weekend coffee time

Probably like most of you, I live for my weekends. Not that I don’t enjoy my job on most days, but by the time I go to the gym, get home, make and eat dinner … there just isn’t much left for “me” time.

Saturday morning I wake up excited to start the coffeemaker and enjoy a fresh pot cup on the patio or living room couch. Life is peaceful and I have the entire weekend ahead of me to do with as I please (usually). Of course there are the typical errands and chores, but even those seem less tedious because I feel as though I have all the time in the world.

My sister and I used to have Saturday morning phone dates (Resa – we need to get back on those at least once a month!), but our lives have become increasingly busy. She has the little munchkin and we both have growing “to-dos.” Not to mention, as I get older the idea of talking on the phone is just awful. Don’t get me wrong, I love catching up with friends and family who don’t live nearby, but I much prefer face-to-face chats over a glass of wine or cup of coffee.

I do however love to sit down and write on this blog – even if it’s just for me, a way to keep memories in one place for later reflection and moments of nostalgia. It can be difficult sometimes to make the time to post, but I always feel better when I do. (I commented to Beth yesterday that it’s not about finding the time, but instead about making the time, and I believe that goes for anything.)

Since many of my friends and all of my family live in cities that are not DC, I use this blog as a way to fill them in on my life with pictures and stories. In an ideal world I would wake up every day – even during the week – with a cup of coffee and time to jot down a few words. Since I love sleep too much though, weekend coffee time will have to suffice …

So my goal for the rest of the year is to have at least one post a week using my weekend coffee time to write it, even if I publish on a different day. I know, I have set “post frequency” goals before, but this time I mean it. And I hope you, all three regular readers, will keep me in check!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and wishing us all a swift week!

Spreading the Love: the Liebster Award

I have to preface this post by saying that I thought I published it in the middle of February. Yes, a month ago! I’m not sure what happened, but I just noticed it sitting there patiently in my drafts. Needless to say, some of the content is outdated – for example, Jennabeth @ Of a Long Book is already back from Kili – but I feel as though I should keep it in its original form. So without even further ado …

My beautiful BFFSM Olivia from Mother May I nominated me for a blogging award called the Liebster! Although I’d never heard of it, I was excited to receive the honor. It’s an informal virtual “kudos” from one blogger to another and a great way to spread the blogosphere love. Should you choose to accept, the only requirement is that you answer a special set of questions and then pass on the award. Keep reading for my answers and the recipients of my Liebster!

1. What’s up?  Seriously, what’s happening right when you type this? At this very moment I am cozied up on my couch, enjoying Starr Hill’s Belgian ale, listening to Bruno Mars. Daisy is on the floor in her bed next to me :)

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2. How did you come up with your blog name? Originally it was called “aventures de je ne sais pas” which roughly translates to “adventures of I don’t know what.” I started the blog after I graduated college when I felt a little bit lost. I was leaving on a month-long adventure to France and wanted a way to easily update my family and friends about my yet-to-be-determined experiences. After the trip, I went to work for Continental Airlines so I kept writing because every day in that job was an adventure! Moving to DC, I took a bit of a hiatus but picked it back up in the past year. Last spring when my life was feeling a little less “uncertain,” I decided the name needed tweaking, and now it’s just “aventures de la vie” or “adventures of life.” Whether you know your next step or if life is still a mystery, I believe it should always be an adventure!

3. What is your favorite part about blogging? I love how it connects people whether you know each other in real life or not. Living far away from family and many of my friends, it’s easy to share pictures and stories of our lives that Facebook just can’t translate. Also I love looking back at my old posts. The ones from France are pretty funny in my opinion!

4. Least favorite? Sometimes I write because I feel like I have to, and then I’m usually a little disappointed in the “product.” Since this is really just something I do for my own personal enjoyment, I remind myself that if I’m not in the mood to write, there is no need to push it. When I keep this in mind, I enjoy blogging that much more because it takes the pressure off.

5. What’s the very first outfit you can remember wearing? It’s less about an outfit and more about shoes! When I was a kid I had pink snakeskin flats and red cowboy boots. Those were THE best! Even though you can’t see them in this picture, I am pretty sure I would have been wearing them!

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6.  What’s the last makeup product you bought? MAC Mineralize Loose Foundation

7.  Did you have an ‘awkward’ phase growing up?  Describe it! YES! I would say I was fairly awkward from 4th – 8th grade. My hair turned curly as my hormones started to change and I didn’t know how to style it so it was constantly frizzy. Usually I just pulled it back in a ponytail, which drove my mom crazy! And because I know you love me, here’s a perfect snapshot of what that looked like, white keds and all!

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8.  What’s your all-time favorite movie? I have to say Dirty Dancing or the Sound of Music. As a kid I watched these on repeat. My god-sister, god-brother and I would act out Dirty Dancing all. the. time. Watching it now, I don’t know how our parents thought it was even slightly appropriate for our little eyes.

9.  What’re you wearing as you type this? (how creepy does that sound, hah) Black yoga pants and a gray hooded three-quarter length tee. Comfy clothes!

10. It’s the weekend, do you go out, or prefer to stay in?  Why? I like a mix, heavy on the staying in – 70% stay in, 30% go out. Now that the house feels mostly together, I just want to be here all the time! I love relaxing on the couch or trying a new recipe in the kitchen. But I also love to try new restaurants and grab a drink with friends. I’m usually good for one or two “fun” outings a weekend in addition to the typical errands and home-life time.

11. What’s your all-time favorite song? You & Me by Dave Matthews Band

Now it’s my turn to pass the Liebster award to three good friends of mine who also happen to be some of my favorite bloggers …

Of a Long Book (She is leaving today to climb Kilimanjaro, so she might take a while to accept!)
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Your challenge, should you choose to accept this award: answer these questions in a post on your own blog and nominate other bloggers you know!The Questions

1. What’s up?  Seriously, what’s happening right when you type this?
2. How did you come up with your blog name?
3. What is your favorite part about blogging?
4. Least favorite?
5. What’s the very first outfit you can remember wearing?
6.  What’s the last makeup product you bought?
7.  Did you have an ‘awkward’ phase growing up?  Describe it!
8.  What’s your all-time favorite movie?
9.  What’re you wearing as you type this? (how creepy does that sound, hah)
10. It’s the weekend, do you go out, or prefer to stay in?  Why?
11. What’s your all-time favorite song?

Where does the time go?

It has been two months since I’ve written a post. Well, actually two months since I posted. I began a couple of posts here and there, but nothing was coming out right so I ended up deleting the drafts. As much as I love writing – and love hearing from you! – I needed a break. Even though I felt motivated and wanted to write, there were a million other things to do for work, around the house and in preparation for the holidays. Now I am getting my feet back under me and can’t wait to share all that has been going on! Here is just a quick recap, mostly in pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Thanksgiving
We had a wonderful Turkey Day complete with family, friends and Mama Merin’s mashed potato casserole! The holiday started off in the best way possible – with a last-minute notice from the boss man that we would have Wednesday off. Dave and I celebrated in true American fashion … with dinner in Chinatown!

Wednesday we picked up Dave’s mom from Union Station, which was decked out for the holidays. So pretty despite the rain!

I made up a turkey brine with lots of herbs and then Dave took it from there for his second annual beer-can turkey. It really makes it super juicy!

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beer can #turkey in the oven!

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^^ We were surprised it fit in the oven! ^^

Our good friends Josh and Olivia came over and we had a potluck style meal that included Dave’s beer-can turkey, Josh’s deep fried turkey, mashed potato casserole, brussels sprouts, spicy mac and cheese and MORE.

Daisy spent the day like the princess she is, perched in front of the door just watching the world go by.

Christmas (aka the MOST wonderful time of the year!)
Hands down, Christmas is my favorite holiday and truly the most wonderful time of the year. Even though we had fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this year I felt even more full of the spirit. One of my favorite places in town at this time is the Willard. They really deck the halls and all who enter are greeted nightly by carolers in the lobby.

Back in Texas for a week, I got to spend a lot of time with family and friends.

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Playtime with this cutie!! #myshadow today #lovelovelove

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^^ my shadow Silvia ^^

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Visiting with my favorite little family @carinasby

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^^ my favorite little family – meeting Leo for the first time ^^

^^ Christmas lights (Texas style!) with mom ^^

^^ Lola got so many toys from Grandma, she didn’t know which to play with! ^^

Ringing in the New Year
Dave and I originally wanted to go to Europe for New Year’s, but decided it wasn’t the most responsible decision after everything with the house. So instead we spent the evening at our new home with some old friends! It turned out to be very eventful as my Aggies pulled off a great comeback in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Game, and then just after our midnight kiss and toast, Justin proposed to Matthew!!

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First #selfie of 2014! 🎉💋 Happy New Year!!

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^^ the proposal happened as this happened – our first selfie of 2014 ^^

In other news it’s been very cold here! Daisy doesn’t particularly like it, but at least she looks cute in her coat :)

Here’s a look at my instagram highlights from the past year…

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A little late with this, but …

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And my calendar for the year ahead! I have always loved calendars, like since I was young it has been a tradition. Every Christmas I would get one, often picking it out myself at those little pop up kiosks in the mall. The past few years my favorite has been by Curly Girl Design. She has the best, BEST quotes and cute graphics.

I love the start of a new year! It’s full of reflection on memories past and hope for the future. Lately I’ve been thinking that the world might be a better place if we treated the start of each month as we do the start of the new year. I don’t mean we need to go out and party like it’s 1999 before the first of each month, but if we had the same resolve monthly as we do annually, there might be a bit more of that joie de vivre going around!

How were your holidays?
What’s your favorite thing about the New Year?
Do you think we should celebrate each new month in a similar way?