Really? August, where did you come from?! Man…well, I love me some August. It signals the end of summer which means autumn (my favorite season) is just around the corner. It also happens to be my birthday month; in sixteen days I’ll be 28. I’m okay with it. Now, onto some of what I’ve been up to lately.

READING / Miss Diana has been so kind as to lend me some of her Kindle reads and I’m excited to start reading Nerdy Thirty and The Book Thief.

EATING / Strawberries have been my snack of choice this summer. Trader Joe’s has been selling cartons of “extra sweet” ones and I’ve been making the most delicious salad with them: mixed greens, grilled chicken, strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sunflower seeds & a drizzle of homemade blackberry balsamic vinaigrette. SO GOOD, you should try it.

THINKING ABOUT / Travel. I’ve been pinning like crazy to this board. There’s so many beautiful places I want to visit!

ENJOYING / The cool summer breeze at night. After our evening walks with Walter, we come home, open up all the windows, shut off the AC and enjoy the most delicious breeze inside the house. It’s my next favorite “comfort noise” next to rain against the windows.

WATCHING / Still religiously watching Gilmore Girls. I think I’m on season 4 now. I’m anticipating the return of my roommate so that she can get me the next season’s installment from her parents house! I’ve also been catching up on the return of Dexter. I can’t believe its the final season :( I’m embarrassed to admit Pretty Little Liars is a guilty pleasure of mine and since the show has become increasingly annoying, last night I begged my cousin to tell me who A is (she looked it up). Now that the mystery is solved I can sleep better at night. Okay, not really but, its a shocker! I’ve heard great things about Orange is the New Black so I plan on picking that up as well. As if I needed another time-waster. Sigh.

LOVING / Roasted seaweed snack from TJ’s, the taco truck across the street from work, challenging myself to wear lipstick everyday for a week, brunch + lady dates with my favorite gals, hiking with Glenn and friends, the 40 Days of Dating blog, rocking my sweet nephew to sleep and my comfy new mermaid pajama set.

As always, thanks to the lovely lady Danielle for the inspiration behind these posts.

* photo edited by me


  1. JP says:

    We’re FINALLY getting a Trader Joe’s in my city! Well, town, really. I’ve been having a ton of wanderlust, too. And Fall is also my favorite season! Just windy and sunny enough, and I get to wear, like, twenty different kinds of jeans and chinos, haha.

  2. Corey says:

    What season of Pretty Little Liars were you on? I’m watching the newest season and it is kind of annoying but I’m still addicted.

    • Liz says:

      I’m on the most recent season but a handful of episodes behind. I gave up and just found out what everyone who watches wants to know, haha.

  3. Gabriella says:

    This is literally the longest comment ever:

    1. OITNB is amazing. You must watch it.
    2. Pretty Little Liars is also my guilty pleasure, but I really just can’t stop watching it.
    3. I read The Book Thief a few years back and really liked it. It’s a long read, but worth it!
    4. Taco truck? I now think I’m getting Mexican for lunch.

    • Liz says:

      I’m definitely going to start OITNB, ASAP. And that makes me happy about The Book Thief. I really enjoy reading/learning about the WWII era.

  4. I know right?!?! How is it August already!?!?!? I have so much I still want to do and the kid goes back to school so soon!! :(

    Dang that salad sounds good! I can’t get enough strawberries this summer either!

    • Liz says:

      Oh, shoot! My roommate is a teacher and is also dreading the return of the school semester. And you should definitely try that salad ASAP!

  5. Never stop watching Gilmore Girls!!! Keep going! : )

  6. Katie says:

    I am so excited for Fall. I kind of don’t want summer to go because I feel like I have not gotten anything done but Fall is always a beautiful time of year. I love the cool breeze we have been having. Sweater weather!

    Gilmore Girls season 4 is definitely one of my favorites of all time. It makes me want to rewatch the show right now. I am absolutely with you on PLL, I looked up who A was back in season 2 because I could not resist. I kept watching the show though but it has turned really annoying and slow and boring and I am just sick of it. I don’t see them ending it anytime soon although they probably should. There is only so many things that A can do!

    hope you have a good Monday, Liz!

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August 1, 2013 Personal, Srsly Liz