It’s moments like this where I really think back on my summer so far and just wonder if it was all real. Did I really board 8 planes? Did I really spend half my summer (and half my life savings) in San Francisco living a dream? Was I really swimming with the fishes in the Caribbean once again this summer? Turns out I was. Also turns out that I’m really an aunt now, to a beautiful baby girl. So, so much has happened this summer, and it’s not over.
All I have to say is wow. Just wow. And that paragraph above doesn’t even cover it all, because if it covered it all, I’d lose your attention and you’d probably think I was some self absorbed freak who needs to reflect on her blessings elsewhere, right? 😉
Anyways, now that I’m home (for a few days…) one of the things I’ve really been craving (as I mentioned briefly in my last post) is a routine and just simplicity. Family, friends, simplicity.
I think it’s safe to say that balance in life is so necessary. I can’t imagine spending my entire life traveling – although I love it, and don’t mind doing it a TON, I could never do it for a living. Where’s the relaxation? Where’s the simplicity and calmness? How the heck do you operate without a “home” kitchen?
Not joking, I straight up freaked when I figured out my stove in San Fran spit fire. Also, our hotel in the Virgin Islands was microwaveless..what’s a girl to do?! Oh, right…eat her weight in fish at restaurants.
Could you travel for a living?
Gladly being able to cook in my own kitchen has made me a happy girl. Some staples lately include:
Even if you aren’t gluten-free, I really suggest you check out my recipes and make this pancake pizza asap. I’m kind of obsessed, and that’s putting it lightly.
Another thing I’ve been ever-so-happily shoving in my gut is sweet potato. According to stuff I’ve been reading, it’s a great carb for muscle-building, and it’s obviously one of the most delicious vegetables on the face of the Earth.
Please ignore the hideous over-cooked broc and squash combo we also got up in thurr. My bad.
What do we have here? A feast, prettymuch. One of the best lunches I’ve had in a while – kale chips, sweet potato, Applegate Farms hot dawg, scrambled eggs with stewed ‘maters and some more hideous broc/squash to round it out. Taste inhale the rainbow, my friends.
Honestly, I cannot eat a meal without dessert. Except for breakfast, because that prettymuch is dessert. Enter: protein pancakes…
Decadent and somewhat rubbery. Whatever.
Other than sorting out my summer shenanigans and getting ready for my last trip of the summer (road trip to SC!), I was able to meet up with one of my bestfriends from freshman year of college for dindin at Panera, and we talked for hours – I loved it. I missed her. I didn’t take any pictures because I was way too busy running my mouth, not even gonna try to pull a fast one there 😀 Just know that she’s beautiful and I know ya’ll would’ve clicked the picture to enlarge it to be a complete creeper. Don’t worry, I do that sometimes too (but just know it was a little ridiculous that I had over 100 clicks on the picture of me and my friends in bathingsuits…ya’ll are CREEPS 😉 )
What’s your favorite way to catch up with a pal? Dinner? Shopping?
What’s your favorite part of this summer?
Peace and love!
p.s. wanna know the definition of spoiled brat? My dog, who is sitting next to me barking because I’m paying attention to the keyboard and not her belly. Just a fun fact.
p.s.s. new-ish layout – yay or nay? Thanks, guys 🙂