Last night, I finished an Emily Giffin book (I promise it's deeper than normal chick-lit) that I plowed through in just two and a half days. I wanted to get up and read and drink coffee this morning, but I think I'm having good-book-hangover. You know that feeling when you finish an amazing book and are afraid nothing is going to compare? Yeah, that's me right now. No book sounds super appealing right now. Any suggestions on what to read?!
Aside from a solid book, here's what else I'm feeling this week:
1. Master of None
Since I am not working out as of late (well, aside from a heavy ab routine), I have considerably more down time than I'm used to. Luckily, Netflix added the second season of Master of None this month. The first season was hilarious, and I'd been crossing my fingers for a second. Aziz Ansari is laugh-out-loud funny, and each episode is unexpectedly poignant. It's the first TV show I've truly related to in a long time. Not to mention, it's adorable that his real parents play his parents on the show. Bonus? No waiting week to week - every episode of the season is on Netflix already!
2. CreativeMornings San Diego
I stumbled upon CreativeMornings last year by accident after receiving feedback in my annual review that I needed to build networking skills and confidence. So, I googled "networking San Diego public relations marketing," and alas, CreativeMornings came up! Creative Morings is a free monthly lecture series of creative types. CreativeMornings has helped lead me to develop some new (and existing) friendships, but more than that, each time I leave, I feel so inspired, ready to change the world or at least my part in it. The speakers they bring in are incredible. Did I mention the location is always gorgeous...and there's free coffee and donuts? Yeah, that.
Southwest fare sales enable me a little too much, oops. But hey, I'm close to a Companion Pass on my Southwest card, so it all works out! Anyways, shoutout to Southwest for hosting a huge sale - so I could book a flight to finally visit my best friend at a reasonable rate. It's really difficult living literally across the country from her, and I'm so excited to celebrate my birthday with her in October! Now, it's just a waiting game.
4. Double Date Nights
Every Thursday for the last few months has been reserved as a double date night (or triple or quadruple or just a bunch of couples and their friends) hanging out, and I love it! The group of us been theming potluck dinners - breakfast for dinner, California, Italian, you get it. This week, nothing had been planned, so I hosted just a double date night with pasta, beer and Cards Against Humanity. It was so fun! I'm really lucky to have a couple Nick and I can hang out with all the time - even if it is lowkey. Plus, it means I always look forward to Thursdays.
A few years ago, a girl in my sorority who I had barely met posted that she wanted to see a free concert (Live on the Green - if you are in Nashville, it is the best concert series) with a Nashville-native band called Johnnyswim. While I hadn't ever heard of them, I tagged along, figuring I could make a new friend and listen to some new music. And oh my gosh, I'm so glad I did. The married duo (the lead singer is the daughter of Donna Summers - fun fact!) was soulful and folky and bluesy - it's hard to condense them into one genre. Anyways, flash forward to last week where I was able to see them for the third or fourth time (losing count) live at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. They just keep getting better. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they just put on a really fun show. Give them a listen - but I swear by the fact that they are better live than recorded.
6. Parent Visits
This past weekend, my parents came down to San Diego to visit. We barbecued, volunteered, hung out at the beach and coffee shops and watched a few movies. All in all, a good time. Even though I only live two hours from my parents, I see them about five times a year - it's hard to get our schedules to align. So, it was nice to get to spend some time with them and show them my new life in San Diego.
7. Swell Coffee Co.
One of the places my parents and I stopped at was Swell Coffee Co. in Mission Beach. This is one of my favorite spots in the area - quality coffee and solid breakfast options (my favorite is the breakfast burrito). Yum. It's all open air and sandwiched between the bay and the ocean, so I always like to hit up one or the other after frequenting this spot.
8. Golden Hill, San Diego
Another place my parents and I explored was Golden Hill. Just east of downtown, the neighborhood is quickly up and coming (though, I wouldn't recommend all parts of the neighborhood, honestly). We stopped at Counterpoint for a drink, my mom got a massage at Girl on the Go and my dad and I sat at Dark Horse Coffee reading the remainder of the afternoon. It's a pretty neat place to explore.
When I moved from Tennessee, I swore up and down that I had to live in a place that had a dishwasher after four years of living without one. Washing dishes is the one chore I absolutely hate (we all have one!). Luckily, the apartment I settled on had a dishwasher - that broke months ago. Well, this Friday it was finally replaced with a new one! Who knew a dishwasher could make me so happy.
10. Valley Uprising
My dad chose Valley Uprising as one of our movie choices this weekend. The documentary covers climbing history in Yosemite Valley up till present day. It's one of my favorite documentaries, and I was so thrilled to watch it again. While heights make me nervous (even watching people climb stresses me out), I find it so fascinating and totally get climbers' innate draw to something that others deem crazy (for me, running). The music selection is on point, too. It's on Netflix - hint, hint.
What are you feeling this week? Let me know in the comments below!