It’s not necessarily the decor that I love, but the fact that peering outside the windows, I know it’s a city I’d love living in.
I’ve read four books this year so far, and that is by far a lot more than I read by Feb of 2015. I think part of the reason I’ve been much faster at getting through books is because all four of these have been extremely powerful.
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
You can’t get more stay-up-all-night, at-the-edge-of-your-seat than that!
But the fourth, and latest one, I think resonated with me the most.
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola.
“I understood drinking to be the gasoline of all adventure.”
“Wine has become our social glue, the mechanism of our bonding. We needed the wine to shut out the jackhammers of our own perfectionism and unlock the secrets we kept within.”
“A certain group of women have made booze a very public and very integral part of culture. Young, educated, and drunk.”
“I drank myself to a place I didn’t care, but I woke up a person I cared enormously.”
“The nights I can’t remember are the nights I can’t forget.”
“I’ve always been mixed up about attention, enjoying its warmth but not its scrutiny. I swear I’ve spent half my life hiding behind a couch and the other half wondering why no one was paying attention to me.”
“People like me disguised our true feelings in layers of detachment, endless pop-culture references, sarcasm. Because no one can break your heart if they don’t know it.”
“The wine turned down the volume of my own self-doubt, which is what I blocked writer is battling: the bullying voices in her head telling her each thought is unoriginal, each word too ordinary.”
“The real problem is that I still fear my own talent is deficient. This isn’t merely a problem for writers who drink; it’s a problem for drinkers and writers, period. We are cursed by a knowing fear that whatever we are – it’s not good enough.”
“What a powerful voodoo – to believe brilliance could be sipped or poured.”
My God who is the lucky recipient of this ring and what is their story?!
1. I love airports. I love watching the planes come and go, the hustle and bustle, imagining all the stories the travelers can tell, from vacations to business trips to visiting loved ones. I even don’t mind the hassle of security checkpoints and rude TSA. So naturally, I also love this bird’s eye view of airports all around the world.
2. The first time I traveled to Paris, I did so alone, and it was incredible. I’ve been back since, and it was great in other ways (engaged!) but this New York Times article and particularly the following passage, really resonated with me:
“The question that bubbled up was not so much, Will I be back?, but rather, Could I bring back with me the feeling that I had cultivated here?”
3. This blog post on An Inch of Gray also reached deep into my heart. “I think years of busy-ness and scorekeeping and nurturing the heck out of small children somehow leave little room for thoughtfulness for each other. I think people are generally wired selfishly, and each day is a struggle against a me-first attitude. And our culture leaves us asking every day, “What’s in this for ME?” rather than “What can I do for others?” So when we feel spent, as we often do, we don’t go around looking for ways to serve our spouse.”
This is a constant struggle in my marriage as well, both of us working so hard in our respective roles that is difficult not to ‘score-keep,’ due to never fully understanding what the other goes through on a day to day basis. Anna’s article reminds us to put our mundane bullsh*t aside (well, not in those words) and stop only worrying about what’s in it for ourselves.
4. On a lighter note, check out this on the Bold Italic. Right before I read this, I ran to the store that is literally next door to my place to get some coffee beans. But in order to get there, I have to walk through THE BIGGEST wind tunnel EVER, and I cursed under my breathe every step of the 20-step way. Reading this made me feel a lot better. So I’m not the only person who ‘can’t with this wind.’
5. Mother’s Day is this weekend (the second one I’m celebrating as a mother!) and oh, #16, you are speaking to me, aren’t you?
1. Looking for inspiration in your daily mundane life? Maybe these notepads will give you the boost you need! (1), (2) Even brainstorming menu ideas and writing out grocery lists can be made more fun, I hope.
2. Elephants are really weird looking animals if you really think about it, and I can’t get enough of these gifs! Reminds me of when Dragon first started feeding himself and his hand-mouth coordination was, well, not there.
3. I was introduced to this book by A Cup of Jo and it made me laugh too! I can definitely, definitely, definitely relate to “Close the door quickly or everyone in the restaurant will hate you.” The illustrations make it all the better.
4. Jenver in Denver mentioned this animal rescue site on her blog. I immediately signed up, and you should too. With a free daily click, you can help fund food to animals in shelters all across the country. How awesome (and simple) is that?
5. This is bringing body painting to a whole new level. Can you even tell what you’re looking at?
Loving the color coordination of this home office. I need a white desk.
1. I just bought a box of brownie mix, because baking is not one of my fortes. So when I saw this recipe for Double Dark Chocolate Mint Brownies over at Create Bake Celebrate, I knew I had to try it.
2. I’m pretty set in my ways when it comes to makeup, and ‘adventuring out’ means picking different colors or choosing between a lipstick or a lip gloss. I saw this tutorial for a summery fresh face when Dragon was napping, so I thought, why not give it a try. Well, glad to report that I have a new go-to technique now, and am completely venturing out of my comfort zone of heavy lower lid liner all the time.
3. Who doesn’t like to check out what Kate Middleton is wearing? I mean, there are full blogs dedicated to just that! Go to The Simply Luxurious Life and see a rundown of what the Duchess wore on her tour to Australia with the baby prince.
4. I’m not a big fan of parenting books. I feel it’s mostly preach-preach-preach, easier-said-than-done, don’t-we-all-wish-we-are-as-good-at-parenting-as-you-are hocus pocus. Sure, I want to be the best parent I can be, but I just can’t handle droning on and on and on and…you get the idea. So it’s nice little snippets like this I found over at The Vie Society that catches my attention; short, to the point, easy to incorporate into my own parenting techniques, and did I mention, short?
5. Read it here.
1. We reached a HUGE milestone in our financial goals this week, and my husband and I are looking for ways to celebrate! A trip to Napa? Visiting the Redwoods? Big Sur? So many possibilities and uncharted territory (for us) in Northern California!
2. Check out these yummy Easter cocktails over at Brit + Co. I want to try every one!
3. People from Uzbekistan read my blog! Hi, people from Uzbekistan! Question for people from Uzbekistan: where is Uzbekistan?
4. I just finished a marathon of Chicago PD and it’s awesome. Gang wars! Serial rapists! Kidnappings! Drug lords! Then I overhear a local cop ticketing someone for jaywalking outside my window. I guess it’s good that I live in a safe area?
Have a great weekend!
I’ve never been a big fan of wearing pants. They fit me weirdly, and sitting at an office desk for 9 hours straight made them oh, so uncomfortable. But oddly enough, after having Dragon, the way my weight has redistributed itself on my body makes pants fit me better than ever before. And living in windy SF makes pants that much more practical than my previous wardrobe staples of mini skirts and breezy dresses.
And these, are my very first pair of white jeans ever. I love them!
I’ve been on the search for a simple, delicate, long necklace that I can wear with plain t-shirts, and I found the perfect one at Layered + Long. I corresponded back and forth a few times with Chrissy to make sure the necklace and customization was exactly the way I wanted it to be, and she was prompt and thorough in her messages. If only big retail stores had such great customer before you make purchases online as well! The necklace was shipped to me much faster than I expected and it was perfect.
Saw these at Crowley Party and am super happy to find the perfect tortoise shell earrings, and at a fraction of the price compared to similar ones on Bauble Bar! You can shop for them at Strands here.
Not a sponsored post. Opinions are all my own.
I was gifted a $50 Zappos gift card for Christmas. It’s been sitting around unused for months because anything I wanted on Zappos was well over $50, and I was waiting to encounter the perfect item that was either around $50, or a must-have item that I’d be more than willing to fork over the difference for.
Enter the Jessica Simpson Willah! (Now sold out on Zappos, but still available at heels.com
I’ve never been a huge fan of celebrity-turned-designers. Ok, so you were on a reality show and are famous cause a camera crew followed you around. Or you have a good voice and can belt out a tune. Now all of a sudden you are also an expert in fashion design, with no experience, no training, and no starting-from-the-bottom-of-the-totem-pole? Huh-uh. Not buying it.
But these hot pink strappy heels were on sale for $60, and ‘hot pink,’ ‘strappy,’ and ‘heels’ just happen to be my favorite word combos when it comes to shoes. For $10 after my gift card, I couldn’t pass it up.
We’ll give Jessica Simpson a trial run, I thought.
And am I glad I did! They are every bit as pretty as I imagined. I cannot wait to take them out for a spin and will definitely not be as biased towards this brand in the future.