- I am probably the only nerd in the world who got so excited to watch the series The Age of Medici on Hulu. The description Hulu gives of it is a “Renaissance painting come to life,” and that truly sums it up. I am working my way through the Criterion Collection (always), and I wrongly assumed this would bore me, and I’d end up skipping it because life’s too short (I skip all the Samurai movies which I have tried and just can’t do). How wrong I was! If you’re a nerd with a lot of time on your hands, check out the three part series.
- Have you guys heard about Cotton Candy Grapes? I found them at Sam’s recently, and I decided to try them. I am happy to report, they taste JUST like cotton candy. As in, I have already scarfed down most of the container. My husband wants to know when they will develop funnel cake flavored strawberries? He says, “Soon, all foods will taste like other foods. What’s stopping them now?” It’s a little Jetsons for me, but I really hope he’s right. It’d be that much easier to be healthy.
- I watched Alfred Hitchcock Presents for the first time on Hulu recently (It’s on Netflix too for those that have that), and I loved it and have binge watching ever since. I wish it had every episode instead of just select episodes, but there are quite a few seasons so that’s good.
- I tried this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal recently, and it tastes just like pumpkin pie. I love it. I used brown sugar Splenda instead of regular brown sugar.
- I’ve noticed recently that all the perfumes I like in my 30s smell of a bit of fire and smoke. I like scents that smell as if I went for an evening out and somehow ended up next to a campfire. Ages ago, when I used to sit around the fire on Friday nights with my favorite South African, I used to come home and rip off everything that smelled like the fire pit, and toss it into the wash. Now, I find it a familiar, comforting scent.
- Have any of you tried those adult coloring books? I’m going to try them out. I can see that being helpful with my anxiety. I have seen some really great designs, too. My favorite, are the ones with different cities. I saw a Paris one somewhere that I’d really like. Do you like using the colored pencils or pens better with them?
- I picked up a random candle and TJ Maxx the other day and loved the scent. When I turned it around, it was a Manly Indulgence: Black Tuxedo candle. I don’t know what defines a “Manly Scent” (insert eyeroll), but I bought it for the house anyway.
In the middle of the madness of the week, let me take the time to do a Thankful Thursday! I always hope you all enjoy reading my posts, but this post is essential for me, too. It’s an attitude adjustment in my week.
- Pretty plates—I love when my meal looks appealing on a plate (pictured above). I think a big part of enjoying healthy eating is presentation! While at times I don’t have the time for it, other days it seems to come together naturally. I thought my dinner the other night was colorful, and it made Kelly stop and sniff around curiously when he passed. I’d say that’s a success!
- New friendship opportunities—At times, it can seem challenging to make new friends when you’re an adult. People have established friendships, and the day to day routine of life can make it harder to connect. I can also be a little shy and introverted, as I’ve struggled with social anxiety for years, so I’m often hesitant to reach out. There are many times, I connect with someone online, and I think, what an interesting person! I bet I could learn a lot from them if we met, and I would love to hear more about their life. Fortunately, for my curious but timid heart, I have come in contact with friends online that have reached out to meet me! I always feel so grateful and excited when this happens because it means a lot to me, and I find it to be pretty courageous. Some of the men and women I have met and connect with most in life have come from online friendships that evolved into real world connections. This week a new friend reached out to me, and I’m very excited to meet up soon!
What a wonderfully slow and relaxing weekend it’s been! This is just what I needed before the storm that is late August and early September in higher education. It can be incredibly rewarding working at a university, but there are certain times of the year when it feels like you’re in survival mode. One of those times would have to be from the beginning of fall semester until Labor Day. “Just keep swimming” is my fall semester mantra. Ha! As we approach those busier times of year, it’s important that I take those rare moments of free time to fully unwind.
On Friday night, Kelly and I had a date night. Because we both work at the university, it’s definitely hard to connect with one another at the end of summer. His busy times start a little earlier than mine since he works in Residence Life. During the past few weeks, he has worked longer hours and weekends, and I’m often on my own. He was able to break away Friday night, and we took advantage of it and had a dinner date at our neighborhood coffee shop, The Edge. I think The Edge has some of the best coffee in town, but I really love their salads. I am all about a “big salad”, and for me, it’s hard to find a really decent one in Jonesboro. Don’t sell me a dinky little handful of lettuce and call it a salad! So far my favorite salad in town is The Edge’s Mediterranean with the Raspberry Vinaigrette. They put a massive scoop of hummus on it, sprouts, and I swear there is some sort of artisanal lettuce involved. I don’t know what they do to their crop, but it’s some good lettuce. We took our time and had a long meal and good conversation. Then, it was back to the house to catch up on the DVR queue. You can tell you’re both introverts when a night in with the cats is the best date night you can imagine!
Some mornings I’m a smoothie for breakfast girl, but there are many days that I need something more to tide me over until my lunch break. Lately, my favorite go-to breakfast is oatmeal. I’ll spare you from listing the many health benefits that I’m sure you’ve heard for years on how healthy oatmeal is, but personally, my favorite thing about morning oats is how creative you can be with them. Seriously, you can throw anything in oatmeal, and it seems to turn out great. It’s a forgiving base, and I’m no chef, so I appreciate forgiving! I do like instant oats, but a new favorite of mine–the internet famous, Overnight Oats. I use Olena’s recipe with honey instead of maple syrup. Mainly, because I didn’t have any syrup on hand the first time I made them, and I have yet to get around to buying a bottle. My recent favorite additions to oats are walnuts, hemp seeds, cinnamon, and throw in whatever random fruit is on your counter. There you have a filling breakfast that will keep that mid-morning grouchfest at bay when you curse yourself for not securing the lifestyle of a stay at home cat mom. Someday, folks! Someday.