Friday Download

Friday Download No. 2

My commute to work is only about ten minutes, all highway with mostly pastures, two gas stations, a smattering of homes, and a Motorplex where they host drag racing.  This morning while I looked around, I marveled at just how fast things change.  It doesn’t feel that long ago when everything was brown and crunchy, grey and drizzly.  But this morning, as if overnight, Spring seems to have sprung.  The sky is blue, the grass is verdant, and my allergies are alive and kicking–all signs of change to come and for that I am grateful.

We have absolutely zero plans this weekend and I’m lobbying hard to keep it that way.  I hope that you lobby hard for what you need this weekend, too!

My Week Was Lovely Because


  • I spent a soul-nourishing 24 hours in Abilene with Amy and it was so, so fun.  I’m working on a post about what we did, but in the meantime let me say that making time to get face-to-face time with your people is so rejuvenating.  We went antique shopping, tried a new-to-me restaurant, played with her three boys, and talked and talked.
  • I voted in the Texas primaries.  I have tried to get involved and stay informed about politics in a way that makes me feel hopeful and not like I am drowning in a fiery pit of muck.  Fire muck.  That’s mostly how I’d describe politics.  I try to stay informed and follow and support candidates that are forward-thinking and focused on solutions, not problems.  As often as I can, I do whatever I can actually do.  Action is the antidote, and this week I did the most basic action: voted.  Plus I got a sticker!
  • I let myself rest.  I have felt so run-down this week with what I am sure (and hope) is allergies, and instead of fighting through it, I listened to my body.  Or, you know, fell into a deep, where-am-I sleep while attempting to watch TV with K at 8:45 pm every night.  Either way it’s what I needed and I feel like I’m on the mend.

This Weekend I’m Looking Forward To

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  • Trying out a new recipe.  I think I’m going to try something ambitious on Sunday, like a bread dough or a really authentic 3-hour bolognese.  Oh, maybe I’ll make an Irish soda bread!  I’m in the mood to have a kitchen project.  
  • Cleaning and organizing the house.  That sounds boring, but after being gone last weekend, I’m looking forward to giving our space some TLC and starting next week fresh.
  • Walks, a long bath, finishing my book, leisurely dinners, maybe go for a drive–all of the joys of having absolutely no plans.  We are booked solid from here until the middle of April, so I’m going to lean into this.

This Inspired Me


We booked a trip to Scottsdale, AZ at the end of this month for K’s birthday and I am so looking forward to resting my eyes on this landscape.

You Should Check Out

This article about systems vs. goals.  This has been on my mind a lot lately, especially when I think about my Bullet Journal and what it does for me.  Sometimes I feel like all of these good habits and goals I have adopted make me feel worse, not better, especially if I don’t get around to doing them.  His thoughts on adopting a daily system versus setting your mind to a lofty and often overwhelming goal really resonated with me.  If I change my thinking from “I missed my workout because I really didn’t feel well I’ll have to double down tomorrow” to “I plan on sticking with an exercise plan the rest of my life because I like doing it and it makes me feel good” I’ve rid myself of the pressure of missing one day.  One day in the scheme of a life is nothing to beat myself up over.  It’s good reading.

This article about a slight but powerful change in how one should give a compliment.  Of course saying that a person has a great eye and impeccable taste is much more valuable than saying “I like your shirt, where’d you get it?”  This is something I’m going to work into my daily life.


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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