Friday, July 28

friday favorites: you might be a nerd if

Happy Friday, Friends - I hope your week has been just lovely! I decided to use a couple of vacation days and commence operation prep for baby. I may or may not have used vacation day number one as a complete Trista Day. So, I better make this short and sweet and get busy prepping. Oh, where to start... Favorites first.

My oldest and I have started a back to school shopping tradition. I take a half day vacation and we take a glorious trip to Office Depot and then clothes shopping. He is seriously his mother's child. He loves Office Depot as much as I do, and I'm pretty sure we could spend several hours just perusing all of the gadgets, gizmos, and fascinating supplies. I mean who doesn't love that smell? You know, the one of paper and pencils and binders galore?! Okay, moving on...

Thursday, July 27

fresh peach cobbler

Friends, I baked! 

Remember the farmers market haul from last week? I was contemplating what to do with all these peaches when I ventured over to Pinterest to see what I could find. Talk about overwhelmed by the options! I was having the hardest time deciding between cobbler, pie, crisp, or dumplings when I landed on this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. It seemed simple enough and looked absolutely delicious. Keep in mind that before this adventure, I had never even peeled a peach before... You can stop laughing now.

Tuesday, July 25

show and tell tuesday: what's on your phone

It's Show and Tell Tuesday and I'm joining Andrea in sharing what's on my phone. This should be fun... said no one ever after you see how organized and unexciting my screens are. I am definitely one of those people who can't stand any red bubbles - unattended red bubbles signify chaos! Oh wait, that's my life. Maybe by managing the bubbles I somehow feel more accomplished or in control of things. What an illusion that is!

Anyways, back to the boring screens. Looks like I currently have five of them. I apparently do not like the apps on my screens to go past the third row. Any rows past that and we've got clutter. The background I'm currently using is purple and plain and simple. Again - I must think this adds less distraction... because phone apps aren't in themselves a distraction at all, right?

Friday, July 21

on fridays we frolic

Oh, Friends. I am so happy to see Friday arrive. It's been another chaotic week - with blazing hot weather to boot. I know I've been a little scarce the past few days, so let's welcome the weekend with a quick recap.

I am super proud of my almost 1st grader. He's been spending his summer at Little L's daycare in the school age program, and they visit the farmers market a couple of blocks away on Thursdays. It's one of his favorite activities. So I thought this week I'd send him with money and he could buy some goodies for the family. Check out this haul!

Friday, July 14

let's talk books, chocolate, and deodorant

Happy Friday, Friends!

This week has been a super busy one work-wise, and as such my list of favorites is a bit on the short and sweet side. I'm hoping things will be a little less crazy come middle of next week. Who doesn't love budget season, month-end and quarter-end reporting?! (I secretly love it... I know, I am a dork.)

I finished Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen. It was a quick and easy read. Definitely a feel-good chick lit novel. I wouldn't say there's a lot of substance to it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It required little effort from me and I stayed intrigued the entire time. This book is perfect for a day on the beach or one spent without electricity...

Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel by [Rosen, Jane L.]

A partial description from Goodreads:
"A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it."

Monday, July 10

weekending unplugged

Weekends absolutely fly by. We started ours off with a thunderstorm that killed our power around 8 pm on Friday night. I was thinking some unplug time might not be a bad idea, and this was God's way I assume of sealing that fate. It really wasn't that bad except for the complete loss of all the contents in our freezer/refrigerator - the power stayed off for close to twenty hours.

The most fun part was watching Little L. We kept telling him the power was out, but he didn't quite comprehend it so every time he tried something and it didn't work, he'd get so disappointed and frustrated all over again as if figuring it out for the first time.

Friday, July 7

interview with the blogger: answer ten questions

Hellooo Sweet Friday!

Since my week was mostly overshadowed by the pesky stomach bug and recuperating from the effects of that (including a few hours spent in the ER chugging IV fluids), I believe I'll stray a bit from the usual download of exciting happenings from the week and instead, ask YOU a bunch of invigorating questions.

Inquiring minds want to know...

[1] How do you read and keep up with other blogs? I currently use Bloglovin' and have no problems with the tool, but am curious if there is something better that I need to try.

Wednesday, July 5

twenty questions and answers

I am totally late to this party, but I love these sorts of posts. It's always so much fun getting to know your blogging besties better and meeting new ones. Plus, I can completely lack inspiration and originality. I just have to talk about myself - who doesn't love to do that? Ha!

Tuesday, July 4

easiest patriotic cookies ever

Need a patriotic dessert on the fly? I have the perfect recipe for you - IF you can even call it a recipe.

We were headed to a family reunion on Saturday. I wanted to take a dessert and my prep time was non-existent. I decided break and bake cookies would be easy and the kids would love them. I had planned to grab a few dozen chocolate chip but then spotted these sugar cookies. I must have been feeling a little inspired by Mel at The Larson Lingo because it occurred to me that I could grab a patriotic bag of M&Ms and top the sugar cookies with those.

Monday, July 3

monday musings: a confession post

Hello Lovelies - Today, I just feel like sharing a whole bunch of randomness. So, let's imagine we're catching up over a scrumptious breakfast and hot chocolate (since I don't drink coffee.)

Do you know what's worse than having the stomach bug? Having the stomach bug while seven month's pregnant. Saturday started off perfectly normal and in high spirits. Then, that evening out of nowhere I started not feeling well and the rest is too gross to share. I'm pretty excited to WANT to eat this morning. I was worried I'd end up hospitalized because I couldn't even keep water down until yesterday. I am so thankful that God is taking care of me. I'm also praying that the rest of the family is spared!

I spent some time watching Gilmore Girls reruns when I was feeling so yucky. This may be one of my favorite episodes. It's shortly after Jess arrives and he and Luke are trying to figure out how to communicate.  

You know what? I have a different appreciation for Jess now having watched the new episodes of GG.