Thursday, July 12, 2018

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA   D E S I G N L O V E F E S T

FEELING: I know it's only natural to get caught up in the comparison game when it comes to social media, but after seven years of blogging, I see all of these people bringing in BIG incomes from their online platforms and I can't help but wonder what gives?! In terms of content, I'll admit that my consistency hasn't been all that reliable for the past six months, but I'm trying to cut myself a little slack because a lot of change has occurred for us since we left Texas in December. I just wish there was a healthy balance. I don't want to be schlepping products just to make a dime, but I feel pretty confident in the content I create and believe I'm worthy of blogging growth and a little online recognition without paying for followers. If anyone out there knows the secret to social media success without selling your soul to mustard or razor companies, I'm ALL ears. What am I doing wrong here??

THANKFUL FOR: Nothing like a fresh bounty of herbs to boost your confidence and convince you that you've reached Martha Stewart status in the backyard. Now I'm having delusions of garden grandeur and I've got my sights set on a vegetable or two next year. 

LISTENING TO: These days Maxwell moonlights as a comedian. Am I a bad mom if I say that his new hobby is equal parts adorable and excruciating? It's one thing if the punchline makes sense and his delivery is on point, but you can't force someone to laugh when you consider the following a knee-slapper: 

Max: "What does a shark eat?"
Me: "I don't know. What?"
Max: "A fish."
Me: *Silence*
Max: "Laugh mommy. You need to laugh at my joke."
Me: "That's not a joke. It's a fact."
Max: "Laugh. Right. Now."
Me: "Don't tell me what to do."

This isn't Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but I'm going to need all the caffeine I can get to survive this toddler stand-up phase.

WATCHING: I'm just SOOOOOO ready for it to be next week already. The Bravo Summer lineup is sizzling with Shahs, Savannah, and a trio of blonde besties ready to whoop it up in the OC. If Shannon, Tamra, and Vicki can reconcile as we witnessed at last year's reunion, can we at least get a return trip to Andales? Oh, and what about that awkward proposal between Lyle and Catherine on Southern Charm? Woof! If a wedding invite is in Andy Cohen's future, can we bet on Tommy and MJ?!

EATING: I've never been a dainty eater. Since I was little, you could find me nose deep in a rack of ribs just trying to keep up with my dad's stack of clean bones. If my cheeks appeared rosy, it was only because they were adorned in sticky barbecue sauce. I am a meat eater through and through, so the fact that a Fried CAULIFLOWER Sandwich served at Terrain's Garden Cafe now tops my list of favorite meals EVER is beside me. My mom and I split the sammy (Who am I? Rachael Ray??) ten days ago when we visited Glen Mills, and I seriously can't stop thinking about how amazing it was. Also, WHY the heck did we share?! Sigh. Now to convince Flyboy this cruciferous magic on a brioche bun is worth the return trip... A side of Truffle Fries ought to do the trick!!

READING: Max got a library card yesterday, and despite his shy and lukewarm appearance at our local book joint, I can assure you he was ECSTATIC by the entire sitch. I was hoping to leave with some cute illustrations and fiction options, but in true Max fashion we returned home with a bag of reading material covering topics like germs, sharks, frogs, and tractors. Because of course...       

THINKING ABOUT: Two weeks ago we had a few horrendous outings in public with Max, so I implemented a token system in which our wily wonder could earn twenty hearts for being kind and making good choices with a reward of his choice as the end goal. I mostly wanted to reinforce positive behavior, so I let him choose a prize to work toward. Without any hesitation, he decided that throwing a pie in my face would be the ultimate reward. Yes, I realize this is a pretty twisted prize for being kind, but it's what he wanted and I was happy to oblige if it meant his behavior improved. Within days he reached his goal and my mug was covered in whipped topping. We're on to our next goal of 30 hearts, but this time the reward is for an ice cream date, because I think both boys in this house enjoyed smashing my face and hosing me down a little too much. I deserve the sweet end of this next deal!

LOVING: We got a sunny set of yellow chairs from IKEA for our bedroom and the space is starting to feel really cozy. In my head I have oodles of ideas floating about and it makes me silly giddy. When we moved in, I wasn't sure how I'd break up the large space and make it feel nested, but I think we're well on our way. Call me Hannibal because I love it when a plan comes together.


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


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