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Hey y’all! This is the first installment of our weekly Wednesday chats. Gabby and I will be switching off every week, so you’ll get to see what we’ve both been up to, what we’re loving right now, and what we’re looking forward to! This week’s Brew theme: Snowmageddon.
As I write this on Sunday night, we’re in recovery day 4 from the “bomb cyclone” (who names these things??) that dumped almost a foot of snow in our little corner of Virginia. Basically, we’ve all been snowed in for four days. BUT being snowed in has afforded me plenty of time to do some reading, Netflix-ing, baking, blogging, and let’s be honest, sleeping.
What I’ve Been Up To
I love to bake when I’m home from school, so the first thing I made were some New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies, which have a like a million 5-star reviews. To be honest, they ended up being these GINORMOUS bakery-style cookies. Are they any better than the recipe on the Toll House chocolate chip bag? Honestly, no. And they require a lot more effort & waiting time, since you’re supposed to let the dough refrigerate for 2 days. LOL. just stick with Toll House.
Definitely make these brownies from Modern Honey though. They are SO FUDGY and rich and I’ve for sure been sneaking slices every time I walk by the pan. I added some homemade caramel sauce to the batter and drizzled some on top after baking they turned out WOW.
In the spirit of sugary baked goods, I’ve also been trying to train for a half-marathon! I’ve been doing a walk / run combo on the treadmill these past few weeks, but once the snow clears, I’m looking to get outside and hopefully increase my mileage and speed. If you have any half-marathon suggestions, let me know down below in the comments. The last time I ran a half-marathon, I cried at mile 9. So I’m not looking to relive that.
I’ve also been drinking a lot of mint tea AND I’ve started watching The Office. Jim & Pam?? My heart cannot handle it.
What I’ve Been Loving
This week, I’ve been reading You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero and Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown. I love love love You Are A Badass. It’s really made me stop and think about how my negative thoughts throughout the day build up over time to deteriorate my self-confidence.
One thing I’ve started doing before I go to bed is thinking of 10 things I’m grateful for. It’s super simple (sometimes I’m thankful that I’m in bed!) and really helps me to focus on what’s important in my life.
I haven’t gotten very far in the “Adulting” book (I’m on step 47/468) but I know Kelly’s advice will be so valuable once I move out on my own – she’s already gone through tips for moving into a new apartment and some basic food that you should be able to cook for yourself. Becaues I guess I can’t sustain myself on boxed mac & cheese anymore??
Every month, I create a new Spotify playlist and update it all month long. If you want to see what I’ve been listening to (I’m kind of on an alt kick right now), check it out and give it a follow! Also YES my username is superstar9278 because that was my email from 10 years ago and Spotify won’t let me change it!?!?!
Also, what do y’all think of Justin Timberlake’s new song?? It’s definitely different but the more I listen to it the more I like it! I absolutely cannot wait for his new album. Justin is #1 bae.
Okay, honestly with how cold it’s been here I’ve just been wearing thick socks and sweatshirts, BUT I did buy those Marc Fisher espadrilles that every blogger owns so I can’t wait for it to be spring! For the time being, I’ve really been loving my JCrew wool coat, which I featured on our “What We Got For Christmas” vlog.
I haven’t been doing too much photography lately since the temp has been in the teens. However, I’ve included some shots from before Christmas! If you want to see more photography, make sure to follow @_hancam_ on Instagram!
What I’m Looking Forward To
I’m excited for the snow to melt so I can do a little shopping before I head back to school next weekend. I can’t believe it’s my final semester of college! The Erin Condren planner I bought in December hasn’t arrived yet because of the snow, but hopefully I can get it this week! Anyone else feel lost without their planner?? Even though I’m on break, I still gotta know what’s going on!
Did y’all get hit with any snow? Or are you lucky to live where it’s warm / the snow is no big deal? Let me know in the comments! And what do y’all think of this style of this post: do you like the length? The content? Want me to chat about a specific topic? Chat with me in the comments! See y’all on January 24th for the next Weekly Brew!