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currently: july 2017

With July’s end comes the end of our summer hanging in Austin with no travel plans. I feel like we made the most of it this month, with trips to the movie theater, a 65 degree pool, and margaritas inside when it was just too hot to be outside. We’re really looking forward to some fun trips this month, but summer in Austin has been pretty sweet. 

Making: My fourth trip to Ikea since we’ve moved. It’s a blessing and a curse to have one twenty miles away. 
Cooking: My sister sent me this recipe for honey sriracha turkey meatballs and they were *baller.* Also made this healthy-ish orange chicken (so yum) and fish tacos with “chipotle crema,” which FYI is the easiest way to feel sophisticated even though you’re literally just scooping adobo sauce from a can and stirring it into sour cream. If you want to really put the nail in your coffin, pronounce it with a very slight accent. 
Reading: Continuing the Great Harry Potter Re-Read of 2017 with the Chamber of Secrets. This may have been my best decision of the year. 
Wanting
: Zero emails in my inbox, always. I used Unroll.me again today to unsubscribe from over 450 subscriptions. BAI!
Enjoying: The sheen of a freshly oiled cutting board. Wish I was making this up. 
Listening: To Matt’s horror, I’ve been listening to My Favorite Murder while I get dinner ready. It’s like hanging out with two of your best girlfriends, chatting in an in-depth way about famous murders. It can (obviously) sometimes get a bit graphic, and Matt will just yell from the next room “WHAT!” “WHY!” “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!” 
Needing: Finn to get over his frog obsession. So far no casualties, but every night when it gets dark he wants to go outside every 20 minutes, a new excuse every time. “I think I left my collar outside.” “I forgot to sniff an important corner.” “I’m just going to meet some friends.” If anyone knows how to stage a dog intervention about frogs, lmk. 
Smelling: Right now? At this very moment? My chapstick.
Wearing: Now that I’ve safely secured a couple pairs of these: holy moly, these are the best budget leggings I’ve found. They are thick, comfy, not shiny, not see-through, and they have the elusive side pocket that will fit your phone. So just to catch everyone up to speed: cargo pants are cool now, as long as they are in legging form. 2017 is a trip.
Loving: Craigslist connections – not the romantic kind. I snagged two amazing purchases in July, and both times the item happened to be located in my neighborhood, less than a mile from our house, and I randomly knew the seller of one of the items. What are the odds?? (Reminds me of this episode of This American Life, which is so good.)
Watching: The Big Sick in which Holly Hunter stole the show as usual, Dunkirk which was gripping and whose soundtrack is almost as good as Inception’s, and Game of Thrones obbbvvviousslyyy. 
Bookmarking: I’ve never felt prouder to be a millennial, this is a good spot to get lost for five minutes, and I realize this is so old but it’s new to me, and taught me one of my favorite new quotes: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s eleven-thirty.
Feeling: At the beginning of writing this post I was ruhl cranky. Something about sitting down and typing out these pretty silly, meaningless words makes me feel a little better. I’m still cranky. But grateful. 

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currently: june 2017

June was pretty wonderful! We had mostly the whole month to hang out in town, settle into the new home/neighborhood, and host our first weekend guest (my sister was the lucky guinea pig). We’ve been able to make lots house progress, even though the changes have been pretty simple – like moving furniture around, getting art hung, or switching out grey blackout curtains for white cotton ones. Blackout curtains and I don’t get along. I don’t know how yall do it. Every morning my body was like WHAT GD TIME IS IT GO BACK TO SLEEP YOU FOOL. 

Making: We made some non-permanent posts for our string lights – if you missed it, you can find the post on posts here.
Cooking: I made my very favorite summer meal — a salad trio including: this chicken salad with feta, corn, and blueberries, this yummy spicy gouda pasta salad, and a simple caesar salad. So great. Also tried these shrimp foil packets which inspired me to make an old standby of my childhood, what we called “boy scout potatoes.” A classic!
Reading: In honor of the twentieth anniversary of the first Harry Potter book release, I’m reading them all over again. It’s been forever since I have done this and I can now officially say that even as a thirty year old, I love these books. The first one is available for free here through Amazon if you have Prime!
Wanting
: I need another pair of slides like I need a hole in the head, but come on
Enjoying: Morning walks with Finn in the new hood. He especially likes the yard with chickens. So many sniffs!
Listening: I just wanna see the light. And on the opposite end of the spectrum: changes. Related: I need more workout music! What do you love to listen to?
Needing: I’m leaning towards getting us a security system. This one is the frontrunner. Would love your advice! Do you have a system you’d recommend? We’re looking for a low monthly monitoring fee, nothing hard-wired, reliable performance, and great customer service.
Smelling: This scrumptious candle. Love the ceramic container, too.
Wearing: Can’t stop, won’t stop kimono-ing
Loving: A whole month of (mostly) being in town, and using a lot of that time to pull this house together. It’s really starting to feel like home. 
Watching: GLOW which so far is really fun, Captain Fantastic which was an unexpected total treat of a movie, and I need to make time for my yearly summertime viewing of Wet Hot American Summer.
Bookmarking: This was useful to me, this website has been so helpful in researching stuff for the house, and this post articulated something that’s been bugging me for a while.
Feeling: Discombobulated by the long weekend and short week. Though I’m not complaining! 

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currently: may 2017

Well, May was amazing. A trip to Colorado, turning thirty, moving, and a trip to California…it was all SO fun, minus moving obviously, but I am also so excited to be home for a hot minute. Time to hang some art, work on the patio, host some guests, and cook lots of meals on our gas (!!) stove. 

A flower shop in Steamboat that actually exists.

Making: Nothing for May…except a whole lotta Amazon purchases to help organize the new house.
Cooking: Busy months mean two things: very little cooking, and when I do cook, it’s staples that are easy. For May, that meant these standbys: chicken thighs with a red wine shallot sauce, turkey burgers, and chicken with tzatziki, basmati rice, and veggies.
Reading: Nada!
Wanting
: Same as last month: ALL OF THE THINGS for the new house. We’ve actually made some pretty decent headway on some of the major things we needed, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on some of the big “wants” – large rugs, curtains, etc. Someday soon I’ll put together a Whole Enchilada checklist for the Blue Door House to see what all needs to be done. 
Enjoying: That thing that happens after a heavy rain where the sunset is amazing and the plants seem like they are just radiating green. 
Listening: This cover of Walking on Sunshine is my new favorite song, and this episode of This American Life with three stories that answer the question “are we alone?” was so sweet and captivating. 
Needing: For Leif to pull through. Fingers crossed! (Instagram for reference.)
Smelling: The biggest, pinkest, fluffiest, fragrant-est peonies from Trader Joe’s. (Another Insta for reference.) I want to stick my face in them every ten minutes and deeply inhale through my nose, Mary Katherine Gallagher-style.
Wearing: This eyelet top that I like so much I bought it in two colors, including the mustard color as a test to see if I can pull off a yellow. I think the verdict is that I like it enough that I don’t really care if I can pull it off. 
Loving: Watching Finn figure out this whole yard thing. It rained a bunch this weekend and he hates water, but he recently discovered he LOVES mud. Hard to be mad at a dog that happy. (But I’m grateful that we have a dry spell coming up.)
WatchingKimmy Schmidt (and more importantly, Titus) is back to brighten our summers! This season has been fantastic so far. We laugh out loud, hard, through every episode. On a spookier note, my mom turned me on to Fortitude and I’m loving it. It’s like Twin Peaks set in a town off the Arctic meets British cop-drama meets the X-Files. 
Bookmarking: I need all of these for all of my mail for the rest of time, these posts from Young House Love and Hommemaker have me trying to embrace the beige paint on every wall in our house, and this is a yes, obviously.
Feeling: So content to have the whole month stretched in front of us with nowhere to be. Time to settle in, enjoy our new place, and soak up Austin in the summertime. 

All the pretty colors, textures, and patterns at my friends’ stupidly cute bungalow in Santa Monica.
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