Tuesday, June 16, 2015

While I Was Housesitting...

I have been housesitting over the past week(ish). I love housesitting for people! First of all, it feels like a staycation. Am I right? Think about it  - you are in a new environment, you don't have a lot of the responsibility that you do at your own house, you can eat what you want, sleep in, read, and have some alone time!
My friend went out of town and it worked out perfectly that she needed someone to watch the dog and I needed some much needed alone time.  Today is my last day so I thought I would update you all on my fantastically not so active week(ish).

I read... a lot. And it was glorious.
All of them were great, but I am taking so long on Outlander. I can't seem to get into it - am I the only one? Everyone seems to love it. What gives?

I perfected the art of making Pita Pizzas from 100 Days of Read Food.

I swam many many times. Did I mention I live in Phoenix and it's was 115 degrees today?!  The second I get to this house from teaching summer school I practically go straight from the garage to the pool.

I found the perfect solution to being a coffee drinker staying in a non-coffee drinker's house. It is so delicious! Good ole Trader Joe's.

I watched an entire season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. Why haven't I seen this sooner?

I know nothing here is Earth shattering, but they all made me happy! What would you do if you were housesitting?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

a bloggy realization

Tonight, I googled my blog which is something I hadn't done for a while and it got me thinking...

I love blogging, I really do. Even though my activity on the blog doesn't necessarily show it. I always think ooo I could blog about this, but then there is a little voice in my head that says "No, Heather, that's stupid, no one wants to read about that..." I keep forgetting that this blog is supposed to be about me and FOR me. 

My life right now is a mess... I know everyone says that and we all know no one's life is perfect, but if you look at my life on a timeline, I am definitely at a low dip right now.  My husband and I have faced numerous problems together and separately over the past 10 months and without boring any one with too many tedious details, let's just say that *hopefully* things can only get better from here. 

Right now we are living with my mother in law temporarily and I feel like I am in such a creative slump. Usually I do things like cooking (my mother in law cooks for us the majority of the time), decorating (my husband and I have crammed a few of our belongings living in a small room), craft (no room to craft), or vintage shop (no space to put anything so I can't buy anything) to make me happy and creatively content.   Needless to say, this blog might be an outlet for me in more ways than one. 

Here are some things that make me happy right now:

Iris Apfel
This lady is incredible. I saw her documentary in the movie theater a few weeks ago and fell in love with her all over again. She is such a fashion icon and I wish I was as bold and fabulous as she is.

Library Books
Having no space means having no books. This sounds kind of silly, but I had forgotten how much I enjoy holding a book while reading. Between Kindles, iPads, Nooks, it's been so long since I read an ACTUAL, physical book for pleasure. 
I love Elise's recommendations and am always adding her suggestions on to my book lists. 

Sparkling Water
I used to hate sparkling water. I remember when I was little, my grandparents would have it in their house and after trying it one time I promptly decided that the water had gone bad and should never be touched again! I held true to my word for about 20 years.  I discovered this water at Target and am totally obsessed with it. I should probably purchase stock in Target for how many cases of this stuff I have bought and plan on continuing to buy in the future. Get it, you'll love it. 

My Husband Starting a New Job
My husband recently lost his job (see intro, third section down...) so we were very excited for him to get a new job obviously. Even though this job pays significantly less than his last, I am hoping it is a step in the right direction for him and us. I am not going to lie I still have concerns about our newly limited income, but I know this is the happiest I have ever seen him and if he is happy that makes me happy and the rest will sort itself out.