Friday: The Good Stuff Edition

Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by Regina George if it's been ages since you linked up with Amanda for Friday Favorites?

*raises hand*

I figured this would be a good week to merge a favorites post with some gratitude, following Ashten's lead. Earlier this week I got some tough-to-swallow news (I'm fine)...
...and thought to myself that morning, "Today is definitely a day for the gratitude journal." Gratitude journaling helps me find silver linings and realize that even when the sky is falling, or at least it feels like it is, there are still good things happening all around me, and I still am luckier than so many. It's important to me that I remember that and try to stay as positive as I can. So with that said, here were some of the brighter spots in my week:

Favorite Recipe
I made this Italian Wonderpot on Sunday and have been portioning out the leftovers for lunch all week. This was one of the best things I've made lately, period. SUPER flavorful, so incredibly easy, very versatile, and a good method to learn and adapt with tons of different flavors and ingredients. I used my favorite pot so I didn't even have to break the spaghetti I used and that was it — you don't even need a strainer for the pasta. I'm looking up a bunch of similar ones to try out through the rest of the winter.

Favorite Workout
Even with two visits to the chiropractor this week, I was feeling so achy and just bad this week. I haven't been sleeping, I've had one thing stressing me out after another, deadlines are keeping me up at all hours, and the cold has set into my bones. It wasn't until my Wednesday adjustment that I realized just how little I've been taking care of myself this week. I skipped yoga on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and honestly, it showed. I made up for it with this workout Thursday morning and my back immediately started feeling a bit more comfortable.

(Check out the rest of my favorite yogi Erin Motz's videos here and here!)

Favorite Read
I'm participating in the Semi-Charmed Winter 2014 Book Challenge, and now that I've finally finished reading the Harry Potter series (I loved it, you guys!), I was ready for something non-magical. I picked a YA novel, Jessica Darling's IT List, because... well, I'll be 80 years old and still reading YA. I love it. I love Megan McCafferty, and this novel is a MG prequel to the series I've loved since I was 13, the Jessica Darling books. I grew up with Jess, she feels like a best friend. I'm so, so, so happy Megan went back to give us more Jessica. (Now if only we could get Hollywood to commit to a Sloppy Firsts movie....) I read this breezy book in just a few days, but don't get it twisted: Just because this is YA doesn't mean it isn't clever, funny, and charming for readers of any age, and it's an absolute must-read for any fan of Jessica Darling. I can't wait to finish the prequel series too.

Favorite Weekly Wear
It's dipped below freezing here in NJ this week, and so it's officially winter as far as I'm concerned. I finally was able to budget in a replacement pair of Ugg boots (I really don't care if they're so 2002 or whatever. They're soft and warm as hell.) and I'v been pretty much living in them. Thank god for a casual office.

Favorite Song
I don't know why, but I've been playing this like crazy this week. *shrugs*

Favorite Netflix Binge

As pretty much the entire Internet knows, the whole series of Gilmore Girls is on Netflix right now and I, like any red-blooded American woman, have been watching pretty much nothing else. I didn't watch the series in its entirety when it was on air, I think because I was the only girl in the family and rarely got first dibs on the TV. But I had seen bits and pieces over the years and was so happy when I could finally stream the whole shebang, start to finish. I'm about halfway through the last season and am kinda hating that it'll be over soon! What should I binge on next?

Favorite Purchase
So this happened. *big-eyed emoji here*
D.C., here we come. Second half marathon, you're mine. More on this another day! For now, just: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(P.S.: This Tuesday is our next Training for Tuesday linkup! Join Tracy and me to chat about your goals and successes and get some motivation before we officially head into the holiday season!)

Favorite Pick-Me-Up
I may or may not have eaten an entire bag of these in two days. (Spoiler alert: I did. I regret nothing.)

Favorite Delivery
I'm 50% through with my Christmas shopping, and the majority of the gifts I've bought so far (the one exception being a restaurant gift certificate for my grandparents who hopefully haven't figured out how to use the Internet and stumbled on my blog) have been from Etsy, so I've placed a bunch of orders and the gifts have started arriving! I'm going with Etsy for a lot this year because I've imposed a one-gift rule for everyone on my list (a post on my gifting philosophy coming next month), and so I wanted to buy one really great gift for everyone. I love to support small, original, creative businesses whenever possible and have found some wonderfully unique gifts for my loved ones so far. (If you're looking for some gifting advice, my girls at Feather have been churning out awesome gift guides like woah!)

For all of these things I've been fortunate enough to have this week, and for all the other small joys that make life so sweet, and for all the ways I continue to be lucky in life, I am grateful.

I am also very, very, very grateful it's the weekend. Oh and I would also be super grateful if you all sent me a quiet good vibe or crossed your fingers — and try not to hate me for not explaining why until I can be sure there's nothing for me to jinx. Love you like xo.

What are you guys up to this weekend? As always, I hope it's an amazing one.

Comments

  1. I don't think UGG boots are 2002 at least I hope not, because that is literally all i wear in the winter!! I really love this year as all the packages start coming home :) Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  2. We are the same person I swear. First off Ill raise my damn hand because I havent linked up in forever. Second, I had to stop and go favourite that tweet haha (I really need to add you to my personal twitter as I use that soooo much more)... Love that song! And Ive been watching way too much Gilmore Girls. #thatisall :) Have a great day babe.

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  3. I haven't been keeping up with my gratitude journal either but now is probably a good time to catch up.
    I'm so so so excited about RnR DC!!! You are going to rock it, I just know it.
    Sending you all the good vibes, friend! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Uggs are so 2002? i wear mine all winter because they're so warm!!

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  5. Peppermint bark bells? I didn't know those existed?! must. buy. asap!!!

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  6. I just don't care if UGG boots have gone out of style. I live where it's cold and snowy and they are warm and cozy. I need them in my life.
    Also Black Betty is one of my favorite songs. It's kinda one of the unofficial songs of my relationship. Plus you can't not be in a good mood listening to it.

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  7. Black Betty---classic! I still haven't begun the binge of Gilmore Girls on Netflix. My watch list is so stinkin long.

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  8. I will always and forever read YA. did you see the Buzzfeed video of what its like to read YA as an adult? TRUTH.

    also hope you're okay lady. do i need to cyber kick anyones ass?

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  9. That Italian pot looks really good! Uggs are pretty expensive so I'm with you on buying last season - or ones from 10 seasons ago!

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  10. am impressed you are 50% done.. I have only bought 2 gifts!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  11. I still wear (fake) uggs so, 2002 it is.
    OOH DC RACE! Fun!! are you doing it on your own or are you meeting someone there?
    the italian wonderpot looks so good, i've been meaning to make it but wasnt sure with the GF pasta.
    i also have been meaning to read the sloppy firsts etc books. maybe this weekend.

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  12. Another Gilmore Girls lover....everyone else seems to be watching Gilmore Girls (can't blame them), and I'm over here watching Hart of Dixie.

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  13. I also love Erin Motz!! I did her original challenge and have been hooked on her ever since. And the Harry Potter series is so magical in every sense of the word! It's been so long since I've read the books that maybe it's time I started them over again. I love watching the Harry Potter movies around the holidays!! And I'm also watching Gilmore Girls because it's the best!

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