Feel-Good Friday/Friday Faves: June 23rd, 2018

onnie & CaroleWait, I’m sorry, what…?  It’s not Friday, it’s Saturday?  Uh, oh, yeah, I know.

So after yet another endless week, I decided to wrap yesterday up by spending the afternoon looking after my niece and nephew, followed by an evening tending to Bear while Andy was gaming, and then turning in for the night at, swear to God, 8 pm.  So, posting didn’t happen.

I still have a week of work left, guys, and I’m still not sure if I’m working two or four day weeks this summer.  Keeping me float this week:

After going on sale on June 22nd, Andy scored us Welcome to Night Vale Live tickets for the showing in Northampton.  We’ve been fans of Night Vale since starting to listen to it in late 2013, and saw our first live show in March of 2014.  This will be our fifth time seeing them live, and our second time in Northampton (which is a special treat, because Northampton is about two hours from us, and we have no cause to ever really go there, save special events, and I adore the town).  If you’re a Night Vale fan or are curious about it, tickets for the tour are on sale here.

Next, Nailed It – why haven’t I seen this show before?  It’s cheesy, silly, fun.  Watching casual home bakers try to mimic these intricate creations in the kitchen just makes me laugh and shake my head and feel slightly superior for a little while (even though I know I would absolutely do no better than any of the contestants).

Third, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum.  Yeah, I know, these Friday posts are making me sound like all I do is drink, but wht can I say?  I like to unwind with a drink at the end of the day.

And, in what will likely be a feel-good for no one who doesn’t already follow her, my favorite YouTube Dollar Tree hauler/DIYer, Bargain Bethany, just put out a video announcing her engagement.  YouTube – and the internet in general – is a funny thing, isn’t it?  I’ve never met Bethany in real life, she doesn’t know me at all, but I’ve followed her videos for a long time, and got genuinely excited when I saw the announcement.

That’s all for this week – what’s kept you going these last seven (or eight) days?

Feel Good Friday/Friday Faves: June 15th, 2018

onnie & CaroleWe are officially in our last full week of classes!  Note, I said “classes,” not school.  the winter was brutal, and I am working straight through the 29th, sadly.  I’ve said it before, I’m incredibly lucky to love my job, but this truly has been just The Year That Never Ends.  Hopefully next year’s pre-Labor Day start will prevent this from happening again.

Anyway, things that buoyed me along this week…

First off, Dollar Tree (I have a bit of a Dollar Tree Problem™, which will become apparent in time) is carrying some really awesome Sassy n’ Chic acrylic nails, as well as Kiss brand gel polish and nail glue.  I absolutely love nail art, but have neither the time, patience, or money to spend on getting them done (and honestly, I don’t love spas/salons so much to start with).  These are an awesome alternative.  They look great, and I’ve had my current pair on since Sunday.  If you’re a fan of shorter nails, but still like the patterns, they trim and file down really smoothly, too.

Next, upon the recommendation of a friend, my husband ordered a book for Bear called Dragons Love Tacos.  It’s adorable, and this edition came with a little plushie dragon (with taco!) that’s Bear’s been bringing to bed every night.  He had fun recounting the book to my parents, and politely refusing to give the plushie to his little friend, Emmy, who had also fallen in love with it during their brief rendezvous.


Next, guys, I just heard about Making It, which is going to air on NBC this summer.   A crafting competition.  Hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.  Are you freakin‘ kidding me??  And it’s going to kick off on my birthday???  No joke, I am so pumped about this show.


Lastly, I’ll be honest: I’m just thrilled that it’s summer, and that summer break is fast approaching.  Contrary to popular belief, as an educator, I do not have summers free – I work as part of the Extended School Year program in a variety of capacities – but my hours vary between 8 hours and 16 hours a week during the summer (as opposed to 35), so I do get a lot more free time, and I am so, so looking forward to having time to myself.  I’m excited to work on my home, to write, to craft, and to spend some time with Bear and Andy at home, and on vacation in Florida this August.  Hopefully you have something fun and summery to look forward to yourselves.

That’s all for this week!  What got you through this week, and what do you have to look forward to this weekend??

Feel Good Friday/Friday Faves: June 8th, 2018

Time for Feel Good Friday/Friday Favorites!onnie & Carole

This was like The Week That Never Ends.  Between the chaos and disorder of Freshman MCAS, the ever-changing demands of my work schedule, and the fact that we all, in our bones, know that school should be done already – but we still have three weeks left!? – I am just so completely and utterly done.  Weekends with a toddler aren’t exactly silent oases of rest and relaxation, but at least I don’t have the added stress of work for the next two days.

Here are some things that carried me through this week:

J’s at Nashoba Valley Winery:  If you ever find yourself travelling to/through Central Massachusetts for some reason, do yourselves a favor and book a table at J’s for dinner.  The first time Andy took me was on our fifth anniversary, and we loved it so much we literally insisted my parents join us there two weeks later for my birthday dinner.  Lately we’ve really been loving their prix fixe, five course tasting menu and  wine flight.  We went again last night – I’ve got a pic or two of the food on Instagram – and it was amazing, as always.

Top 100 Songs of 1995 Playlist:  HOLY CRAP, NOSTALGIA BOMB.  I turned thirteen in 1995, and it’s the first year I remember really listening to and buying music.  I was getting bored with my usual YouTube music playlist and just sort of idly searched “hits 1995,” and oh my God, there are so many songs on this list I forgot about.  I think I spent three days just listening to “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” on repeat.  Also, my son caught me watching TLC’s “Waterfalls” and asked, “What are they? Are they mermaids?” so, like, come on.  That’s adorable.  How does that not brighten up your week?

Jose Cuervo’s Teagarita:  Every once in a while I send my husband out to buy me a bottle of wine and he comes back with a “treat” instead.  Recently, he discovered this amazing bottled concoction by Jose Cuervo called the “teagarita,” a ready-to-drink cocktail that is half-iced tea, half-margarita, and definitely one of the most perfect summer drinks I’ve ever had.  Toss a few ice cubes in a glass, pour it over, and enjoy the fact that it’s Friday.

The Good Place Official Podcast & Forking Bullshirt:  Last year, Andy and I fell head-over-heels for NBC’s The Good Place.  While I’m still waiting for an official release date for season three, they recently began a behind-the-scenes podcast hosted by Marc Evan Jackson.  I listened to the first episode last night, and so far I’m digging. it  That being said, if you are interested in episode analysis and discussion from a fan’s perspective (as well as some good old-fashioned squeeing), the fan-run podcast Forking Bullshirt is pretty awesome.

That’s it for this week; I told you, it’s been a long one, and my “self-care” this week was food, alcohol, and nostalgia.  Hey, we find comfort where we can, right?

What got you through this week?  What were some things that brought you comfort/joy/brightened your days?