Home Again

However one manages to catch a cold during the summer, I did it. Your girl is always out here achieving things she never dreamed possible.

Aside from the leaky nose, I enjoyed my time in Elba. We went with six of our friends and it was really nice to hang out and catch up and partake in some well-deserved foolishness. That just means staying up ’til four in the morning laughing at each other’s dumb jokes. But I’m weirdly into my friends’ dumb jokes. We don’t get to hang out as a group as often as we’d like, so I really appreciate it when it happens!

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My infatuation with cooking has been renewed because of some mind-blowing meals I had. I bought a cookbook in Elba with Mediterranean recipes and it’s my mission to become really good at a couple of them.

I came home to Belvedere (that’s what I named my Roomba) getting the floors all nice and clean for me. He works so hard. Same with his coworker, the robot mop who(m?) I have yet to name. She takes a long time to mop the floors, but she does a good job! Makes my weekly clean much easier and quicker!

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The robot mop turned out to be just as easy to set up as the Roomba, so if you’re in the market for one, I say do it!

My dad is back home and doing much better and agreeing to take his blood pressure medication. Don’t even get me started on why he wasn’t in the first place. I don’t know why, and I didn’t even hound him about it. Having a stroke kinda makes the point on its own, no? But he’d better take them now, for heaven’s sake!

Guys, I’ve gotta go now. I have a week’s worth of laundry to do and right now it’s all stuffed in suitcases. You wouldn’t happen to know of a laundry robot I could buy, would you? Let your girl know!

Bisous!

Good News & Vacation

My dad is going to be okay. I’ve known for a couple of days, but writing that out felt like jinxing him. What can I say–I’m freaking traumatized and irrational. But also relieved.

But… Also traumatized.

He will need some speech and physical therapy, but there was no permanent damage. He’s pretty lucky.

My (adult) sister does this thing where she screams and hollers and huffs and puffs when something is upsetting her and when you ask her what’s wrong, she dramatically gasps, “I just can’t even talk about it right now!” And nothing makes me roll my eyes harder than when she does that. So I’m not going to do that, but I am going to move on to a lighter/happier topic!

Tracee Ellis Ross is launching a hair care line! I woke up early this morning, scrolled through Instagram in a semi-conscious state, saw the news and–I swear this is true–started reaching around in the dark (on my nightstands) saying, “Where’s my wallet?” The Bae shook his head in wonderment and told me to get a grip. But see, I don’t tell him to get a grip when he’s trying to get basketball season tickets, do I? Nope, because I know it’s pointless. Just like it’s pointless to try to stop me from buying every product in this new launch. I couldn’t this morning, though, because it doesn’t launch until the 9th. But I’ll be ready!

Tomorrow we’re leaving for our first and last summer vacation of the year. It’s been ninety days at my new job and I’m officially able to take advantage of my vacation time! Oh yeah, and benefits too, of course. Don’t want to forget about those!

I also don’t want to forget to pack alllll of my straw hats, so I’ve gotta go. Have a great week!

Bisous!

Gone Fishing

I’ve been listening to the Beyonce songs on the Lion King soundtrack on repeat for the last few days. My favorites are Mood 4 Eva and Brown Skin Girl. Just a constant, unyielding repeat of those two songs. It may or may not be incredibly annoying to those around me.

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This whole week at work was crazy. And since I can’t take vacation time right now, I went for the next best thing–a weekend vacation. To the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee at Blackberry Farm.

I came here a few months ago and L-O-V-E-D it. Then, ONE WEEK after I left I saw on Emmy Rossum’s Insta Stories that she was there. I missed her by ONE WEEK! Gah. I don’t know if you watch Shameless, but I love Fiona (the character she played)! Also, if you don’t watch Shameless, WHY NOT?! It’s so good! And absolutely bananas. But that’s why it’s good!

Anyway, I missed my chance to meet Emmy Rossum, but I thoroughly enjoyed the hotel, and so here we are again. Doing absolutely nothing. Which is exactly what I wanted/needed to do.

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I know I could have just stayed at home at did nothing, but could I get this kind of scenery at home?! No. Could I get a heavenly massage, amazing food, and no distractions at home? Nope.

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Okay, I’m supposed to be unplugged this weekend so I gotta go. But I will sneak back and post some pictures of the food, which is so beautifully presented that I will absolutely try and fail to copy it at home.

Bon week-end !

Work

The second day of my new job I had to lead a meeting with my team. Let’s slow down.

Lead. A. Meeting.

With. My. Team.

Still recovering.

Let’s start with having to say the words “my team” without sounding and feeling like a giant douche. I know it just means that I’m responsible for a group of people, but my god! Those words make me cringe. It’s silly and I’ll get over it. It’s just gonna take some time.

Now let’s talk about something I’ll probably never get used to and that’s talking in front of a bunch of people (my team!) and giving them assignments and deadlines and communicating expectations and

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Help.

Guys, I’m soooo far out of my comfort zone that it’ll cause me to grow and get better, but man…the journey is going to kick my ass.

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Also, I just wrote “journey” and now I’m feeling like a pretentious douche again.

Ok, now let’s talk about an aspect of my job that doesn‘t require steeling myself in the mornings with Jay-Z and Drake to get through.

Next month I’m going to Berlin and France on a work trip! France, kids! FRANCE. Also…Berlin. Let’s set aside the fact that I might have overstated my level of French on my resume. You see–that’s a drama of my own making and I won’t complain to you about that. I will tell you, though, that I’ve been listening and studying my ass off to get ready! French YouTubers, French music, French movies, french fries. You name it!

Ok, I’ve gotta get back to work!

Bisous !