Starting 2018 off with a whisper

Hello! After many months (years, really) of thinking about whether or not to write about my personal life, I've decided to take the plunge. At 6:45 in the morning. Because I can't sleep. And a few things that finally convinced me in the end:

  1. Ever since I changed careers from reporting to design, I miss writing in my day to day. I figured writing about my life would help satisfy that itch. (I'll miss the editing that usually followed, but oh well.)
  2. Buzzfeed taught me that list-making is a form to be reckoned with
  3. It's a new year! Which means new things! I didn't actually make resolutions this year (instead I wrote down a few words and thoughts that I plan to refer to every few weeks to keep me checked), but starting something like this fits right in line with what I want to focus on in 2018.
  4. I've had a lot of Big Life Changes this past year, and I wish I did a better job of chronicling my thoughts throughout. In the past few months alone, I got married to my college sweetheart, left my home of five years in New York City to move to Boulder, and moved into my first-ever-actual-real-life house (a rental, but still!)

So it's time, it's finally time. To keep it easy for me (and to ensure I don't give up after like two posts) , I'm going to commit to writing once a week, maybe Thursdays or Sundays, and keep as much in true list form as possible! 

So here goes...

What I'm cooking

Settling into a new house is daunting. There's so much to move and rearrange and organize and put together, cooking is the last thing on my mind. But Boulder doesn't have the plethora of delivery options that New York City does, and I got my fill of eating out on our honeymoon last month, so I made sure to carve out time to make two recipes from Bon Appetit's The Feel Good Food Plan! The first was Crispy Chicken Thighs with Harissa and the other was Confetti Rice with Chicken in Spicy Garlic Broth. The latter especially was easy and comfort food-y and will definitely find its place in my meal rotation.

 Crispy chicken thighs, photo by Alex Lau of Bon Appetit

Crispy chicken thighs, photo by Alex Lau of Bon Appetit

 Confetti rice with chicken, photo by Alex Lau of Bon Appetit

Confetti rice with chicken, photo by Alex Lau of Bon Appetit

What I'm baking

I picked up chai tea from Boulder's own Ku Cha House of Tea, and plan to make chai tea cupcakes with honey cream frosting from one of my cookbooks. I haven't actually done this yet, but MLK day tomorrow is forecasting snow, so I figured baking cupcakes with a fire in the background is the thing to do.

What I'm reading

I've become obsessed with Ann Patchett after reading State of Wonder (murder, mysteries, the Amazon, fertility, this book is crazy in the best way), and just finished Commonwealth.

What I'm watching

Though it makes me ACHE for New York, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is so charming. Plus it's a good antidote to Stranger Things, which I'm finally getting around to watching with Alex.

What I'm buying

Groceries and furniture (*waves bye to paycheck*). I still can't get over how there are no lines at the Trader Joe's in Boulder. I mean, I've waited in line to get inside of Trader Joe's in Manhattan. As a result I've been frequenting Trader Joe's more often than I care to admit. We've also gotten a few awesome pieces of furniture, which I'll write about more later.

What I'm doing this weekend

Hurrah, we have three days off! We're still settling into our new home, so yesterday we did errands, turned flat boxes into furniture, opened registry gifts, and made a fire at night and roasted s'mores. Today we're planning to drive up to Estes Park to do a little light hiking, and put together more furniture. I really have to get started on our wedding thank you notes, plus get the process going for changing my name across my social and professional networks (why are there no good online resources on this?), and I have a little design work to do as well, but those are all Monday things. Plus chai cupcakes. Those are also Monday things.

Happy weekend! *wave*