Mondays are always made better by the knowledge of an impending firework show and BBQ. And they're made even better if you scored Monday off of work! That's not necessarily the case around here, BUT the minute Josiah walks in from work today (which will hopefully be at least a tad earlier than normal) we are calling it weekend 2.0. I was away for most of the actual weekend so we'll be playing a bit of catch up with each other in the form of snuggles and bike rides and coffee dates and beach time (with lots of friends and some for certain illegal neighborhood fireworks sprinkled in there). What do you have planned for the 4th?
We are prepping for a 9 day road trip to The Badlands, Black Hills National Forest, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver, and Omaha (to see some of our besties!) and I have so many feelings. A tad bit of dread because I literally despise packing and I HATE being in the car. Josiah can attest to my inability to not get stir crazy after an hour and a half (on a good day!). And since we have 48+ hours of driving scheduled in a mere 9 days, I'll be interested to see how that plays out.
I'm also feeling a tad bit stressed because 99% of the time Josiah and I don't plan, we just wing it, (example, our trip to The Great Sand Dunes National Park last July). Generally winging it works out for us overall, but it almost always brings some hiccups. Usually we can embrace these hiccups and take them in as "part of the experience." For this trip our plan is certainly to take the hiccups that come our way in stride, but we have a lot of ground to cover and a relatively tight window to do so, so whatever measures we could take to prevent obvious pitfalls were implemented. The biggest area of prep (and consequently stress) has been in planning for our meals. I'm determined to maintain at least some form of whole food eating as well as cut our meal spending down by bringing along some simple meals. The reality is though, keeping anything cold for 9 days, even with a cooler that we switch ice out frequently, is going to be a challenge. We plan on eating out some, but are going to try our best to limit it. We'll be staying in hotels and air b and b's so we will have some kitchen access. If you have any helpful advice on traveling and maintaining a whole food diet please send them my way! What are your favorite whole food road trip snacks?
My strongest feeling towards this trip is excitement though! I'm excited to get away from the city for a bit and enjoy some nature and such. But mostly I'm excited to have 9 days of uninterrupted conversation and dream sessions with Josiah. Have a fantastic day, friends!
Here are this week's links:
1. We are for real contemplating getting a puppy. Someone needs to talk me down. But I mean, how can I resist this?
2. We're hoping to move to a new apartment in November. One that preferably has AC, a minimum of two closets, and a second bedroom. I'll file those just below rooftop patio which is high on Josiah's list. ;) With that second bedroom I am hoping to finally have a physical office to call my own. Granted it will likely house a lot of instruments, but I can deal. This and this have me super inspired to decorate that wish-list office.
3. I've also become addicted to having plants. #crazyplantlady Share with me some of your favorite almost-impossible-to-kill-indoor plants! Or better yet, impossible to kill.
4. You should make these cookies if you haven't already. Easiest treat, ever! Only 3 ingredients!
5. I've never thought of it this way, but I couldn't agree more.