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Monday, August 20, 2018

Life!

I am slightly bothered that these are all square shaped, but whatever! One of my favorite things is being awake early on Saturday mornings and reading while drinking hot chocolate. I am so excited it is almost fall and colder outside! I am sick of the heat! 


So the book above was I Thought It Was Just Me But It Isn't by Brene Brown. It was my first Brene Brown book and I am SOLD! It was for book club and we met at Squatter's for brunch. I got the scones and they were so good!


I have been loving this filter that I am using on all my photos lately. It is basically one of the Jaci Marie presets, with a few tweaks. I figured out how to make it a preset for my Lightroom mobile, and it's a bonus because it also syncs all my photos so I can transfer them to my computer more easily! Score!


My friend Leah and I went to a Bachelorette finale party! A couple I went to high school with and took engagement pictures for a few years hosted it and it was v cute. Angie made us these little drinks haha. I am still obsessed. 


Tucker has been a little bit more cuddly than usual, but it still only lasts like *maybe* 3 minutes lol. But! If I am in bed he will stay longer to look out the window from the bed lol. 


We went to J's cousin's wedding and it was v cute!


We finally got bookcases! Pro-tip: Thriftbooks has super cheap books! I have been trying to read more and it has been really fun! It probably helps that there isn't much on TV I am interested in these days. Well, aside from Bachelor in Paradise, but I usually watch that while I clean. 


So when we moved into the house we are in right now, there was this huge dead patch in the backyard. I kept watering and watering and watering it, and it stayed brown. Finally I looked things up and realized it was dead. So J raked up all the dead grass and I weeded for like 2 hours straight lol. We haven't planted more grass yet, but I hope it works! 


My sister threw her husband a Christmas birthday party lol. We played these games with candy and my niece and nephew were crazy! My nephew kept throwing the candy ball with such force at my face and ripping it from J's arms every time it was his turn haha. And then my niece had to give up a piece of candy and it was soooo funny. She was SO sad but my sister made her for learning purposes, so she rolled her eyes so big and grabbed a candy and slid it across the table to J with SUCH attitude haha. We were all dying. 


Nothing special about this pic other than look at the lighting in this Starbuck's bathroom!!!


Our neighbors are so nice and brought us homemade chips and salsa! I loveeeee how nice people in Utah are. Can anyone tell me how they compare to Oregon or Washington? I love being surrounded by nice, friendly people!


Both J and I have just been working a lot! My schedule goes pretty late right now, but then again it doesn't really bother me if I get home at 6 or 7, because I don't have any homework to do! So it's been good! I am working toward my mental health therapy hours, and then think it would be fun to try out a different social work area for the rest of my time in Utah. I still plan to go into private practice after I get my full license and I also want to be a professor... I forget what it's called, but the part time one! Alumni? Associate? Why can't I think of this word??!! Anyway, you know what I mean!

Overall, life is ok! I still have days where I get pretty bad anxiety about stuff, but it's good overall. It's definitely nice to be done with school and able to read for fun again! And my trip to Europe is only a month away, so I'm VERY excited about that!

I am considering making this blog private again, because I want to feel like I can truly journal without worrying about anyone online (like clients) finding me, but idk! Let me know your thoughts!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Scenes From The Past Few Weeks

So I have mostly been taking pictures on my phone and then forgetting to post them. So here is a huge photo dump of pictures from the past few weeks!

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One of Tucker's favorite spots to snooze is under J's desk. I caught him cuddling with it the other day and it was so cute <3


Our first real dinner in our house! We call this "Baker's Delight" lol. It has been fun to eat outside and I am excited to get some patio stuff when it cools off a bit more! I want to do like fall nights outside drinking cider and making s'mores. 


This is still one of my favorite shirts, even though I am not vegetarian anymore lol. 


We walked around the mall like this for hours before I realized we were matching lol. 


Ugh! So I was sick for like a week and a half when we got home from Mexico, and then I got sick AGAIN this past week. I don't think they were related but still, very annoying. I haven't had a fever in SO. LONG. I drove almost all the way to work thinking I had to call people to cancel for the day before realizing I had their numbers online the whole time lol. 


How cute is this print I got at the farmer's market!! He is hanging on my wall right now :)


My sister got a new puppy and he is like Tucker's son lol. Tucker loves playing with him and it is cute to see them play together. 


My grandma and brother and his girlfriend all came out for a while and it was fun! We went to another farmer's market where they had... 


... THIS BEAUTIFUL LEMONADE!? Isn't it so funny how something so little as adding cotton candy around the straw can make something so beautiful haha. 


One of the weirdest things of living in different places is how different the cultures are! In the northeast, I felt so dressed up in my natural style, so I never wore lipstick, dresses, etc. Now that I am back in Utah where people are very done up (lol) I can wear lipstick again! I feel like I am back to my true self. Well, except for I don't wear skirts/dresses as much, but everything else!


Ok so I am 40 pages away from finishing this book and IT IS SO GOOD. I literally feel like everyone needs to read it. It talks about shame and how we can build resilience. When I started reading the book, I was like, "Oh, I really don't feel that much shame." But it turns out it was just buried under A LOT of anger lol. Anyway, I loved this book so much and feel like it had so many "ah-ha!" moments for me. If you want to improve yourself and your relationships, READ THIS. 


Tucker is beautiful. That's all. 


Ugh it is still so hot. Tucker does like having a yard, but also he gets tired haha. I threw the ball for him like *maybe* 4 times one day and he came running back full speed with it, dove under the porch and immediately laid down lol. I am excited to see him in the snow! He loved the snow in Connecticut. 


I finally found this delish herbal chai! The website said they didn't carry it within 100 miles of my location but lo and behold I was browsing through Macey's in American Fork and stumbled upon it!


We live by a Swig. I am not as much into soda as I was a few months ago (self-regulating bodies are such a cool thing) but every once in a while a cold soda with that initial burn is so good! I also have a food Instagram which I love, and recently signed up for this influencer thing called Localfluence. It is cool because it is mostly trying food, which I already do and post about lol. So, it has been fun to be exposed to some new grubs. 


I got an art cart and got to unpack and organize all my art stuff! I am painting this of Amelie. I never like how my paintings turn out, but I do love the process. I love the feeling of smearing paint across a canvas. 


This was another new place we tried because of Localfluence! Penny Ann's Cafe. I got the "heavenly hot cakes" just because I thought I should try what they are known for even though I am not a big pancake person. They were pretty good! Good hot chocolate too. I want to go back and try the scones. 


Also yes, I did photoshop J's shirt in this pic. He always wears shirts that have like company names on them, and I didn't want it to look like a promo for the company lololol.


Other than that, I have been working and hanging out the past few weeks! We are still getting moved in but overall it's been good!