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Day 199: Traditions and Five Things I’m Grateful For

Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday growing up. Our family (and friends who have basically become family) all met at my aunt’s house for a day filled with football, N64, and family bonding time. The best part was our post-dinner walk – we’d walk a mile loop (with the elders and the babies leading on golf carts). The loop would end through my family’s Christmas Tree Farm, which always opens the day after Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood why working Friday at the farm was tough, although the bins of empty wine bottles should have been a give away. This Thanksgiving, we’re down in Atlanta but I can’t wait to get back to the farm in two weeks! In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few things that I’m grateful for on this Thanksgiving.

  1. My health – I know I’ve discussed my diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis a lot on this blog. Even though my disease is certainly an inconvenience, it doesn’t define me. I can walk my dog, go for a run with a co-worker, drive my car to work, and pass as a ‘normal’ person.
  2. My friends – in the past year, there’s been quite a few trials and tribulations, especially since moving 1,200 miles from my hometown. I don’t know what I’d do without my Core Four group, my co-workers who make work manageable, my barn family, my college friends who stayed in touch. I’m surrounded by incredible, supportive people that I don’t know what I’d do without.
  3. My brain – growing up, I was the ‘smart’ one, but I never really had any context. In the past year, I’ve been challenged in my job, my friendships, and my personal life. I love learning and teaching and I’ve had so many opportunities in the past year to do both.
  4. My job – I’m really fortunate: I have a job that is fun and challenging, I’m paid a comfortable amount. I’ve had opportunities to prove myself and I’ve worked on projects that have made my voice heard.
  5. My man – L is the most patient, calming, challenging, hard-working person I know.He puts up with my crazy schemes and always pours me a glass of wine when it’s been a tough day. He is truly the ying to my yang and I know I wouldn’t have made it through the tough parts of the past year without him by my side (or on the other end of the phone when I’m yelling about Atlanta traffic).

This outfit was strategically planned. The yoga pants and crop top enable gluttonous eating. Plus, since we’re spending Thanksgiving in Atlanta, there’s no need for real shoes! All and all, a winning and comfortable outfit.

Sound off: what are you up to on Thanksgiving?

Outfit Details
Cardigan: LOFT purchased second-hand three years ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Top: H&M purchased three years ago in Spain for €19 (similar, similar)
Yoga Pants: Old Navy purchased three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Slippers: UGG purchased eight years ago for $100 (similar, similar)

Day 194: Gettin’ It Done

Today was errand day! I washed my car, met some adorable pups that I’m watching next week, cleaned, and baked three dozen banana muffins. It felt great to cross so many things off my to-do list. Now I’m going to stay in and watch some movie with L. Here’s to a productive day!

These Adidas are new – I absolutely LOVE them! I fell in love with these types of shoes when I worked with one of my favorite co-workers from Philly at Walker Stalker Con.  I’m so excited to start wearing these all the time! I matched it with this Patagonia Better Sweater my sister game me last year for Christmas (she basically lives in Patagonia) and these jeans that I got on sale when I was in high school. I’m just as amazed that they still fit – they must have been huge on me when I bought them!

Sound off: How do you like to spend your weekends?

Outfit Details
Sweater: Gifted from my sister last Christmas (exact)
Jeans: Hudson purchased ten years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (Adidas) purchased recently for $70 (exact, similar)

Day 168: Deadpool and Wedding Planning

At first when we got engaged in March, September 2017 felt like a million years away. Now that we’re less than a year away, I feel so far behind! Tonight L and I watched Deadpool (obviously the most romantic movie we could find on television) and got to work at some wedding stuff!

Because I’m a perfectionist, I wanted to make our own website – the prefab ones from theknot.com just weren’t cutting it for me. I’ve been waiting on L to add in his groomsmen and finish up our proposal story – and he finally completed that tonight! Meanwhile, I finished writing out addresses and adding the stamps to our save-the-dates. As an added bonus, L even picked up sushi so we didn’t have to worry about cooking and cleaning. Overall, a successful night in the books.

As to my outfit, this morning really truly felt like fall. During this nice weather, I like to leave the heating/cooling off, but this morning I definitely woke up chilly! I wanted to wear a nice comfortable and big sweater and this J. Crew piece is one of my favorites! Since it’s a little on the big side, I paired it with a fun chunky necklace and some neutral shoes. 

Sound off: anything you wish you knew when you were planning your wedding?

Outfit Details
Sweater: J. Crew purchased three years ago for $80 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox (Perry Street Flora Crystal Necklace) retailed at $75 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased six months ago for $55 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased eight months ago for $19 (exactsimilar)