How are you doin’ over there? Still with me this morning?
My Friday has not quite started off on the right foot, so I’m resetting and attempting a do-over. To make a long story short, I was trying to help the kids get ready for school and absolutely no one was listening to me. Pretty infuriating, I know. I was “this close” to throwing out the classic parenting line — “Do you know how much I do for you!?” and instead decided to walk away from the situation.
Eventually, everyone got their sh*t together, but it left me with a bad taste — if you know what I mean. Rather than stew in my frustration, I am making the decision to stop overanalyzing (What could I have done differently? Am I a bad parent? Why don’t my kids respect me?!) and let it go. In the grand scheme of parenting, I’m usually a moderately decent parent (like, 80% of the time) and they’re usually really good kids… and in this case, it’s OK to be good enough.
Good thing I have a 3-day weekend and this week’s Friday Link Love to quickly distract me from all of this mayhem!
I’m heading sprinting into this Friday, Usain Bolt style. Hooray for the weekend!
I keep reminding myself that I have 2 more weeks. Only 2 more weeks to plow through until my kids wrap up the school year, my client appointments start to ease up and the last of my event styling wraps up for the season. Usually, when I have this much going on I toss and turn at night and can’t seem to settle my mind enough to get any sleep. This time, my body and brain are so physically exhausted I literally collapse into bed at the end of the day and don’t wake up (or even roll over!) until my alarm goes off in the morning.
By the way, you need to set all of your alarms to the iPhone “chimes” setting. It’s the softest, most non-jarring alarm sound that I’ve found. I consider this a small life victory.
Now that we got that all out of the way, let’s get down to important business — Friday Link Love!
Is it just me or did this week zoom by at hyper-speed?!
I blinked and here we are at Friday. Don’cha just love when that happens?
Now, hopefully time will come to a screeching halt so I can actually relax and enjoy the weekend. If things go according to plan we may just be able to set up our patio and perhaps finally get our little vegetable garden underway. For the past 4 years, we’ve grown assorted fruits, vegetables and herbs in a tiny corner of our backyard. We’ve battled late-May frost, hungry deer, rabbits and even a hedgehog — at least I think that’s what it was!? At this point, we’re hardened gardeners — ain’t nobody fcking with my snap peas, btch! All of the effort is definitely worth it when the “harvest” finally comes in. Really, is there anything better than a homegrown, heirloom tomato?! Yum.
Well, now that I’m totally hungry and craving a tomato caprese salad, let’s get to this week’s Friday Link Love picks!
The first few days back after an extended vacation are always the hardest. It feels like you’re doing things for the first time and that routine you had in place for MONTHS?!?! Yeah, forget about that. You’re starting from scratch, babe. At least I did. That 5:30 am alarm has been painful!
While all of this clearly sucks (to be blunt), the good news is that it’s Friday and we have an entire weekend ahead of us. I’ve got a few outfit shoots, some soccer games and a few family birthday celebrations to attend to. Maybe, just maybe I’ll finally get around to putting away those clean and folded vacation clothes. I know, my life is just full of crazy and spontaneous fun.
To help get the fun juices flowing why wait until Happy Hour?! Start with these Friday Link Love reads, instead.
I might be as excited as my kids at this point. Mama needs a vacation. I also need a tan. Both situations will be resolved in a matter of hours. The last few weeks have been a mad dash towards the vacation finish line and I couldn’t be more relieved that it’s finally here. Sunshine and sand, here I come.
If you’re anywhere near Lake Erie right now — WTF!?
Is this lake-effect weather situation some sort of cruel and unusual punishment? I woke up to gusty (gale-force) winds, freezing temperatures and snow, people. YES, SNOW. On April 7th. Coincidentally, the forecast calls for sunshine and 70 degree weather in less than 48 hours. Um, ok… that’s 100% weird but I’ll go with it.
Spring Break cannot come fast enough.
Nothing better than a good Friday Link Love distraction to keep yourself in a happy place! Just read on for all of my favorite reads of the week and some good shopping finds, too.
My motto for the past week is, “better late than never.”
All week, I seemed to be struggling with squeezing in all of my responsibilities and tasks into what seemed like a shorter day. I can’t decide if I’m excited it’s Friday, or if I’m more anxious that it’s Friday and I still have so much left to get done before my weekend can begin.
Ha, the struggle!
Nothing a cocktail (I’ve been craving tequila all week!) and a bit of fun internet browsing won’t cure. In that vain, here are this week’s (slightly late) Friday Link Love reads for your enjoyment — whether you’re still at work, or if your weekend has already officially begun!
And just like that, we’ve made it to the end of the week!
While yesterday, I woke up to a brisk 19º F, today it’s supposed to hit 70° F. Nothing like Spring in Cleveland! I say that with sarcasm and an eye roll. Speaking of eye rolls — that pretty much the only part of my upper body I can move without pain this morning. I woke up to a muscle strain/spasm in my upper back/right shoulder and I literally can’t move. Getting dressed and trying to tame my hair was an epic fail. I’ve already popped some Aleve and I’m hoping the muscles relax enough for me to get through my day, crazy hair and all.
Getting old stinks.
To take my mind off the searing pain and discomfort, I’ve put together a great roundup of internet reads to share with you. So let’s get to it! This week’s edition of Friday Link Love is right this way…
I have kids home from school today, so my wild and crazy St. Patty’s day debauchery will be at a minimum. We’re starting off the day at a fun, kid friendly brunch at a friend’s home. I currently have thisOVERNIGHT FRENCH TOASTbaking away in my oven. It’s beyond delicious and pretty much a dessert that’s masquerading as a breakfast/brunch dish. Sneaky, sneaky. Whether you’re Irish or not (I’m 100% not, but my kids have an 1/8 of the Irish green in them), I love holidays that are just plain fun. So go grab a green beer — no one will judge if it’s before 5pm, and sláinte!
Oh, but first make sure you catch up on this week’s edition of Friday Link Love!