Rainy Sunday plans
I love the rain. It feels like a special treat here in Austin, too, since it's not too often we get one of these rainy, gloomy, cozy days. And it's a Sunday, so it already feels like a day to slow down. Here's how I'm spending it:
- Eating cardamom cake for breakfast (with eggs and sausage too, for protein or balance? ;)
- Making soup, specifically, the creamy chicken and rice soup from one of my favorite cookbooks. It's rainy day comfort food and makes for the best leftovers
- the smell of sage (a key ingredient in the soup) reminds me of all things cozy
- Baking my favorite granola—Man, does our home smell good today. I really should make this every week.
- Going makeup-free and embracing the I haven't touched my hair since I woke up look, maybe a little too much(?)
- Listening to Fossil Collective's Tell Where I Lie
- Modeling for a few fairly-awkward shots of my newest Nick cowl
- Catching up on and reading a few crafts blogs: Fringe Association and The Craft Sessions
- Running through the rain with groceries up to our third floor apartment
- Doing a few loads of laundry (scrubs won't wash themselves)
- A new worsted-weight knitting project. After working on projects with thinner yarn, this one is flying!
- More consistent yoga practice to help with sore, tight muscles after a few shifts in a row
- Working on writing part II of our love story (here's a link to part I, if you missed it)
- Brainstorming how we're gonna celebrate our third wedding anniversary next week!
It's tempting to settle into the melancholy on rainy days, but I'm not going to. Let's find the good in rainy days. I'm gonna start with another round of aeropress coffee. How about you?
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.