Reading about other people’s lives is so intriguing to me. Maybe I’m just a creep, but I always like reading posts about how people live their daily life. So here is a look into a day in my life. I picked a little more interesting day for you so you wouldn’t be too bored. Just don’t tell me if you end up bored anyway.
5:30am Rise and shine!5:37am Lemon water and Bible reading 6:00am Workout
6:40am Shower, hair & makeup 7:00am Start the coffee, make breakfast 7:26am Eat breakfast, get dressed 7:35am Start the crockpot for dinner (bbq chicken) 7:50am Say goodbye to Loren 8:15am Almost to work
8:45am Administrative Appreciation Day at work has begun 9:30am Work, work, work
10:00am Water break
12:00pm Administration Appreciation Day lunch at the Scottish Rite, courtesy of the firm
1:45pm Back at work and so many piles to take care of
3:30pm Time for a coffee break
5:10pm Drive back home in crazy downtown traffic
6:20pm Quick dinner with Loren and Titus before church fellowship
8:45pm Back from a church fellowship (we normally have small groups on Wednesday night)
9:10pm Kitchen cleanup
9:30pm I decided to make some rice crispy treats for no reason
It’s a fresh new beautiful spring week!
But first, let’s have a weekend recap:
Friday we had a downtown date night at Rockstone since Loren came up in the afternoon for an appointment. After we were stuffed from our amazing nachos and to-die-for wood-fired pizza, we headed back home for a movie.
Saturday after breakfast, Loren dropped me off at my sister’s to hang out while he played basketball with a friend. We ran errands and got all caught up on life. I love my boys! And hanging out with Dawn, of course. 😉
When Loren picked me up after finishing his game, we headed to the mall so he could spend some of his birthday money.
For dinner, we headed over to Blake and Savannah’s for some delicious salmon and chicken kebabs grilled on their new grill. Then they introduced us to a new board game called Five Tribes.
Sunday after church, we were invited to a lively lunch with one of the ladies from church and several of her neighbors. We came home and took a 30 minute nap…that ended two hours later. Guess we were pretty tired! To top off the weekend, Vashti came over for some girl time – snacks and Gilmore Girls – while Loren prepped for his upcoming job interview.
This week’s Friday Favorites are my top favorite apps.
ONE // Swipes – great productivity tracker and task manager. You can easily set up your checklist and it’s always satisfactory to swipe right to cross a task off.
TWO // Spotify – music all day every day. Spotify lets you create playlists and if you have Premium (which I don’t because I’m cheap), you can download the songs and play them when you’re offline.
THREE // Whatsapp – free messaging app. I use this to text my family in Germany.
FOUR // Hoopla – connected to your local library and lets you instantly borrow music, audiobooks and movies – totally free.
FIVE // Snapseed and VSCO– over the past year, I’ve been learning to take better pictures and edit a little more professionally (it’s a major work in progress and I have LONG way to go), and these are my two favorite editing apps.
I realize this actually makes 6 favorite apps, but there are so many amazing ones out there!
What are your favorite apps?
What another fantastic weekend! As much as I love traveling, there is absolutely nothing like a laid back weekend at home. I slept, tried out three new recipes from Friday’s post, cleaned, sorted out and reorganized my closet, read and so much more. Before I spoil it more for you, here is an official recap:
Friday night after work, Loren and I went to a production of Pride and Prejudice some of our teens from church were in. They all did such a great job and now I want to go watch the 5 hour movie again.
Saturday was a BEAUTIFUL day. I took this first picture around 10 am before it got even warmer to make my sister in Denver jealous (they had just gotten a couple of feet of snow). 😉 Loren and I made brunch together before working on separate projects/errands. Later that evening, we headed to our first Indy Eleven soccer game with our friends Kaylee and Brandon who won tickets and invited us to go with them. I forgot how much I loved soccer!
Sunday, we had a blessed morning at church, followed by a quick lunch and short nap. Later on, I made these Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cookies that, as promised, are to die for. Loren and I spent a while reading in the beautiful afternoon light before making dinner together and heading out for our first picnic of the year!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and got to spend lots of time out in the beautiful weather!
Watching… the days go by so fast! How is it the middle of April already??
Buying… bridesmaid necessities (like shoes). I’m in two weddings this year, and the first one is next month. I also just bought two versatile and super comfortable tank tops (striped & blue) from H&M.
Listening to… “Stressed Out” by Twenty-One Pilots. Anybody else out there like this song?
Thinking about… doing something new with my hair. Like highlights or baylage. I’ve never dyed my hair… Maybe grow it out again? Suggestions are welcome! Working on… reorganizing closets – at least I hope to this weekend since I will finally be home again. Tasting… lemon water. I’ve been drinking a glass of lemon water first thing every morning for the past several weeks and am addicted now. I love the refreshing flavor, not to mention the many benefits. Excited… about Loren’s upcoming grad school graduation. These past two years have gone by slow and fast and I am so proud of him and all the hard work he has put into this degree. Hoping… that spring temperatures will finally come around and stay so I can keep the windows open all the time.
Today is my Monday, but since it’s actually Tuesday, my groove is kind of off. But this long weekend was totally worth it, and just what I needed. I went on a girls trip to South Carolina with Loren’s sisters to visit Joanna for a bridal shower and quick overnight trip to Charleston. So grab some coffee, sit back, and enjoy all the pictures. (Or skim through them really fast.)
Friday I left work early so Loren and I could go pick up our repaired car, then I headed to Cincinnati to meet up with Carrie and Heather for the drive down to Greenville, South Carolina. We stocked up on Chipotle and Starbucks before starting the trek and arrived at my grandma’s around 2am, and promptly hit the sack.
Saturday morning I chatted with my grandma (our gracious Greenville host) before we headed out to shower Joanna with lots of fun gifts. After the shower, I got to hang out with my cousin Dennae for a little bit before we headed to Charleston. The girls got an amazing hotel right on the Isle of Palms and although we arrived a little too late to see the sunset, we still went out and caught the last rays as we walked along the beach. We came back to our hotel room and ate dinner, then stayed up way too late talking and watching a movie.
Sunday we were going to get up early and watch the sunrise, but were too tired, and it was pretty cold. By the time we did take our coffee out to drink on the beach, it had warmed up a little, but was still windy and chilly and totally awesome.
After packing up and checking out, we headed downtown Charleston for some shopping and food. Charleston is my favorite city in the world, and I love just wandering all through the streets. Apparently, every second Sunday of the month, their main street is closed off to traffic, and restaurants, vendors and musicians set up camp all down the street for the day. It had such a laidback and southern feel. We wandered in and out of stores and even bought a few things!
Sometime late afternoon, we got really hungry and decided, upon high recommendations, to try Jestine’s Kitchen. There was a long line waiting out the door, so we figured it was probably a good place. Jestine’s is a home-cooked-low-country-style restaurant that perfectly reflects the South. I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time, which weren’t my favorite, but the rest of the food was pretty good. After stuffing our faces, we headed down to the Battery along the water so I could show the girls where Loren proposed. The sun had kind of disappeared and it was pretty chilly at this point, but we decided to still head to the Candy Kitchen for some of their delicious gelato and other treats.
Since we hadn’t spent a whole lot of time at the beach and taken our traditional jumping pictures yet, we went back to the beach to get them in before heading back to Greenville. They turned out pretty awesomely this year! All the outtakes are pretty hilarious, but I’ll spare you and just share the good ones.
And before finishing up about Sunday, I just want to note that upon our return to Greenville to drop off Joanna at school, I got a few precious moments in with my dear friend Joy.
Monday morning we met Jonathan (Loren’s brother) for a delicious crepe and coffee breakfast at Tandem before the fun and pretty quick drive back home.
Thanks for all the fun laughs and memories, girls!
I’m linking up with Karli today with my first 10 on Tuesday post to share a few places I would rather be right now.
1| My bed. Loren likes to tease me about how much I love my bed. It’s just so fluffy and warm and comfy!
2| Charleston, SC. My favorite city on earth. So many good memories have been made here, the most important being our engagement. I’m actually headed there this weekend for a girls trip, and I can’t wait!
3| Seattle, WA. I’ve never been, but Loren has. The Pike Place Market and Space Needle look so intriguing, not to mention the beautiful surrounding landscapes, little shops and, of course, the first Starbucks (cliché, I know).
4| Heidelberg, Germany. Where my parents and younger siblings are. I really need to take Loren because he’s never been and I need to show him where I grew up. Any sponsors out there?
5| On a cruise to the Bahamas. Or anywhere, really. We went to the Bahamas on our honeymoon, and it was pretty amazing.
6| Iceland. Lauren and Kiki just prove how enticing and beautiful Iceland is.
7| Greece. I mostly want to sip coffee on a balcony overlooking the bluest waters.
8| San Antonio. Another place Loren has been and I haven’t. He loved it and has promised to take me there someday.
9| Prince Edward Island. I have wanted to go here since the first time I watched Anne of Green Gables when I was young.
10| Anywhere warm. We’ve had another cold front the past week, and I am so ready for warmer spring and summer weather!
This weekend was more exciting in some ways than others. It started off with a Friday late afternoon teeth cleaning for me before we headed to Columbus, OH to visit Crystal and her family. We arrived just in time to see the kids before they went to bed. Our main reason for this visit was to help them out with their garage/furniture sale they were having since they are moving to Denver very soon. And to see them, of course. 😉 Saturday we got up pretty early, as they were opening up at 8 am again (they already had a sale day on Friday). I watched the kids while the guys manned the sales and Crystal ran some errands. We were all exhausted by 4pm, and it felt more like 8pm. We eventually ordered dinner and ate that pretty quickly so Loren and I could get back on the road home since he was supposed to teach the teen Sunday School class on Sunday. But then God had other plans for us. (continued below)
The weather was rather strange on Saturday. Crazy gusty winds, sun, rain, and hail. We were about an hour away from home when Loren (who was driving) noticed it was just a little snowy. And then we hit a patch of black ice. We went flying off the road and down about 100 feet into a ditch/valley/gorge and kept going across the “valley” for several yards until we stopped just before going back up the other side of the ditch. Miraculously, the car didn’t flip and we weren’t injured in the least, but were pretty shaken up. We stepped out into long mushy snowy grass to check on the car, which also didn’t seem to be hurt too much. I’ll spare you pictures because it was dark and they are blurry. By this time, there were several other cars that has also slid off the road, and we were in the center of a triangle of flashing lights. To make a long story short, we eventually got pulled out of the ditch only to discover the antifreeze was leaking and the car was undriveable. It was decided the car would be towed to a close-by local repair shop. I had been in contact with my sister who lives close to us, and she let us know that my brother-in-law was already on his way to pick us up! He was one of the many heroes that night and we finally made it safely and soundly to bed around 2am. We are so thankful, first of all, that the Lord protected us from any serious injuries. Secondly, we are so grateful for everyone that was so helpful that night!
Sunday we skipped Sunday School, but went to the morning church service, which was such a blessing. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, then were whisked away to a family movie night with the Dakus. So grateful for this family!
I hope you had a great weekend and didn’t get blown away!