weekend reading

Hello, dears! How is your Sunday going? 

Yesterday I had one of those days where I was mostly indoors and mostly sitting. Here's a thing about being in your late twenties (that people totally warned me about but I didn't believe them): sitting all day hurts!! It got to a point where I had been so lazy all day long that I set an alarm to get up and move around for 10 minutes. And then I thought to myself, 'if I did this every hour for 12 hours, I'd have moved for 2 hours'. I thought that sounded pretty healthy and not like I live too sedentary of a life, so I'm gonna try to make that a goal this week. I have succeeded so far today (plus I went grocery shopping, so that counted for more than 10 min right there!). I think it'll be especially useful at work, where I'm usually either sitting in therapy sessions or at my desk typing up notes. 

I went on a spring cleaning spree today. Or maybe more like spring productivity?! I've cleaned a few things (like my humidifier, which will be put away til October-ish, and my laptop, which was in desperate need of a good magic eraser-ing) and I also did some laundry, meal planned, went grocery shopping, practiced French, ran a couple of errands, and went to church. All before 3pm! 

Now onto things that are more fun than cleaning!

One of my New Year goals (I'm not really a resolutions person) was to meal plan and grocery shop on the weekends. I tend to do meal planning and prep pretty on the fly and when you're working full time that's a recipe for disaster! This week, I am going to eat some leftovers and also this Vegetarian West African Peanut Soup and Spaghetti Squash "Pizza" Bowls. Thanks, Cookie and Kate for always providing me with great vegetarian recipes!

Last night, in an effort to not sit around all day long, I texted some friends to see if they wanted to hang out. We ended up at one gal's house and we watched Coco. It was SO good! I now see what all the hype has been about. 

I am reading about a thousand books right now, but that didn't stop me from purchasing a new one this week. Heart Talk. I am expecting very good things from this one. 

I came across this knitted spa set on Instagram and fell in love. I especially like the idea of a little soap pouch! Perfect projects for the random skein of cotton yarn I have! There's something so luxurious about having hand-knit washcloths, right?!

I got behind in my French language study habit when I was doing rehab for my arm, but I am finally, FINALLY all caught back up on my lessons! I had also gotten out of the habit of listening to Coffee Break French, but I started that back up again too and I am loving it! It's such an easy listen and I have definitely improved my French by listening (and speaking along). And while we are on a French note, here's a website with lots of French reading for beginners!

A very cleverly constructed tote bag

Waaaaant.

I saw this article on multiple link round-ups throughout the week which means I have not been the only one literally under the weather. We had a long stretch of very cloudy, cold, and rainy days here in Dallas and it was starting to get to me. I am feeling more energetic and more positive these days and some of the tips in this list really helped, namely getting out of the house even if the weather wasn't great, taking vitamin D tablets, and doing yoga. 

Still contemplating this reality.

I am amazed by Erin's dedication to reducing the amount of waste she and her family produce!! I am becoming more and more aware of how disposable our culture is and am really trying to focus on sustainability. There were some new-to-me ideas in this post. 

I got a weird idea in my head this week and it required inverting the colors of a photo. Being the not-so-tech-savvy person I am, I googled it and found a great step-by-step article and I was successful in inverting the colors! 

In anticipation of seeing Tiny Ruins and Marlon Williams in a week, I have been listening to lots of their music, but especially this song

I have been thinking a lot about meditating these days and Carly's post really inspired me to be more dedicated to actually having a meditation practice. I also liked her post about journaling and I think I will start journaling a little more. I used to be religious about it, but I never looked back on anything and reflected. I feel like this past year was one of growth and progress and also confusion and writing stuff down would've been helpful, though, so maybe I'll make that a regular practice too. I am also toying around with the idea of a bullet journal-esque journal that would basically be a habit tracker and a place for my weekly happiness lists. We'll see!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week! xoxo