Week in My Life No. 5

I have a grant proposal due tomorrow so I have been pretty focus on prepping my application this week. As usual Monday and Tuesday were spent mostly prepping for the class I teach. This week was not too hard since the students were just interpreting their data and prepping lab reports. Wednesday morning I had a great yoga class. The instructor was subbing and she was amazing, really worked me! I did have a lunch meeting on Wednesday and we decided to go to this ceramic bowl sale. The bowls were so pretty and they were serving the most delicious vegetarian chili. It has squash which was unexpected!

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The weather was beautiful for most of the week so we did lots of walking. I love looking at all the Halloween decorations at this time of year.
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The leaves in our neighborhood are so beautiful right now. Peak season for sure!

We went out for drinks and trivia on Wednesday night after work with a bunch of friends. Our team did not do all that well but we had a really fun time (that night’s categories were tough). Several of my friends have been away or sick and we are finally all back so it was great to catch up with people. I unexpectedly ended up working from home on Thursday. My one meeting for the day was canceled so I decided to stay home and focus on this proposal.

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I found another free little library on one of our walks! They just make me so happy.

Friday night we went to our friends house for sweets, Kentucky mules, Baileys and Over the Garden Wall. I have never seen it before and really loved it. It is a Halloween-themed animated show. I am sure it is not for everyone but I found it to be really fun! Saturday was a relatively lazy day. I made a orange spiced coffee cake for breakfast. Aiden had been wanting coffee cake for a while so I decided to try a new recipe. It was yummy but way more orange tasting than I was expecting. We watching Halloweentown which is a must for me in October. It is just so nostalgic and perfect for the holiday. I finally made butternut squash soup for dinner (my favorite)!

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The delicious vegan butternut squash soup. I made it with friends last year and absolutely loved it so had to make it again. It is a Minimalist Baker recipe.

Interesting articles:

Jess Keys on the environment. These are by no means new things but this is a great list of ways we can be better about our impact on the environment.

Fun date night outfits. I am so into these outfits that Grace came up with. They are such unique and fun ideas!

Some amazing wildlife photography. Just wow! Such incredible photos.

Big name career changes. These are definitely interesting career change stories however I will say that I feel like a lot of them had enough influence and privilege to easily change careers (that is definitely making an assumption because I am sure everyone has their own struggles with it).

Podcasts for Halloween. I will definitely be trying some of these out in the next few weeks.

Another viewpoint on Paris Fashion Week. The Chanel show was amazing!

Everygirl fall wardrobe items. I though this was a great list of things to up your fall wardrobe.

On curiosity and why we are intrigue by certain things. This was a really eye-opening article for my on why we are curious but often don’t learn about what we really want to learn.

A collection of Halloween stories. Yep anything Halloween definitely gets me excited!

Rachel Lindsey interview. Yep I am a fan of the Bachelorette and I really love everything Rachel has to say.

Watching: I am in a Downton Abbey rabbit hole right now. For some reason I was never very interested before but my good friend recommended it so I had to try to get through at least the first season. Now I am entirely sucked in. We are already in the middle of season three.

Reading: I will admit that I am still working on last week’s books (The Seven and a Half Death’s of Evelyn Hardcastle and Upstairs at the White House). Of course I have a long to-read list but it has been a really busy month on the work side of things.

Clothing Obsession: I think my clothing obsession is definitely black and orange right now. I love embracing the Halloween spirit and a great way to do that is by embracing some Halloween-inspired outfits. I did a post on this yesterday.

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Friday work outfit, had to rock the black and orange.

Have a great Sunday!

Erin

Fall Movies

Last year I did a post on my favorite Halloween movies to watch and this year I decided to share my favorite movies to watch during fall (in general). Cozying up with a cup of tea and a blanket on a chilly fall evening and watching the perfect fall movie is a great way to end a day.

fallmoviesYou’ve Got Mail: An absolute classic New York City fall movie. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend giving it a watch this fall. It is such a sweet romance about two bookshop owners and their love story. Books, romance, fall… what more could you want?

Stepmom: I have not seen this one in quite a while but for some reason I always think fall when I think about this movie. It also has Julia Roberts which always makes things worth watching.

Election: A classic Reese Witherspoon movie. There has to be a back to school flick on this list considering fall and ‘back to school’ typically go together!

Charade: This one is not necessarily a fall movie but it is a classic Audrey Hepburn. We watched it the other night and absolutely loved it. It is highly entertaining and takes place in Paris.

October Sky: Another very classically fall movie. I also haven’t seen this one in a while but it is a classic true story and beautifully made movie. It is so inspiring especially as a scientist!

Others that I am looking forward to watching: Sleepless in Seattle (yep another Nora Ephron with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and I really haven’t seen it yet), Autumn in New York.

Town and Country did a longer post on recommendations for this time of year! I found it just as I was finishing up this post and many of these are on my list so they definitely nailed it!

Erin

 

Week in My Life No. 4

Wow I can’t believe it is already almost mid October. The leaves are beautiful here in Logan right now and the temperature has really dropped. I actually started off the week in Vermont. I fly back to Utah on Monday afternoon and was pretty sick. I was kind of dreading Tuesday since I had two labs to teach and lots of prep work to do on top of feeling bad. I honestly have not been sick in a while and had just been thinking about that when I got some sort of cold just before going to Vermont. I got to school at 7:30am Tuesday morning and did not leave until nearly 7:30pm. There was so much to do to prep the labs and get myself ready to teach. My voice improved just enough to talk to the students which was a relief. I worked on some blog stuff and went to bed to try to rest up a bit.

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Emails and tomato bisque at the Denver airport. I had a long layover so I tried to catch up on some work things.

Wednesday and Thursday were just filled with work and trying to recover from my cold. We did have some friends over for pizza one night which was fun! Friday I went into work to do a few things and then Aiden and I went to Crumb Brothers to work for a few hours. I had a couple of Skype meetings so I was able to work out of the lab. We had a chill evening, just made dinner and watched You’ve Got Mail.

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Tea to sooth my throat while watching the movie.

Saturday was so fun and relaxing! We went to the farmer’s market for a butternut squash, peaches and olive bread. It is on of the last markets so we had to stop by. We went to Great Harvest for bread and a cinnamon roll on the way home. The leaves are so pretty right now. We took care of things at home and watched some Downton Abbey in the afternoon. Eventually we went for a long walk up around the neighborhood and then made some Trader Joe’s food for dinner. To end they day we watched Charade.

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Farmer’s market finds. So many pumpkins right now.
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Gorgeous views of the sunset on our evening walk!

Interesting articles:

Professor McGonagalls Letter for Tenure. This letter is hilarious and just brilliant. It is probably the best thing I have read all week.

More outfit inspiration. Love this round up of fall outfits!

Relationship “hacks”. I think these are all great ideas to keep up a good relationship.

Modern Love TV Series: This is a fantastic column and I know the TV series is going to be amazing.

Eileen Fisher on Sustainability. I am so excited about this company and their mission!

Watching: We watched Cold Case files on Netflix over the past week and I actually really liked it. I am not usually big into true crime but I found these stories to be really interesting. They are all cases that went cold and then were solved around 30 years later. It is just crazy and amazing!

Reading: While I am still in the middle of The Seven and a Half Death’s of Evelyn Hardcastle I also started reading Upstairs at the White House while on the plane and I have been learning a ton. I will give a better update when I finish!

Clothing obsession: I have been wearing my adidas stan smith’s almost everyday. They are so comfortable and since they are white they go with just about anything.

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A day at the office outfit. Those stan smith’s are life.

Have a great Sunday!

Erin

5 Things I Learned from My First Year of Grad School

It is Sunday night and I am at my friends house in Vermont. I have been trying for days to brainstorm ideas for today’s post and I have not had any that I felt passionate about. What I realized is that I spend so much time thinking about grad school and stressing about work. I have been actively avoiding the subject since it has been hard for me lately but sometime the most important thing to do when something is hard is face it and talk about it. Instead of updating you on where I am right now with everything I though I would list the five most important things I have learned from my first year (and a few months) of grad school.

  1. Stuff happens. The unexpected happens a lot and the worst case scenario happens way more then I thought it would. The thing I have learned from this is that the best way to handle it is to recognize it, deal with it and move on. Rolling with the punches is a must and finding a solution to an unexpected problem has been a part of my job. It does not help at all to stress about it and overthink it a ton (which I have spent lots of time doing).
  2. Don’t say yes to everything. This is by far the most surprising point for me on this list. I was the ‘say yes to everything’ person in college and that was a great strategy for me since I was able to do so many amazing things. Now if I said yes to everything I would really be struggling. In fact, right now, I am limiting what I say yes to and still feel completely overwhelmed. A few weeks ago I had to drop something since I realized that I was way over my head and I did not feel like I was doing anything well since I had too much to do.
  3. Have a life outside of school. Having both a family and a hobby are so important for staying balanced and sane. I am so used to being around people whose jobs are their hobbies and vice versa (that seems odd but I had quite a few professors in undergrad who truly loved their jobs and spent a ton of time going above and beyond a day job). While I am happy for those people and look up to them, I am the kind of person who needs other things in my life. I want to do other things. I also think that regardless of whether or not you need a hobby you should have a work life balance that consists of people you care about. Ever since Aiden came out to Utah I have been way better at this but am by no means an expert. I am still struggling a ton with this one.
  4. Make friends outside of work. While I love my lab and everyone in it I have been learning how important it is to have other people in my life. I do want to talk to my co-workers and hang out outside of work but it can be so easy to slip into talking about work. For me the lines definitely blurred and I am feeling the need to at least reach out some more to other friends.
  5. Try to focus on what you want to get out of it. In other words, what do you care about in regard to this job? This is definitely not always possible since there are many things you need to do for others in order to get where you want to be. I included this one though because I feel like I struggle with it the most. I always think about the expectations others have of me and what they want me to do versus what I want to be doing. I care so much about people and want to please them and for them to be proud of me. I still think it is important to care about others but in grad school I am learning that the biggest motivator is your own desire to do certain things (i.e. care about your research). Not only that but it is about creating your own research. So build off of other people but the most important thing is do what you want to be doing.

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Thanks for reading! If you are in grad school or have had similar experiences with work I would love to hear about it.

Erin

Week in My Life No. 3

This is going to be a short post since I don’t have a ton of time. We are in Burlington and just got back from a night of drinks and food. I have had such a blast with my family!

My friend defended her dissertation on Monday which was so fun to watch (so proud of her!). We also drove up the canyon to see the leaves and show my friend Bear Lake. We had a party for the friend who defended which was so fun but I am going to miss her a ton.

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My friend from Austin and I getting coffee at Cafe Ibis.

Tuesday was absolutely crazy with work. Although I did a bunch over the weekend and on Monday, I had so much to get in order before leaving on Wednesday morning. I don’t really even remember doing anything else! We left early for the airport on Wednesday in order to account for traffic. It ended up being a crazy travel day. Both of my flights were delayed a ton due to weather in Newark. I ended up working in the airport for a while and not getting into Burlington until midnight.

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Last day with the adorable kitties!

I am not going to talk too much about Vermont since I have a whole post on it planned for later this week. In general it has been so amazing with lots of foliage, visits to orchards and family. The big bummer has been that I have been sick the whole time and am just doing my best to rally every day.

Some interesting articles:

Best Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s. Somehow I missed all the best ones.

Greta Thunberg’s Low-Carbon Journey. This 16 year old climate activist is such an inspiration.

Paris fashion week street style. It is all across the board. I am not sure how to even summarize.

Everlane is at Nordstrom right now and it is amazing. They are such a great brand so I am proud of Nordstrom for bringing them on board.

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My absolute go to fall outfit. I took this while in the Dakin Farm shop just before tasting lots of maple syrup.

Watching: We watched Unbelievable last weekend with my friend who was visiting. It is a short series that is just so intriguing. The content is definitely heavy and it can be hard to watch (it is about two female detectives trying to catch a serial rapist). I am really glad we stuck with it because I enjoyed the detectives and thought the whole show was very well done.

Skin care: Tula eye stick. This is kind of all the rare right now but I have had it for close to a month and have loved it. I am especially loving it this week since I have been sick, it is such an easy way to brighten my eyes.

Reading: I am reading The Seven and a Half Death’s of Evelyn Hardcastle. I am only a few chapters in but it is getting me in the mood for Halloween.

Clothing obsession: I have been wearing me Dudley Stephens fleece non stop.

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Pumpkins at Shelburne Orchards. I highly recommend this area!

Things I am looking forward to:

I am really needing to get some rest and recover so I am looking forward to a weekend at home with just us (we have had guests or been away for about a month now).

More October fun! Although I will definitely take some time for myself I still want all the apples and pumpkins. I want to do something in Logan that is very fall.

Blair’s new collection is coming out on October 10th and I could not be more excited. Check out her blog for all her sneak peaks of the collection.

Have a great Sunday!

Erin

101 in 1001

I am finally posting my 101 in 1001 goals post. When I first found Mackenzie Horan’s blog I discovered the whole 101 in 1001 goal challenge. She started this great movement to complete 101 goals in 1001 days. I am a big planner and love setting goals. The hard thing about goals is that they are often either very short term (like a to-do list) or very long time (like to go to grad school, write a book etc.). It can be tough to keep organize and stick those goals that are in between without a solid timeline. The 1001 days gives a very clear timeline to shoot for.

Keeping my goals organized is important in making them achievable. In order to do this I created seven categories and all of my 101 goals fall into one of those categories. My categories ended up being travel, reading, personal, career, blog, fitness/health and other. I do want a disclaimer that I am not expecting to achieve all of these goals but these are the things that I would ideally like to get done in the next 1001 days.

Start date: October 1st, 2019

End date: July 1st, 2022

Travel

1. Visit Washington

2. Go to Glacier National Park

3. Visit a friend in PEI

4. Go to Bryce and Zion National Parks

5. Visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park

6. Visit my friend in Austin

7. Travel to 3 countries I have never been to before

8. Go on 3 road trips

9. Go to Captiva again

10. Do 30 hikes in Utah

11. Visit friends in Chicago

12. See the Washington D.C.

13. Hike in Banff

14. Do a trip with a friend

15. Hike a section of the AT

16. Take a trip to New England

17. Visit Vermont in the fall

18. Learn to scuba dive

19. Go rafting

20. Attend the Four Corners Folk Festival

21. Explore 10 state parks

22. Visit 3 new states

23. Go into NYC

Career:

25.Take comprehensive exams

26. Have a solid draft of my dissertation

27. Be mostly finished taking classes

28. Be done with data collection

29. Attend and present at 4 conferences

30. Make 4 new professional connections

31. Go to SICB (a specific conference)

32. Completely reorganize my computer

33. Publish two of my own papers

34. Collaborate on two other projects

35. Submit a grant proposal

36. Be proficient at basics in R

37. Have a good understanding of microbial data

Personal:

38. Organize house

39. Decorate house

40. Paint the house

41. Get a dog

42. Find a pair of jeans that fit well and that I feel good in

43. Find bag that works well for me (everyday use)

44. Write at least one letter and one postcard to the important people in my life

45. Develop a good skin care routine that is sustainable and that I am happy about

46. Make 5 new friends (good friends)

47. Organize photographs

48. Figure out a savings plan

49. Sell ten items on Postmark

50. Create a conscious, environmentally sustainable closet

51. Send both of my siblings a care package

52. Send my parents 5 random letters in the mail

53. Figure out a good hair care routine

54. Find some artwork for the house

Fitness and health:

55. Go to 100 yoga classes

56. Attend a yoga retreat

57. Go to 30 barre classes

58. Be able to do a headstand the right way

59. Learn to make a ‘signature’ healthy dish

60. Eliminate dairy for a month

61. Figure out 10 go to smoothie recipes

62. Drink lemon water every day for a month

63. Run two 5k races

64. Attend two fitness classes a week for two months

65. Eliminate coffee for a month

Reading:

66. Read 100 books

67. Read 5 ‘classics’

68. Read 5 self-help/discovery books

69. Read 4 books per year that come out that same year

70. Read 5 books that are related to my field of study

71. Reread Harry Potter

72. Reread Pride and Prejudice

73. Read 10 non-fiction books

74. Read a book of short stories

75. Read (at least) 10 books by authors of a different race

76. Read 10 book club picks

77. Complete two Goodreads challenges

78. Support/visit 10 independent bookstores

79. Read a book that I have been putting off

Blog:

80. Figure out what I really want to be writing about

81. Post every day for a month

82. Relaunch my blog

83. Have an Instagram that I am proud of and that I enjoy doing

84. Take 15 photographs that I am really proud of

85. Create business cards

86. Stick to a posting schedule for a year

87. Prepare enough ahead to have scheduled posts for two longer vacations

88. Publish 10 Sustainable Style posts

89. Post a Week in My Life post every week for a year

90. Write three personal posts

 

Other:

91. Write an article for another publication

92. Watch every Audrey Hepburn movie

93. Learn to can (jams)

94. Paint one picture that I am proud of

95. Complete 20 sketches

96. Write a story

97. Go to three musicals

98. See a play that I have never heard of before

99. Watch all of Downton Abbey

100. Find an organization to volunteer with

101. Learn to drive stick shift

I am going to do my best to add to this post as I continue to complete goals. It will be a great way to keep myself on top of it! Thanks for reading.

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Erin

 

Week in My Life: No. 2

Sunday and Monday were work at home days. I am in the middle of some big projects so I really needed some time to focus and get some things finished. I love being in the lab but it can be very distracting and I always end up doing a bunch of other things. I was also able to spend time planning out blog posts and brainstorming for the holiday months.

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Taking a break from work to watch some Friends.

Tuesday’s are always busy with teaching and this one was no different. I will say despite arriving at 8:00am and not leaving until almost 6:00pm I did enjoy talking with all of my students. Aiden and I also went to Morty’s for lunch which was a great break in a busy day and they have some gorgeous views. They also have one of the most delicious veggie breakfast burritos! We also picked a ton of apples since our trees are loaded right now and the apples taste delicious.

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We have two apple trees in our backyard and they are so full of apples right now. I have been make lots of crips/crumbles and eating lots of apples. They are at their prime right now!

Wednesday and Thursday were just busy work days. Since I am leaving for Vermont next week I am trying to get a lot done before I go. I did go to the SACNAS social and  went to my professor’s presentation. We also started house sitting on Wednesday… hence the cat Instagram stories. Her cats are so cuddle and adorable and I am loving it. I stayed up way too late working on Thursday night yet the craziness was just beginning. I went to yoga in the morning with a friend who is in town for the weekend (from Seattle). I then worked until 12:30pm before heading down to Salt Lake City to pick up a friend who is visiting from Austin. We got coffee at this cute little place called Blue Copper Coffee Room. Then we made a Target and Trader Joe’s run before heading back to Logan. The leaves are changing color in Sardine Canyon and it is so beautiful! Our roommate is moving to Oregon so we stopped at her cookie farewell party before calling it a day.

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One of the cats joined our game of Forbidden Island on Friday night.

It rained almost all Saturday (and it is continuing today and Monday). Since my friend is visiting we still wanting to show her around a bit so we went to the farmer’s market (yes it was still open despite the rain and cold). We got coffees and berries and then headed to Lucky Slice for a pizza lunch (great vegan pizza if you are ever in the area). It was so nice to spend the afternoon under warm blankets. We just read, napped and watched the rain/hail. To end the day we made a bread run and cooked  some delicious food.

A few interesting articles:

NY Times Article How To Buy Clothes That Are Built To Last. Such a great article on skipping fast fashion and buying quality clothing.

A great article on climate change and sea level rise. Definitely worth a read right now.

Vox article on Reese’s Bookclub. A reader suggested this article and it is a great look at the power of celebrity book clubs (particularly Reese’s). I highly recommend this article, especially if you follow her book club. It gives insight into how books are chosen and to how integral books are to Reese Witherspoon’s brand.

Mattel’s gender neutral dolls. I am so an board with this! It is such a great way to teach kids that is ok to be yourself (whoever that may be) and to accept others for who they are.

Bookbub article on Three Women. Bookbub featured my favorite book of the year, Three Women, in article! Read it, it is so so good!

A video on Kate Middleton as a royal. I have never been that into the current British monarchy, aside for Kate and Megan’s outfits because they are always amazing, but I clicked on this video and was definitely intrigued by their influence and presence.

Ambient Worlds Youtube channel. This channel has amazing playlists for background music. They have lots of Harry Potter so of course I was into it.

Instagram: @chloeiscrazy is hilarious and I definitely went down a bit of a rabbit hole watching her posts.

Clothing obsession: Mark and Graham sweater coat. I posted about it in my Favorite Fall Outerwear post and have worn it four out of the five weekdays this week. Also I do want to say that I actually bought this on Poshmark a few weeks ago (first Poshmark purchase!).

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This was the coat repeat offender this week. It was the perfect weight for the cold mornings we have had.

Reading: I am attempting to finish Thunderhead (the second book in the Scythe series). I loved the first one and still like this one but I am just having a hard time to get into it.

Podcast: I mentioned last week that I was looking forward to Bad on Politics with Grace and Becca and it did not disappoint. I can’t recommend it enough. They had Alyssa Mastromonaco on and she had amazing information to share about how the primaries work and about how to get involved in politics. I also tried hard to keep up with current events this week via NPR’s Up First.

I also can’t finish this post without mentioning some of my Trader Joe’s favorites. I am a huge fan and kind of go crazy every time we go since the closest one is in Salt Lake.

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Above are some of the things from the Trader Joe’s trip… the Black Pepper Tuscano Cheese is my #1 favorite ever. I am excited to try the tempura cauliflower, pumpkin bisque, fall zuchette pasta and the halloween cookies. I also love their pumpkin butter, veggie gyoza and hash brown patties. Also the tea is new to me but I love it so much already, delicious and perfect for fall.

Things I am looking forward to next week:

I am not sure if any more info will be out this week but the next Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen collection is suppose to come out in October and I am beyond excited. Blair is one of my style icons and I have loved her collections so far.

Going to Vermont this week is definitely my number one. I can’t wait to see my family and I just found out that I get to see one of my best friends from college as well. I also am hoping for some gorgeous colors.

My friend from Seattle is actually visiting to defend her dissertation and I am so excited for her. Her presentation is Monday morning and we are going to celebrate afterwards, I can’t wait for both!

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Campus life gave out pumpkin donuts this week and I could not resist. It didn’t help that Trader Joe’s had apple cider donuts which are my favorite. I have not seen them in Utah yet so I could not resist that either.

I hope you had a great week! Thanks for reading.

Erin

A Note On Posting Schedule

As you may have noticed I have been doing my very best to post every single day. It is a long story but in short I came to a point in my daily life where I just was not happy about a lot of things. I have been constantly stressed about work and about random life things. I needed something that I just enjoy doing that I can kind of release some stress in doing. I have been thinking a lot about this blog and about the kinds of things I want to be posting and I made a brainstorm calendar of potential posts. The calendar just started to quickly fill up. At first I thought it was crazy to try to post so much but I realized I was excited for every one of the post ideas and I realized that I need this in my life right now. For many it may sound counter intuitive to use something that keeps a set schedule as a way of releasing stress but for me it actually has been forcing me to do something I want to be doing.

I will admit that I am going to try my hardest but my life as a graduate student is incredibly crazy so I am not sure how long I will be able to keep it up. Travel has also historically been tough for me in that I have not been as focused on getting posts up so they usually fall to the wayside. I do have a trip coming up next week and while I am trying to prepare posts for that time I am not sure how it is going to go. I guess that will be a good test for myself!

So for the time being my posting schedule will be as follows. Mondays will be just a kind of random lifestyle post (i.e. seasonal fun, movies/shows I am loving etc…). Tuesdays and Thursdays will be style posts (with the occasional style post on Saturday as well). Wednesdays will be dedicated to talking books and Fridays will be either a travel/adventure post or another lifestyle post. Saturdays will generally be a day off but I do have a couple of style posts planned for a few Saturdays in the coming months. Sundays will be a summary of my week.

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I hope you enjoy this new schedule!

Erin

Week in My Life: No. 1

In all honesty the past couple of months have been absolutely insane. Our two roommates are both moving to Oregon so we are in the middle of trying to fill the basement apartment. Aiden has had some health stuff so that has also been at the top of my mind. Work is totally crazy as well. My to-do list is very long and only keeps growing. To say the least I have been incredibly overwhelmed! We do have a lot of thing planned for the next few months, some of which should be very fun. This past week has mostly been work with a few fun things thrown in.

Last weekend my uncle and cousin visited! It was absolutely amazing and I could not have asked for a better time with them. I did not take a single picture because I was just in the present and not really thinking about it! They came so that my cousin could check out USU and they also brought some vintage furniture of my grandmother’s. My cousin and I explored campus for a while and then picked up some bread from Crumb Brother’s. We took them to Le Nonne’s (on of the best restaurants in Logan) for dinner and then made an apple crisp with apples from our tree for dessert.

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Sitting in one of my grandmother’s vintage chairs (I have always loved this living room set and am so grateful to have inherited it).

I always dedicate Monday and Tuesday to teaching so I spent lots of time prepping the lab, writing out the protocol and then teaching. In general it is the most stressful time of the week but it went pretty smoothly. Aiden came into work with me a couple times throughout the week and we got lunch at the Skyroom (on USU’s campus and Morty’s (both are delicious and reasonably priced). We ended the day on Tuesday my watching Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang (a classic favorite).

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I usually dress up during the first couple days of the week (for teaching) and then wearing comfier clothing. This was probably my favorite outfit of the week. Leggings are Lululemon align pant in dark olive, sneakers are Superga and cardigan is BP (similar).

I honestly don’t have a ton to say about the rest of the week. Lots of stuff came up with work so I ended up spending way more time that expected working. Friday was my favorite. I stopped working early and we had a great night making food and watching The Ugly Truth (such a funny rom-com, Aiden loved it too!). Yesterday (Saturday) I spent pretty much the whole day working but we did go on a nice walk and watched Friends while we ate dinner.

A few interesting articles:

12-year old singing ventriloquist. Aiden showed me the champions America’s Got Talent final this morning and we went down a rabbit hole watching this girl. She is absolutely amazing and I can’t get over it!

Meghan Markle fall outfit inspiration. Um yes please. I love every single piece she has worn recently and can’t wait to try some similar combinations!

Fall uniform by Zodiac sign. I just loved every one of these looks for fall.

On life-long readers. This article is really worth reading. I have always been a reader but there are a ton of factors that go into making a child into a big reader.

Christmas Hallmark movies. I usually would not talk about Christmas this early but I found a schedule for this year’s Hallmark movies and I am hoping for some gems.

Natalie Beach article on Caroline Calloway. So I have no idea why I found this story so fascinating but I did.

Great recipes for fall. Excited to try some of these in the next few weeks!

Clothing obsession: white sweater from Everlane. It is freaking amazing and I am obsessed.

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This is the Everlane sweater (taken from my wearing white post) and I have worn it so much this week. It goes with everything, plus Everlane is a really great sustainable brand (I am going to be featuring them in a post in early October).

I also gave Trunk Club a try this week. I thought it might get me out of my comfort zone but it kind of made me realize that I really just like shopping for myself (also I think I can find way better deals on things). Don’t get me wrong they did have some really cute things and I did keep 4 of the 15 items they sent. I just decided I probably won’t do a whole post on the experience so I wanted to mention it here.

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One outfit from Trunk Club. I kept the shoes (I have been debating getting Stan Smith’s for a while anyway). The skirt was so cute but the fit was kind of weird and I did not love the top enough to keep it. The Baublebar LOVE hair clip is so cute but I felt like it was kind of overpriced.

Reading: 100% obsessed with the book Bringing Down the Duke right now. The romance definitely just sucked my in and it helped a ton that it is set around the movement to allow women to vote in the 1800’s in England. I highly recommend it!

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I tried to read for 30 minutes to an hour every morning. It is such a great way to start the day!

Skin care: I am not that big into make up and skin product but my friend recommended Drunk Elephant a few months ago and I have been trying it out (I started with the littles kit). So far I really love it but I am not sure which products I will be repurchasing.

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My night time Drunk Elephant skin care routine. I start with the jelly cleanser and end with the night serum and eye cream.

Things I am looking forward to this week:

The last season of The Goodplace (one of my favorite shows ever!) is starting on September 26th.

Oh also I am super psyched for Grace and Becca’s new podcast mini series, Bad on Politics! They host Bad on Paper podcast which is one of my favorite book podcasts. They are going to be discussing the 2020 election and they will be bringing on some great guests.

Other things on my schedule include lots of work things, shooting some really exciting posts and I have a friend coming to visit at the end of the week!

Happy Sunday!

Erin

Snowbird Life Update

The past couple of weeks have been crazy. I worked a ton during July and had a conference from the 23rd until the 29th in Snowbird, Utah. I went down a day early to hang out with my high school friend who was visiting from Denver. We stayed at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake so that we could be close to everything and it has an outdoor pool. We had a great time just laying out by the pool, reading, chatting and relaxing. I needed that day so much! We ate at a delicious vegan restaurant called Zest which had amazing gluten-free, vegan pizza and other yummy appetizers. For dessert we headed to Capo Gelateria Italiana for gelato.

I headed up to Snowbird for the conference the next day. It is so beautiful up there! Seriously though I highly recommending either going up during ski season or hiking during the summer. It is just the resort and the mountains and although I didn’t really expect it to be that isolated, I really liked it. I did not have a ton of time to explore since I was at sessions most of the time but I did go to many of the restaurants up there and I managed to squeeze in a trip of the tram to the top of the mountain. The views were so beautiful and I loved just having some time to myself to walk around. Also I saw a moose!

The conference in general was amazing and I met some really incredible people. The best part of attending conferences is definitely the opportunity to network and find interesting people. My experience was dampened by some news from home which I won’t go to into in this post but it did effect my ability to be present and really take advantage of every opportunity available.

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Erin