The past few weeks have been such a crazy adjustment from normal to, well, a new normal. My new normal consists of daily morning walks through the forest, snuggle sessions with my cousin Genevieve, meetings on meetings on meetings, lunch dates with my manager chatting about Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress and whether or not Jennifer Aniston is truly happy and if we believe the rumors she is a super party girl with Chelsea Handler and lots and lots of lobster talk. Which is why we need to catch up. I skipped our coffee date last week because I was completely overwhelmed adjusting to life, luckily Kasi was here to talk about “Spotting Prince Charming” so if you haven’t read her short & sweet post yet be sure to check it out. We all need friends who can swoop in and save us when we are slacking right? However, I missed our chat over mochas oh-so very much that I couldn’t possibly dream of playing hooky this week.
How shall I begin (besides with a sip of a warm peppermint mocha of course, they’re not JUST for Christmastime)? On Sunday I started reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. After becoming enamored with Plath’s poetry I made it one of my goals to read her one and only novel. I’m about half way through and I can’t believe I hadn’t read it sooner. Something about it is slightly Catcher in the Rye-esque and the overt feminist undertone is of course delightful. Plath’s writing style really resonates with me, I think her life was incredibly tragic, yet, in someways her descriptions of sadness are so very relatable to the average person. Over the Summer I spent a lot of time alone (a curious amount for someone who lived in a Frat house) and I found myself feeling overwhelmed, anxious and sometimes sad. Reading Plath’s poetry really allowed me to just sink into my sadness, to give it words and in a sense-validation. I think sometimes it is important to let ourselves feel sadness. There are so many instances in life that we must brush off the feelings that make us hurt. When we are given the spare time, the alone time, to process those sad feelings I think allowing ourselves to fully feel them can be a step towards the “recovery” process.
Now that we’ve discussed classic literature I suggest moving onto an even more enlightening topic…Pretty Little Liars. Last week Genevieve and I binge watched PLL until we finished season 5. I wouldn’t suggest watching PLL when you are living in a creaky old house in the woods…but I have to admit it did make my time home alone that much more exhilarating and of course by exhilarating I mean horrifying. I can’t even go to the bathroom alone when it’s dark out so thanks for that “A”. Does anyone else feel like 1) This television show is getting more and more ridiculous (like seriously Alison is now a sociopath murderer…?!) and 2) A’s are popping up everywhere!!! I keep seeing random sweaters with “A’s” on them or random notes signed “A” and other creepy “A” paraphernalia and it’s making me paranoid. If anyone asks, Pretty Little Liars is the reason I have trust issues.
The coffee has really entered my blood stream now. Did you know it only takes 20-30 minutes for coffee to start affecting you? It’s the most widely used “drug” in the world (not surprising since it is legal) #themoreyouknow. My brain is moving at 500 miles a minute right now and I can’t stop thinking about the beautiful Autumn weather. Fall is the perfect season for running, which is great because I am signed up for two races. Unfortunately I’m not pushing myself out of my comfort zone in the running department at all, but I think we should all cut me some slack because I moved across the continent recently, started a new job, left a guy I had a major crush on and am planning on trying my best to ride a horse. So I think some repeat races are just going to be how it goes this year. I wouldn’t want anyone to accuse me of being an overachiever or something. Anyways, I have a 5k charity run with my work in October (woot) and my fourth Half Marathon in May! It’s the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Anaheim and I am completely stoked! I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon a few years ago and I was enchanted by the event, it truly was a race fit for a Princess. If you’re going to be running the Tinkerbell half let me know! Fairy Princess Runners unite!!!
Oh my gosh oh my gosh! My cousin and I had a 7 Deadly Sins themed dinner party/slumber party on Saturday. As per usual I dressed in practically nothing (aka a belly dancer costume) in an attempt to portray “Wrath” and the majority of the guests (my sweet cousin excluded of course) wore sweaters and leggings and you know, real clothes. Typical Elle Woods move. Still the party was a success, we consumed massive amounts of food, we danced, we toasted with champagne, and I was in bed by 11:00 (don’t worry though everyone else was up until late into the night, I was just the lame one). The eerie 7 deadly sins theme and slight embarrassment of being the only one wearing a full on costume was reminiscent of Halloween, which, relatively, is almost here. The countdown until my favorite holiday has officially begun (50 DAYS!)
As always I’ve rambled on about myself for far too long, caffeine tends to have that affect on me. I want to hear all about your week and what you have been into! I have a few questions to get you started:
*What do you recommend for Autumn reading? I love curling up with a good book when the weather gets cold so I need some suggestions!
*Do you have any theories about who “A” is? #PrettyLittleLiarsJunkie
*How do you stay in shape as the weather gets colder and comfort food grows more abundant? Is running your go-to exercise too?
* Which of the “7 deadly sins” do you find yourself most guilty of?
Can’t wait to hear your responses!