I think it is safe to say that spring has officially sprung in the Pacific Northwest. The last few days have brought sunshine, blue skies, and impossibly colorful blooms. I'm in heaven. I've been feeling the pull to the out of doors, and I see lunches in the staff garden and t-shirt + shorts weather in my near future. Gloomy days have their place in my little introverted heart, but there is something about the sunny seasons that bring about a certain optimism. Those in other parts of the country, I'm thinking about you and hoping more hospitable weather is on the horizon for you as well.
Here's a little of what I've seen, heard and bookmarked over the last couple weeks:
This beautiful, raw essay describes New Hampshire Sarah rather succinctly. (When I read it, all those old feelings came rushing right back. They are still in there, apparently.)
Perhaps the perfect warm weather dress.
Middle-class housing projects. (What.)
Appealing to our humanity. (Especially after these most recent remarks.) (John Oliver's commentary is so good.)
Learned a new skill. (Also, trying this.)
A list maker through and through, this article inspired me to take it a step or two further.
A very crafty blog.
Still an INFJ. (I retake it every few years, and despite my near constant evolution it's always the same.)
Floating. (I tried it for the first time this week, and this article prompted me to finally make the appointment.)
How am I just hearing about this?! Giddy doesn't even describe it.
A new favorite cheek stain. (A decade-long devotee of Tarte's cheek stain, I'm not loving the new formulation—less gel-like and therefore harder to blend, I think—so I decided to move on).
Easy-to-Peel boiled eggs. I tried it; it works (!!!). I vow to submerge my eggs in boiling water from this day forth.
Also, I wrapped up my Whole30 experience yesterday (it was 31 days, technically) and I feel pretty darn good about it. Not a single cheat, even over Easter. We are headed for a family vacation tomorrow so I'm relaxing the rules just a bit, but when I come back the goal is to continue a modified Whole30 until I get closer to my happier body composition. But with a weekly cheat meal, I think. Because the real world involves the occasional ice cream cone and potato chip. More on the experience to come.