Monday, April 29, 2019

Step Into My Week

I am happy to report that I survived my first full week back last week and am here to tell the tale! It was a busy one which was kinda nice since it made the week feel as though it went by quickly. I have another full week this week before I have another shortened week to head to my childhood best friend’s wedding (seriously questioning how we’re old enough for her to be getting married).

As for this past week, Monday started with finalizing resources for our July/August issue and working ahead on copy for September. I also spend a decent bit of time each Monday responding to comments on various social platforms and getting back to anyone who called or emailed us over the weekend. We had a team meeting in the afternoon, and aside from that, I continued to work on different things I had written on my to-do list. After work, I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up some lettuce and other lunch box essentials before heading to the Y to workout. I came home, showered, and made dinner before watching Netflix’s new movie, The Perfect Date, with my roommate.

Looking back at my planner to write these posts (since I can’t seem to remember how things differ day to day without it) usually gives me a good indication of how busy I was on a given day and Tuesday had every to do list line filled. I did a lot of editing on upcoming home stories and worked ahead on the resources for a special issue we have coming up. After work, I went to the Y and walked on the stair climber for a while (that always seems harder than running to me) before doing some arm and ab exercises. I came home and showered and then ate dinner before doing a little blog work before bed. 

Wednesday wasn’t quite as crazy work-wise since a lot of the stuff I was trying to accomplish required me to wait for responses from the people I was reaching out to. I worked on one of our photographer’s upcoming travel schedules along with completing my usual tasks. After work, I came home and went for a run ending it at Nell’s apartment so that we could go on a walk together. Her roommate Madeleine joined, and the sun was setting by the time we finished. Nell drove me to my house and stayed for a bit to catch one another up on life. At this point it was late, so I ate, cleaned up, and got in bed. 

On Thursday I continued to work on the travel schedule I had started the day prior and also got ahead on social captions for the month of May. I find that doing a bunch of captions and scheduling at once is what works best for me when it comes to planning out content. Our team had a meeting with a PR agency we work with frequently and most of the rest of the day was spent accomplishing various tasks. After work, I went to the Y to workout and came home to quickly shower and eat dinner before bible study that night.

Friday started as it usually does with coffee and some time on my computer at Starbucks. It’s funny to think about the fact that going into work at 8:00 instead of 7:00 somehow allows me more time to accomplish little blog related tasks than I’d expect. I knew that I’d have a lot to do despite having a half day since we got our binder back for one of our upcoming special issues back. This binder took me longer than normal since I had to check more resources with page numbers than I usually do since the magazine is focused entirely on interiors. I finished going through it at noon on the dot and left the office feeling relatively accomplished. After work, I came home and unloaded the dishwasher while making and eating lunch. I hadn’t slept particularly well during the week and had been looking forward to the nap I took for the better part of the week. After waking up from that, I decided to head to get some blog work done before running a couple of errands. Pretty much all of my friends were out of town this past weekend, so it was up to me to come up with my own fun. This resulted in a trip to home depot to get flowers for my window boxes. I went for a walk once I got home from those errands as an excuse to listen to the audiobook I had started the day before, The Royal We. Once I got back, I decided to experiment a little for dinner with chicken stuffed baked avocados. I’m going to have to test out this recipe again before sharing it with y’all since I managed to drop the stuffed avocados in the oven which made such a mess. Fortunately, they tasted much better than they looked. Afterward, I watched Crazy Rich Asians while working on yesterday’s Mother’s Day gift guide. Once the movie was over, I got in bed and went to sleep.

Saturday morning, I woke up and got ready so I could pick up two friends and head to the farmer’s market at Pepper Place. We wandered around for a bit (stopping to pet lots of dogs while there) and eventually I dropped the friends off before heading to get the last few plants for my window boxes. I came home and planted those deciding to place them on our front porch (fingers crossed they survive). I made lunch and then decided to enjoy the amazing weather we were having by reading magazines on our back deck before going on a walk while listening to my audiobook. I was supposed to do stuff with a friend that night but that ended up falling through so I stayed in, watched a movie, and planned ahead some blog content instead. I went to bed relatively early.

Sunday morning, I woke up and drank my coffee and ate my breakfast in bed before getting ready to go for a run. The weather was overcast but warm, so I was glad to knock that out before the afternoon. I came home and did some laundry and started the dishwasher before eating lunch and heading to a coffee shop to write blog text. After that, I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up a couple of things for the week before meeting up with a few friends at Back 40, a brewery in Birmingham. Once I got home, I caught up with my roommate who had been at a conference all week and went on a walk to talk on the phone with my parents. After getting back, I showered and made dinner so that my roommate and I could watch a movie before going to bed.

I hope that your weekend and the past week was nice as well! I think this week will be a fun one with some plans during the week and for the weekend already in place. 


Reading: I recently finished reading (listening to) From The Corner Of The Oval
This book was one that my dad had found and thought I might like. He is really great about discovering books that are not as well known and suggesting or gifting them to my brother or me. I saw that this was available to listen to on the Libby app and gave it a try. It was narrated by the author which I liked and gave a unique perspective on what it’s like to travel as an employee of the White House. 

Watching: The Bold Type
I had watched the previous seasons of this show and had no idea that new episodes were already coming out again. I’ve been watching it using the Freeform app on our AppleTV and have liked having a show with new episodes to look forward to.

Wanting: This Dress
I’m picturing it with a cute white jean jacket for my summer travels. I’m not one too typically be drawn to pieces from FreePeople, but this reminds me of something I’d find and fall in love with on Tuckernuck’s site. 

Loving: Cereal for Dinner
I feel like eating cereal for dinner screams broke college student, but it’s the easiest meal that on occasion I crave. Call me crazy, but after doing that one-night last week, I planned it into my meals for this week. 

Whether headed to the farmer’s market, work, or to run errands I keep reaching for this piece. I sized up to a medium in it since they were out of the small when I initially ordered it. It comes in 4 colors and is worth a try if you want an easy go-to top for spring and summer. 

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