Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Currently #8




Good morning!! We are two weeks into our eight week #suburbsojourn living with Jeff's parents while we wait to move into our new house in Roscoe Village, and you know, I have to say, I'm enjoying it a lot more than I expected. What?! I know. But I mean, we're taking turns cooking and cleaning up the kitchen so half the time I don't have to cook or clean for dinner. There's two extra sets of hands to help with Mia (and very willing babysitters if we want to sneak away!). And there are new neighborhoods and restaurants and shops to explore while we're here! The one major downside is that it takes almost double the time to get Mia to and from her preschool pod downtown, but I've been listening to lots of podcasts to get through it - my favorites right now are Smartless, Bachelor Party, and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Here's what else I've been up to: 

Buying

Shockingly little over here, partially because I don't want Jeff's mom to judge me too hard when 500 packages arrive at her door, and partially because I currently can't find my Old Navy credit card. I destroyed two pairs of skinny jeans while we were moving, and so I decided to let Gen Z win and bought this pair of demi-crops, and I've basically worn them every day for the past two weeks. They're comfy and relaxed but not too relaxed, and make me feel like I'm not a regular mom, but a cool mom ;) I also got a tall length so they aren't crazy cropped on my long legs. Highly recommend! 

I also was sent out on Mother's Day to run an errand with strict instructions to buy myself a present, and I ended up coming home with this adorable hydrangea wine tumbler. It's been perfect for hanging out in the back yard and chasing Mia around on her tricycle

Cooking 

I'm back on the cooking train and I'm very into it! You might remember I basically stopped grocery shopping and cooking and relied completely on Blue Apron and Amazon Fresh for meals while we were getting ready to move. Now that we're settled at the in-laws I'm back baby! I made this Hawaiian grilled chicken to rave reviews over the weekend, and also made my favorite vodka sauce again last week - yum! Jeff's mom asked for the recipe and I told her she'd like the pasta a lot less after she saw the recipe because it is not any semblance of healthy ;) 

Reading

I haven't had a ton of time for reading lately, but I just finished We Are All Good People Here and I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it! It opens with two young women going off to a conservative southern all-girls college in the '60s and becoming best friends in the dorms, wearing their matching twin sets off to rush a sorority. I thought it was going to be this fluffy college story, but it ends up being about the two women trying to navigate the politics of the '60s, and figure out how they can help work against racism, sexism, and the war in Vietnam. It follows their friendship through the decades and shows how they evolve as they try to be their definition of good people. 

Watching

I started The Baker and The Beauty on Netflix and it's a cute, fluffy romantic comedy - very into it (although it looks like it wasn't renewed for season two - wah wah!). I'm also almost fully caught up on this season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht and I'm so into it - might be the best Below Deck season of all the different spin-offs (besides the original boat's Season 2, of course ;). They managed to get a love triangle, guests with crazy back-stories, and of course some great boat drama. 



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