Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Dealing with family time the only way we know how. 

 See below.

Thanksgiving is over and today was my first day back in the real world. Or, more realistically, by the time I actually get around to publishing this post, I will be a week back into the real world. Can we talk about Thanksgiving for a moment? My favorite dishes (other than the stuffing, Stove Top for life) are the non-traditional ones: prime rib (I think that counts) and garlic and chive mashed potatoes with ranch (instead of gravy). Also, so much together time usually results in me in tears for many reasons. Luckily I live with people that can put up with it. Cheers to being a girl.

And some random thoughts on life lately:

1 / I have gotten into "Downton Abbey" in an unhealthy way, years late. The good news is, when you are behind the times, you can binge watch all the seasons. Downside, I get emotionally attached to characters, and couples, and then THEY DIE. It was like, oh you're my favorite, dead. Lady Mary and Matthew Crowley FOREVER. I've cried multiple times, feel pathetic, and all my thoughts are in a British accent.

2 / How hot are your showers? Personally, I want my shower to be hot, and when I get out, the room to be all steamy. My pores should be open so I can easily pluck my eyebrows after. Four things I enjoy most in the world (don't judge): taking a hot shower, getting in pajamas, eating something delicious, and watching TV or reading in bed. My landlord doesn't seem to agree and tonight the "bitches get shit done"/Tina Fey/Amy Poehler/Mindy Kaling-every strong women role model memoir I've read came out to tell me I deserve hot water and men can't act like we're stupid. I'm a grown up, I pay for my own shit, and I want a hot shower, dammit.

3 / Calm now. Christmas online shopping. I managed to score a great pair of boots on eBay and some sweaters.

4 / I am currently obsessed with these Lauren Manoogian cashmere leggings, which are not available in my size. Being the reasonable person that I am, I've been refreshing the site multiple times a day. I'm crazy, I realize.

5 / I have also spread my disease of online shopping to my brother, who similarly hates leaving the house other than needs (school, work, gym) and the simplicity of having everything delivered right to your door, with free shipping, and free returns.

6 / I drive by a bowling alley, A BOWLING ALLEY, on my way home from work, offering champagne brunch (again, at a bowling alley) on SUDAY. It's been there for months. Can you not edit your signs? Also, at the long term care facility where I completed my first round of clinicals for school, they spelled convenience convence. These things make me crazy.

7 / And lastly, watch "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life". And all the seasons. My first love.

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, November 24, 2016


I try to be thankful on a daily basis, which can be difficult sometimes, especially when life becomes overwhelming and it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But yesterday, as I shopped for my greens for the Thanksgiving table, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving. Here's to hoping there wasn't too much drama at your family table today. 

1 / Warm blankets.

2 / New sweaters.

3 / Waking up feeling rested. 

4 / When all your laundry is clean.

5 / Vanilla candles.

6 / Finding a good book.

7 / Romantic comedies.

8 / Long walks.

9 / New episodes of my favorite podcasts.

10 / Feeling fulfilled at the end of a long day.

Image from here.

Friday, November 18, 2016


I'm looking forward to next week, a break from school and from work, time to catch up on lots of sleep, watch the new (!) "Gilmore Girls", and try to re-center myself. Maybe even try out some yoga. Plus start preparing for all of my big tests, but on my schedule, with no other demands on my time. Here are this week's ten things:

1 / The walk, don't run, exercise theory.

2 / I just bought these perfect black loafers. Also, one of my favorite sites The Dreslyn is having a 20% off everything sale with the code 'FALL'.

3 / The Karlie Kloss guide to staying fit and happy--in 7 steps.

4 / 34 movies that will mess with your head.

5 / Outdoor Voices founder Tyler Haney on how to stay glowing.

6 / A gorgeous before and after in California. That backyard is all my dreams.

7 / 22 great Aziz Ansari tweets.

8 / Miranda Kerr's rules for adulthood.

9 / Rules for mastering any conversation.

10 / The importance of self care: five easy ways to take time for yourself.

Happy weekend. Be sure to start mentally preparing for family and Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


BBC's show "Call the Midwife" has been on my Netflix list for months but usually, I return to something I've already watched and can have on in the background while I'm doing other things. I finally got started this series. Worth it.

"Call the Midwife" is a period drama about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The show explores their day to day lives and also touches on events that were going on in the time and their effect on people's lives and health care. It is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. The show also tackles subjects such as miscarriage, abortion and unwanted pregnancies, birth defects, poverty, illness and disease epidemics, prostitution, religion and faith, and racism.