What we're eating this week:
skinny artichoke baked pasta:
creamy asparagus soup:
apple cranberry walnut salad:
What I'm reminiscing about:
Three years ago I was in Chicago surprising my former college roommate (and one of my current besties) for her birthday!
Happy (now belated) birthday, Angela! You are selfless, strong, intelligent, and beautiful and I am grateful I get to call you a friend.
What I'm loving:
These reusable nursing pads. I have to admit that I was skeptical of them at first (I have a very forceful letdown and was sure I would soak through) but I have not once leaked and they are SO SOFT. I highly recommend them. They also have heart shaped daytime ones that don't wrinkle so they are more discreet, but I'm not crazy about these because they seem to move around a lot for me. I mostly only use them if all my overnight ones are in the wash, so if I had a do-over I'd just buy the overnight ones.
What we've been up to:
Work, preschool, surviving, etc. We just celebrated my mom's and Jon's dad's birthdays this past weekend so that was a lot of fun.
What I'm dreading:
The next four years.
What I'm working on:
Honestly, nothing. I really enjoy making wooden signs but between work, trying to mom, and trying to keep our house inhabitable I just don't have the energy or time to devote to any sort of hobby. It would probably benefit all five of us if I made time, though...
What I'm excited about:
Our Atlanta trip for Sally's wedding! Yes, it is about nine months away, but I did book our Airbnb already (and it's less than a mile from the venue)! We are throwing around the idea of taking the kids to the aquarium and/or children's museum on that trip, but if anyone has any suggestions for places to see (or restaurants to eat at) I'm all ears!
What I'm watching/reading:
We finally finished Parks and Rec and I almost cried when it was over. Right now we are back to making our way through Drunk History and we recently started The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
And I'm still not reading anything.
And I'm still not reading anything.
What I'm listening to:
What I'm wearing:
I'm still in the weird limbo of not having clothes that fit me particularly well. I've been dieting and I am within 3 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight, but I also have another 5-10 I'd like to lose on top of that. I did recently purge a ton of my clothes that I didn't really wear pre-pregnancy and I am waiting until I am done dieting to get rid of any others to see what fits best. However, I have been hardcore window shopping at Rent the Runway for Sally's wedding (in October... #TypeA) and I'm loving these:
What I'm doing:
A whole lot of arguing on the internet. Definitely not always remaining Christlike (and trying to be better about that). But I swear, if I hear one more person say Obama canceled the National Day of Prayer I am going to lose my marbles.
What I'm looking forward to next month:
|i think this may have been one of our first photos together? taken on my trusty flip phone (aka no filter necessary)|
On February 6th, Jon and I will be celebrating a decade of (officially) dating. We don't have any current plans to celebrate but we usually do something (a combo Valentine's Day / dating anniversary) in February. I think last year we may have made ourselves a nice meal in? I'm not sure, but we are way overdue for a date and now that Etta is on the bottle I am hoping we can truly get away for an hour or two just us.
What else is new:
I've really been struggling with feeling isolated lately. Between the postpartum depression, election-linked opinions and being a working mom when most of my friends are SAHMs, there just seems to be a whole lot of loneliness. I've talked about this before and I'm sure the cabin fever that accompanies winter isn't helping. I definitely have picked up on a lot of "not that into you" vibes from people I've cared deeply about so that stings. I'm trying to let it roll off but when it becomes apparent that you are the only one putting much effort into your relationship it sucks.