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Happy Birthday to my baby brother (tomorrow)!

Linking up with Kristen for What’s New With You?.

Here’s what I’ve been up to…

Reading… The Great Train Robbery (Crichton), A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Kemmerer), & A Dangerous Engagement (Weaver)

Watching… The Voice is a staple in our house. Although it’s weird watching live performances in the contestants’ living rooms. I’ve also been watching a lot of Mickey & the Roadsters, Mina Royal Detective, & Puppy Dog Pals. LOL

Listening to… my country playlists. They always get me jazzed up for summer.

Eating… lots of home cooked meals from K! He’s taken an interest in cooking and he has made some incredibly delicious dinners!

Drinking… lots of coffee. And I’ve been having an afternoon San Pellegrino. We have Blood Orange and Lemon. Aubrey got me hooked on these while we were visiting her in Tampa!

Wondering… what the country will look like in a month. Or two. Or six. It will be a different world, I think.

Praying… for family members that are battling health issues & trying to stay safe from this virus, blog friends who are going through rough times, and also patience, wisdom, & strength when it comes to raising M.

Planning… not much. Haha. Hopefully a trip to Dallas in September for a wedding reception, a trip to Florida to see Aubrey & Meg, and an October trip to celebrate my 30th.

Protecting… Enzo from Bristol the Pistol. She has so much energy since we’re stuck at home. She is always in the mood the wrestle. He is NOT. Lol

Playing… Animal Crossing: New Horizons on my Switch! (Does anyone else play??) Also playing online boardgames with my mom and brother nightly.

Looking forward to… leaving the house 😉 Trips to Target, meals in restaurants, coffee dates with friends, playdates at the park, family dinners… Some day, some day.


What’s currently going on in your life?

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Happy Thursday! Joining Kristen for the What’s New With You? link up.

I haven’t done one of these posts since August 2019. Yikes.

Reading… a few different books and making 0 headway on any of them. Sigh. Currently reading The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle when I get a minute or two to crack it open.

Watching… The Today Show every single morning. Haha. Followed by Hoda & Jenna and then The Kelly Clarkson Show. Plus these shows.

Eating… whatever we have in the house. Grocery shopping takes a little more effort now so our cupboards (& fridge) are usually bare. We still have some goodies left from The Great Aubrey Stock of 2019 so we’re alright.

Drinking… all the coffee. Lol

Planning… M’s baptism! She’s getting baptized this Sunday and we’re treating friends, family, and parishioners to donuts and coffee afterward. Fun fact: The minister baptizing M is the same one who baptized K and married us 6+ years ago.

Traveling to… San Antonio, TX soon! It’s a work trip but I don’t know how much working I’ll be required to do. M is coming along, too. So are my mom and dad. In March we’re headed back to Texas (Dallas) for a family wedding. K’s parents are coming on that trip. Having family around for M’s first few trips is a relief.

Looking forward to… summertime. I’ve never been excited about summer (I’m a fall/winter lover) but I can’t wait to swim and go on walks and sit outside with M.

Praying about… literally everything. Lol.

Enjoying… Miss M and all her developments. She figured out how to smile a few weeks ago but it was elusive. Now she freely gives them to K and I. I LOVE it. Every single day she’s more alert and I love love love it.

TL;DR… I live on coffee now. More so than before. 😆

Tell me what’s new with you!

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Happiest of Thursdays to ya.

I’m linking up with Miss Kristen today for What’s New With You?.

Reading… ehhhh. I’m in a lull. Hopefully my summer list kicks me into shape. I’m still limping through The Lost World, the Saga series, and now Wundersmith.

Watching… not much. We watch The Voice together but we’re not into Game of Thrones or the Avengers so you will find no spoilers here.

Eating… a mix of healthy snacks/salads… aaaaand ice cream and fried foods. Warm weather foods are such a great mix. Haha!

Drinking… lot of water. Or I’m trying to anyway.

Planning… not much. Just trying to get some stuff done around the house- deep cleaning, outside landscaping in the back, hanging artwork and maybe getting some furniture for neglected spaces.

Shopping for… the bridal shower and baby shower I’ve got this weekend. (Different ladies, lol.) Also, Mother’s Day and my little brother’s birthday. May is going to leave me as broke as December.

Praying for… health. Ugh. Family members that are on the mend and a husband who’s nursing a cold and me who’s STILL trying to kick that exhaustion in the wake of being sick. Bleh.

Looking forward to… evening fires outside, lounging in the sun (or more likely shade) after work, grilling all our dinners from now-ish until fall. Cookouts, swimming, warm but not hot dog walks.

Dreaming about… a vacation. I KNOW we just got back from Arizona and it was fantastic… but summer makes me think of the beach and we don’t have anything planned for the rest of 2019 and I just really want to lay in the sand for a bit. Haha.

I feel like I’m rambling. I’m going to wrap this up. Tell me what’s new with you!

Currently…

Good Morning. Happy Thursday. We’ve almost made it to the weekend. Keep Going.

Linking up with Kristen today for What’s New With You?.

Reading… The Girl Who Knew Too Much. I’m finishing it up. I feel like I’ve been reading it forever. I just bought The Lost World & A Picture of Dorian Gray, too. Starting those soon!

Watching… The Voice with K. It’s like a Monday/Tuesday night ritual for us and I like it. I just finished the series Land Girls on Netflix and I watched episode 1 of The Umbrella Academy. I plan to binge it on our flight to Phoenix.

Listening to… “You Must Remember This.” Lindsay got me hooked last year and I just can’t stop.

Eating… not fast food. The Overhaul Goal for March is no fast food. I won’t lie. It’s been tough. Fortunately, coffee doesn’t count.

Drinking… water & coffee. Almost exclusively. I drank a lot of water in Texas last month and it made me feel so healthy. I’m trying to keep it up now that I’m home.

Looking forward to… this weekend with my best friends. I’m headed to Cleveland on Friday with Kayla to visit Aubrey. I love spending time with them. We usually pig out, work out, and lay out (on the couch in the winter). Lol

Dreaming about… summer. I’ll be honest, I love fall and winter but even I crave the sunshine by the time March hits. I’m also looking forward to the NASCAR Bristol race that we just got tickets to!

Wondering… where the hell February went. I had no problem writing “2019” when the year turned but I’m struggling to remember it’s March… I keep dating things with a “2.”

Loving… my dogs. I always feel bad when we go on vacation. We have a new dog sitter, though, and I know she showers them with love and attention so that makes it a little easier.

Counting down… the days until we leave on vacation. It’s so soon & I’m so excited!

Enjoying… my new office. Pics soon. I promise.

Saving… moneyyy. I’m giving up shopping for Lent. I know there are a few things I’ll have to buy (dog food…) but beyond the essentials, I’m giving the wallet a break.

That’s all I’ve got. I actually planned to list way less prompts but I got carried away. Ha.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Very Random Thursday Thoughts

I’ve had some thoughts lately but I don’t know that any of them are complete enough to be a post on their own…

I original wrote a sentence that said “My style has changed SO much in the last 15 years”, but then I went to find photographic proof and actually it hasn’t. Hahaha. It’s varied in degrees, but I feel like I have this borderline grunge/comfortable/country road sense of style. Audrey, what the hell does that mean? Well, that means that I wear a lot of black and dark colored neutrals. I prefer jeans, sweatshirts, and vans over anything else. I love my cowboy boots, cutoff shorts (that don’t reveal my buttcheeks), and oversized shirts. I also love being barefoot. My last job required me to dress office casual (shift/casual dresses, dress pants, nice shirt) but this job doesn’t and I am IN MY ELEMENT. Today I’m wearing cutoff army green shorts, a muscle tank, and an open black plaid flannel with lace-up Vans. Living my best life, guys.

I believe that the female world is shifting… I was perusing Met Gala pictures and I noticed all the uplifting comments on female pictures from other female celebrities. I think that’s a direct reflection of the female shift. Gone are the days of catty gossip and backstabbing frienemies. It’s cool to be kind and petty to be anything else. Don’t get me wrong, girls hating girls is still a thing. I know I have moments of jealous and cattiness despite preaching love and support. We all falter and slip. But dang, sisters! I feel like the unity and power born from the last, oh, let’s say 3 years, has really taken hold. I feel like I am constantly looking to uplifting and complimentary people to help change my heart and mind and attitude.

Also, I think a HUGE part of becoming a happy adult is surrounding yourself with amazing people. After an unpleasant or disrespectful exchange with someone I always wonder why I allow that person to continue to be a part of my life. I have a fantastic husband, incredible parents/in-laws/siblings, and doting friends. It’s ridiculous to carry around the emotional baggage of hurtful people.

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this here or not, but we added someone to the office staff at work. For the last +1 year it’s just been K and I in the office, but in April the guy that I was hired to replace actually came back. He’s no stranger- I’ve known him (and his girlfriend-turned-wife) for 8 years and K has known him for over 12. I was a little worried about the change since K and I are used to be alone. But guys… I love it. Ha! It’s another person to talk to and he makes coffee in the morning so it’s fresh and hot when I get in (K doesn’t drink coffee) and it’s just nice have another brain to bounce things off of. I don’t have a point to this paragraph- I’m just updating you on my work life. Lol

I love the song Good Morning by Max Frost. It’s uplifting and upbeat and even kind of spiritual. You don’t usually get all three of those in a Top 40s song!

My husband got me an Apple watch for Christmas and this past weekend we went and upgrade my iPhone (because it was looong overdue). I know this sounds incredibly materialistic, but it just feels so REFRESHING to have working technology that keeps me on time and in the know.

I don’t love the look of my blog. I just updated it a few weeks ago but I think I’m going to mess with it again.

**HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my wonderful in-laws AND my husband’s grandparents (who are celebrating 60 YEARS!)!!

Anyway… I feel like I haven’t been super open or thoughtful in this space lately so I wanted to share some of the things rolling around my brain right now. I’d love to hear some of your recent random thoughts, too!