Looking Forward (the Spring edition)

by Stephany on March 27, 2015

I haven’t done one of these posts since October and I have so many fun things coming up for me over the next few months, so I thought it was time to do this again!


Today, I am looking forward to… road tripping to Savannah!

My mom and I leave this morning for our weekend trip to Savannah! I am so, so excited to hit the road and spend the weekend in my most favorite city. The drive will take about six hours, so we’ll arrive sometime in the afternoon. We plan on checking into our hotel, going to the expo for the Savannah Women’s 5k, and then walking over to Crystal Beer Parlor for dinner.

This weekend, I am looking forward to… running the Savannah Women’s 5k and exploring a little more of Savannah.

I am feeling good about the 5k. Of course, after I write a post on how much I hate running, I have some of my best (and easiest!) runs I’ve had since I started training for this race. Hopefully, the race goes well and I even surprise myself by enjoying the course. We most likely won’t do too much while in Savannah – probably walk around the historic squares and Forsyth Park, check out this cute bookstore, and find a yummy place for dinner. (I tried to make reservations at Olde Pink House but they were completely booked!) My mom and I may also go to Yoga in the Park on Sunday morning, something the race is throwing for free. (It may be too cold for that, so we’ll see. I want to do it, though!)

This month, I am looking forward to… having the first brunch book club at the pool of the year.

These are my favorite book club events! We all bring a breakfast dish to share (I always bring a “parfait bar“), drink mimosas, chat about the book choice and life in general, and then spend some time hanging out in the pool.The water might be a little too cold this time of the year, but no matter! It will still be a fun time, as always.

Next month, I am looking forward to… taking my seventh cruise.

Saturday will mark 50 days until the cruise! I am soooo excited! I’ve had two different people I follow on Instagram leave on cruises this month, and it gets me so excited for when it is my turn. Every time I think about this vacation, I get so many excited butterflies in my stomach. Hurry up, May!

This year, I am looking forward to… moving in with Bri!

We set a tentative move-in date for July 25, but obviously, it depends on apartment availability and all that jazz. (Luckily, we both have flexibility for our move-out dates.) We’ve visited 9 apartments in Tampa so far, and we have about 6-7 more to look at before we’ll try to name our top picks. Apartment hunting has been super fun, though. (I love apartment hunting and moving in general. I’m weird, I know.) I have a crazy spreadsheet that outlines all the different places we’ve looked at, move-in costs, likes/dislikes, etc. Thankfully, Bri and I have very similar tastes in apartments + areas of Tampa where we want to live, which is making this process go so smoothly. I’m just really excited to move to Tampa and shake up my life a bit!

What are you currently looking forward to?


The 10 Question Meme

by Stephany on March 25, 2015

It’s no secret that I love listening to podcasts. I currently subscribe to 22 podcasts, and I’ve listed a few of my favorites in this post. I should probably write another version because I’ve added a ton of new podcasts to my feed since I wrote that post, many of which I love more than the ones listed there.

But I digress.

One of my favorite podcasts is The Art of Simple. It’s funny that I love this podcast so much since it’s a bit motherhood-centric and I generally don’t enjoy those types of podcasts (obviously, since I’m in a completely different stage of life/not sure I even want to have children). But there’s something about Tsh and the way she interviews her guests. It’s fun to listen to, and I’m always a bit giddy when she has a new podcast up. Whenever she has a new guest on the show, she asks them the below 10 questions. They’re simple and fun and designed for a quick reply. So when Amber and then Lisa both wrote a post detailing their answers to the 10 questions, I thought it would be fun to play along.

Here we go!

1. Twitter or Facebook?

This is difficult because I don’t use either very regularly anymore. In fact, I probably wouldn’t even have a Facebook if I didn’t use it for communicating with my book club girls! My favorite form of social media is Instagram these days, but if I had to choose between Twitter or Facebook, I’d pick Facebook since it keeps me in touch with friends and family. And I’d have to echo Amber’s thoughts that Twitter has a bit too much noise. (I even deleted about 150 people I was following, and it’s still a bit noisy!)

2. Morning person or night owl?

I’m more of a morning person than a night owl. I’d rather work out in the morning than at night, wake up early than stay up late, and I generally prefer daylight to nighttime.

3. How do you drink coffee?

Lots of ways! I love coffee as a frap (which is basically a dessert) or in latte form. If I’m drinking regular coffee, I take it with two creams and a dash of sugar.

4. It’s 9pm and you’ve got the house to yourself, what do you do?

Well, as a single gal, these nights are all too common. (And I love that!) Typically, I’ll take a hot bubble bath and then lay in bed to read!

5. What’s on your nightstand right now?

A lamp, an old-fashioned alarm clock, a coin jar, and the current book I’m reading.

6. What smell do you love?

Coffee. Freshly cut grass. Chocolate chip cookies baking. The ocean. Sheets straight from the dryer.

7. What smell do you hate?

Cinnamon. Cigarette smoke. Burned meat or fish.

8. Other than your current home, where would you most like to live?

No surprise here – Savannah, GA! I truly believe I will call that city home someday.

9. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

That’s an easy one – Italian. Any other nationality of food I can take or leave (yes, this includes Mexican food. I really have to be in the mood for Mexican. I can go weeks without eating it and be just fine.), but this girl loves her pasta!

10. When you were six years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

At that age, probably a veterinarian. I loved animals so much and thought being around them all the time would be so much fun. (I held onto this dream until I was 16 years old and took a college-level science course. That’s when I realized a science degree was not in the cards for me!)

Other than your current home, where would you live?


Do What You Love

March 23, 2015

Since the beginning of January, I’ve been training (half-heartedly, let’s be honest) to run a 5k at the end of March (this upcoming Saturday!) It really was a spur-of-the-moment decision to sign up for this race because I’ve been steadfast in my belief that running is not for me. At the time I signed up, […]

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Book Review: An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty

March 19, 2015

It’s something no parent ever wants to hear: your child has Down syndrome. But that’s exactly what happened just a day after Paul Daugherty’s daughter, Jillian, was born. It was something he and his wife worried about. After all, Paul’s wife had gotten pregnant with her when she was in her mid 30s, so the […]

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A Weekend in Pictures

March 17, 2015

Happy Tuesday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends! I have donned my green (though I feel like my eyes being green should count for something), and I am hoping not to get pinched today. I had a super wonderful weekend and I thought it would be the perfect way to bring back my fun “Weekend […]

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Three Things Thursday (v. 2)

March 12, 2015

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I’m in the process of re-categorizing and re-tagging my blog posts. My categories and tagging methods were a bit of a mess. But out of this process I’ve stumbled upon some fun blog posts I’ve done in the past that I want to revisit. They’re the perfect type of posts […]

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Currently in March

March 10, 2015

Feeling… incredibly sore. On Saturday morning, I did a 10-minute leg workout and it. kicked. my. butt. My quads and hamstrings have been so sore since that workout! DOMS at its finest. I haven’t felt this kind of sore from exercise in a really long time so, as much as it hurts, it also feels really […]

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Five For Friday (v. 40)

March 6, 2015

1) Monday was Dutch’s birthday! He turned 13 – can you even believe that? He definitely doesn’t look or act his age. I know dachshunds can live for a long time (usually 15 or 16 years!), so I’m saying all the prayers that he’s one of the lucky ones who lives a long, long life. For […]

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What I Read // February

March 4, 2015

Book club selection: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (5 stars) This book was so, so lovely. I went into it with high expectations, knowing that most everyone who had read the book had loved it. And all my expectations were met! I loved A.J., even at his grumpiest. He was ornery yet […]

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Monthly Goals // March

March 2, 2015

And suddenly it’s March! February was a wonderfully exciting month. I went through a breakup that only made me feel happiness and relief, and this steadfast assuredness that singleness is right where I want to be. I became an aunt for the second time, and my brand-new nephew is squishy and adorable. And I celebrated Valentine’s […]

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