Anthropologie is offering free shipping today for all those people stuck inside courtesy of Sandy.
I love you Anthropologie!
It's also a pretty good marketing strategy, don't you think? Everyone's looking for something to do while stuck inside. What better way to pass the time than getting in a little retail therapy (with free shipping!). This could get dangerous. Here are a few of my favorites:
It's the middle of the semester and my professors seem to delight in assigning everything to be due within the same week. I'm beginning to think they're conspiring behind my back. "When did you assign a 10 page research paper, with outline and annotated bibliography included, to be due? The 30th? Okay, I'll assign a three-part multimedia project due on that same day as well." Thanks, professors, thanks a lot.
In all this chaos, it's the little moments that are keeping me sane. The moments when I push all my notebooks aside, turn on some Trampled by Turtles, and spend some blissful moments on Pinterest and Tumblr. The moments when I'm walking home from class, kicking up the piles of leaves, totally lost in thoughts of wedding planning. The moments when good friends invite me out to dinner and I forget everything I need to do that night and just get out of the house instead.
Some may call these moments procrastination, but they're whats keeping my head on straight these days. Thank goodness there's only about six weeks left of this mess.
Hurricane Sandy has the whole city shut down. Classes were cancelled, businesses are closed, and warning advisory's are flying about left and right. The way people are talking this "Frankenstorm" is going to be the end of the world! So far, we've just had rain, rain, and more rain, but the wind gusts have started to pick up. The sky looks gray and mean. This little apartment, however, is super cozy. I've pulled out my big winter sweaters, the Carter Sisters are playing on the record player, and coffee's brewing. (I won't be drinking any of it; Kelsey has dibs on the whole pot, but it still makes the place smells good.) I have a midterm and paper due tomorrow, so there's been plenty to keep me busy today, but you better believe I've found time to browse some wedding blogs, watch movies, spend copious amounts of time of facebook and eat eat eat.
One thing I know -- I'd rather be stuck in this tiny apartment with the wind howling outside than sitting in a lecture hall right about now. Does that give you an idea of how ready I am for this semester to be over?
These photos got lost in the unorganized mess of my desktop. They're from a few weekends ago when Mark and I went home to my parent's house for a few days. On a whim, we stopped by a local historic plantation and spent a few hours exploring. It was beautiful. The house had so many little quirks like old houses usually do. It had been awhile since I'd been home, so it was nice to explore all those old familiar places.
Thank goodness, it's Friday. I need this weekend badly. School has been kicking my butt lately and it's not even November yet. The good news is that November is right around the corner and that means there's just a month and a half left to this semester. I'm as excited about that as I am that the weekend is finally here. The plan is to sleep (a lot), make jack-o-lanterns, and relax.
Here's a few links for your weekend:
I used to write posts like this on tumblr back in the day. I came across one in the archives recently and decided it was time to write another. I like these kinds of posts. They remind me that there's always something to be happy about, always. At the moment, I feel like I'm up to my neck with school. So what better time to think about the few things that are making me terribly happy.
- the engagement pictures that we took over the weekend
- the leaf-covered sidewalks on my way to class
- knowing that I'm halfway finished with this semester
- chilly nights and netflix...the two go well together
- phone calls with Mark
- planning for the holiday break
- cancelled classes and extended deadlines (thank you, professors!)
- little moments of quiet and contentment
- the beautiful ring that's on my finger and the meaning behind it
If you do your own "terribly happy" post, leave me the link in comments so I can check it out. I'd love to see! Thanks again to Naomi for the original inspiration.
Sometimes it's the little moments that make a weekend so special and last weekend was a perfect example of that. Mark and I had some engagement pictures taken in a random field we spotted from the road. We only had a short amount of time before the light went away, but those few moments were really special and they made the whole weekend perfect.
I'll share the rest of the photos soon, but for now....have a happy wednesday.
I am finally getting around to posting photos of "the spot" where that man of mine popped the question. Neither of us really knew where we were going after leaving Highlands. We wanted to see some of the local waterfalls, but we weren't familiar with the area so we just randomly picked one off the map and headed that direction.
We had to take a tiny mountain road to get to Whitewater Falls. I kept making Mark stop the car so I could jump out and take photos like the one above.
It cost him about $2 to take me up to the falls and propose ;)
The short hike up to the falls
This photo was taken from the large viewing area at the top. When we were closer to the falls, I was a wee bit distracted and didn't take many more photos. :)
Loving: weekends and dry shampoo. Hah. I feel like I've been saying a lot how much I love weekends, but I've really never valued the weekends as much as I do now. It's really nice to leave all thoughts of school and work behind and enjoy the weekend. Mark and I spent this past weekend at my family's home. It had been awhile since I'd been home, so it was fun to spend a weekend getting reacquainted with old familiar places.
And dry shampoo..... I don't know how it took me so long to discover this great thing! It works like a charm and may be my new favorite thing!
Watching: Sons of Anarchy. I've been watching from season one on Netflix. I started an account on Netflix a few weeks ago. As soon as I did I thought what a dumb move that was, having a procrastination tool like that in the middle of a semester. But whatever. The nights are chilly and it's fun to curl up with a blanket and a movie. I had heard a few reviews on Sons of Anarchy but had never checked it out before. Shows about motorcycle gangs and outlaws aren't normally my thing, but I'm hooked. I've also been keeping up with Parenthood. I have to say that the last episode when little Victor got a home-run was so sweet, and not in a cheesy way. I also loved the song they were playing and instantly looked it up. This leads to what I'm.... Listening to: Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, the song that was playing when Victor scored a home-run. Their new record is great! I've had it on repeat in Spotify.
Thinking about: Fall break. We're headed back to the mountains for a camping trip and dragging a few friends along with us. It's going to be awesome. The plan is to relax and eat. I can't think of a better way to spend a long weekend. There's a ton of work piling up for next week, but it's just gonna have to wait. It's the weekend, people!
Reading: Wedding blogs :) Green Wedding Shoes and 100 Layer Cake are a few of my favorites. I've always been a fan of those two, but it's amazing how much inspiration I'm finding now with my own wedding in mind.
A few weekends ago, Mark and I ended up in the little town of Highlands. It's a sweet little town, tucked in the mountains of southern North Carolina. The sun was warm and perfect for spending time outside so we parked and walked the small downtown streets. Honestly, we hardly went into any shops (after awhile all those mountain shops start to look the same), but it was nice to be outside and enjoy fall in the mountains.
We did make a stop at the local visitor center in order to figure out where the closest waterfalls were. The town is surrounded by so many waterfalls and Mark wanted to hike out to one of them. Little did I know, there was a pretty ring burning a hole in his pocket. :)
It's pretty chilly at night now. The perfect time for camping. We went a few weekends ago and have plans to go again this coming weekend. There's nothing better than snuggling under a million blankets at night and hanging out around a warm fire in the morning. It's a good time of year.
It has been a pretty crazy week. After an amazing weekend, it was hard to get my head back in the routine of school and work. I had a lot of catch-up to do when I got back to Richmond. To top it all off, I'm still trying to get rid of this blasted cough. There hasn't been a lot of time for blogging, but I'm slowly getting caught up so hopefully next week will be better.
Here's a few things I've had bookmarked on my computer from the past few weeks:
So you know that I went to see Mark last weekend. I originally wasn't going to arrive until late Thursday night, but plans changed and I was able to get there much earlier and surprise him. It's pretty hard to pull something off without him knowing it, so I was pretty proud of myself.
Then he goes and one ups me by pulling an engagement ring out of his pocket. Little stinker.
It's been a bit hectic since I got back in town. I'm playing catch-up like crazy, but hopefully things will slow down by the weekend. And even if they don't, there's a really pretty ring on my finger that is making me smile.
+ Dear sweater weather, you're here! It's exciting too pull out my cozy sweaters and scarves that I haven't worn in awhile. The only sad part is that my toes are cold. When my toes become cold in the fall they don't warm up again until May. That's just the way it is. The warmest socks and boots can't change that.
+ Dear apartment, you're cute when you're clean. I should clean you more often.
+ Dear fellow in the laundry mat, thanks for being nice but I'm not in a very chatty mood when I've got three big bags of laundry to get done and am feeling sick.
+ Dear headache, thanks for stopping by. I think you've outstayed your welcome, though.
+ Dear neighbor, it's nice when you open your windows while you're playing the cello. You're pretty good and your music is a great soundtrack for cool autumn evenings.
a new fall rug with the tell-tale "new rug" crease down the middle
Loving: Pinterest. It may be the best tool for procrastinating but it's also a great tool for days when I feel like crap. This sick thing has got to stop. I love fall, but catching colds is the biggest downfall. For some reason, I've had the hardest time shaking whatever mess I've caught. Pinterest has been taking my mind off of that and providing me with plenty of inspiration and good-mood inducers. Here are a few recent favorite pinners: Lindsay, Linn, and Lianna.
Reading: Hah. Funny question. Listening to: Mumford and Son's new album. It's really great! Between that and the new Avett Brother's album, I'm set for fall music. Also, I found an old Statler Brothers CD when I was at my parent's home a few weekends ago. I've been keeping it in my car and there's nothing better than blaring "Hello, Mary Lou" while driving. It's definitely bringing back some memories! Watching: Scandal. The new series started and I'm hooked again. For some reason, I've always been a fan of shows set in Washington, DC. Don't ask me why. Looking forward to: the weekend. I remember when weekends used to be the same as any other day. Sure, there was no school on the weekends, but I don't ever remember looking forward to the weekends as much as I do now. There's something special about them now. Or maybe I just took them for granted before. Either way, this weekend I'm driving south to see Mark and Friday can't get here soon enough.
It's so easy to develop a routine and stick to it. I'm not sure what it is about routines and why we like them so much. A lot of the time I don't even realize that something has become routine for me.
A few days I purposely set out to switch up something that had become a boring routine for me -- walking. Lately, I've found myself hurrying to class or hurrying home, rather than enjoying my time walking. Instead of taking the same street home, I took a route I had never taken before. It took much longer, but it made my walk a lot more enjoyable. 'Stop and smell the roses' may be the biggest cliche out there, but there's some truth to it. I suppose that's how it became a cliche in the first place.
Anyway, all of this taught me something. Routines can be helpful, but they can also make us miss out on a lot. We miss the little things when we become engrossed in a routine. Here's to stopping to smell the roses more.
When I said that my plan for this past weekend was to be as utterly lazy as possible, I didn't realize just how true a statement that would be.
Last week, I did a double-take at my work schedule when I saw I had the weekend off. My mind instantly went into planning mode. What to do? Where to go? A weekend off is not something to be squandered!
No plans seemed to pan out, however, and it soon became clear that my weekend would be spent here at home. Everyone needs a relaxing weekend at home every once in awhile, right?
Turns out, it was perfect. I felt a bit under the weather all weekend and there's truly nothing better than knowing you don't have anything to do when you're feeling icky. It was almost noon when I woke up Saturday morning. At first I was appalled and rushed out of the bed, jumping in clothes. That's when it dawned on me that it was Saturday and a Saturday with no plans, to boot. I guess my body already knew that.
I left the patio doors open so the crisp air could come in and snuggled in a cozy sweater. I finally got around to unpacking my suitcase from last weekend. I did laundry, tidied up the apartment, and spent copious amounts of time on Pinterest.
Sunday was more of the same -- cookie-making, relaxing, and enjoying the perfect feel of fall. It was a completely laid-back weekend.
So here's to starting out a new week (and a new month!) feeling relaxed and on top of things. I know that feeling will probably fly away quickly, but there's only four more days until Friday and we get to do this weekend thing all over again.