What’s Up Wednesday: May Edition

Hello friends, it’s that time of the month again!  No, Beatrice is not visiting (hahaha), it’s What’s Up Wednesday!  WUW

I’ll be answering these questions & linking up with Mix & Match Mama.  Questions

So, without further ado…

What I’m eating this week…

I don’t actually know what I’m eating this week (ha!), I’ve been out of town for a few days & desperately need to go to the grocery store.  I’ve been really craving salads, particularly salads that have a sweet & spicy vibe.

I’ve also really been into guacamole.  You can check out my love for guac here.

What I’m reminiscing about…

Y’all, it’s only May & I’m already missing our cooler weather.  I don’t know about where you live, but in the Houston area we skipped right past Spring & went straight into triple digits.  UGH!  I’m not going outside again until I can wear a sweater!

This was basically me all of Memorial Day Weekend…literally.  Yes, I’m using that word correctly; I really stood on ice at least 3 times this past weekend. Me

What I’m loving…

I just became a member of Young Living Essential Oils, thanks to my friend Keely.  No, I’m not going to try & sell you any…  EO's

I’m still a little skeptical about all the benefits, but after being at my mom’s house for 5 days & waking up all night long, etc. I truly believe that the EO’s I diffuse at night, in my own house, really help me sleep like the dead.  I also made a bug spray with essential oils for the wedding & it worked great!  Not only did the bugs leave me alone, but it smelled great & softened my skin.  Win, win, win!

What I’ve been up to…

May has been a crazy month…and I can’t even remember why.  I’m getting old…my memory is going.  I took a class, more about that later, & my mom got married on the 27th after being a widow for 10 the past ten years.

Oh, I also had some car trouble that occupied a good 10 days of my life…I thought it was a bad omen or something.  Bad things happen in three’s, right?

What I’m dreading…

Did I mention how hot it is already?

What I’m working on…

I’m kind of in an organization mode right now, so that seems to be my jam.

What I’m excited about…

I have a trip planned for August, which I know is kinda far away, but I’m still so excited to got to Deer Valley, UT with my friend Maureen!  Who wouldn’t want to spend a week here? Utah

What I’m watching/reading…

After the most dramatic deliberation ever (see what I did there?), I decided to watch this season of The Bachelorette.  I was really conflicted after the way last season ended.  You can read my recap here, where I explain my hesitation in detail.

I’m currently reading my study materials…all the materials.  So many words and pages and diagrams and formulas.

What I’m listening to…

I’m still OBSESSED with the Kacey Musgraves album, Golden Hour.  It is so amazing, I just can’t say enough good things about it.  I feel like each week I have a new favorite song.  Right now, my favorite is “Happy & Sad.”

What I’m wearing…

I bought this gorgeous dress from ModCloth for Mama J’s wedding over the holiday weekend.  DressI LOVED it; I thought it was casual enough for an outdoor (super hot) wedding, but also work appropriate.  It’s now on sale…just my luck!  It comes in white too.

What I’m doing this weekend…

This weekend I am getting a facial, I’m trying to Benjamin Button my face.  I’m also going to a baby shower & will be studying for a big exam any spare moment I have.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

On June 8th, I have a really important, big, terrifying exam.  It is a 4 hours, 200 questions, pass/fail exam, so any good vibes or prayers you could send my way would be greatly appreciated.  I don’t want to say too much about it yet, because I don’t want to jinx it & I’m really nervous about it.  I haven’t studied in 12 years since I was in college.  Studying

What else is new…

Not much else is new, which I’m thankful for.

Bonus Question: What’s my favorite summer salad…

I’m loving any salad with watermelon!  I love Marcela Valladolid’s Watermelon Feta Serrano salad.  How could you not love this salad art?!? Salad Art

Until next month…

Kiss Hug,

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WUW: July Edition

Well, it’s that time again…What’s Up Wednesday!  I missed June as I was crazy busy with work.  I can’t tell you how many times a fell asleep sitting straight up on my couch last month.  To be fair, I often fall asleep on my couch, but it’s not usually at 7:00p.  Such is life sometimes, #amiright. Questions

What I’m eating this week…

Okay y’all, so I’m still obsessed with salads…it’s just too hot to turn on the stove.  I’ve been loving this spicy Watermelon Feta Serrano salad from Chef Marcella Valladolid from The Kitchen.  salad

I’ve also really been into Shay’s (yes, I use her name like we’re real friends) Panzanella Salad.  Her recipe calls for goat cheese, but I use feta because I ALWAYS have feta in my fridge.

I really like making salads because usually by the time I finishing cooking hot dishes I no longer want to eat them.  I tend to taste as I go, & with all the smells, I’m just over it by the time they’re done cooking.

What I’m reminiscing about…

I’m reminiscing about days when my back didn’t feel so tight.  You know when you get a stitch in your side & it feels like your lung is stuck on a rib?  Well, I’m getting that sensation but in my upper back.  I’m going to a chiropractor today, so hopefully all will be well soon.

What I’m loving…

I’m loving the Essie & OPI gel polishes.  I recently gave myself a manicure, using OPI gel basecoat, Essie gel color, & OPI gel topcoat…y’all, it has lasted for 2 weeks so far!  That is unheard of me!!!

What I’ve been up to…

I’ve been doing a lot of babysitting, house & dog sitting.  Lexie is one of my favorite pooches. Lexie

What I’m dreading…

August is usually the hottest month of the year down here in Texas… Whah Whah.

What I’m working on…

The big project I had for work finally went live for my 200+ consultants.  There were a few hiccups, but it went much more smoothly than I thought it would!  You can’t see me, but I’m giving myself a pat on the back.  It went so well, that the proverbial “they” have given me more responsibility.

What I’m excited about…

So, I recently booked a trip, which I am soooooo excited about!!!  My friend Brigitte & I are flying to North Carolina to meet up with our friend Jessica.  Then we are going to take a few days to drive up to our friend Norma’s house in the mountains of New Hampshire for a few more days before heading home.  Any recommendations for the East Coast, please let me know!  We plan to stop in a ton of cute little coastal towns.  Road trip!

What I’m watching/reading…

I’m still watching this never ending season of The Bachelorette.  I think Rachel is the best Bachelorette we’ve ever had, but I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by the season as a whole.  ABC has done a horrific lack luster job of handling the delicate issue of race, in my opinion.  Plus, I miss Chris Harrison being more involved…I mean he’s only been the host for 100 years, so maybe he’s burnt out?

I’m about to start reading the Outlander series, per Brigitte’s recommendation.  Thanks for loaning me your 850 page book. Outlander

What I’m listening to…

I’ve been listening to Christmas music to celebrate Christmas in July!!!  You can listen to all my playlists here.  C in J

What I’m wearing…

I’m really into my new pinata tassel earrings!  Mine are in rose gold, silver, & gold, so they go with everything!Tassel 1

What I’m doing this weekend…

My only plans are to have dinner with a couple friends on Saturday.  And, possibly going to a friend’s brunch for her new business.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

So far, I don’t have anything planned for August…

What else is new…

Any curling iron recommendations?  Mine is dying a slow death, & I just can’t get the hang of wands.  I have so. much. hair.  this translates to me having no patience for wands.

Bonus: What’s my favorite thing about summer…

To be honest, I hate summer.  The heat – yuck.  The humidity – yuck & a half.summerI’m a cold weather person, which is easy to say being from Texas – I don’t truly know what cold is…blah, blah, blah.  I love winter holidays, my birthday is in December, I’m very fair skinned, so it just makes sense that I’m a winter person.

That being said, I do love “firework holidays.”  The Fourth of July is basically the only time I go outside in the summer that doesn’t involve a pool, air condition, or a cold adult beverage.  This year we played bingo at Whole Foods (it was a Tuesday after all) & watched the fireworks from the parking lot as they were across the street at Northshore Park.  Unfortunately, WF decided to have bingo outside, which was miserably hot; y’all, I got so desperate that I put ice down my shirt.  Fortunately for us, most people were too smart to play outside in the heat, so our group won most of the games!

How was July for you guys?  Anything fun planned for August?

Until the next WUW…

Kiss Hug,

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WUW: March Edition

It’s that time of the month again…What’s Up Wednesday!  This is just a quick glimpse into my life; it’s a quick read, so I hope you enjoy!  wuw

The questions are: wuw-questions

What I’m eating this week…

This time of year I become obsessed with salads.  My favorite is my cucumber salad.  Cucumber Salad

Okay, so the staples in this salad are:
Cucumber – sliced & quartered
Cherry Tomatoes – halved
Feta Cheese – crumbled
Ranch dressing – I like Ken’s Lite dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing – I LOVE Ken’s Lite dressing
I use 2 parts Ranch to 1 part Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Additional Add-Ins:
Green Grapes – halved
Watermelon – Cubed
Toss together & enjoy!
I eyeball all of the proportions in this salad until it makes beautiful “salad art”!  In my world, all beautiful salads are called salad art!  My friend Lindsay started this phenomenon when we were in Palm Springs a decade or so ago.

What I’m reminiscing about…

No having mentioned Palm Springs…I’m dreaming of lazy days by the pool, drinking a pitcher of margarita, & playing Spite & Malice for hours.  Ah, those were the days.

What I’m loving…

Okay, so I finally broke down & started shaving my face.  It has changed my life!  My skin is soooo soft now; I also use less makeup because it goes on so much smoother.  I like these razors.  Be careful around your eyebrows…

What I’ve been up to…

Work (my real day job) has been crazy, CRAZY busy the last few weeks.  Literally, crazy until this last Monday – it has calmed considerably since some changes have been made – for the better I think.

What I’m dreading…

Luckily, I’m not dreading anything at the moment. 🙂

What I’m working on…

I am spring cleaning & purging my house right now! Spring Cleaning 1

What I’m excited about…

Y’all, I am finally getting a ceiling fan installed in my bedroom!  I’m so excited by this I can’t even adequately express my feelings about this.

What I’m watching/reading…

I’ve been mostly trying to clean off my DVR – I need to catch up on Feud, Scandal, & The Mindy Project.  I’ve been obsessed with The Kitchen lately…partially because I adore Katie Lee.  But, I am SUPER excited for #SouthernCharm & #RHONY to come back.  Check out my SC Cast Analysis here, & I’ll be posting the RHONY Cast Analysis later this week.

I’m totally loving the The Boeskool Blog lately.  He spot on every time, & so well written.  theboeskool.com

What I’m listening to…

I’ve started listening to a few new podcasts:
RESIST Podcast
The Pretty Mean Podcast – I respond to their conversations in the car.
See Something Say Something

What I’m wearing…

Now that it’s officially Spring, I am pulling the maxi dresses back out to play. 🙂  I love maxi dresses, they are basically yoga pants that you can wear to the office.  Spring Staple

I live in outfits similar to this.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Friday: ceiling fan installation & spring cleaning, & purging my closet
Saturday: planting new succulents & fuchsias in my vertical garden
Sunday: brunch with Brigitte, hair washing day, & prepping for the week

What I’m looking forward to next month…

The last weekend in April is the Red Poppy Festival in Georgetown.  I look forward to going to this every year.  Despite Georgetown growing from 30,000 people (when I lived there) to 80,000 now – it still has maintained its small town charm.  Poppy Fest

What else is new…

I’m contemplating a girl’s trip to Belize this summer, but I also kind of want to just go somewhere on my own.  We’ll see how that plays out.  Any suggestions?

Bonus Question: What is my favorite Spring wardrobe piece?

Flip flops are my favorite warm weather staple!!!!  I love flip flops so much that Mama J had to implement a no flip-flop rule if it was less than 50° outside when I was in high school.  These are my favorite of all time. Ecote

Kiss Hug,

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