June 20, 2016

a small list of good things...

+ We are experiencing an out-of-the-blue heat wave around these parts, so this weekend I finally broke down and decided to try my hand at cold brew coffee. I've looked up recipes on Pinterest many, many times, but I always figured I was just too lazy to do anything other than brew a cup of regular coffee every morning. Of course, having finally made cold brew coffee, I now understand how ridiculously easy it is and am wondering where it has been all my life. There are a million recipes out there (I really wish I were kidding) but to save you some time, I used this one. I halved the recipe—both because I couldn't find a container big enough for the full amount, and because I didn't want to waste a bunch of coffee if it ended up tasting awful. (It tasted the opposite of awful. Pretty much heaven.) I think I'll tinker with the ratios of water and coffee, but I'm already in love. And clearly, one must drink cold brew coffee from a mason jar or they're kicked off the internet. (You've been warned.)

+ I love having a good audiobook to listen to here and there throughout the day, and the one I'm currently listening to is fantastic. It's called A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran. It's much longer than I'd anticipated, but the story is riveting and I'm always a sucker for a good memoir. As always, I'm listening to this through the Overdrive app, which connects to my local library (so I'm able to listen to audiobooks for free).

+ I recently realized my favorite maternity dress totally works as a non-maternity dress, and for that I am grateful. It's kind of amazing when something can look great on someone 39 weeks pregnant, and then still look great (and non-maternity-ish) on someone nearly one year postpartum. (Bonus points for the fact that I can houdini myself out of the sleeves in order to breastfeed Cora, even though it's clearly not a nursing-friendly design.) Target does it again!

+ Netflix just informed me via email that a new season of Grey's Anatomy is available and I'm all over that business. Granted, I have no idea when I'll be able to get through all the episodes (binge-watching is a wee bit different when you have two children, one being a wild little non-sleeper at night). But, still. There are few shows that I enjoy watching, and Grey's continues to be one of them—even if I never watch it live and always wait until the entire season is available to stream.

+ A sweet friend recently brought me flowers after I babysat one of her daughters and oh, the joy of a bouquet of flowers! I honestly can't even remember the last time I had fresh flowers on our table. It makes me want to start indulging in a bouquet for myself, even if it's just once a month. Perhaps I shall.

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  1. Trader Joe's flowers are my weakness! Such a sweet, cheap treat! And friend, Grey's Anatomy will always have me watching... I just cannot stop, no matter how much I disagree with the producers character decisions!

  2. Getting fresh flowers is the most wonderful thing! I try to buy some for myself whenever I hit up Trader Joe's. For $5, it's such a small & manageable joy.

  3. I am so over this heat wave already. Also I just can't quit Grey's either. It's so good, but so bad, but still so good.

  4. cold brew is my saving grace in the summer.


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