The most epic pizza, and our plans for ping pong!

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Hey there friends!

Happy Friday!!! It’s been a pretty good week around here. Tomorrow is the Yale vs Harvard football game, which is always fun. It is supposed to rain and be cold, which might impact whether I go… sitting in cold rain does not sound particularly appealing to me! Joel and one of his friends said they will go regardless of the weather, but I am not really feeling like shivering for 2 hours hah! Fingers crossed the weather stays nice!

The very first thing we must discuss is this pizza from Tonino’s. I think we have found our favorite pizza spot AND our favorite order! If you are ever in the area, just tell them this: white hawaiian, light cheese, bacon, spinach, and extra pineapple! You will not be disappointed! I add a generous amount of red pepper flakes to all my pizza. It’s the BEST!

I used to eat regular pizza (with tomato sauce) all the time and was never a huge fan. It took me forever to realize that I actually do not like tomato sauce! I mean, like fresh tomatoes just fine… but if they are cooked or in any type of red sauce, it’s a pass from me. When I realized this, I started ordering my pizza “white” –> meaning either no sauce at all, or a garlic & butter sauce depending on the restaurant. This was a total GAME CHANGER!

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After we called in our pizza order, we had a few minutes to kill before going to pick it up. We made the best decision and spent that time playing ping pong. This ping pong table was a great investment. When we were in the market for one, we looked everywhere, even Craigslist! Although there were some nearby options for sale, we didn’t have a good way of transporting a pre-owned table. And we didn’t want to shell out for a rental truck. After a lot of thinking and weighing the pros and cons, we ended up getting one from Academy. Delivery was quick and painless — they brought it right to our house with no issues. Here is their selection of ping pong tables.

We want to have a ping pong tournament with our friends one of these days. It seems like a perfect cold-weather thing to do when it’s too cold or gross to be outside. I’m not great at ping pong but I always have fun playing. Joel is way better than I am, and is always trying to do fancy tricks like spinning the ball…

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I don’t know about you, but now that we are back to being homeowners, we go to Home Depot a lot! I feel like not a week goes by without us going there… and if Joel is working on some kind of project, he’ll sometimes go multiple times per week. We should probably buy stock in Home Depot. We used to be loyal Lowes customers back when we lived near a Lowes in Houston. But now the Home Depot is much closer to home. Joel could browse Home Depot contentedly for way longer than I can. I am definitely glad he is handy around the house. It’s nice that he can take care of most things.

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I recently cleaned out our whole fridge and scrubbed it top to bottom. It was shortly after our lobster bake that I noticed an absolutely AWFUL smell coming from the fridge. I have a “super sniffer” as Joel calls it, and have a sensitive nose… but you definitely did not need a super sniffer to know something was terribly wrong!

It turns out that some of the lobster juices had spilled/dripped somewhere in the fridge. We had both wiped down the shelves multiple times in efforts to get rid of the smell, but to no avail… the smell persisted! I finally decided enough was enough and got serious about the cleaning. I took all the food out, and really got in there with #allthescrubbing. Every nook and cranny!

I also thoroughly wiped down each item before putting it back into the fridge. This is what finally worked to get rid of the smell. Thank goodness for that! Note to self, NEVER drip lobster juices anywhere in your fridge or house, because it WILL smell like death!

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When was the last time you took a peek inside a grandfather clock? We have one in our foyer, and Joel is currently working on it because one of the gears is stuck. The actual time-keeping part of the clock works fine – it is just that one of the weights below the clock isn’t dropping. I think watches and clocks are so fascinating with all the different parts that work together. This grandfather clock was handmade by a man and his son several decades ago. We bought it from him when he was downsizing in preparation for a move to Florida. We love it and feel fortunate to have it in our home.

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Any almond milk fans out there? I LOVE the stuff. I am not the biggest fan of the taste of cow’s milk. I started drinking almond milk a couple years ago and have not looked back since! It is delicious, has gobs of calcium and other nutrients, and has a much longer shelf than cow’s milk. Gone are the days of throwing out half finished containers of cow’s milk because they went bad! I usually get the “original” flavor but I know there are varieties like vanilla and unsweetened.

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I am excited for the weekend, even if it ends up being a rainy one! We plan to do a little bit of decorating around the house to get prepared to host thanksgiving. I don’t typically do a ton of decorating, but am excited to this year. It will be a fun way of getting into the holiday spirit. Feel free to recommend your favorite places to buy holiday decor!

What do you have planned for your weekend? What thanksgiving food are you looking forward to the most? What’s your favorite place to buy holiday decor?

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My fiddle leaf fig, kickball, and my current book

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Hey there friends!

Do you like to have plants around your house? I sure do! One of my long time favorites is the fiddle leaf fig (ficus pandurata). It’s funny because fiddles are one of the trendiest things right now. They are everywhere… probably with good reason — they are gorgeous!

I got my first fiddle several years ago when we had just moved to Connecticut. We took a trip to Ikea to buy a wardrobe (the closets in our apartment were teeny and we needed more storage). When we walked past the plant section, we decided to take a look, and ended up purchasing my fiddle!

I found this old instagram photo (the pot is from Home Depot).

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Something about the lighting, temperature, and humidity in the apartment meant that my fiddle was perfectly content. It grew one or two new leaves every year, and seeing a new leaf pop up always made me happy.

Over the years, and especially in the past year since we moved to our house, the fiddle has grown into a different looking plant. Instead of retaining its leafy, filled-out shape like it did before, it is now much taller and more sparse-looking. It looks like a totally different plant.

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The conditions in our house are very different from those in our old apartment, which (who knows) might account for some of the changes in the appearance of the fiddle. While there is still plenty of indirect light, we now have central air – aka forced air. This is what heats and cools the house, whereas in the apartment we had radiators and window AC units.

Central air means drier air, which is not ideal for fiddles. They prefer warm humid air, which is probably why the apartment was so great — the radiators acted like humidifiers and kept the air nice and moist all winter long… (great for skin too! hah!).

Honestly, I really like a more “filled-out” fiddle. It’s a little skinny and bare at the moment. In any case, despite the changes in its environment, my fiddle seems to be hanging in there like a champ. It hasn’t done anything in particular to signal distress, so I am hoping it will remain happy and keep growing.

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In other news, we got together with some friends to play kickball! It was such a blast, and a perfect day for it. I can’t remember the name of the park we went to, but it was somewhere in West Rock.

There were a couple rock climbers scaling the cliffs behind the field — if you look closely, you just might be able to spot them. They looked like they were having fun up there.

And of course the trees were displaying their fall colors in all their glory, which made for a lovely scene.

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I haven’t played kickball in probably 15 years (or more!), so I was excited when our friends organized a game. It’s such a fun game and anyone at any skill level can participate.

I haven’t actually KICKED a ball in a very long time. I used to play soccer but it’s been years since I’ve done anything of the sort. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that my hip flexors were a little sore the next day. haha! I am guessing it’s from the wind-up to the kick… I haven’t had sore hip flexors in a while!

I was a little surprised that my right lower shin/ankle area felt bruised for the next couple days. The field was slightly bumpy near the home plate, so it was hard to predict how the ball was going to bounce before I kicked it, which meant I sometimes got contact on a weird spot of my shin. But hey, it was worth it!

But all in all it was a great time. Solid A+ in my books. I would definitely do it again!

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I mentioned a while back that I started a book club with a few girlfriends. The first book we read was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I had actually read it a few years ago but didn’t mind re-reading it. It was even better the second time around because I wasn’t guessing what was going on the entire time. The second book we read was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It was good too, albeit darker. I am interested to watch the show at some point soon!

The book we are reading now is Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. It is a decent read, even though I felt rushed to finish it in time for our book club meeting. It somehow felt MUCH longer than it looks. I’d say it was enjoyable but not one I’m likely to pick up again.

My meal of choice these past couple days has been baked chicken, roasted broccoli, and healthy sprinklings of salt and red pepper flakes. Depending on what’s going on in the pantry/fridge, I sometimes also add a mixture of rice, quinoa, and beans. 🙂 I feel like Joel and I can eat the exact same meal for a few days before we need to switch things up. Which is just as well, because I often cook in large batches so that we can have leftovers for a while.

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For some time there, my snack of choice was crackers, cheese, and preserves! One of our airbnb guests (we like to host) gifted us a jar of homemade raspberry preserves which we have been thoroughly enjoying. We had some gruyere cheese and multigrain crackers, which altogether made for the PERFECT afternoon snack.

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Cheese is one of those things that has grown on me over the years. When I was a kid, I didn’t like cheese at all. One of my friends growing up LOVED cheese and would often eat it by itself <– I never understood this… but in recent years, the appreciation for a good cheese has solidified itself in my life. My favorites are sharp cheeses like cheddar, gouda, and asiago. I also like nutty cheeses like gruyere, as well as goat cheese. Side note, goat cheese is amazing with crackers and preserves!

What’s your favorite type of cheese? Got any good book recommendations? What’s your preferred type of indoor plant?

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Pre-run snack, smores, and fall peeping!

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Hi guys!

Do you eat before your workout? I don’t always eat before every run. It depends on how I feel, the type of workout I’m going to do, what I ate for dinner the night prior, etc.

This morning I knew I should eat something before running because dinner the night before was really light and I had a tough workout. So I grabbed a banana. It’s no secret that distance runners and bananas go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, I am not a huge fan of bananas. Never have been. I don’t particularly dislike them, I just never reach for them if I have another option. Anyway, given how great they are for running (potassium, etc), I try to eat them every now and then.

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If I’m doing a longer workout (>90 min) I would also bring a gel with me. Right now I’m not training for anything in particular – most of my workouts are around 60-70 min – so I haven’t done the whole mid-run fueling thing in a while. I still have a ton of gels in my pantry waiting for the next time I do a long run.

I thought that by now I would have that “itch” to jump into a training plan, but it hasn’t hit me yet. I’m pretty content with my random running non-schedule. There is no pressure to nail a workout, and I don’t feel bad about cutting a run short if I need/want to. Who knows when I will feel ready to start a brand new training cycle. I suppose spring or early summer is when it would make sense to train for a fall race, so we’ll see how things are by then. For the time being, I’ll keep running just to run, and enjoy each mile as it comes.

Speaking of running, have I told you guys about my favorite running store? If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out RunningWarehouse.com! They have amazing deals and always have some kind of holiday special. I check their site daily to see if my running shoes are on sale. I have been running in Saucony Guides for years – switching to the Guides was what helped heal my plantar fasciitis (I was running in less supportive shoes prior to that)!

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Not sure about where you are, but here in Connecticut, it has been a warm November so far. There have even been a couple of days in the low 70’s! I’m definitely not complaining 🙂 I mean, I like a refreshing crisp day as much as the next gal, but I can’t say I enjoy New England in February. Definitely not a fan of cold weather here, so I’m soaking in all the late-season warmth that Mother Nature wants to throw my way!

We decided to enjoy one of the warmer evenings outside by having a fire on the patio. It was a perfect night! The stars were twinkling so brightly and the temperature was in that ideal spot where it feels amazing to sit by a crackling fire. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Joel and I have always wanted a house with a great outdoor area, and now that we have one we’re putting it to good use! Our previous houses/apartments didn’t have decks or patios, so we’ve been looking forward to this for a few years! We have really enjoyed spending time on our deck and patio. Joel does a great job keeping the yard/lawn looking stellar at all times, which keeps everything in great shape for when we have people over!

Some friends came over and we roasted smores over the fire. For the chocolate, we used leftover candy from Halloween. It’s a good thing I didn’t buy more than this bag because we barely had any trick-or-treaters on Halloween. There were a ton of kids down on the main road, but very few came over to our street. And you know what that meant… more candy for us! 🙂 The chocolate made for some yummy additions to the smores (especially the Krackle ones which are my favorites)!

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After roasting lots of smores, we all hung out talking around the fire for a while. We have some pretty hilarious friends who are veritable experts at making everyone belly laugh –> my favorite thing!

It was really relaxing to just sit by the fire and enjoy the awesome company. I love when the fire embers glow and look like waves rippling in water. I made a joke about how it looked like Mordor, and one of my friends said she didn’t know what that was! Whaaaat!? Turns out, she had never seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies! Those were some of my favorites growing up. I remember reading all the books and anxiously awaiting each movie. I think a LOTR marathon is in order!

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Despite the warmer-than-usual temps for this time of year, Fall has officially settled in. Many of the trees around us have turned gorgeous colors.

We like to do a bit of “peeping” — taking in the autumnal colors of the trees — and decided to go for a walk near one of the lakes in Bethany. It may not look like it from this photo (I couldn’t find a better one from the walk hah), but the fall colors are definitely out in full force. It was really pretty!

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The trees in our town are definitely doing their thing, and it is lovely! One of my favorite things about where we live is how beautiful it is in every season. In my opinion, the most gorgeous season is Spring because of all the blooming flowers and fresh green everywhere, but fall is not too far behind! I hope we never have to move away from Connecticut, because if we do, we will miss scenery like this a whole lot.

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Do you like bananas? What’s your favorite type of chocolate to use in smores? If you ever moved, what would you miss the most about where you live?  

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Catching up on life

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Hi friends!

I haven’t done a “rambling” post in a while, and felt like today was a good day for one!

Let’s catch up on some random things…

Happy 14 years 🙂

Yesterday, my calendar reminded me that it was our 14th dating anniversary. Every year I can’t believe that another year has passed, and this year is no exception. I simply cannot believe it’s been 14 years. In the years since we first began our relationship, we have gotten married, moved 5 times, bought 3 houses (sold 2), and had plenty of adventures along the way! And through it all, he remains my favorite person. ❤ Our 10 year wedding anniversary is coming up in December — goodness me, 10 years! Where has the time gone? I guess it’s true what they say, it really does fly when you’re having fun.

Apple picking

In other news, last weekend we went apple picking at Bishop’s Orchards here in Connecticut. The weather was perfection – sunny with that little bit of crisp in the air. This is only my second time going apple picking EVER! Crazy, right? My first time was last fall. Both times I have gone, I have been amazed at how many different types of apples there are. It’s fun trying out new-to-me varieties that I don’t normally see at the grocery store. I have to say though, my favorite type hands-down is still Honeycrisp! We came home with more than enough to last a while. I haven’t baked an apple pie in a while, and this is the perfect time to do just that!

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Book club

My book club is currently reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. I’m only about a third of the way through the book, but I am enjoying it so far. The tone is somewhat conversational, so it’s been an easy read thus far. Our previous book was Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, which was of course much heavier by comparison. I haven’t seen the show yet, and am interested in watching it at some point soon. I love my book club – it’s so fun getting together to talk about books and drink wine. Speaking of wiiiine…

 

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Ginger wine

I discovered Stone’s Ginger Wine recently, and seriously love it. It has quite a strong ginger flavor, so if you aren’t a ginger lover, you will probably want to stay away. It reminds me of Stoney Tangawizi, a delicious non-alcoholic ginger soda that I used to drink all the time in Kenya. I miss it! It’s funny the things you miss when you move away. When I lived in Kenya, I always had access to Stoney, but I never gave it second thought. And now 15 years later I suddenly miss it. Maybe that’s why I have such an affinity for the ginger wine – it conjures up all this nostalgia.

Anxiety

Lately I’ve been dealing with some anxiety. Here are some things that help me:

  1. Talking to Joel and other loved ones. It helps to know that those who close to me are so supportive. Just knowing that they will always be there for me is priceless. Joel is the first person I go to when I am feeling anxious, and he is always incredibly patient and supportive. I’m so grateful.
  2. Journaling. I have kept a journal since the 3rd grade. My very first journal had a light blue cover with painting of a lamb on the front. It also had a lock and a key! All these years later, I still have that journal, but the key is long gone. And you know what, over the years I have filled up many more journals! I find that writing is a really effective way for me to process through my thoughts.
  3. Running. Sometimes when I’m feeling anxious, it’s harder than usual to find the motivation to run. Other times, I can’t wait to get out the door to run. Regardless of how I feel before the run, I always feel at least a little bit better afterwards. Running may not totally remove the anxiety (or the source thereof), but it never fails gives me a needed boost. And ya know, sometimes that sense of accomplishment after a run feels like the only thing that saves the day from being a total bust.
  4. Getting outside. When I get lost in my anxiety bubble, it’s so easy to forget that there is an entire world outside of it. It might take some convincing, but when I finally get outside — as in, literally outdoors AND figuratively outside the anxiety bubble — it can be both a literal and figurative breath of fresh air! Sometimes even just a quick trip to the store, or a walk around the block can be a reminder that it’s not actually the end of the world. And then the day feels 10 times brighter.
  5. Get enough rest. Anxiety makes me toss and turn all night, leaving me exhausted by morning. I try to ease up on the gas when sleepless nights happen, and if at all possible, I try to get to bed early the following night. I’ve learned the hard way that insufficient sleep is a recipe for running-related injury, a compromised immune system, and all round misery.

 

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I am sure there are plenty of other methods for coping with anxiety. It probably depends on the person, and what he or she may find soothing or calming. For example, one of my longtime friends also struggles with anxiety, and one of the ways she copes is through baking various yummy foods. She loves to bake (and is great at it!). When she bakes, it helps to relieve a lot of her stress. Another friend of mine has a ranch down in Texas, and whenever she is feeling stressed out, she spends time with her horses. I think each of us is pretty unique in how we deal with anxiety or stress. What is helpful to one person may not be to another. I would love to hear how you deal with anxiety!

Catch up on previous posts! Like these thoughts on rain, or this one about the tallest mountain in Africa, or this one on a few of my favorites!

Let’s catch up! What’s new on your end? How do you deal with anxiety?

Is boarding school REALLY where the naughty kids are sent?

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Hi friends! Welcome to my very first “Tea Break Tuesday”!

You may recall that I went to boarding school from grades 3-12.

I have noticed that when I tell people that I went to boarding school, they sometimes give me a funny look. It turns out that apparently there are some stereotypes around boarding school… the most common stereotype I have heard is that boarding school is where the naughty kids get sent! Another one I’ve heard is that boarding school is for elite rich kids.

As someone who spent a number of years at boarding school, I thought it might be interesting to share some of what that experience was like for me.

So a few basics: The school is a Christian boarding school called Rift Valley Academy (RVA), and is located in central Kenya.

Homesickness. In my school, students lived in dorms in much the same way that university students live on campus. RVA is only about an hour from Nairobi, and between away-games, weekend trips to ‘town’, and mid-term breaks, I was in Nairobi on a frequent basis. Some kids experienced homesickness, but to be honest, I never did, not even a little bit. That may also be due to the fact that when my parents divorced, school was a welcome respite from all of that. I found the culture at school to be supportive and inclusive, and not only that, but I had a great group of friends (still friends to this day!) with whom I had a strong sense of “belonging” — they were closer than sisters. Plus, I was always too busy with school, sports, and other extracurriculars to be homesick.

Weekend activities. I don’t know if other boarding schools are this way, but RVA always had activities going on every single weekend. These included sports tournaments, plays/musicals, concerts, movie nights, banquets/dances, dorm/class trips, and also planned activities for dorms and/or classes to do together. There was always something going on. I won’t say I never got bored or that I never complained (what kid can say that?), but in hindsight, there really wasn’t much to complain about!

Strict. Like a lot of private and/or religious schools, there were a lot of rules at RVA… curfew, chores, attendance at chapels during the week, attendance at church on Sundays, no kissing, no short skirts, no spaghetti straps, no drinking, no drugs, etc… and yes these rules generally make sense and I probably wouldn’t have broken them even if they didn’t exist. But hey, as kids we still managed to complain about #alltherules.

Playing sports. Every term (trimester) constituted a different sport season. I played soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Other sports included field hockey (girls only) and rugby (boys only). Since RVA is located at elevation, this meant we were usually more fit and had better endurance compared to teams in Nairobi that trained at lower elevation.

Cafeteria food. There was one cafeteria on campus that all students ate at for every meal. Age groups were separated into 3 different dining rooms (1st-6th grade, 7th-10th grade, and 11th-12th grade). Bear in mind this was decades ago, so things may have changed or been renovated since. Meals were slightly predictable and on a rotating schedule. Boy did I used to complain about the food! But in reality, it wasn’t that bad. Sure, there were meals I absolutely despise even to this day (looking at you shepherds pie!), but overall we had plenty of wholesome and healthy options. The food was all prepared on-site, so no packaged or processed foods were provided as far as I am aware.

Walking everywhere. Even without playing sports, most people there had active lifestyles. Everyone walked everywhere on campus, and there were plenty of hills (plus high elevation). The campus is spread out enough that between walking to the dorm, class, cafeteria, or elsewhere, you could easily get all your steps in for the day.

Dorm parents. Every dorm had “dorm parents” who lived in the building and took care of the students who lived there. This meant organizing weekend activities for the dorm as well as nightly group meetings for devotions. Dorms were always separated by gender and generally also by grade or age group. For example, 7th-8th grade girls lived in one dorm, while the boys lived in another. Students addressed their dormparents as “uncle” or “aunt” (in contrast, teachers were addressed as Mr., Miss, or Mrs.). Sometimes dormparents were also teachers, which was the case with our awesome junior high dormparents, Uncle John and Aunt Pattie. Uncle John also taught 9th grade biology (when I took his class, I called him Mr. Schuit). Side note, I LOVED that class – it was one of my favorites in all of high school, and it was because of his class that I decided to major in biology in college. 🙂 Another side note, Uncle John and Aunt Pattie also came to my wedding reception 🙂

TV? Internet? I’m not sure how it is nowadays with the advent of smartphones and streaming, but back in “my day”, there was little to no TV of any kind, and no internet access. We sometimes watched movies with our dorm or class, but not much else besides that. And as far as internet, no one had computers or even smartphones. If we wanted to send emails, we had to go to the computer lab. I’m sure that things have changed now that every kid probably has a smartphone and laptop.

Roommates. Similar to university life, we always had roommates (usually 2-4 per room depending on the room size). We usually chose who we wanted to room with for the term, and my group of friends pretty much always stuck together. One time in 3rd grade, a bunch of us snuck out of our rooms after lights-out and decided to hang out in the bathroom (such rebels). I don’t know what we were doing, but probably just being mischievous, staying up past when we were supposed to. Our dormparents heard us whispering and giggling, and when I poked my head around the corner to see if they were still there, they saw me and had us get right back into bed! Another time in junior high, my friend Kristi got mad at me because she could hear the skittles in my mouth — I had a thing for skittles while doing homework — so she went and did her homework somewhere else. After that I always made sure to enjoy my skittles quietly. 🙂  Kristi and I are still friends to this day… she’s the blond one in this photo. When I went to college, the adjustment to dorm life and roommates was pretty seamless, probably because I had similar experiences growing up.

Scenery. I mentioned earlier that RVA is on one of the rift valley’s escarpments. The views were always incredible. Mount Longonot was in clear view, and we had the most unbelievable sunsets. Sometimes my friends and I would go for walks or sit on one of the fields that overlooks the valley and just hang out. I miss that view a lot!

There’s a lot more to say, but I’ll save that for another day. I loved my boarding school experience and would not change anything about it. Those were some pretty awesome years.

Know anyone who went to boarding school? What was your school like? 

Here we are

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Here we are indeed.

I’m just a thirty-something writing a few thoughts down, while the rains come down outside my bedroom window.

Having never interacted extensively with strangers on the web before, I can’t deny that it feels odd. Not unpleasant, just odd. I could tell you a bit more about myself, but let’s save that for another day. Rather than wax on about what I do or why I’ve started a blog (all of which I am sure to cover at some point), I am thinking that I will instead kick things off by telling you a few things that I like to do for fun.

Run

Although I’m not very fast, I like to consider myself a runner. I have completed 2 marathons and a few other shorter distance races. I try to lace up 5-6 days a week, and find that I feel my best when I’m consistently running. Unlike many runners, I really enjoy treadmill running. I do most of my runs at my gym.

Read

I’ve always been an avid reader, and I enjoy most fiction genres. I recently started a book club with a few girlfriends who also love to read. Since I was a kid, I have always had at least one book in my rotation, and I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading something.

Write

What can I say, I love to write. For me, it’s not about being eloquent or perfect. Rather, it is about mindfully processing my thoughts and using my writing as a way to express myself or share my perspective. I like to have a structured routine to keep those writing muscles toned 🙂

Hang with friends

If I had to choose between having many superficial friends or few close ones, I would 100% choose the latter. I have found that in this hyper-busy, stressed-out world, making real and lasting connections with people can be extremely difficult. I try very hard to invest in authentic relationships with people, and more often than not, I find this to be incredibly rewarding.

Hang out with my husband Joel

Joel and I are college sweethearts who started dating waaay back in 2003. We got married in 2007 and have been on this crazy ride called life together ever since. He is the most patient, loyal, and wonderful person I have ever met. If you met him, I’m sure you would think so too!

Watch Netflix

I am a Netflix connoisseur. I am so good at Netflixing that I can do it while I cook, clean, and even while I run. I prefer shows over movies, and love to get “hooked.” My favorite thing is coming across a new-to-me show that has multiple 20-episode seasons. Yes please.

Bake things from a box

I’ve always wanted to be “that girl” who bakes effortlessly from scratch and substitutes all the processed, fatty, and sugary ingredients with wholesome, organic, immortality-granting alternates. Alas, I will never be that girl. I have made peace with that. I have zero qualms with box brownies that only require adding an egg, or with pancake mix where you just add water.

Find amazing deals

Having recently moved from an apartment into a house, we’ve had to figure out how to furnish it without breaking (completely destroying) the bank. Enter Craigslist. We have found many an antique desk on there, and it will always be my go-to place for heavily discounted home-goods.

Host gamenights

We love to have our friends over for a boozy game night. Sometimes all you need after a long week is a glass of wine and a frenzied game of Dutch Blitz.

Do my hair and makeup

I don’t wear makeup every day and only do my hair about once a week… but it’s fun! I still remember the first foundation I ever bought: MAC studio fix fluid. Ah the memories. I have also tried a few intense hair treatments including relaxing and thermal reconditioning. For the record, I have very curly hair, and it took me years to accept it. Years. Hence the relaxing and thermal reconditioning, which I am pretty sure I will never do again.

Laugh a lot

I love to laugh. And I don’t mean the polite, restrained titter that you do at a fancy dinner party while daintily covering your lips with a white-gloved hand. I mean the bursting, hooting belly laugh where you can’t stop the force of the laughter even if you tried. You know what I mean. The kind of laughter where you’ve got tears streaming down your face and your cheeks hurt from smiling so hard. I love that.

Tell me something about yourself!