Planning: Did you know that April is National Letter Writing Month? Because it is. Our sandwich board outside the shop says “What we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can’t re-read a phone call.” And I chose that display oblivious to what’s to come next month because it’s true, the majority of my generation won’t have letters to look back at. My plan for the month of April will be to write a letter (to mail) each day, 30 letters total. Need an excuse or reason to write? Follow along on my Instagram page for daily inspiration (starting April first of course).
Watching: House of Cards! Unlike last season, we didn’t fly through the episodes in a matter of 48 hours. Did this season progress much slower for you? I actually fell asleep during one of the episodes- unheard of! Moving on without any spoilers, I’ve always had a fascination with tattoos and have recently started to watch Ink Master. I know, I know, still horrible reality television but I love seeing the art- or lack there of. Season four even has two contestants that the beau knows/went to school with!
Loving: The hint of the warmer weather. And the extra hour of daylight added to our evenings. The birds singing outside our bedroom window. The members of the BID who clean up the trash littering our sidewalks that was recently hidden by the snow. Bubble baths after a long day. My new work schedule that allows me to work out each morning. And friends who offer to run miles with me. A new parking lot that’s offering permits cheaper than the City of Troy. Oh, and the fact that my hair is finally colored!
Eating: I am recently loving simple meals with a punch of flavor. And by simple I mean a baguette from The Placid Baker and fresh jams from the Altamont Winery & Vineyard. Or another baguette and an order of tabouli from Beirut. My slogan to describe the last couple of weeks should be “fueled by baguettes!” It’s so easy to grab a hunk off, dip and go! I haven’t been spending enough time in our kitchen prepping lately and am focusing more on that- revisiting old favorites like Spanish rice, 3 bean salads and sloppy Joe’s.
Reading: This weekend I finally started to read Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the food giants hooked us by Michael Moss. It’s been floating around our apartment for over a year now (the beau read it) and because it’s factual, it’s the perfect bedtime read for me (puts me to sleep faster). I’m not reading nearly as much as I once did and am going to make a conscious effort to read each night, for at least 10-15 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I find myself glued to my phone or in front of the computer more and more these days, despite my super busy schedule. I’m not reading the news. I’m reading about what my FB friends had for dinner, or checking work emails that can be delayed until tomorrow when I return to the shop. I feel like I’m not reading anything meaningful and don’t want to be stuck in this rut of not learning.
Looking forward to: the mail this week! I finally splurged and ordered a glass water bottle so that I can start enjoying my citrus essential oils throughout the day. I also received notification that my order from Sonnet James shipped after two months of *patiently* waiting! I’d love to wear one of the dresses on Friday; the first day of Spring. I took a gamble with sizing and I’m hoping they both fit flawlessly. If so, I’m in trouble because I could purchase her entire collection!
Adjusting to: my new sleeping pattern. Ever since the time change, I haven’t been able to sleep for more than 1-2 hours at a time. Falling asleep is not an issue, it’s staying asleep that’s the tricky part. I’m not a light sleeper and I typically need a solid 7-8 hours in order to function. Without fail (and an alarm clock) I am up by 4:30 and ready for the day, regardless of what time I go to bed. I can’t explain it and neither one of us were expecting it, especially with the increase in my physical activity. The odd thing is, I’m not tired, like at all. I’m no longer feeling like I must get to bed by a specific time, nor am I crashing in the middle of the afternoon. Being an early riser is a positive attribute but golly, 3:45AM (this morning’s wake up time) is little much. More time to read I suppose.
*The photograph above is from HelloLucky— I ordered a bunch of cards for next month’s daily plan. Not sponsored, but wouldn’t that be swell.