May 2019 Notes

I know I say this every month, but can you believe it’s almost June?! It officially summer, but the weather here has been surprisingly mild so far. Last week we had a few days in the 70s…in Phoenix, in late May. The weather is pretty much the only thing that anyone talked about that week.

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For one of our dates (from our Year of Dates) we took a day trip to ride the Verde Canyon Railroad. This was technically for our April date, but it happened after my April Notes post, so I’m including it here. I bought tickets for the first-class car, so our trip included food and a champagne toast at the start of the trip. The seats were also a lot nicer, but we spent most of our time in the open air car, so that didn’t matter as much. 

I’m obsessed with these pocket V-neck t-shirts from Target. I have them in 3 different colors/prints and they are my go-to on the weekend. They’re comfortable, not see-through at all, and fit really well.

Like everyone else, we watched the final season of Game of Thrones. I’m not going to post any spoilers, but I didn’t hate it as much as everyone else. I wish they would have done more episodes so everything didn’t feel so rushed though.

Earlier this month we went to Charleston and Savannah for vacation. I’d never been to either state before, so it was fun to cross a couple off my list. I think I’ve been to 27 states, so I’m more than halfway there now! Anyway, we had an amazing time on our trip and I’ll share a full recap someday soon. Also, I gained like 8 pounds on this trip because southern food is fried, full of butter, and absolutely delicious. Full post coming soon!

One of my 19 for 2019 items was to read 19 books…and I’ve already done it! Last year it took me until the last couple days of the year to finish my goal of 18 books, but this year, I’m done in May. I got REALLY into the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich and my mom has all of them, so I was able to read through them at a crazy pace. I’m currently on book 20 (of 25), plus I’ve read all of the extra novels. They are super cute, funny, and very easy to read. Also, Joe Morelli is my new fictional boyfriend.

I was also able to cross off my goal of “Visit 3 New States Together” with our South Carolina/Georgia trip. I’m on a roll this month!

May Craft Day: DIY Summer Pillow Covers

I recently ordered these reusable bamboo cotton rounds to replace the disposable cotton pads I use for removing makeup and applying toner. I’ve been really impressed with the quality and feel so much better about using these and creating less waste. Ignore the one negative review, I honestly don’t know what she’s talking about.

Aside from reading the Stephanie Plum books like a mad woman, I’m also reading Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker. I heard him on Young House Love’s podcast a while ago and really enjoyed what he had to say. I’ve been on the library waitlist for his book since then, but was finally able to pick it up last week. Adam and I are both reading it, so we’ll see how our house evolves as we go.

May Movie: Long Shot

Speaking of Joshua Becker, his article about visual clutter and the Convenience Fallacy is one of my favorite recent articles. He makes a really great point using a toaster as an example of something that is left out for convenience, but is only used a few minutes a day, so we deal with the visual clutter of it for the rest of the day. 

For Memorial Weekend, we packed up the dogs and went to Flagstaff to celebrate the long weekend. It can be pretty chaotic traveling with 3 dogs, but we had a great trip overall. We stayed at an Airbnb with a fenced yard and it was perfect for our stay. We went hiking, checked out the local breweries, and met up with the rescue lady that had Jelly before us. She was so excited to see Jelly and we’ll be forever grateful to her for bringing Jelly into our lives. Also, if you’re in Flagstaff, you have to try Tourist Home CafĂ© for breakfast. We had their breakfast sandwich with bacon and avocado and it was delicious! Plus it’s served with breakfast potatoes, which is one of my favorite foods!

What was noteworthy for you this month?

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