Motivating My Mind



That is how I would describe my summer so far. But no worries. It's not a complaint! I know once September hits I will miss the days where I've slept in...late. Like, almost how it was on the weekends in college. I'm still working out, despite my two week hiatus of sickness. [And I skipped today...shhh.] I'm cooking more. I'm getting a bunch of inspiration from none other than Pinterest, and I'm not having to stress....too much...about anything at the moment!

 Last Thursday I had a pool date with Janice. We exchanged some books, one of which I started and finished in the same evening, and just caught up on life! It was nice to have a bit of girl time since I haven't been too social this summer. It's okay though since I'll be surrounded by people September through June! It's nice to have some peace and quiet, aside from the stomping/running that we can hear from the kid next door.

Speaking of books, I finished A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White, Fly Away by Kristin Hannah, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. That last one is the one that was a super quick read, but I couldn't put the book down! It sucked you in! Although it was heartbreaking, those are the books that I do love. Are there any books that you would recommend reading?

This past week I made stuffed peppers again which turned out excellent as well as having made chili yesterday that was amazeballs! I'm afraid that once I start working again I won't have much time or the energy to cook a whole lot. Let's hope that I can keep it up and find some even more amazing recipes within the next month!

Today I went to Big Lots, which, honestly, I haven't been there in forever, but I had seen a teacher's blog through Pinterest that had mentioned finding organizational items there, so I went just to check it out. What do you know? They had some great things that I may end up going back for after I've set some things up in my room to find out what I need. It was nice to just go and see what they had though.

Alright, I'm off to make some chicken, potatoes, and veggies.
How was your weekend?
What are you looking forward to in the coming week?

And just for some words of wisdom from an Honest Tea bottle cap...

Confession: I Watched The Lego Movie


Yesterday was a mess.
Of rain, that is...

Jason and I had a nice lunch date at Coastal Flats followed by a quick trip to Whole Foods and then picked up a few movies from Redbox. We spent the evening watching The Lego Movie and Under the Skin. Yes, you read that correctly...The Lego Movie, and it was pretty silly too! The second one was a bit dark and very strange, which stars a haunting Scarlett Johansson. Nonetheless, it was a wonderfully relaxing, rainy day.

Currently, I am sipping on a cup of tea while taking a break from A Place at the Table. I'm going to finish it this evening with just about 50 pages left. It's quite a heartbreaking story in each of the character's lives, but at the same time, people are also brought together by something that they have in common. I would definitely recommend this book if you've got a bit more liberal stance on some things.

After I returned Redbox movies this afternoon, I stopped by TJ Maxx because it was in the same shopping area. I think I ended up looking around for a good hour or so. It was nice to finally get out of the house and just explore. (And by explore, I mean go to one of my favorite stores.) I ended up with two cute tops and a cardigan. I found so many home items that I wanted to get, but was like, we don't need these things right now... So I just stuck with a few new things for myself since I haven't bought myself something recently. It was a nice gift.

Excited about these new patterned tops & cardigan!

This was my Monday evening workspace.

South Africa is Back!


Happy birthday to my Mom who has returned from South Africa today! Ken and Mom stopped by after he picked her up from the airport to check out me and Jason's new place and to catch up for a bit before heading out right as it stared storming. I am so glad that next time I come home to visit I will be able to hang out with Mom, go to Target, maybe the book fair if it's open whenever I end up going, and take all my teaching crap out of the attic and back here until school begins! Have the best birthday yet! You don't look a day past 30!

In other news, I have finished reading The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith...aka J.K. Rowling. It starts off really slow, in my opinion, which is why it took so long for me to pick the book back up and finish reading, but I am so happy that I did! It sucked me in after awhile. Quite a mystery to be solved!

Currently I am reading A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White. I'm just about halfway through and this one has sucked me in as well! Much of what I have read up to has taken place in the 70's and early 80's with character's who are really forming and parts that really tug at your heart string the way that people in the world behave...I'll let you know how the rest of it turns out.

And just to end the is me and Jason being stupid on Friday night.

What have you all been up to?
Read any awesome books lately that you'd recommend?
I'd love to hear from you!