what a weekend.

saturday was wonderful for many reasons, namely getting to meet-up with amendingamber and introduce her and her other hoosier friends to the best burgers fort worth has to offer. tumblr meet-ups for the win, y’all. that girl is lovely on and off screens.

the rest of the weekend:
return to the rock gym (!!). hadn’t eaten enough in the past 36 hours so it was a lot tougher than it should have been. but mentally i’m better than i was two months ago, despite the long break. so that’s good to know.

reading harry potter 1 out loud to a 22-year-old who has never read them = pure joy. its adorable and endearing and so fun. he loves them. (obviously)

open hearts. communication.

4 mile walk yesterday with some great company. breaking in the new hiking kicks and getting sweaty. more HP. ice cream.

and that last gem of a photo is for both usualchatter & runrunningrunner, the last photo in my phone. valencia cheese, i think, topped with balsamic glaze. the best snack.

3 days until the desert!

september goals:

be open
be here
read read read

friday five:

newshoesnewshoesnewshoes!
my first pair of hiking shoes! i am so ready for the desert + europe. 

finally painted my nails tonight. holla. 

discovered this afternoon just how strong i am. and that i still have an open heart, even after everything. i am very glad to know these things. 

the office never.gets.old.

you should never say never, kids. the world is a strange and beautiful place.

friday five:

newshoesnewshoesnewshoes!
my first pair of hiking shoes! i am so ready for the desert + europe.

finally painted my nails tonight. holla.

discovered this afternoon just how strong i am. and that i still have an open heart, even after everything. i am very glad to know these things.

the office never.gets.old.

you should never say never, kids. the world is a strange and beautiful place.

step-ups, lunges, 35:00 walk.
i’m feeling cooped-up and stuck and i’m trying so hard to soak up this time with my mom but she is driving.me.insane. i’m going to be eating those words in two months when i’m homesick and missing her terribly.
on the up side: i will be in the desert a week from today!

step-ups, lunges, 35:00 walk.

i’m feeling cooped-up and stuck and i’m trying so hard to soak up this time with my mom but she is driving.me.insane. i’m going to be eating those words in two months when i’m homesick and missing her terribly.

on the up side: i will be in the desert a week from today!

wednesday so far:

roasted allll the veggies: brussels sprouts, butternut squash, sweet potatos, corn. my house smells amazing.

i then made my very first BAS* which proved too BA for me; I admitted defeat after consuming about 2/3-3/4. but so good. kale, arugula, chickpeas, roasted corn, roasted butternut squash, roasted brussels sprouts, feta, another kind of fancy cheese i don’t remember the name of, balsamic glaze. so.freaking.delicious.

i hate that it is now PSL season because they aren’t that good and people go batshit crazy over fake pumpkin sugar sauce and i’m already sick of hearing about them. i also used to work at starbucks so that may be where my distaste for PSLs and their following stems from.

picked up a pint of ben & jerry’s today. so excited for that later.

trip planning for my fall break at the end of october is in full force. morocco is looking like a definite and i am so incredibly excited.

*BAS=big ass salad

(the worst ever photograph of)
chili cornbread skillet. 

sweet baby jesus why did it take me so long to make this?? it doesn’t look nearly as pretty as when melissa makes it but damn if that wasn’t delicious. my belly is so happy. 

now, the emmys.

(the worst ever photograph of)
chili cornbread skillet.

sweet baby jesus why did it take me so long to make this?? it doesn’t look nearly as pretty as when melissa makes it but damn if that wasn’t delicious. my belly is so happy.

now, the emmys.

after spending a considerable (& wonderful) amount of time mulling over important words this morning, i started a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle and watched netflix. grabbed lunch with my mom (kale sesame salad + chicken tortilla soup, so.freaking.good.), visited my grandparents, worked some more on my puzzle, and then spent way too damn long installing hardware + ironing the new curtains i bought at ikea yesterday.

but look! pretty new curtains!

but i worked on these right up until my bedtime. aka for 3 hours. so my walk never happened. time for bed now so i can do it first thing in the morning.

and pointless post is pointless.

sunday morning meditations | taking yet another leaf out of the book(s) of a friend i so look up to (and i know she’ll hate/love hearing that) | today: coffee & cheryl strayed & pen pal correspondance

sunday morning meditations | taking yet another leaf out of the book(s) of a friend i so look up to (and i know she’ll hate/love hearing that) | today: coffee & cheryl strayed & pen pal correspondance

friday five:

doing lunges made my arms shake…? not sure if i should be concerned or not, but mostly not looking forward to how much my legs are going to hate me tomorrow (i haven’t don’t lunges in…5 months?)

i think i’m addicted to chipotle. i really should just go grocery shopping instead but: lazy.

i will be on an international flight to europe a month from right this second. the weird part is the realization that i won’t be coming back until MAY (just. that’s so far away. what.)

everyone needs to read tiny beautiful things by cheryl strayed. right now.

12 days until the desert!

thursday so far:

neuro check-up in the am. it hit me as i left her office that when i permanently move away from fort worth i will have to find another neuro, and that made me so sad. i love mine, she is the absolute best.

was at chipotle waiting for it to open with five other hangry customers this morning. no shame. that steak bowl was ah.maze.ing.

speaking of steak, i’ve eaten red meat more times in the past week than i think i have the rest of this whole summer. its just all of a sudden sounded so good on several occasions. i don’t hate it.

PT for my back again this afternoon. he’s having me add lunges onto the step-ups. ha ha ha ha ha i’m going to die. the good news is my back appears to be healing.

word of advice: don’t wear a maxi dress on a really super windy day. it will literally whip around your ankles and cause ridiculous amounts of pain for being a comfy dress.