When It’s All Over…

I’ve seen it a thousand places a thousand times… There is no “back to normal” because we’re all going to come out of this pandemic completely changed. I definitely agree with that sentiment.

Kezzie came up with these post-isolation questions and Bev shared her answers the other day. I decided to play along because a) it looks fun and b) I’ve got nothing better to share after 3 weeks of doing nothing. Lol

1) Restaurant you would go out to…
The Dennison Yard, JNG, The Daily Grind… all local and delicious places ♥

2) Friend you would meet up with first…
My best friend’s girlfriend hasn’t met M yet and before this whole thing happened they had plans to fly up here from Florida so…. as soon as this is over I think they’re flying up to stay with us!

3) Place you would go…
Probably Target. Let’s be real.

4) Shop you would go to…
Target… Marshalls… HomeGoods… Although surprisingly I’m not dying to go because my bank account is pretty pleased with this isolation.

5) Food item you would buy/eat…
We’ve been able to get what we need but I’m looking forward to getting some steak and vegetables and beer, and having a cookout and bon fire with my family!

6) Cake you would eat…
I haven’t stopped eating cake 😬

7) Show you would/will go to see…
I’m dying to go to the movies. We’ve never been huge movie-goers but I want to get out and see something good. I might look for a play or two to attend, too! We actually have a performance center in our backyard- lol.

8) Concert you will go to watch…
We have no tickets on hand right now but there’s a summer country concert series at a nearby outdoor venue and I think we’re going to be getting ourselves some tix since I have a new appreciation for nights OUT.

9) Relative you will hug first…
My grandparents. K’s grandparents. No question.

10) Holiday you would go on…
We’re headed to Dallas in September to celebrate the wedding we had to miss in March. I’m also hoping for a trip in October for my 30th bday!

11) Other activity you would take part in…
I already have a haircut/coloring booked. I’m going to text my masseuse today to request an appointment once she’s back in business. I also want to take M to the park and the poor restless pups to daycare to play. And WORK.

M has 6 month pictures at the start of June. And we have some summer parties that we’re excited to go to!

12) Thing you would do at work…
Ahhhhh- I can’t wait to go back to my office and desk and work and coworkers. I miss going to work SO much. We have SO much to ship since all our customers (schools) shutdown before we closed the warehouse.

13) Item you would buy…
Truthfully, I don’t need to buy anything I can’t get now. That said, we’re going to need some baby gates soon. And baby proofing items. And a mop. LOL

Thank you for the questionnaire, Kezzie!

What are you all most looking forward to post-isolation?

(And happy birthday to my wonderful sister-in-law Lori!)

Three Things in February

I’m borrowing this prompt from Steph today.

Three things I liked about February
1. Getting our first trip as a (human) family of 3 out of the way
2. Going back to work
3. Bristol’s joy over the snow & coldness
Three things I’m looking forward to in March
1. Kyle’s birthday!
2. A family wedding in Texas
3. Slightly warmer weather & hopefully some family walks
Three vegetables I eat the most
1. Brussels sprouts
2. Potatoes
3.  Bell peppers
(4. Corn in the summer!)
Three grocery items I buy every week
1. Chicken
2. Ice cream
3. Formula
Three things we go through like crazy in my house
1. Peanut butter (dogs)
2. Formula (M)
3. Half & half (me)
Three things I always have time for
1. Puppy cuddles
2. Laundry
3. Relaxing on the couch w/ K & M
Three things I never have time for
1. People who say intentionally hurtful things
2. Woman/mom/parent shaming
3. Wiping Bristol’s muddy feet

45 Questions (Formerly 73)

I’m borrowing this little burst of entertainment from the lovely & inspiring Emelia! She went all in with 73 questions (Lindsay, too!). I pared mine down because my attention span is terrible.

Alright, let’s do it!

1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
Sharing baby’s sex with everyone. I think most people were hoping for a girl ♥ And I love that I don’t have to tip-toe with pronouns anymore.

2. What’s your favorite game?
I love playing games. Life used to be my favorite. I love Trivial Pursuit (HP edition for sure), Cards Against Humanity, Ticket to Ride… Anything, honestly. (K hates games!)

3. If you could teach one subject in school, what would it be?

4. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
This is shallow, but when people compliment my make up/skin I feel so good. Also, when people compliment my writing.

5. What is your favorite birthday cake?
I don’t really like cake, but yellow cake w/ chocolate frosting is delicious.

 6. What is one thing you still have from your childhood?
… I have many things. But my stuffed bunny (named Bunny) sits on my nightstand and have been with me since birth.

7. What is something you can’t do?
Umm. Run a 5K. A push up. Wash a car without leaving soap spots. I’m sure I could do these things if I put forth the effort. I never think about what I can’t do so I’m kind of clueless on this one.

8. Window or aisle seat?
It doesn’t matter. I’m nervous either way. I usually sit aisle but still end up glancing out the window. K prefers window.

9. What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween & Christmas Eve.

10. What’s heavily played on your music playlist right now?
Some John Mayer, 90s country women, and 00s rock alternative.

11. If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be?
Sloan Sabbith on The Newsroom. I never dress that professional but if I did…

12. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 12?
A veterinarian.

13. What is something you will not be doing in ten years?
That I’m doing right now? Being pregnant. Lol

14. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn?
Bringing others down will never lift you up.

15. How do you start your day?
I sleep in past my alarm, then get up when I hear the dogs needing out.

16. Would you ever live anywhere besides where you do now?
For pleasure? Switzerland. For work? Texas.

17. What is your favorite dessert? Is there a dessert you don’t like?
Ice cream & creme brûlée ♥ Beyond that, I don’t eat much dessert.

18. Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
I don’t know… Disney is always fun. The trips to Europe were great. I was a little sh*t, but our trip outwest was incredible. Recently, our Phoenix trip was a really great one!

19. Favorite Disney animal?
Rajah, closely followed by Abu, Meeko, and the Cheshire Cat.

20. What is a book you are planning on reading?
Little Fires Everywhere is up next.

21. What is something you’re tired of?
People arguing against common sense/human decency/overall compassion.
And this dumb as sh*t, blatantly racist “president.”

22. What’s your favorite exercise?
HAHAHAHA. I guess yoga if I had to pick.

23. What was your worst subject in school?
Algebra & chemistry.

24. What animal do you identify with most?
For sure a raccoon.

25. What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Coffee or nothing. Sometimes a breakfast sandwich.

26. What is something you wish you could be good at?
A second language. Or sign language.

27. Skiing or surfing?
Skiing hurts my hip and I’ve never been surfing.

28. First celebrity crush?
Nick Carter.

29. What color was your prom dress?
Junior year it was periwinkle. Senior year it was orange & black.

30. How do you manage stress?
Honestly, cry. But also breathe, take a bath, read a book, sip a hot beverage.

31. Age when you were first kissed?
A real kiss? I was 15.

32. Favorite fashion trend of all time?
Are sweatshirts a fashion trend? If not, skinny jeans.

33. What is your current favorite piece of clothing that you own?
I have a cropped dino hooded sweatshirt from Erica and I love it with a black tank. And I’m SUPER excited to have a bump this fall and have the crop land right at the bump. I think it’ll be adorable. I also bought maternity overalls (that K HATES) and I can’t wait to wear them in the fall.

34. Shoes or bags?
Seriously. Sweatshirts. I don’t give a rat’s about shoes or bags. Lol

35. How do you know if you’re in love?
You’re willing to make the biggest sacrifices for that person- but you know that they’d never ask you to. They still drive you nuts and have bad habits and annoy you- but you never love them less.
Also, as an introvert, they’re the one person you know you can spend forever with.

36. Television show you’ve binged on recently?
K has been watching NCIS: LA so I have seen too many episodes, too. Lol. Also, High Seas & Formula 1: Drive to Survive on Netflix.

37. Who do you turn to when you’re sad?
Kyle or Aubrey.

38. What are you most enchanted by?
This is weird, but I love watching lovely, natural, kind, engaging people work a room at a party. I stare and it’s weird. K has called me out before. That’s just NOT my personality and I find it so enchanting and mesmerizing to watch!

39. What is your biggest strength?
In almost all emergency situations I think very logically and evenly. I don’t freak out or react when someone gets hurt or something goes horribly wrong. I usually try to stay calm and assist in whatever way I can- either jumping in and taking the lead or just calming people down and proving aid.

Then once everything is over and I’m all alone, I break down over it. LOL

40. What is your biggest weakness?
I hate it when people are mad at or disappointed in me. For the most part I don’t care what people think, but I am sensitive to the opinions of those closest to me.

41. What are 3 words to describe living in your city?
Monochromatic (although it’s getting better), Blue Collar, Homespun.

42. Cutest thing on planet Earth?
Watching Enzo and Lylee play together. Or when they carry stuffed toys around the house.

43. Favorite color?
Yellow. Closely followed by purple, grey, & black.

44. Favorite time of day?
On weekends it’s first thing in the morning. On weekdays it’s when we get home from work and lounge with the dogs for a bit.

45. What do you first notice about someone when you meet them?
Their eye contact and how they treat the people around us.

I really scaled this thing back, but it was just the right length for me. If you want all 73 questions to answer yourself go check out Emelia’s blog!

How would you answer some of these?

Whine and Dash

Well howdy.

Let’s chat, shall we?

We got home from vacation Saturday night (from Arizona) and the hits have not stopped coming.

Enzo has a large mass on his back (under his skin) that we’re getting check out today.

I am sick with what I believe to be the WORST sinus infection known to woman.

We are working through this upcoming weekend with a business trip so TGIF doesn’t exist.

Sigh. I shouldn’t complain and I know it. With the exception of Enzo’s ailment (which does have us a little freaked out), everything is going to be a-ok and we’ll survive unscathed.

So today I’m deflecting & sharing some blog posts that have really inspired me lately:

See? Recommending some all-star blog posts (and bloggers) is much more productive than me complaining. So go see them and leave me to my wallowing. LOL. I kid- we’re gonna turn this week around… starting right now!

(But seriously, send some good vibes to little Enz. He’s had a rough few weeks.)

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!