Fridays Aren’t Supposed To Be Like This

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Usually on Friday mornings I’m happy and excited for the weekend. Today, however, is not the case. I didn’t get to bed until late last night and am still feeling groggy this morning. Plus, it’s still pretty early and today has already been a disaster:

-Our shower broke (right on the heels of our washing machine being broke for 3 weeks)

-I spilled coffee everywhere

-I can taste the filter in the coffee, so I’m kind of sad I went through the effort of saving the coffee in the first place

-Forgot my breakfast/lunch/snacks/food for the day when I left this morning

-Annnnnd I’m generally grouchy with everyone and everything

I’m going to see this movie tonight with friends and will be listening to this song a lot today to cheer myself up. Other than that, I have doing laundry and studying to look forward to for the next few days. (And maybe some Super Bowl pizza!) Hope your weekend is off to a better start than mine. :)

Good Morning Music

Good morning and happy Monday!

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If you know me, you probably know that I am not a morning person, but one of my life goals is to become a morning person. (It’s on my Before 30 List too, because I want this to happen sooner rather than later.)

I haven’t wanted to jinx myself since it’s been going so well, but this is my third week of getting up early, and I’m sort of in love with it. Since I’m living with 2 other people now, and we all have to be at work at 8am on certain days, we’ve had to come up with some sort of bathroom schedule so we can all get showered and ready. I bravely volunteered to get up first, thinking it would force me to get up and get to work on time, and it’s actually worked!

OK, I still have to set 2 alarms, and sometimes I lay back down before I finish getting ready, but it’s so nice to feel like I can relax before work and not be running out the door 30 minutes after I’m supposed to be there.

One of the things that’s really helped is finding a couple great playlists for getting up early. The first is a Spotify playlist I stumbled upon called Early Morning Rise. I saw my favorite Portugal. The Man song and “Float On” by Modest Mouse on it and was sold.

The other is a Songza playlist called Sunny-Side Up Morning that I’ve been using when I get to work in the morning. The description on it is, “Ease into the day with these bright and airy tunes from the ’60s and ’70s.” Sounds perfect to me. The Beach Boys, John Lennon, The Mamas & The Papas…I mean, what else could you ask for?

Ironically, as I’ve been typing up this post I haven’t been listening to either of these playlists. But hey, a little Leonard Cohen never hurt anyone, right? Any other morning music recommendations? Have a wonderful day!

Happy Friday.

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First of all, I want to point out how incredible this tank is. Buy Me Brunch has some of the best shirts. (I have this one and love it.)

And speaking of yoga butt, I started the DoYouYoga.com 30-Day Yoga Challenge on Wednesday night. I don’t remember how I found out about this site, but it’s basically exactly what it sounds like—you sign up via email, and each day for the next month, they send you a FREE yoga video to do. The first 2 I’ve done were about 20 minutes long and focused on opening the hips and shoulders, which felt amazing since I’ve been working long hours slumped over a desk for the last couple weeks. With work being so busy plus getting adjusted to being a student again and all the other craziness going on, I’ve pretty much let doing anything healthy sit on the back burner. I thought committing to doing a 20-minute yoga video each day would be a good way to ease back into things (and hopefully motivate me to do more).

On that note, I’m headed off to work—PTL it’s the last day of a very long week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Yesterday I continued my streak of being in the office for 11 hours. I got home and ate half a pizza. Literally, I ate half a pizza in about 1 hour last night. This morning I slept an hour later than planned and had to pour out my mug of coffee because it tasted like dirty water. So what I’m saying is that I could use a little distraction.

I present to you, Wes Anderson’s new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

I know it’s probably not cool to like Wes Anderson movies anymore, but I’m such a sucker for them. There’s something about the aesthetic that is so cozy. I’ll be looking forward to seeing this in the theater!

And with that, I wish you a happy Wednesday, friends!

Welcome, 2014! (3 Weeks Late)

…Hiiiiii. Should I start this post off commenting on HOW LONG it’s been since I’ve been on here? Or just ignore it like it’s No Big Deal?

I might get into the juicy details later, but let’s just say I sort of lost my mind between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and my little blog here was a major casualty.

But it’s 2014 now and I’m feeling optimistic, and also my mom has been asking if I’ll ever post again (Hi, Mama! :)) Let me fill you in on a few things that have been going on (and that might explain my total craziness for the last few months).

1. Holidays.

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It’s true, The Holidays = major crazy busy time. But is this just an excuse to post a photo of my New Year’s Eve hair? Possibly. True Confession: I do not know how to use a curling iron. I’m 28. On New Year’s Eve, I sat on the toilet while my roommate curled my hair, like I was some sort of woman-child. I’m so thankful she did, though. I felt like Amy Adams in American Hustle.

2. Moving.

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Yup, I’ve moved again. I haven’t done this blog for very long, so I haven’t posted much about how moving is basically my most-hated hobby. This is my 7th place since February 2010. But as much of a huge stress as moving is, I’m so happy to be living in a house with other people again. I loved my last little apartment downtown, but I was getting so lonely and weird. I would watch Netflix for hours and only talk to my dog some days. Don’t get me wrong, I still do both of those things, but at least now I have other people around. The new place is shared with 2 of my best friends and is on a different side of town. The last couple of years have been pretty rough, and I loved the idea of having a whole new page to start 2014 on.

3. School.

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And speaking of new pages…I’ve started school again! This is the biggest and most exciting/terrifying change I’ve had in my life in a while. It’s crazy that almost 10 years after I started college for the first time, I’m starting again. I’m studying Nutrition & Wellness, which is something I’ve become more interested in and passionate about over the last few years. It’s a big change from English Literature, but luckily I’ve had such wonderful and supportive friends and family that I don’t feel totally insane for doing this. And it helped that all those (pointless) gen ed credits transferred over.

So that’s where I’ve been lately. 2014 is definitely starting off with some major changes, but for the first time in a few years, I’m feeling optimistic about the road ahead. Enjoy your Monday, friends!

 

Happy (Early) Thanksgiving

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but tomorrow is Thanksgiving. In the spirit of, I thought I’d throw my list of things I’m thankful for out into the blogosphere. :) There are too many things to list, but here are some things I’ve been thankful for this past week.

1. Warm winter hats and iPhone-compatible gloves.

2. Also, electric blankets at work.

3. Getting back in touch with my old friend, the treadmill.

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4. Apples and almond butter (all day, every day).

5. My mama, who emails me to tell me how much she loves me. <3

6. Snuggles with this little bug.

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7. Vinyl records and winter candles.

8. Lovely friends who send text messages full of emojis.

9. New dance party jams.

10. Four-day weekends.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Turkey Day (or, if you’re like my family, Ham Day). Happy Thanksgiving!

 

On Turning 28

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A couple weeks ago (November 10, to be precise), I celebrated my 28th birthday.

It was actually a pretty hard birthday. I never thought I would be the kind of person to freak out about a birthday, or if I did, I assumed it would be a milestone year—30, 40, etc. But 28 has really thrown me for a loop.

Don’t get me wrong—I have the loveliest friends and family, and they made me feel so special. But something was just a little…off. The last few years have been pretty difficult, and I think I’m afraid of getting stuck—of feeling like things will always be this way, even though I know that’s a lie. To top it off, the first few weeks of being 28 haven’t been that great either, and the dreary weather is not doing me any favors.

I don’t mean to get all dark and Xanga-y on here—wallowing in self-pity doesn’t do any good, and besides, I live a very blessed life. In fact, 2014 has some big changes ahead for me, and I’m making a conscious effort to focus on the positive. Birthdays and New Year’s are all about clean slates, right? So here’s to a new year, a good year, and what I’ll make of it. Cheers! :)