Friday things

Hello and good Friday morning to you! I hope your week has been going well so far and that you are looking forward to some good things this weekend! This week was a full one as I had to work a couple split shifts while a co-worker was on vacation. I also realized that it’s the end of July and there are only six weeks left until Tom and I get married. We haven’t met with the restaurant to talk about the menu, Tom has nothing to wear, I have to shop for shoes and jewelry, we have to meet with our friends to talk about the details of the ceremony, and we have to get our marriage certificate. All of these things will get done and it will be totally fine, but we are also in the midst of deciding to take a big step professionally which should be interesting since we meet with the bank when Tom gets back from annual training for the Army. Life is full right now and it’s exciting and terrifying and messy. But, writing this post always helps me to slow down. So here are a few things I wanted to share…

I loved this peanut soba noodle salad but since Trader Joe’s didn’t have soba noodles, I picked up their red lentil noodles instead and they were fantastic in this dish! Will definitely try this one again soon!

I was looking over some old photos of my year in Korea the other day and it made me miss that year of my life so much. A client that I was working with this week just got back from a vacation to Korea and we got to chat about the awesome food and what she saw in the city. It brought me back to that year and I remember it being the slowest of my life, but in a good way. Everything was new, from teaching English, to going to the grocery store, riding the subway into Seoul, and exploring a new part of the city each weekend. I’m going to reunite with the three girls whom I spent that year with in September, which I’m really looking forward to!

Three women on what they’ve learned in their 70+ years of life-This isn’t a new post, but it was introduced to me last week and I found myself laughing and feeling not so alone in my quest for a life that is a bit different. These women blazed their own trails and had a different purpose for themselves than the norm of “get married, buy a house, get a dog, have two kids.” I have been feeling the pressure to conform to this norm so much now that I’ll be married soon. But I’ve had to shake myself out of this thinking. Only I get to decide what my life will look like. No one else.

We had an abundance of over-ripe bananas in the apartment this week (which is always a good problem in my book), so banana bread was the natural next step. Tom actually whipped up this recipe and it turned out really well for paleo banana bread. It was fantastic for a quick pre-workout snack or whenever a chocolate craving hit.Trader Joe’s started carrying a new-to-me kombucha and it might be my favorite one yet! I’m loving this Yerba mate ginger flavor and it’s refreshing on a hot, humid day just like yesterday!

That’s it for me this week! What’s been new and noteworthy for you? Have a great weekend!

Lately…

Good Monday morning to you! I’ve been MIA lately and really didn’t have any intention to be, but life got in the way and I was finally able to sit down Sunday morning to write. This past week was a bit of a whirlwind. My family and I had an amazing time in Traverse City. We got upgraded to a beautiful house on Arbutus Lake with a dock out to the lake, a fire pit, a huge deck, and an expansive open-floor plan interior with a big kitchen which came in handy for cooking. It was really nice to have some family time since we don’t get together all that often. Continue reading “Lately…”

Friday favorites

sunset cliffsHappy Friday to you! I hope you had a wonderful week and enjoyed the summer solstice by doing something outdoors! It is a bit surreal to me that we are already at the end of June and my family and I will be heading on our Michigan trip next week! I remember planning this trip and thinking that it was so far away. We are only taking a long weekend in Traverse City but we have an Airbnb on a lake, a bike and winery tour scheduled, and I’ve got books on hold at the library for the long trip up! Eeek! Can’t wait. Here are a few things I wanted to share with you from the week 🙂 Continue reading “Friday favorites”

Weekend recap

This past weekend was one of my favorite summer weekends so far. It included a workout with friends, lots of time outside, sushi, and no scheduled plans. Perfection in my book.

Saturday began with training a few sessions at the gym and afterwards three of our CrossFit friends along with my sister and Tom all got together to do a workout. We included a few dumbbell movements since our CrossFit gym doesn’t have any and then we did a team sled push relay which was terrible. Afterwards, since the weather was holding up pretty well, four of us decided to meet up at Wollersheim Winery later in the afternoon to enjoy some wine, snacks, and beautiful views. We talked and laughed until the winery closed at 5 pm and then headed back to Madison to grab some sushi and head to the terrace. Continue reading “Weekend recap”

Friday things

Last Sunday after Tom had gotten home from his drill weekend up at Fort McCoy for the National Guard, we had to head downtown to re-certify for CPR. There were only four of us in the class so we were able to test out our skills quickly and then enjoy the rest of our evening. Since we were downtown and it was a perfect summer night, we took a walk around a cute neighborhood that I’ve been wanting to explore. I snapped these photos as the sun was setting.
img_0224As we walked, I felt very grateful to be living in a beautiful city. I love everything that Madison has to offer and the countless things to do on the weekends. I also love that my two oldest friends live here as well as my sister. We have joined a wonderful CrossFit gym and have met amazing friends through that community. As we continued on our walk, I practiced being grateful. Continue reading “Friday things”