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So here is the thing...I miss you guys! And I wanna interact. So, let's make a deal.

You comment and tell me one thing that made you happy last week and I'll come over to your place and comment on one of your entries.

Deal? DEAL!

Here are some things that made me happy last week:

  • A delicious chocolate CostCo cake. I genuinely could have eaten all of it but restrained myself.

  • Flirty text messages.

  • Talking with B about books. (Specifically, The Queen of the Tearling and Risk Everything On It.)

  • Getting to Facetime with Drew on his birthday! He was so excited to show me his cake and all his presents and he didn't want to hang up and I love him so much!

    ♥ ♥ ♥
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    "We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time."
    --Brene Brown
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    SO, YOU GUYS. My boss retires this Friday and school starts on Monday and after that I will no longer be surrounded by the unholy smell of teenage boys all day and probably won't cry anymore at work! It's all very exciting!

    I decided to celebrate by taking a note from Pop Culture Happy Hour and share a list of things that made me happy this week:

  • My biggest event of the year is OVER and was mildly successful and I am happy and it is OVER!

  • The Olympics! OBSESSED.

  • @boomerrphelps's instagram -- such a sweet and cute baby, I want to snuggle him!

  • Discovered that Anna Farris has a podcast, it's called Anna Farris is Unqualified and it is delightful! The most recent ep had Patti Stanger (LOVE) on and in addition to PS's normal schtick, they also discussed what's trendy in lady landscaping and how they'd like to drug Chris (Pratt, Anna's husband) and double-team him. It's just a really fun show that's unpretentious and honest and good.

  • Daily Harvest smoothies. They come pre-measured and frozen, you just add liquid (I favor coconut or almond milk) and blend. I make them all at one time and then re-freeze. Then, every morning I just pull one out, let it thaw while I drive to work and sip on it all morning. It's SO GOOD, nutritious, and makes me feel like I'm balancing out the Sonic cherry slush I will inevitably order later in the day.

  • This song, which I listened to on repeat yesterday the entire time I was grocery shopping:

  • Carter Dane. NGH.
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    I watched all of Season One of Mr. Robot in two days and it is SO GOOD. I am OBSESSED. OMG. Are you watching? I want to discuss. Season two is on my DVR but I haven't gotten to it yet. WAAANT.

    Because of the above, I haven't watched any Olympics yet, but that will be happening from now on. OLYMPICS. YAAASSS.

    OMG Colby Keller. I'm just saying.

    Tonight I get Cheesecake Factory with buddies and then tomorrow I'm back to work, boo. Speaking of, in exactly TWO WEEKS, all my summer stress will be OVER! REJOICE!
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    I am in a much better place than the last time I posted. Sometimes life just gets too heavy, you know? Thanks to everyone who left a happy thing or a hug on my last post. I appreciate you all!

    Tonight I get Mexican food and drinks with friends and I'm very happy about that.

    When B was here, we discovered that I had downloaded KA Mitchell's book Risk Everything On It but had not managed to actually READ it. So, since I developed a major crush on Jared Jax in the previous book, I was stoked to finally start his story. No one (seriously, no one) writes M/M like KA Mitchell and I looove it.

    B also got me started reading Captive Prince fic and I'm obsessed. I asked for recs on Twitter but nobody shared. :( If you have any, I want them!

    AND, I just recently got around to watching the Bones finale...HOLY MOLY. Have you seen it? I was shocked! They totally got me.

    One of our interns (who studies film) suggested I watch Wolf of Wall Street, which I did. It was fascinating in it's horribleness, I couldn't look away! I got the book to read too, but haven't managed it yet.

    Also, still podcasts.

    And Dexter.

    And Jared's dimples. And Jensen's real grin.

    And YOU.

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    It has been so long since I updated and today is a hard day, I'm having a tough time. I don't really want to dwell on it but I'm actively working not to slide into a bad depressive cycle.

    I love you guys. Tell me something happy and amazing.
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    Hello friends! I have missed you!

    Addison and Drew have been in and out the last two weeks, going to camp and visiting. I have loved getting to spend time with them! We took Drew to see The Secret Life of Pets and it was adorable. Then, we got chocolate ice cream cones. My SIL introduced me to powder dip nails -- I had no idea this was a thing!! She and Addison and I all went and got our nails done Sunday morning, which was fun. I let Addison chose my polish -- blue with glitter. Pics on my Insta. :)

    I'm selling a size XL Always Keep Fighting jacket. Anyone interested? $125 shipped, US only. Worn once, washed once. It was too big for me, if that helps you gauge the size.

    I have become ridiculously obsessed with podcasts. Here are some of my faves:

  • Invisibilia
  • My Dad Wrote a Porno
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • Who? Weekly
  • This Week Had Me Like
  • The Snailcast (AB beauty)

    All I want to do all the time is listen to them.

    30 days left, in case you're counting, which I am.

    Taking some new medication that's helping me sleep, it's wonderful. But I'm still fighting through the day-drowsy part.

    Dexter still is the best part of my life and I love him so much. Some day I'll do a whole post that's just pictures of him and you will swoon. ♥

    UHM. What else?!
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    Wait, there was a day when lots of people posted pictures of kittens and I MISSED IT?! NOOOO!!! I need a day full of kittens!

    Last week I joined my parents in North Carolina and we had a lovely few days together. Ever since reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson about 100 years ago, I've wanted to step foot on the Appalachian Trail, which I finally did. We had intended to actually hike it for a bit but it was burning hot and both my parents have gotten fairly frail so we took a few photos and then I convinced them to adjourn for ice cream instead. :) It was lovely.

    We also toured Biltmore, which was super cool. Again though, it was really, really hot and that tarnished the experience a bit. I'm just not used to being in places without AC!

    On the various plane trips, I listened to the audiobook version of The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. It was REALLY good (I cried on the plane...twice), I truly cannot recommend it enough. I also suggest you listen to the audio, even if that isn't something you normally do. Cooper and Vanderbilt narrate it and to hear 91-year-old Gloria Vanderbilt tell stories about her life, in her own voice, full of emotion....it added so much.

    While scrolling through Insta on the trip, I'm pretty certain I saw a picture of JJ putting makeup on Jensen. ♥_♥

    Heading to the doc in a bit for the yearly physical required by my insurance and then I get Cheesecake Factory tonight! Oreo cheesecake will be MINE!

    Addison and Drew are arriving Saturday, though they'll be at camp for the next two weeks after that. Hope I get to see them at some point though. I'm already planning to call out (shhh) the day they're done so I can be there to pick them up from camp. Can't wait! I already have care packages ready to mail them!

    49 days.
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    My Mom fell about a month ago and cracked a vertebra. Then, last week she climbed up on a bed to fix a curtain (!!) and fell and fractured her pelvis. And, her sweet doggie has gone blind. It's been challenging and my heart breaks for them both.

    Also, it's been tough times for my Dad and for my brother in other areas.

    And, today, one of my good friends was admitted to the hospital and I am just beside myself.

    But, as always, life is a balance. Here are some good things:

  • Big Bang has started despite me barely being involved. Bless you fandom.

  • Boss retires in 66 days. I may or may not have put a countdown calendar on my phone.

  • Dexter is in my lap right this second, purring so loud.

  • I watched Zootopia today and it was excellent. I highly recommend.

  • I am obsessed with this popcorn. I accidentally (for real) ordered a case of it and it's amaaaazing.

  • Day before last I randomly had the TV on while I was folding laundry and was watching Bones reruns. My all time favorite episode, Aliens in a Spaceship came on and I cried and it was still amazing.

  • It's pouring rain outside and I am not at work.
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