Hello, hello and happy
Tues… Wednesday! Short work weeks: the best and the worst. I mean, we’re half way back to the weekend already, but I NEED MORE DAYS TO DO ALL THE THINGS. When we got home from Lake Tahoe on Monday evening, I had no energy to get a post together for Tuesday, hence why we’re a little late this week. Yesterday, my brain was all over the place thinking about lots of random things — you know how it goes, when you’ve got a lot on your mind and it’s messing with your productivity. I had this idea to think out loud here, and thought you might enjoy doing it with me. It’s kind of a fun way to check in with you, my lovely readers. Ready for this? (Also: welcome to the things I think about as I brush my teeth.)
Habit I’m trying to break
Saying I’m going to get ready for bed at 10pm, then “accidentally” watching another episode of something off the DVR, then not getting into bed until 11 or 11:30, at which point I want to read but don’t feel like I have time to enjoy it. Welcome to my nightly struggle!
Habit I’m trying to continue
Earlier this summer, you might remember when I mentioned having a minor health breakdown and getting a rash/eczema on my face. I never went into a ton of details about what cured it (and me), but in a nutshell: supplements. Lots of them. I’ve always been a big believer in diet changing how you look and feel, but the supplements this integrative specialist prescribed me? Turbo charge. I felt a little nuts taking like 6 different supplements multiple times per day, so recently, I’d scaled back. While none of the severe symptoms (like major fatigue, rash, eczema) came back, what I did realize is that the supplements have given me the absolute best skin of my life, and did boost my energy immensely. So I’m working on remembering to integrate these back into my daily life, twice per day, instead of on random nights when I remember. I got carded more this summer than I have in years. Coincidence? Maybe. But coupled with lots of compliments on my skin, I like to think it’s the pills.
Sidebar: is anyone interested in me going into what the doc prescribed me? The short version is lots of omega-3s, but I can get wayyy more specific if you want me to do a health related post! I can also discuss the source of my fatigue over the summer: adrenal fatigue, which apparently is something a lot of women suffer from. Let me know if of interest, or if you want me to shut up about it already. That’s cool too. (Joe always says diet, health, workouts and politics are the topics you should not discuss in polite company. I have generally found this to be true.)
Best experience of the summer
It was a weird summer. Good times, and bad. But I did have one experience in July that I never really talked about except to some friends. I had the opportunity to meet with a psychic medium here in SF. Ok, now you think I’ve officially gone crazy. I had, too! I had never done anything like that before, and really had no expectations or belief systems going in. But I can say it was one of the most profound, emotionally positive experiences of my life. Easily the best experience of my entire summer, if not the last 20 years, and I seriously mean that. Have you ever had a reading done? Maybe you don’t even believe in that kind of shit (I don’t know if I even did before), but it was really incredible.
Getting me excited for fall
This is reeeally shallow, but boots. I saved for MONTHS to splurge on a pair of Stuart Weitzman Midland suede boots (this is a new heel height — higher than the flat Lowlands; not high heeled like the Highlands). I brought them with me to Tahoe since the evening weather was so much colder there, and it got me that much more excited to break them out over the fall and winter here in SF. Too bad our summer weather is making its appearance this month…
Current thing I’m learning to love about myself
I would venture to say that the vast majority of us engage in some sort of negative, internal body talk at some point during the day or week. For me, I beat myself up about not making time to exercise or my metabolism slowing down and gaining pounds. Ok, it’s really about my pants fitting tighter, especially after vacation weekends. I’m trying to work on reminding myself that I’m doing the best I can, and that my shape now doesn’t have to equal my shape when I was 18 (in fact, it’s probably not gonna happen!).
Current thing I do love about myself
Good skin everyday. See: supplements.
Book I really can’t wait to read
I’ve been on book buying and researching kick, since I have a bunch of getaways coming up and wanted reading material. For fiction, I recently downloaded Everything We Keep. It’s one of those books you come across, has thousands of positive reviews, and you’re like, “How have I not heard of this?” I’m saving this one for our trip to Hawaii — a perfect beach read. For non-fiction, I can’t wait to read Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living (kind of self explanatory, no?) and Work for Money, Design for Love (gotta get a work-related book in there somehow!). For coffee table, I can’t wait to dive into Becca’s book Living With Pattern, and for Mark D. Sikes’ debut of Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless Style.
Task I haven’t done yet that’s driving me crazy
Putting the office together! I nearly have all the pieces — the extra pinboards, framed and ready pictures for a personal gallery wall, a new console on its way. Now I just gotta put all the pieces together. It’s been sort of a mess in the studio while I’ve been waiting to get everything in, hence why I haven’t shared any other updates. But soon! Hopefully by early October this puppy will be done!
On the docket for this weekend (because it’s Wednesday so we can get excited again)
We’re hosting a game day get together for USC friends on Saturday. I think I’m making skirt steak with arugula (fingers crossed it turns out well so I can post about it next week!). Sunday, Jillian and I are headed down south to visit our friend Natalie and her new baby. Fall’s busy social season starts now.
Ok, your turn. If you want to participate in this little Thinking Out Loud exercise, copy and paste the prompts into the comments below and have at it! I’d love to hear what you’ve been thinking about (and feel free to add your own if you need to get something off your chest!).
Habit I’m trying to break:
Habit I’m trying to continue:
Best experience of the summer:
Getting me excited for fall:
Current thing I’m learning to love about myself:
Current thing I do love about myself:
Book(s) I really can’t wait to read:
Task I haven’t done yet that’s driving me crazy:
On the docket for this weekend: