Currently Obsessed With: June 2020

Good morning!

I can’t believe it’s July already!  June was really busy for me- I started school, and it’s weird to be back in school but also really nice.  My goal is to have a nice and shiny registered health information technology certification, so I’ll probably be talking about school for the next couple of years while I go through all of the classes I need to get my A.A. in the program.  Even though it’s a lot of work now, there is a goal I’m working towards.

I really need to make more bread!  I made the English Muffin bread from Midwest Made, which you can see above.  It was so good, and I can’t wait to make it again!  I’m on a baking spree so I’ll have to find my next project.

Inspired By:

  • The Calm app.  I’ve been using it a lot this month, and it’s been helpful!  I do feel more calm, and I feel like I’m sleeping a lot better.  Maybe using it right before bed is a good idea.
  • Intentions For The Week.  I love this printable from The Handwriting Club.  A lot.  It’s nice to have a weekly idea of what I need to get done, and I love the different sections.
  • My pantry.  I don’t know why, but I’ve decided to need to clear out my pantry by using the things in it.  Reorganizing helped a lot, but I definitely need to use what I have.

Watching:

  • Fuller House.  This was a nostalgia watch for me, and I got around to watching the last season of it.  I loved the show as a kid, and I actually enjoyed the reboot.
  • Virgin River.  I really liked Virgin River!  It’s on Netflix but I feel like it’s something you’d see on Hallmark or Lifetime.  That didn’t stop me from watching it.  It’s about this nurse practitioner who moves to a small town searching for a fresh start.  It’s cute.
  • Yoga With Adriene.  I feel like I’ve talked about this youtube channel before, but I’ve been doing a lot of her videos before going to bed.  It helps me stretch a little, and her videos are really soothing and relaxing.  I also like that she gives you options for some of the poses depending on your skill level.
  • jessicasmithtv.  I don’t do these before bed, but I like that there’s a variety of workouts.  They are really doable, which is great, because I am completely and utterly out of shape.
  • Jumanji.  This is the newer one, and even though I wanted to see it, it took me a long time to actually watch.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun and entertaining, but I will always love the original with Robin Williams more.
  • The Good Witch: I’m not caught up yet, but this show about a witch in a small town is really cute!

Reading:

  • Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet.  This book was required reading (yay school!), but I actually really enjoyed it.
  • Speaking of school…textbooks.  Trigonometry and medical terminology, specifically.  At least I’m getting math out of the way, but the roller coaster ride of math could honestly be a blog post all on it’s own.  I haven’t been in a huge reading mood lately anyway, as far as fiction goes, but at least I’m reading textbooks?

Thinking About:

  • Homework: This is what I get for taking 3 summer classes while working full-time.  If I’m not working, I’m probably doing math or some other assignment.
  • How I’m going to do in math.  Math has never been my strong suit, and I’ve never particularly liked it.  With classes being online, I’m a little nervous about how it’s going to go, but hopefully, it won’t be completely horrible.

Listening To:

  • The Calm App.  The meditations are nice, but I’ve been listening to one of their sleep stories or nature sounds as I drift off to sleep.
  • The Shifter Series by Rachel Vincent.  I haven’t been reading a lot, and I’m struggling with getting through print books but audio books seem to work pretty well right now.  This is my currently audio book listen, and it’s a pretty enjoyable series.

Dreamlife:

Weird.  The two dreams I remember having were really weird:

  • I dreamed I almost got to talk to my father, but I missed my chance.  In real life, I grew up not knowing my dad, so it’s so weird that I would about dream it.
  • The other weird dream was trying to go to a community pool but couldn’t.  There was this woman who got a text every time someone showed up, and in order to get into the pool, we had to meet someone new.  There was this group of people and we all had to put temporary tattoos on each other.  The ones I remember were all really big and went on our backs, and of course, everyone was fully dressed with no bathing suits in sight.

I don’t know what was going on with the weird dreams, but honestly?  They could have been weirder.

Researching:

  • Planners/Calendars.  I need to keep track of when assignments are due.  And have some sort of way of figuring out what I’m going to study and when would be a great idea.  Time management is going to be the only way I get through the next couple of months.

Eating + Drinking:

  • Smoothies.  I’m still on my smoothie kick, and I’ve made my way through quite a few smoothies.  It makes me feel so healthy!
  • Water. I’ve been determined to drink water every day.  I don’t drink anywhere near the amount I should, but at least I’m drinking some water.
  • Bread.  I made my first loaf of bread last month!  Of course, I spend the next week eating it, and it made me so happy eating it.
  • Cup Of Noodles. This is the complete opposite of healthy but I really wanted some for some bizarre reason.

Grateful For:

  • Keeping up with homework.  It took me a couple of weeks, but I finally got into a good routine.  Writing down what’s due for the week helped a lot, and made it easier to do a couple of things everyday.  It also made it easier to get ahead with a couple of my classes.

Good Things:

  • I’ve talked about most of these already: starting school, baking a loaf of bread, teaching myself math, drinking water, and keeping up with homework
  • But I have tried some new vegetables!  Joining a CSA has been really great, and I’ve actually tried some new fruits and vegetables.  I’ve never heard of kohlrabi or gooseberries before but they are both really good!  And fava beans are pretty good too.  Everything just tastes so good…and better than the produce in the store.  I’m glad I did it.  Anything not included, I still get at the store, of course, but it’s hard to get non-CSA vegetables now.  It’s definitely more seasonal.
  • I’m trying to get into a better bedtime routine instead of falling asleep with the t.v. on in the background.  I’ve been doing yoga and then a meditation on the Calm app right before bed.  It’s a pretty good routine so far, and I feel like I am sleeping a lot better.

That’s all for today!  I’ll be back soon.

Have a great week,

Currently Obsessed With: January 2020

Good morning everyone!

I can’t believe its time for another one of these posts already!  It feels like I just did a wrap-up for January, and now I’m recapping February.  I feel like this one is going to be a lot shorter, but we’ll see.

You can’t go wrong with hearts, especially for February.  I’m not big on Valentine’s Day, but it felt right to draw hearts.

And the quote you see in one of the pages above was the quote I didn’t know I needed until I was working on this particular page.  February ended up being a little rough especially after Valentine’s day, and that quote just really stood out to me.  I know the size of this picture is big but I just really wanted to make sure the quote was easy to see.

Inspired By:

The 52 Lists journals.  I talked about it a few weeks ago in this post, and while I wanted to talk about it, I don’t know that it warrants a full-blown post.  But I’ve really liked doing them, especially the last couple of weeks.  We’ve moved past the introductory-type lists- favorite things and goals for the year, and that sort of thing.  The lists are starting to get more thought-provoking.  I really am trying to be honest with these lists- it’s a little hard sometimes, because it would be so much easier to just put something on paper and not think about it again.  But I just really want to put a lot of thought and effort into it.

Watching:

This is going to be a short section, because I only wrote down the things I was really excited about: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.  I just love both movies so much, and while there was crying involved, both movies were also really fun and cute and what I needed when I watched them.

Reading:

Hand Lettering: Creative Alphabets.  I’ve been writing things a lot more this year, and I thought it would be fun to try out different alphabets and ways to write.  So far, I’ve just been looking at this one, but at some point, I may took a look at other books to see what they have to offer.

Thinking About:

Going back to school for RHIT.  I’m also going to talk about this in a different section, but it’s a registered health information technician program that ends with a certification.  I’ve been on the fence for a while, but with some changes at work that are coming, having that certification would be really nice, and open up more opportunities for me.

Scrapbooking.  I honestly can’t remember if I’ve talked about this, and I don’t feel like going back to check, but I have a bunch of photos I want to go through and organize.  I’ve been looking at the scrapbooking section at Michael’s and it’s hard to not get excited about the stickers and washi tape and different kinds of card stock.  It is another way for me to get things organized.  I’ve definitely been on an organization streak this year, and I don’t know why but I’m going to go with it.

Listening To:

Lindsey Stirling.  I don’t listen to her enough, but I highly recommend her.  Her new album, Artemis, is great, but I think Brave Enough is my favorite of hers.

Lovers by Anna Of The North.  I’ve been listening to this song on repeat ever since I watched the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movies.

Your Mental Breakdown, which you can find here.  It’s a relatively new podcast that I heard about on My Favorite Murder.  There’s only around 5 or 6 episodes, but I really like listening to it so far.  You’re listening in on a therapy session between the host and one of his clients, and there’s also a breakdown of the session afterwards between the host and one of his friends.  I think it’s really interesting to not only hear the session but to hear a breakdown of it as well.  I really do recommend listening to it from the beginning, which shouldn’t be too hard, because there are only a handful of episodes.

Dream Life:

There’s not much to report here, but the one dream I do remember is the FBI investigating my work.  I don’t know why they were…I just know they were.  It was really weird.

Researching:

RHIT programs.  I work in medical records, when I don’t have to cover as a receptionist, and having that certification would be really nice to have.  It would open a lot of doors, especially if I wanted to move into billing and coding, or something else related to medical records.  Online would definitely be easier, and thankfully, it seems like there are plenty of online programs I could do.

Flower pens.  I know this is random, but somehow, at work, ALL of our flower pens disappeared.  I know there are tons of tutorials, and if I can remember to make sure I have pens at home, I’ll be good to go, since I have everything else I need.

Eating + Drinking:

I’ve been eating chili, comfort food (like pot pies), cookie butter (right out of the jar) and hot chocolate.  Work is really stressing me out right now, so I’ve been eating a lot of fast food to (momentarily) make myself feel better.  That’s not working out for me in the long-run because my stomach always seems to hate me a few hours later.

I made this instant pot chili, if your looking for the recipe.  I brought it to a potluck at work, and there was still some leftover, so I saved it for the rest of the week.

Grateful For:

Awesome and supportive co-workers!  I’ve had a really hard time at work the last couple of weeks, and I ended up talking to my boss about it.  I’m just glad I was able to get some relief until we can get fully staffed again.  I’ve been having a hard remembering that I do have things to be grateful for, and even though I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal this year, it’s fallen to the wayside the last week or so.  It’s definitely time to get back on bandwagon, and it’s something I can use to remind myself of the little things when I need it.  Hopefully, I’ll have more to share next time.

The Good Things:

It’s a really short list this month, but the book signing for All The Stars And Teeth was really fun!  I also stopped by the grand re-opening party for Mysterious Galaxy, which was pretty cool.  Any event that has Storm Troopers outside is a must.  Book club was fun, as usual, and I always look forward to it, so that’s probably going to be the thing that comes up every month.  Basically, everything was fun.

I also started doing yoga!  My hips have felt particularly stiff and sore, and my back has been hurting a little bit more than normal, so it’s been really nice and helpful.  I really, really like Yoga With Adriene, and as someone who doesn’t exercise (even though I know I should), her videos feel very accessible.  Compared to a couple of other channels that I really like but struggle with doing, I feel like I don’t need to be really flexible or in shape to do her videos.  I feel so calm and relaxed afterwards.  I also love that she has so many different types of videos.

Plus, it means I get to use this pretty yoga mat.

That’s all for February’s recap, and I’ll talk with everyone soon!