a week in november 2018

A black Friday trip to the bookstore. It was soooo quiet.

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My first time truffle making with friends. Messy but yummy.

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Our tree is my favorite early in the morning before anyone else is awake. We cut down our tree in the dark and it turned out to be one of the best I think we’ve ever had.

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Sunshine! I loved how the grass and the leaves looked like Christmas confetti.

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Preschool art projects are so much fun!

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Holiday displays at Molbaks were on point.

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The picture doesn’t do it any justice. Pink skies on our way home.

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Sparkles at the park.

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snapshot: october 2017

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October has been for campfires, my sister’s wedding, fall foliage, pumpkins and spooooOOOooky decorations.

EATING: Now that the cooler weather has returned I’m in full on soups and stew mode which is a welcome change. I’ve also been trying the “heritage” varieties of apples that our co-op has been bringing in. They’re all so interesting and delicious.

DRINKING: All the warm beverages. Lately I’m having a hard time drinking plain old cold water. Bring on the tea, coffee, anything to keep my hands warm.

DREAMING: About a surprise trip to the happiest place on earth. I can’t wait to see the magic through a little one’s eyes. We’ve been doing some family hikes on the weekend and it’s the greatest. Fall is perfect for hiking and I want to do more before the weather gets too cold.

WATCHING: OZARK. So good. So creepy. I didn’t want the season to be over. We finally watched Baby Driver and I loved how musically driven it was. Almost like a musical but…not. We also watched Spielberg which was inspiring to learn about where he came from (no formal education in film!) and how he has gotten to where he is. We also started Mindhunter which has been so far so good.

LISTENING: Not listening to very much music lately but I signed us up for Audible and have been listening very slowly to The Book of Joy.

READING: The Ship of Brides (slowly but surely) and A Fatal Grace – the second book in the Armand Gamache series which I am obsessed with. I love the setting of the stories…kind of like a grown up Stars Hallow.

MOVING: I finally signed up for a trial at our YMCA and it’s been really nice so far. The childcare alone is worth it.

MAKING: Drawing for Inktober and sort of working on knitting a blanket…when I remember to.

LITTLE THINGS: Cashew milk ice cream. So yummy minus the stomach aches. New hiking shoes that are super comfy. Washing my face at night!!! Kind of a huge deal for me because I’ve always been terrible at it but the last couple weeks I’ve been washing every night and it makes a HUGE difference in my skin. It makes me feel like such an adult.

Birthday Wish List

I’m turning 32 in less than a month. Woah. Thirty. Two. It feels right but also, wasn’t I just graduating college?

My family has always been big on wish lists. My mom will start asking for a Christmas list at the end of July and I always sort of keep a running list of the things I’m coveting. Here are a few things I’m putting on my birthday wish list this year.

Clogs. I’ve wanted a pair for a few years now.

Pants. I need something comfy but still kinda cute. #momlife

A hike. Maple pass loop. I see you. You’re on my list.

A rain jacket for the fall weather. So necessary.

Cookbooks. (Whole30 Cookbook. The Food Lab.)

A new duffel. I finally tossed my completely loved up Lululemon travel type bag. Time for a replacement.

LaLaLand. Obviously.

Fitbit. So I can enjoy the below.

Homemade chocolate chip cookies. Because they make me happy!

 

 

48 hours in Chicago

Sunday I got back from a very quick trip to Chicago to see one of my best friends from college get married. Here are a few pictures from my trip…

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I took a redeye into Chicago which was not ideal. But check out that sunrise reflecting off all the little lakes.

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Post red eye breakfast with my bestest was necessary. The rest of the day Friday was dedicated to a nap (see red eye), running a few last minute errands, wine + apps at Purple Pig and the rehearsal dinner.

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Saturday before the wedding I woke up eeeearly for some reason and went out for a little walk. Chicago is pretty. The buildings are beautiful. I shall return.

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I found an Eataly right near my hotel and it made me so nostalgic for my time studying abroad in Torino, Italia. Doppio macchiato. Si.

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Let the wedding prep commence!

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All done up. 1,000% more makeup than I usually wear but fun to gussy up once in a while and feel like a lady.

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The bride and groom treated the bridal party to a trolley ride through Chicago before the wedding.

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I see you Chicago.

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My college besties. Love you ladies.