Thursday, November 20, 2014


Feeling... Overwhelmed. I don't even know what has been going on this week but I'm exhausted. I'm glad it's Thursday, but at the same time, I can't believe it isn't Friday yet.

Reading... The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I'm taking a break from the Philippa Gregory series mostly because I finished the last one on Sunday night and didn't have the next book in the series yet and needed something for my morning commute. The Secret History is interesting so far. I'm about 100 pages in.

Watching... Nothing. I haven't turned on my TV once this week. It's been that kind of week.

Anticipating... My mom coming to visit for Thanksgiving! I'm excited for a short work week and a nice, long relaxing weekend in DC.

Disappointed about... the fact that I haven't run all week. It's been, as I said, an overwhelming week.

Working on... cleaning/packing...I haven't really started packing, but I'm going through the 'purging' stage of moving.

Loving... The Kitchn. It's my  new favorite website. I'm hooked.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Feeling... Ready for the weekend. Despite having a day off this week, I'm just worn out this week.

Reading... The Kingmakers' Daughter, the fourth book in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War Series. It's so good and the characters are so diabolical. This is serious guilty pleasure reading...I find it hilarious when people try to break down the mechanics of the book on's historical fiction, it isn't meant to be accurate, it's meant to be juicy.

Watching... A to Z and Master Chef two new favorite finds. Master Chef Junior is adorable. I'm incredibly impressed with these 9- and 10- year olds who can make things like blood orange and passion fruit cream pies from scratch without a recipe.

Listening to... The Pop Fitness station on Pandora. It's perfect for the treadmill. I haven't downloaded music in almost two years (I know) instead of still listening to "Call Me Maybe," I'm actually listening to music that's current.

Anticipating... my kombucha! It's Day 7 of brewing, and it typically brews for anywhere from 10-21 days (though everyone I know does it for closer to 10) I'm excited to see how it comes out!

Dreading... the cold. It was 71 degrees on Tuesday. It was 39 this morning and is expected to drop into the 20s tonight. Can I have summer back please?

Working on... Running. It's going much better than it did last year. I'm actually wearing an older pair of shoes with insoles and running much slower than I would like to and it's definitely making a difference.

Loving... that we're moving to our new place in a month. I'm so sick of our current apartment. The building management is awful. I'm so ready for a new place.

That's all I've got!
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Years

Five years ago, after almost an entire of year of playing the "Should we" or "Shouldn't we" game, after college graduation, a trip to Africa and a move to Boston on my part; college graduation, a move to Atlanta, and then a move to New Jersey on his part, The Pilot...who wasn't quite a pilot just yet...asked me to be his girlfriend.

We took selfies before they were called selfies.
For the first year, we kept the Mega and Bolt buses in business through countless trips back and forth between New Jersey and Boston.

At the end of that first year, he moved to Florida, and as a penniless flight instructor and a penniless grad student, we saw each other all of four times that year.

At the end of that second year, he moved back to New Jersey and became a pilot. We saw each other much more frequently, but still not as much as we would have liked.

That year, I finished grad school and we took our first trip to Europe, visiting London and Paris.

Right after our 3rd anniversary, we moved to DC together and the long distance finally ended.

Seven months later, he asked me if I would marry him. I said, "Are you serious?"

Two months ago today, on the fifth year of us being us, we walked down the aisle and promised forever.

Since it isn't really our anniversary anymore, I'll just say, 'Happy 5 Years.' Here's to the next adventure!

Monday, November 10, 2014

If We Were Having Coffee...

I can't take credit for these posts but I got some great feedback from last week's, so I decided to give it another go.

If we were having coffee...I would tell you that this weekend was exhausting. Six hours of a major kitchen cleaning spree and overhaul plus pulling all of my summer clothes into storage/donation piles wiped me out. I'm so grateful that I have tomorrow off for Veteran's Day.

I would tell you that I had a major fail with meal planning for this week. I planned everything out and realized I didn't have the groceries for anything I had planned out! Last week was a major grocery shopping fail. Good thing I have some leftovers to get me through the week!

I would tell you that running has been pretty touch and go lately. I started base training for a spring marathon this week and two out of my four runs were cut short due to knee pain. My "long run" of 4 miles (hey, it's base training) started out just fine but I started having some knee pain with half a mile to go...this time around, it wasn't bad enough to make me have to stop, but it's still frustrating.

If we were having coffee...I would tell you that I'm starting to get a little excited for the holidays. Christmas doesn't seem to be in full force (which is shocking, given that it's two weeks past Halloween) and I like it. We'll probably be setting up our Christmas tree the weekend we move into our new apartment, but I'm ok with it.

I would tell you that I'm really upset over the voter turnout in Tuesday's midterm elections. Only 30% of the country turned out to vote...and only 13% of eligible youth voters. I've talked to some of my friends in other countries about it and they're shocked that Americans don't vote...especially since we (as a country) disapprove of our government so much.

If we were having coffee... I would tell you that I started my own batch of home-brewed kombucha this weekend. I can't wait to see how it turns out! I had never tried kombucha until I needed some as a starter for my homebrew, ($4 just to taste something that I've heard mixed reviews about is not my cup of tea) but I really like it!

I would tell you that I am getting great use of my slow cooker these days. Overnight steel cut oats and soups have been my absolute favorites, but I have a lot of fun slow cooker experiments that I'm excited to try in the next few weeks!

If we were having coffee...I would show you a picture of Peyton, because she's the best.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Feeling... fall-inspired. I've eaten a lot of pumpkin yumminess this week and the leaves outside my window are turning yellow. I'm normally that person who hates the fall, but this time around, I'm warming up to it.


Reading... The Lady of the Rivers...same book from last week. Still just as good as it was last week.

Listening to... Norah Jones. I love her.

Working on... my November goals.  Running...hasn't been going well.

Eating... a blueberry granola bar snack thing. It's tasty...and I can pronounce all of the ingredients on the label!

Anticipating... a super productive weekend of cleaning, running (hopefully) and starting to pack.

Watching... Scandal. It's so good this season!! Anyone else watching?

Loving... that I'm finally feeling like myself again...after two rounds of being sick and just overall feeling meh.

What are you currently up to?