Last night, I came home from a busy day at work, straightened up my apartment, lit a bunch of candles, turned on Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and took the time to carefully cook a great dinner - glass of wine in hand. I finished off the evening by reading in bed under the fairy lights hanging from my headboard - Walt cuddling and purring in my lap. It was a dreamy evening, to say the least. I definitely want evenings like this on the reg - I woke up feeling so refreshed and serene.
Aside from this Monday evening relaxation, here's what else I'm feeling this week:
1. Trader Joe's Fig & Olive Crisps
I found these gems just above some frozen food at TJ's, and they are life changing! These crisps are a perfect blend of sweet and salty - and I honestly cannot stop snacking on them. They're even great without spread/dip/whatever. Yum. Other recent finds at Trader Joe's? Coconut creamer and semi-dried figs.
2. Skype for Business
I have Skype for Business on my work desktop, and it enables me to chat with my best friend all day long without interfering with my productivity (checking my phone, etc.). It's a godsend that lets me stay in immediate touch with her since I don't see her often.
3. "Chilean Sunset"
One of my favorite yoga instructors played this lyric-less song by LRKR during savasana the other day, and I was hooked. Give it a listen.
4. Breakfast for Dinner
The other night, my friends and I got together to make breakfast for dinner. Our table was filled with stuffed french toast, waffles, quiche, avocado toast, fruit...you name it. Everything was divine - and eating breakfast for dinner made me feel like a kid again. Also, breakfast food is the best food. Hands down, I could eat it for every meal.
5. My Essential Oils Diffuser
Due to the super bloom, my allergies have been completely out of control this year. I've been using my diffuser each night to relieve some of my congestion and sneezing and it's doing the trick. Bonus: it makes my whole apartment smell like a spa.
6. Waking up and falling asleep to the sound of ocean waves
This past weekend, I stayed in an oceanfront Airbnb in Laguna Beach with two friends. We kept the balcony door open at night and in the morning, and it was so peaceful and calming to listen to the ocean waves both as I fell asleep and as I woke up. I spent the whole morning watching the waves and reading in bed. Take me back!
7. And The Mountains Echoed
I just finished Khaled Hosseini's newest book "And The Mountains Echoed" this morning. I wasn't sure if it would live up to my love of The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, but of course it exceed my expectations. The book follows several different storylines that eventually tie together in a beautiful way. It's fascinating for me to read about such a different culture (his books are all set in the Middle East) and realize that at the heart of matters, people all have the same values. Hosseini's writing is just beautiful and captivating - it was hard for me to put the book down.
I'm about three years behind this train, but I finally started listening to the podcast "Serial." So far, the story is so well-told, and I can't stop listening. I'm almost done with season one! If you, like me, are behind on the times, I suggest giving this one a listen - even if you are not into true crime or murder mysteries.
Similar to Skype Business, I love FaceTime. This last Friday, I spent a few hours FaceTiming my best friend, Alex, across the country. I miss seeing her - and I love that technology gives me the next best thing.
10. A huge support system
As I mentioned in my April in Review blog, I found out I fractured my hip...again....for the third time. I was very hesitant to tell anyone (mostly because once I said it, it became real in my head). But, when I did, people - good friends or casual acquaintances - reached out. I'm so lucky to have a huge support system scattered throughout the US. I don't deserve it, but feel so grateful.
What are you into this week? Let me know in the comments!