Friday, January 29, 2016

currently in january

Currently in January...
reading … nothing at the current moment...I need to start a new book tonight! Any recommendations?
watching … the new episodes of Law and Order: SVU. No matter how many times the producer repeats the story lines, I can't stop watching.
trying … to figure out how I can visit all of my friends who live in Virginia in one weekend trip...any ideas how I can clone myself to be in Richmond and Lynchburg at the same time?
wanting to cook this recipe for crockpot teriyaki chicken.
eating … healthier (or at least trying to!)
drinking … Harney & Sons English Breakfast Tea.
tweeting … way too many times about my unhappiness related to these chilly temperatures.
traveling… to Copenhagen, Paris, and Amsterdam in March!
loving … that we finally have a weekend with no plans! If I don't move from my bed for the entire weekend..don't tell anyone.
feeling … really tired all of the time! This dreary weather is downright depressing.
hoping (for) … sunnier days in the weeks to come!
listening (to) … a lot of George Ezra and Mumford and Sons.
celebrating … that it's almost my birthday month!
smelling … a lot of hand sanitizer. I am trying my hardest not to get sick or catch the office plague!
ordering … a pair of Nike Roshe sneakers for my upcoming trip!
thanking God … that he has led us to a new Church family that we have been searching for for nine years!
starting … to make more concrete plans for my Europe trip...we have our flights to and from Copenhagen, but now it's time to figure out the in between time while we travel to Paris and Amsterdam!
finishing ... well, the only thing I've finished in the recent past is a lot of cups of coffee..oops.
post idea inspired by Bailey over at
Brave Love Blog

What have you been up to this month?

xx, Rebecca

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

5 Books Everyone Should Read

With the beginning of a new year, everyone is in the process of setting goals and making resolutions.  I read a lot of different kinds of blogs, and one resolution I see everyone making is to do more reading this year.  With my sister working for Penguin Random House, and the fact that my whole family loves to read, it only seems natural to help everyone else with their resolution and suggest some books to get you started!

1. A Separate Peace
A quick coming of age story telling the tale of two boys at their prep school (setting loosely based on the author's experience at Exeter.)
2. The House on Mango Street
A series of first-person vignettes from the perspective of a young Latina girl.
3. Blue Like Jazz
A semi-biographical work on spirituality and finding the meaning of life. 
4. Girl In Translation
A novel about a child who immigrates to New York City from Hong Kong and the devastating hardships her family faces.
5. The Girl On The Train
A "psychological thriller" told from the first-person perspective of three female narrators...I would say more, but you just have to pick this one up for yourself!

What books would you add to my list?

xx, Rebecca

Friday, January 8, 2016

january goals

I've never been one to make New Year's Resolutions and actually be able to keep them. I've seen a lot of bloggers lately who make monthly goals, and that seems a lot more reasonable to me.  I have a feeling that some of the goals will carry over into the next month, not because I haven't achieved them, but because they're goals that I actually want to make lifelong habits.

spend less, save more.
With my trip to Copenhagen and Paris (and maybe Amsterdam?) coming up in a little over two months, I want to be more intentional about the way I am spending my money on dumb things.  Not just because I want to have more money to spend while on my trip (because I am 100% planning on eating my way through Europe), but because I can already name at least eighteen other places I want to travel to and I know this trip is just going to be the start of it. (The only exception, is purchasing a pair of either Nike Roshe Runs or Nike Frees to wear while on my trip.  They're kind of fashionable, right?  Either way, I know we'll be walking a lot and I don't want to have blisters or anything!)

read more, sleep more (soundly).
Over the summer, I was on a kick of reading for about half an hour before bed each night, and it really did help me sleep better.  Somewhere around Christmas, I finished the book I had been reading and I haven't started something new yet.  This month I want to get back on track with reading before bed, and hopefully the sleeping better will follow, too.

exercise more, eat more (intentionally).
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know everyone makes resolutions to be more healthy in the New Year.  Luckily, for me, this isn't actually a new goal.  I've been off and on about going to the gym over the past several months, but I want to become more consistent in my workouts.  And since we all know that working out isn't the only thing that's required to be more healthy, I want to be more intentional about what I'm eating. I've gotten better about drinking only water all day, with the exception of one cup of coffee or tea in the morning, and I'm being more mindful about how much I snack at work and what I'm putting into my lunchbag in the mornings. (Baby carrots, bananas, and string cheese are the repeat offenders.)

cross off, or make progress on, at least two goals from my 24 before 24 list.
This one is pretty self explanatory.  My 24 before 24 list can be found here, and although I've already made a dent in a few of the tasks, there are still plenty more that I haven't even started yet!

So, what are y'all up to this month?

xx, Rebecca

Thursday, January 7, 2016

january wishlist

Winter is alive and well in Pennsylvania, and all I want to do is hunker down with a good book, a huge thermos of tea, a down comforter, and all the wool socks.  Unfortunately, since I'm an "adult" and all, I have to fight the want to stay in bed all day and get up while it's still dark out (and a whopping 18 degrees!)

Fortunately, my office is pretty casual during "off times" (when we're not in a production week), so I've been able to layer all the scarves and sweaters with this cold front.  I've also been wearing all. of. the. scarves.  I have a pretty embarrassing scarf collection as it is, but adding another big wool scarf wouldn't hurt!  

And the best way to stay super warm on the coldest of days? Wool socks in your boots!  Technology these days is amazing and you can get merino wool socks that are thing enough to wear in your riding boots! You can never have too many pairs..especially if you're like me and change into a fresh, cozy pair with your pjs the moment you arrive home from work. #guiltyascharged

xx, Rebecca