And Just Like That, It's Over

Monday, November 16, 2015


After I typed in that title I realized that I made this post sound really over-dramatic and probably like I was going to write about something bad. But actually, this is a good post. A very happy, very celebratory post. Because this weekend I got my husband back. He flew in on Saturday night, and then I had work and a 12 page paper to write that didn't actually get done. It only makes logical sense then that I'm writing this post instead of finishing up my paper, right? Right.

Anyway, so the "just like that, its over" title happens to pertain to the fact that we are officially no longer a long distance married couple. We're officially no longer an active duty army couple. He's home, and I'm happy. Although sometimes it feels like we're on a roller coaster of emotions as I feel nervous around him in one second, and over-joyed in another, but also kind of feel like the rug is going to be ripped out from underneath me and that they'll call him back any second to North Carolina. With all of the distance we have a lot of re-settling to do with one another. But it's what we've been waiting for. We get the keys to our new apartment on Monday, it's nearing the end of November and Thanksgiving, and everything feels right. This end of the year is bringing so many things to be grateful for. 

My next few weeks are going to be one big whirlwind as I work hard to finish out my semester strong, get myself moved into a new apartment, work Thanksgiving night and Black Friday, and try and soak up all the little moments with my husband. But this is life, and its these things that make everything else okay. 

I Need A Staycation

Monday, November 09, 2015

I usually feel refreshed on a Monday but lately they've been making me so tired. Recently my schedule has been a mix of school Monday-Thursday, working Friday-Sunday and a whole lot of apartment and life planning thrown in between. I definitely took the lazy summer that I had for granted and I'm wishing for a little rewind back to August or better yet a fast forward into December so I can just have a few hours to relax. Lately I've been finding myself scrolling through the pages of Airbnb daydreaming of escaping to some faraway land. Okay, that sounds a little fairytale-ish but I'd even settle for a weekend trip to the mountains or a drive down the coast to somewhere a little warmer (did I mention we dropped down into the low 60's this week? hello, I am freezing!) Anyway, I can't really afford anytime for an impromptu getaway. But in two weeks I will be moving into my new apartment and once I get settled you can bet i'll be hosting as many staycations as I can manage with my man before he's off for more military training. If you're having the same problem as me, here are some perfect at home solutions that you can do alone or with that special someone in your life.


Choose a recipe, anything you've been dying to make and just make it. Lately I've gotten the cooking bug, and cooking by yourself or with someone else can be so therapeutic and romantic. Choose a recipe like this sleeptime stew, go to the grocery store and buy all of your ingredients and a bottle of wine, play some music and spend all night cooking, eating, drinking and talking.


Movie night in. This one is self-explanitory. Grab a few of your favorite movies, hit the 99 cent store and pick up some of your favorite candy, throw in some comfy blankets and you're good to go. This one might be better as a solo activity if your movie tastes are anything like mine, Shirley MacLaine marathon, anyone?


At home spa day. Not everyone can afford to hit the trendiest spa in their city, I know I can't. But being from LA I feel like I'm constantly bombarded with pictures of people's adventures to the four seasons, and other local hot spots. As much as I wish I could join in, I think this time around i'll have to settle for an at home spa day. This ones simple too, make yourself some fruity water. Buy some bath salts, and throw on your robe. Spend all day soaking up whatever makes you most relaxed. Bonus points if you buy some cucumbers for resting on your eyes like in all the movies. 


Take a book-cation. This one is so easy in my house because we seem to literally have books on every surface. If you're not over-crowded like us, this is still easy and its the key to a relaxing but fun day in. Hit your local library for some free books, go home and make a blanket fort and stay under the covers all day while you adventure from story to story, you won't even feel like you're at home at all. 

Whatever you choose to do it should leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on another busy week. 

Hello November

Monday, November 02, 2015


And just like that Halloween weekend is over and we're headed into the most magical time of the year. Well, some parts of it anyway. I just spent my entire morning at work helping to prep the store for the holidays. We had to change out all of our mannequins, table displays, cabinets, and put up new decor like pretty wrapped boxes to bring in the holiday spirit. It left me exhausted because I was running back and forth with a giant ladder and I got stuck going up and down so many times. but it was so pretty in the end and definitely worth it. Plus I rewarded myself with my first Starbucks red cup of the season, which made it even better. 

Anyway, I love November. I love the reminder that Thanksgiving brings, and I love how close we are getting to Christmas. This November is bringing with it so much good. Daniel will be heading home in two weeks and that alone is cause for major celebration. To make the month even better I want to fill it with a few of my favorite things, here's how I'm hoping to spend November. 

I want to eat...

This crock-pot beef stew from, Gonna Want Seconds


and this slow cooker caramel apple crumble from, Fake Ginger. Yum!


I want to read...

Devil in the White City: by Erik Larson



and...
In a Dark, Dark Wood: by Ruth Ware


I want to wear...

This Fuzzy Geo Print Sweater from Express 


and these Metal Toe Flats from Zara


I want to drink...

Honey crisp Apple Sangria from, Sally's Baking Addiction 


and these Apple Cider Mimosas from, The Cookie Rookie 


What do you want to do this November?

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