Saturday, August 4, 2018

Currently - August '18

After traveling for most of July, my last week or so has been spent trying to get back to my normal routines: work, chores, exercising, and joining the monthly "Currently" link-up a few days late. :-) Please stop by Anne's blog to see what others are up to this month.

Naruto, Japan

following - I'm not sure that completing one workout from a 12-week half marathon training plan really counts as following, but I intend to complete many more and finish my first half at the Baltimore Running Festival in October.

ordering - To help with the goal outlined above, I'll need some new shoes, running and otherwise. My feet have been letting me know they're not so happy walking around in flats and flat sandals with zero arch support; any recommendations for non-running shoes with good arch support would be appreciated!

pinning - "Vegetable-forward" recipes and houseplant collections; too bad we have very little natural light in our apartment.

watching - Just finished all the episodes of Jane the Virgin available on Netflix, including the shocking ending of Season 4! I have my fingers crossed that Season 5 isn't too far off, and would also really like to see more seasons of the Great British Baking Show.

counting - The time has come to add up what we spent on our month long trip in July so we have a baseline for future adventures. Since this was the first trip back to Japan for Keizo in three years and we initially spent less on plane tickets that I thought we would, we spent pretty freely while we were traveling with more dinners out and nights spent in hotels I wasn't necessarily anticipating. All in all though, we couldn't have asked for a better trip and I think we're both already looking forward to the next one.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Currently - June '18

Kudos to Anne and Sarah for the prompts (and being so prompt!)

traveling - Since the beginning of May, we've been camping twice, and I've had two trips to Ohio for work. No wonder nothing is getting checked off of my list of to-dos around the house! Things have been a bit calmer the past two weekends, and we only have one more at home before we're gone for a month.

grilling - After a few test-runs in the cast iron skillet at home, "chilaquiles" have become our go-to camping breakfast. I also "grilled" up a tasty quesadilla lunch last weekend with cheddar, apples, spinach and a swipe of sriracha mayo.

exploring - Murals and new DC neighborhoods with other enthusiastic, rule-following bicyclists on a mural ride hosted by WABA.

planting - At the beginning of the month, I finally replanted house plants that were purchased at the end of April. Then they sat on the kitchen table for about two weeks before I moved them to their current homes on a shelf, on the desk, and on the dresser in the bedroom. At least they're all still alive!

playing - I've been really into cover songs lately; acoustic to help focus at work, and Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox for kitchen karaoke/dance parties.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Currently - May '18

Let's get right down to it, shall we? Many thanks to Anne and Carrie for the prompts!

celebrating - finally purchasing tickets to go to Japan! We've been talking about it for years, lining up time off from work for months, and then last week, pulled the trigger and bought tickets. We'll be gone for almost a month, making multiple stops to see friends and family along the way; New Hampshire, Japan, Hawaii and California here we come!

creating - trendy tassel earrings at a Crafts & Conversation workshop. For a very reasonable fee, all attendees received snacks and drink, a set of tools to take home, materials to make two pairs of earrings and tutorial. The event was really well organized, and the tools to take home were an unexpected bonus.

wearing - fewer layers and skirts/dresses without tights. :-) Temperatures reached close to 90*F this past week, and are predicted to be back up in that range next weekend. So far I'm loving it; it's been a long time since I've been warm all day and I am soaking up all of the Vitamin D I can get.

sharing - although I baked a batch of cookies over the weekend, there were only enough for about half of my office, so I've been keeping them to myself instead of sharing them. Maybe next time...

going - camping next weekend. Though it's probably only going to be one night, it will still be nice to get out of the city and partake in some "nature bathing."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Currently - April '18

I feel like I blinked and completely missed the beginning of April; how are we halfway through the month already? Too late to link-up with Anne and Jessica, but here it goes anyway:

showering - at work a few times last week in an effort to cut a few minutes off of my morning routine. I've been bike commuting more, so showering at work means one less outfit change, but the real difference is that I'm much less inclined to zone out in the hot water when I'm not at home.

cultivating - ideas for projects around the house and yard. Maybe someday I will actually get around to doing them.

expecting - it to be warmer outside. Why do I still expect this, seven years after moving to the east coast?

making - vegetarian meal plans for the month of April. Towards the end of March I felt like my eating habits were starting to slip and a dietary "challenge" similar to dry January was in order. I momentarily considered Whole30 (at least one person at work always seems to be on it) but decided to go with something less restrictive for my mental sanity/enjoyment.

buying - a few new spring items to refresh my wardrobe - bright coral flats and a yellow blouse. Last weekend I put away most of the sweaters and put together my "spring capsule." I really like having fewer options to ponder in the mornings, and switching items out seasonally does make old things feel fresh and new again.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Currently - March '18

Farewell February, and hello! March with your longer days and the official start of spring. It's nice to see you again. It's also nice to be linking up with Anne and Sarah for another Currently post.

Old Rag

planning - Upcoming travel, some for fun and more for work. We're hoping to go camping at the end of March, and I have two work trips coming up in April. With the weather getting nicer, I'm itching to plan all of the outdoor things too - bike rides, baseball games, picnics...

seeing - We saw Early Man last weekend, and have put together a list of the movies at the DC Environmental Film Festival we want to see in the coming weeks. The DCEFF has become an annual tradition, but choosing films from the impressive line-up doesn't get any easier!

making - A St. Patrick's Day lunch next weekend. After hosting an Olympics Opening Ceremony watch party with a Korean-inspired menu, I am all about the theme meals. It makes deciding what to serve easier (and for next week, Giant has done all the planning for me!)

pretending - To enjoy networking and business development. There have been a lot of changes at work in the last month, from a reorganization at the highest levels of the company to my favorite people leaving to pursue other opportunities. Both create a lot of opportunity for me to advance, and a big part of that is expanding my professional network and helping pursue new projects. Fake it 'til you make it, right?

wearing - It's definitely time to get some of my more spring-like clothes out of hiding, but March weather can be quite challenging to predict. Blooming plants and allergies don't necessarily equal warmth. There are still more thick socks and sweaters ahead than I care to admit (even as I'm wearing a down vest and wool slippers to type this).

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Currently - February '18

It's currently raining outside, making it a pretty good time to cozy up with a warm beverage and check some things off my to-do list indoors. One of those things is finishing up this post! Please stop by Anne in Residence to see what others are up to this month.

finishing - Dry January (or maybe not). I went out for drinks with some co-workers last Friday, and it was really nice to be out and about again. But, I overdid it and had a pretty rough time of it on Saturday. Either way, a month of not drinking was a good way to reset after the indulgences of the holidays.

subscribing - We subscribe to the Sunday edition of The Washington Post, as well as a pretty strict recycling policy that last week's goes in the bin as soon as the next one arrives. Most weeks, this means the only sections that get read are the magazine and the comics, but I really enjoy being able to linger over coffee with the paper on weekends.

wishlisting - The company I work for rewards employees who bike or walk to work with their choice of gift cards every six months. In the latest round, I picked Crate & Barrel in the hopes of finding some salad plates that match what we already have, and Zappos, because online shopping is better with free shipping and returns! Looking forward to having some "free" money to spend when cute shoe season arrives.

watching - The hours of daylight increase again. There was still light in the sky when I left work yesterday! Spring is coming!

hearting - The satisfaction of turning some of my recent pins into reality. I put together these hexagonal shelves last month, and made this delicious brownie pizza for the Super Bowl.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Real Life Resolutions vol. 3

Enough is enough! January 2018 is more than 3/4 of the way through and I have yet to post my goals for the year.

Those of you who have been following along for a while will recognize many of these goals from last year's post. But please also notice the ones that have become habits at this point, clearing the way for some new ones!

Weekly - Continue meal planning and setting up my 5-minute journal every week.
  • Work on a blog post - The total number of 2BB posts last year was in the single digits. I can/want to do better!
  • Go to the gym - NEW! Wrapped up in this goal are smaller ones, like learning how to use the weight machines and balancing out the left (weaker) and right (dominant) sides of my body.

Monthly - Continue updating the wall calendar and monitoring the budget every month.
  • Try a new restaurant - There was no problem meeting this goal last year, but it's too fun not to include again!
  • Host a meal at our house - We hosted more meals in 2017 that we ever had before, but we can still do more to up our hosting game.
  • Do a project around the house - Nearly 18 months in this apartment, and the walls are still pretty bare. We also just picked up a small rug for the bedroom, and since neither of us can stop commenting about what an improvement it is over the cold, bare floor, this goal has a lot of potential to boost happiness throughout the year.
  • Volunteer - The observant reader will notice that this has moved from weekly to monthly to be more realistic.
  • Visit a museum - DC has a ton, and most of them are free! In fact, I could probably just visit the National Gallery of Art twelve times and still not see everything.

  • Read more than 27 books - Since 27 was the total for 2017.
  • Train for and complete a half marathon - Mostly this means stay healthy and avoid injuries through race day (and then maybe never running again; we'll see how it goes).
  • Apply for and pass the AICP Exam - How does one find the motivation to write essays, study and take a professional exam during her free time outside of work? First things first, setting my own deadlines for each of the steps in the application process well in advance of the June deadline.
  • Visit Japan! - Keizo and I are thinking big and starting to lay the groundwork for an epic Pacific Rim adventure. Please send good vibes our way to help us pull it off!

There are so many other things I want to do this year (make kombucha! buy a new bike! go camping! see concerts! repeat our favorite things from last year!) but making this list has helped me set up a good foundation and refocus my energies on the bigger goals I struggled to accomplish last year. I didn't choose a word for 2017, but this year's word is LOVE - showing more love for myself and those around me, and doing more things that I love with the people that I love, to create a life that I love.

Here's to 2018!