Thoughts from a Thursday

Cooking Ramblings Shopping

-The sun’s out after days and its glorious. Those post-apocalyptic scenarios where the sun doesn’t shine anymore are my worse nightmare.

-Matt had to travel this week, so I ate lots of bowls with toppings for dinner. My usual go-to combos over quinoa are: roasted broccoli, nuts, and veggie burger; black beans, corn, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, salsa; mushrooms, carrots, spicy sausage, and Indian simmer sauce. This new one I had last night was incredible and included cranberries, sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil, kale, jalapeno chicken sausage, and garlic and lemon dressing. It’s a keeper.


-After last week’s party, I really want new holiday heels! I LOVE these suede ones with a more reasonable heel. I also like some of the ‘shooties’ I’ve seen online, but who wants toes peeping out in winter?

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Found at Urban

-Speaking of shopping, if you’re looking for something fun on the cheap to wear on New Year’s, Forever 21 has some crazy leggings right now that could be paired with an existing top or dress….

– I knocked out all the alcohol shopping for our Christmas stay-cation last night! (don’t worry, we’ll have 9 here to help consume).


-Aren’t you glad you don’t have to take finals or write term papers this week? I am!

  • Jenns
    December 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I would love to be daring and on new years but some of those leggings may be too much for me! Lol I just turned 30 and have 2 kids under 2. I wonder if it is possible to take back my twenties at this point?!
    Question for you though, do you believe in “dressing” everyday?

    • Anna
      December 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Will your xmas visitors stay with you or at hotels nearby?

      • Laura
        December 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

        Sadly, we only have one bedroom and can’t accommodate everyone:(

    • Laura
      December 14, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Yeah, I think I do. I’ve found that I just feel better sitting around in ‘real’ clothes over yoga pants and a hoodie. That said, as I get older, I get more and more picky about being comfortable, so I usually wear stretchy jeans and a sweater or blouse on a typical day. And I don’t put on nice jewelry and accessories every day. Even when I was working as a school psychologist, I didn’t wear heels or dresses often if it wasn’t comfortable, but I tried to wear something decent every day – it can definitely affect your mood!

  • Courtney
    December 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Yum that bowl looks delish!!! Is that the Al Fresco brand chicken sausage? Merry Christmas!

    • Laura
      December 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

      It’s Trader Joe’s chicken sausage. Merry Christmas to you too!