Live Well: Back in the Swing of Things

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Friends, I wasn't lying when I said my trips would interfere with my blogging consistency. Thanks for sticking with me.

On Sunday night I got back from a fantastic trip to Texas. In one visit I somehow managed to 1) go wedding dress shopping with my sister [and have the honor of watching her find a PERFECT dress!] 2) meet with two LOVELY readers of this blog at Rice [hi Sam and Charlotte!!] 3) catch up with one of my best friends from high school 4) catch up with not one, but TWO of my best friends from college 5) spend lots of quality time with my four wonderful siblings [who I love more than words can describe] and 6) celebrate my mom's birthday. That's doesn't even include all the time I got to spend laughing with my family, drinking great wine, rambling around my old haunts, and just generally enjoying myself. It was a great trip.

And while it was a fantastic trip, it was the second weekend in a row that I spent away from my husband. That's the first time we've been apart for back-to-back weekends since we got married. Reuniting with him in the airport Sunday night was like celebrating the end of long distance all over again - I don't want to be apart for that many days EVER again!

The craziness isn't quite over - my husband's parents come into town on Thursday! It's been a series of tiring, fun weekends, and this upcoming one will be no exception. I can't wait to show them some of our favorite spots around town, and even take a trip up to Sonoma!

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Other random thoughts for your Tuesday morning:

1) I started reading The Goldfinch on my flight back to San Francisco, and so far, it's fantastic. I'll of course dedicate an entire post to it once I finish reading it, but if you've been considering starting the book, I would jump right in!

2) I've been using the Songza app to listen to music at work, and its "Today's Singer-Songwriters" playlist has been rocking my world.

3) Does anyone else feel like an alternate title for the How I Met Your Mother finale could be Worst Finale Ever ? Did you enjoy it?

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We'll be returning to normal programming after today's messages :) See you tomorrow, y'all!

Live Well: Labor of Love

Labor DayOf all the words I could associate with this weekend, "labor" is probably the least likely to make the list. You know when you build something up so much that there's no way that reality could meet your expectations? Well that totally did NOT happen on this highly-anticipated Labor Day weekend.

This entire weekend has been one long good-time blur, starting with dinner at Frances on Friday (service was questionable, food was amazing), then moving onto watching Rice do a GREAT job in their season opener against Texas A&M (and proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are the classier team), then a walk around my beautiful neighborhood, then dinner with friends, then trips to the farmer's market, then enjoying homemade chicken skewers and zucchini pancakes paired with rosé with my wonderful husband...and best of all, we have ANOTHER day! All of this is to say that my weekend has been wonderful so far, and I hope you've got plans today that are even better than mine (which primarily consist of baking cookies, walks around the neighborhood, and chores at my apartment).

Happy Labor Day everyone!

Dress Well: Maroon and Gold

J. Crew sweater, J. Crew shorts, Anthropologie necklace (old), J. Crew bracelet, Rocket Dog boots, Anthropologie bag (similar), Coach sunglasses

It took me at least an hour to decide what I was going to wear to Beer Bike last Saturday.

The requirements were many and varied. I needed something that was cool enough to be comfortable in 80-degree weather, which is typical for Houston in March, but also warm enough to wear in 60-degree weather, which is how cold it can be if it rains (and it did). I needed to be wearing comfortable shoes because I would be on my feet for hours and, most importantly, it needed to incorporate maroon, because that's the color of my residential college, Brown. By the time I put this outfit together, I had almost every item in my closet strewn about my room. When I finally thought of pairing these pieces, I felt like I had solved a very difficult equation. And I'm no stranger to math, so I do not make that analogy lightly.

This outfit ended up being perfect for the day - it kept me at just the right temperature, my feet were comfortable, and my college pride was evident. Now, if only it would get warm enough here in San Francisco to wear jean shorts, well, ever...

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It's supposed to rain this weekend, and I could not be more excited about it. After a long week of work, I could not be more ready to spend two straight days sitting on my couch, enjoying the Apple TV that my husband picked up for us earlier this week. And while I'm sitting on my couch, I really don't want the pesky sun hanging out outside my window, making me feel guilty for acting like a sloth. So rain, rain, come my way! I'll see you guys back on Monday :)

Dress Well: Maroon and Gold

J. Crew sweater, J. Crew shorts, Anthropologie necklace (old), J. Crew bracelet, Rocket Dog boots, Anthropologie bag (similar), Coach sunglasses

It took me at least an hour to decide what I was going to wear to Beer Bike last Saturday.

The requirements were many and varied. I needed something that was cool enough to be comfortable in 80-degree weather, which is typical for Houston in March, but also warm enough to wear in 60-degree weather, which is how cold it can be if it rains (and it did). I needed to be wearing comfortable shoes because I would be on my feet for hours and, most importantly, it needed to incorporate maroon, because that's the color of my residential college, Brown. By the time I put this outfit together, I had almost every item in my closet strewn about my room. When I finally thought of pairing these pieces, I felt like I had solved a very difficult equation. And I'm no stranger to math, so I do not make that analogy lightly.

This outfit ended up being perfect for the day - it kept me at just the right temperature, my feet were comfortable, and my college pride was evident. Now, if only it would get warm enough here in San Francisco to wear jean shorts, well, ever...

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DSC_4369

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DSC_4484

DSC_4374This picture is like the Where's Waldo? of blog photos. Can you spot my husband?

It's supposed to rain this weekend, and I could not be more excited about it. After a long week of work, I could not be more ready to spend two straight days sitting on my couch, enjoying the Apple TV that my husband picked up for us earlier this week. And while I'm sitting on my couch, I really don't want the pesky sun hanging out outside my window, making me feel guilty for acting like a sloth. So rain, rain, come my way! I'll see you guys back on Monday :)