One Month of Summer

Hello and happy Monday to you!

So on Friday, I realized (with a slight sense of panic) that I had exactly one month until classes start again. What.

I realize that the first part of my summer was taken up with a summer session at school, so maybe that’s why it feels like it’s gone exceptionally fast? Who can tell. But I do know that, while I’ll be sad for summer to end, this is the start of my last year of school—PTL for that! It has gone by so quickly, and while I’ve loved my classes and am so glad I decided to take the plunge and go back to school, I will be so glad to just be a normal adult again. You know, just working for the weekends and all that (I kid).

OK, one month of summer left, and I want to enjoy it. I came across this post on Pinterest a few weeks ago, and I became sort of obsessed with it. I just really love the idea of developing habits that are focused on self-care. And you know I also love to-do lists. So kind of combining those two things, here’s what I want my last month of summer to look like.

1. Get up with my alarm.

If you ever think you are going to find a list of goals on this blog that doesn’t include becoming a morning person, you are a fool.

2. Commit to a regular yoga practice.

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Earlier this summer, my roommate and I joined a hot yoga studio for their promotional summer class rate—basically three months of unlimited yoga. Yes! Like with most things in life, I started out super strong, then fizzled for the last few weeks. I love yoga, and yeah, I really want a yoga body, but it is time-consuming. So I would like to commit to practicing in-studio three or four times a week for the next month—I think that will give me the benefits of practicing hot yoga, and also the benefits of having a life and seeing the people I love.

3. Take Dora for more walks.

While we’re talking about moving, little Dora has had little to no exercise this summer. OK first of all, it has been super hot and I am worried about her hydration (yes, that was an obnoxious dog mom thing to say). But I also just haven’t made the time for it, and I feel bad about that. So along with getting up when my alarm is going off, I’d like to take Dora at least for a short walk in the morning. It’s a lot cooler then (mostly) and the sun is up early these days, and I’m hopeful that getting up and moving for a bit will help me wake up and clear my head.

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4. Rekindle my love for podcasts.

I do this thing where I exclusively listen to playlists on my phone or CDs for a few weeks, exclusively listen to the Top 40 radio stations for a few weeks, and exclusively listen to NPR for a few weeks. Podcasts used to be in that mix, especially during the school year when I was practically living out of my car and driving out to campus all the time. I really haven’t listened to any lately—perhaps this entire year (the horror!). Over the weekend I downloaded a few different podcasts that I’d heard good things about, and I’m excited to get back into them.

5. Try some dessert recipes.

I came across this dairy-free ice cream the other day, and it looks amazing and refreshing.



And also this fruit pizza. Fruit pizza! A dessert I love but somehow always forget about.



There you have it folks: My summer to-do list. Let me know if I’ve missed anything, or what plans you have for the rest of your summer!

Playing Catch-Up (Ha!)

So this is the part where I sheepishly say hello and try to explain where I’ve been for the past…10 months? Honestly, I’ve missed posting on this little blog, and one of the things that kept me from posting was that it had been so long. Like so long. But now that my schedule has freed up for the rest of the summer, I thought I’d jump back on here, give you a little update on what’s been going on lately, and then move forward—no apologies, no looking back!

The last year has been the year of…

1. Not moving. This is significant because I have moved 9 times since I graduated college in 2008. My roommates and I decided to stay in our current house this year, and I was so grateful to not have to worry about finding a new place and packing up everything I own to move in the dead of winter.

2. Going back to school.

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This is the big one. So I started taking classes in January 2014 part time. Well, in August, I decided to go part time in my job and take classes full time. Call me crazy, but I didn’t want to be working + taking classes for the next 10 years of my life, especially since I didn’t really have anything stopping me.

Going back to school is weird and a little nerve-wracking. I mean, I’m fortunate that I don’t look that old, so I don’t really stick out like a sore thumb in classes. But I still felt super weird knowing that I am 10 years older than most of my classmates. Fortunately, I met some really great people who have made classes and studying really fun.

It’s also been super stressful, trying to balance work, school, and a social life…or just not going crazy. But I think I’m getting better at finding balance, and forgiving myself when I don’t manage to achieve it 100% of the time.

3. The year of Parks and Rec and Harry Potter. Yup. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I love that show and those books so much. They’re my go-to when I’m bored or need cheering up. With so much textbook, science-y reading, sometimes you just need a break. Plus this.

4. The year of the braid.


Yeah, I’m 29 years old and taught myself to French braid this year. Jealous much?

5. The year of Dora. OK, every year is the year of Dora, and I needed a #5 to go along with my “the year of” theme. But sweet little Dora is still hanging by my side, giving me lots of love and encouragement when I need it, and hating every single moment she spends outside.

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It’s good to know some things never change, right?

Playing Catch-Up

Do you ever have those weeks that go by so fast because you have a million fun things going on? And then there are those weeks that go by equally as fast, but nothing eventful is really happening. That’s how I’ve felt lately. Somehow it’s already the end of August, but I feel like I have nothing to show for it. Here’s what I’ve been up to:


Sharpening my card shark skills for ladies’ card night (ie, relearning how to play Euchre).

Reading the first 2 books in the Brooklyn Girls series—I picked the first one up on my trip to Chicago to read on the train and fell in love. I started the second one this week and I’m very pleased. Perfect summer reading.


Visiting Holiday World with my family and having their infamous blue ice cream. I hadn’t been since college and it was amazing. Free drinks! Free sunscreen! An indoor ride where you can pretend to shoot turkeys! What more can you want?

Listening to BJ Novak’s book on my iPhone. This is the first audiobook I’ve purchased. Also, I own the hard copy and have already read it. Let me explain: In the few days leading up to Holiday World, I kept having dreams with BJ Novak in them. On the morning of our trip, I had another and decided he must be my soulmate—I should download his book and listen to it in the car. 20-something-dollars later, I actually don’t regret it. It’s a really good listen.


Hanging out at Bluegrass in the Park. Guys, this is the event I look forward to every summer. Per tradition, I went Friday and Saturday nights, got BBQ and RC, and listened to some amazing music. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Running a lot on the treadmill. Which I don’t hate. Especially because it is 90-some-odd degrees and miserable.

Also, visiting the occasional hot yoga class. It’s amazing how humbling those studios can be.


And having a lot of evenings that look like this—pizza, yoga pants, and Scandal on Netflix. This is my idea of perfect.

So what have you been up to lately? Also, let me know how the heck August is almost over already. Happy Thursday!

Lazy Sunday

Sunday morning is my favorite time of the week—I hope the rest of the world agrees with me. The weird thing is that I usually don’t see too much of Sunday morning. In my dream world, I would rise on Sunday at 7am, go for a run, make breakfast, and catch CBS Sunday Morning. But lately it’s been more like, sleep in till 10am, grab some iced coffee, fool around on the internet, etc. Which is exactly what this morning has been.

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