Currently – The January Edition

from @ninacosford on instagram

How’s January going so far?  I feel like it’s been a year since the holidays — getting back into the swing of things has been tough.  Trying to get on top of things and stay there has been most of what I’ve been doing this month.

Lately I’m …

Sipping:  Anything and everything I can out of this Yeti thermos.  My sister gave it to me for Christmas and I’m loving it.  I’m a Yeti fan and I have quite a couple tumblers and a mug of theirs, but none of those can be completely sealed, which makes it way less convenient to use them outside of the house.  But you can completely close this thermos!  Game changer!

Watching:  Continuing my YouTube cooking video adventures (shout out to last month’s Alison Roman obsession), I’ve been bingeing all of Bon Appetit’s video content since Christmas.  Neither “bingeing” nor “all” is an exaggeration.

Reading:  I’m subscribed to the Dinner:  A Love Story monthly email and this fun resolution blog was shared in the most recent edition.  The author resolved to host a dinner party each month during 2019 — she was successful and each post is a recap of the month’s dinner.  I love it!

Hearing:  CÉLINE DION!  I got so lucky and was able to see her show earlier this month.  The tickets were a complete surprise and she was perfect.  If you’re a fan who maybe hasn’t listened to Céline on repeat for a while, here’s your nudge to revisit her discography and scroll through her Instagram.

What are you loving lately?

Happy 2020!

from @thrift_plantabode_

Happy 2020 everyone!  Are we all still standing after our celebrations?  Are we successfully surviving our first truly post-holidays day?  Barely, over here.  After a few weeks off, I’m struggling with the very idea of getting back into the swing of things.  But 2020 has arrived, whether I’m feeling up to it or not, and that means it’s time for resolutions!

This year, instead of making a long list of resolutions as I have for the past few years, I’m focusing on one word:

SUSTAINABILITY

My goal in 2020 is to consider the things I do through the lens of “sustainability”.  But since that’s such a popular word, let me be really clear about what I mean.  I’m talking “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level”, not necessarily environmental sustainability.  My 2020 will be all about ensuring that I’m making choices, building habits, etc. that I can keep up and that will serve me in the long run.  After several years of making goals that I think I should want to accomplish, or that just don’t fit into my life in a way I can maintain, this feels right.

I’ll post here and there about the things I’m doing — you can check on a consolidated list of posts as they’re shared here.  So far, I’ve been thinking about doing more yoga, trying to make sourdough bread, and getting outside more often.  Sounds sustainable, right?  😉

2020, let’s do this!

Let’s Review: 2019

Happy New Year’s Eve!  I’m hustling around today, getting things ready for the little shindig we’re throwing tonight.  We’re keeping it pretty simple — pizza, drinks, and games at home — but I’m trying to squeeze in a full apartment clean-up and maybe a yoga class.

But before I dive into party prep, it’s time to reflect on 2019.  My sister and I started the year with another Whole30I worked out most mornings and made serious progress with my strength.  For my birthday, I got to meet a couple sloths!  About halfway through the year, I made a career change — to a whole new industry, back to working in an office instead of from home.  Since then, I’ve been tired!  My boyfriend and I spent Labor Day weekend in Seattle, and a month later my family spent a long weekend in Charleston.  I had a couple very delicious Thanksgiving dinners and four separate Christmas celebrations.  Right now, I’m feeling happy and full.

I did an okay job on my list of 19 Things in 2019.  I tried and failed to train for a 5K or 10K, but that’s okay.  I still cuss more than I should and I didn’t really make it through my creative projects.  But I crushed my reading goal, traveled a bit, went to a meditation class, and enjoyed quite a few massages.

On the blog front, your top 5 posts of 2019 were:  The Joy of Cooking French Toast, Whole30 Corned Beef Hash, Can we talk about Gilmore Girls?, Notes from The Book of Joy, and 2 Weeks of ClassPass ATL.  But my favorite posts were:  Happy Belly – Part 8 (a Whole30 edition!), Quick Snaps from Seattle, and Lots More Quick Snaps from Charleston.

I’m not quite ready to get back to the everyday grind, so for now I’m hopping offline to enjoy my last couple days of vacation.  See you in 2020!

Currently – The December Edition

from Carly the Prepster

The big day is right around the corner — is everyone feeling the Christmas spirit?  I’m officially out of the office for the remainder of the year and I am looking forward to some down time.  I’ve got plans to catch up on sleep, do a lot of yoga, and spend all sorts of time with my family.

Lately I’m …

Planning:  All the refreshes for the new year.  I like using the start of the year as motivation to get everything in order, so I have a to-do list of clean-up projects that I’ll working through during the next week.  Among other things, I’ll be cleaning out my pantry, my cleaning products, and my pens!

Hearing:  I was at a yoga class earlier today and this jazzy, swingy version of The Nutcracker Suite was playing beforehand — it was fun!

Watching:  Kind of by accident, I recently started watching Derry Girls.  I love it!  Also every Alison Roman cooking video from NYT.  I absolutely loved Small Kitchen, Big Thanksgiving and have watched it more than once.

Using:  These toothbrushes for Target.  My mom and sister found them and I just love their aesthetic!  I’m not that picky about toothbrushes, but I do find the bristles to be nice and soft-but-not-too-soft.

What are you loving lately?

A Trip to Charleston

Forever ago, I shared some snapshots from my family’s trip to Charleston in October.  Now I’m back with a bunch of trip details and more photos!  This trip was fun and chill, and it mostly centered around wandering and eating — just the way I like it.  As always, this was a walking-heavy trip, so I’ve included mileage for our big exploring days, just in case that’s of interest.

Now let’s get down to it.

Friday

We started our trek from Atlanta to Charleston midmorning, so we arrived ready for a snack.  We toyed with a few options and decided to head to Fuel.  We shared the Queso Carne and a plate of wings.  Not mind blowing food, but it was good, and the vibe of the restaurant was really nice.  We sat on the back patio next to a couple sipping margaritas and playing a card game!

We did a little neighborhood wandering before heading back to our Airbnb to get ready for dinner.  My boyfriend and I had dinner reservations at R. Kitchen.  We lucked into a pair of seats at their West Ashley location, which I think ended up being a best case scenario — the Downtown location would’ve been great because it’s walkable from most of central Charleston, but we heard from the chefs that it is always crazy-crowded and my family confirmed!

There were about 10 of us in attendance for dinner; the space has only about 15 seats.  The entire dinner was prepared, served, and described to us by two chefs.  They used ingredients that they had on hand, were local, and were seasonal.  The dinner consisted of five courses and we loved them all:

  1. Red Pepper and Coconut Milk Soup:  I’m not big on soup or red peppers, but this was great.  It was warm and rich, but not too filling.
  2. Mediterranean Egg Roll with Homemade Tzatziki:  These were basically Spanakopita in egg roll form, which is an excellent idea.  And the tzatziki was so delicious.
  3. Fried Shrimp and Calamari with Squash and Zucchini:  Mmmmm fried things!  Everything in this was lightly battered, fried, and topped with a very generous shower of grated parmesan.  We were also given a homemade lemon aoili to use for dipping.  It was such a nice combination.
  4. Sous Vide Ribeye with Mashed Potatoes, Hericot Verts, and a Mushroom Gravy:  This was a gourmet take on meat and potatoes, which is never a bad thing.  The chef said we didn’t want to know how much butter was in the potatoes (No cream!  All butter!) — they were the best thing on the plate.
  5. Cornmeal Vanilla Cake with Berries and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream:  Dessert was a fun twist on vanilla cake.  The chef incorporated cornmeal into the batter, skipping some sugar in favor of the inherent sweetness of the corn.  It was delicious!

Stuffed and happy, we went straight to bed so we’d be well-rested for lots of walking on Saturday.

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