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Category: Finn

currently: august 2016

currently august 2016

Making: Progress on the study!! So excited to share when it’s finished.
Cooking: Tried two new (to me) Skinnytaste recipes this month – her chicken enchiladas and this noodly dish with parsnips in place of our usual zucchini. I liked the parsnips texture better than zucchini, and it was less watery which was great, but it’s a little bit sweet which is not really my thing. The quest for the perfect low-carb vegetable noodle continues.
Drinking: My usual rotation of iced coffee, grapefruit sparkling water, with the occasional green tea in the afternoon when I get sweepy.
Reading: Gobbled up Harry Potter and the Cursed Child just as quickly as I did in the olden days of the actual Harry Potter books. It was so nostalgic and lovely, but left me wanting more. Still chugging along with the book that just won’t end The Prince of Tides. The annoying part is that I like it enough to need to finish it. It’s just so longgg. I need to finish it by the time the weather turns because this is next on my list and will be perfect for fall.
Wanting: All the impractical fall clothes and shoes, like these booties and this sweater that I won’t be able to wear comfortably for at least another two months.
Enjoying: A quiet house during golden hour while Matt takes Finn on a walk. I sure am excited for fall, but I’ll miss how late these nights stretch.
Listening: After a recent visit home and some time spent with my dad, I’ve been playing Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Deja Vu. (Dad’s fave.)
Needing: For allergies to not be a thing. (See below.)
Smelling: Not a thing. (I’m congested.)
Wearing: I pretty much live in these, picked up this white dress for tailgates (bless football for extending “white” season), but if I’m being supes honest I’m just chillin in some sweatpants and a giant t-shirt right now. Aka my favorite outfit.
Loving: My friends’ two-week old baby, Lincoln. I got to help put his nursery together (post to come!!), but just for funsies I shared a sneak peek at the bottom of this post. Lincoln and his room both turned out pretty darn cute.
Watching: We inhaled Stranger Things just like everyone else and fell hard for it. It rivals Fargo for our favorite thing we’ve watched this year. After that was over, we found The Night Of and blew right through that as well. I am definitely a sucker for whodunits. After those two totally binge-worthy shows, we’re now stumbling around with no direction. I think we might start Braindead…but would happily take your suggestions on any good dramas!
Bookmarking: This simple way to bring new life to your wooden spoons was duch a DOH! moment for me, this Apartment Therapy article has some great ideas for rentals, and did yall know that Prime includes unlimited photo storage?????
Feeling: EXCITED to see my sister this weekend and for football season to start!!

lincoln's nursery reveal FB


currently: june 2016

Patterson Park

Making: Some crafty type things for a close friend’s baby shower. It’s like this…the crafts are basically just a convenient distraction from the CUTE SQUISHY BABY that will be here so soon!! I’m a lil excited.
Cooking: I made an old summer standby last week- Pioneer Woman’s chicken salad with blueberries, corn, red onion, and feta. So good every time. Next week my brother is coming in town and we’re cooking dinner together for his birthday. He’s a bona fide chef, so I kind of feel like he’s giving me a cooking lesson for his birthday, but my mama didn’t raise no fool so I’m not about to say anything.
Drinking: Basil lemon drops with too much stevia. Note to self: next time look up the stevia to sugar substitution ratio instead of just eyeballing it. Also, ice water. It’s hot, yall.
Reading: An oldie but a goodie- The Prince of Tides. Does anyone else worry that they are too focused on new books, new restaurants, new movies, and that they are missing all the old but still good stuff?
Wanting: This time of year makes me want to exclusively drink from double-walled tumblers. There’s so much condensation that coasters don’t even help. I have a few of these, but would love some that don’t have lids. Anyone have eyes on some cute ones?
Enjoying: Cool, clean sheets. Clean sheets are great year-round, but I especially love how cool these sheets from West Elm stay even during the summer months.
Loving: Hour and a half long conversations with one of my best friends that lives overseas.
Listening: To Finn panting. He’s a huge baby in this heat. I wait until the sun is going down to take him on a walk each night, and he still lays down one to three hundred times during the walk to cool his belly down in the grass.
Needing: Just like, one day of 80 degree weather would be nice. Just a little teeny break. I’ll settle for the awesome, sporadic thunderstorms that have been rolling through. (I think of Clueless every single time I use the word “sporadic.” I hope not sporadically.)
Smelling: The last of my favorite Target candle. Time to restock.
Wearing: Head to toe Old Navy. They have such cute stuff this season, and they are never not having a sale. Some recent purchases include these sandals and this peplum tee. I’m also dipping my toe into the monokini waters with this one from Target. Hard to argue with that price.
Watching: Orange is the New Black. I finally buckled down this weekend. It was overcast and Matt was out golfing, which made for the perfect lazy afternoon to blow through the end of the season. No spoilers–I thought the first half of the season was kinda meh, but the second half had my jaw dropped pretty much the whole way through. So good!
Bookmarking: Everything by this artist is amazing. This play-by-play of the Game of Thrones finale made me lol.
Feeling: Excited for some time with Matt’s family and some friends at the lake this weekend. That + 360 degree views of fireworks around the lake always makes for a really great fourth. ‘Murica!

finn cooling down in the grass


june small goals

I mentioned in this post that we’ve decided to stay put at the Rosedale apartment for the next year. After Matt and I made the decision, we were sitting around talking about the pros of staying, and he said, “It’ll be so nice for you to not have any projects, since everything’s done!” I paused, looked at him, and laaaaughed and laughed and laughed. He now understands that the projects may never end. (The limit does not exist!)

fiddle leaf fig with credenza

In the spirit of never-ending projects, I thought I’d try out a new series on the blog-monthly small goals. I saw this series originally on the site of the super lovely/stylish/fun to read and fellow Austin-blogger Writes Like a Girl, and I love the idea. I do better with goals when I write them down–hello, physical monthly planner book that I still use on a daily basis. Also, lists. Sign me up. I’ll do my best to make these somewhat related to the blog and not list things like “For the love of God, schedule that dentist appointment already.”

SO. Here are my small goals for the month of June, including one I’ve already completed LIKE A BAWS.

  1. Sell furniture/decor items on Craigslist. Done! A while back, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I used it mostly to clean out and organize my “things,” but realized during the process that some of my furniture and large decor items were just taking up space and didn’t bring me joy. It’s always kind of sad to get rid of things that you have a history with, but I ended up selling four things- two rugs, an armchair, and a side table that we never used. The place feels roomier and happier already.
  2. Paint TV wall black. I’ve wanted to do this since moving in. Our living room is so bright that I think it’s the perfect room for this experiment, and the black will really make the art on the wall pop. You can see my inspiration here. We started the process by putting a couple of paint samples on the wall, and neither of them are quite dark enough. Really want to get this done by the end of the month!
  3. Shoot before/afters of the black wall and submit them to publications. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made any submissions, mainly because I’ve just been enjoying creating content for the blog and not focusing on promoting it. I think these before/afters will be too fun not to share, though.
  4. Make these basil lemon drops and enjoy them on the finished patio. This checks off several mini-goals: 1) actually using the herbs I’ve planted/successfully kept alive, 2) basking in the glow of the completed patio and 3) ree-lack-say-shee-on. Plus: “Basil Lemon Drops.” Just saying it out loud makes my mouth water.
  5. Finish Fates & Furies. Bonus: could combine this with goal #4 for a very enjoyable evening. I kind of had a hard time getting through the middle of this book, but now that I’m reaching the end it’s really ramped up and made me excited to finish it. Plus, I need to finish it so that I can choose my next book. Any recommendations? I’ve got a little list going, or there’s the ever-present option of re-reading the Harry Potter series for the eleven hundredth time.

Next month I’ll circle back and I’ll either be successful and lord it over everyone, or I won’t be and everyone can point and laaaaugh and laugh and laugh like I did when Matt assumed I wouldn’t drive myself nuts with projects over the next year. I’ll try and cling as hard to my goals as Finn is clinging to his best friend, Harvey, in the most adorable candid photo of all time. Just kidding, I staged it. OF COURSE I staged it, guys. Do you think these photos just happen?

finn and harvey