5 Distractions I’m Loving Right Now, 5/25

I think the meaning of Memorial Day often gets a little lost in the hoopla around the start of summer and all the accompanying sales—so I want to take a moment to acknowledge our fallen heroes and the ultimate sacrifice they gave for our freedom. I am so grateful for their bravery!

This MDW looks different than in years past—last year I was at The Tides Inn where the photo above was snapped, before that, I was in Key West, and before that, South Beach. This year, I’m hanging out in Dupont Circle, but I’m grateful for good weather and the opportunity to take some long walks while listening to country tunes. I haven’t been to the grocery store in about two weeks, so I’m planning on heading there today and stocking up on my pantry staples—and will probably throw in a special summertime treats.

I think the workweek ahead will be busy than the last two, so I’ve been grateful for the extra long weekend to decompress, continue my Southern Charm binge, sleep in, read my book, and enjoy some delicious rosé wine. (I drink it all year round, but it’s now officially rosé season!)

Whatever y’all are up to, I hope you have a good one! I’m especially jealous of all you quarantining in homes with pools this weekend! x
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Should I Get a Cricut? And Other Thoughts I’ve Had During Quarantine

When this whole thing started in mid-March, I don’t think I realized quite how long it would last. I’m kind of glad I didn’t know. My last day in the office was memorable, because as I’ve mentioned here before, I chipped my tooth and had to leave early. I didn’t grab nearly as much from my desk that day as I wish I had—March 11, 72 days ago for those of you keeping track at home—and I remember telling my coworkers I’d see them in April. Now it’s guaranteed I won’t see them in person until at least September 7, and if I was a betting person, I’d gamble we probably won’t be back in the office this year. (Some may say that’s crazy, but at this point, I’d rather expect the worst than to be disappointed again.) The last time I went to Soul Cycle, ate at a restaurant, and went out to bars happened a few days after my last day in the office—March 14, 69 days ago—and I had a little guilt about being out since you could definitely tell the tide was turning. But you know what they say about hindsight—20/20.

In the 70-something days since we departed from normal, I’ve had a lot of time to think about my life, and what I want it to look like moving forward once we get through this. I’ve lived alone for almost three years, but living alone takes on a whole different meaning in the quarantine. Back in the good old days before Coronavirus and social distancing were part of our daily lexicon, I was out in the world for most of the day—I’d leave my apartment around 8am and usually not return until 8pm, often later. I had social interactions and obligations all day, and coming home was often a highlight of my day because I got a few hours to myself. (I’m an extrovert, but always need a little bit of what my college roommates branded “Katie time.”) I never really missed having a roommate. Nowadays, I spend most of my waking hours solo, here within these four walls, with my main social interaction via Zoom or trying to smile at strangers at restaurant pickup queues with my mask on.

It’s a rainy, rainy day here in DC—and I was lucky enough to get the day off work for an extra long weekend, so I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts from the quarantine here today. One thing I want to stress is that while taking precautions to not get physically sick is important, caring for our mental health, at all times but now especially, is so important. Being alone can be so isolating, and it’s not weak to ask for help when you need it!  Read more “Should I Get a Cricut? And Other Thoughts I’ve Had During Quarantine”

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Do You Still Use Pinterest?

I’ll be the first to admit it—I have probably spent all of 30 minutes on Pinterest in the last year, and it was probably to plan my best friend’s bachelorette party in Nashville last summer. (Simpler times, y’all, simpler times.) I know it could be such a great tool to promote my blog content, and I used to be very active—but as my day job has gotten busier over the years, certain things had to be let go, and Pinterest was one of them.

I feel like I’ve been turning to new things the past few weeks in quarantine, and I recently have been browsing Pinterest—not looking for anything specific, not to do any blog work, just to look at pretty images and day dream a little bit.

So today, I just wanted to share a few images that inspired me and provided me a little escape from these crazy times. I hope you enjoy! x
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