Happy Tuesday, ya’ll!
I’m very excited to share that I have accepted a wonderful job offer, and I’ll be rejoining the workforce next week. It’s been a rollercoaster, and I’m sure I’ll write about it soon…but in the meantime, I’m finally enjoying the break without the looming pressure of job hunting and finding ways to make supplemental income.
Aside from snuggling up and relaxing this week in rainy San Diego, here’s what else I’m feeling:
1. My Favorite Murder
On Friday, my younger sister drove down to San Diego to see a live recording of our favorite podcast - My Favorite Murder - with me. We’re huge true crime fans - fascinated by the psychology and stories (no, we don’t want to kill you!). It was my second time seeing the duo (Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff) behind the podcast live - and it was my sister’s fourth time. As expected, the show was absolutely hilarious. The banter between the two women is unbeatable, and the stories were engaging. The show reignited my obsession with the podcast (as if it even needed reigniting…).
2. New York Times’ Crossword
This Christmas, two of my dearest friends gifted Justin and I a subscription to The New York Times. I love reading the physical newspaper, and I’m constantly devouring news content online, so I was thrilled with this gift. The best part, though? The Sunday crossword. I’m a sucker for crosswords (I used to refuse to go to high school until I finished one in the morning…), and the NYT Crossword is notoriously challenging. I love sitting down with a cup of coffee and putting in some work on it. Nerdy? Sure. Do I care? No.
3. Sing, Unburied, Sing
I’ve been on a roll with reading lately. Last week, I finished Sing, Unburied, Sing - a novel that had been on my list for awhile. In 2017, it was named one of the Top 10 Novels of the year…and it lived up to that hype. The novel was written in incredibly beautiful prose and told the heartbreaking (and uplifting, at times) story of a family who struggled with drugs, familial bonds, definitions of manhood and motherhood and death.
4. Botnia Daily Face Wash
As I mentioned in last week’s Tuesday Ten, I have been transitioning all of my skincare products to natural, clean alternatives. One of my best finds during this transition? Botnia’s Daily Face Wash. This cleanser is really gentle (perfect for my sensitive skin) and is made with arnica and goldseal to fight inflammation and willow bark to provide a natural source of salicylic acid to maintain evenness and fight acne. It’s worked wonders on my skin and has helped (amongst a few other treatments) clear up an ongoing facial rash.
5. Vinyl Junkies Record Shack
Justin has a record player at our house, and there’s truly something to be said about listening to an actual vinyl record. Over the weekend, we popped into South Park’s Vinyl Junkies Record Shack to add to Justin’s growing collection. This little store has a solid selection of records, is locally owned and has the absolute nicest employees. Shop local, for the win.
6. Home Improvement Projects
Is adulthood when you actually want to work on projects around the house? If so, I’m there. During my time at home the last few weeks, I’ve finally committed myself to doing all of the little home improvement projects I’d been putting off. This weekend, I finally reorganized a weird, narrow storage closet we have…and it felt amazing. There’s something so satisfying about completing projects.
I loved Slim Jims when I was growing up. I say that with some slight shame…but I couldn’t have been the only one, right?! Years later, I realized that Slim Jims were filled with an awful amount of junk and chemicals. Yuck. I was sad to miss out on this snack…until I discovered Chomps. These meat snack sticks are all-natural and GMO-free and use 100% grass-fed beef. They also taste amazing and pack the perfect punch of protein. My favorite flavor? Hoppin’ Jalapeno.
8. Earl Grey Tea
I’ve been trying to cut down on my caffeine consumption because it’s been getting out of hand, but it’s hard to go cold-turkey and skip over coffee completely. Lately, I’ve been having a cup of joe in the early morning before I work out and then following it with a cup of Earl Grey Tea in the mid-morning to replace my typical second and third cups of coffee. Earl Grey still gives me a bit of caffeine, but much less than another cup of coffee. Plus, it tastes amazing.
We are lucky enough to have a jacuzzi in our backyard, and after months of putting it off, we decided to finally adjust the chemicals and replace the filters. We’ve used it a handful of times - and it is truly magical. It’s a peaceful little escape and helps relieve any soreness I have from working out. Soooo, spa and wine night anyone?
10. Armchair Expert
If you haven’t noticed by now…I love podcasts! Armchair Expert is my latest pod obsession. Hosted by Dax Shepard, this podcast delves into real, honest stories about people. This podcast asks deeper questions that most interviews and episodes typically hover around 1.5-2 hours long, so you really can get deep into stories.