Thursday, March 6, 2014

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

A glimpse of the cocktail cart I curated for Society Social. Click here for more!

THINKING ABOUT: This one's a real doozy, because I can't seem to turn my brain OFF these days. What up with that? Flyboy's training class is behind a bit because of weather; this winter in TX has been cray cray. As a result, we'll be in San Antone for a little longer than we expected. This isn't a problem, but our lease is up next Wednesday. Yikes! Can you imagine my Kevin from Home Alone face, because it's happening!? I spent a little over two hours on the phone this morning trying to figure out the logistics of the next few weeks. The local base doesn't have any pet-friendly hotel rooms for us, so the dogs will be boarded and we'll be staying at a hotel. I'm not exactly sure how long it will be like this, and trying to get the kennel and hotel to accommodate our make-believe itinerary was a real hoot. They were very gracious, but I hate being that girl who can't really give them a definitive timeline to work from. Our problems are not their problems, but they were super accommodating. I hope I can give them a better idea of how the next few weeks are going to go down soon. When we originally moved here, we didn't think any of this would be an issue, so we had big plans to visit Missouri and D.C. before moving into our house at the end of the month. Depending on how much time we have in between training and Swell Rio, this may not be an option. I'm trying my best to not get too bummed about the situation because there are just too many variables that we can't control at this point. As my dad always says, Semper Gumby—always flexible!

FEELING: Moments after typing up that last bit about the stresses of this move, Flyboy called and told me that we'll receive our household goods on March 28th. In case you can't see it through the computer screen, I'm beaming!! I can't tell you the kind of relief that brings me. I was SO afraid that it would take them weeks to release our stuff and I didn't want to get my hopes up, so I was prepared for the worst. In this case, that's not a pessimistic approach, it's actually quite rational when you're working with the government. After spending so much time worrying about countless other details, it feels really nice to have a win.

READING: By now, you know how much I love Glennon from Momastery, and I was so excited to see that one of her blog posts from January was shared in a segment on the Today show this week. In Glennon's original post, she discusses a tactic her son's math teacher uses to analyze the disconnect some students in her classroom might feel as a result of bullying or feeling left out. Every Friday afternoon since Columbine, she's asked her students to write down who they'd like to sit by next week or who they'd nominate as an exceptional classroom helper. This strategy allows her to identify kids who are struggling, going unnoticed, and falling through the cracks socially. This all sounds so simple, but in an age where standardized tests seem to be the priority, it's refreshing to read about an educator whose primary focus is the basics—to ensure her students are, above all, brave and kind.

EATINGI'm pretty sure I've mentioned these tasty little devils before, but I feel it's important enough to say again. You need to make these Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches. They're SO delicious, and I'm not even a big fan of Buffalo-flavored stuff. Since I've made them multiple times, I opted to use ground turkey instead of ground chicken—it's easier to manage, less messy, and you can't taste a difference. My mom is probably rolling her eyes at this because I can't tell you how many times I've emailed her the recipe or texted her after making them with a message similar to this: "You NEED to make these. You and dad will LOVE them."

WATCHING: I'm all sorts of excited about the return of m' favorite Bravo shows. I'm talking to you Flipping Out and Real Housewives of New York City! When I think about what's been missing in 2014, I've decided it's the lack of Zoila and Ramona (crazy eyes) in my life. The idea of cozying up on the couch surrounded by Jeff, Jenny, and the Countess makes my heart flutter. March, you look good!

LISTENING TO: Two pups at my feet snoring with random doggy dreams. It's adorable, but I can't help but wonder where Tripp is running? I believe he's headed to Swell Rio to fetch our stuff. He's missed snuggling next to the chaise connected to our couch.

THANKFUL FOR: I know you're probably tired of me rattling on about the Cocktail Cart I curated for Society Social's blog, but it's an opportunity that means so much to me. I've been a huge fan of Roxy's work, and I was absolutely tickled to receive an email from her a few weeks ago asking me to assemble items for a guest post. Pinch me. Blogging definitely has its highs and lows—mostly highs—but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have moments where I question why I pour so much time and energy into this little space. Then something like this comes along and I'm inspired to just keep going. When I create, I feel fulfilled. That's the best feeling!

LOVING: Rachel from Pencil Shavings Studio added washi tape to her shop yesterday and I about fell out of my chair. It's SO good. As soon as we have a definitive mailing address, I'm SO adding this trio to my collection. I'm running low on washi and it's scary!

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

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