Brian’s 75-gallon salt water aquarium full of corals and other sea creatures and some cute fish had an incident involving 10 gallons of water overflowing from his auto top-off thingie that I don’t totally understand. For 8 days. While we were on vacation. So now there’s a giant hole in the basement ceiling, a hole in my living room wall, and our hardwood floors have seen better days. Also everything that was in the aquarium is now dead.
Oh and today I woke up with pink eye.
Currently contemplating day drinking since I’m too contagious to go anywhere.
WELCOME TO MY GLAMOROUS SUBURBAN LIFE.
Scenes from my currently chaotic life
In chronological order…
Went back to Southwest Florida for work and spent the majority of the time exploring (save for one day of meetings). Hashtag love my job.
Tacked on one day of playtime with co-workers that consisted of a pontoon boat, crystal clear waters, and beers in koozies. It was glorious.
Took a last minute trip to California to visit my grandmother, who has been having some health problems. The visit was invaluable and, aside from quality time with Gram, one of my favorite moments involved my entire family dancing around the kitchen to seventies dance tunes as if we were some sort of TV family. Love them all so much.
When in California… (best grilled cheese ever… also animal fries)
Busted out the fall decor. Those are fake pumpkins from Target, btw. And I am totally ok with that.
First fire of the season. Huzzah.
Lola had an infection that resulted in having her eye removed. It was the most traumatic pug mom experience to date.
But she’s doing just fine and she’s still the cutest girl I know.
Celebrated jimmyjimmyjimmy's birthday with a boot full of beer because duh.
Spent two days in Charleston and didn’t have nearly enough time to explore anything other than the inside of a conference room.
But obviously made time for oysters.
Celebrated Brian’s cousin’s marriage in St. Louis during the World Series and every single smartphone had ESPN pulled up for live game updates during dinner. Lots of Cardinals love. It was fantastic.
And. Because it’s Halloween. I’m wearing a banana suit at work.
(all pics from Instagram)
Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms, Spinach & Vegan Sausage in Vodka Sauce
A quick and easy weeknight dish that included approximately 90% vegetables mixed with some fake meat and a little (or a lot) of cheese was exactly what I needed last night. Especially since my lunch consisted of a salad and french fries. So bring on the veggies.
1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
1 pint mushrooms (pre-sliced is ok if you want to save some time)
2 cups spinach
2 vegan sausages (Field Roast is my brand of choice)
1 jar vodka sauce (Trader Joe’s is our fave)
All the grated parm
(In hindsight, some freshly chopped basil would have been a pretty solid addition to the mix)
Prep your muscles and grab a sharp knife and cut your spaghetti squash in half. Remove the seeds and inner goop just like you would do with a pumpkin. Place the spaghetti squash with the cut side down in a large baking dish and fill the dish with 1/2 inch of water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and drizzle a generous amount of extra-virgin olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and sauté until they are cooked down and all of their liquid has cooked out. Add your spinach and do the same. Season with salt and pepper. Slice the vegan sausage and add it to the mix.
Once the squash has cooked (it will be soft to the touch and give when you push on it), use a fork to scrape the innards, which should come out like long strands of, well, spaghetti. Add the “spaghetti” to the skillet and toss to combine. Add the sauce. Once the sauce begins to bubble, remove from heat.
Sprinkle with your favorite grated italian cheese and serve with a generous pour of Pinot Noir. At least that’s how I do it.
I have a lot of feelings right now.
Mostly about how being a woman (an ambitious woman) who wants to start a family is the most complicated thing I’ve ever experienced. Even more complicated than the series of events when I met my husband.
(I told y’all before that I would tell you all about it over drinks someday.)
It’s just really stressful and I’m currently working on the most insane and amazing project of my career and I am so, so proud of it but I also feel like this chaotic pace of life cannot continue because it’s just not sustainable. It’s hard to travel so much and it’s hard to be away from my cute husband and my pug children and regular life.
And this has been a post.
(Related: I really miss you guys and just spending 15 minutes scrolling through my dashboard was sort of therapeutic.)
Q:Your skin looks so healthy...what foods or products bring out the best results?
This is possibly the best anonymous question that I could ever be asked. A girl at Pilates last night didn’t believe that I was 32, so my ego is swelling quite nicely right now.
First, I was lucky to get my mom’s genes in the skin department. I rarely break out and as long as I take care of myself, my skin is happy.
My top 5 tips:
- Wash your face with a good, gentle cleanser (I like everything by Burt’s Bees right now) twice a day.
- Use a good moisturizer. Good does not necessarily equal expensive. I know a lot of people who swear by Oil of Olay. My current favorite night cream is this gem from Temple Spa (supposedly Nigela Lawson uses this line and that lady looks fabulous) and it smells amazing. Weleda Rose Lotion is my current daytime moisturizer.
- Use sunblock. I don’t use it every day because I spend most of the time inside. But when I know I’m going to be outside, I use Neutrogena’s sunblock line with a hefty SPF. I still get color, but I don’t burn.
- Don’t smoke.
- Invest in a Clarisonic. It’s magical. I have the Mia 2 and I swear by it.
I would love to say that my diet factors in, (I don’t eat meat and I try to eat lots of fruits and veggies) but I’m literally about to go eat some Mexican food for lunch and that includes queso, so really, that would be a lie.
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of work and vacation and travel for work and general chaos.
You know what’s really fun? When your husband leaves for a work trip the week of your vacation and you meet him at the airport during your layover and it’s the first time you’ve seen him in four days. And then the day after you fly back from Maine, you leave for a week in Southwest Florida for work (admittedly, my gig is pretty amazing). Yep. That basically sums up our lives since we got married. It’s one giant cluster of travel and work and fun and mayhem.
We spent an extended Labor Day weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine. I immediately began formulating a plan to move there. At the very least, I will vacation there every year and retire there and eat all the lobster and wear bold-printed tunics and Topsiders and learn how to sail.
And then I spent a week in Fort Myers/Captiva/Sanibel [full disclosure: the VCB is a client]. It was intense work, but amazing. Like probably one of the most fun and rewarding projects I’ve worked on. Also hi. It’s beautiful there. And when work requires you to go to Cayo Costa to lounge about in warm turquoise water, you go. And you love it.
Lots of boats, ocean, fun, friends and work. But it’s been amazing. And one helluva way to say goodbye to summer.