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Friday Frame of Mind
Friday Frame of Mind

Can you believe we’re half-way through August? Hearing cicadas in the trees and seeing buses back on the city streets is a reminder fall’s approaching. Which means sweater season—hurray!!!!

On those exclamation points, what are your weekend plans? Nick’s fishing up in Michigan with a buddy of his while Dean and I head to my parents. I’m taking him to the splash pad Saturday with his cousins in between shooting an engagement session in the morning and laughing my booty off with my bestie at a late-night showing of Trainwreck. That’s what I’ve got to look forward to in the next 48 hours, but here are a few things that have made me happy in the past two weeks:

1) My hubby growing out his beard: This happens every fall, Nick growing out his facial hair. He’s got GREAT facial hair (and can grow it out in a hot minute). So it’s got me all wife-y excited to see THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF MY HOT BEARDED HUSBAND (every year, when it happens, it’s like the sound of trumpets accompanies the all-caps pronouncement in my head—yes, I’m a total dork).  Also, I love how Nick’s beard has started going all salt-and-pepper-y on him. It’s sexy in a George Clooney kind of way, but also in that “gosh we’re getting older but we’re doing it together and that’s such a blessing” way too. (This throwback Instagram pic of a bearded Nick pretty much sums up his personality in one post; I love it).

2) I read this excerpt from Mindy Kaling’s forthcoming book and squeed in anticipation of getting my hands on a copy: GOSH I love Mindy. From loving her first book, to getting to see her speak last year, to the fond memories of Nick and I binge watching The Mindy Project this winter (cannot WAIT for the new season on Hulu), she is the celebrity I fangirl hardest about, the one I would most love to take out to lunch.

3) Speaking of fangirling, Elizabeth Gilbert favorited one of my Tweets this week. And then I died. No, really …

4) Nick and I discovered this popcorn (from CVS of all places–we so fancy 😉 ) and promptly devoured the entire bag with a bottle of red wine while watching VEEP last night. (Then I fell asleep on the couch at 10 because, well, #imgettingold).

5) I got to Skype with TWO of my favorite long-distance friends this month, Tina, and Mary. For all the crappy pockets of the Internet (and there are plenty), it’s connected me to so many beautiful people over the past 10 years that I wouldn’t want to live in an age without it.

And because no post is complete without a picture, I came out of the bedroom the other day to see Dean sharing his fruit snacks with his favorite teddy bear. I tip-toed into my office to get my pro camera to capture the moment because seriously, this is the stuff parenting is made of.

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Friday Frame of Mind

What’s on your schedule for the weekend? For me, a trip north to hang out with my family. My little hometown has its annual festival going on, so I’ll be taking Dean to see the parade, ride rides, and hang with my best friend at her parents’ pool. Come Sunday, we’ll get our cake on at my niece’s tenth birthday, so it should be a good one. Speaking of good, here’s a few things that made this week special. 1) …

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Friday Frame of Mind

Doesn’t the week after a vacation feel like the LONGEST.WEEK.EVER? After 12 days on the road (and 4,000 miles logged on our Pruis!) we got back last Friday from a family vacation to Montana to see Nick’s sister. As I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things, here’s a peek at some of this week’s bright spots helping me nurse my vacation hangover: 1) VEEP. We started binging this show this week and in between laughs I was reminded all over again how …

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Friday Frame of Mind

The local ’80s radio station I’m obsessed with has hooked me on this concept of Friday Frame of Mind. It’s a good one, right? Going out each week thinking of the awesome stuff that’s filled us with gratitude as we look ahead to the weekend? On that note …. 1) A coworker and dear friend (whose 4-year-old daughter calls Dean her “boyfriend”) had a baby this week. If ever you want to see people in an office get really excited, alert them by group text you’re in labor. We’re SO happy for Kari …

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