These days: April Edition

by Andrea Cooley

aprilMy tulips and daffodils are loving the rain and I can't wait to see their lovely blooms! Here's what's on my mind this month.

These days, I'm trying to simplify. I'm usually a more is better kind of person, or as Adam says, I tend to value quantity over quality (just look in my closet), but I really want to change this.

One way I'm simplifying is by cleaning up the list of blogs I read. If there are unread posts in my reader (I recently made the switch from Google Reader to Feedly and am still getting used to the new format, but think I like it), I feel like they are begging me to read them. I learning that at the end of the day, my time would be better spent having a real conversation with Adam than living vicariously through someone else's (who 9 times out of 10 I don't even know) recipes and pretty projects. I kept my favorites, and probably still have more than I really have time to ready, but it's a start!

The other day I was listening to the radio and heard the phrase "FOMO" for the first time. Do you know what it stands for? Fear of missing out.

Does anyone else suffer from this? Why else do we constantly check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, even when we're spending time with friends and family? Because we're afraid if we aren't connected 24/7 we might miss something. I understand the desire to stay in touch with people and share pictures and updates on your life, but when it's at the expense of your present company I think it's time to reprioritize!

I've been guilty of sneeking a peek at my phone during dinner or catching up on Facebook when Adam's talking to me, but I'm trying to be more aware of who I'm with. Baby boy is the best at holding me accountable, because he's fascinated with my phone and the computer and I don't really want him playing with either. So when I'm spending time with him, both are usually put away.

These days, I'm reconsidering what it means to submit to Adam. I love how this post from Sarah on Words of Wiliams reinterprets the word submission and explains how it is actually a compliment!

These days, I'm watching Mad Men. Hooray for the return of Sunday night TV! We were missing Downton Abby. Yes, this is a dark and twisty show, but I love how complex the characters are, especially Don. You want to hate him, but there's a part of me that just feels bad for him and wants him to be happy!

These days, I'm loving my new running shoes. I've been wearing Asics GT 2000s for the last 5 years. They aren't the cheapest, but I rationalize that having good shoes is worth it if it means my knees stay strong! It's finally nice enough to run outside and I'm getting ready for a 10K at the end of the month. Wish me luck!

We're heading to San Francisco this weekend to introduce baby boy to friends and hopefully soak up some sunshine. Wish me luck, Adam has to stay for work and I'm flying back alone with the baby!

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