Thursday Treasures

Guess who is back on track to feeling like her old self? THIS GUY. I’m almost afraid to type that out for fear of jinxing myself and waking up tomorrow feeling like crap… but I don’t care because I need to shout to the world that I don’t feel sick today. It’s been a full week of feeling miserable and today definitely marks the upswing. Not 100% but close. Getting there. I feel like I can get stuff done and be a real human so I’m a happy girl.

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A change in attitude and the positive vibes I’m feeling this afternoon make the perfect set up for a Thursday Treasures post. Yesterday I was thinking- oh shit, thursday treasures tomorrow are going to be rough- nothing is good in my life right now and it’s going to be a FORCE to write that post. maybe I just won’t do it. Well whaddya know. I’m feeling better and life has been treating me well today, thus seeing the bright side of things is a hell of a lot easier.

And with that, my Thursday Treasures:

1. Ben Rector’s album, The Walking in Between

In addition to a playlist consisting of Brave by Sara Bareilles and Roar by Katy Perry on repeat, this song If You Can Hear Me by Ben Rector has been killing it lately. Will gave me his whole album and it’s kind of been the perfect thing for me these days. Hopefully you’ll like it too. One of the lines in this song in particular really resonated with me:

Sometimes the devil sounds a lot like Jesus- telling me I’m not enough. I don’t believe it, but I can feel it.

2. Upcoming Cooking Plans

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I spent WAY too much money on groceries today. Whoops. I guess there are worse things in life, right? Right. Especially when all those groceries are going to produce the meals you see above. I also was running low on a lot of staples so I had to stock up (coconut oil + brown rice + oatmeal + various spices, etc.)

And yes, I always type out my menu for the week and hang it up in the kitchen for reference 1) because I’m a tool and 2) because it helps me keep my thoughts together and feel organized.

3. Figs

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I bought figs for the first time around this time last year (when they were in season!) and was eagerly anticipating their arrival in grocery stores this year. They have a relatively short season and an even shorter shelf life once you buy them SO I have a feeling this might be the only carton of figs I purchase this year AND I need to use em up quick! Click on my link found in the first sentence of this lil paragraph to see how I used them last year.

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Alongside lunch today, I mixed up a bowl of plain chobani, blueberries, and sliced figs. They’re just so pretty! I’m not like head over heals in love with their flavor but I figure hey- I should savor the seasonal produce while its around and cheap.

4. New Chobani Flavors

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While I really love buying plain chobani and spicing it up with my own fixings (fruit + nuts + nut butters + coconut + etc.), I have been DYING to try these new chobani flavors. I heard a rumor that they sold them at a grocery store further from my apartment than I normally would choose to go- but I sucked it up today and hiked over there solely for chobani. Dedication- it’s a serious thing.

I’m already thinking of the ways to conjure up some amazing things with these guys. Honey roasted figs and coconut cho, anyone? Sounds good to me!

5. Organization

I’m a neat freak. I love to clean and organize. As my regular readers know, I had off work today to compensate for all the extra working we’ve been doing lately. So yes, today has been grand. One of the things I enjoy doing in my off time is- cleaning and organizing. It’s invigorating for me and makes me feel more at ease in my apartment. Today I had the urge to move some things around in the kitchen and get rid of a bunch of clutter.

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6. Time Off

Speaking of having today off- I am so happy that I don’t have to return to the daily grind till Tuesday. Holy balls. I’m looking forward to this weekend more than you know. The weather forecast isn’t all that great but I don’t even care. Hello, rest, relaxation, and fun. I have every intent of crossing off as many summer bucket list items before September rolls around i.e. attend the last free Jazz in the Sculpture Garden downtown, drink a summer drink, consume gelatto, and eat as much summer food as possible.

7. Red Sox

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Tonight is the last game in their current series against the Orioles. They have been kicking butt against the Orioles and I absolutely love it. I have beef with Maryland- not a fan of the O’s and obviously you understand my deal with the Ravens (ugh)- so I love when the Red Sox come out on top. But I mean, that seems to be the story of the 2013 season sooo… 🙂

8. Sisters in High School

I don’t even have much to say on this one but um, my two youngest sisters are now officially high schoolers. Angie is in 10th grade. Rachel is in 9th grade. Allison is in freakout mode. When did they get so old? Shit- I’M OLD.

I hope you all have awesome Labor Day weekend plans- whether you’re traveling or staying home. Hopefully you are just planning on doing whatcha love and what makes you happy. Enjoy every ounce of summer that we have left! Autumn is my favorite season, but I’m all for embracing the current season until its gone. And kids, summer ain’t over yet (the heat and humidity in DC is a wonderful reminder of this).

Keep it wicked healthy xoxo

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