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If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you to stay far, far away. I was SO lucky to catch a late-spring cold and it is terrible. I’ve run the gamut–super tired, sore throat, stuffy AND runny nose–and luckily it is on its way out. No one wants to get sick, but trust me, it is far better to get these kinds of things when it’s not 75 and sunny. I just want to run and play!

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you, no, you didn’t miss anything, we STILL don’t have our new floors. I don’t know either. Are they growing the bamboo shoots one at a time? It’s the only explanation I can come up with that doesn’t leave me raging. In the meantime, we’ve done things like build a half wall in our living room (replacing a spindly banister over the stairs), started a DIY fix-up of some patio furniture I got at a yard sale, and replaced our refrigerator (reluctantly), but ugh I want the floor. Now.

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you I did it. I started the last Tana French book. I…can’t explain myself. I knew that I would race through them after I loved The Likeness so much, and I had no willpower to stop myself. I love them so much. Please, please, read them all. Thanks.

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that I am so ready for this summer. We have a few little weekend getaways planned, some concerts, and because we’re crazy, we’re planning to ride our bikes 100 mile. It’s…so far. Please keep the ice packs and Advil handy as we start to ramp up the training miles these next few weeks. (I’m only sort of kidding…it’s actually so much fun, much better than I found marathon training.)

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that we have been watching Netflix like crazy people. How are they SO GOOD at their original programming? I love Bloodline and I know it sounds so dumb, but Daredevil is insanely addictive. Damn Marvel. I am also already dreading the finale of HBO’s Silicon Valley. I love those nerds so much. Can we also talk about Mad Men? I was on the fence for the last few seasons, but still stuck it out, and I am getting a little weepy that it’s going to be over tonight. I’m a few weeks behind so I at least get to savor the end. Sadface!

What’s going on in your world today? Share!

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what i love: january

OMG January is over? We’re already 1/12 through 2015? Gah. Life please slow down. Life is pretty great right now. My new gig is going so well, it’s almost a certain husband’s birthday (we can’t sneak away for a mountain cabin escape this year sadly, but I do get to bake a cake!), and Suits is back on. When Harvey Specter is back, do you really need anything else? I didn’t think so.

Here’s what I’m loving this month:

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1. Don’t you love this fire pit? I am longing for a mountain or lake getaway rightnow. I think I’ve been feeling this particular brand of wanderlust for months now. But no dice. For now. We’re supposed to get snow this weekend (thankfully not like the East coast got this week, only a few inches) so I could totally fake it with a cozy staycation, right? Everyone (Nico included) chills in pajamas in front of a fire with bad-for-you snacks and lots of spiked hot chocolate! Not quite as picturesque as the scene above. Sigh.

2. Speaking of fires, this fireplace and mantel is basically my platonic ideal of a fireplace and mantel. I want to jump into my computer and move into this house. The stone work is so gorgeous and I am dying over a floating chunky mantel these days. You better believe it’s happening in our lower level later this year. In fact, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say everything in that picture is happening in our lower level later this year…luckily for me, here’s a diy version of the mantel. Even I can do it? Sure.

3. This cold, bitter weather has me craving everything hot and/or spicy, but I’m getting a little tired of the same old, same old soup. Enter this Thai Noodle Bowl. Look at those red pepper flakes! I want red pepper flakes on all the things. This Asian chicken noodle soup is quick and healthy, perfect for spicing up any old Tuesday night. Do it now.

4. Ok, so you know how I was disappointed by my unmet expectations of The Hangman’s Daughter? The Husband and I went to the library on Monday (I actually get to go to the library in my free time — it’s so fun when it’s not work!) and the cover of The Brothers Cabal popped out at me. You guys. It’s exactly what I wanted The Hangman’s Daughter to be. It’s full of dark, gothic, dry British humor and mystery galore. The brothers are a necromancer and a vampire and the author-as-narrator works so well here. It’s number four in a series and I already can’t wait to go get them all. I’m hooked.

5. Since I’ve had to enter the adult world and dress up for work, the rest of the time I have been all about some cozy, chic layers. I want to wear sweaters and wraps and jeans all the time. This look is pretty much what you’ll find me in anytime it’s not 9-to-5. Unless, you know, there are yoga pants around.

What’s making you smile this month?

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what i love: december

Happy new year! I remember last year around this time I was so SO ready to be done with 2013. It was not my favorite year. But 2014, despite its ups and downs, was a sweet year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready for a fresh start. Next Monday brings me the start of my new job and like everyone, I find the beginning of the year always bringing me the desire to make better habits or lose a few that aren’t serving a purpose anymore. Thank you for sticking with me along the way this year and giving me a special place to celebrate my own particular brand of nerdiness. I love all you nerds and have great plans for this space next year.

I wish for you a very fun (and safe!) end of 2014 and the crisp, hopeful turning of a new leaf in 2015. Here’s what’s making me smile lately:

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1. How much do you love this diy panel wall? Because I am amazed by it. Actually by the entire room makeover. It’s gorgeous and I’m obsessed with that gray and those antlers. I secretly want antlers in every room…but only if they’re fake. I’m thinking they’ll look great in our lower level, yes? (Help me convince the husband!) Anyway, the paneling gives the room incredible character and elegance. I was about to say it looks easy too, but knowing my diy skills, that’s better left unsaid. Or left to the professionals.

2. You guys, the cozy season is upon us. ALL I want to do is cuddle under a million blankets with cups of tea and a book and my pup. Seriously. I had a five day weekend over the Christmas holiday and I didn’t wear pants with zippers the ENTIRE time. It. Was. Bliss.

3. And yeah, maybe I went on my yoga-pant-binge partly because in less than a week this casual girl is entering a corporate office for the first time. All of my design jobs have been in jeans-friendly offices and trust me, my closet was not ready for this change. I have been pinning corporate capsule wardrobes like a fiend and buying pretty much every trouser and pencil skirt and sensible heel I can get my hands on. I am particularly obsessed with ShopBop’s ultimate workwear wardrobe. It is the perfect reminder than a few key pieces can be remixed in the most creative and beautiful ways. The husband is glad for this as the post-Christmas bank account can’t take much more shopping.

Also, I need that polka dot blouse. RIGHT NOW.

4. Anyone else have an extra delicious Christmas? Yeah, the yoga-pant-binge helped me ignore my cookie-and-wine puffiness too. While this year I refuse to beat myself up, I know the husband and I need to clean up our food game in the new year. Last week we tried this steamed salmon and veggies in foil recipe and it was ridiculously easy and delicious. The veggies (went with tomatoes, red onion, and zucchini with a little olive oil, s&p, and parsley) were perfectly steamed and the salmon was surprisingly tasty. Definitely a quick and healthy dinner to add into your rotation.

5. A week or so ago, I stumbled on David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech at Kenyon College called “This is Water.” If you haven’t read it or heard him speak, please, please take a few minutes to do so. The text is written here but this video is well worth the listen to hear it as he spoke and to see the fun designer-y (technical term) animation. Since I found it, I have listened to it a few times, whenever I’m feeling a little negative or annoyed, and it instantly perks me up (and it makes me cry, ok?). It reminds me a lot of The Happiness Project because it’s main theme is that we have the power to choose our thoughts; we have the power to be annoyed by traffic and crowds at the grocery store and the monotony of daily life, or to choose to find meaning in the small moments of life or in how we help others or in choosing to be light instead of heavy. I hope it inspires you to be a little lighter and choose more positively.

Happy new year! Let’s make it a great one!

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what i love: october

October is my favorite month. Sunny skies, pretty leaves, cool enough for scarves but not so cold you always need a jacket. Everything is crisp and full of the reminder that you better soak it all in before the dark of winter returns. And this month has been great. I had a huge freelance opportunity that formed an amazing relationship. We finally painted the deck that I talked about in this post from 2013 (!). Spoiler: It looks great but took FOR-EV-ER. We’ve seen old friends and new friends and celebrated turning four together. And of course, today is Halloween, one of the most fun days of the year! Who doesn’t love throwing on a mask and playing pretend for a few hours, or staying up late to wait for the ghosts of the witching hour?

Here’s what’s making me smile:

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1. For those who know me IRL, this will come as no big shock, but I am pretty hard on myself. You know that feeling that you could and should do and be more? Yeah, I feel that about 98% of the time. So that’s why this “ultimate list” is printed and put in my purse for reminders all the time. I love these little reminders to not be so serious all the freaking time. Trying to do my best to fill my life with these “mores.” Except for that cleaning one. Obviously that’s on the wrong list. Can we change that to laugh or something? Maybe through sleep on there a second time?

2. Gah, I am loving this outfit from anthro. I know, jeez Katie, it’s just a gray sweater and white shirt and black pants. No need to fangirl. But it looks so effortlessly cool. I want to be her in this outfit. On the lookout for a high-low sweater immediately…

3. After painting the deck last weekend, I’m all fired up about tackling some small house projects this weekend. I give it another week or so before the remodel-laziness returns, but I’m gonna ride this high while it lasts and get them all planned! First up: how gorgeous is the walnut-wrapped pony wall (topped with quartz obvi) from this gorgeous mid-century spotlight on house*tweaking? The whole house is brilliant and I suggest you scour it for ideas. I’m totally adopting this idea for our living room/stairway since the current railing isn’t even truly bolted down. Safe, right? Can’t wait for some cold winter weekends to get started.

4. I’m SUPER loving Tana French’s new thriller The Secret Place. It was a book club pick and I think it’s great – I love that you don’t have to read the whole series to jump right in since each book centers around a different member of the Dublin Murder Squad (but you know I’ll be so hooked I read them all right away). It’s slightly creepy, very suspenseful fun and I intend to savor it when I’m lounging on the beach next week.

5. So I hope I’m not the only one already planning Thanksgiving desserts. I’m not right? It’s only a few weeks away! Since I love to bake, the job usually falls to me and I am happy to find new creations for the table. Last year I made a standard pumpkin cheesecake that was delish, but the maple pumpkin cheesecake bars I’m planning for this year take it to a whole new level. They look simply incredible and will obviously be perfect next to some chocolate bourbon cake and pecan pie. Why do eight people need three different desserts? BECAUSE.

What’s making you smile this month? Any good books I should pick up for my trip?

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sunday brunch

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If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that I am super happy that the husband is coming home from his long weekend away tonight because bad things happen when he’s gone. I mean the house is super clean and all of that…but it’s so quiet I simply fill the time with an endless binge of Veep and GoT until I crash on the couch and have to put myself to bed. On the other hand, I did have the time to pick up and get started on a truly amazing freelance job, go to a wine tasting with good friends who have moved into the neighborhood, and head over to Findlay Market for some casual girl talk and fancy food browsing with one of my closest girls. So there’s the good with the bad. Though really, is a TV binge ever really a bad thing?

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that it’s finally truly fall here and I’m kinda not ok with it. I know, I know. Last month I was raving about all the fall things. But it’s been rainy and gloomy ALL WEEK, I had to break down and turn on the heat already, and my vitamin d pills can’t keep up. Yes, it means the boots and scarves can be on heavy rotation, but that also means they’ll have to be on heavy rotation until, say, April. UGH! Maybe I just need more pumpkin spice?

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that I’m basically counting the minute until I get to go to Florida in a few weeks. A spur of the moment airfare deal presented itself, so I’m heading down south for a week to visit with my bestie, hit up Disney World for some Everest action and a whole lot of food and wine thanks to Epcot’s glorious Food and Wine Festival, and head over to her fab beach condo for some reading and relaxing and vitamin d replenishing. I cheated and looked at the Food and Wine menu…so much money will be spent and I’m pretty sure I’ll gain 5 pounds in a night. WORTH IT. This getaway is so, so needed after a few stressful months at the office.

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that I’m missing my long hair. That’s the way it goes right? You have long hair, you want the pixie. You have the pixie, you miss the days of the top knot. And I really do miss the messy hair-don’t care top knot. It’s going to be a long year of trying to get that back…

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that I started following IKEA on Instagram and whoa, I need a house project. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve done anything and the houses they feature are making me feel some serious envy. Should I find some furniture to redo? Maybe get started on the lower level? Some DIY artwork? Small kitchen updates? I don’t know what I really have in mind at this point, just that I need something to work on after this freelance job is over. Y’all got any ideas? I still don’t even have a bathroom mirror and it’s been like 6 months, so that should probably be the first priority. And it should tell you the pacing and effort level we like to give around here (aka, neither are good).

What’s going on in your world? Let’s gab!

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what i love: september

September: where’d you go? You were a blur. A blur of football and pumpkin beer and boots and smiles. I’ll admit, these extra few weeks of 80+ degree weather have been much appreciated. I’d love to stock up all this vitamin D for February. But my coats and scarves have been whispering my name and the few leaves that are slowly turning red have me love love loving fall. Here’s what’s making me smile this month:

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1. I’m feeling a lot of wanderlust right now. I want to hole up in a lake house with some comfy throws and coffee and books and go canoeing and hiking. I’m thinking Lake Louise up there looks nice for this, yeah? That water is gorge. Sadly, the husband is going to a wedding one weekend and I’m out of town another, so no wandering with my favorite travel buddy for the next few weeks. Maybe an anniversary weekend getaway can be managed? Someone whisper in his ear…

2. I’m totally dying over football this year. It’s on pretty much 48 hours straight every weekend and we sadly watch SO MUCH (seriously, it’s borderline gross) of it but haven’t really made any football food. I KNOW. This is a travesty. I blame the sun and late-summer heat because who wants to cook or be productive in any way when you can sit on your deck and read in the sun or go on 5 mile walks with your friends? So weather, don’t get too cold yet, but just enough so I can make some merlot chili which looks ridiculous. I want to eat it all.

3. You guys. I’m pretty sure this bourbon and cider cocktail is the best thing ever. Is it bad I only buy apple cider to make cocktails? Don’t answer that. Anyway, it’s delicious and only slightly more difficult (though a thousand and one times tastier) than my default concoction of cider, bourbon, and ginger ale. Plus you can make it in a pitcher, perfect for a lazy football day or a night by the fire.

4. Umm…who knew Land’s End was making cool things? Last time I checked it was my grandma’s favorite store. (Tied with Talbot’s obvi.) But they made this fall dress guide and everything is so freaking cute. I want all the outfits for my closet as well as these shoes. I need those, right? Right. And this jacket. NEED. NOW. YES.

5. I am so thankful for the red lipstick review on Oh Happy Day earlier this month. Finding the right red lipstick is like searching for the Holy Grail. For years it has eluded me thanks to some very pink skin that magically turns any and all lipstick to an even brighter shade of pink. I honestly can put on the reddest stick you can find and in 3 minutes it will look magenta. It’s…frustrating. But I stubbornly wanted red lipstick for a wedding so I read over their tips and tried a few out. And guess what, I found one that stays red. It’s a miracle. Now the miracle would be having enough time in the morning to do makeup, but I’ll settle for having the perfect pretty pout for fall date nights.

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sunday brunch

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If we were having brunch today, I’d probably be mainlining coffee and nursing sore feet from dancing all night long at our dear friends’ wedding last night. I’m always amazed at how each wedding we go to truly reflects the couple’s spirit and individuality, despite the fact that all weddings follow basically the same format. You know the drill: I do, food, CAKE, dancing, etc. The husband and I had such a fun night dancing (ok, maybe only one of us actually had fun dancing…) and celebrating with one of the most fun and light-hearted couples we know. Plus I got to wear boots. It’s like the weather knew we all wanted fall RIGHT NOW. Such a perfect night!

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you all about my fantasy football team and probably be obsessively tinkering with my lineup and bore the hell out of you. Gah. I don’t know what has happened to me, but fall is here and football is back and life is so, so good because of it.

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you I’m reading this creeptastic book called Night Film all about an investigative journalist trying to uncover the truth about a famous (but reclusive) horror film director’s daughter’s death years after he ruined his reputation for going after said director. It’s action-packed and scary and full of plot twists and turns, and since I’m now apparently in love with weird and creepy things, I’m loving it so much. Plus it’s chock full of notes and emails and (fake) web articles so it reads like you’re actually a part of the investigation. I can’t wait for the end.

I’m also reading a nonfiction book about the Civil War and (gasp!) enjoying it. Like I said, I don’t even know what has happened to me.

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you this fall is going to be so great. I mean, Halloween is on a Friday this year, how could the whole season not be amazingly fun. The husband and I have a few weekend trips planned (though sadly, none together? boo), but other than that I’m hoping to stay here and enjoy being a little less busy. We (the collective “we”) LOVE to be busy, yeah? But it’s so draining, especially since work has kicked in again after the slow summer. So yeah, there probably won’t be any house improvements or party hosting because I think it’s time to sit back and enjoy for just a little bit. Or maybe that’s just my excuse to be a little more lazy. Potato, po-tah-to.

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you go watch True Detective NOW if you haven’t. When did Matthew McConaughey become legit? Because whoa. This show is something special. In related news, when do new shows start? I am in TV withdrawal and I don’t even care how sad that is.

Your turn: What’s going on with you this morning?

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If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that next week is my birthday and it feels…uneventful? For the past three years, we’ve spent my birthday week sunning and swimming and reading the days away at Pawleys Island and though we went to Hilton Head earlier this summer, it feels strange to be home for number 28. And sadface, I might only get ONE birthday cake! I’m excited about 28 though, it feels like it’s going to be a great one. I won’t bore you with my silly positive-intention stuff, but I’m thinking it’s going to be a year of many more yeses and a lot more of The Happiness Project. Bring on the goodness (and the cake)!

If we were having brunch, I’d tell you this week brings the last of my wheel pottery class and I can’t believe it went this fast! I’m going to miss my new little hobby. I am so glad my friends and I decided to break out of our routines and try something new. (I guess I started saying “yes” a few weeks early!) I think it’s so important to make time for yourself and to keep learning and I’ve loved getting to do nothing but play and create for a few hours a week. And it turns out we’ve all actually gotten pretty good! Ok, maybe just not completely embarrassing. The perfect coffee mug still eludes me though…only one week left to get it right!!!

What should I try next? The other girls didn’t like my idea of trapeze…

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that we totally binge-watched the end of The Killing and ugh, you guys. It’s so good. The show definitely didn’t get the press or viewership it deserved on AMC and I’m glad Netflix took it over to end the series the right way. If you haven’t seen it, the show follows two homicide detectives in Seattle and is funny and sad and maybe slightly creepy and you will love love love Holder. Just trust me, it’s worth it!

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that I also have been binge-reading. Can’t help it, I’m a glutton. Last weekend I somehow read an entire book. My house is a disaster and I have no social life, but whatevs right? I haven’t done that in a very long time. I tore through The Intern’s Handbook (SO GOOD) and dove into The Book of Life, the finale of the All Souls Trilogy that was just released. I’m excited to review the series as soon as I finish it, but I’ll say for now if you are a fan of smart chick lit mixed with magic and history and science, you’ll love it.

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you once again, this summer has been so much fun. Despite having no money, we’ve been able to do so much (though sadly, nothing to the house!) and have felt so free with our time. We’ve enjoyed outdoor concerts (Lumenocity was so freaking amazing), have ridden our bikes hundreds of miles thanks to some really incredible weather, and celebrated little everyday moments like dinner on the deck. I even got a date night last night (Guardians of the Galaxy…love)! It’s been a great season so it pains me to say I’m maybe ready for the next? I just want some boots, okay?!?

Your turn! Grab your coffee and let’s chat!

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what i love: july

Ohmygod it’s time for the normal spiel about how it’s already the end of the month and HOW?!? and time is moving too fast and blah blah blah. It’s all true, of course. The days are long but the years are short. Lately we’ve been soaking up time with friends and family and trying to stay in each moment of the long days of summer before they start to march into fall (though this post reminds me I still haven’t done ANYTHING on my summer bucket list, gah!). This has been a spectacular July – here’s what’s been making me smile!

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1. My love for summer dresses has not abated one bit; in fact, it’s grown exponentially this summer. And it’s not like this summer’s been hot! We’ve had maybe three days in the 90s? What the what? Anyway, I just love that summer dresses always look so put together with the absolute minimum amount of effort. This geometric-print shift is majorly adorable (though sadly from last season) and is definitely the silhouette I’m loving right now since it’s oh-so-forgiving after a night of g&ts on the deck. There’s only a month or so left ladies before we have to retire them – let’s have fun!

2. I am OBSESSED with this house. It’s so great. I pinned like three of its rooms because I couldn’t stand all the pretty. But this sunny kitchen is my favorite. The yellow is perfectly bright but not primary or obnoxious and I love the sleek and classic custom cabinetry. Ok, I maybe would switch out those pulls for something with a bit of sparkle, but details. That spindly stool is amazing and I’ll be keeping my eye out for something similar when we finally do something to make our kitchen better (aka, a million years). And did you see that HUGE soapstone sink hiding in the back? Yeah. The stuff (nerdy) dreams are made of. I would gladly cook all the time in this kitchen.

3. Speaking of cooking, doesn’t this gazpacho look amazing? I don’t even know how this has happened, but I’ve never had gazpacho in my life. Seems like a good time to start, yeah? Something about it being cold and kinda lumpy has kept me away, but Jenna has convinced me that it’s super easy and yummy. I love that she topped it with shrimp because they are pretty much the BEST weeknight meal ingredient because they cook so fast. And you know, they’re delicious too!

4. I have been reading so many mysteries this summer! Not sure why I’ve been on such a roll with them, guess all of my library holds are coming in at once, but I’m super excited about Shane Kuhn’s The Intern’s Handbook. The cover alone is freaking amazing. It’s a skull! Made out of office supplies! Basically it follows an “intern” who is really a paid assassin on his last hit. Yeah. Like I said, super excited. I can’t wait to hear what book club has to say about it as it’s very different from what we normally read (sad-wife-of-famous-husband books or ya…). It’s darkly funny and reads like a fast and fun movie!

5. Aaahhhh my future dream lake house! Isn’t it gorg? That beauty is somewhere in Sweden, but I’d love to pick up it’s beautiful black walls and crisp white windows and absolutely perfect deck and transplant it, I don’t know, maybe somewhere in Michigan? I know, I KNOW, I just went on vacation like 6 weeks ago. An awesome vacation no less! But, I really want to go escape for a few days to a quiet little lake, preferably spending a lot of time here. I could do things like make ice cream and go on a boat and finally cross off those summer bucket list items. But seriously, future dream lake house is calling my name in a bad way. Anyone else in?

What are you loving this month?

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If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you all about my sweet husband who bought me a super early birthday present – a fancy new bike! …and about how much we’ve been riding. Seriously, ouch. We definitely shouldn’t have made this purchase (thanks new heat pump), but we took my old cheap bike in for a tune up and after learning it needed a new chain and derailleur and many other things, the cost to fix it was ridiculous. So after a lot of test riding and hemming and hawing and promises that yes, I indeed would start to actually ride again, the pretty new baby was mine. What are credit cards for, right? He is fast and matte black and super comfy. We’ve done everything from a short hill interval workout that left us utterly breathless to a day-long 60 mile adventure. It’s been so fun, and even though running will always be my first love, I’ve been bitten by the cycling bug again. So much so that…

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that I’ve become some other human and actually care about the Tour de France again. I freely admit this may be the nerdiest thing about me right now. A few years ago I watched EVERY single stage and knew all the riders. It was intense. I think the sport has gone through a few dark years thanks to Lance Armstrong and the drugs (it’s not just him, but he’s the most well-known and that makes him the poster boy sadly), but I hope it starts to build in popularity again. I’ve been watching the weekend stages and the drama and crashes and teamwork and of course, the gorgeous scenery are so much fun to watch. It is truly amazing what they do. The husband and I rode 40 (flat) miles yesterday and I am so sore it’s stupid. They ride at least double that in the mountains everyday for WEEKS. I also somehow have cared about soccer. There may or may not be a World Cup/Fried Chicken party at our house this afternoon. 😉

If we were having brunch, I’d tell you that I started taking a pottery class a few weeks ago with friends. I haven’t touched clay since middle school when I learned that 2-d art was much more my forte, and never ever on a wheel. Well, I remember why. My efforts have been…abstract…at best. But the class is so much fun and a perfect mid-week relaxing creative outlet. Like most things in my life, I struggle with the patience to go through each of the (many many) steps in throwing a pot, but it’s probably a good lesson for me to learn at this point in my life. I forgot how much I need a creative hobby that’s just for me. I may be creative for a living, but it’s not making art just for the sake of making art, something that feels oh so good. I can’t wait to share my creations once they’ve been glazed!

If we were having brunch today, I’d tell you that I found a new series to be obsessed with. Y’all know already that I pretty much love any book with magic in it and will gobble up any and every one I find. A year or so, my aunt (hi!) recommended A Discovery of Witches to me, and I finally got around to reading it. And then reading the sequel Shadow of Night immediately after. They may not be the best books ever written and sometimes the writing and dialogue is quite cheesy, but I was sucked in and totally hooked. I really love the cast of characters and the author’s version of magic. The author is a historian and you can definitely tell, perfect for nerds like me who also really love learning about the past. She weaves magic into world history in really clever ways, especially in the second book when there’s time travel. The third book is sitting in the library’s processing department right now (do you know how hard it is to walk past 75 copies of the book just sitting on a cart a few times a day and NOT take one?!?) so hopefully I’ll get a copy in the next few weeks. Can’t. Wait.

If we were having brunch today, I’d celebrate that we’ve finally got perfect tomatoes and peaches. Clearly, the best parts of summer. I’ve been planning meals around all the best summer bounty and it has certainly been a delicious summer. Hence why we need to keep riding our bikes!

Your turn: If we were having brunch today, what would you tell me?

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