a busy, full, exhausting summer
This summer is flying by. And i feel it in every creak of my bones. I committed to myself, and to my therapist, to getting out of the house this summer. Believe it or not my seasonal depression kicks in harder in the summer months. I still live in upstate NY, far away from any and all action, as well as all my friends, and have let that be an excuse for my lackluster social life. Having an unlimited metro card & metro north ticket, as well as my job in the heart of midtown changed all of that. For the first 2 weeks in June I made (and kept!) a commitment every. single. night. I slowed down a bit but being this busy, is still taking a toll on me. But i’ll be happy I strengthened these relationships and have these memories to look back on in December and maybe new reasons to leave the house then also.
My 4th of July was spectacular but busy. I went to my town pool in the morning, left at 1, speed cleaned my home for 90mins, made it to a family bbq at 3:30, then left at 6:30 and went straight to fireworks by the river. An amazing day, and I am happy I fit it all in but 3 days later I am still exhausted, even after taking it somewhat easy this weekend. Is this what a busy, full life looks like? Tired, but happy with connections and plans and better sleep cause you are really recharging and making time for things because you cannot fit everything in and you are booked and busy and blessed? I’ll take it.
July Plans for the remainder of the month: Go Cart Racing , Seeing Coming to America in Bryant Park, A 90s R&B Skate Party, Rose Mansion (a wine museum), Color Factory (an art experience), Bronx Museum, Eating at SugarFish, a group dinner with other women in my field, a lunch with my father and sister (oy vey), plus you know working 40 hours+ a week and staying cute. Oh and I need to change my hair, I have a new primary care doctor and psychologist, started concentrating more on my fertility which means more OB-GYN visits (2 so far this month) and being married. A busy full life.
Epic Finds Week 28:
Method Honeycrisp Apple Cleaning Spray - this smells so good. I don’t need my cleaning products to be organic or all natural (i happen to like a good bleach down) but this works really well and smells great?
I did some major damage at Shein. This kimono that i cannot stop wearing, this top which looks like it’s Milly in person, and these on trend & super cheap earrings. Also the plus size lingerie is to die for. I am putting this with jeans. I sized up on everything & that was a mistake. Use the sizing chart and a measuring tape for the best accuracy.
Laundry day had me scrambling for a comfortable bra, but all that were left were my “never wear but don’t want to throw away” and this bralet. It’s so comfy and supportive I’m wearing it at work.
Trial Subscription to NY Times Cooking App. This app is amazing. I love cooking and as I do it more I realize coming up with my own recipes that are new and fresh isn’t always possible. Mostly I use it for inspiration and as a guide for something I want to try. The free trial is for a month and i am sure i’ll continue after it’s over. I’ve already made jollof rice and have plans for a braised beef this week. (This won’t link, but it’s very easy to find in the App Store)
Speaking of food, I realized I mostly grab Asian food when eating out, because it’s the one cuisine I cannot seem to master at home. Then I went to HMart, dropped $60 on sauces, noodles, veggies, and various frozen items because this summer I am learning to make all my faves. These yummy scallion pancakes were my favorite find. You have to fry them in oil, which can feel like a project but it’s worth it. They are so good.
*** side note: I wanted to take a more conversational approach in my posting. Not feeling like I have to have a product to push, or makeup to suggest. I guess getting back to the title of the blog. An upclose look at making an epic life. Let me know what you think!