(From my mini-adventure in Seattle: Pike Place Market / Lamplighter Books / Storyville Coffee / Left Bank Bookstore)
Happy Friday + Welcome to September!
As always, it’s been a busy week. However, I did escape to downtown Seattle on Wednesday for a little mini-adventure. While D. was busy with a work outing, I spent the afternoon chilling on my own. I checked out a few bookstores, grabbed a latte, and went to the Olympic Sculpture Park. I met up with D. later for dinner and (a few too many) drinks. It was a wonderful day, and we’re going to definitely do that more often!
Without further ado, here are my Friday favorites from this past week:
- I’m not a big smoothie fan, but I am looking for a more protein-packed, easy breakfast (I’m so lazy). The Chalkboard Mag has a few recipes I can’t wait to try – especially the carrot cake smoothie/shake!
- Aimee Song from Song of Style is in the middle of remodeling her new home, and has a drool-worthy list of small items to add to any home. I kinda want all of it.
- I’m always looking to clean up and simplify my beauty routine, and Into The Gloss has a great list of beauty products with the fewest ingredients. My life goal is to smell like a beautiful hippie, can you tell? 😉
- It’s been hot as balls here lately, which makes it so hard to cook (or better yet, want to cook). If we get another 90+ degree day, I’m gonna give this recipe for One Pot Summertime Pasta from Camille Styles a try!
- Now that fall is finally on its way, I’m looking into upping my shoe game. First up – a pair of green suede flats that don’t match anything I own, but will look killer anyway.
I’m off to keep working on some editing work, then hopefully spending the weekend relaxing and reading. I picked up Rebecca Solnit’s book The Mother Of All Questions at the library, and I think I could easily get through it this weekend while relaxing at the beach!
What are you up to this weekend?
Chopped Salad / Vietnamese Pork Soup / Pasta with Chicken and Zucchini / Oven-Roasted Ribs and Corn on the Cob
August was a challenging month for cooking. D decided to go low-carb, and wasn’t digging meat most of the month. Since I do the cooking, it’s my job to figure dinners out for him that meet those requirements (lucky me). Thankfully, it was hot as balls all month, so we ate a lot of salads or veggie-heavy meals. The ribs were a major success, and the first time I did them in an oven.
Lewis Creek Park / Cougar Mountain / Cougar-Squak-Tiger Mountain Corridor / Lakemont
I didn’t get out hiking as much as I wanted to in August, thanks to the crazy temperatures. It is cooling off finally, and I will hopefully get out more in September. In addition to exploring some new trails, I found a few places that I can go to write or chill out this fall when I need to get outside.
Coffee-fueled work session / First trip to Whole Foods ever / Re-potting plants / Trying new things…
After a bit of an un-motivated July, I took my time in August to get life back in order and get out of the house more. I found a great coffee shop to work in, got some chores done around the house, and hauled myself to a Whole Foods just to check things out. Oh, and the candy is because D was shocked I never had a Chick-o-Stick before (it was…kinda gross). It turns out there are a lot of candies I never had before. I guess I was more sheltered as a child than I thought (just kidding).
Make sure to check in during September for more updates on that trip to Whole Foods, what I’ll be wearing this fall, and a few easy DIY projects for fall!
Oh, and if you haven’t already:
One thing I haven’t done much of over the past year is read print magazines. This is partly because I don’t have the budget for it – over time, even cheap subscriptions add up. I also don’t have to buy many of my favorites in print anymore, thanks to the free digital service my local library provides. Going digital also helped me save precious space in our apartment – though I do sometimes miss thumbing through a stack of old Vogue or Real Simple issues for inspiration.
Every once in a while, though, I’ll make a special trip to my local bookstore or newsstand to bring home a few ‘zines I can enjoy on a quiet afternoon or evening, usually with a coffee or tea in hand. I don’t know what it is about print magazines, but they make for a more relaxed experience than swiping through magazines on my iPad. I read more carefully, more slowly, and more mindfully. It’s a ritual I didn’t realize I missed until I went back to it recently.
My occasional splurge often introduces me to publications I wouldn’t otherwise read. I picked up a copy of More recently, and found that I enjoyed it more than I did many years ago. Maybe I’m at an age where I relate to the content, or perhaps they were the ones who shifted – who knows. All I know is that I will definitely go back for More (pun totally intended) again.
So while I can’t go back to making this a regular habit, I do think I’ll take the extra few dollars (and few minutes) to pick one or two print magazines each month to savor over some tea and my new favorite chocolate from Trader Joe’s. While it is a frivolous expense, and one I know now I can certainly live without, it’s one that I do miss more than I remembered.