It’s been almost a year since I wrote on this little space of the Internet, and as I’m sure you can imagine if you look back over the last year of your own life, nothing is the same, but everything is awesome. Life’s funny like that.
I finished my first year of teaching, got a new job, graduated with my Master’s degree, started dating my boyfriend Joe, and traveled to Atlantic City, Wildwood, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Cancun, and New Orleans since we last talked. But here I’m just talking about the last month, thank goodness. 🙂
What I’m eating this week:
Have you had Trader Joe’s Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower? I’m not going to say it tastes like chicken, but that sauce is so yummy! I served it with some frozen veggies because that’s what my freezer is currently overflowing with, and it was a quick easy meal!
I’ve also been munching on these Starburst ice cream flavored jelly beans. Flavors like strawberry, orange sherbet, red raspberry, and lemon sorbet. I earned this jar on Easter by guessing how many jelly beans were inside…I think I guessed 187 and there were 357! No one was anywhere close. I wonder how many are left now. 😉
What I’m reminiscing about:
I’m reminiscing about elementary school since my Mom is in her final countdown until the end of the year and I remember doing just that! They celebrate the last 26 days of school in her kindergarten class with an alphabet countdown and today is “E” day. They wear things that start with “E”, participate in “E” activities, and eat an “E” snack. One of her students is wearing an Easter dress to celebrate. 🙂 I remember on X day, my Dad was getting me dressed for school and used duct tape to put an X on my back. X isn’t the easiest day to dress for. Ha!
I’m also reminiscing about my not-so-baby brother. He just turned 18 and he is in his final countdown until the end of the year too…because he is GRADUATING! I can’t even wait to see him walk in his ceremony.
What I’m loving:
Morning workouts, hot tea, and my One Year Bible. I got out of the routine of working out in the morning and I forgot how much I LOVE it! I feel so accomplished going to work with one thing checked off my list already, and I love feeling “free” when the work day is done.
Hot tea is a new-to-me love…but sipping on a warm beverage while I work is my favorite. I’m not a huge caffeine person, so these decaf options have been great! I also decided I like Tazo’s Passion tea as a hot drink. I’m used to ordering that at Starbucks as an iced drink!
I purchased the NIV One Year Bible right after Christmas with a Barnes and Noble gift card and I have so loved this structure for reading. In 2015, I tried to read through the Bible on my own, and it was very challenging. For some reason, it seems to make more sense now. I write notes in my journal summarizing some parts of what I’m reading just to help me further understand. It also helps that you read short passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. Chunking the stories into smaller sections like this really helps me! I find myself actually remembering what I read the day before when I pick up with the next day’s readings.
At the front of this Bible, there is a section about how to tackle the readings. They give you different strategies for taking notes and different suggestions for reading. I was determined not to be the one who took more than one year to read through this Bible, but it’s looking like that is going to be the case for me, and I’ve decided to give myself grace about that. 🙂
What I’ve been up to:
In the last month, I’ve run through the Tidal Basin downtown on numerous occasions. One of the perks of living in the city is I don’t actually have to go see the beautiful cherry blossom trees when the tourists are in for the weekend…I can run past on a random Monday. 🙂 I also went to Happy Hour at a pop-up Cherry Blossom bar with my friends. DC is really proud of their blooming trees, can you tell?
Then I traveled to New Orleans for a work conference. This was my first trip at my new job and it was so fun! I learned a lot to bring back to share with my team and got to explore and run in a new city. One of my coworkers attended the conference as well, so although we stayed at different places, we met up for a lot of dinners and evenings exploring the city. On the first night, we went to Harrah’s Casino and both walked away winners! That’s how you know it’s going to be a good trip.
Then I went with him while he got his first tattoo!
I celebrated Easter on Saturday night and twice on Sunday morning after church. There was a lot of family time involved between mine and Joe’s families!
We ended the holiday hanging out with Jake on Mt. Washington. That boy loves the city and is going to have the best time at Duquesne in the fall. 🙂
What I’m dreading:
What I’m working on:
What I’m excited about:
So much is on the horizon! I’ve taken on more responsibility at work and even though that makes my head spin, I’m truly excited about it. Next month, I’ll watch my friend run her first full marathon, go to Rochester, NY to visit my best friend from childhood, and head back to the beach for Memorial Day Weekend! 4 days after Memorial Day Jake will graduate from high school and then we’ll have his graduation party later in the month. I also can’t wait to go back to Wildwood, NJ for our family vacation. I’m in a beach state of mind these days!
What I’m watching/reading:
Joe and I were watching Mad Men on Netflix, and now it’s a toss up between House of Cards and Breaking Bad. We are still deciding which one will be next! I also just finished watching 13 Reasons Why. It was heartbreaking, disturbing, and moving all at the same time. I want to read that book next! I’m also still so in love with Grey’s Anatomy. Scandal has not been my favorite this season.
Current books: Paris for One & Other Stories by JoJo Moyes and The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower. I read The Residence last year, but a book club I’m in is reading the book now, and it definitely deserves to be re-read!
What I’m listening to:
I have a very random taste in music and I love throwbacks. My most recently added songs are “Kiss By A Rose” by Seal and “Moves” by Big Sean. So yeah.
What I’m wearing:
Lucky Brand jeans on repeat.
What I’m doing this weekend:
What else is new:
I was finally reunited with both of my brothers during the Easter holiday and it was the best. Lemon raspberry cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory has real fruit in it and does not disappoint. 🙂 And Old Town is just as charming as I always thought it was. If you are looking for a good brunch, my friends and I just ate at Chart House this past weekend and enjoyed unlimited trips to the salad bar and 99 cent mimosas along with our meals. Also, you can’t go wrong with the crab and asparagus omelette. 🙂
Favorite spring shoe:
I have white and gray Converse Shoreline shoes that I wear with almost every outfit, including dresses. They are comfy and so cute!
What’s new with you?