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November 24, 2018

Thanksgiving


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Alright y’all! Thanksgiving! I love this holiday in theory. A day dedicated to pausing and recognizing what you have in life and being thankful for it is fantastic! In practice, the holidays are always a little stressful!
Justin and I currently have my brother’s two dogs (one is a ten month old) and we drove to Dallas for dinner (six hours in the car)! So it’s been a little crazy. That being said, I have so much to be thankful for this year.


We met Justin’s parents and brothers for dinner at a delicious Brazilian Steakhouse! We enjoyed a feast and I even took some carrot cake home. I finished that off last night and it was SO good! Overall, it was just a really nice Thanksgiving and a great celebration.


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Justin and I got MARRIED!! Commiting to spend the rest of my life with my best friend is without a doubt something I am insanely thankful for! We’re now eight months in (time flies!) and I still love waking up to him every day! He’s the best friend, partner, spouse, and roommate I could ask for! I thank my lucky stars everyday.


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We also had our amazing honeymoon! Like, best trip ever. We had so much fun, it was relaxing and amazing! And I know I’ve already told y’all all about it, so I won’t go into too much detail, I’ll just leave it at if you ever get to go to the Caribbean, DO IT!!!!!!!!!! (especially if it’s an all inclusive place, they’re awesome)


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Justin and I bought our amazing house! I really, really love this place! Like I think it’s my favorite place I’ve lived. It has a wonderfully calm atmosphere and has been great for entertaining!


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I started a new business that has been so much fun! Running virtual fitness groups has helped me get back in shape, helped Justin get back in shape, and has provided our family with extra income! All around a win! (If this is something you’d like more info on, shoot me an email or leave a comment)


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This year has been filled with blessing after blessing. I honestly can’t believe we’re already to the end of the year! I’m filled with joy as I think about everything that happened this year! :)

November 18, 2018

Ready to Renaissance


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So I’m way behind on posting this! Butttt! Just about every year Justin and I head over to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas! This is a really fun tradition. I mean, what’s not to love about festival food and people watching!


This year, when we arrived it was cold and rainy! So, as we walked up to the gate we were deciding if we wanted to go in or not. Since we had come all this way to go, we decided to head on in! Naturally, that meant getting a hot chocolate right away!


We also got fried mac and cheese, a porkchop-on-a-stick, and a turkey leg! It was a day of food to say the least. For the most part everything was delicious, but I don’t recommend their porkchop-on-a-stick...it tasted kinda weird!


We saw shops filled with jewelry, weapons, and varying nicknacks. There were suits of armor everywhere, elephants giving people rides, horses in jousting tournaments and pulling carriages, and plenty of games! We tried to throw axes. Tried being the key word! This is definitely not my forte! I didn’t get a single one to stick in the wall! Justin did one of the games where you hit a hammer as hard as you can on a dome and a light goes up to see how strong you are- he did pretty well! It got about 75% of the way up. Walking around the fair was so fun. There are so many gorgeous places gardens and buildings!! We even paused to watch people try to dump a “witch” in water by throwing bean bags at a target that makes the woman fall, and her heckle at those attempting to do so! Her jokes were pretty good!


If you’ve never been, it is definitely worth the trip! It’s a blast to be thrown into the past and experience the English Renaissance.

November 9, 2018

Livin' for the Weekend


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The first time this came up this week was with my coworker Alice. We talk to each other all the time and tend to cover a range of topics, so that we landed on our feelings for the weekend and our dread for coming back to work on Monday was not a surprise. We decided that while our jobs are great - nice people, interesting work, and a good environment - they’re not on the same level as home!


The second time it came up was with Rachel. Rachel and I talked about how going to work for forty years is rough! I’m 24 years old and she is 37 and neither of us can stomach the idea of doing this for another 30-40 years! That’s a lot of time and a lot of hours!


The third time it came up was with Tracy. We talked about how work and our daily routines get so repetitive that it burns you out. Both of us were wishing for a change of pace so that we weren’t just excited for Saturday and Sunday!


The common theme with all of these conversations, in fact a phrase said in each of them, was “I’m livin’ for the weekend”. I absolutely feel this way too and think we need to do something about it! Here are my top five suggestions to help decrease burnout at work so that we’re living for our lives, not for two out of seven days!


  1. Deviate from the norm
Part of what my coworkers and I find difficult about the work week is the repetition. Over and over you wake up, go to work, come home and have dinner, maybe have a couple hours of relaxing, get ready for the next day and for bed, go to sleep. Repeat. Or whatever your routine happens to be. This gets tiring. So one easy fix is change the system! Go to happy hour on a Wednesday, or catch a movie on Tuesday! Have date night on Monday! Switching things up helps break the week up so you’re not dreading tomorrow.


  1. Create positivity
This one is a bit cheesy, but looking at the positive side of things helps. For example, my coworkers have become my friends. I enjoy being with them. This is absolutely fantastic for my enthusiasm toward work. Looking for the positives in your job will help you like it more, so not get tired of it (or at least not get tired of it as quickly!)


  1. Get a hobby
Something other than watching Netflix! While I love Netflix as much as the next girl (I mean, who doesn’t?), it doesn’t make your brain work the same as say learning to play guitar or painting a picture. You actively doing something, especially something that gets your brain engaged, will help you get excited during the week. Plus as you improve, recognizing the small victories, like finishing that painting or learning that new song, gives you a sense of accomplishment. And feeling like you accomplished something other than getting out of bed makes life a lot more fun!


  1. Take your vacation days
So many people I know don’t take their vacation. This is INSANE!!! Vacation is good for you emotionally, mentally, and I’m convinced physically. After a break I feel refreshed and ready to go. Going on a trip gives me a nice dose of excitement! Study after study has shown that your productivity increases when you take vacation, and moral increases. Don’t give up these positive impacts on your life just so you look good to a boss. I promise, you’ll look better if you take that break and then crank out an exceptional report in record time!


  1. Find things to look forward to during the week
Give yourself treats throughout the week to look forward to! I like to buy breakfast on Thursday’s because that tends to be a hard day for me. Getting breakfast gives me something to look forward! Once I’m looking forward to Thursday morning instead of Friday afternoon my week feels faster and more fun. I try to find a few things a week to throw into my workday to make me more excited about the whole idea of going to work.


I know some of these sound silly, but going to work Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, for forty years is a lot. We have to find ways to make it more fun and interesting or we’ll all go crazy! Comment with your favorite strategy to handle the work week and not live for the weekend!

November 6, 2018

Blossom Update - The Fall Finale!


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The garden did not play out how I wanted it to. So far the only thing I’ve been able to
harvest was the arugula. I have a few sunflowers too, but that’s pretty much it! I think
my pumpkins knew that Halloween happened, because right before they started to look
sad and have just gone downhill from there. All in all, this fall was not a success. But!
I did learn a lot. I researched all the problems we had and have developed some solutions
for the spring.


Problem 1: Caterpillars
We had a huge caterpillar issue! The were eating us out of house and home. It’s really
impressive the damage something so small can have! It took me a while to figure out
that it was caterpillars ruining my crops. They’re small, only about an inch and bright
green (so camouflage well)! They’re normally on the underside of leaves, so it’s easy to
not realize they’re there. I did notice what I thought was mold all over the garden. As it
turns out, it was caterpillar feces! I had no idea! Here’s what it looks like in case you’re
having this problem too and don’t know it.
The solution: Caterpillar Dust
Fortunately, there’s some powder that you can put on the leaves of your plants that when
the little critters eat, they die. Normally I’m more of a ‘save the animals’ kind of person,
but these fellas ate all my spinach, lettuce, half my arugula, and snacked on literally everything
else in the garden except the carrots. And they don’t even turn into butterflies! They turn
into moths. Super lame.


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Problem 2: Soil
The soil I purchased does not breathe enough. What I mean is water doesn’t drain or soak
into the soil, it pools on the top. Obviously this is a problem. My plants aren’t getting the
water they need! And in spots I’ve started to have mold because of the water!
The Solution: Add material to loosen the soil
Once this harvest is over, I’ll add mulch, leaves, coffee grounds, and other materials that will
make the soil less dense. Hopefully, after mixing these in, the soil is more loose and next spring
water seeps into the ground like it should!


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Problem 3: The Sun
This was definitely not a problem I anticipated. The half of my garden closer to the fence did
well, the half further away from the fence seemed to be getting fried by the sun! Here I was
thinking this was a great spot to put the garden because of all the sun, I was even a little worried
about the fence blocking those plants from the extra light! And as it turns out, that’s exactly what
they needed!
The Solution: Shade
This is a pretty obvious solution. If the plants are getting too much sun, I need to create more
shade. The plan to do this is to get a meshing and put it over the garden, kinda like some children’s
playgrounds. I’ll put a post up in each corner of the garden and and secure the meshing tall enough
so I can easily walk under it. The extra shade to shield the plants from the harsh afternoon sun
should solve this problem!


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Overall, this crop was a good trial run. I learned a lot about how this area and soil work and was
able to identify the problems and (hopefully) fix them for in the spring! I think that the spring
will be a much better attempt for us. Maybe we’ll actually get some food out of it!

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