leaving them at the boarding place. Also, we have been hoarding some podcasts for this trip and we will FINALLY be listening to S-Town and I'm pretty excited.

Shopping for new summer dresses. I purged so many when we moved last fall because they didn't fit anymore or just weren't my favorites and now I don't have any and it seems wrong. Hopefully I'll find a few when I'm out in the city with my mom today.

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July and that the pups all survive the obnoxious fireworks displays.

June 29, 2017

Perfect Mornings

I love getting a glimpse into people's normal lives. I think mornings are the most consistent time for most people. My morning routine is pretty locked in - only differing between weekdays and weekends for the most part. This account/hashtag will always be one of my favorite Instagram accounts because I love this glimpse.

Weekday Mornings:

The sun wakes me up in the summer and my alarm wakes me up in the winter. I prefer the sunshine.

This programmable coffee maker helps make life easy. We grind the beans and set up the coffee the night before, so it starts brewing right at 7:00.

There are 2 apps I dive into before starting work. The Skimm is usually first to find out if there's anything big I missed the day before (they have a free weekday newsletter plus an app - click here to sign up.) Next up is the NY Times crossword app to do the daily mini. It's usually less than a minute.

Sometimes I get sucked into all the social media, but some days I'm able to battle it until at least mid morning.

The bathroom routine is fairly simple because I don't go into an office currently. Teeth brushing, weighing myself, contacts in, this magical lotion (which I have an extra bottle of if someone wants to buy it before it is back in stock - let me know) and a spritz of this in my hair.

We trade off walking the dogs in the morning depending on schedules. Quincy is enjoys a longer morning walk so I usually turn on a podcast and enjoy a good stroll. Lola isn't a morning dog and just gets right to business outside. While walking the pups, I listen to either The Daily podcast or Up First from NPR.

Emails for work come next. There are usually a fair amount waiting for me from the night before.

We usually eat after getting catching up on emails in the AM. Weekday breakfast is usually Siggi's yogurt (Coconut is my favorite), a smoothie if there's stuff in the fridge we need to use or possibly a bagel and cream cheese.

Weekend Mornings:

I usually wake up pretty early on weekend mornings. Isn't it crazy how much easier it is to get up early on weekends vs. weekdays?

On Sundays, we grab the NY Times and sort through all the sections and learn weird stuff.

I like taking Quincy for a walk on the weekends. We call it a "choose your own adventure" walk and most of the time, I broadcast them on Instagram stories or Snapchat to entertain myself. I let Quincy pick which direction he'd like to walk. Sometimes, we go in a circle and sometimes, I eventually have to reel him in because I don't want to carry him home.

We use this espresso maker to make our coffee a little fancier since it is the weekend. We make the whole pot and then split it between two giant mugs with almond milk and a drizzle of goat's milk caramel from the Farmer's Market. It's amazing hot or cold.

Eggs are poached and whatever is in our fridge gets added to a sandwich or an omelette - usually it's veggies and cheese. Justin is an expert egg poacher. Maybe I'll get him to share his secret here soon.

While enjoying breakfast and fancy coffees, we either read or we watch "adult cartoons" which is usually just Trevor Noah or John Oliver or funny YouTube videos from the week.

Once all of these things are done, I toy with the idea of working out - sometimes it happens, but most of the time, I plot out our brunch/day drinking plans and take a quick shower.


I hope I'm always a morning person, because there's something so satisfying about having so many of my favorite things done by 10 AM and still realizing that I have a whole day ahead of me.

What's your morning routine? Are you a morning person?