taking stock | november

Taking Stock November

Making: Lists. Lots of lists. I’ve realized that the only way I can accomplish anything is to write it down. But speaking of writing things down… The awesome people at Colorvale are sending me the Photographer’s Planner and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! I’ve never been so excited about a planner.

Cooking: I’ve had great luck with Pinterest lately. My current favorite is this minestrone soup recipe by Chef in Training and this Louisiana chicken pasta.

Drinking: Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon and peppermint tea. Simultaneously, usually.

Reading: Way too many books. I’ve spent $120 in Kindle books in October and November (gasp!) and B wants to murder me. That’s what happens when you travel to and from Peru, and take a random road trip to Florida. But, I highly recommend the Legend and Shatter Me series to everyone. And I highly recommend visiting your local public library so you don’t find yourself in my predicament.

Wanting: To put up our Christmas tree but I suppose I’ll wait until after Thanksgiving. Although we already have our Christmas lights and wreath up… along with our Thanksgiving pumpkins.

Looking: Forward to seeing my little sister on Friday. We’re going to watch old Grey’s Anatomy Episodes, take pictures of Brandon while he’s sleeping, and consume way too much sugar.

Playing: “Mess Is Mine” by Vance Joy because my Starbucks app told me to download it. It’s good!

Deciding: If I should renew my dogs’ BarbBox subscription. Their toy box is overflowing which is sad really.

Watching: New episodes of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hill. I can’t quit this train wreck.

Enjoying: This weather. Instead of sweating like a man, I’m perfectly content in a sweater and light jacket. Bring on the snow.

Waiting: To try and shave Ollie again tonight (super glamorous). We can’t take him to a groomer because he’s insane, and the last time we brought him somewhere to have his nails trimmed, he acted as if I was going to hit him… for an entire week. He has issues but he’s my evil baby.

Liking: Photo books by Artifact Uprising. I want to make mini travel books!

Artifact Uprising Photo Books

Wondering: About next week’s episode of Homeland.

Loving: The RIFLE PAPER Co. “Bon Voyage” collection. Their notepads are adorable.

Hoping: To book more 2015 weddings! I’m also hoping that my Thanksgiving turkey doesn’t taste like ass.

Marvelling: At the sheer number of pimples on my forehead. I’m completely mind blown.

Needing: More caffeine. This list is taking forever.

Smelling: Bath & Body Works fall candles and my chestnut praline latte from Starbucks. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Wearing: Loft sweaters. They’re the best.

Following: Lots of London bloggers. I’m not sure when this happened, but anyway, they have nice clothes.

Noticing: The teeth marks on our blinds. Damnit, Ollie.

Thinking: About giving Malcolm and Ollie baths. We had apple pie and ice cream a few nights ago and gave each dog their own bowl because we’re weird. Now the boys have crusty beards.

Admiring: My parents. They’re pretty awesome.

Buying: Nothing. I’m on a spending freeze because of my Kindle incident. I’m sorry I read so fast Brandon. Geesh.

Getting: Ready to foster dogs again. The application is filled out and I’m ready to fall in love and ugly cry at adoption events.

Bookmarking: Whenever I’m in a bad mood I watch this video. You should bookmark it too.

Disliking: Photos of body parts adorned with lotus seed pods. They’re always floating around my Facebook feed and make my skin crawl. Please stop.

Snacking: On capers. My love knows no bounds. I’ve been putting them in pasta, sandwiches, even salsa. Help.

What have you been up to lately?


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  • http://brambleandthorn.blogspot.com.au/ Tessa

    Thank you for linking Artifact Rising, the books look fantastic and looks like a great idea for a Christmas present!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  • Amanda

    I absolutely adore this post! I’m a recent follower and I’ve never seen one like this! I’ll have to try it ( with complete credit to you of course! ) :)


  • http://treeofolive.blogspot.com/ christina / the olive tree

    haha so funny about the books! i heart the library and i used to tease if i get my books for free … that means i can spend money on shoes. :)

  • http://www.livinginanotherlanguage.com/ Amanda

    Derik has a weird thing for circles….in nature. It’s an actual phobia. So the lotus plant things?! Yeah those are a no go. I make fun of him so much for it, but then again as I look at them longer and longer they kind of weird me out too….

    I love this post and seeing what’s on your mind! :) I also love that you’re blogging again! :)

  • http://www.seekingsunshine.com/ Annessa

    Seriously why do Londoners always have the best clothes!?

  • http://brunchataudreys.blogspot.com/ Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Buying books is the most addicting thing in the world! My parents hate it when I do that :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • http://eatallovertheworld.weebly.com/ EmilyAnne Thomason

    My husband bought me a kindle because it would save him in the book department some money. It has ended up costing more. I read an electronic book so much faster than a paper book. http://www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

  • http://guntersabroad.blogspot.com/ Jamie @ Gunters Abroad

    I think we are still on the same HOmeland schedule here in the UK…..I’m so worried about Saul!!! I’m so thankful that we at least get to watch it over here!

  • http://megantofrancewithlove.blogspot.com/ Megan

    I check out e-books from my local library back in the States, I sometimes have to wait a while for them to become available, but hey it’s free so I’ll take it! I ready too many books too quickly to be able to buy them all full price lol. Maybe there’s a library near you that does the same?

  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea

    To-do lists and pretty planners make me so much more productive!

  • http://www.stephyshoots.com/ Stephy Shoots

    I have read 1.5 books in the Legend series. SO GOOD. I can’t wait to finish.

  • http://www.noorsplace.com/ Noor Unnahar

    I love making lists. I have been completing my college homework and catching up with tv show seasons.

  • http://www.rioma.nl/ Rianne | Rioma.nl

    I love making lists! I just HAVE to do it to keep track of my life haha! I just started watching real housewives of Beverly Hills and I see already how addicting it is..

  • http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/ Megan C. Stroup

    Haha I was definitely going to suggest getting ebooks from your library, but I guess you’ve already thought of that. :) We’re leaving for our honeymoon oh-so-soon, so I downloaded five new ebooks from the library in preparation. (Although now that I’m thinking about it, we’re taking two 16-hour plane rides and spending a few days at the beach. I might need more! Haha.)

  • http://deasynoel.com/ Deasy Noel

    Haha, love this XD I have yet to watch the new season of RHOBH.. but I’m on the same boat. What is it about ladies wearing expensive clothes in jaw-dropping houses and screaming at each other that is so appealing? #guiltypleasure

  • http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Georgian

    I’m making that same minestrone soup tonight! Yum- glad to hear it is good

  • abby – little city adventures

    I’ve been reading books nonstop on the Kindle app on my phone because even though I prefer “real” books, I can read with one hand while nursing my son. If you go onto Amazon and choose a genre and then sort the list by price low to high, you will get HUNDREDS of free books. And some of them are really decent! There seems to be especially a lot of free mystery books (which are my fave so that’s fine by me).

  • DC Minute

    Ohhhhh the lists – they adorn every surface in my house. Unfortunately, I have yet to cross anything off of them…
    And yes, LOFT sweaters. <3

  • http://www.northernbellediaries.com/ Lisette

    I love these lists! I’m also catching up with the bishes of RHOB now that we have more cable channels (yay for moving deals!) And, that screaming lamb totally made my day. Thanks girlfran!

  • http://www.atravelingwife.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    That’s so great that you are going to foster again – good for you. Now capers… That’s one item I have not grown to love!

  • http://www.freeborboleta.com/ Fran

    SO. Funny story – my best friend growing up used to live a few miles from one of the Concha Y Toro vineyards and we used to sneak in from the back and eat their grapes lol – I don’t think it was their Casillero del Diable vineyard though. But there you go, random story from the Chilean girl haha

  • http://www.sparklesandshoes.com/ Kelly

    I always need more caffeine but I love reading these!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I’m so pleased to have discovered your gorgeous blog! I love anything by Rifle Paper Co – their stuff is so gorgeous.

    Miranda x | Miranda’s Notebook

  • Rachel Marie

    This is such a cool post. What a brilliant idea! x

    I’ve got a mac lipstick giveaway on my blog if you want to take a look :)


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