A Weekend in Pictures – April

by Stephany on April 27, 2015

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I began my weekend with a quick trip to my hair salon for a hair appointment. I only needed to freshen the color and I had my stylist add more red tones than violet. It’s hard to really see that in the above picture, but I’m very happy with the result. And my hair is finally long enough to donate! (It’s about 9 inches in a ponytail right now.) So I miiiight be going back to the bob this summer – we shall see!

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After my hair appointment, I came home and took a wonderful nap. Then, Dutch and I went to the park to go on a walk! Unfortunately, it was super hot outside (89 degrees with 51% humidity!), so we only made it a little more than a mile before he was tired. I feel bad for taking him out on such a hot day. From now on, I think our long walks will either need to take place on weekend mornings (and probably before 8am!) or not at all. As a small, older dog, he doesn’t need a ton of exercise (and he gets in three walks per day of about 5-10 minutes each), but I know he enjoys these longer walks. But I also don’t want him to get heat stroke. Oh, Florida and your crazy weather.

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Saturday afternoon, I made the drive up to Orlando to spend the day with Emilie! She was in Orlando for just a day before embarking on a cruise (so jealous!), and the timing worked out perfectly where we could meet up. I’ve been reading her blog for about a year and a half now, maybe a little longer, so it was really fun to turn our URL friendship into an IRL one!

I arrived around 12:30, we had lunch at the Cookes of Dublin, strolled around Downtown Disney (escaping into every air-conditioned store we could find – it was hot, hot, hot on Saturday. Florida skipped spring this year, apparently, and we’re already experiencing summer-like temperatures and humidity.), refreshed ourselves with ice cream at Ghirardelli’s, and enjoyed some prime people watching. It was a fun afternoon, and I am so glad I was able to meet up with her! I adore meeting blog friends!

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On Saturday evening, my mom and I enjoyed a few rounds of Scattergories, one of our favorite games, while eating dinner. We laughed until we cried, formed even more inside jokes, and it was just a really good ending to a wonderful day.

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Sunday morning was a fun one – brunch book club at the pool! We do this every couple of months once the weather warms up, so this was the first one of 2015. It was overcast and windy, though, so not a super nice day – but it was a bit cool (well, cooler), which was a nice reprieve from the intense heat and humidity. We all brought brunch dishes (mine being a “parfait bar”) and one kind soul brought mimosa ingredients (mmm!) Since only one person of the seven of us there actually finished this month’s book (I eventually abandoned it – could not get into it!), we didn’t have our usual discussion about the book. But we did have plenty of other things to talk about and it was a really fun morning/afternoon with my favorite girls!

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The rest of my weekend was spent in the best way possible. I was able to get some stuff done (ran an errand and grocery shopped), while also relaxing and being lazy. I took a long bubble bath, started a new book, and caught up on some blog reading.

All in all, I had a fantastic weekend. I feel very satisfied this Monday morning, and I can’t wait to see what this week has in store for me.

How was your weekend? What’s the weather like where you are?

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Five for Friday (v. 42)

by Stephany on April 24, 2015

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1) On Saturday night, my brother and older nephew came over for game night. We let my nephew pick the games he wanted to play, so we started with Sorry Sliders, which is a really silly game, but my nephew loves it because you get to slide and crash the pawns. After two rounds, he was finished and selected Chutes & Ladders next, but got rather annoyed when my brother ended up winning. Gradually, we convinced him to play Monopoly with us, and he handled that game pretty well! But halfway through, he got bored and started spending the time when it wasn’t his turn coloring at our coffee table. Oh, well! That’s a lot of games for a six-year-old! I’m hoping there are more game nights in our future, though, because it was so much fun!

2) I’m trying to get back into the dating world, and I’m trying to do so in a completely different way than I did before. What I’ve started to realize is that I’m not interested in settling down. While I would like to find that forever guy, I also don’t feel that pressure for marriage or commitment. I just want to have fun! Date around, meet new people, gain experience. I want to take dating a lot less seriously than I have in the past, and just have fun with it. When it comes to relationships, I can be a very intense person, overanalyzing and overthinking every aspect of it, and I want to be less intense. We’ll see how this works.

3) My mom and I are 22 sleeps away from our cruise! We are getting so excited for it. We’ve booked two excursions so far, and we’ll be booking the third one very soon. We’re really going all out for this one, something we haven’t done since our cruise in 2012. I just need these next three weeks to pass by as quickly as possible.

4) Recent podcast episodes I’ve enjoyed: Book Riot’s celebratory 100th episode, Stuff You Should Know about blood types and the history behind them, The Lively Show interviewing Hal Elrod (this one made me teary at certain parts!), and Stuff Mom Never Told You on the OCD phenomenon. (And yes, I am super behind on my podcast feed.)

5) Happy weekend! I have such a fun weekend planned. Today, I have a hair appointment (just freshening up the color!) and later on, I’m taking Dutch on a long walk. Tomorrow, I am spending the day in Orlando with Emilie (our first time meeting – I can’t wait to hug her!) And then on Sunday, it’s Brunch Book Club at the Pool! We’ll have mimosas, eat some delicious brunch food, hang out in the pool, and chit chat the morning/afternoon away! Yay!

How was your week? What do you have planned for this weekend?

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What’s the Point of Healthy Living?

April 22, 2015

I’ve made a concentrated effort to not talk about healthy living on my blog as much as I used to. Mainly because my attempts to write about this topic never seemed to have much use, other than to complain about how hard it is. And to make excuses for why I’m not losing weight. I […]

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On Being a Good Girl

April 20, 2015

I was the kid who never needed a curfew. Who once grounded herself because she wanted to know what it felt like. Who never stepped foot in detention or a principal’s office. Who rarely talked back to her mom… and would feel intense amounts of guilt anytime she did. My mom never once worried about […]

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Book Review: About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

April 17, 2015

About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk is the perfect beach read. It’s a chick-lit novel that is light and fun and hilarious, but also has incredible character development and a fast-moving plot. This novel gave me this insatiable desire to keep reading and reading. In fact, I think I read the last 40% in one […]

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Book Review: I Don’t Have a Happy Place by Kim Korson

April 15, 2015

I Don’t Have a Happy Place by Kim Korson is a memoir, a collection of personal essays on Korson’s life, starting with childhood and continuing through adulthood. The essays are eclectic and you get a glimpse into Korson’s mind – the way she thinks, the way she reacts, the way she imagines. It’s funny, but there’s […]

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Currently in April

April 13, 2015

feeling happy and so darn satisfied with my life right now anticipating my upcoming cruise (33 days!) obsessively researching the stops on our cruise and what we’ll do while we’re in port reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra thinking about my spring/summer capsule wardrobe and what pieces I need to make it complete finished […]

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Five for Friday (v. 41)

April 10, 2015

1) Have you heard of Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund? If not, you should definitely follow him on Instagram and/or Facebook for the cutest pictures and funniest videos. It’s one of my favorite accounts – and not just because Crusoe looks exactly like Dutch. Some of my favorite videos are Cops & Robbers, Fifty Shades of […]

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46 Days

April 8, 2015

It wasn’t until the day before Lent began that I decided what I wanted to give up. I hadn’t even been really thinking about giving up something for Lent because I’m not Catholic and every other time I’ve tried giving something up, I’ve failed miserably. But the night before, I was sitting in the living […]

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Reviewing the First Quarter of the Year

April 6, 2015

The first quarter of 2015 is complete! These past three months have been really, really good. I’m just very happy with my life right now and where it is going. I think 2015 is shaping up to be a fantastic year. I thought I would take the time to review the first three months of […]

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