I, for one, could not be more excited that it is Friday. I have a totally insane weekend planned that is going to be overwhelmingly busy, but I’m just happy to be able to get out of the office and step away from work for a little bit. The holidays always seem to bring out the crazy in people, you know?
Probably myself included sometimes!
Like when it comes to buying Christmas presents, which I still have a bunch to buy! I’M SO BEHIND!!! People are talking about having their gifts already wrapped and everything… yea, I’m not even close to that point. Can we push Christmas back another week, please?
Even though I’m a little stressed out about all of the holiday insanity that’s about to come my way, it’s still Friday and that mean it’s time for another round of Five Favorites Friday!
Favorite New Goal: Drinking More Water
So in case you haven’t figure this out about me yet, I’m a very type-A, planner, goal-oriented type of person. Which means that I LOVE setting goals for myself, and then challenging myself to meet those goals. I know it sounds super nerdy, but whatever works, right? Well this month, one of my goals was to really up my water intake, because I’m normally terrible about drinking enough water. Like I think I’ve trained my body out of giving thirst cues! I just don’t think to drink anything, ALL DAY.
But I’m trying to get better. I bought myself a few water bottles to keep at work, and I’m challenging myself to drink at least 48oz while I’m sitting at my desk during work, plus a glass with breakfast and one with dinner. Which brings me to at least 60oz a day. That is a HUGE jump for someone who was probably drinking MAYBE 16oz a day, plus 2 cups of coffee. It was bad guys.
It’s working though! And for an extra win – it makes me get up and away from my desk several times a day because I have to pee all. the. time! haha.
Favorite Themed Meal: Southern Food
This totally didn’t happen on purpose, but when I looked down at my lunch today I realized that it was totally “Southern food” themed! I had buffalo chicken mac and cheese, collard greens, and a few bites of bean stew + cornbread that a coworker brought in. So tasty, and SO filling!
Favorite New Holiday Tradition: Cookie Exchange
Despite the snow on Tuesday, my church still had it’s annual cookie exchange (even if it just got moved to Wednesday), and I managed to pick up a TON of different cookies. I actually had to leave the exchange to go to rehearsal, so I didn’t get any pictures, but a sweet friend of mine managed to gather everything for me. So thank you Molly!
And it means that I have WAYYYY too many cookies sitting in my kitchen right now. So tempting…
Favorite Current Read: In Defense of Food
Since I just finished The Book Thief (SO GOOD, you should definitely check it out!), I’ve been trying to find something different to read until my next book club selection. Thanks to the recommendation of several people, I picked up In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan and I’m loving it so far! It’s basically all about the food trends and changes in the American diet that are so focused on specific nutrients or vitamins that we’ve traded in REAL food for food with “extra fiber” or “Now with Vitamin D!” We’ve become a culture that’s forgotten what it means to eat real food.
I love books like this that really challenge you to think about everything you currently know and believe about food. Plus his philosophy on eating is so basic, it’s almost brilliant: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. Now THAT is a diet I can get behind!
If you’re in to nonfiction reads and want something that will really make you think, I highly recommend this book. I’ve also heard that his other books, especially The Omnivore’s Dilemma, are also extremely good!
Favorite (All-Time) Christmas Movie: White Christmas
For me, it’s not really Christmas until I watch this movie. We’re even going to see a live performance of it, and Chris asked me if that counted as my “White Christmas viewing” for the year. To which I told him, “of course not!” This is such a classic movie, and makes me happy every single time I watch it. I mean, what Christmas song is more recognizable than White Christmas?
If you have not seen it (shame on you!), go watch it right now. Then it’ll really feel like Christmas!
Well there you have it – 5 totally random things that I’m loving this week!
So tell me: What are you loving this week? What is your favorite Christmas movie?