Things I’m Loving – May 2017

Now that it’s June, I think I have a new routine: I get comfortable with the baby’s current likes/dislikes and feel like I’m really clued into her cues, she starts working on some new skill and changes up many of her likes/dislikes, I work on adjusting to these changes and figuring out how to handle her new needs/wants, and then as soon as I’m comfortable the entire thing starts all over again! I think as soon as I accepted this cycle as my new routine and gave up on the idea of a regular schedule, I immediately felt more relaxed. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? 😉 Here are some of the things I’ve been loving this month as I learned this new life lesson. (more…)


Things I’m Loving – May 2014


What?! It’s already the end of May?! Maybe that explains why I’ve been thinking the days are starting to get a little bit hot over here. It also means it’s time to take a moment to reflect on the past few weeks. The weather in May has been beautiful overall. I love the warm days with gentle, cool breezes that are perfect for picnics, walks through the park and taking a boat out on the lake. And I’ve really enjoyed matsuri festivities of parades, dances and food. Here are some of the other things I’ve been loving in May.

1. Blue skies and sunshine


Longer days means more sunshine! Sometimes it really feels like the sun is giving me an extra boost of energy on beautiful, sunny days. I feel energetic and motivated to tackle just about anything. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not all ambitiously attacking the day. One of the best things for me is just lying in the shade and admiring the blue, blue sky.

2. Geeked Out Fitness T-shirt


The friend who visited me last month also brought me some awesome gifts, including this t-shirt from Geeked Out Fitness. The first time I wore it for a run, I loved it! It’s so incredibly comfortable and if I start to feel tired before a workout is finished, the Make It So line inspires me to keep working to create the body I want. To quote their website, the modern fit geek’s mission is “to boldly take her fitness levels where they have never gone before.” What’s not to love about that?!

3. Orphan Black

Orphan Black

This has definitely been my TV addiction of the month. Tatiana Maslany does an excellent job playing several identical women who have completely different personalities. It’s not just the clothing and hairstyles that allow you to tell them apart but the mannerisms, accents and attitude she gives each one. I love when I find a great science fiction series like this one!

4. 2048 game

2048 Game

Okay, I’ve shared my latest TV addiction so I’ll also share that my latest game addiction is 2048. It’s a single-player game that involves sliding numbered tiles on a 4×4 grid to combine them with the goal of creating a 2048 tile. The first time I played this I was hooked. Now I only play if I know I have time to kill because it really sucks me in!

5. Country Ma’am chocolate cookies


You knew there had to be chocolate somewhere in here, right? These Fujiya Country Ma’am chocolate chip cookies are my latest go-to treat. They are small enough that I can have one or two a day to fulfill my chocolate craving without breaking the calorie bank. And each cookie is individually wrapped so they stay fresh until you’re ready to indulge in some chocolatey deliciousness. So good!

May has been another great month and I’m really just enjoying my time here in Japan. My husband and I will be moving back to the US this summer so I really want to soak up every moment I can. I have lots of plans for June so stay tuned! ^_^