Painting my nails.

Drinking coffee.

Planning a bachelorette party in Nashville in May, a girls' weekend in Savannah in April and a Pacific Northwest road trip in the fall.

Catching up on my overused DVR.

Looking ahead at my calendar filled with fish fries, Schlafly's Stout and Oyster Fest, birthday parties, Avenue Q, UCBC Crawfish Boil, the return of the Tower Grove Farmers' Market and free yoga outside on weekends. I love spring.

Thinking about cleaning (and decorating) for the annual Easter egg dying party at my house next weekend.

Car shopping.

Feeling like I should take Maverick for a walk. Or take a shower. Or get more coffee. (Or all of the above.)

Buying tickets to Kinky Boots at the Fox for a date night with my BFF when she comes in town later this month.

Wondering if I'm really multitasking or just task-skimming, thanks to an insightful talk on neuroscience at SXSW.

And now feeling guilty for not yet sharing any of these SXSW insights (or pictures). Sorry. It was amazing, and I'll get to it eventually.


In Over My Head

Leaving for Austin for my first SXSWi on Thursday and still need to plan out which sessions to go to, pack, buy a new phone, get tax paperwork together, pay bills, paint my nails, make arrangements for Maverick while I'm gone, finish my actual work for the week...

In over my head.


What It Is

Savannah 2015

Flight is booked.
Airbnb reservation confirmed. (Here's where we're staying.)
Pinterest board made.

It'll be a quick weeekend, but worth it to see my mom and sister and niece and sister-in-law, and explore a new, beautiful city.


Lukewarm Is No Good

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”  
 - Roald Dahl 


Travel in 2015

We're only two months into 2015 and I already have all my travel plans set for the year. (Seriously, do not even try suggesting another trip to me  – even if it's "just" a long weekend!)

I was just in DC this past weekend for my niece Willa's first birthday, but that wasn't much a trip. 

  1. The weather. It snowed 8 inches. And we got a flat tire. 
  2. The trip was just for babysitting and Willa's birthday party. We didn't get out much. 

For the others, I've already got the Pinterest boards set up, the AirBNB wishlists saved and all the city guides I can find bookmarked. I heard once that we release more endorphins planning for vacation than we do while we're actually on them, and I'm sure that's true for me. #overplanneranonymous

Austin for six days in March for SXSWi. Technology, digital trends and all the tacos I can eat.

Savannah in April for a girls' weekend with my mom, sister, sister-in-law and niece. Average temperature range in April is 56-80, which is everything to me right now. 

Finally, making the trip to Nashville for a bachelorette party in May. Now, to buy cowboy boots or to not buy cowboy boots.

Summer weekends at the Tablerock Lake with my friends and family, including a longer trip when my sister, brother-in-law and niece visit in July.

This one is still tentative – but hopefully a weekend in DC in August to (you guessed it) visit my sister, brother-in-law and niece. Most trips to DC are overwhelmed with family, and it doesn't feel like I really get to see the city (or more importantly, brunch). Plus, I have never been to DC in the summer so it'll be nice to actually go outside!

And finally – this is the big one – a 10-12 day trip to the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, B.C. Canada). I'm nicknaming this trip "wine, beer and waterfalls."

This all seems overwhelming (for my wallet and time off work), but sadly, it doesn't even cover where I wish I was going. There's no weekend in Memphis. Or a trip out to North Carolina's Outer Banks to visit my brother and sister-in-law (which I'm totally bummed about). Or a non-work summer trip to Austin. My Pacific trip doesn't extend far enough south to see the Redwoods or Napa Valley or San Francisco. And I always say that a yearly trip to Colorado is good for my soul. There's no exotic beach vacation. And there's no trip abroad.

Alas, there's always 2016.


Is It Spring Yet?

If flowers can teach themselves how to bloom after winter passes, so can you. 
— Noor Shirazie
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