Thursday, January 22, 2015


THANKFUL FOR: Remember those glitter tennies I mentioned off and on in previous posts? Yeah, well, they've saved me from a meltdown or two in the past week. Best. Gift. Ever. Thanks, mom and dad! Just when I feel a teensy bit overwhelmed or frazzled, the sunlight hits them, and I see nothing but a sparkly reflection. It's like I've got disco balls on my feet! They might get a few silly stares when I wear them into town, but I dare anyone to don something this snazzy and not walk around with an extra pep in their step.

THINKING ABOUT: Ah, the woes of living in base housing! When we moved to Swell Rio a year ago, we opted to live on base because we didn't really like the idea of purchasing a home here. We didn't want the hassle of selling it when Flyboy's assignment was over. Not to mention, the local aesthetic/architecture isn't quite what we envisioned when buying our first home. We sometimes go back and forth wondering if we made the right decision. I blame these growing pains on Lil' Puna. Not everything about our Hawaii rental was perfect (remember #PUNAPROBLEMS?), but we lived away from people (this introvert's dream), we had the most amazing view (sigh), and there was an abundance of natural light. What more could you ask for? No matter where we move, I try to make the most of our current living sitch. It's like putting lipstick on a pig, right?! Since we'll be in Swell Rio for awhile, I've decided I'm going to get rid of the ugly khaki-colored walls and paint them white. Huzzah! I think it will really lighten up the space and make our furniture and colorful knick-knacks POP. Now I just need to find the right shade of white, which is a task that will require my mom's expertise.

FEELING: Despite a few rough patches, Max, the pups, and I have hit a real groove. I like to think I'm approaching these fives weeks sans Flyboy with reasonable expectations, and I'm proud of how we've handled the time apart so far. I think I can, I think I can...

LISTENING TO: I'm a glutton for punishment. Whenever Flyboy's away, I get stuck on the sappiest of songs. Ugh, why do I do this to myself? The latest culprit is Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. It will start playing, and I experience all sorts of mushy gushy emotions that either lead me to smile or shed a tear. Like I really need something else to toy with my hormones right now. Ha Ha!

WATCHING: I started recording Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce when it premiered on Bravo back in December, but I never got around to watching it until this past weekend. After a few episodes, I'm hooked! Unfortunately, it's near to impossible to get through a show without Max fussing and wailing, so I typically have to wait until he's in bed before I watch m' stories. In fact, I kind of feel like a rebel because I know I should get some shut eye while he's asleep, but it feels like such a treat to relax with a guilty pleasure.

EATING: As I type today's post, I've got veggies roasting for Spoon Fork Bacon's Cauliflower Parsnip Soup. Recently recommended by my mom, I thought it might be a nice way to switch things up for dinner around here and take advantage of the cool Texas temps. If the divine aroma that fills our house is any indication, I have high hopes for the recipe. The folks at Spoon Fork Bacon have never let me down, so I think it's safe to say this ought to be a real winner. Now how many more hours before supper time?

READING: Glennon of Momastery always reminds me of goodness. Her blog is where I go for a daily dose of authenticity and perspective. If you're not already a devoted reader, you will be. I assure you. Her thoughts and insight never cease to amaze me! After reading one of her recent posts, When Her Good News Makes You Feel Bad, I immediately sent a link to my mom and sister. I truly believe this is one of those articles that EVERYONE should read. We've all been there before, and if you haven't, you must be a saint. While it's easy to get caught up in comparison and competition, Glennon reminds us, "There is always more on its way—more opportunities, more ideas, more love. Think abundance—always think abundance. Belief in abundance is the source of all generosity and peace. Know that there is enough. Know that YOU are enough. Know that you have enough."

LOVING: When my parents gave me a sister, they gave me my first best friend. This week, I got to talk to her on the phone, which is a rarity these days because Aubrey is one busy bae. Yup, I definitely just used the term "bae" in regards to my dear sibling. Deal with it. Anywho, it was just really nice to catch up and hear her voice. I wish so badly we could hang out on a regular basis. But for now, we'll just have to settle with reading Yes Please at the same time so we can discuss the genius that is Amy Poehler together.

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!
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