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Weekly six-pack, 2017, v24

My to-do list looks like this: 1. Get my shit together. That’s actually the only item on there. I am a mess lately and the harder I try to fix it, the worse it gets. Not sure why. I think I need a weekend to just get ahead and that’s not happening any time soon. So I’ll just settle for being a shitty, messy adult. It’s pretty much my only option. 

That being said, here’s some snippets from the past few weeks so you know what I have and haven’t been up to:

Reading. Finishing up Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions. Picked up 3 new ones from the library (The Locals, Janesville: An American Story, and Bird Box), got a couple from NetGalley that I probably won’t read until a year passed the pub date like all the other ones I have, and have a couple I need to buy. I think I need a readcation or readathon is in order. 

Watching. After bingeing the shit out of Rectify, I don’t have the emotional bandwith for another show right now but am looking forward to a few new ones, including two on Netflix, one of which stars Regina King who is one of my all-time favorites (it’s called Seven Seconds for those who are curious).

Planning. All the things I’m going to buy. Losing weight is an expensive thing. Not so much in the methods for losing it (calorie tracking and running are mostly free) but the end result means new clothes and bras and ring guards and I hate to shop because there’s a whole bunch of mental problems that going along with it. And I still have more I want to lose so everything right now is interim and I get to do this again in a few months. Awesome. I also have fun things like a Paperwhite and books and makeup I plan to buy, too. Those do not cause me stress or affect my mental health.

Needing. A change of scenery. I admit that the view from my backyard isn’t terrible and I’m not that far from the beach but I’m getting itchy feet and need to see somewhere new and different. I’ll be in Dallas in a few weeks and I hope that satisfies my need but I’m not convinced it will. When you need a change of scenery or your wanderlust kicks in and you don’t have the time or tons of funds available to actually go on a real trip or adventure, what’s your favorite way to scratch the itch?

Drinking. Obsessively consuming the maple pecan cold brew from Dunkin Donuts. You can have your PSLs. I take these any days over that shit.

Winning. Mother of the year. I told my child she is garbage chicken. 


This weekend I’ll be heading up to my parents’ house for the final visit to my childhood home. My parents are moving shortly and I need to say goodbye to the place they’ve lived for 32 years. It’s bittersweet but I know it’s necessary for them. Hope your weekend is less emotional than mine and I’ll see you guys back on Tuesday!  


  1. Lauren

    WAAA still wishing Dallas was closer to Houston.

    I started Rectify and like, I like it but don’t love it. Like I just want to yell at Daniel all the time and I can’t get over the fact that her name is Amantha. I just wish that family could communicate better. I’m eight episodes into The Handmaid’s Tale and watching Switched at Birth on my own time since it’s mindless and easy.

    I hope you post some thoughts on losing weight and how you started and what worked and how you made yourself stick with it. I keep hoping that someone else’s success story will push me on… naive but it can’t hurt to hear what worked for you!

  2. Kay

    Im definitely a garbage chicken hahaha. Night owl over here.

  3. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    but it’s such a great NSV isn’t it? to know that your clothes are loose and you have to buy new ones! congrats on the amazing progress 🙂
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  4. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

    I’ve never heard of garbage chicken before! For scenery I try to go on a hike in a different type of setting if possible (i.e., not views of the ocean since I see that a lot…I know, privilege). Or I’ll even try a unique class of some kind, like dance. Congrats on the weight loss! I’m trying my best too but it’s sloooooow. I didn’t want to buy the the next step up clothes and everything I had was getting a bit too snug. Hope you have fun in Dallas!

  5. Confuzzled Bev

    We have the same to-do list. I definitely need to get my shit together! But I’m just so tiiired.

    Maple pecan sounds amazing, although I can’t stand cold coffee.
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  6. Rebecca Jo

    My parents moved about 5 years ago & I had to say goodbye to my childhood home – the only one I ever lived in. I was way more emotional than I thought I was going to be. I am someone who connects to objects anyways – where my brother was like BYE – SEE YA … &I was like, I cant pull out of the driveway … doing so sobbing. Hope you have a good farewell.

  7. Nadine

    Some people are garbage chicken, it’s what it is lol. Fantasy me thinks how happy and exciting it would be to lose weight and shop for a smaller size with a better looking body than mine. Reality me knows that is not the case and it would be stressful and emotionally draining. Why cant I live in my fantasy self life more often, you know? I haven’t tried maple pecan at DD, usually I just get a caramel iced coffee. I think maybe I need to change that. Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Tanya @ A Mindful Migration

    My apartment is a pig sty. A literal pig sty. And I have very firmly told myself that I will clean it up this weekend because I am not a pig. And I have noticed, somewhat begrudgingly, that a more orderly apartment does actually make me feel better. I’m not necessarily more productive, because I am the type that works fine in clutter, but I feel more peaceful.

    I’m slowly started to see results from exercising. I’m not yet at the point where I need new clothes, but it’s coming. And like you, it’s awesome on one hand because YAY, I’m losing weight! But it is a strain on the pocketbook, especially when you still have more weight to lose. And yes, it can be really hard trying on a new clothes too, but I’m just so happy to see smaller sizes that I’m okay with it. Later, is when I start fussing with myself. Why haven’t you lost more, etc, etc.

    I can’t imagine how I will feel when my parents sell my childhood home some day. It will certainly be emotional. So go cry your eyes it. A good cry may be just want you need.

  9. SMD

    When I have wanderlust with nothing planned I will actually walk through a park I am not super familiar with, or pick a town with a little main street I’ve yet to explore.

    Farewell to your childhood home. I hope it’s a good one.

    Also, I am a mess lately too.

  10. Brittany Pines

    That first paragraph is basically my life right now. My house is a mess, but I have my first test since going back to school this semester on Tuesday. And I have a yard sale set up on Saturday and I NEED to purge/make some extra $ soooo…yeah. Shitty, messy adults unite.

  11. Heather

    Hope you have a great weekend at your parents’ house! I can only imagine the emotions that come with that. Way to go with the weight loss! Maybe some good transitional pieces like leggings & sweaters for fall might get you through more than a few months? Tough to make those kinds of decisions, but it’s a good problem to have! 🙂

  12. Rachel @ Never Enough Novels

    I get seriously antsy if I don’t have at least a mini vacation planned every other month. So to scratch that itch I like to go hiking somewhere nearby. It FEELS like a break, but doesn’t cost any money. I also second the idea about finding a cute nearby town to window shop / get drinks.

  13. Christina

    I am majorly slacking in life and thought it would get better now that the kids are in school, but I somehow managed to fill my calendar. Ugh. Jacob is taking the kids camping on Sat night so I’m like, “I can get so much done, uninterrupted!” But I’ll probably end up watching three movies. Whenever i get the travel itch, I try to plan a night away in Portland or Vancouver, BC. Each one is a three hour drive, but new restaurants, parks, and museums make me feel like I’m on vacation.

  14. jenn

    i’m just saying… clayne crawford is on lethal weapon, and he makes a damned fine martin riggs. i almost like his take better than mel gibson’s. i typed that, and there was this balking, rebellious sensation in me because gibson’s riggs is kind of iconic, but so be it. i typed it anyway. because i can. :] i’m not crazy about damon wayans’ verson of roger murtaugh; crawford definitely carries him. anyway. if you’ve not watched that show yet, you should. it’s pretty good.

  15. Audrey

    “Garbage chicken” is wonderful. I’m going to use that on the husband when he’s in one of his moods… lol.
    I tried the maple pecan last weekend and HATED it… but it might now have been mixed/brewed/etc. correctly. I dunno…
    When I need a change of pace/scenery and I don’t have the money or means to go away for a week, I try to find a new-to-me place within 100 miles and spend a day or night there. Just somewhere that looks totally different than my normal surroundings.
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