Entries from October 2015

Lately

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off lately and I’m not excited about it. These next few weeks are going to be about making space and time for calm as well as deciding what’s coming up next. Changes are on their way, I’m not liking something, so I’m changing it.

Lately I’ve been…

Listening to /// The newest Mumford and Sons. Nothing much new besides that.

Watching ///
Parenthood – It’s the best. I am so addicted and I feel like it’s incredibly therapeutic. Life doesn’t ever get “easier,” it is never without challenges. But that’s okay, and for it to feel hard sometimes and to face challenges is absolutely normal, I am not lacking in any adult gene.
Nashville – oh the drama! It’s nothing like the city I am a part of, but I am sure me and the singers trying to make it big run in different circles. I did see Deacon out and about a couple weeks ago though. That was awesome.

Reading ///
Big Magic – I have been forcing myself to take a break from self-improvement books but I did allow myself to read this and that was wonderful because it’s not like a self-improvement book. I don’t feel the need to make a bunch of new plans and then punish myself for not carrying them all out. Big Magic is wonderfully inspiring in the calmest of ways.
See Me – I have been finding myself missing the beginning of this story the past few days. This is a little bit of a who done it which I don’t feel like is typical style of Sparks, but it still kept me up reading for hours.
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe – Fun easy read, wonderful and funny storyline. Chick lit definitely.

Cooking///
Cashew Chicken
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Chicken Avocado Lime Soup
Pra Ram
Blueberry Muffins
Noodle, egg and spinach soup
M’Jaddarah
Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Thinking about /// How strange people can be to guard themselves. How beautiful life can feel. Also how hard it can feel for almost no reason.

Loving /// Fall weather, changing leaves, you know, the basic stuff.

Looking forward to /// More Fall weather, stick with us please!!!

xoxo

 

Instagram Love

Friday, October 23, 2015

 

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I met a new friend recently and I loved this picture of hers
@nickage_

thenoisyplumeI want a copy of this picture to hang somewhere in my room. Horseback riding is so much more challenging that I remembered, but also so much more wonderful.
@thenoisyplume

palominociminoLife goals
@palominocimino

loki_tokiThe best view. Another image I want printed large and hung on my wall. 
@loki_toki 

cashcatsWell, even more life goals.
@cashcats

sydneyliannAnd of course the pure glee (maniacal laugh) as she stole her brother’s pumpkin. All the heart eyes here.
@sydneyliann

Clearly there’s a bit of a horse theme still in progress with my instagram likes.

xoxo

Fourth Quarter

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Fourth quarter will close out the year and while many people are going to be struggling and rushing to complete the goals they didn’t already completely give up on, I plan to be spending my time exploring, celebrating, learning and having fun.

Here’s what’s in store for quarter four…

Explore Nashville – Somewhere in the first 6 months I stopped exploring Nashville. I have gone on little drives here and there but nothing like when I first lived here. I have so, SO many place to see still, and while I don’t plan on doing all of them in the next three months I do I want try for at least 5.
Options are (but not limited to):
Cheekwood Gardens,
Percy Warner,
Movie at The Franklin Theatre (tickets bought for the end of October!)
Meal at Loveless
Preds game
Tour of The Ryman
Tour of the Opry,
Show at The Bluebird Cafe,
Tour of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
Union Station
Love Circle
Country Music Hall of Fame
Shelby Bottoms Park (done!)

Explore Spring Hill – I haven’t tried many things in the small town that I live in. Going to have to explore a little more.
Some options:
Brunch at Circa
Lunch at Jack of Hearts
Walk around that one little cute area in town
Find a way to the barn that has vines growing all over it.
Drive and drive and drive.

Keep on bloggin – Two times a week through the end of the year. Even when it’s hard. Even during holidays. Plan it, set it, write, write, write. Also, I’ve started blogging about Franklin for a local company and I’m excited to see where I can go with that. Woo!

Complete lessons in book on using Lightroom and Photoshop – I’ve had this book for a long time and I sit down with it every once in a while and then get sidetracked. But I bought it, and I pay monthly for Adobe Creative Suite for Photographers and it’s stuff that’s going to be good for me to know, so, it’s time to get through it. Which basically means starting from the beginning.

Decorate and Celebrate – Decorate for Fall and then for Winter, celebrate the Fall Season, celebrate getting to see my family two months in a row, celebrate being in Nashville for one year!

What’s your fourth quarter looking like? Last minute catch up or settle in and enjoying what you’ve accomplished?

xoxo

Book Club: Third Quarter

Friday, October 9, 2015

book club third quarter

Highly recommended
Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari /// Aziz… Aziz knocked it out of the park! It is funny, real and informative all at the same time. He doesn’t just talk about his own experiences dating, he also gathers info from people at his shows, people on the internet, people in different countries. While I was reading the book I felt a little better about dating in general and after reading about how dating is going in Japan and Argentina I felt a lot better about how it is in the U.S. I’m still not excited about it though. Maybe if I read the book again I would feel better again, but it definitely gives voice to some of the frustrations I have been having in the dating (well not really, just looking) scene. Too many options so people always worry there is something better and don’t learn how to communicate before quitting. Also… tinder. I’ll be writing about my experiences in the dating scene soon, it’s been something I’ve been rolling around in my mind for a little while now.

Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella /// I have loved Sophie Kinsella for years now. Shopaholic series? My jam. It’s been quite a while since I have read something of hers though as I wasn’t into the shopping for the stars newest installment. But then I saw this book on the shelves and decided to give it a try. I was absolutely not disappointed. The characters are wonderful, the issues the main character has are real and the supporting characters (one in particular) made me say Awe for sure. Definitely a light read.

Essentialism – Greg McKeown ///  use to think I was an aspiring minimalist, turns out, I’ve been working on being an essentialist. It’s about cutting down what isn’t necessary and reveling in that which is. And what is necessary is different to each person. It’s about not doing busy work, it’s about not taking on extra projects just because it might theoretically make you look good, it’s about getting really clear on what really, really matters and thus being able to do your best work.

Not bad
Wonder – R.J. Palacio /// Adorable, I don’t know why I stayed away from reading this book for so long. Good almost YA fiction about a boy that doesn’t quite fit in because of his physical appearance. Fast read.

The Girl On the Train – Paula Hawkins /// This was a fast read but I’m starting to figure out that I really don’t like these kinds of books. They stress me out, they make me think horrible things about humanity, and I just can’t handle that kind of negativity. But really, I downward spiral pretty easy on my own even when I am reading happy things, so these kinds of books are taking a far back seat in my life for a while. Possibly forever.

Meh
Country – Danielle Steel /// This will probably be the only Danielle Steel book I will ever read in my life. I stayed away from all of these kinds of books for years and year. I read some chick lit, but not anything that you would find specifically on the Romance shelves in Barnes and Noble. I refused. But lately I have given less of a rats backside (if we were in person I would be using the a word most likely) about how literary the works I read are. I want stories that I get sucked in to fast and that make me feel happy and possibly giggly. I saw this title, and knew that it took place in Nashville, the story is about a woman that goes on a road trip and meets a country star and her life changes in ways she never imagined. Road trips… check. Country music… check. Nashville… check. So I read it. The story itself was highly addicting, I read it pretty fast. The writing itself… well, it sucked. If I am so stoked on a story but get pulled out of said story because of how bad the writing is… that’s saying something. I watch and forgive some horrible acting and basic writing but this was pushing it. They did this and then they did that and he thought this and she thought that. There was perspective shifts without warning or paragraph break, she told, not showed. So… if you don’t mind crap writing and just want a fun love story about a woman that finds herself in an unexpected way, read it. If you have a hard time with people who break basic writing rules… skip it.

Looking forward to reading:
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

And a lot more fiction. I am working on weaning myself off of self help/self improvement books as they are not very healthy for my perfectionist problem. I am keeping Big Magic because it’s not about being better, it’s about exploring and creative endeavors. It gets to stay, but the rest… fiction. Fiction for the rest of the year!

We’ll see how that goes…

xoxo

 

White girl wasted on Fall

Friday, October 2, 2015

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(and October)

Alternative title: Basic AF for Fall.

Here it is, my all time faaaaavorite season. Do I really know what Fall is considering I’ve lived in San Diego most of my life? Portland’s Fall kind of counts right? Right.

Smell the pumpkin spice everything, wear all the scarves and boots, decorate all the pumpkins and just snort that PSL through your nose and there we are… white girl wasted on Fall.

In truth, I am not quite as basic as I would like to be for Fall. I would love to be as excited about all the pumpkin spice things… oreos, m&m’s, tampons (what? oh right, that was a internet joke), candles, creamers, in fact, I’m just going to leave you with this screen shot of what comes up when I search pumpkin spice images on yahoo (usually I would search google, but sometimes mistakes happen.)

pumpkin spice search results - funny

Chipotle burrito, toothpaste, pepto bismal, toilet paper… aaaand condoms. Awesome. Maybe fellacio would be a lot safer during the Fall season.

I digress. Alas, I am not quite as basic as I could be for Fall. But I do have a little bucket list for this season. I will make sure to do as much as possible and squeeze all that I can out of colored leaves, scarves tightly wound around necks (and therefore making giant dreads at the back of my head), carved pumpkins, and boots. I might even throw in an instagram post of some other person’s PSL for good, basic, measure.

Without further ado, I present to you, The Fall List

+ go to an Apple Orchard and pick apples (DONE!)
+ go to a Lucky Ladd’s pumpkin patch and walk through a corn maze (at night with flashlights!!!)
+ make caramel apples
+ make a day trip to Chattanooga, take pictures of all the changing leaves
+ get a new pair of boots, booties to be more specific
+ get a pair of duck boots or rainboots
+ make soups!
+ walks around Radnor Lake, Percy Priest Park and Cheekwood Gardens
+ drive with the windows down (and maybe the heat up)
+ go to a Titans/college/somewhere football game (probably not a high school one as I didn’t go to High School here and that might be seen as weird)
+ bonfire
+ work on my new blanket
+ celebrate Dia de los Muertos, possibly make Pan de Muerto
+ apple cider donuts!

We’ll see how much of this I really get to. What’s on your list?

xoxo

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