It was Teacher Appreciation Week. Where I work, we don’t get gift cards or anything from the kids, but the principal made us tacos, nachos, and I got a lovely, heart-warming list of my positive attributes from my colleagues. That, hanging out with Baron, getting a glass of wine and chit chatting with my favorite beertender, and the support of friends got me through a … Continue reading Sunday Bests: Low(er) Key
Last week felt nostalgic to a few years ago, checking out local events and taking walks during the week (this was a 2016 resolution). It was a “cheaper” and easier way to feel like I was getting a staycation and being grateful I live here because people want to live here. OC Brew Ho Ho I got tickets to Brew Ho Ho for us as Christmas … Continue reading Appreciating home
Friday: board game night It was a simple and easy evening with friends. We took a group trip to Target to buy Cards Against Humanity. I couldn’t stop making jokes and laughing, especially playing off kindred spirit Freddy. Saturday: Christmas events December 1st so of course we were allowed to do all things Christmas. We started by getting hot chocolate and cookies on the beach … Continue reading Back into it: Socializing
No one would ever say I have a “resting bitch face.” I have the opposite of that. I’m the opposite – happy, positive, and friendly. But it’s not what it seems and I too get tired and sad. My life sometimes feels like a romantic movie. Recently, I’ve struggled with some personal, existential stuff. I was trying to distract myself from my problems by supporting … Continue reading Leaning Into Friends (Day Trip to Temecula)
The end of summer is hard. I’ve traveled and had plenty of fun, but the lull before school has me thinking, “What’s my purpose in life?” This happens every once in awhile/every year. Coupled with not being able to communicate with a special person, I’m a bit of an emotional mess. It’s okay not to be okay. I still get up and do quite a few things … Continue reading Not Okay (and It’s Okay)
Friday: Orange County, CA We started the trip with a gathering of my friends for my belated 31st birthday in Santa Ana. I love these photos because it showcases adult women loving and supporting each other. It was such a treat to get everyone (including all the husbands, boyfriends and male friends) out. …and I’m still having the time of my life at 31. Saturday: … Continue reading Traveling Together: 5 Day California Road Trip
About 8 years ago, I was 110 pounds and bought my first 2-piece bathing suit. I remember the experience at a TJ Maxx, griping about the loose skin and stretch marks on my belly. I remember wearing it for the first time in the Outer Banks and feeling both good and bad about it. Yesterday, I went swimsuit shopping. My fabric of my old one … Continue reading I bought a 2-piece swimsuit.