Some Monday thoughts

  • I need to start doing something creative again- whether that’s writing fiction, painting, drawing, or making music. Even just once a week.
  • My most recent ex (I mean, like my ex from five years ago) is engaged. I remember when he called me right after I got engaged. Seems like forever ago.
  • I have a nasty cold on the first Monday in the past three weeks that is NOT a snow day. Since my Monday classes haven’t met for the past two weeks, I feel absolutely obligated to go. But yuck. I should take some Dayquil.
  • It hit me this morning that this is my last semester (for a while, anyway,,#PhDsomeday) with a full course load. I’m going to be student teaching for a year starting in September, and while doing that, I’ll take my last class and do some kind of research for credit.
  • I have a lot of relationship stuff on my mind- family and friends. It’s not all very positive. I’m not sure what to do with all of these feelings. I should probably write about them some more, sometime. But all at once, I’m worried, sad, and feeling kind of neglected.
  • If we get significant snow accumulation tonight/tomorrow, I’m just going to hop on a plane and head down south. For real.
  • I should take a nap. I have plenty of time. But that never goes well for me … a 30 minute nap always turns into a 2 hour nap. Instead I’ll probably go to the gym.
  • I’ve been keeping a food/health journal of sorts for the past two weeks, and it’s really working well for me. I’ll maybe do a more in-depth post about it sometime.

That’s about it. Really feeling that nap right now.

Weekend recap: 06.13-06.15

I really enjoyed writing this post last week, so I think I’m going to try making these weekend recaps a regular feature on my blog!

Friday 06.13
Friday night was pretty low-key for us. We watched some World Cup matches and another episode of Sherlock– I can’t believe it took me so long to watch the show. I love it! I also did some cleaning & meal planning Friday night- nothing too exciting, but it was nice getting it out of the way.

Saturday 06.14
We slept in a bit Saturday (sleeping in for us means getting up anytime after 7:00!). Then we headed out so I could get an oil change and rotate/balance done on my car. I used to work at the dealership I get my car serviced at, so it’s always fun visiting my old coworkers! After we finished there, we headed to a local street festival. It was so much fun!

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We didn’t do any shopping, but we had fun looking at some of the interesting items available for purchase. We did sample a variety of foods- horseradish onion dip, maple cotton candy, green Thai curry, and dark chocolate caramel popcorn! After walking around for a while, we each got a slice of pizza and shared some fries. The fries were from a local Greek Orthodox church that was selling food and they were really unique (seasoned with tons of herbs). Yum! Finally, we headed to one of our favorite bars for a drink and to catch another World Cup match- Colombia vs. Greece.

Then we came home and pretty much crashed. Being out in the sun makes me so tired sometimes! After resting for a while, we did some laundry and then I headed to the gym. Working out helped me regain some energy! I think we had dinner and watched something on Netflix. Later on, we went for a lovely walk to get some snacks at a local convenience store. Even later, I realized I still needed to bake part of my dad’s Father’s Day gift: blueberry dark chocolate oatmeal cookies!

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They are so delicious! I would definitely make them again. Here is a link to the recipe I used.

Sunday 06.15

I woke up around 7:30 and headed to the grocery store. That probably sounds ridiculous, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to shop later in the day. Doug helped me put everything away, and then we grabbed some bagels at our favorite bagel place. I love that they offer hummus as an alternative to cream cheese!

Then we headed to my MIL’s house. Our plan was to take her dogs to the beach, but on the way there, we realized dogs are only permitted during certain hours in the summer (very early in the morning, and after 6:00pm). So instead, we drove to a local fort/historic site where leashed dogs are always welcome. They were actually reenacting a battle, so there was lots to see!

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We had fun walking around and exploring some of the old buildings. The dogs received so much attention- for some reason, we were the only people with dogs! I never had a pet growing up, so I absolutely love spending time with my MIL’s animals. Izzy is the black Pomeranian in the photo above.

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We stopped at Dairy Queen on the way home, and decided to have ice cream for lunch. Unfortunately, it seems like I am undoubtedly lactose intolerant. I don’t really want to take pills before eating dairy, so my plan is to only have it occasionally and accept the consequences.

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And of course, let’s not forget- Father’s Day! I called both of my grandfathers in the afternoon to let them know I was thinking of them. I saw my dad Sunday night! The photo above is of the two of us- I think I was about 2-3 years old.

My sister came over Sunday afternoon. We had a ton of fun listening to some of old favorite songs. Then we (along with Doug) met my parents for dinner. I hadn’t seen my mom or dad in a couple of weeks, and it was so nice to get to spend some quality time together.

Of course, our Sunday night is never complete without Game of Thrones. Doug and I have both read the books, so we knew what last night’s season finale was going to entail! Except for a few minor complaints, I absolutely loved the episode. Our Sunday nights are going to seem quite empty now- no Game of Thrones and no Walking Dead!