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Currently

I am linking up with Kristen to catch up on what I have been up to currently.

ReadingBelieve Me by JP Delaney

Believe Me

I have been slow going with this one. Not that it isn’t interesting, but just that I haven’t had much time to pick up a book this month. I am about half through and hope to have it finished for the book link up next week! I am listening to Winter Street on audiobook in the car and enjoying it. I care not about seasons and read beachy books in the winter and Christmas books in the summer. It is just who I am.

Winter Street (Winter, #1)

Listening: Besides audiobooks, Chris was telling me about this awesome podcast he listened to about this guy who runs a security company. He basically gets hired by companies to check the security measures. He talks about how he was hired to rob a few banks. It is crazy to hear him talk about how he just walks in and gains immediate access to their computers and could compromise the whole place so easily. It is only a 30 minute episode and worth the listen if you have the time. It is called Darknet Diaries, this is episode 6 I am talking about.

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Watching: The Originals is back on and we have been catching up on all the drama there. When we don’t have anything else to watch, we watch Blue Bloods since we still have several seasons we haven’t seen on Netflix. And, as always, Friends before bed.

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Traveling: Just planning our annual summer beach trip to Gulf Shores! I am excited to spend some time away from the office and to see how Zoe does at the beach this summer. Last year she wasn’t mobile, just sitting up. It will be interesting to see the change this summer.

Grilling: Chris is grilling out hamburgers and chicken this week for dinners. I love to have corn on the cobb on the grill, that it my favorite! He made some awesome hot dogs last week. One of my favorite things about summer is all the grilled food.

Pinning: This quinoa fried rice needs to happen for lunch to change things up from my usual.

Quinoa Veggie Fried Rice with Egg and Scallions

Lusting: I am in desperate need of some cover ups for the beach! I saw this one at Target that looks really cute. And I also really like this one from Amazon for a great price!!! There are so many cute color options from the Amazon link!  Anyone have any favorites?

GDKEY Women Chiffon Tassel Swimsuit Bikini Stylish Beach Cover up(Black,B)

Inspired:

Laughing:

Yes! I got my dishes done....

 

about me, weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans and TBB Asks- Entertainment

This weekend came and went so fast, we barely got anything done that we set out to do! Friday capped off teacher appreciation week at Zoe’s school. The Heavenly Donut truck was in our town, right next to the daycare….so of course I had to take donuts to her teachers and the directors! And of course I had to get one for myself too. I am pretty sure they threw mine in for free. Shhhh. Their donut of the month is a lavender lemon one and OMG!!!! You guys, this might be the best donut I have ever had. It was so perfect and not too sweet. Plus, how gorgeous is this??? And this was taken hurriedly on the console in my car. No fancy lighting to dress it up. If you are local, go snatch one of these this month while you can. WORTH IT!
Saturday morning I was up early and had a lot of the cleaning done before Zoe got up again. Floors, dusting, guest bath and kitchen all scrubbed down. Zoe and I had a lot of fun playing when she woke up. She is too darn cute! During Zoe’s nap I tackled all the ironing and the master bath. Plus, I did 7 loads of laundry throughout the day. Mission accomplished. When Zoe woke up, we headed to Chris’s parents house to hang out with them for a few hours.
Sunday morning we headed out to the grocery store, and then met Chris’s parents for lunch at our favorite Mexican place. Zoe can tear up some Mexican food and was excited about morning about her taco!
That face you make when you eat tacos…
That afternoon, Zoe and I had some fun outside with bubbles and we took a few short walks. She loves being outside, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous!!! Low 80’s with little humidity and the pretty afternoon sun. Just the way we like it!
Chris took the grill once we got Zoe down for bed and made some tavern burgers. I cooked up some buffalo cauliflower and we got caught up on Chicago Med and Chicago Fire. After that, it was time for bed!
I am also lnking up with Andrea and the TBB ladies to talk about entertainment this month!
1. Comedy or Drama? 
Depends on what time of mood I am in, as I enjoy both.
2. Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Fiction
3. Movies in Theater or At Home?
Home. I haven’t been to a theater since I lived in Atlanta, so it has been at least 8 years.
4. Musical or Play?
Hmm that is a tough one. There are some Broadway shows that I do want to see, but generally I am not big in to musicals or plays all that much.
5. Which Meal of the day is your favorite to eat out?
Generally lunch. I eat out for lunch once or twice a week with friends, and then sometimes on the weekends Chris and I will go out for lunch or dinner. We never really eat out for breakfast.
6. Favorite Book ever read? 
This is not a fair question. How am I to pick just one??? I cant even pick just one genre. One book that has stuck with me through the years is Tuesdays With Morrie, as cliche as that sounds.My favorite books this year have been The Hating Game, Eligible, The Beau and The Belle and Arrogant Devil.
7. Game Night: Yes or No?
Yes! Haven’t had one in so long, but I love playing games! Both board and video games.
8. Favorite Outside Game to play?
Mini golf
9. Favorite TV Series ever?
Oh that is a tough one. The first one that comes to mind is Hart of Dixie or Friends.
10. Sitcoms growing up or Sitcoms of today?
Growing up. They just don’t make shows like they used to!
11. Miniature Golf or Bowling?
I am equally terrible at both. I suppose I like bowling a little more because it is in a controlled temperature environment. Last time I went mini golfing was at the beach and it was hot AF and the wind was driving me crazy.
12. Favorite Movie Theater Candy?
As I mentioned before, I don’t go to the theater anymore. When I went, I only ever got popcorn and a soda. But, picking out movies at Blockbuster was one of my favorite things to do on a Friday. And I always came home with gummy bears from there.
13. How do you like your popcorn?
I like butter and salt on it. Sometimes if I am trying to be good, I will just squeeze a lime over it and it sort of gives the same texture as buttered popcorn. Always air popped. That microwave shit will give you cancer.
14. 3D movies with the glasses; Yes or No? 
No. I hate 3D glasses. I usually get a headache.
15. Favorite Genre of Books to Read? 
Romantic comedy, cozy mysteries or suspense.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Double dipping and linking up with Biana. 
about me, currently

Currently

Linking up with my girl Kristen to share what I have been up to lately.

Eating Around Birmingham: After my visit to Brat Brot last week, I knew I wanted to head there for lunch ASAP. Laura, Morgan and I hit up Brat Brot yesterday to try out their eats. I ordered the BirminghamBurger, Garten Fries with Smoked Mayo, and  washed it all down with a Blood Orange Radler. Everything was delicious! Oh, Laura and I walked over there from my office. So clearly none of that food counts. 😉

Drinking: I stopped by Dunkin on my way in to work one morning because I needed caffeine stat! I was just going to order my usual caramel iced coffee, but they were out of caramel!!!!! (I mean you have ONE JOB Dunkin! COME ON NOW!) This was their second time they were out of it. WTF? Then the cashier was all, we have a coconut caramel if you would like to try it. Ummmmm why don’t you have that on your board?!?! Yes, please!!!! You guys, SO GOOD!

Reading: I just finished reading Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber. It was different from every other Macomber book I have read, I will share my thoughts next Tuesday for the book link up, of course! I should be receiving my ARC of Arrogant Devil from RS Grey today!!! I cant wait to dive in and get started on it. Romantic Comedies are so of my absolute favorite to read, and I really loved RS Grey’s last book The Beau and The Belle!

Arrogant Devil

Listening: Every Crooked Nanny by Mary Kay Andrews AKA Kathy Hogan Trocheck – This one is perfect on audiobook because the accents are so on point. This series takes place in Atlanta and the first book in the series was written in 1992, during the era of car phones and beepers, before social media and cell phones. It makes for some fun reading! Plus I recognize every single place they go since I lived in Atlanta for so long, it is nostalgic for me.

Every Crooked Nanny

Watching: The Originals came back last week! Turns out this is going to be the last season, not really surprised there. I was excited to see Caroline in the first episode! Her and Damon were my favorites from Vampire Diaries. Of course, I cant get enough of Klaus and Elijah.

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Working:I have been sitting complacent for a long time. Something has stirred in me recently to push myself and I have taken the first few steps to do that the past few weeks. Hopefully all my efforts and fire will bring some results.

Eating: I am trying hard to keep myself on the straight and narrow during the week. I was failing at breakfast the last few months. I think I wasn’t getting enough protein, so I was starving by 9-10am and snacking on things I didn’t need to be. I started back to drinking protein shakes this week. I am playing with some recipes, some are awesome…some….not so much. Send me all your favorite smoothie combos please!

Other than breakfast, we have taco bowls, chicken tenders, turkey burgers, meatloaf muffins and pork chops on the menu for this week. Lunch (other than my outing yesterday) has been carrots and hummus, apple, turkey sausage and some pasta salad. I am trying to get back on my lunch game as well after phoning it in lately. I just dont feel like meal prepping most weekends, you know? But that is the only way I find success during the week.

Lusting: I need a few pieces added to my spring/summer wardrobe. I have noticed that most of my black dresses have seen better days, they are faded and some of the fabric is pilling. I just cant seem to find any that I LOVE to replace them. I wont buy anything unless I absolutely love it these days. I have my eye on these sandals from Target. I think they would be so cute with my navy dresses that I have.

These blush beauties are calling my name. DV is one of my favorite brands!

I also like these ones in black. I feel they look really cute in person and I like the tiny little heel they have. Can you tell I have a thing for slides? I am going to need them to put their shoes back on sale! I hate that I missed 20% off last week.

Planning: Not too much going on this month. It is Chris’s birthday month, so hopefully I can plan a date for the two of us. Of course we have Memorial Day which I am looking forward to having off!!! And there is always Cinco De Mayo! I need to find a fun recipe to make this weekend to celebrate. And Mother’s Day is already next weekend. Crazy how fast it is all going to go, right??

Sassing: Seriously though, this pose!!!!!

Reflecting:

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. #ericthomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Buildyourlegacy #smallbusiness #dreambigger #diamondlegacygp #diamondlegacygroup #legacy

Laughing:

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3 Things

Jana comes up with the best three things lists every month, and I decided to play again!

Movies I quote often

  1. Step Brothers – Did we just become best friends? Why are you so sweaty? I was watching Cops.
  2.  Mean Girls – Boo, you whore!
  3. Clueless – I feel like such a heifer. I had two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M’s and like 3 pieces of licorice.

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Apps I use every day

  1. Instagram
  2. Zoe’s daycare camera app – I love checking in and seeing what she is doing!
  3. Overdrive (audiobooks from my library!)

Words I hate

  1. Girlboss
  2. Moist
  3. Roach – Ugh I shudder!

Most recent Amazon purchases

  1. Diapers
  2. Clairol Shimmer Lights Blonde Shampoo (keep my new highlights from looking brassy)
  3. Fit Simplify exercise bands

Weird foods I eat (or, stuff that most people find disgusting)

  1. Noodles and Beans
  2. Noodles and Cottage Cheese
  3. Blue cheese stuffed olives

Things I’m excited for in April

  1. Zoe’s Spring Picture Day
  2. Hopefully listing our house!
  3. Nice weather before it gets too hot
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Lately

Lately it has been crazy. Zoe came home from daycare Monday with a fever and I spent the rest of the week working from home trying to get her healthy for surgery and keep my head above water for work. Every time I look at my list of jobs I need to complete, it has grown. Good for business, but ummm yeah. A little overwhelming, you know? Plus, the cold that Zoe caught was so graciously passed on to me as well and I felt like death for about 2 and 1/2 days. I literally used an entire box of Kleenex in one day.

Zoe’s surgery went well on Friday. They sort of downplayed how she was going to be when she came back from the operating room. I may or may not have cried twice. Once when they took her back there, and once after the nurses left us alone with her and she was just sitting there crying and looking both pissed and terrified. She was pretty much back to her normal self later in the day though. Kids are so damn resilient.

Other than that, not much really to report. We stayed in this past weekend to keep Zoe healthy and resting. Chris’s parents came to visit her Friday afternoon, and my sister and oldest nephew came to visit Saturday for a few hours. Zoe loved all the attention and get well presents they came with. I didn’t hate all the snuggles and kisses Zoe was dishing out this past week. SO SWEET.

In other news, I got my hair cut and colored this weekend. LOVE.

I enjoyed some spicy shrimp sushi from Whole Foods after my derm appointment on Monday. It had been awhile since I had an all over skin check. I was worried about one mole in particular. Super happy to report everything looked good. I don’t know why I put things like this off, you know? I am trying to be better about that.

And in other exciting things, I won Cara’s giveaway and received the items last week!!! Cara is one of my favorite beauty gurus to follow because she shares a lot of affordable options and is super sweet.

What have you all been up to? Linking up with Biana. Hope you have a wonderful week!