What’s Up Wednesday

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Long time, no write! I feel like, even though I have more time with school being out, I am finding less time to write (or desire to write). Good thing this post just about covers it all! And I totally forgot to press “post” yesterday, so this is a day late…

What I’m eating this week:

I am currently obsessed with avocado toast! Like, I can’t get enough. I’ve been using avocado packs from Trader Joe’s (each pack has only 100 calories!). It’s the perfect amount for two pieces of whole wheat toast. I’ve also been putting Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning on top. YUMMM. I’m not lying when I say I can’t get enough.

What I’m reminiscing about:

The roomies just booked tickets to Spokane. I haven’t been since I finished my Masters (7 years ago?!) so I know campus will have changed a ton. We are going in September so here’s hoping the leaves have started to change colors a little bit. I’ve said it before that I didn’t really appreciate Spokane while I was there and while I still wouldn’t want to live there, it’ll be nice to visit!

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What I’m loving:

I am loving my summer schedule! I do summer school until 12:30 and have the rest of my day to relax and veg and do all things that someone on summer break should do. I’ve been waking up at 5:15 a couple mornings a week to run before work so it definitely feels good to get exercise out of the way before my day even starts. Hopefully getting into this routine now can help me keep it up once the school year starts again. It’s nice not having to wait for it to cool down or skipping altogether because other plans come up.

What I’ve been up to:

I am back at work this week for my last week of summer school but over the weekend enjoyed The Book of Mormon (it was funny!) and a baby shower for my bestie! Elliott is due on August 29th. My birthday is August 30th and while I am very particular about my birthday (because it is my favorite holiday obviously), I would be honored to share it with Ellie! How perfect would that be? Besties since Kindergarten with her first child born on my birthday. I’m counting on it, Whitney!

What I’m dreading:

Moving. Well, maybe packing and unpacking I should say to clarify. I am so excited to move but I absolutely hate packing. I feel like I just did it (which is kind of true). I am glad though that it will be done before the school year starts so I can feel settled.

What I’m working on:

I will be working on packing once we’re back from D.C. I’ll have about two and a half weeks which should be plenty of time. Storage isn’t too too great at the new place (neither are the closets) so I’ll make myself do some spring cleaning and get rid of some things that I haven’t worn or have been holding on for too long.

What I’m excited about:

July is jam-packed (see below) and I’m super excited for all of it!

What I’m watching/reading:

This season of The Bachelorette is boring me. I’m still watching of course but I’m just not as invested in this season than I have been in past season. I am really glad all the drama with Bachelor in Paradise got sorted out because I always look forward to that one. As for what else I’m watching… I’m still trying to catch up on Scandal and have been enjoying the new season of Master Chef90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? also just started up and it’s the best. Anfisa is enough reason alone to watch it. My favorite quotes from her during the first episode: “I hate our apartment. It looks poor” and “I hate being married to Jorge”. SO GOOD!! The series finale of Pretty Little Liars was last night and I was underwhelmed to say the least.

I am currently on book number six for June with an easy breezy read from one of my favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand.

What I’m listening to:

Same old stuff. I really need some new music. I am really happy though that Taylor Swift is back on Spotify! Which reminds me that I need to download a bunch of music before our flight!

What I’m wearing:

I think I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I will choose comfort over fashion. It’s been so hot that I’m usually just in a t-shirt and shorts/jeans. Nothing too special. One thing I do love always though is… shoes! I bought some Nike’s for D.C. I usually wear my Converse (the Shoreline ones are great) when walking all day but even those make my feet tired so I am hoping the Nike’s help. I wore them yesterday to test them out and they were like walking on a cloud. There will probably be more in my future. And there I go choosing comfort again!

What I’m doing this weekend:

Michael and I leave for Washington D.C. on Friday. His sister is getting married on Sunday and we are making a trip out of it. We’ll be there for a week and have our to-do list set. I love Washington; I’ve been twice but unfortunately haven’t been since freshman year of high school. I am gearing up for the humidity though…

What I’m looking forward to next month:

July is a super busy month: the Washington trip, visiting Whitney in Boise, doing a program at school for the incoming students, moving to our new apartment, etc, etc. I know the month will fly by because of how busy it is.

What else is new:

That’s about it!

Shows to Binge

After teaching 6th graders all day and giving directions, answering the same question a thousand times, pulling small groups, grading essays, tutoring after school, running book club, etc, etc, etc, I am all about relaxing in front of the TV. Netflix is great because there are no commercials and you can watch back to back to back (to back) episodes. Here are my favorite shows on Netflix and ones I recommend to binge on:

Friends: Okay, so this is probably a very cliche first choice but I can’t help it. Friends is tied up there for my favorite show and I can watch it over and over again. I love that the episodes are only 20 minutes without commercials and I love that even though the show ended over 10 years ago, it’s still just as funny. I’ve probably watched the series in it’s entirety three or four times. It’s the perfect show to have on in the background when doing some work or laundry. I’m fairly certain most have seen at least a couple episodes, but do yourself a favor and start at the very beginning!

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Friday Night Lights: Friday Night Lights is tied with Friends as my favorite show. This is one that I recommend to literally everyone because it has something that everyone could like. There is a lot of depth to each of the characters and storylines and it does it’s job so well that you’ll be wanting to live in Texas before long. While the show is about football, it’s not necessarily ABOUT football (if that makes sense… ). Give it a whirl for an episode or two and you’ll be hooked! Side note: Michael and my dad both love this show. I have very different taste than them in TV, yet we all still watched this one!

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Broadchurch: SO SO SO GOOD! This British show has two seasons and each is only about 10 episodes which means that you will fly right through. The first season investigates the disappearance and murder of a young boy and everyone in the small village is a suspect. You find out who the killer is at the end of the season and the second season follows the trial of said person. This, behind FNL, is the one I recommend the most to people. It’ll keep you guessing until the very end (and then probably infuriate you).

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The Office: You can’t go wrong with The Office! Like Friends, this is one that is, at this point, easy to have on in the background while I’m doing something else. I don’t work at a typical “office” but this is exactly how I picture it to be… or wish it was! Jim and Pam are my favorite (would you expect anything else?) and as much as I like my principal, I wouldn’t mind Michael Scott stepping in for the day. One person I can do without? Dwight. I know, I said it.

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Gossip Girl: Two words: Chuck Bass. My college roomies and I loved watching this one together. If you love drama, fashion, and New York City, this one is for you! As always with these teen dramas, it’s very unrealistic but I think thats why it’s also really fun.

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Pretty Little Liars: This one will take commitment on your part to make it through but I guarantee you’ll like it if you do! If you love a good mystery (we are in the last half of the final season and STILL DON’T KNOW WHO A IS!), PLL is for you. The show can be very tween-y at times (and extremely unrealistic) but it’s kept me hooked for 7 seasons so it must be doing something right! The season ends in several weeks and I am probably going to re-watch again at some point to see if I can pick up on any clues along the way.

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New Girl: I admit, I am not up to date on New Girl but do enjoy it when I need a break from more intense shows (see below 😉 ). Jessica Day’s quirkiness can get a wee bit annoying at times, but her wardrobe certainly makes up for it. And I’m pretty sure Schmitt makes me laugh about 10 times every episode.

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Some other good ones are: Stranger Things, Hart of Dixie, Grey’s Anatomy, Master of None, Freaks and Geeks, and One Tree Hill.

Also, here are some documentaries that you should check out: Making a Murderer, Amanda Knox, Blackfish, 13th, and Planet Earth.

What shows are on your Netflix list?

What’s Up Wednesday

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I am linking up again with Mix and Match Mama for What’s Up Wednesday. I haven’t been posting a whole lot lately so this post falls at a perfect time to cover all the bases of what I’ve been up to.

What I’m eating this week:

I am never eating anything too special. I don’t really cook full-on meals because of my current kitchen situation. Let’s just say that I am excited for a new apartment in July. Until then, it’s pretty easy meals. I did want to share two of my favorite Los Angeles restaurants so if you’re in the area, check them out!

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Home: There are two locations but I prefer the one in Los Feliz simply because of the outside seating area. It’s whimsical! I’ve only eaten here for brunch and but they have lunch/dinner options, too. Come early because it gets crowded!

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Panini Cafe: This is Michael’s favorite (thanks Kelley for the recommendation) and I’ve started to love it too for their breakfast options. I always get a breakfast wrap with fruit. Very filling and very yummy! The patio area at all locations are great for people watching, too.

What I’m reminiscing about:

It’s weird to think that I’ve almost been back in California for a year. I don’t know at what point I’ll stop describing me living here as being “back.” This time last year though I was finishing up the school year and packing up my apartment. I hate to admit that I was mentally checked out at work, but I definitely was. I was just counting down the days until I was done with my old school and was back home. Fast forward about 365 days later, and I am oh so much happier in every single way.

What I’m loving:

I am loving the spring weather! I’ve been spending a lot of time outside. Michael and I went hiking last weekend and checked out the LA Times Festival of Books at USC, where we ate lunch and read outside for a bit. My new school is all indoors so I don’t get to enjoy the weather during the day, but make sure to do a wog (walk/jog because let’s be honest, I don’t run) a few days a week after work. The picture below is the view on one of my walks this week. I love finding hidden gems like this one. The time change also helps and I love that it stays lighter later. Ask me in about 3 months if I’m loving the weather and I’ll probably say it’s too hot. I am enjoying it for now though!

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What I’ve been up to:

Most days seem like Groundhogs Day: wake up, traffic, work, traffic, work out, make dinner, watch tv, read, sleep, and repeat. With the events (aka stress) of the last month or so though, I will take Groundhogs Day!

What I’m dreading:

I don’t really think there is anything that I’m really dreading at the moment.

What I’m working on:

I am working on some (potential) travel plans! I have a few trips coming up (roomies, we need to start planning for our next Roomie Weekend) and I think I can talk Michael into a weekend trip to somewhere like Santa Barbara or San Diego. I’m also hoping to take a bigger trip over Winter Break. I have three weeks off so it would be the perfect time. I am throwing out ideas to Michael and the latest thought was Costa Rica. I went in high school and loved it. I remember it being really affordable too, and I’m not against traveling to places I’ve already been. I’ll probably look into some other Central/South America destinations. Europe is at the very top of my list, but I’ll save that until I have plentyyyy of time to see it all.

What I’m excited about:

SUMMER! With Spring Break behind me, I am now looking forward to summer. We have 7 weeks off, but I will be doing summer school for a majority of it so 7 weeks off turns into 3 weeks off. I know I shouldn’t complain; teachers get time off/holidays off/breaks during the year, but teaching is a hard gig and I look forward to my time off! But I also can’t complain about summer school either– I basically make a full days pay for only half a days work. My three weeks off will be spent relaxing, traveling to Washington D.C., and hanging with my bestie when she visits. Whitney hasn’t booked her flight yet, but it’s been discussed so I am counting it as a done deal 🙂

What I’m watching/reading:

I am, of course, watching my usual shows. Pretty Little Liars started back up again and I am anxious to see how it ends. Married at First Sight is back on and The Bachelorette is also back next month! And not long after that, Bachelor in Paradise!

During break, I binged on 13 Reasons Why. I thought it was really well done and definitely worth a watch. It’s way heavier than I thought it would be though. I read the book years ago and definitely didn’t remember most of what happened. Some of the scenes are really graphic and I wanted it to have a happy ending (spoiler: it doesn’t) but still enjoyed it and found myself rooting for (some of) the characters even though I knew how it would end. If you need a new show, check it out. And then find something happy to watch after!

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As for reading, I am currently one book 9 for April with Cancel the Wedding. Not sure if I will be done with it by the time by April Book Review post is up, but at the speed I read, it’s pretty likely.

What I’m listening to:

I heard two really good songs while watching 13 Reasons Why:

The Only Boy Awake by Meadows

The Night We Met by Lord Huron

And I also heard this one during the movie, Gifted (highly recommend!). I know it’s old but I’d never heard it before:

The Wind by Cat Stevens (the video I found for this one is super weird…)

What I’m wearing:

If you are a reader like me and want to share your love of books, check out these t-shirts from Book Shelf Tees. I found the online store via Instagram and fell in love with the adorable prints. I’ve ordered one shirt and have sent another as a gift. And you’re in luck because right now, everything in the shop is 20% off with the code MOTHERSDAY.

What I’m doing this weekend:

I will be enjoying an after-work hike and happy hour with co-workers on Friday followed by spin class the next morning. On Sunday, Michael and I will go out to Corona for a birthday lunch for my grandma and to meet a new member of the family (stay tuned for that post soon!). I’m not sure what the plans are for Saturday. We haven’t been to Disneyland for awhile so that will probably happen soon and we also have a Groupon for The Museum of Tolerance that we need to use at some point. And of course, some work because lesson plans and grading never seem to end.

What I’m looking forward to next month:

There are no special plans for May yet, but it’s just that much closer to summer!

What else is new:

That’s about it!