Summer is on its way out and I’m looking back at it so fondly. This is the first time where I feel like every weekend was filled with our leisurely pace of happiness. Pool lounging, slurpees, late night Krispy Kreme trips, water parks, eating dinner on the patio with nothing but the sound of the woods around us, and visiting with friends. For the last three years, we’ve ended our summer with an annual family beach trip and a birthday celebration for Vee. It was just as lovely this year as it has been in the past. She’s turning four tomorrow, man. FOUR. I remember pouring out my worries to my friend while I was pregnant, eventually admitting, “I hope she’s cool.” That’s all I wanted – a cool kid that I could laugh and hang out with. So far, my hope has been realized (mainly because she isn’t a teenager, yet). She loves dance parties, sings the Game of Thrones theme song, devours sour patch kids, plays make believe with her action figures, laughs at The LEGO Batman Movie, likes to sleep and cuddle in bed, and makes up her own words to songs. This probably isn’t that different from any other soon to be 4-year-old but without having anything to compare this to except for her younger self, she’s making good on my wish for her to be cool. Continue reading
IT’S AUGUST, GUYS! August. A few weeks ago, I felt like I had all the time in the world to work on summer projects, plan weekend getaways, etc. And although a lot of that has happened, I can’t help but wish I could’ve done more! Our weekends for the month of August are pretty much booked up, making it difficult to deviate from our plans but I’m sure we’ll sneak in some pool time. Continue reading
Last week passed by like a blur. I can recap it with only these words: sleep deprivation. I had a lot of freelance deadlines I had to meet which meant a lot of late nights for me. I feel motivated in times like that and productive, too. But looking at my average sleep on my fitbit results, I can’t help but cringe. Not good. Then came the crazy rains this area had over the weekend and I was able to for real sleep in a bit. I did more than half of my sister’s Disney puzzle she was putting together, watched old episodes of Project Runway, and it was bliss. I ended the weekend with breakfast with one of my girlfriends and listened to Audy record his latest episode for Cinema Samurai’s Film Don’t Lie Podcast. Continue reading
This summer has been a particularly difficult one to get motivated. Whether it’s the 9-5, personal projects, freelance work, or keeping Vee entertained, I find myself getting caught up in the dum dum of worry. It does happen less and less and I find myself letting go more often and wondering why I can’t do this all the time. Right now, I can feel myself sort of pulling out from this cuckoo mindset and enjoying silly things like Michael Phelps racing a “shark.” LOL did any of you watch that last night? Continue reading
I’ve had a draft of Monday Inspiration since January 30 of this year. I’ve been trying to get my brain right with a ton of changes I’ve gone through along with my family in the last year. Every time I felt like I could handle shit, here comes something else. I haven’t been doing well with the constant change. I’ve prepared to write a post a ton of times but it always came in second to a Netflix binge-watch or the ultimate winner: sleep. The good thing is, I’m starting to find pockets of time that are becoming consistent with a set routine. And that is exciiiiiiting! Even though I’ve been gone for a long ass time, I have managed to do more than just sleep.
- Saw Louis C.K. live in D.C.
- Saw Tears for Fears and Hall and Oates live in concert.
- Went to Adobe MAX and got to hear Quentin Tarantino and Zac Posen speak!
- Participated in the #the100dayproject with #peetydrawson100books.
- Finally designed a website for myself.
- Applied for the Adobe Creative Residency (I didn’t get it) and fleshed out a few projects I’m going to try and push forward on my own.
- I drew this while watching Fight Club and now I want to do this for all my fave movies.
- Went to the Women’s March with Vee in D.C.
- Made this fruit bowl.
- Listened to quite a few audiobooks. Will share these in a later post.
- Listened to the S-Town podcast.
- Saw the Infinity Mirrors exhibition with Vee in D.C.
- Visited the Natural History and Air and Space museum in D.C.
- Spent the day at the National Zoo.
- Started using Headspace.
- Added a few more things to my Etsy shop.
- Did some binge-watching and also watched a few crazy things like The Keepers , The Handmaid’s Tale and Mommy Dead and Dearest.
- Balanced out the insanity with Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King and Chris D’elia: Man on Fire.
This past weekend was spent at a local waterpark with friends and a trip to IKEA yesterday. I need all kinds of organizational ideas for our home but really, I was feigning some Swedish meatballs and man, did they deliver. So, in the end, I’m ready to try and see if I can start this sharing and encapsulating my life thing again on Peety Blogs. Thanks for sticking around and for those just joining, welcome welcome.
I’m getting so obsessed with enamel pins. They remind me of the band and punk buttons I used to collect in high school. Here are a few I want to add to my collection: 1) Draw Something 2) Nah 3) Nap Queen 4) Introvert and 5) Fuzzy Legs.
This book has been out for a while but it doesn’t make me want it any less.
I love this visual essay by Debbie Millman.
People are sharing photos of real-life places that look like they belong in a Wes Anderson film.
Love the idea behind this notebook.
Currently listening to this audiobook.
I’ve bookmarked this article on change so I haven’t read it, yet, but it looks like a good one.
Pre-order Adam J. Kurtz’s book available October 2017.
Check out the new typeface on Lost Type Co-op.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)
Turn and face the strain
Don’t have to be a richer man
Ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)
Don’t want to be a better man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I feel you, Bowie. It’s been almost a month since I’ve been ’round these parts but that’s because a lot has been going on. Our family has visited the beach and consumed our weight in french fries and ice cream. Vee basically woke up one morning and started using the toilet like she’s been doing it forever. She also started pre-school and gave no f*cks about being on her own. That means we’re doing something right, right?! My husband started an amazing new job where they actually value his experience and knowledge – who would’ve thought that still existed in the workplace?! But the ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Bowie talks about are more with myself and my husband. Life turned itself upside down and inside out on us and as we tried to navigate thru the weeds, a new mindset revealed itself to us. There are more changes right around the corner and imma try this thing where I focus on myself and being positive rather than worry about the “whats ifs.” Wish me luck! Continue reading
I had a super severe case of the Mondays this morning as I was getting bloodwork drawn for my routine physical. The lady drawing my blood had the most delightful attitude for this time of day and week that I couldn’t refrain from telling her that she just gave me motivation for my day. She said to me, “Ya know, I can’t complain. I’ve got good health, a roof over my head, a job I can tolerate, and co-workers I generally like.” Totally the mindset I needed for a cuckoo bananas day like today. Thank you blood-drawer lady, for reminding me that it doesn’t take much to change your mindset. Continue reading
August freakin’ one. It’s been a long time since I’ve talked to you guys. Quite a few changes have happened for my fam in the last month which is why Monday Inspiration has been M.I.A. One thing I’ve learned to be true about myself and can finally admit – I am NOT good with sudden change. If I know a change is coming, I guess I can prepare for it but I’m still the worst worrier known to mankind. However, if a change comes outta the dark and blindsides me?! I am out of commission for at least a few weeks. My insides are churning at this concession but I can’t deny it at any longer – I HATE CHANGE. My husband always has an amazing way to give me strength and although it sounds simple everyone else, he knows what I need to hear to help me pick myself back up. So, right now, our mantra is: Ride the Wave. Simple, right? But right now, those words are giving me LIFE. Continue reading
Laundry laundry laundry all weekend looooong. But I am almost done and it’s thrilling to see the bottom of my laundry hamper. I also made a dent in Season 4 of OITNB this weekend. I thought the season started off kind of boring, same ol’ same ol’. But it’s got my full on attention now. Are any of you watching? I also went to see The Neon Demon. Holy shit, man. Visually, it’s just dropping with such luscious color and texture. I wanna sop it up with some bread and devour it. The movie itself, however… I’ll let my husband put it into words when he writes his review on it for cinemasamurai.net. I still can’t process what my eyeballs endured. Continue reading