Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday's Thoughts

FEELING: It's the first time in a few weeks that I've felt genuinely excited, and I kind of LOVE it. You know what I'm talking about, the kind of joy you wish you could bottle up and sprinkle all over the rotten moments. It's like that! There's so much to be happy about, and despite all of the unknowns that will come with the next few months, it's nice to have a reason to grin from ear to ear and truly mean it. Flyboy's dad is coming to visit, so I took next week off from work and we're going to kickback and explore the island. I honestly can't believe he'll be here this weekend. It's mid-August! How can this be?!? I remember a few months ago when I penciled in his arrival and it seemed so far away. Our time on this dear island is fleeting, so it's time to whoop it up!

READING: It's amazing the people you "meet" via Instagram, and I was elated to stumble upon Caroline from It Was Just LIke That. Now I may be a bit biased because I love the fact that she has a Bernese Mountain Dog, but this gal has some serious great taste in food (and dogs). I drool every time she posts a new picture of a recipe that she's tried. It makes me want to be more bold and adventurous in the kitchen. I can't wait to try some of her recipes!

LISTENING TO: As I type this post, I hear Flyboy's truck barrel up the driveway. I know I've mentioned it before, but it's honestly one of my favorite sounds. His tires screech, Tripp barks, and I hear the clicking of the dogs' nails as they run around the house with excitement. Cue the celebration because it feels as though someone just shot off a confetti gun and sounded the horns. It warms my heart EVERY time and will go down in the books as one of my favorite things about living on Lil' Puna.

THANKFUL FOR: This week, I encountered some of the sweetest acts of generosity. I won't go into specifics, but there were several instances in which I literally had to pick my jaw up off the floor due to the unwarranted kindness of others. I'm still a bit baffled and unsure as to what I did to deserve these acts of love, but I'm so grateful and eager to pay it forward.

THINKING ABOUT: I watched a segment on 60 Minutes about Marfa, Texas, and I'm pleased as punch about the prospects of finally crossing this item off my Life List. The Capital of Quirkiness? Um, sign me up.

EATING: Despite my better judgement, I picked up a bag of UNREAL Candy's unjunked version of a Snickers bar. Holy buckets this stuff is delish! I'd heard a lot about the brand and saw the selection of candy at Target, so I figured it was time to give it a whirl. I was initially intrigued by the cute packaging, but I'm also the candy queen — with a combination like that, it just seemed like a no-brainer! They've proved that candy can really be unjunked. Corn syrup? Out. Partially hydrogenated oils? Out. GMOs? Out. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives? Out. Reduced sugar by over 40% per serving on average? Check. Now I really feel like it's my DUTY to try the other four candies. 

WATCHING: You guys, I can't believe the WWHL Oprah-calypse is officially here! Eek! You better believe I'll be tuning in with my favorite cocktail in tow. Will you be watching? I hope she's fun and rolls with Andy's quirks. Do you think she'll really plead the fifth? I can only imagine what the drinking word might be! Now, I've watched AC in the NYC conduct many awkward interviews, and I hope this one is more like Cher and a little less like Martha. Watching Andy get spanked by the homemaking queen was just wrong on so many levels. Wrong and oh-so hilarious!

LOVING: How fabulous is this free desktop download from Type & Title? Have you heard about J.Crew's upcoming Style Sessions Event in-store? Next Thursday, customers are invited to stop by their local store on Thursday night, August 22nd, for a Style Session. The best part? Take a selfie to show off your darling duds, Instagram it with the hashtag #jcrewstylesessions, and you could end up in the next Style Guide! How amazing would that be?!? I'm thinking that's worthy of the ol' Bucket List. Call it wishful thinking, but it could mean one step closer to meeting Jenna.

What about you? How are you feeling today? What are you up to?
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