I hope that you're as excited as I am to be heading into a long, warm, holiday weekend, and I know that you're also ready to kick back , relax, and get outdoors a bit--I hope you can! But, before we move too fast (you can tell I'm already there!), lets take a moment to reflect on the simple, sensory joys of the past week.
What brought you happiness over the past 7 days? My moments full of simple, sensory pleasure are listed below (and FYI, they're just for the past 5 days, since I did an extended/belated version of SJOTW on Monday, after my amazing Nashville wedding weekend)...
When I heard about this article and the fact that my alma mater, Centre College, was featured, I wasn't surprised. I also wasn't surprised when De Vise wrote that Centre "has the highest average for freshman study time (20.5 weekly hours) of any school [he] found." Yep, sounds about right! But, I was surprised by the quote, “It's not uncommon to see people closing out the library on a Saturday night.” I would like to say that I do think this is fairly uncommon at Centre (definitely not the norm!), as Centre students also really do know how to have fun. Really. But either way, I was proud of Centre when I read this, and yes, we definitely worked hard there!
Yesterday, I worked my second, 5-hour volunteer shift at Artomatic. It was great because not only was I able to help out and give back to an event that I really believe in, but also, while working I was able to see a bunch of amazing art. I took a lot of pics and will share them sometime soon, but honestly, I was just amazed by the amount of talent that I saw on just the two floors that I was in charge of monitoring. People are SO creative! And the other fun part was seeing how people hung their shows, painted their walls, and labeledl their paintings--everything was so different. Haven't made it to Artomatic yet? It's open Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm-10pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays it's open from 12pm-1am--with three bars, live music, and lots of shows. Stop by! It's a BLAST and is open through June 23rd :)
I am obsessed with this breakfast, and have been eating it for weeks now. So, when I realized that I hadn't shared it here, I felt crazy! It's a simple joy every single day! Here's what it is: Trader Joes Plain Greek Yogurt, blueberries, sliced strawberries, walnut pieces, and Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Granola. DELICIOUS! As you probably already know, there's a total Greek Yogurt craze going on in the nutrition world lately, as it has double the protein and half the amount of sugar as conventional yogurt. Plus, it's much more creamy! You can tell that I'm a fan. So grab some and make your own parfait today...I think you'll be a convert, too.
You know when you just kind of forget about a fruit that you really like? That happened to me with bananas recently. I just forgot about them, and went along eating my normal favorites--apples, grapefruit, strawberries, and blueberries. And then this week, I happened to pick up a couple of bananas at the grocery store, and I've been really enjoying them. Such a perfect, filling treat! Especially when you haven't had them in a while. And yes, as long as you don't have bad bananas, they sure do smell good! Banana bread, anyone?
Although I didn't chronicle my recent iPhone tragedy on the blog, that doesn't mean it didn't happen. Two weeks ago, I dropped my phone on a very hard, concrete surface, and the screen shattered. Shattered! It was horrifying and also pretty scary, because it showed me just how obsessed I am with my phone. I was heartbroken--I mean, heartbroken, which is something that I really need to work on (non-attachment, anyone?). But, luckily, I was up for an upgrade (and when I found out in the store I literally cheered outloud!), and was able to get a new phone. But this time around, I got an OtterBox case. Word on the street is that these things are basically indestructible, but I'm not going to test it out. Once I got one, Ben was so jealous that I had to get one for him, too ;) Oh, and obviously, I love how it feels. Now my beloved phone is safe from the world!
So see? Sometimes it's the most simple things in life that bring us joy--like bananas, or an OtterBox case ;)
Now, go enjoy your Friday and your holiday weekend! We've got lots planned, including wedding stuff (registering, buying wedding bands, etc.), a fun BBQ with friends, CrossFit & yoga (of course), a long bicycle trip outside, and maybe a swim on Memorial Day...
Be sure to spend some time out this weekend--it's supposed to be a beautiful one! And don't forget to stop and smell the roses, or daisies, or peonies...