Hello, Friday! This was a doozy of a week. My calendar was jam-packed. I know I've said this multiple times lately but I really need a quiet week soon! Fingers crossed that April is quieter. The most time-consuming wedding to dos are done so that should help, I think!
Reading: The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. There's been a lot of buzz about this book as it was a finalist for the National Book award last year and it was the runner-up in last year's Tournament of Books (which is the book equivalent of March Madness). I am really enjoying it! It's about a large family of 13 kids that grew up in the Detroit area. Aside from delving into family dynamics and the different personalities, the book also addresses the decision about what to do with the parents' home which is way underwater (the book is set in 2008 during the housing crisis). I'm really impressed that this is a debut novel.
Loving: mangoes and cottage cheese (but not together). I haven't eaten mango much in the past, but 2 recipes I made this month (jerk pork with Caribbean salsa and blackened fish tacos with cabbage mango slaw) called for mango in the taco topping so I bought mangoes twice in one week. I snacked on some while making these recipes and was reminded how GOOD mangoes are. I need to buy them more often! I'm also loving cottage cheese as a snack. It's so high in protein and a good way for me to get some calcium (I can't stand milk so get my dairy primarily through yogurt).
Feeling: overwhelmed. My calendar is out of control these days, as evidenced by the picture of my March calendar below. Some of the things on my calendar are workouts (e.g., barre and sessions with my personal trainer) but it's all stuff that requires me to be at a certain place at a certain time.
Thinking: about the seating arrangements for our wedding. Figuring out how to divvy up the guests between tables is quite the puzzle! But I love a good puzzle, so I will figure it out. RSVPs aren't due until 4/21 so I won't be able to finalize things for several weeks but I wanted to get a head start. 40 people have already RSVP'd and we sent out invitations last Friday!
Anticipating: my wedding showers in April! My college friends are hosting one in Minneapolis on April 9th and then the following Saturday I'll have my family one at the lake over Easter weekend. My family and friends are putting a lot of thought and work into planning these special events so I am looking forward to seeing what all they have up their sleeve! I'm one of the biggest planners in my family so it's been weird to not be involved in the planning but also wonderful to just show up and enjoy it!
Watching: the second season of Love on Netflix. This is a fun and quirky show about the relationship of 2 20-somethings in LA. As I've mentioned before, Phil and I have different tastes in shows but this is one that we both enjoy!
Working: on figuring out a strategy to prevent myself from over-scheduling. I sound like a broken record as I keep saying I need to plan less. But obviously saying I'm going to 'plan less' isn't working. I think something more specific. More on this in a post coming next week.
Grateful: that I get to marry my favorite person in less than 2 months. Life feels pretty chaotic right now but I sure love coming home to Phil at the end of every day and look forward to doing that for as long as we both shall live! I'm also grateful that so many of our friends and family, both near and far, are coming for the wedding. I'm so excited to have so many special and important people in one place!
Listening: to the Chatty Sisters podcast that my friend Kelly and her sister Caroline launched this month. I've been friends with Kelly for many years so it's fun to hear her voice on a regular basis! And I got a shout-out in episode 3!
Wishing: that the weather would warm up. March is typically not a great month in Minnesota as it can be quite cold. But I'm just ready for warm, springy weather. I'm so over my winter wardrobe and winter jacket.
What are you loving, watching, and grateful for these days?