The Latest — July 23

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Life & Lifestyle

Before I get into the second part of my detailed Nashville post (read part one), I thought I’d give a quicker update on what’s been filling up my days here.

I won’t lie when I say I’m surprised at how busy I’ve been staying. Right off the bat, I met and met up with a number of new and old friends (characters you will meet in part two of that two-part post mentioned above), and they’ve done a wonder in keeping me engaged and feeling truly welcomed. Without them, I’m not sure Nashville would be half of what it is.

In those quiet moments I do find, though seemingly far and few between, these are the things I turn to.

Reading

First and foremost (as usual), words. It’s truly been sensory overload since the move, and because of that I’ve regrettably been turning to the TV to help wind down more often than I’ve been reaching for a book.

That being said, I’ve only finished one book in the last couple of months. It was Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and I must say, I loved it! I’ve already got my hands on her newest one, Why Not Me? and I can’t wait to dig in. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was definitely different than any type of book I’ve read in the past, mostly because I tend to avoid those resembling an auto-biography or collection of essays (not sure why, I just do). But I’m a huge Mindy Kaling fan and couldn’t resist giving it a go. If you’re looking for a quick(er) read that makes you laugh out loud a generous amount, I’d definitely recommend.

I am also about 1/3 of the way through Ghosted by Rosie Walsh, and it’s finally starting to pique my interest. It took me reading and re-reading the first chapter a couple of times before deciding to keep going, and I’m glad that I did. This one is about a 30-something recent divorcee who returns to England on holiday from her new home in California. She spends a blissful week with a man she meets by chance who then mysteriously ceases communication. It’s not exactly the type of “ghosted” you and I might have experienced once or twice while dating; this one seems far more sinister. I’m not quite ready to recommend it yet, but will definitely let you know what I think in my next “Latest” post!

Listening

While my job as a copywriter for an e-commerce website is to, well, write, there are still parts of my day that don’t require complete focus and I’m able to listen to a podcast or two as I work. I will also usually listen to an episode while I do cardio, since it makes my time at the gym go by more quickly (any way I can trick myself into being active for longer, I’m all over it). Because of these reasons, my rotation of podcasts is beginning to wane a little. I typically listen to true crime (like “My Favorite Murder”, “Casefile”, and “Criminal”), paranormal (“Two Girls One Ghost” and “Ghost in the Burbs”), and some steered toward advice and life issues (like “Unqualified” and “Terrible, Thanks for Asking”). I’m hoping to get into Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” this upcoming week, as I’ve heard great things. Please send any and all recs my way!

As far as music, I am constantly on the hunt for catchy songs, melodic tunes, and anything that inspires me to get creative. My Spotify playlist Writing/Blogging is where I spend most of my time. I’ve also recently been on a Shawn Mendes binge thanks to his new (and amazing) self-titled album. Some of my favorite tracks include “Nervous”, “Fallin’ All in You”, and “Why.”

Watching

As mentioned above, I’ve been doing a lot more watching than reading or writing. Though I’m hoping that changes, I’ve gotten hooked on a few shows like Ugly Delicious and Parts Unknown. I finally started Parks and Recreation after a million and a half people recommended it, and though it’s equal-parts hilarious and cute, I’ve got to admit it’s become more of a background show for me . . . something I throw on as I am making dinner or cleaning.

I recently went to a drive-in theater (literally the most charming experience ever!) and saw Ant-Man and the Wasp and I was thoroughly impressed. And not just because it was two straight hours of Paul Rudd *swoon*. I laughed hard — like really hard — and felt all the feels. Is it just me or is Ant-Man is a little underrated in the Marvel Universe? Either way, Marvel did a great job with this one. #paulrudd4eva

Liking and Following

With this move, I got to design a studio apartment that is a complete reflection of me. It’s the first time I’ve had a space entirely to myself, so I wanted to make sure it was absolutely perfect (I’ll be sure to do a post on this once the space is 100% finished! Right now it’s about 90% complete). Because of this, I’ve been obsessed with interior design websites and blogs. One of my favorites and one that I can’t start my day without reading is MyDomaine. Though it’s technically lifestyle driven, they have some of the most beautiful home tours (many of which are those of celebrities).

I also stumbled upon Molly Madfis’s blog Almost Makes Perfect and immediately subscribed. Her aesthetic is enviable, her home is gorgeous, her family is precious, and her writing-style is so personable that you feel like she is talking directly to you which is always refreshing.

Quick Hits

Back in May, I went on a trip to Cabo San Lucas for my friend’s bachelorette party. I think I had been in Nashville for maybe two weeks before I hoped on a plane and headed back west. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it ended up being such a genuinely fun time. We stayed at the most gorgeous resort, got way too much sun, and drank way too much tequila. What more could you ask for from a long weekend in Cabo?! Here are a few pics:

My 25th birthday was also a highlight of the last couple of months. Two of my best friends from home in San Diego and one college roommate flew out to spend the weekend with me, and it was such a wonderful b-day treat. Here are some photos from that weekend as well:

In early July, I spent five days in Burlington, Vermont with my college roommates for our annual reunion trip. Now that we are all over the country, we promised to go on one trip a year to catch up and spend some necessary roomie time together. Vermont completely blew me away. I’ll definitely write up a post on all the details of that trip soon, but for now I’ll just say this: YOU MUST GO.

On the Calendar

I have yet to make a grand return to California, but worry not! I’ll be heading to Wine Country in Northern California for a wedding in August, then I’ll be spending a long weekend in San Diego for another wedding in September. Though I’ve loved every second out here so far, I am so eager to get back home for a bit! I’ve been missing my family a lot lately, and a long weekend with them seems like just what I need.

M

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