“What if this year we just hoped like crazy? The kind of hope that can feel scary and look embarrassing and may blow up in your face?” -Annie F. Downs.
Feeling // Hopeful 😉
Reading // Everything and anything Joan Didion. Yes, STILL. I know, I’m completely obsessed and cannot get enough of her. Joan Didion is my spirit animal.
Working on // House projects! We finally hung up curtains in our master, and I’m about to begin another painting phase (pray for me). I’ll be painting all 3 of the bathrooms and more shelves for the nursery. (And yes, I promise to share a Home Tour when I’m finished… these will be the last of the to-dos for quite awhile.)
Laughing at // Modern Family reruns… the first season is seriously THE BEST. Phil is my fave in Season 1, who’s yours?
Writing // a fun post for Wednesday! I’ll be linking up with Shay for Shay’s Stranded: 3 Famous People. Any guesses as to who my #1 pick will be??
Listening to // Lots and lots of Spotify. I love finding new artists via Spotify – I’ve found so many that are now some of my all time faves. (And it’s my go-to when I workout outside!) A few of my current faves: Old Guitar by BUNT., Drive by Glades, and Losing Sleep by John Newman. (I dare you to not move while listening to that last one!)
Looking forward to // our super quick trip to Chicago later this month! It will be a whirlwind of a time (Christian has a show there) but I’m looking forward to being back in the city! (I’ll also be doing some research for my novel, which takes place in Chicago. I have a few private “tours” lined up – thanks to Christian – one of them at a large ad agency. So excited!)
Watching // I recently finished The Night Manager and it was SO GOOD. So of course now I’m craving British/Bond type shows… which I haven’t found yet. Any suggestions?? (Also, I have absolutely nothing against Tom Hiddleston and would actually love to see him as the new James Bond, BUT – #DANIELCRAIGFOREVER.) (You know, for the record.)
Eating // Well, not much it feels like haha. I’ve been dealing with some weird health things for quite awhile and think I finally figured out what it is: gluten allergy! I already have a dairy allergy (since childhood), now I’m pretty sure a gluten allergy, and I am – by choice – a pescatarian (going on 16 years now!) I’ve felt SO much better since cutting out gluten but DANG, that stuff is in everything! I’ve been eating lots of berries and nuts… I feel like a bird. And not in a good way, you know?
Bumming // Jack Garratt canceling his show in Nashville this fall!!!!! Insert a million tears here! I saw him last year in Nashville and was seriously floored, he is UNBELIEVABLE. So when Christian noticed he was playing here again, we bought tickets asap… only to have him cancel a few days later. We’ll be refunded but c’mon Jack! You’re killin’ me!
Remembering // Those sweet Indiana cows! There is a dairy cow farm less than a mile away from my parents’ house so I guess you could say I grew up with these spotted beauties.
Drinking // Vodka Tonics are my drink of choice in the summer!
Wanting // Our sweet babe to get here… goodness, we are so, so ready to meet our son or daughter!!
Counting down // the days until we go on our quick Florida vacay! It will be another whirlwind of a trip but something Christian and I seriously need together. We’ve forgone trips (that aren’t for work) for the last year so that we can save for the adoption but you know what? Sometimes you just need a break… a getaway… that involves rest and a new view. So we’ll be spending 2 full days at Miramar Beach in the tiniest and cutest B&B, I cannot wait. I’m already dreaming of laying on the beach with my love followed by a seafood dinner. And then I’ll be good until next year!
Grateful for // Friends. The ones that don’t just ask you how you’re doing, but ask you how your heart is doing. The ones that want the real answers. The ones that don’t just pray for you but also with you. Or send you perfect quotes – the ones they know will do exactly what they’re supposed to do: comfort. I’m grateful for friends who don’t point out that maybe you’re not as cheery as you usually are, but remind you that it’s okay. The ones that text hilarious dreams they’ve had about terrifying wannabe Presidents with bad hair, and the ones that share with you their baby’s latest blowout… not to gross you out or to make you feel like you have it good, but as if to say, “We’re both dealing with some serious and scary shit. Let’s laugh about how we got here.” (Also, I’m grateful for Pizza Perfect here in Nashville. Best [gluten free!] veggie pizza I’ve EVER HAD. I ate it 4 days ago and am still thinking about it. Sometimes it just comes down to pizza, guys. And that’s okay… especially for a Monday.)
What are you currently up to?