Thursday, February 11, 2016



THINKING ABOUT: On Tuesday, Max and I made our way to Walmart for a few odds and ends. As I was finishing up at the self-checkout, I noticed my dear tot made some new friends. There was a child about his age seated in a shopping cart in the company of his grandpa, mother, and big brother. As we struck up a conversation, I learned that the woman actually gave birth to her oldest son at the Swell Rio Wally World. What the what?! I thought that was the kind of thing that only happened in Natalie Portman movies. You guys, I was in a state of disbelief! In fact, the shocked and amused look on my face were enough for the kind lady to go on and share a few extra details about her delivery. LUCKY ME! For instance, the kind folks at Walmart brought her one of those kiddie plastic pools to have the baby in when she went into labor. Yikes! Oh, and she said the employees were so excited because they had access to mylar balloons and they brought them to her immediately after her baby boy arrived. Ha Ha! According to the grandpa, this little boy is a handful, so he said the mom brings him to the superstore's customer service desk every year on his birthday and asks about their return policy. The little boy (seven-ish years old?!) overheard us discussing his birth place and proceeded to ask the mom, "Are you seriously going to do that EVERY year?!" He he! As we parted ways and I headed to the car, I couldn't help but thank GOD that didn't happen to me. Could you even imagine?! That woman deserves a shiny medal or a life's supply of tequila.

THANKFUL FOR: We're San Antonio bound this weekend for a quick day trip. Hooray! While driving five hours (round-trip) isn't necessarily a blast, the idea of visiting some of my favorite shops (J.Crew, Madewell, Anthro, etc.) and stocking up on pantry staples (Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Target) makes me want to break into a happy dance. Hello, civilization! We're coming for you...  

FEELINGI'm fairly certain George Strait would refer to the first week of Whole30 as the "I Hate Everything" phase. Parting with some of my favorite things like bread, dairy, and sweets certainly hasn't been easy, but Flyboy and I have found that we're feeling more energetic and satisfied as each day passes. Hallelujah! We both agreed there are aspects of Whole30 eating that we'd like to make part of our norm even after we're done. With that being said, how many more days until I can have some Mike and Ike again?!

EATING: Saturday night is typically our designated meal for eating out, but since the Whole30 options in Swell Rio are slim, we opted to fix Primally Inspired's Carne Asada instead. Because I do most of the cooking and was ready for a break, I passed the grilling off to Flyboy and focused on the Succotash (I opted to wing it and use veggies we had, but here's a similar recipe that's not compliant with Whole30) and Tomatillo Avocado Salsa. It was all so incredible! I can see us preparing this recipe regularly. Do me a favor and try it!

LISTENING TO: I guess Max has seen me chat on the phone a time or two because the imaginary calls he has are intense. Depending on his mood or what's available, he'll grab a puzzle piece, orange peel, his bottle, etc., and throw it up to his ear as though it's his cell. Forget the flip-phone or touch screen, this child is low-maintenance. The "conversations" appear to be filled with hilarious punchlines and banter. Occasionally he'll pause to listen to what the other person has to say, but he typically is the long-winded one. Hmm, I wonder where he sees that?! These little chatterbox episodes have been going on frequently over the past few weeks. I tried to explain them my to parents, but it was only when I got it on video this last weekend (watch here) that they could fully appreciate what I was describing. And sure, it sounds super cute when I describe it, but try disciplining the wily tot when he's on the horn. It's IMPOSSIBLE! It's nothing for him to give you a snotty "Can't you see I'm on the phone?" look and then proceed with his call.

WATCHING: When Flyboy set the DVR to record The People v. O.J. Simpson on FX, I turned my nose. We were in second grade when that all went down; I figured I wouldn't be interested and that I'd inevitably pass out ten minutes into the premiere. Lucky for me, I was sorely mistaken! The miniseries is pretty interesting and has me eager to watch upcoming episodes. Now if I could just get over John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and Connie Britton as "the morally corrupt" Faye Resnick. Bravo fans out there, do you feel me?!

READINGI have so many pages open on my phone browser with posts and quick reads I wanted to share with you. Here goes...

LOVING: My cousin is a stylist and sent me a bottle of Pravana Nevo Lived-In Powder Potion a few weeks ago. Whenever she introduces me to a new product, it always lives up to the hype. This has been a game changer. Sprinkle some of the powder into your palm and it morphs into a pomade adding texture and fullness to my fine head of hair. Yas queeeeeeeen, yaaaaaasssss!

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

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