Home Sweet Sarah
16Jan/17Off

Stuff to do in 2017

I am usually not one for making New Year's resolutions. A lot of times it's "do less of xyz" or "stop doing xyz" and no thanks, I do not live my life by 'cannots.' (Unless that cannot is, like, meth.) But, in looking back, I realize that when I have made a commitment to something, I have often stuck with it. For example, one year I decided I was going to floss every night. This was like 15 years ago and guess what? I still floss every night. So, I figure there's probably nothing wrong with making some choices for my overall well-being. Here they are:

Bring a snack to school pickup for LG
Homegirl can be cranky after school and it occurred to me when she was in daycare over the winter break and was SO NICE when I picked her up after lunch that DUH, she is just hangry after school. I figure if I just shove food in her immediately when I see her, then we'll all be happy.

Take LG somewhere after school once-ish a week
Currently, we come home from school and LG unpacks her stuff and then retreats to watch PBS Kids while I work. On Wednesdays, she does gymnastics, but the other days of the week are activity-less. I don't feel bad about her watching tv (she learns a lot from PBS Kids, no really, she does), but there's probably also some value in going and doing something. It will all depend on my work schedule, but I am hoping we can implement this most weeks. I'm thinking library in the winter and when the weather gets nicer, then we can go to the park.

Continue with the yoga
I set out to "do more yoga" in October and have been keeping up with that. Since I am now a member of my yoga place, that makes it even easier. I can sign into classes through the app and then sneak in through the backdoor and I never have to talk to anyone. It's great. My general goal has been a minimum of two classes a week/eight classes a month.

Run more
While 625 seems like a lot of miles completed in 2016, the truth is it was a lot of walking. Summer here was disgusting--so humid and gross--and winter was too icy for running, so I ended up slogging or gingerly tiptoeing through a lot of walks. It was fine, but I'd like to get back to actual running when I'm not yoga-ing.

Read more and READ MORE
I read nine books last year, which is...not a lot. I want to read more this year and in addition, I want to READ MORE than just the same old authors. I get stuck in ruts with the same authors I always know I'll enjoy, which is okay for a little bit, but I would like to give some new authors a chance. I have the following books queued up at the library:

  • A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles (I love, love, loved Rules of Civility, so I am hoping this one doesn't disappoint)
  • The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
  • Superficial, by Andy Cohen
  • Winter Storms, by Elin Hilderbrand (I CANNOT QUIT ALL MY FAVORITES)
  • The Passenger, by Lisa Lutz
  • Not that Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham (I will spare you the "LEAVE LENA DUNHAM ALONE!" tirade I went on on Twitter the other day)

Say yes to more fun things Chris suggests (get your mind out of the gutter)
Chris is our resident spontaneous fun person, whereas I would stay home all weekend and read books or lay around watching tv. On the day before New Year's Eve, he suggested we go into Chicago for the night and normally I'd come up with some reason not to, but I didn't and we had so much fun. More fun!

Write a cookbook!
More to come on this as we progress, but Chris and I are going to write a cookbook! This weekend we planned what will most likely make it into the cookbook (it was harder than you'd think to come up with meals that are truly "ours" and not adaptations from others). Next up is scheduling everything for us to cook throughout the year so that we can test and nail down the recipes. We also need to buy a kitchen scale and, dream of dreams, a second dishwasher like Queen Ina Garten. Anyway! Follow the hashtag #sundaykindofdinners for updates, etc.

3Jan/17Off

2016 review

I guess I'm a little late with this one, but oh well, I DID IT. Here's how 2016 shaped up. (I am kind of with my girl over at Life of a Doctor's Wife--it might be time to update some of these questions.)

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Went to improv camp! Went on a week-long family vacation. (Related: Went to New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.) Went to Michigan! Went to Wisconsin! Went to (brunch in) Indiana! Went to Mt. Hood! Went to a lot of new places!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any. I might for 2017, check back here.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. (I always feel like I must be forgetting someone. I hope not!)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you didn't have in 2016?
Clarity/direction around what I'm doing with regard to comedy.

7. What dates from 2016 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
November 8th was a real shit day and YOU KNOW WHY.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I sent my little infant baby off to kindergarten. Towards the end of the year, I made a commitment to do more yoga, and I did something like 30 classes in three months. My teacher said she could tell my practice was improving and that I was getting stronger. I walked/ran 625 miles, the most I've done since I started keeping track in 2013.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I did a lot of thinking about what I'm going to do, instead of just doing.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. I am fairly certain I didn't get sick once--a far cry from 2013, where I was sick CONSTANTLY. Of course, for the last three months, I've been waiting for the winter cold to make its appearance, so that's fun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Anything related to our family vacation.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of us who stood up for what we believed in.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
YOU KNOW.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, travel, cocktails, dinners out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Family vacation! Improv camp!

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
That dance dance dance song by Justin Timberlake.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Maybe a little sadder.
B) Fatter. Who even cares.
C) About the same? Maybe a little richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read books.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Drank booze.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The three of us spent Christmas at home, just us and a shitton of food. The usual. (I kept this answer from last year because as I said, it's the usual. We're pretty predicable.)

21. Did you fall in love with 2016?
NOPE.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck, all the Housewives, Gilmore Girls (old school and reboot), The Americans, Billions, The Night Of (so good, so sad), Shameless, Stranger Things, Ladies of London, The Affair, Homeland.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
NOPE. I HATED HIM LAST YEAR TOO.

24. What was the best book you read?
The Bullet, by Mary Louise Kelly.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Maren Morris!

26. What did you want and get?
A family vacation!

27. What did you want and not get?
Comedy comedy comedy.

28. What was your favorite film of 2016?
I do not think I watched a new movie except for Moana on Christmas Eve. So Moana.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my actual birthday, we went to dinner here in town and then the next day we went to Chicago and went out to dinner there. I turned 33.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
IF HILLARY CLINTON HAD WON.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2016?
Work from home running and yoga clothes shower at 4pm and put jammies on chic.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, my friends, my family, avoiding the news.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
DISGUSTING FLOPPY HAIR.

34. Who did you miss?
My mom and dad.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Even though I haven't seen them much recently, I did meet fun new improv friends here in Chicago.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Don't get too comfortable and don't believe what the pollsters tell you.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Last year I quoted Tracy Chapman and I'm doing it again this year. "Don't you know / They're talkin' about a revolution"

31Mar/15Off

Status updates

LG
I don't know if I ever mentioned it, but the contract at my job ended last month, so it's just me and LG here Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We are keeping her in school Mondays and Fridays, which is nice for two reasons: 1.) Chris has Mondays off, so Monday is officially Monday Funday for the two of us, and 2.) ALONE TIME FOR ME.

The other days of the week, LG and I have been doing library storytime, the park, or getting together with EBJ and K-Dubs. While I am trying to keep us busy, I am a little...lacking for activities. I hate to say I'm bored, because I'm a big believer that only boring people are bored, but damn, I am sort of running out of things to do. I am still on the job hunt, so I have to do that every day, but if nothing new is posted, then applying for jobs (or, not applying for jobs, as it were) doesn't take a lot of time. Plus, applying for jobs isn't really a kid-friendly activity. So, I dunno. Outside of the library and park, we've been spending a lot of time cooking, riding trikes outside, etc., and then Chris gets home and saves us, so I suppose we've been finding stuff to do, it's just the same stuff every day.

If anyone has any insight on letter/number worksheets for the almost-four-year-old set, do let me know, though. I guess it couldn't hurt to continue to hone her spelling/reading/whatever skills since she's now only in school twice a week.

TV
Is everyone watching The Americans? Please tell me everyone is watching The Americans. They are KILLING it this season. I don't think I've been this invested in a show since Homeland season 1, which has been fun. I tend to get confused with the plot-lines of a lot of shows (the final few seasons of Sons Of Anarchy come to mind), so while I am into a lot of shows, I am not as invested as I could be. But The Americans, while a spy drama (so you'd think it'd be super confusing), is easy to keep up with. Occasionally I am like, Wait, what's going on?, but mostly, I can understand everything, which makes focusing on the actual point on the show (the marriage of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys's characters) that much more enjoyable. WATCH THIS PLS & THX.

I am also enjoying all my Bravo shows immensely. Vanderpump Rules was great. I am looking forward to the Bev Hills reunion starting tonight. Shahs is completely ridiculous. And NYC comes back next week and both Bethenny and Lu are back this season. THE COUNTESS, YES. I am also finally getting into Southern Charm and am watching the newest season of Newlyweds: The First Year. Oh, and Blood, Sweat, and Heels. Lots of Bravo.

Other shows I am excited to see: Mad Men (talk about a show I am very invested in; what will I do when it's over?) and Outlander.

Sigh, I just love TV.

Food
I got a random mini-issue of Eating Well in with my Better Homes & Gardens this month and I am trying three new recipes from it this week. Last night I made pinto bean stew with jalapeno dumplings and it was tasty. I will note that I did mine on the stovetop, not slow-cooker (I used canned beans, not dried), I added pork to mine, and I doubled the salt.

On the docket is also fish with garlic/almond/caper sauce (I JUST REALIZED I AM OUT OF CAPERS NOOOOOO) and three-cup chicken (I will be using boneless thighs.)

Fitness
I had a pitiful showing in February (LG was sick, I was sick, we went out of town), with only 16 miles, but March was much better (54 miles.) I haven't been keeping up with my daily yoga, which I am certainly going to try to bring back in April. It's just such a nice way to start the day.

LG again
She turns four in 20 days. I didn't authorize this; where should I send my letter of complaint?

Podcasts
Here's my first update on podcasts and here's my second update. Now, here's a mini-update for you:

Last time we talked, I was thinking of ditching The Momo Show, which I did in fact do. Too political for my liking.

I gave Comedy Bang Bang, Improv4humans, and Indoor Kids a chance, but none of them stuck.

I tried The Moth and Risk--they're both keepers and have made it into the rotation.

I am totally into Totally Beverages And Sometimes Hot Sauce (how is a beverage podcast entertaining? I don't know, but it is.)

Chris and I listened to all the available episodes of Invisibilia when we drove home from Oregon earlier this month. RECOMMEND.

I am newly into a podcast called The Blaze, all about Beverly Hills, 90210. (Beverly Hills, 90210 is incidentally, a show that was left off my Top TV shows list, which was a completely egregious error on my part. I should add it in posthumously.)

Garden
Garden season is nearly upon us. I started peppers (bells, serranos, jalapenos, anaheims, and habaneros) from seed, so I hope they do well. I will hopefully sweet-talk EBJ into giving me some of her tomato plants, which always do well. And that's it! I am saying fuqit to trying anything new. I try something new each year and each year I am disappointed. My cucumbers are always lumpy and sometimes bitter and my zucchinis haven't been doing well in years past. So, I will grow the two items that are important to us and then spend a whopping $1 on pounds and pounds of zuccs and cukes at the farmstand and be done with it.

Sort of garden related, we re-did our front area, so now it's not the ugliest house on the block.

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Before/during.

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During/after.

I wish I had a true before, i.e.: all the shit that the previous owners just threw into the ground seemingly without planning, but oh well. We've been slowly ripping it out over the years, anyway. Imagine a lot of overgrown crap that makes no sense and looks terrible.

And those are all my updates. C'est fini.

6Jan/15Off

Survey says

I was tagged by my girl K, so here we go.

1) What is my current health-related goal?
I was just thinking about this the other night. In 2013, I ran 388 miles (just shy of my goal of 400.) Last year, I made it to my goal of 500 miles. 500 miles was a pretty good challenge. I felt like there were times when I ran (especially towards the end) because I had to run, to meet the goal, and that sort of defeats the purpose of running for me. I don't like doing something because I have to do it, you know? Anyway, I am thinking maybe I'll just try to exceed 500 miles (which could mean 550 or 501) and try to sign up for more races. NOT half-marathons or marathons, but, like, 10Ks and stuff. I also want to do yoga more than just on Sundays at my studio.

2) What is my biggest irrational fear?
K said clowns and while clowns are pretty much the reason I am not watching this season's American Horror Story, I am not actually very fearful of them. I think they're creepy as fuck, don't get me wrong, but I don't have nightmares about clowns. I do have nightmares about intruders breaking into my house, but that's not super irrational, is it?

3) Do I enjoy wrapping presents?
I do! I waited to wrap everything this year until Christmas Eve and I'm thinking next year I'll ration the wrapping out a little more so I can get several days' worth of wrapping fun.

4) What is my favorite cross-training activity?
I'm terrible at cross-training, so I guess I'd have to say yoga (there are pushups!)

5) If you came to visit me, what would we do?
I would take you to Napa for wine/champagne tasting and lunch. If you're here for a few days, I'd take you to my favorite brunch place and then a beer tasting.

6) I have two weeks off work and two round trip plane tickets to anywhere. Where would I go and who would I take?
I'd go to Israel and I'd bring Chris and LG (I guess we'd have to buy her ticket on our own in this scenario.)

7) What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to me during a run or a race?
I don't think too many embarrassing things have happened on a run...Just the usual biffing it on the ground and hoping no one saw.

8) Three best days of my life? Or at least the top three that come to mind.
The day Chris proposed, the day LG was born, and the day I got my own washer and dryer.

9) Okay, so I HAVE to eat a fast food meal. Which restaurant would I choose and what do I order?
In 'n Out. If I'm getting really wild, I'll get the Double Double animal style, fries, and a vanilla/strawberry shake.

10) Have I ever met a celebrity?
I've met the President and I've met Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that's it. I typically don't count political people as celebrities (although I don't count Arnold as a political person, so...)

11) Share a pic of myself in non-workout clothes.

Look! It's the whole family! (Christmas 2014)

12) If I could choose to have a “do over” and switch careers, what would I choose and why?
I can't really think of anything I would like to do that I haven't done in some capacity or am not going to do someday. I've always thought it would be awesome to work in the White House (and I'm currently watching The West Wing from the beginning, so my C.J. Cregg obsession is high), but I have basically done that (on a much, MUCH smaller scale, obviously.) I also want to work in show business. I'm not quite sure how/when that'll happen, but I'm putting it out there.

13) If I won an Olympic Gold Medal, how do I think I would react?
I would probably act all verklempt and then I'd grab a mic and make a big speech and I'd probably conjure up some tears during the National Anthem.

14) What do I want for Christmas?
I wanted a Clarisonic and I got one. I wanted gold earrings and I got them. I also got a whole Teavana set-up, which has been AWESOME. As far as non-gifts, I wanted a nice meal with my family (check and check.)

15) What skill do I lack?
None. (Is being humble a skill?)

And now I tag Caitlin, DaisyJD, and Hillary2Ls.

5Dec/14Off

Updates

I survived my improv show. That took up a lot of mental space for awhile there (although not much space here, so you may not know that I was freaking out about it, but I was totally freaking out about it.) Anyway, it was a lot of fun and now of course, three classes into my 201 class, where we learn A LOT more, I'm like hmm why hasn't my eye stopped twitching in two months OOOH GOT IT.

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Ours was delightful. We went to the Northwest to spend the holiday with Chris's entire family. I ate a ton of food and went on a few runs along the Puget Sound. I drank port and ate fancy chocolates and went to a dive bar. The Seahawks won their game and we all slept in until 7:55am one morning. See? Delightful.

My sister-in-law has a great singing voice and while she was trying to get our girls to nap one day, she asked LG what song LG would like her to sing and LG said, "The ABCs!" Chris and I have joked that that has always been LG's favorite song, but, uhh, I guess it really is.

LG's Christmas gifts are bought and are currently squirreled away in Chris's restoration car in the garage, the downstairs closet, and our bedroom closet. We got all her gifts at the greatest store in America. I don't know if you've heard of it. It's called Costco. Here's what she's getting:

- A baby stroller (like, FOR her babies)
It comes with a little removable carrier thing. I actually remember having almost the exact same thing when I was her age.

- Two different art kits with approximately 1.2 millions stickers each
One is Doc McStuffins themed and one is various Disney princess themed. One also comes with stamps and stamp pads. That should blow her mind.

- Giant stuffed Olaf
So maybe two days after we bought her a giant stuffed Olaf, LG told us, "I'm getting a stuffed Olaf for Christmas!" and we were like, "What! No!" and then to one another we were like, "How the fuck does she know that?!" The only thing I can think is a few weeks before, LG and I were at Bed Bath & Beyond, where she saw a similar Olaf, and maybe I said something like, "If you're good, maybe you'll get one for Christmas!" but that's not usually my style, so who knows. Maybe LG has a touch of the ESP like her ma.

- Two puzzles
The girl loves puzzles.

- Socks
She also likes/needs socks.

- As yet to be determined stocking stuffers
Whatever I find at Target the next time I'm there.

- She told me last night that she wanted Frozen pjs, so dammit, that may also make it in there. I am a sucker.

If I run 47 miles in December, I'll hit 500 miles for the year. It's five days in and I've run none so far. It's looking good, I'd say.

Chris and I are having my parents over for Christmas, so we're currently discussing Christmas menu options. We didn't get to do this for Thanksgiving and as people who like to plan their next night's dinner while they're eating their current dinner, you can imagine this has been quite the topic of conversation.

I went on a shopping spree recently and bought a ton of new clothes. Clothes that actually fit! I also went through my closet and got rid of everything ill-fitting, even items that are so soft and cozy they're hard to part with. Done! Adios, too-big t-shirt!

I got a handful of new sweaters/cardigans, a blouse with swans on it, a pair of jeans, t-shirts (one of which I ruined THE FIRST DAY I wore it. No more white tees for me), leggings, ankle boots, leopard print sneakers, and I think that's it. I'd still like a new pair of colored pants (red?) and a new blazer/jacket, but I can probably put that off until springtime. Ooh I also got something called a "cocoon" sweater from Old Navy that is fleece (god bless ON fleece.) It has a pouch in the front and a loose turtleneck-like neck and it covers my butt, so I can wear it with leggings. It's the best.

That's basically all that's new with me. How are you?

2Oct/14Off

Rocktober

It's now October and everywhere else on the planet (okay, no) it's crisp and leafy and basic bitches are drinking PSLs and here it's 90 and yet it's so dark in the mornings, it gives the illusion that it might be crisp and cool and no. And even though I hate the time change, it's also like, at least then I'll wake up to it being a little light outside. Better than the only light I've been seeing in the mornings, a sliver from the hallway as I wake up to a little person saying, "Mommy. I pooped," at 5:57am. GOOD MORNING.

I start an improv class tonight. It hit me last week that I needed to take an improv class and so I went online and found one and tonight's the first class. I am excited (EVERYONE WATCH ME PERFORM!) and also nervous (SHIT WHAT IF I'M NOT FUNNY ON THE SPOT?), but mostly I'm like, Do I need to bring a pen and notebook? I haven't take "a class" since December 2004. I am not sure how this works anymore.

LG is going as Doc McStuffins for Halloween. The costume is kind of dumb (lots of tulle and sparkles that get all over the place), but it comes with a stethoscope and it was $15 at Costco, so whatever. LG kept saying she wanted to be Cinderella, but there were no Cinderella costumes at Costco and so she's Doc. (She told me, "I'm gonna be Cinderella for Halloween!" and I said, "How about Doc McStuffins?" and she said, "I'm gonna be Doc McStuffins for Halloween!" She's pretty amenable.)

We'll head to the pumpkin patch (called Bobby Dazzler's because WHY NOT) in a couple weeks and then maybe carve a pumpkin and our town does a trick-or-treating thing downtown on Halloween, which should be fun. Bonus points is that Halloween is on a Friday, so when trick-or-treating ends, we can go for pizza and cocktails.

Holidays now are getting to be really exciting for all of us, as compared to two/three years ago, when they were more of an annoying task (who wants to drag a baby to a pumpkin patch? And then who wants to drag a screaming toddler around a pumpkin patch?) Now LG gets the idea of Halloween and is excited and knows it's happening soon, even though "soon" means "tomorrow" and every day Chris has to be like, "I called the Halloween guy and they said you have to wait a little bit longer!" Blame it on the Halloween guy, why not.

Speaking of holidays, we're going to Seattle for Thanksgiving, which we've never done. I am very excited. I am excited to see family and all that jazz, sure, but I am also excited I don't have to cook and I can go on long runs alone along the Puget Sound. PRETTY excited about that.

I've been doing Priscilla's Yoga Stretches on PBS the past two mornings. September was a pitiful workout month for me (27 miles, 9 workout days, woof), so I'm making a concerted effort in October. Since I don't have a standing desk (PIPE DREAM), and my back continues to hurt if I sit too long, I thought I'd give Priscilla a try. My local PBS does two 15-minute shows at 6am, and while it's not like a vinyasa flow, the poses are surprisingly difficult. I think this is due in part to the fact that Priscilla possibly lived a past life as a drill sergeant. In a unitard.

That's all I got. What's new with you all?

8Sep/14Off

Things I don’t have time for

My hair
I can't be bothered to do my hair most days. On wash days, I let it air-dry and embrace the wavy or put it in a bun or a braid or a braid-bun. On non-wash days I bust out my hot rollers from ye olde days of yore. On special occasions (job interviews, etc.) I might be compelled to use the flat iron, but usually? NOTHANKS. I do think, though, that most people are either hair people or makeup people. I am a makeup person. It's not like I won't go out without makeup on, but I much prefer makeup to hair. If my face is made-up, is anyone really noticing the hair? No.

Anything on Bravo that's not Real Housewives
Now, I have been known to watch some Million Dollar Listing LA or some Princesses: Long Island (really just Housewives-In-Training, when you think about it), but by and large, ain't nobody got time for the Singles Project or Jersey Belle or any of that shit. (I have heard that Game of Crowns was amazing, but alas, I didn't watch it.)

Tweezing my eyebrows
Are we sensing a theme here with the hair avoidance? But you know, I went through a long period of obsessively over-tweezing my eyebrows and now that that's broken, it's like, I don't have time to go get them waxed on the regular and no one is that close to my face to ever notice an errant eyebrow hair, so FUCK IT. (I still keep up with the unibrow situation because PLEASE.)

Washing my yoga mat
I have had my yoga mat for over 10 years and I've washed it once. Have you ever washed a yoga mat? It's a pain in the ass. Plus, I feel like if I am just getting it gross each time I use it and then going home and taking a shower, what's the point? It's all my own filth. Meh. (I guess I could also add to the Things I Don't Have Time For list: Buy a new yoga mat. Ten years is a long time, but at this point I'm kind of attached to it.)

What do you not have time for?

3Sep/14Off

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything

All summer I've struggled with finding the time to workout. This happens to me once a year and always for a different reason--odd work schedules, the weather, what have you--and I've just come to accept it at this point. I remember this happening when I went back to work after LG; daylight savings time had ended, so it was getting dark earlier and I just couldn't make working out work with my schedule. I know I wrote a blog post about it and maybe I mentioned in that post, but around that time, I was talking Holly, all, "Will I ever workout again?", etc. and Holly was like, this is just the season your life is in right now, so don't stress about it, things will change and you'll be in a new season. Ebb, flow, etc. And guess what? She was right. The season did change and I actually ran a half marathon a year later, so I'd say I found the time to workout.

This summer, though. July was a particularly pitiful month for me, workout-wise. I think I worked out maybe 10 times, total. I logged about 20 miles, which is, again, pitiful. The good news is that I mostly didn't workout because I was off doing fun things, like going to Vegas and stuff, so it's not like it was all business. Still, being one of those obnoxious people who needs to workout to be happy, that did not make me super happy. Also, I sit for a good portion of my day and if I sit too long, I get a literal pain in my ass and walking around helps with that. So, I decided that August would be better. I would workout "more." Ultimately, I worked out 20 days and logged 45 miles. I didn't break any records, but it felt nice to decide to do something and then make it happen. Hot weather and busy schedules be dammed.

The point is, if you decide to do something, you can do it. But the point is also to enjoy your life where it is right now because shit changes all the time. Babies are only babies for a second and your friend only turns 30 once, so have fun and try harder next month. Enjoy the season you're in right now.

Speaking of which, September is notoriously the hottest month of the year in California and our A/C is broken, so while the rest of the nation is off enjoying their seasons, I'll be over here sweating ballz.

14Aug/14Off

A bunch of unrelated stuff

1. I'm rewatching The L Word from the beginning. Showtime is replaying it two episodes at a time on Thursday nights and I'm finding it quite enjoyable even though I have seen it all before. Shane continues to be the hottest. Jenny continues to be awful. Kit continues to be my favorite.

I've also started watching Tyrant and Outlander, am on the second season of Masters of Sex, and made the executive decision to give up on Ray Donovan. I couldn't even get through last season, so eeeeeh. I think it goes without saying I am watching all the Real Housewives right now. I am LOVING Jerz this season (Amber and Jim are AWFUL) and Orange County, with the addition of Crazy Shannon, has been great too.

2. I was in desperate need of new makeup and didn't have time to head to the M.A.C. counter, so I hopped on over to Sephora's website and ordered some stuff. I must say, I think my beloved M.A.C. PowerPoint eyeliner has a new replacement. I bought Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner and I love it. I also bought NARS blush (in the famous color I refuse to type because I don't want to get any more spam) and an Urban Decay eyeshadow in Foxy.

3. Mealtime in this house is pretty fluid. I feel like every time I get a handle on things, our schedules change again and we're adapting to a new routine. For now: We are doing A LOT of prep/cooking on the weekends. But, it's paid off. Since Chris started his job a year ago and I started mine four months ago, neither of us have purchased lunches out (with the exception of Chris's occasional team-building burrito day, of course.) That feels pretty nice, I'm not gonna lie. I hate wasting money on food I could make better and I feel like most lunch places fall into that category. $20 salads that are mediocre, etc. Anyway, I was going to post pictures of some meals I've cooked recently, but my Flickr plug-in isn't working, so go here if you're interested. It's pretty low-brow stuff, but when you get home at 5:30pm and the majority of your family goes to bed at 7:30pm, you make do with what you can. If I can work in a salad a day, then I consider that a win.

4. With high hopes, I bought a Soda Stream and I am returning it tomorrow. The CO2 cartridge that came with it said it was enough for 60 liters. I made maybe 10 liters total and the thing crapped out this morning. I also could never get the machine to make fizzy enough water. And I never heard the LOUD NOISE! everyone said I would hear. So. back to the Targs it goes, where I shall then buy several cases of La Croix and call it a day. I of course would like a Soda Stream (sparky water anytime, less waste, etc.), but not if I am going to have to run out and buy a new CO2 cartridge every week. Also, the thing felt really plasticy and cheap from the get-go. I expected more.

5. A few LG updates:

She moved up to the big kid room at school. They are called Busy Bears, instead of Caterpillars. I think the main difference is they have more Legos in the Busy Bears room, although I really wouldn't know because...

...Tonight at dinner we asked her what she did at school today and she told us she'd tell us, "Maybe later." Maybe later is a very big thing right now. Like, "Are you ready for bed?" "Maybe later." (Mom and Dad are less thrilled with "maybe later," obvs.)

She can spell her entire name and is in the stage where she "reads" books (that she's memorized.) One of her favorites is Wacky Wednesday (which happens to have been my favorite growing up yaaaaaaay) and upon the recommendation of Diane, we taped a shoe to her wall last Friday night. I was giddy when I woke up Saturday morning, so excited to see what she thought of the shoe on the wall. Chris went in there and...No shoe. "Was there a shoe on your wall?" he asked her. "Yeah, I put it away." Ever practical, that one.

6. I've been trying to workout at lunch more—two mile walks with my work walking buddy—because I feel like a slug every night when I get home after sitting most of the day (what I wouldn't give for a stand-up desk.) Ideally I'd go on runs, but when it's 90 degrees at noon, yeah, no thanks. I have high hopes of getting in a yoga class once a week (in addition to yoga church on Sundays), but that hasn't happened yet. Prioritizing my time, etc.

7. We've gone on a lot of fun trips this summer. Hawaii, of course, then Oregon for the 4th of July, Vegas for my friend Kim's birthday, then Santa Cruz this past weekend. After many years of no trips, it's been fun to go on many trips. Pictures: Oregon here. Vegas here. Santa Cruz here.

Well, that's me! What's new with you?

20May/14Off

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This morning I was doing some early-morning blog reading, as one does, and I read this post by Jennie and I was all, I haven't blogged in awhile, I should do that! And then she tagged me at the end of the post, so now I have to do it anyway. There you go.

A few brief housekeeping things.

Number one, thank you for the "you're not an asshole" comments on my last post. I realize now it came off as though I was looking for affirmation that I was not an asshole, when I guess what I really meant was, like, collectively, let's all not be the asshole. You know?

ALSO! You had so many great recommendations about hair stuff! I have been to Target and/or shopped on Amazon something like 25 times since that post and have I tried anything new? No, no I have not. But, it's hot here now and I'm having to go back to the every-other-day hair washing (I'd rather be at three-days-a-week), so next time I go to Target I will buy something new and then report back.

Onto the questions!

1. What is your favorite type of cheese?
Blue! Very few cheeses translate well into a salad dressing, but that one sure does.

2. What are you excited about?
Hawaii in just about seven days! Last time I was there Chris and I had just started dating and I spent the week with my phone in my face, texting him, and missing him miserably. This trip should be more fun.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
I wrote a whole post about it, but if you missed it, we went to San Francisco (SANS KID!) and stayed out late drinking in bars, eating uninterrupted meals, and singing karaoke. It was fantastic.

4. What is on your bedside table?
Lamp (I love lamp), two books I swear I will read eventually but haven't gotten into yet, a Billy Collins book of poetry (look at me so cultured 'n shit), an alarm clock I only use to see the time, water, and a picture of Chris and I when we took a trip to San Francisco a few years ago.

5. What do you order from the movie theater concession stand?
Nothing! Well, popcorn, I guess, but I could do without that. I do smuggle in wine and candy, though.

6. Do you have a garden? What's growing?
Yes! About 80% of the credit goes to Elizabeth for the tomatoes, then 19% goes to Chris for maintaining everything. I'll take 1% credit for planting seeds and the mental fairy dust I toss on it in hopes things will grow. I am growing about 13 different kinds of tomatoes, six different peppers, zucchini, cucumber, radishes, and beets.

7. Any summer plans?
Besides Hawaii, we're also heading to Bakersfield (the three of us)/Paso Robles (just me, friend's bachelorette party), Oregon for the 4th of July/Chris's birthday/family reunion, and then the coup de grace, VEGAS, BABY! for my friend Kim's 30th birthday.

8. Which TV couple(s) are you rooting for?
I'm behind a few episodes, so I'm not fully up-to-date, but I am rooting for Karen and Hank on Californication. I wish I could say I'm rooting for Don and Megan, but nah, just rooting for Don. I am also rooting for Juliette and Avery (Nashville), although again, I am several episodes behind, so no spoilers please. I think that's it! I can't say there's a TV couple that's really, truly lighting my fire these days.

9. What's the last thing you bought?
I bought these Birkenstocks this morning! I always wanted Birks, so I am very excited.

10. What's one thing you're passionate about?
Food. I tried to think of, like, some civil or human rights issue, but nope. Food.

11. What are you grateful for this week?
Cooler temperatures! I was able to run tonight which I was not able to do last week when it was 100 degrees at 5pm.

And now I'm supposed to tag 11 people to also do this! Here we go (I'm too lazy to link, so I'm just hollering at you with your blog names): Rhymes With Taffy, Two Adults, Reasonably Suspicious, Little Miss Mel, Mama Bub, Sensibly Sassy, Holly Would If She Could, ChristinaRTS, DaisyJD, Mariko, and Akymbo.

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf