Thursday, August 17, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: Every time I look at Flyboy, I swear he's nose-deep in Zillow listings or flipping through the channels taking copious mental notes about what he's watching on House Hunters. Ha Ha! It's weird to think our time in Swell Rio is coming to a close and that it's finally time to start actively looking at housing options. For the past year we've been living in this bubble of hypotheticals and now we need to decide whether we want to buy or rent at our next location. Training and moving dates are still pending, so there's not a lot we can do right now, but it's on our radar. I'm equal parts terrified and exhilarated by the whole scenario. This move will be different in a lot of ways because we have a child now, but our PCS to Dover will be especially interesting as it's one of the first places we've moved to together that neither of us are familiar with the location. Say yes to new adventures, right?!

This past Sunday and Tuesday were a bust thanks to a series of really gnarly migraines. I maxed out on my meds (10 mg of Zomig in 24 hours) and had to rely on showers, Orthogel, and diffusers to survive. It's been about six months since I experienced anything like this. I forget how awful the reeeeeeeeeally bad ones can feel and medication isn't enough to do the trick.

THANKFUL FOR: Optimism with engagement can feel downright impossible when you tune into the news and see nothing but hate, bigotry, and violence as we did in Charlottesville this past weekend. But then I stumbled upon a quote shared by artist Oliver Jeffers on Sunday and I was reminded that despite the odds, it's best if we can still have faith in humanity. I hope I'm not wrong.

"For all the racism and xenophobia to be truly eradicated, all the closet racists and xenophobes 
need to reveal themselves. In my most optimistic moments, I believe we are witnessing 
the last dying thrust of the old world before a new age of enlightenment begins."

LISTENING TO: A few days ago, I caught Max playing in his mini kitchen. He was pretending to crack an egg open when I asked what he was making. Expecting an answer like cookies or muffins (his go-to response), he replied: "I'm making more Dump Ranch, ma!" I couldn't help but chuckle at his Whole30 specific response. This kid is definitely a product of his environment and I'm certain Melissa Hartwig would be proud, but wow we're going to look like he's part of the cult. If only they knew what his diet really consists of...

WATCHING: With an excellent cast like Billy Eichner, Cobie Smolders, and Keegan Michael-Key, I had HIGH hopes for the Netflix original series Friends from College. Have you watched it?! The characters are messy and the season (or series?) finale was even messier. Don't get me wrong, Flyboy and I found ourselves laughing a lot, but complicated doesn't even begin to describe the one-dimensional storyline. The show was just okay and while I wouldn't say it was an entire waste of time (we're talking Swell Rio on a Saturday night...), the last minute of Episode 8 left me with so many unanswered questions, I kind of wanted that four hours of my life back.

EATING: Per my sister's glowing recommendation, I've added these Thai Turkey Burgers to our meal plan next week and I can't wait to make them. You know a recipe has got to be good when you get a text that says, "I seriously can't wait to make them again and I'm still eating them." Hot damn! After reading Aubrey's message, I'm thinking she rests her case. No further questions, your honor. 

READING: Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar is exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now. Trust me when I say that you will feel ALL the feels, ugly cry, and your sides will hurt so much from laughing. You guys, it's like getting a much-needed hug from that friend you've been searching for. I want and need all m' peeps to read this one.

LOVING: This might be the best $17.20 I've spent in a very long time, so it's best I spill the tea. Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel exfoliating gauze pads are just as good, if not better, as the Dr. Gross equivalent I'd been purchasing at Sephora and a third of the price. Holla!

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

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