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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 | 13 comments

-I loved Caitlin’s post on challenging your own personal narrative – surrounding yourself with positivity is one of the most important pieces of advice out there, and it’s been essential for me this year. Plus, looking on the bright side of things and associating yourself with positive people might be a sign of emotional intelligence!

-I’ve started marking overnight oatmeal to take with me to work and it’s such a nice morning treat. I’d forgotten how much I love it.

-I haven’t finished it yet, but I’d definitely recommend this book! It’s the story of girl [around my age] who hikes the Pacific Coast Trail alone in an attempt to find herself.


-Speaking of mental and physical challenges, I’m finally doing yoga. I haven’t loved any class I’ve taken in the past, but now that I have access to awesome classes, I’m trying to go consistently. I think my bootcamps and strength training classes have helped prepare me physically, but I need to work on the mental side! I’m usually so concerned about my [lack of] flexibility, getting poses right, and keeping up with the class, that my mind is overwhelmed with thoughts.


-I don’t distinctly remember leaves falling off trees here in the fall, but they must have because there is fresh green everywhere! Dare I say Dallas looks lush?

Happy weekend eve!

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Life This Week

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 | 4 comments

Oh hey. Happy spring. And happy 60th birthday to my mom! I’m very jealous that she’s celebrating with the rest of the fam!

It’s been a busy week here, and I loved it! I had a bunch of interviews Wednesday and started working at Equinox this week. Although I’ve been substitute teaching since the fall, it’s been less consistent lately and I just needed more steady income. It’s also nice to have more structure to my week, as it looks like I’ll be working mornings. I’ve been busy in the kitchen too! Matt has made it home for a majority of meals this week (which has been very rare as of late)!! It’s so wonderful having him as a dinner date, and I definitely put a bit more effort into dinner (and don’t eat at like 5pm) when I know he’s coming home. I made a pineapple crockpot chicken this evening:


Speaking of food, I re-introduced a little dairy (anyone have any experience with this?) since it’s been a loong time now, and can’t conclude much. I’ve been taking a new probiotic (VSL3), which I used to take when I first saw my gastroenterologist back in Boston (he said it’s the best), and it’s been really helping! I also took another round of Prevacid, which seemed to change something in my stomach, at least temporarily. I seem ok with a little bit of hard cheese, but I’m not so sure about yogurt:(

Lastly, I watched Clueless tonight #imighthaveseenpaulruddinvegas. I definitely picked up on some things that I didn’t catch back in ’95. And the soundtrack brought back so many memories!

After last weekend’s crazy adventures, I’m pretty excited to take it easy on Friday, grab brunch with friends, and hopefully have a date night on Saturday.

See ya.

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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 | 2 comments

-I’ve been counting down the minutes until Friday because, well, it’s Friday, but also because I get to eat Tex-Mex. I become more obsessed with every passing minute in Texas.

-Speaking of obsessed, see below:


-I went out to dinner with a new friend on Tuesday and it was such a nice weeknight treat. We had a beer with dinner and talked for over two hours (that’s a spicy shrimp wrap with slaw, btw). Week night outings are one of the things I have cut out while being unemployed – I feel like I don’t deserve these treats right now, but Tuesday made me realize just how important a girls night out can be for mental health.


-Wednesday, I was waiting to hear back about an opportunity and was feeling antsy and anxious. I broke a really nice beer glass into the dishwasher and burned two fingers in a 500 degree oven:( And then I got a knock on the door with a wedding delivery!! I wasn’t expecting to get the pillows I had registered for so long ago, so I was thrilled. Totally cheered up my day!


-I made the mistake of watching Terms of Endearment for the first time. So.sad.

-Duke/UNC watch party on Saturday night = I’m baking again this weekend!


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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 | 11 comments

-I’ve been eating bowls all week – farro bowl with veggie burger, rice bowl with chickpeas and curry sauce, pasta bowl with chicken sausage and red sauce, and a quinoa bowl with Mexican toppings (sidenote: I took home some of the salsa from Blue Mesa Grill that was served at the party and it is the absolute best I’ve ever had!! I must get more!)


-The daffodils are blooming in Dallas and temps are warming up. Was that winter? If so, easiest winter ever. Also, daylight savings is kinda soon!

-Do you guys have water drinking tips? I’m in a rut and need something new to motivate me. I’m trying to talk Matt into getting a soda stream.

-Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Dallas! I’m sure it will be packed, but would be fun to go.

-TJ’s now has coconut cashews! They sure make a salad feel tropical.

-This computer is going to die any day now. If I stop posting, you’ll know why…

The weekend is here!!!!

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Thoughts from a Snowy Thursday

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 | 6 comments

-Snow day! We had beautiful, huge chunks of snow falling for most of the day today. Matt worked from home and really wanted to get out of the house, so he’s taking me out for a glass of half priced wine at the happy hour around the corner. It’s the little things that make me giddy.


-I finally made this steak from HowSweet this week and loved it. I’ve been eating the sauce on everything for days.


-Nordstrom lost my absolute favorite/most comfortable boots when I had them sent off to be repaired. They are letting me pick out a new pair, but I just want the old ones back!

-I’ve been craving traditional pasta with red sauce for some weird reason (I HATED red sauce growing up). I’m finally having it tonight and I’ve been excited all day.

-It’s been a very uneventful week, but sometimes those are the best. I’ve been loving reading novels before bed and just enjoying being warm in my apartment during these cold days.

-Olympics start tonight. Woohoo!

Have a very happy Thursday and a lovely weekend. k bye.

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