Happy Monday! I hope you are starting off the week without too much despair. I am actually pretty excited because Nicholas moves here today! It has been a lot of anticipation in the past few months, first because we weren’t sure where he would even be placed (he could have been heading to New Hampshire right now) and then because of the wait for him to finish school and move.
Needless to say, we are both excited about being in the same place.
This weekend was more relaxed, I enjoyed some time on the beach, my friends and I hit a few bars downtown (including a sweet rooftop bar called The Watch) and we went to brunch this afternoon at a lovely restaurant called 82 Queen! Highly recommend it if you are in the area, it really is a lovely atmosphere (you feel like you’re in a secret garden in Europe), and the prices for brunch aren’t too bad. They also have a delicious pomegranate mimosa.
Here is this week’s 5, I hope it inspires you to make a list of your own excitements this week!
To welcome Nicholas in style, we’re having a medically themed housewarming party and I’m so excited! Just looking up ideas has been so fun and I can’t wait to put some of them into action. Some of them include sangria labeled as ‘blood type O negative’, medical wristbands for guests with their names on them and a ‘numbing station’ with various adult beverages. Planning is something I love to do already and the fact that we’re creating an experience for others makes it that much more fun. I will definitely post pics of the end results!!
Exercising more has been something I have been struggling with for the past few months and since it has gotten so hot, running (which is typically my go-to) has become a lot less viable. I’m a fan of incorporating exercise into activities outside the gym when possible so this weekend I went for a swim in the ocean. It was a beautiful day that I didn’t want to spend indoors and swimming is an exercise I actually enjoy. I wasn’t out there for super long but I’m hoping to make it more of a habit this summer and get more exercise that way.
Missing – William Michael Morgan
I have my sister to thank for this one. This weekend she introduced my family to this song which we all instantly loved. He talks about getting away and unplugging for a bit and we all sighed at the really lovely idea. Sometimes going on a impromptu outing and turning off our phones for a little bit can bring a lot of much needed peace and joy that just isn’t as attainable in front of a screen or in your office. I love this song and the reminder that sometimes it’s okay to take a break from the rat race.
Mount Pleasant recently got an Aldi’s and we’re thrilled! I hadn’t gone often before but had heard good things and have enjoyed checking it out. While it definitely doesn’t have everything on my grocery list, it definitely has the basics at good prices. They also have a superb rosé for $10! I was super impressed. I appreciate that Aldi is smaller than other grocery stores so it’s a little less overwhelming; plus they check you out super fast. More time to drink rosé!
I recently read an article on the importance of sleep hygiene; which sounds a little weird (is sleeping typically unhygienic?) but has actually helped me a lot. The idea is basically that there are little things you can do when it comes to your bedtime routine that help you sleep better. Things like ensuring your room is dark, making it a little cooler and using a white noise app can actually make a huge difference. Since I read the article and started making these small changes I’ve been sleeping noticeably better. The SoundSleeper app is probably my favorite. There are so many sounds to choose from and it’s free! I think silence makes me more aware of the fact that I’m not asleep, noise helps that reality not seem so oppressive. Sleep is so essential and any tip that is helpful at all is a huge win in my book!
Here’s to a lot of more exciting things coming up.