Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

We begin this post with our routine, run-of-the-mill, ask-it-every-month question: 

How the heck has another month already come and gone?

We are in the last few days of April....which in turn means we are next door to May. So we are basically in summer, and only two months from moving to Australia for nine weeks. Then it'll be all things fall and football when I return, and then hello there holidays and 2017. 

Did you just see 2016 fly by? Cause there it went. 

Nevertheless, it's the last Wednesday of the month, so I'm linking up for What's Up Wednesday. Which is basically a little bit of everything :)

What I'm Eating this Month

If you're a frequent visitor around here, you know we've been focusing on the trim down process over the past few weeks. Because at the end of March, me in a bathing suit made me want to ralph. SO - I started a "Trim Down Tuesday" series where I share weekly healthy recipes I've discovered. This is to 1) hold me accountable, and 2) give you some new options if you, too, are trimming down. 

This month we've been eating zoodles, overnight oats, and healthy chicken salad. To check out the Trim Down Tuesday series, click here.

What I'm Reminiscing About

The arrival of baseball season! I went to two games last week and they just make me so happy. I love the game, I love the food, I love the atmosphere - I just honest to goodness love baseball. Jeff and I went to dollar hot dog night at the Rangers stadium on Wednesday and then drove down to Houston last weekend and met my dad for the Red Sox vs. Astros game. Love these boys :)  

And if you're wondering why on earth I cheer for the Red Sox ....that city kind of saved my eye. So that city kind of has a soft spot in my heart :)

What I'm Dreading

So this is kind of humorous, but at the end of May, I will be making 7 flights in 8 days - to four different states. I had a couple of personal trips planned, and then two work trips got squeezed in directly in the middle of those personal trips. And by directly, I mean I land and within 12 hours I take off again. 

I'm not really dreading the travel, but more-so dreading the packing that will be involved. I'll just have to hope I don't need any repeat outfits because there certainly won't be time for laundry. It'll be more of a "dump suitcase, fill suitcase, sleep, and go" approach. 

Phoenix, California, Chicago, and Pennsylvania ....ready or not (and I'm not just yet) here I come!

What I'm Loving

Umm....Snapchat Face Swap. That's what I'm loving. It doesn't get old. Ever. Jeff and I will pull it up randomly and laugh so hard we cry. Whoever invented this was brilliant. So much entertainment. 

What I'm Working On

Oh Australia

So exciting, but kind of a lot of work! Between the mobility process through work and side travels with my visitors, I feel like I could qualify for needing a personal assistant. I mean there's just so much to do! I was putting prescription eye drops in the other day (like I do every day) and realized I'm going to have to get a three month supply of all my medications...which means calling the insurance people, calling the doctors - just so much! 

But the stress that comes with this trip equals approximately 0.00078% of my excitement. So I can't really complain. It's just something I'm most definitely working on! :)

What I'm Excited About

The month of May just has a lot of action - which for someone who always is on the go means it's exciting! March and April were pretty chill, so I'm looking forward to a little crazy.

What I'm Watching/Reading

I'm sad to say, I have finished my binge of Gilmore Girls. And I for sure sobbed my way through that finale. Again. This is not the first time I've seen this show. But I still cried. Granted, it was only about 15% of the tears I cried during the Parenthood finale. #bravermanorbust 

Maybe I should watch that show over again next...OR One Tree Hill. OR Brothers and Sisters considering it's on my {30} Before Thirty list. OR I could just wait until I'm on a plane for 359 hours headed across the world. That could work too. 

In all seriousness, the minute Gilmore Girls was over, I decided to hop back on the reading train. I love reading, but if I'm binge watching a television series, I can't get all into a book, too. #aintnobodygottimeforthat

And between rewatching 4 seasons of Hart of Dixie shortly followed by 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls...I haven't done much reading this year. So I'm back at it. Right now I'm reading "Ladies Night" by Mary Kay Andrews. 

And obviously it's been a while as Charlie is not entirely sure what to do while I read. I swear he loves a good TV series binge too. 

What I'm Doing this Weekend

This weekend is the last semi-free weekend for a while. I'm looking forward to time for some organization, travel-research, book-writing, and my old college choir is getting together for dinner Saturday. Plus another Rangers game on Sunday :) It's going to be a good weekend!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

Let's see.... My sister's birthday, Mother's Day, a bachelorette party, oodles of traveling, baseball games, and a long holiday weekend. Just to name a few :)

and the seasonal question...
What is my Favorite Mother's Gift to Give?

As I've gotten older, I'm more about the "let's do something together" gift than the "here's a little sumpin sumpin" gift. It makes a memory, and since you shouldn't take the days you have for granted, make as many memories as possible! 

This year, I got my mom and I tickets to go see Wicked (the musical) in Dallas. Dinner + Wicked + post-show slumber party = a really exciting Mother's Day! Or at least in my opinion :)


Whew! So that is what's been up! 

Enjoy your last few days of April! And by the way, if April showers bring May flowers, we're going to be looking like a dad gum floral shop here soon. 

Happy Hump Day!

Until next time,


  1. Sounds like a crazy busy travel time ahead of you!! Enjoy!!

  2. Congrats on your Australia work trip! I studied abroad there for 6 months and it's amazing. You'll have a fabulous time I'm sure! It's funny I watched a lot of One Tree Hill when I was over there so I recommend that be your next binge watch:-) Also love your 30 Before Thirty!!