Awesome in August

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

August started out with such promise. I felt motivated and inspired. I was taking care of business and trying new things. It was a beautiful couple of weeks. Then the kids came back to school and that weight settled back on my shoulders. Some inexplicable decisions were made that adversely affected people I love, and I almost let it drown me. But right now I’m feeling a glimmer of hope. Maybe I can pull it back. Maybe I can have it all. Or at least most of it.

August is always an austere month following a month of summer fun. We did manage to make it to the movies to see War for the Planet of the Apes. Somebody please give Andy Serkis some trophies. We also tried out the new Glasgow location of The Counter. It was just as good as I remembered it.

I read Walter Isaacson’s Einstein biography. I’ll admit that a lot of the science was over my head, but the personal stuff was fascinating. How does the man who’s name now means genius go about being an actual human in the real world? The answer is with great difficulty just like the rest of us.

Much of the states is still crippled by insane heat, but we’ve had miserable rain all month. I’m already getting excited about sweaters and boots and pumpkin spice chai. 

I’m also ready to eat these Egg & Cheese Hash Brown Waffles. I’m up for waffling everything.

This Six Layer S’mores Cake is bonkers.

And please can we have these Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups because the world needs more happiness, and I think this is it.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorites this month were consistent and strong. Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. I’m into it.

Time passes whether we’re ready for it or night, so I guess we better get on board and make it amazing. Let’s go live, friends.

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Awesome in July

Awesome in July

Awesome in July

July is always such a whirlwind month for us. It’s the one time of the year when we focus almost exclusively on being chill and having adventures. Emily is with us, so we try to have the most fun possible. And I think we did.

We had some adventures around Glasgow, took a trip up to Inverness and spent a lot of time on a boat, hopped over the Belgium and Luxembourg where we ate all the frites and waffles, and spent a week in a performing arts workshop where Emily and I got to dance and sing together. It was a pretty amazing month. I could not possibly be more proud of that kid of mine.

I’ll tell you a lot more about our travels and share more photos over the coming months. 

The internet made me very hungry for Nashville Hot Chicken which I don’t actually think I ever ate while I was in Nashville. Now I can make my own, and I’m so excited. 

Everyone’s making ice cream something, and these Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie, Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches look completely awesome. 

I’m also in love with the idea of these Simple Jam Hand Pies. Joy knows everything.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This month you totally loved Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Double Chocolate Muffins, and Chicken Parmesan. Yes to all of that. 

July always ends on a sad note for me, but August is like New Year’s Eve in the education world, so I’ve got all kinds of goals for nearing perfection to keep me distracted until I’m back with my baby again. Let’s go get everything.


Awesome in June

Awesome in June

Awesome in June

Better late than never, June. You’ve been a challenge and a joy. You’ve been totally stressful and totally chill. You’ve been rather damp. Most importantly, you’ve been delicious.

My constant nagging self-doubt has been particularly strong this month, but we’re not here to talk about that. This is where we pretend that everything is awesome. I’ve had a couple of late starts at work which means I can stop off for a roll and sausage and a cup of tea and show up to work without looking like a zombie. That is awesome. I’ve gotten to eat out with my love a few times, including an epic chicken burger at NYC Glasgow. That was definitely awesome. We traveled to England and managed to actually see some sunshine. Truly, truly awesome.

My blog reading has been slow lately, but there’s been plenty of internet deliciousness I’m needing to put in my face.

These shoyu pulled pork sliders are giving me some hardcore homesickness for Hawaii. 

S’mores Doughnuts? Oh my god, yes!

I’m completely in love with the color of this cherry frose. Dangerous.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This month you loved Passion Fruit Green Tea, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels. Who needs a bikini body anyway? 

I’m so excited for July and time with my baby. We’ve got some big adventures planned. Let’s do it.

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