Life Lately: Winter Edition
aaaaaaand I’m back. Is this thing still on? Did you miss me? I sure missed you!
Here’s what’s trending in my world…
Good Old R&R
After the whirlwind that was Richmond for Halloween, celebrating my 27th birthday, traveling to Miami for work, then Orlando for family, then hosting Thanksgiving…I crashed. PTL (Praise The Lord for all you heathens) that my company COMPLETELY shuts down between Christmas and New Years. I SLEPT SO MUCH! It was fabulous to really, truly unplug and relax. No, I will not admit how many episodes of America’s Next Top Model I (re-)watched. Seasons 1-14 are free with Amazon Prime though, guys. Just sayin’.
Getting Clean (With Food, That Is…)
I have a new Bible: The Medical Medium by Anthony William. Yes, this is the diet that Gwyneth Paltrow Goop-ified. It’s also probably what inspired her to name her daughter Apple. It’s 95% fruits and veggies, all day ee’ery day. Nick and I are on Day 5 of a 28-day “reset” plan. OK, by “Day 5” I mean we are following the plan 100% until dinner. At dinner, we will have a hot meal that is veggie-packed, but also has a small amount of protein (beans or meat) as well as carbs (rice.) This helps us sustain the diet. So far, results are WONDERFUL. And guys…. I EVEN GAVE UP COFFEE!!!!! More to report later. Until then, just go buy the book. Now, please!
Despite my obsession with the Youtube makeup/beauty community, I have NEVER been able to “do” eyeliner. Since the age of 16, I’ve bought one eyeliner pen/liquid/doodad every year or so, only to try it out, get frustrated with my shaky hands and messy lines, then throw it in the garbage in disgust. Rinse. Repeat. 2019 is the year that will change. I’ve started including eyeliner in my “every day face look” and, while not perfect, I actually am improving! And enjoying the look! It’s never too late to try something new.
The Story of Sewer Kitty
One cold night in early December, as I was leaving the office, I hear a faint “mew!” in the bushes. There was a kitty! Talking to the front desk, turns out, he had been there for a few weeks. So I did what any rational person would do: Stalk the cat for 2 hours after work in a futile attempt to catch him. In my pursuit, I met 2 other women who were on the same rescue mission. But he was a fast little fellow and hid in the sewer so we couldn’t catch him.
For the next week, the Sewer Kitty Rescue Committee brought tuna and cat food to the sewer to try to lure him out. I spent most lunch breaks outside, chillin with our new pal. I got SO close a few times, but no cigar. Thankfully, another woman DID rescue the kitty, and adopted it! Hooray for happy endings! But I do kind of miss having my furry work-time friend :(
There’s no right way to seque into tough topics. But to say this HASNT been part of my “life lately” would be a lie. After a long health battle, on December 8th, my Uncle Jack passed away. Even though it was “expected”, even though it was “what he wanted”, even though I got a chance to say goodbye… it still hurts. I’m still missing my favorite Uncle every day. But, I know if he read this right now, he’d say “Come on!” (more like: “Come aaaaaaahn!”) at all my crying, make a waving gesture with his hands as if to wash it away, and tell me to stop worrying about it and move on. So that’s what I’m trying to do.