Gratitude, Mental Health

Daily Diaries: Recapping Recent Randomness

March 29, 2014
Daily Diaries: Links and Recent Tidbits - Sweet and Savoring

Coindre Hall, Huntington, Long Island

March has been such a funny month. Weren’t we all just setting goals for February?

I haven’t been absent due to a lack of inspiration: I have about 25 draft posts going right now. I have plenty of ideas, plenty of material, and plenty of photos to share with you all. Sometimes it’s tough putting it all into something that I’m satisfied with. I wouldn’t say that I’m a perfectionist per se, but I have high standards and I like to wait until something truly feels right and complete before publishing it.

That said, this post is inspired by Kate at Diaries of an Essex Girl. I present you with ten things: recent, random, relevant. Happenings, likes, thoughts, recommendations, and other such things that don’t fit into any other kind of post.

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Foggy boathouse at Coindre Hall, Huntington, Long Island

1. I got my hair cut, but I am only mostly happy with it. Most of the time, it looks like I’m in the awkward growing-it-out phase, but all I’d really like to grow out are the cheekbone-length ‘bangs’ in the front.

2. Hot water bottle resting on your chest = nice for loosening up mucus if you happen to be congested. FYI!

3. On Sunday, I took my sister Sue out for a late birthday lunch up in Albany. Cafe Madison is a popular brunch spot for good reason: fried oatmeal! Raspberry oatmeal pancakes! Cinnamon swirl French toast! 

4. Today for lunch I made my savory spinach Dutch Baby, this time with Gruyère and romano instead of mozzarella, and added chopped red bell pepper. So good! Seriously, I’m not even sure you could mess this up no matter what you wanted to throw in.

5. Random and weird facts are my favorite kinds of facts. Here are 60 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About New York City. (I love a pneumatic mail system! How cool is that?!)

6. Andy has been rearranging a bunch of stuff in the apartment, which is cool. Since we’ve been in the same place for nearly two years, I like to change it up any way we can. And something new is our map wall in the lounge! I love maps; I could stare at them all day long. Places I’ve been, places I’m planning on going, places I’ve never heard of, all of it! Here’s my Maps board on Pinterest for some map love 🙂

7. Two great depression related links: Depression Stories, Vol 1, a great new feature on the Powder Room, and via The Everywhereist, a beautiful piece that I can’t stop reading because it’s so awful, so eloquent, and so true to my own experience: Miles and Miles of No-Man’s Land.

8. This week, the four-year-old and I stayed indoors three days in a row because either he or I was sick. So not fun. But at least I got him to do some jigsaw puzzles over playing with trucks or trains for the fiftieth time.

9. I made soup! Andy and I have both been coughing and sniffling way too much, so I wanted a nutrient-packed, brothy soup for dinner. Enter Italian Spinach and Egg Soup, with cannellini beans, garlic, spinach, and eggs! Completely new-to-me recipe, and completely delicious.

10. Andy’s sister and brother-in-law are visiting in just two weeks! We are planning on lots of fun stuff both here in the Hudson Valley and down in NYC. Out-of-town guests are such a great excuse for hitting up old favorite spots and trying out new ones.

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On the beach in Huntington, Long Island

Your turn! Links to share? Weekend plans? Recent revelations?

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  • Shana Norris March 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I have always loved maps too. When I was younger, I’d spend hours poring over atlases and globes. I love the idea of using them as decor.

    Good luck growing out the bangs. I recently trimmed mine and they’re WAY too short so I’m in the process of waiting for them to grow back to a length I like.

    • Christy March 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Me, too! Who needs to bring a book for a long car ride if there’s an atlas in the car? (Of course now, most people have GPS and not an actual atlas. sob)
      Thanks! I’m taking Biotin, which is a B vitamin that’s great for hair and nail health/growth. Just an annoying stage, you know?

  • Charlotte March 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Oh, well, hello there!

    1) I never knew that about hot water bottle on the chest–will definitely try this the next time.
    2) I went to school in Albany and have never heard of this cafe before! FRIED OATMEAL!?! Everything sounds delicious.
    3) Following your map board (and will follow you everywhere else now, too~I think we have a lot in common!)

    Following you from SITS Sharefest 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your weekend (and please feel better soon!)

    • Christy March 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks for the visit and the follows, Charlotte! (one of my favorite names, by the way)
      Everything *is* delicious! It was the second time I ate there and both time there was a line for brunch. So much goodness.
      Trying to feel better, I swear!

  • Tamara March 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I read the NYC thing and laughed out loud about how it’s a misdemeanor to fart in a NYC church! I wonder if they’ve ever caught/charged someone. And I’m guessing they have to be over 18?
    The hot water bottle tip is great – thanks!
    The STRACCIATELLA soup looks amazing.

    • Christy March 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I couldn’t believe that one- at least I thought I would have heard of it already.
      Stracciatella was my favorite gelato flavor when I first visited Italy- it’s so cool that it’s a soup too 🙂

  • Kristen March 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    It sucks that you’ve been feeling sick lately. I hope you’re well on your way to recovery. That link on random facts about New York is a great find. Very funny!

    • Christy March 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks, Kristen. I’ve heard that a lot of other people have been sicker than usual this winter, so that sort of makes me feel better.
      Glad you like the NYC link!

  • Deb Rothaug March 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I was happy to see your updated blog post, feels like I know a little more about what’s happening these days. We are now not feeling sick anymore, and I did try soup several times for clearing up “stuff” in the throat! Please keep sharing the recipes, I love getting ideas from my grown-up kids who cook and bake! I got a hair cut too, and have bangs for the first time in many years. My latest adventure is getting ready for the play, which runs May 1,2, & 3…..I’ll be sharing more, but for now, “my name is Ada….”

    • Christy March 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      I’m glad you guys aren’t sick anymore so you can enjoy preparing for the play- you must be so excited!
      Our conditions haven’t really changed- soooo much nose blowing and coughing. Just enough to be annoying but not enough of something to actually BE something, you know? Meh.

  • Kelly March 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I love your randomness. I used to have a similar post…Ten Things Thursday. It was a post of complete random “where I am now” kinds of things. It’s a fun post, and it connects you to readers. 🙂

    PS–I love short hair…so much easier!

    • Christy March 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Glad you like it, Kelly. I might link up with Daily Diaries more!
      And oh, yes yes yes yes yes is short hair easier. I spent way too much time before untangling all the tiny knots in my hair, and combing it after a shower. No more!

  • Olivia @ Liv Lives Life March 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Gosh those pictures are gorgeous. The first one gives me chills…it reminds me of England!

    I love the idea of a map wall. It’s my goal, when I have my own place, to devote an entire room (or wall) to all things European or British – I have quite a collection of pictures, memorabilia, pillows, etc. to add to it. 🙂

    I hope you feel better soon!

    • Christy April 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Aw, thanks Liv 🙂 It’s my hometown, actually! I actually wish I had more memorabilia from my travels, but I tend to just spend my money on food rather than things, haha.

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