Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I mostly hope you weren’t in the northeast because holy begeezus those pics of your wintery weekend seem awful. While I curse it every day in the summer, I’m so thankful having to deal with snow and blistery winds aren’t much of a reality here in Texas, but I do hope any friends up north were able to stay dry and warm! Winter nightmares aside, my weekend, as usual was pretty low-key, but after going through pictures on my phone, apparently I unconsciously felt it necessary to only photograph the times I drank tea of an unusual mug. I’m not sure if this means something significant, or if I’m just that lazy when it comes to taking more creative captures of my life, but oh well!
I had been feeling under the weather the last half of the week, and Friday after work I began to feel a tad feverish and overall crummy. Jake also wasn’t feeling so well, so we decided to have a major “Treat Yo Self” evening and ordered in Pizza Hut, WITH cinna-stix! We paired our Michelin starred meal with a binge watch of Black Mirror (we are really late in the game with this one), and I ended the evening with some bedtime tea…mostly to thwart off the impending pizza heartburn.
My sore throat and low grade fever still hadn’t dissipated by the next morning, so I brewed up some tea in my favorite mug (A Halloween mug in January is perfectly acceptable in this household) and finished up Harry Potter & The Cursed Child while Brinkleigh laid next to me on the couch! Have any of you HP fans read Cursed Child? While I’m still a rookie in the Harry Potter fandom (I just finished all 7 books last week!), I really found this book to be so out of place for the series, and the storyline seemed completely pointless and void of any character development or purpose to the HP universe. I was not impressed, but I texted my friend Rachel who is a certified super fan, and she told she didn’t like it either and apparently it’s not really a favorites amongst others either, so I guess I’m not alone. I’d much rather read a spin-off involving solely Hermione, or if everyone is hell bent on learning about their kids, then at least Rose. Maybe one day (because J.K. Rowling totally reads this blog and takes my advice to heart)!
Once Jake woke up, he was kind enough to fix a breakfast of avocado toast, eggs, and turkey bacon, and we resumed our Black Mirror marathon for a little while. Around noon we figured we should probably start our day, and since he had to go to his parent’s house to throw out some old stuff, we made a mini family trip and he dropped Brinkleigh and I off at my parent’s house so I could bring by some clothes I’ve been meaning to donate, and Brink could run outside for a bit! My Dad and I picked up Eatzi’s for lunch (Salmon, broccoli, mashed potatoes for me!) and then I took it easy until Jake swung by and we made our way back home. It was still early in the afternoon, and I was feeling a lot better, so we ventured over to Half Price Books, and I was able to find The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy on paperback! One of my 2018 goals is to complete the series, so I’m glad I was able to snag them all and get started the first week of the new year! Also, I may or may not have picked up “The Problem With Forever” because the main character’s name is Mallory…okay, I definitely did. After my successful haul, we walked over to nearby Japanese store called Daiso, and I picked up some collagen sheet masks to try. I’m trying to better about incorporating collage in my skin care routine these days, so we’ll see if these make a noticeable difference!
After our shopping excursion, we got to cooking and finished up our last Hello Fresh meal for the week, pesto panko chicken with potatoes and a almond-cranberry salad! Jake and I used to use Blue Apron, but we quickly grew frustrated with their super niche recipes, and the fact that their meals often take an hour or more to complete. I’ll hopefully do a more in depth review of Hello Fresh soon, but in short, I am so far really liking it and find it to be a lot more enjoyable than Blue Apron! (P.S. You can use my discount code of “MALLAYF” for $20 off your first order!)
My alarm woke us all up at 5:30 am, and as a shared goal to have Brinkleigh be more active, Jake and the pup joined my dad and I for our weekend run club! It was relatively chilly, and there was a bit of a headwind, but given that we had near freezing temps earlier in the week, I’m glad the weekend was tolerable for a long run! My Garmin died at mile four (despite reading a fully charged before I left the house?), so I had to stop for 5-ish minutes to download the Nike Run app on my phone and get that all set up so I could finish out my run. I personally not a fan of the app interrupting my podcasts at each mile letting me know my pace and mileage, so I’m annoyed with myself for forgetting to turn that feature off, but otherwise it got the rest of the job done for me!
The rest of our mid morning and afternoon was pretty lazy. Since Jake and I arrived at my parent’s house in his car, he went out after his dog walk to hit the gym, and I stayed behind to use the fancy new bathroom/shower (they just redid the bathrooms in their house and the shower makes me feel like I’m at a luxury resort…only I have to help with the laundry while I’m there) and watched TV. We all grabbed a quick lunch, picked up groceries for the week, and then made it back home before a light chilly rain ensued setting the “I’m not leaving for rest day of the day” lazy tone of our Sunday! I took it easy with some, you guessed it, tea in a weird mug, and started The Hobbit whilst wearing one of my new sheet masks. A perfect lazy afternoon to end the weekend!
Do you have a favorite mug to drink tea/coffee out of?