Missing my Costa Rican host family already like crazy. I just got back last week from (finally) making it to Alajuela to see them again, after having spent the last 10 years apart. And my goodness, words can’t even come close to saying how much I love them. We spent an entire week together catching up — all in Spanish, of course, which was a crash course for my brain — and had the absolute best time together. Oh my goodness, the joy and kindness and love in their home is just amazing, and I came and left with so many happy tears in my eyes. Love, love, love them. And I’m so honored to call them my family. And I absolutely can’t wait to go back and see them again soon. :)
Wearing my new caramel Sseko loafers everywhere now that it’s cool out. Super cute, and super comfy.
Starting up a “scotch club” with two good friends of mine, which I’m pretty excited about. We’re all bigger and bigger fans of scotch, but geez, it’s expensive. So instead of buying our own, we’re going to invest in a single bottle each month and split the cost between the three of us, then split the actual scotch into some cute glass bottles with homemade labels that we’re making. If anyone has recommendations that we should try (I like my scotch nice and peaty), holla!!
Preparing for lots of fun travels to the East Coast this fall. I have some fun blogging trips scheduled to NYC (actually twice!) and Pittsburgh, then I also just booked tickets for some just-for-fun vacations to DC and North Carolina. After a summer mostly spent at home, I’m looking forward to some new adventures!
Counting down until the fall premieres of all of my favorite shows. Most importantly, The Good Wife returns on October 4. So curious to see what the show will be like post-Kalinda. (By the way, I still can’t believe this.)
Busting out the slow cooker for the season this week, and getting pretty excited about some new recipes that I’ll be sharing with you on the blog soon. I’m also feeling like 2015 may be the year to finally buy a pressure cooker. Any fans out there? (I still harbor very real fears that I might blow my whole loft building up if I get one…)
Reading Modern Romance, after about 2.1 million people (even my mom) recommended it to me. My verdict two chapters in? AMEN.
Awaiting the openings of — not one, but — two new ramen restaurants this fall in Kansas City!! I’m always bragging about the amazing local food in this city, but I have been mega annoyed that the ramen trend somehow skipped over us this past decade. Thankfully some good lookin’ noodle bowls are slated to arrive soon, and by the looks of the photos both restaurants are posting, life is going to get much more delicious.
Freezing soups like it’s goin’ out of style. I may not be a big fan of cold weather, but I do love me some soup. And I love having it waiting in the freezer in single-sized portions for easy lunches.
Spending about as much time as possible with this guy lately. And I’m pretty dang happy about it. :) :) :)