July Favorites

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Hey WordPress friends! How are you doing? Hope you all had a fun July 🙂 I had the busiest month and made some of the best memories of the summer, and possibly for years to come! As you may have read a few weeks back, my computer broke down, and my summer term was starting on top of that, so I decided to make my weekly highlights into a monthly highlights feature. That way I could have more time to work on it and make it interesting and not something rushed and put out right away.

I decided to take some time and change up the structure of this feature, I added some new elements to it so hopefully you guys like what I put out! With that I’ll go ahead and jump right into July!

Favorite Experiences:

Fourth of July

Kristofer and I spent Independence Day with my parents and it was one of the most relaxing days that I’ve had in a long time. We spent the day on their boat, and we made our way down to the annual Blues Festival in Portland. The sun was out, the distant sound of jazz/blues was playing in the background and all of the sweet smells from the river were in the air. It truly was a perfect day. This time last year, Kris and I were preparing for our wedding and there was a lot going on even after it was over, so we never got a chance to spend time on the boat that summer. We were so glad we could make time for it this year.

We floated around in the water all day, and then once it was dark, we watched the fireworks together. It was beautiful! I did my best to put my phone away and enjoy the spectacle, but I wanted to snap a few photos to see if I could take one decent one, and I ended up with this gem ♥

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It’s a little difficult to see this in the background of the photo, but there is a huge bridge that goes over the water, and dozens of cars were pulled over into the shoulder to check out the show, it happens every year and it aways make me laugh.

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I took this photo on the way back to the dock. I don’t know what it is about being in the city at night time, but I fall in love with all of the lights when they turn on and interact with each other, and it looks even more beautiful reflected off of the water ♥

 

Portland Zoo Trip

For my friend’s birthday this year, she wanted to go to the zoo, so we spent the day there. Cute animals, nice weather, it was a great combination!

The giraffe on the left was being ridiculous and flailing his tongue around, literally. I couldn’t stop laughing, and thankfully I snapped a decent photo of it. In the middle is the baby elephant we saw, we arrived at the elephant exhibit right as feeding time was starting, so we got to see it splash and play in the water. The right photo, and quite possibly my favorite photo EVER, was taken in the goat petting zoo. I love goats, I think they are goofy and cute and adorable all at the same time, and I want to have a goat farm one day because I’m very weird…Anyway I took this photo of us together, and it seriously looks like he is smiling for the picture. How cute is that?! ♥♥♥

Afterwords, we drove into Portland to grab some Voodoo Donuts, because if you spend a day in Portland, you can’t not eat donuts from there. Afterwards we grabbed dinner and with it I had a delicious black cherry mojito (BEST drink at Buffalo Wild Wings, for sure) then called it a day. It was so fun and just so nice to get out of the house and out of town for a little while.

One Year Anniversary

The day after the zoo trip was me and my husband’s one year anniversary. Unfortunately I had to work later on that day, so we got up early to do our celebrating. I had a surprise planned for him where I wrote down several different reasons why I love him, and I hid them in different locations for him to find, like a scavenger hunt. He really enjoyed it and I really enjoyed planning it. When you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you learn to get creative with your gift ideas, and this is one I’m proud of ♥ Also, at the wedding, we had a cake specifically for us, and we had cupcakes for our guests. We were so busy during the reception that we only got a couple of bites, so when our anniversary came around on the 16th, we had basically an entire cake! Unfortunately we didn’t finish it in time before it went bad, but we were able to eat a decent amount still. I can’t believe it has been a whole year being married to this wonderful man, it has been the best year of my life ♥

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I took this photo of Kris while he was looking for all of the clues (each reason why I love him came with a clue for the next location).

John Mayer Concert

Kristofer and I saw John Mayer in Portland on the 22nd on his Search for Everything Tour at the Moda Center. It has been a couple of weeks, and I still can’t stop raving about how much fun it was! The best part about the whole night was that our tickets were upgraded when we got there. We ended up being just above ground level and a few hundred feet away from the stage. He played a lot of his new songs, and some old favorites of mine. One in particular that he played was Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ with the John Mayer Trio. I love love LOVE his version of it, and I was so overjoyed when I heard him sing it ♥♥♥ There wasn’t a dull moment at his show, and he always keeps up a conversation with his audience in between sets. It was so much fun!

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This is my favorite photo of the concert that I took, one of like…a million LOL.

The Night Game opened for him, and they had great music! The frontman for the band Boys Like Girls, Martin Johnson, helped form the group and they played a few of their new songs. If you have a chance, listen to their song Outfield, it’s very catchy!

 

Favorite Outfits

I wore this dress to the John Mayer concert. I bought it at Old Navy about a month ago, and finally had an excuse to wear it! It is a light material, so it was perfect for the part of the day we were standing outside in the hot sun.

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This outfit is pretty simple, but most of my wardrobe is, and I try to keep it that way. I wore this dress to my graduation ceremony last month and it was perfect for the hot weather I had to endure while sitting outside. So it is a great item for summer and is light enough to wear out. The cardigan was something I bought just a couple of days ago, and my, is it cozy! I usually go for sweaters and jackets that are grey or black because they can be paired with so much! Plus, this will be a good cardigan to wear for when the weather transitions into fall when it’s both warm and cool. I hope I can make this one last for a long time!

Favorite Songs

Emoji of a Wave by John Mayer – So I heard this song for the first time at the concert, and it is so pretty! What I love about his music is that it is very relaxing and calming to listen to, and this song is a perfect example of that to me. It is one of my favorite off of his new album and I listen to it on my drives to work/school to wake me up.

Hotel California by The Eagles – I watched an interesting documentary about the band on Netflix this month. I grew up listening to them so hearing all of their songs during the film sort of put me on a binge. This song is one of my favorites by them, and it’s definitely one of their most popular ones!

Diamonds by The Boxer Rebellion – I actually heard this song for the first time today! It was playing on the radio on my way home from school, and it made for some pretty great driving music. I’ll have to check out more of their music!

How’s It Going To Be by Third Eye Blind – Basically this entire album is amazing, but that’s a lot of music to include in one post ha! So This song was chosen because it’s one of my favorites. I did some serious crafting to this album this month, some of my best work!

This concludes my monthly favorites post, I hope you enjoyed reading all about my fun adventures! July was packed full of them, and I hope August and September will be the same. You will soon find out ! 😉

 

Little Things of the Week #6

Hey WordPress friends! What a week this has been! I’m so excited to get into the highlights, I had my finals this last week and graduated yesterday. I’ll go ahead and jump right into it!

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This last Wednesday was date night with Kris. We take turns every week on what we want to do. So two weeks ago I picked a movie night, and this week he chose to take me out to eat at this really cool Vietnamese restaurant in town called Kimhoa’s.

It was really fun! I can’t remembered the name of the soup I ordered, but it had egg noodles, pork and wan tons. It was so good! It took a while to eat though, because they didn’t give us forks in case we couldn’t handle the chopsticks and ladles, haha! I did eventually get the hang of the technique.

We had a really nice time here, and had an interesting discussion about the culture and about geography of that area in general. It was really fun to try and educational too. It was just fun to try something new, I love Asian foods but I had never tried Vietnamese until Wednesday. We will definitely go back!

The majority of my pictures are from yesterday, since it was definitely the highlight of my week! Yesterday, I graduated from college, and it was the best day!

I worked hard for five years, and I finally am getting what I hoped for all this time ♥

I will receive (after my final term this summer) my degree in Business, and hopefully with that, I will be able to have my dream job of being a Home Stager!

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I was really excited to find out that we were allowed to decorate our caps, so of course, for the entire month I was thinking of a million different ways I could do it. I finally decided on my Up themed cap as you can see here.

Songs of the week:

Who’s To Say → Vanessa Carlton – I love this song. It came up on shuffle while I was in the car, and I have been listening to it a lot this week. It has a pretty melody and chorus, and the words are great. It reminds me of when Kris and I were dating in high school and talked about getting married one day. Thankfully our families supported us, but a lot of other people we encountered would constantly tell us “You’re too young” or “marriage is no walk in the park, it takes work and it isn’t always fun”. Of course we knew all of these things, but we knew what we have is the real thing. So this song really speaks to me, because I got so tired of people saying things like that to us.

Also, she has so much talent and I want so badly to play piano as well as she does! I took lessons for nine years but I’m not quite at her level, ha!

That is the only song I have for this week, as well as highlights. It is much shorter than normal, but graduation really was the highlight of my week. Next week is my break before summer term, so I might have more adventures to share with you all.

Did any of you graduate this year? Any fun songs stuck in your head this week? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Little Things of the Week #5

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! It’s hard to believe it’s already coming to a close. I’ve been busy the entire time and now that I’m actually sitting down, I wonder how it went by so quickly!

Anyway, I had a really pleasant week, and I’m ready to share with you all some of the highlights!

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I took this photo in the school library on Tuesday. It was dead week last week (week before finals), and I decided to spend a few hours on the quiet flood and hammer some assignments out. I’m a weirdo, but I LOVE spending time on the quiet floor of the library. Absolute silence gives me peace and helps me relax, I know a few people who feel like they get anxious when there’s too much quiet, but I’ve always found it to be so pleasant.

I’m also not a very social person, I try and put myself out there now and then, but no one can talk or interact on this floor so that keeps me calm too. I finished a lot of homework that day, and then I came back and stayed for a few hours the next day. I was a very productive person for those two days!

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This is a photo of my planner, and as you can see it is very decorated! My mother in law works at a little craft shop and she bought me all kinds of stamps and stickers for my planner throughout the year. I’m OBSESSED with them. As silly as it sounds, I feel like making my planner a little colorful and decorated makes the day seem a little more cheerful ♥ I’m a planner, I have to plan my day out, but I also like to make things pretty, so writing out my schedule is one of my favorite parts of the day.

My favorite part of this entire week was date night with my husband, which was on Wednesday. There is an old movie theater in town that plays classic movies, and they feature a different one each week. So this week they played Jaws. I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy I am about that movie, I . Love. It. I first saw it when I was six years old. I realize that is very young, but for whatever reason, I loved it.

So Kristofer took me to see it at the theater, and I had the absolute best time. As cheesy as this is, I got a little tearful during the movie. I had such a busy week, and getting to watch something that I love, that is part of my childhood, it gave me an overwhelming sense of comfort…despite the fact that it’s a movie about a killer shark LOL. Anyway, it was the best.

I’ve seen footage of people in the audience of a theater when it first came out, and all of them screaming at once when something scary happened, and I’d always thought “Man, that would be so fun to experience, to go back in time when all these classic movies came out, getting to experience it for the very first time”. When I was watching it, I felt like I was back in 1975 when Jaws had first come out, and I even got to witness everyone jump in fear when something scary happened – of course I didn’t, because I’ve seen it so many times that I knew it was coming haha.

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This photo is out of order from the rest, but I spent last weekend with my friends – and former roommates up until I got married – and we went out shopping and just hung out together. They are two friends that I can be a goofball around, and I am so thankful they are part of my life ♥ When this was taken, they were getting ready to move and there were boxes everywhere. So naturally, I tried to fit into them hence this great photo.

I thought this week I’d also add a favorite music feature, and might continue it, we’ll see. But I love the show One Tree Hill, and I binged watched a few episodes this week. One of the best parts of the show is the music that plays in every episode. This show came out in the early 2000s, so whenever I watch an episode, it is such a musical throwback and I love it. There were a few songs that I heard in the show this week that were really fun to hear again.

The Mixed Tape – Jack’s Mannequin » I haven’t heard this one before until this week honestly, but it sounds like a lot of the music I listened to in my middle school years, you know,  when life was so hard and no one understood me (eye rolls encouraged LOL).

Move Along – The All-American Rejects » This song was a huge favorite when I was twelve…well…okay it’s still a favorite. I will always love this song. I have listened to this one on repeat on some pretty rough days.

A Message – Coldplay » Sadly, and in my opinion, Coldplay doesn’t have this wonderful sound anymore. This song, and this album in general was so amazing. I especially loved this song when I was in middle school. This is one of the albums that defined ages 11-14 for me.

The season I was watching aired in 2005-2006, so a lot of the music I loved at that time were during my middle school years. Hearing all those songs was a fun throwback for me!

I am sure there will be more music from OTH that I obsess over, so don’t you worry 😉

Anyway, that’s my week in a nutshell. I had a good one!

Do you have any fun throwback songs you’ve heard recently that you love? Any fun date nights you went on? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

Entryway Wall Makeover

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing well and having a good week. I wanted to share with you my recent project in the entryway of the apartment.

One of the first areas that I decorated when we moved in was the entryway wall, and I did it in such a rush that everything looked random and not very well put together (in other words, I was too impatient to wait and needed to decorate something, asap). So I decided to redo this wall and I am really pleased with the way it turned out!

 

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This is the finished product! My goal for this area was to fill up as much of the blank space as I could, and to make it the area of the apartment where the three of us (me, my husband and my brother in law) could find things of importance and keep each other up to date on things. We haven’t been very good about splitting up chores for example. We all do them, but sometimes we do the same one while the rest of the house is in need of some TLC, so I made a chart for dividing up household duties.

Along with that is our whiteboard calendar. I have had this calendar for almost a year now, and it has served as a helpful tool in keeping each other up to date on our work schedules and other events.

I think my favorite part of this project was finding the black wire basket. I found it at Michaels (I know, shocker) for about $15. I decided to make it our designated mail box where we keep important letters, bills, etc. I actually found a cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby last winter, and I decorated it and used it as a place for our mail, but it wasn’t helpful. Everyone kept forgetting it was on the bookshelf and mail would get lost and forgotten inside of it. So I figured I would start fresh with this wire basket, and make sure it’s well seen so that everyone will remember to open their mail.

I’ve had the decorative signs you see in the top right corner for a while now. I wanted to add them as the final elements to fill in the small space that was left. I found the “Home” sign at a fun little thrift shop called the Find near my college campus. The “131” drawing was made by me, with printer paper and black pen, pretty simple.

I am so glad I redid this wall, not only does it look more organized and put together, but it serves as a go-to area where all of us can keep up with what’s going on. With all of us having opposite work/class schedules, it can be hard to communicate sometimes, so this serves as another way of doing it.

If you are living with several roommates or family members and life gets busy among all of you, maybe try designating a specific area of your home to keeping each other posted and making sure responsibilities are taken care of.  I chose the entryway for this because it’s a spot that you can’t avoid when you walk into the apartment. I have had this up for a week now, and already my life is feeling more together – as much as it can anyway, I’m only 23 and have no idea what I’m doing.  😉

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!

 

 

Little Things of the Week #4

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Hey there readers, happy Sunday to you all.

As you probably already know, this post is a couple of days late. This last week was very busy for me, and this weekend I needed to take a breather. By Friday I was on the verge of tears, and I knew that for the weekend I needed to step away from my responsibilities and take some time to rest, so I did just that!

With that being said, I want to make a slight change to this weekly feature. Rather than have these out every Friday, I’m going to give myself a three-day window of time to work on it, that way if I need to take a small break after a busy week, I can do so. Graduation is coming up, and my work week has gotten a little more intense, and I’m having to adjust to all of this and it hasn’t been easy.

I enjoy blogging, and I am so grateful for every person that reads and subscribes to my blog, and I don’t want to let anyone down with inconsistencies, so I feel that this is the best change.

Now that I have said this, I will go ahead and jump into this week’s little things!

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I took this photo on my way to work on Wednesday, it was somewhere around 6 in the morning and the sun was just coming up. Because all of my classes this term are in the middle of the day, I had to start working morning shifts. I have to commute an hour between home and work, so if I have a 7am shift, that means I’m out of the door by 6am.

It’s pretty rough having to do this a few times out of the week, but certainly what makes up for it is the hour long drive while the world is still so quiet and peaceful, and getting to see the sun rise is such a wonderful treat ♥

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I have an embarrassing number of photos of my cat Nessy, but she is my best little pal on the nights I’m home alone while Kris is at work. I had a hard week, and I was exhausted the entire time, and so when I had a couple of hours to just relax on the couch, she napped with me the whole time ♥ I suspect she rediscovered the catnip that’s been sitting in her cardboard box that she plays in, and it mellowed her out, hence her tongue sticking out in this photo, haha! She is a goofball, but it brings me so much laughter and joy.

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This last photo was taken on Friday, in between my classes. Friday was crazy, CRAZY. I had two classes back to back, both of which I had to give a presentation with some group members. Public speaking is really difficult for me, so I was a stressed out ball of nerves and constantly on the verge of tears. It was just a lot that day. To make matters worse, I forgot to pack a small lunch with me, so by the start of my first class, I was starving! I texted my good friend Erin and asked her to bring me a sleeve of saltines in between my classes, but instead she surprised me with a taco, my favorite guilty pleasure food. I was so thankful  for her in that moment, and getting to chat with her for a few minutes while I ate really helped calm my nerves. It was exactly what I needed. She is a great friend ♥

That is all for this week, I wish I could have documented more, but as I said I had a lot going on. Regardless, I still had some pretty wonderful moments in this difficult week I could look back on!

Thank you all for reading!

 

 

 

Little Things of the Week #3

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Hey readers! This is my second post today, Fridays are almost always the days that I have time, so hello again!

I’m excited to get into this week’s highlights, mostly because that’s all I have to cling to this week. Sad, I know. I got really sick on Sunday with some kind of flu/cold hybrid. I felt awful all week and spent all of my time laying on the couch, I was a congested and feverish mess. Blech! Not a great week for me.

ANYWAY, this post is supposed to be about looking at the positive elements of life, so I will do just that!

Weekly Feature 3-1I took this photo last Sunday, when my husband and I were on our way back home after visiting with family.

That was the first day that I fell ill, and I was NOT doing well. I had taken some Dayquil just a couple of hours beforehand and experienced for the first time what it’s like to take medication that isn’t non drowsy in the middle of the day. It wasn’t unlike being tipsy after having a glass of alcohol. So I was both stuffy and dizzy, a great combination. It did help my symptoms though, so I can’t complain too much.

Anyway, during my hazy state of being, I snapped this photo of a bridge we crossed that overlooks the Willamette River. It was a beautiful day and I have a lot of fond memories of spending my summer days as a child at this river, so it was a comforting view during our car ride home ♥

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While I was confined to the living room couch for several days, I did what I could to entertain myself, and I continued on in my adventures with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It isn’t often during the school year that I get to just sit down and take some time to read a good book, and life just sort of forced me to that point this week. I wasn’t in the mood to do homework, and it wasn’t like I was going to my classes anyway, so I took advantage of the time and lost myself in the story. It helped me feel better and distracted me kept me from being sad and grumpy over my circumstances.

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This wonderful photo was taken on Thursday. I was still feeling pretty crummy, but I HAD to get out of the house. I was going crazy. So my sweet and wonderful husband packed us a lunch and we drove to the nearest park and enjoyed the sun. We didn’t do very much but walk around and take in the outside, but I enjoyed every moment of it. He decided to be a dork and attempt to put on my sweatshirt and steal my phone and run away with it halfway on his body.

This is why I love him so much, he will go out of his way to look ridiculous, but even though I roll my eyes, he knows that eventually I will start laughing. He provided me with many laughs that I was in dire need of this week ♥

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I ended this week in a pleasant mood, I had started feeling a lot better and could finally breathe through my nose again. I spent the last day of free time that I had by working on my wedding scrapbook. I have only been scrapbooking for a year, and it has all been on this particular event. I love it! I just want to document everything now so that I can decorate all over the photos! This put me in a calm and relaxed mood, and now I only have three more pages to finish!

 

This week was certainly difficult, the most difficult I’ve had in a while. But what I appreciate about this time is that my crummy circumstances forced me to slow down and take a break from work and school, because my body demanded it. Sometimes it’s necessary to take those breaks and remember how good it feels to sleep in, how good it feels to lay on the couch , curled up in your coziest blanket with a good book firmly in your grip. I forgot how necessary it is to slow down and turn off the outside world for a bit and focus on what I need, it was a blessing in disguise.

I’m thankful for this week.

Thank you all for reading! Did you have a hard week? A fun and memorable one? What were some negative aspects of it that actually turned out to be a good thing? Let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to hear from you!

Have a great weekend!

 

Little Things of the Week #2

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Hey everyone, good morning to you all!

As you may have noticed, yesterday I failed to put this post out as I said I would be doing every Friday. I had some personal things come up that required my attention and I unfortunately did not have any time left over to write. I am sorry!

I take my blog very seriously, and I want to make sure that I am consistent in my writing and as professional about the structure of this blog as I can be, and I messed up yesterday. I apologize, and I can assure you that I fully intend to write for this feature every week. I’m still learning how to fit blogging into my crazy life schedule and I still make mistakes now and then, and I’m sure mistakes will continue to occur and I plan to learn from all of them.

With that being said, I’ll go ahead and dive into this week!

This was definitely a good week, but it was also a busy one. I did twice as much homework as I normally do and Kris was sick, so not a whole lot actually happened unfortunately. But I still have some wonderful moments that I can pull out of it, and I think this week I’ll go for a “top five moments” approach.

#5 –  Monday Movie Night

On Monday, Kris and I sat down and had a movie night together, and it was everything that I needed that day. He normally works until late on Monday’s but he stayed home sick. I was exhausted from homework, and I had studied for a test all morning leading up to my class which was in the middle of the afternoon. So coming home from class after all of that and then having to do more really wiped me out! Kris and I decided that we would put our responsibilities aside and just sit down and watch something with each other, so being the adults that we are, we watched Shrek 2.

I really enjoyed that night together. I have seen this movie a thousand times, but knowing that you are watching it because you are making time to be with another person out of love for them makes the familiar experience a little more enjoyable ♥

#4 – Make Your Own Pizza

On that same night, after the movie ended, Kris and I went to the store and grabbed some ingredients to make our own pizza rather than order one. The interesting thing about our relationship is that I take so much enjoyment out of doing ordinary and simple things together. He loves to make food, LOVES it, and I know that this made him feel better since he was stuck at home sick all day for the second day in a row. I love getting to see him excited over making food, I can tell it is relaxing and fun for him to cook and I’m glad that it was able to brighten his day some.

#3 – Beautiful Oregon Sunshine

I had a really busy day on campus yesterday, but I was so happy to be there because of how bright and sunny it was! This is my last year at Western and I feel both excited and a little sad that soon I won’t be coming back. Springtime at Western is my favorite time because of how green the place looks, there’s nothing like it ♥ There are trees that hug the main campus road and they just engulf the whole area and it feels like I’m surrounded by nature rather than just school buildings.

#2 – Cleaning Up the House

Also yesterday, I took some time after my classes to clean up around the apartment. As you may have seen in my last blog entry A Great Perspective on House Cleaning, I take a lot of enjoyment out of doing chores around the house. I had a tall list of things to work on yesterday: homework, cleaning out my car, running a couple of errands, but cleaning really helped me to calm down and focus on whatever I was doing in that moment.

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy

The part of my week that made it to number one was definitely the movie night on Thursday when my husband and brother-in-law and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy together! I had been looking forward to this movie all week. Kris and I have been trying to set aside one day every week to be together and do something fun. He has never seen this movie and I was seeing it for the first time myself technically. I say technically because when I actually did see it for the first time, people were talking through the entire thing and I had no idea what was going on. Anyway, we all really enjoyed it! I love the Marvel universe and enjoy almost all of the movies that come out, and I’m really glad that I had a chance to finally see this one. Now I’m dying to see the second movie!

So that was my week this time around! It was not very eventful with homework taking over my time and poor Kris getting sick and having to take care of him. Regardless, there are always a few gems that I can pick out that help brighten a busy week, and I’m glad I had some moments that made this week fun and memorable!

Thank you all for reading!