The Whole Whole30

I know that you have been waiting on pins and needles for the post where I tell you all about all the Whole30 fun we’ve been having the last month. Well, I live to please, complete with question prompts that you never thought of asking. Whole30collage3

Did you actually do it without cheating? Yes… mostly. By that I mean there were a total of three times were a couple bites crossed my lips that weren’t totally clean. Two out of three were premeditated decisions…. does that make it better? But on the whole, we were hardcore. I made my own mayonnaise, read endless labels at the grocery store, pretended that ghee was awesome, and nary a donut or spoonful of mac n’ cheese crossed my lips.

What were the awful parts? Other than the night where I had dream after dream that I was chasing a loaf of bread? We love eating out. I didn’t realize how much until it was rendered super difficult by our restricted diet. It isn’t even that we eat out all the time, but I really missed being able to meet friends for dinner without scouring menus before, being able to grab lunch at work if I forgot it, and being able to take part in all the fun eating that happens at social events. The table is a place for gathering, and limiting how much we can take part proved kind of isolating at times.

I also got so tired of the time I had to spend planning and making my meals. So many hours grocery shopping, planning meals, roasting endless trays of veggies. One night I almost cried thinking of having to cook again the next day. By the the end though, I had a system. I mastered some simpler meals and got in the habit of planning for more leftovers and throwing extra veggies on the edge of the roasting pan at dinner so that I could toss them in a omelet the next morning. Initially I also bemoaned the money spent. People, eating like a caveman is not cheap. But by the end, we had re-embraced the wonder of compliant canned and frozen veggies, and smaller portions of meat. Plus, when I did a big comparison, I think that the lack of eating out balanced out the surplus spent on groceries.

Finally, in the beginning, we were hungry. It took awhile for our stomachs to adjust, and for us to figure out that you have to eat a LOT of veggies to get that full feeling you get from tasty grains.

What made it easier?  We did this as a team, joined by my parents, my brother and his fiancé, and another couple we are close to in DC. My dad and I texted each other multiple times a day, checking in and encouraging. He and my mom are actually making it a Whole60 because they felt so good. Having friends near and far joining us meant that we had people who could join us for drink-less and dessert-less dinner parties or text sessions. We had people to share recipes with, to join us in our crazy. I also did a happy dance daily over my Good Earth Sweet and Spicy tea, the only tea I have that was tasty without any sweetener. Not sure I could have done this without my tea and fruit crack, aka clementines. I also spent an inordinate amount of energy looking forward to my almond butter and Lara Bar snacks.

What did you eat? Because I am a list maniac and I wanted to be able to look at everything in retrospect, I actually kept a list of all dinners and any standout lunches and have added it at the bottom of this post. You’re welcome. Links provided if they exist. Many without links were inspired by the feeds of both Whole30 Recipes or Bitsofbbskitchen. If there is any so tempting you can’t even handle it, leave a comment and I will rummage up the recipe. I also enjoyed a week of lunches from DC Power Supply  that I won through their #mypowermoment contest. I can’t say enough good things about these tasty meals. It was so nice to have someone else make my high maintenance Whole30 lunches. If you are in the area and want to let someone else do the work of cooking, use the code DTRZ to get a free meal added to your first order!

Was any of this worth it? Yes, a thousand times yes. There are the obvious things, like the fact that I easily dropped a little over ten pounds in a month and started falling asleep instantly — something that my insomniac self could hitherto only dream of. My skin feels a little glowy and I enjoyed a month without routinely feeling that sick-full feeling.  But this “diet” did so much more than that. I feel good, profoundly good. My body just feels in line, in touch with itself and able to work to its best ability. Even more than that, this diet slapped some much needed discipline in our lives, just like we wanted. And in a weird sort of way, it set me free from food in a way I’ve never been before. That shouldn’t be the case, as I literally had to think about food all the time. But I didn’t feel controlled by it, didn’t feel stressed about getting more or less. I realized that I am strong enough to make good decisions about what I eat, something I never really thought possible.

Still, it also taught me that no diet is a perfect solution, a Holy Grail to all our problems. I still had the same pesky breakouts that a woman far past her teens just shouldn’t have. James actually felt worse on the Whole30, or at least never really got past feeling hungry. It’s a good reminder that food matters, that what we put in our bodies has a huge effect in how effective those bodies are in this world. But it is still just food. It cannot overcome our genetics, cannot fix our problems, cannot curb our emotions. It is one element of a full life, one that demands daily decisions to be met with wisdom. But it is still just food. A whole life realizes that, keeps it in its place, and moves forward.

What now? Well, I’m done making my own mayonnaise and James texted me “BREAD!!!!!!” excitedly the day we were done. But I think we are going to try to still cook mostly Whole30-esque at home. And when we are out, when we are with friends, when we have that lazy Sunday night pizza craving — we are going to eat what we want and not feel the slightest bit guilty. An important part of any discipline is knowing when to let go and live a little.Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

And now the epic list of what we ate: Avocado burgers over arugula, sauteed mushrooms, sweet potato fries / Chicken thighs roasted with collard greens and tomatoes (recipe coming soon!) / spaghetti squash with spicy sauce (sausage, onions, peppers, mushroms) and green beans / roasted chicken and potatoes (from Smitten Kitchen cookbook) with spiced green beans / stir-fry chicken and broccoli with cauliflower rice /  cabbage with sausage and potatoes / steak with Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes / roasted chicken and veggies with cauliflower mash / Shepherd’s pie and roasted asparagus / Chicken lime burgers with avocado, spinach, and salsa /  rosemary pork tenderloin with roasted butternut squash and green beans/ shrimp and veggie kabobs with steamed broccoli/ Zuppa Toscana / Almond “fried” chicken with collard greens and roasted parsnips / (compliant)  bratwurst and sauerkraut / chicken enchilada soup / paleo chili / cumin rosemary pork chops and roasted broccolini / Roasted chicken and kale / walnut grape chicken salad / creamy tomato cauliflower soup / sweet potato and leek hash with eggs/ brunch with bacon and an egg and veggie scramble topped with avocado and salsa

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This & That

Some reading and viewing from around the internet to make your Tuesday less productive than it otherwise would have been. joelrobinson_reading7James: “You will love this video — it has all of your favorite things!”

Hannah: “Taylor Swift? Ponies? The color yellow?”

James: “Um….what? Seriously? The color yellow?”

Hannah: “You said my favorite things — I love yellow!”

James: “Ok no – but I promise. All your other favorite things. Just watch.”

Then I did watch this video and he was SO RIGHT.  And then I watched this one too, and I just can’t get over it. I have a special nostalgic spot for the Bayside gang. I used to sneak “Saved by the Bell” episodes on super low volume while my mom made dinner, because for some reason it was deemed unsavory for my tender self. Hello nineties in all your different standards of TV purity!

Today marks day 30 of our Whole30 adventure! Don’t you worry — there will be a full-length post with way more than you ever wanted to know about my thoughts on thirty days of hunger, I mean, healthy choices, but for now, some other food articles that struck my fancy lately. Reading  what 5 nutritionists eat for a day instantly made me feel the need to climb right off the high horse of dietary superiority that I’ve been riding the last month. That article led me to this recipe, the write-up of which reminds us that Carbs are not the devil, something proved especially true by  James’ response to the Whole30.

It’s love day this weekend – are you celebrating? Hating? Holding alternate protest-parties? I love those, because they usually include cupcakes. In other love news, I just can’t get over this season of the Bachelor, in which the crop of women and the producers are managing to parody themselves in every single episode.  I know I have shared way too many Bachelor recap links in the past for you to still respect me, but here’s one more, a Bachelor recap that expresses some of the psychologically intriguing things unpacked in the show.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that my closet purge left me in search of booties (and boots), the items deemed missing and essential from my wardrobe. You all came through with some great suggestions! I crushed on these and these and these for awhile before finally committing to these, not because they were necessarily better, but because they were $20 after the bazillion coupons and discounts that Kohls hurls your way. I know, still new to this “pay more for quality” thing. Luckily, they have proved super comfy and were complimented by one of my students so I feel like a rockstar. Plus, the pair of booties I have worn devotedly for 3 years were $8 from Target, so I am not convinced spending more always gets you more.

The pictures in this post are from this series on the abstractions of reading by Joel Robison and I love them all. They basically sum up my entire life this semester.

I used to be a hardcore This American Life listener, but after the intensity of Serial, I feel a little bored. Anyone have any great new podcasts they are loving? James and I have been listening to Invisibilia lately, but I would welcome all podcast recommendations, as they are the thing that gets me through my runs.

You all know how I have long loved Ashley’s blog. Recently she wrote an awesome post that every Christian who is getting overly fired up about the wrong things (like yoga pants) should read.

My friend Christine started a blog that any of you with babies (or who, like me, have just been to so many showers that you are strangely fascinated by baby gear and fashion) should check out. It is highly probable that she has more style and class in her little finger than I have in my whole body, and she shares some great baby, home, and motherhood thoughts.

This article about an Ikea table had me in tears. TEARS. As in, water running down my face because of that bland lack table that so many of us transient souls have found in our living rooms. In a city where everyone is constantly here for “just a few years,” and constantly looking for the next best thing, it seems perfect to trace our lives through cheap furniture. (PS: one of our weekends as told by our own Craigslisted Ikea table.)

Finally, I don’t actually expect most of you to read this last link, as it is far less fun than babies, food, footwear, or Jimmy Fallon. But should any of you be interested, I read T.S. Eliot’s preface to his translation of Pascal’s Pensées a couple weeks ago for my exam prep and I keep rolling his words over in my soul.

“In this distinction Pascal offers much about which the modern world would do well to think. And indeed, because of his unique combination and balance of qualities, I know of no religious writer more pertinent to our time. The great mystics like St. John of the Cross, are primarily for readers with a special determination of purpose; the devotional writers, such as St. François de Sales, are primarily for those who already feel consciously desirous of the love of God; the great theologians are for those interested in theology. But I can think of no Christian writer, not Newman even, more to be commended than Pascal to those who doubt, but who have the mind to conceive, and the sensibility to feel, the disorder, the futility, the meaninglessness, the mystery of life and suffering, and who can only find peace through a satisfaction of the whole being.”


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Jackie & David

When you are a family, it’s important to have house rules, things that you do and that you do not do. For instance, James and I decided after multiple meals of paying way too much for way too little food that we do not do tapas. We do our own version of the rules to a couple card games. We do not do weekend activities before noon. We do brunch… after noon. We do not do workouts together.

And, after 2013, we do not do holiday weddings. In 2013, we went to weddings two days after Thanksgiving and two days after Christmas. We loved these friends and I absolutely would not have wanted to miss their marriages for anything, but it did prompt us to make another house rule: no holiday weddings. When you add weddings to an already complicated calculus of splitting time between families, we are stretched too thin to give quality time to anyone.

Though I love our calmer holidays as a result, I was so sad that it  meant missing Jackie and David’s wedding. Jackie was a really special friend during the months that James was gone and I loved hearing about her love story with her Scot. Their engagement photos last September are some of my favorites and I knew her New Year’s Eve wedding would be so much fun. Which is why I was thrilled when Jackie took me up on my offer for a post-wedding shoot in DC, the city where she and David met, and the city that she left a couple weeks ago when she followed her new husband to their new home in Scotland. She already had amazing photos from her wedding day from Sally O’Donnell photography… but who doesn’t want to wear their dress again and wander through some of DC’s best spots? No one, that’s who. Jackie and David, thanks for sharing one of your last stateside days with me!

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Good decisions.

Ruthshower-4 Ruthshower-5 Ruthshower-7Ruthshower-6 Oh hi there.

It’s been a little slow on the old blog lately, with only one post in the last 10 days or so rather than my normal onslaught of lists you don’t really need and too many pictures of brunch. What – you didn’t even notice??? Thanks a lot.

Lately I have been trying to work on making good decisions, wise decisions, and finally doing some of that saying no that I woefully failed at last semester. It’s meant slugging through books on my PhD reading list instead of blogging, giving time to morning devotions instead of numbly scanning social media, dragging myself out of bed for early morning runs on the weekend instead of sleeping in, getting through another day of Whole30 even though I would sell my soul for some Totinos frozen pizza, and listening to podcasts in the kitchen while I help James with dishes instead of using that time to binge on my  poor taste in TV. It’s been quieter, less photo-worthy, and deeply, profoundly, good.

This is not to say that life has been especially calm the last couple weeks. Yesterday I made tea and never got to drinking it ( I know, I know, my mom friends are like “STORY OF MY LIFE”), which meant that when I found it this morning, I just shrugged and reheated that day-old tea because it will be one of those days. Hashtag Live Authentic. Between James’ long work days and my own academic responsibilities, the only way we can get any of that much-needed calm is to pass on a lot of “fun” things. So that’s what we’ve been doing, and I don’t really regret it. I actually managed to turn down three fun things last weekend, one of which included uninviting the Bach Bunch to come over and catch up on Prince Farming’s search to find love and avoid psychopaths. Instead, I did 4 loads of laundry, studied a lot, and made a bazillion tiny fruit tarts for my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s bridal shower. But don’t worry - I learned my lesson and let Trader Joe’s provide a lot of the rest of the food.

Usually I take tons of photos at showers like these, but in continuing my spirit of creating some space to just enjoy things, I took all of 7, and then sat back and reveled in hosting a party for my brother’s impossibly wonderful fiancé instead of overdocumenting it. To top off a post about good decisions, I refer you to the above photos of Ruth blowing glitter in my face at our sparkly themed shower. Glitter is ALWAYS a good idea. That person who was all over the internet because he would let you send glitter to your enemies? That man is a HUMANITARIAN, spreading a little sparkly round the world. I also think his site proved to be fake, making him a doer of untold evil, promising glitter and failing to provide.

Anyway, I will tie these barely congruent rambles up with two pictures I did take. And by saying that I hope you all make good decisions this week, which is to say, find a way to blow glitter in someone’s face.Ruthshower-1 Ruthshower-3


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Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherds Pie-12Shepherds Pie-2James: So… I really can’t eat anything tasty, can I?

Hannah: No – you can eat so many things! Just no sugar, dairy, alcohol, grains, legumes, or processed foods.

James: So… can I have granola bars?

Hannah: No.

James: How about beef jerky?

Hannah: No.

James: Pork rinds?

Hannah: No- and that’s disgusting.

James: I don’t get to have anyyyythingggggg. Basically my life will be all black coffee and bland crackers.

Hannah: Um, no – you can’t have crackers.

James: WHAT. So basically we are just surviving on pretension and snobbery… right?

Shepherds Pie-2If I had to estimate, the above conversation, in some version, happens approximately every day in our home as we both forge forward in this Whole30 business.  I know that you are just dying for our full play-by-play of these thirty days, and I promise that it shall indeed come eventually, but for now just know that I feel great… other than when I feel hungry. Until we mastered the art of getting enough protein and calories in eating mostly veggies and stuff, we both felt pretty hungry and annoyed for the first couple days. But now, now we are champions.Shepherds Pie-3Shepherds Pie-4There are many great recipes clogging up the internet and boasting about being Whole30 appropriate. Some of them look good, while others look like suspicious blobs of food punctuated with strange colors and things like “coconut aminos.” I do not know what coconut aminos are, nor will you find them in my kitchen, my mother’s kitchen, or the shelves of a local Piggly-Wiggly (may they rest in peace).  Which is to say, I promptly skip recipes that involve huge departures from standard practice and normal ingredients.

Shepherds Pie-5Shepherds Pie-6This is not to say that our past 16 days have not been without great food exploration and discovery. They have. But I draw the line at the point of Whole30 meals not resembling anything I would want to eat at any other point in my life.  We have eaten some truly delicious things these past weeks, but as we moved into the end of the second week, I just started craving comfort food, the type of food that you want to eat on cold nights, curled in front of the fireplace (or “Fireplace for your Home” on Netflix for those of us apartment folk).  Luckily, through a fellow 30’er on Instagram, I stumbled across Shepherd’s Pie. Shepherds Pie-7 Shepherds Pie-8 Y’ALL- SHEPHERD’S PIE.

There are two types of people in the world: Those who believe that casseroles are God’s gift to humanity, and those who disdain their food being presented in homogenous piles. I belong firmly in the first camp, having grown on the promise of potlucks and plates where everything was held together by a sticky layer of cheese. Why make everything separate when you can stack it all on top of each other and bake it with cheese?Shepherds Pie-9 Shepherds Pie-10Of course, it doesn’t take the science of the Whole30 to let you know that casseroles are almost always bad for you. Therein lies their power. But the temptation of the one pot dish that cooks long enough for you to clean up the kitchen — I just can’t pass that up.

Cue Shepherd’s pie.Shepherds Pie-11For a long time, I didn’t know I loved Shepherd’s pie. It’s like a casserole without cheese, and that just sounds like a terrible idea. But then I had a Pie Encounter at the Temple of Gluttony, otherwise known as the Cheesecake Factory and I have never looked back. I unabashedly love chain restaurants, and if the Cheesecake Factory is the pinnacle of chain dining success and accomplishment, their shepherd’s pie is the pièce de résistance. The sauce around the veggies! The creamy potatoes on top! The total coziness that eating Shepherd’s pie inspires!  I have never even tried to replicate their recipe because it is so good. Yet when I saw someone eating it on Instagram, I was intrigued. I was also starving, so they could have posted a big bowl of Stone Soup and I would have licked the phone. Shepherds Pie-13If you are Whole30-ing and are tired of endless days of chicken, eggs, and avocados, you should make this. If you are looking for an easy dish that you can assemble one day and bake days later, you should make this. If you are trying to sneak more veggies into someone’s diet and know that the mashed potatoes will distract them, you should make this. If you are budgeting but still want to make something impressive, you should make this. If you like good leftovers, you should make this. If it is winter where you are and you are hungry, you should make this. If you live right next to a Cheesecake Factory, aren’t trying to eat healthy, and have lots of money, you should just go get theirs to go. Or just make this one and then go pick up some cheesecake for dessert. Shepherds Pie-14

Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie*

  • 3 Large potatoes/ 4 small ones
  • 3 tablespoons ghee, divided
  • 2-3 heap tablespoons coconut milk (make sure it Whole30 compliant)
  • 1½ teaspoons sea salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1.5 cup of celery, diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of compliant tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chicken broth or bone broth
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1.5 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  1. Place the potatoes in a large stockpot and fill with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain well, place in a bowl and add 2 TBS of ghee and coconut milk and mash until smooth. Season generously with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. In a skillet brown the beef until almost all of the pink is gone, about 7 minutes. Drain and set aside. In the same skillet add the remaining 1 TBS of ghee and wait until melted. Add in carrots, onion, and celery. After about 5 minutes, add mushrooms. Cover and cook on medium heat until they become tender, 8 more minutes.
  3. Next, stir in the tomato paste and garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, herbs, and more salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Add back in the ground beef and mix until incorporated.
  4. Transfer to an over safe dish – I used a deep 9 inch pie plate. Pour the meat mixture in and top with the potato mixture, distributing evenly across the top. You can either bake it now (450 degrees for 30 minutes) or you can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days and bake it later. The first time I made this, mine leaked out and made a mess in my oven, prompting my smoke alarm to scream for a solid ten minutes. The second time I was smart and roasted veggies as a side in the rack below. Caught all drippings, spared the neighbors, and the veggies were amazing.
  5. VARIATIONS: If you are a white potato-hater, you could try parsnips or sweet potatoes, adjusting liquid and seasonings as needed. The Whole30 used to ban white potatoes, but started allowing them in August 2014 and I am all about that (in moderation), but you can be a purist if you so choose. I just feel like orange sweet potatoes on top looked really weird. If you are a vegetarian, double all the veggies, use vegetable broth, and leave out the meat. It should still taste really good, though you may want to bulk up on spices to account for the missing meat juices.

*A friend recommended this recipe on Instagram and I adapted from Brooke, @bitsofbbskitchen. Her Instagram feed is the most consistently awesome Whole30 recipe source I have found. So many hearty, cozy, comfort food favs!

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Friday Feelings.

Hey y’all, it’s Friday, and these are my feelings.


Today my semester starts back with a day full of meetings and then classes on Monday. I mostly feel really sad to leave my awesome life of changing from night pyjamas to day-jamas and then back again, but a small part of me is, of course, singing this:

Tomorrow morning I have my first long run in a while and I am feeling pretty nervous. I used to be so hardcore, but I never really got intense again after the epic purple foot incident. 3 mile run jog  shuffle three times a week, you are my friend. Nothing more. Still, my friend Bethany talked me into the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile race so tomorrow I will be dragging myself through a five mile run.

Yesterday I was able to walk in the March for Life and I have so many feelings about it. I mourn that we live in a world where it is necessary, where unborn life is not the most protected, yet I am encouraged by how many people — how many young people — were out there marching. And I am impressed by how that march was the most civil and kind imaginable. Polite marchers, respectful of rules and police presence, careful to leave minimal trash in their wake, and gently sharing their message is not what usually makes the news but it is what typified that crowd. James read me this speech the other night and I can’t stop thinking about it. I walked with my friend Anna, who shared here about why she walks, about how losing a child at 17 weeks makes you see what people are destroying. Let us be the generation that truly takes a stand on human rights- all humans. Oh, and this is Anna’s sweet baby Mollie, from a Christmas shoot that I never got around to posting. Because having a baby at the march makes you more legit. Remember when she was just a week old?View More:

Speaking of babies, my butterball of a nephew is coming to visit and I am PUMPED. Also pretty excited to see his parents, but I probably won’t hold them on my lap and squeeze their cheeks all weekend.

I am on day 12 of the Whole30 and I feel AWESOME. Also like I would love some cheese. But mostly awesome. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the recipes that are keeping us going.

I’m feeling like Downton Abbey probably should have stopped a couple seasons ago. Either that, or it needs to get its stiff British upper-lip back and stop with the drama. I would like it explained to me just what is so great with lady Mary????

Ok, I promise to go back to blogging long stories about brunch and less of these glorified lists. But for now, it’s Friday. What are your feelings?

First image via here, because I feel like all we get is rain (other than that one hour on Wednesday that got me all excited) and I would really like some snow.

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Taking Stock.

snow-1snow-3snow-5I’m not even going to try to pretend like this post is original. I’ve seen a lot of   other bloggers do them over the years and I always enjoy reading their lives broken down into these little chunks. And behold, a bandwagon and away I go to jump upon its friendly self. But some days it is just a nice exercise to pause and take stock of life.

Making : Syllabi for my classes that start next week.
Cooking : eggs, always eggs – thank you Whole30.
Drinking : Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea.
Reading: through my PhD reading list, which has me toiling away in the 18th Century at the moment.
Wanting: a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha… alas, it is not only this blasted “clean eating” that nixes that one (why do they stop serving them so soon???).
Looking: through photos from a bridal shoot I did at the National Gallery last week.
Playing: classical music because it’s my study jam.
Wasting: the chicken bones – many crunchy things have I embraced, but I just can’t make the jump to bone broth.
Sewing: um, no.
Wishing: that it would snow big soft blankets across this city.
Enjoying: my new morning routine that has me up earlier with time to soak in the quiet and spend some time in scripture before my day starts.
Waiting: for my computer to finish backing up into the cloud, even if it says it has 19.2 days remaining. (It has to be joking…. right? )
Liking: how James’ closet looks after we purged it last weekend and he let me organize the shirts by color.
Wondering: if I will actually succeed in learning to speak any German this semester.
Loving: how cozy my schedule is in these pre-semester days, just me, a lot of tea, and piles of books to plow through on my couch.
Hoping: for a snow day…. even if I work from home most days, just the idea of one seems magical, and having James home a little later in the morning wold be the best.
Marveling: at the snowflakes on my sleeves from where I just ran outside in my pajamas to see them. (I promise to do no more of these about the snow.)
Needing: to get moving around a little more today before my Fitbit starts heckling.
Smelling: the last of the Christmas candles that we can’t stop burning.
Wearing: my amazing fair Isle leggings that make my legs look like they belong at a slumber party for Nordic maidens.
Following: all the people on the grams who keep sharing Whole30 recipes so I don’t lose my mind.
Noticing: how much easier it is to wake up in the mornings these days.
Knowing: that that is partially do to the aforementioned cozy schedule.
Thinking: about the apartments we toured on Saturday, and the decision we made to stay in our little one bedroom one another year.
Feeling: like that was the right decision, even if I was yearning for more space, even if it is one that we made with me in tears.
Bookmarking: Ankle boots, alllllll the ankle boots.

Anyone else taking stock these days? If not, anyone have any good ankle boot recommendations?

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