Thursday, January 23, 2014


FEELING: I always wish I lived closer to my parents and my sister, but this was one of those weeks it would have been incredibly handy to just jump in the car and arrive at their doorstep with a hug. Those near and dear to me experienced some form of disappointment, and I just felt helpless. In cases like this, no piece of colorful snail mail or pep talk on the phone will seem to do. I wish I could have just sat down with them and listened to their feelings, while offering some sort of embrace to show how much I believe in them and how proud I am to call them family.

LISTENING TO: A buzzing cell phone signaling texts from Best Mom Ever (Snow day in D.C. Woot! Woot!), the annoying Yorkie across the street that insists on yapping incessantly, and iTunes radio as it cycles through the weekly top 50.

THANKFUL FOR: This past weekend, Flyboy and I felt somewhat confined by our temporary digs and we just needed a reason to get outside and explore. We spent Sunday in Austin visiting some of our (okay, maybe that should be "my" instead) favorite shops, wandering the streets, and brunching at Moonshine. We even tried a local craft gin, Waterloo, in this grapefruit and cucumber cocktail. Delish! Oh, and our waitress showed us a special hiding spot in the brick wall near our table, so I wrote a super secret note on the back of my blogger card and hid it behind the loose brick. Cool, huh?! Needless to say, I had the BEST time! It's not everyday that you get to enjoy insanely gluttonous donuts from Gourdough's and witness a local Texan parked horseback at a corner bar. Austin, you're strange and I love you!

THINKING ABOUT: I have the urge to get crafty, so I picked up some supplies at Paper Source this past weekend. I can't wait to start making Valentine's Day cards for my family and friends. I like my artsy with a little bit of fartsy! It's getting to be that time of year when you get to smother others with hearts and everything is drenched in shades of pink and red. I love it!

EATING: I stumbled upon this recipe, Chicken and Lime Soup, on Pinterest and figured it was worth a shot. I added black beans and corn to the recipe and served it with chunks of avocado. It was cheap, tasty, and I didn't mind having leftovers.

WATCHING: As per usual, I'm watching anything and everything on Bravo. I couldn't be more excited for March's show lineup. Of course, there's the return of Flipping Out (Zoila, I've missed your sass!) and I'm intrigued by Southern Charm. On another note, I didn't mind Courtney Kerr on Most Eligible Dallas, but she irritates the heck outta me on Courtney Loves Dallas. I should also mention that I haven't missed an episode, so I must be a glutton for punishment!

LOVING: After living in Hawaii, I kind of forgot what it was like to get really pale in the winter months. Yikes! I wouldn't say I'm tanorexic, but I must agree with my mom when she says a turkey looks better cooked. In an effort to add some color to my complexion, I picked up a tube of L'Oréal's Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee, and I don't mind it. The bronze color is subtle and it doesn't stink like other self-tanners I've tried in the past. Yay for safe and sunless tanning!

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