Since a couple of days trapped at home = Cabin fever for this mama, I am feeling a little all over the place today and figured I’d roll with it and share a few random things with you guys in today’s blog post. It’s kind of like a stream of consciousness but with bullet points because I like a lil’ organization!
- Electronic Junk Drawer Organization
Do any of you guys have an electronic junk drawer in your house that’s basically overflowing with random chargers, cords and old electronics? I took some time to sort through the abyss in our junk drawer when I was housebound with a sick toddler on Monday and stumbled upon some serious gems like an old iPod and my first running watch.
Those two gadgets got me through miles and miles of half marathon training and finding them underneath a pile of cords brought a smile to my face. Another thing that made me smile? The old school playlists I found on the iPod once I charged it up. We’re talking gems like “Still Not A Player” by Big Pun and “King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West.
P.S. I’m not sure if anyone would be interested, but if someone out there would like my old Garmin running watch, let me know! I’ll happily to send it to someone who would put it to good use! (I also promise to clean it beforehand.) The watch is giant but still works well.
- Peel Recommendations?
When I was in Florida last month and had the wonderful opportunity to receive a Vitamin C facial, I soaked up every piece of my aesthetician’s advice and walked away with some notes to help me better care for my skin. One piece of advice I received to help with aging and congestion (<— the kind term for “a crap ton of blackheads”) was to give myself a peel on a weekly basis.
I began doing this two weeks ago using a small sample of ACURE’s Purifying Fruit Peel I received in a past Birchbox and have been loving it so far! I swear my face feels 10x softer every time I use it! I’m 95 percent sure I’m going to order the full-size when my sample runs out (I found it for a discount on Thrive Market!), but since I’m far from a skincare expert, I figured I’d ask your advice just to see if any of you out there are currently using at-home peels and loving them. I have combination/oily skin (oily through my t-zone and drier around my cheeks) and would love to hear your peel recommendations if you have any out there!
- Grilling = The Best
We are officially smack-dab in the middle of grilling season which means I find myself wanting to throw everything on the grill right now! I feel like a light char from the grill makes basically any kind of meat taste better and I am dying to try grilling fish and pizza this year. I’m kind of ashamed to admit we’ve never tried grilling either, especially fish since we eat fish at least once a week in our house and previously lived in Florida. For some reason fish on the grill intimidates me but I am planning to follow this tutorial for our first attempt and have my fingers crossed! I also like the idea of fish in foil packets with veggies so that’s on my radar, too. Gosh, I LOVE spring and summertime cooking!
- Sadie Sniffs
Whenever I take Sadie on a walk and she takes an extra long time to sniff something, I imagine movie images flashing through her brain of something that would fascinate her like a squirrel hiding a nut, a particularly smelly dog, etc. I realize it’s probably an animal’s urine that makes her pause and sniff a little longer, but I still like to think that somehow a strong scent flashes some kind of cool dog movie through her brain which is why she wants to linger a little longer over certain spots.
- Nice Weather Obsession
When it’s particularly nice outside – not too hot, not too cold and sunny – do you guys feel like you cannot help but comment on the weather constantly or am I just oddly obsessed with beautiful weather? I feel like every time I find myself outside on a walk with Ryan, Chase and Sadie, I’m making some comment on the gorgeous spring weather we’re experiencing in Charlotte this year. I feel like a total broken record but then again if something as simple as nice weather can make me feel a little happier, I suppose I should embrace it and continue to take note of it, right!?
- Packing Is The Worst
Do you guys have little tasks or menial chores you have to do in your life that you loathe way more than you should? (Kind of like the opposite version of my Little Indulgences = Big Happiness post…) I once read that in a relationship, if there are certain tasks you hate that your partner doesn’t mind (and vice versa), you should help each other out and claim those tasks as yours… Sort of an “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” mentality. For example, if I hate cleaning our shower (which I do… it makes me gag) and Ryan doesn’t mind cleaning showers but hates cleaning toilets (which he does), we each claim that particular task as ours. That’s actually the only example I have for us personally as a couple which makes me think we should brainstorm on this subject a little more! Haha!
Anyway… I sure wish I could make Ryan pack for me. I don’t know why but packing has always been one of those menial tasks that I absolutely hate with a fiery passion. We have a long weekend vacation coming up and I am putting off packing for it as long as possible, which probably means I’ll be up way too late shoving too many clothes into my suitcase the day before we leave. I think I inherited my distaste for packing from my father because if there’s one person who hates packing more than me, it’s him.
Question of the Day
Can you think of one seemingly small task in your life you loathe way more than you probably should?
Another mundane thing I hate? Checking my voicemail. Bless the iPhone for transcribing voicemail messages. That was the best update EVER.