Hello, my loves! Hope you all had a happy and relaxing weekend. Every weekend should be a three-day weekend, don't you think?
Highlights of this one included an impromptu visit from a dear friend from California, picking up nursery hand-me-downs from good friends (and getting to spend some quality time with their adorable baby in the process), and a long-overdue haircut for me.
I am so so excited to be pregnant, but I can't deny it's been taking a toll on me (and my back, and my feet, and my ability to sleep . . .). Plus, work has been busy and stressful, and it was time for some pampering. So I used the gift certificate J got me for my birthday and took myself to the Scott J. Aveda salon for a little me time.
*Blog more. It's been shameful, I know. With some good reasons, but not all, but one reason - technological difficulties - is being solved because J's buying me a new laptop! Since my old Mac has just about given up doing anything besides spinning wheel of death.
Last weekend was Labor Day, and the City totally emptied out. At first I was a little wistful we hadn't made plans to go anywhere, but it turns out we didn't have to leave the confines of the urban jungle to find a little breathing room and some natural respite.
What I'm saying is, the nice thing about staying home when everyone else goes on vacay, is that you get the best spots of the City to yourself. Which for us, meant a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Lake Tahoe was absolutely gorgeous (some more pics up on my insta, including really awesome huevos rancheros) and Denver was fun, but now I have a cold and it's back to business. J is doing laundry and unclogging the shower drain (it is ALWAYS clogged) and all sorts of useful things and I am . . . blogging. But! I am trying to get more productive via technology, and felt some sense of accomplishment after using the following apps, so wanted to share:
1) Duolingo. No surprise here - I think this is the most popular language-learning app out there. I've been working on improving up my Spanish - not quite able to communicate with Spanish-speaking clients sans interpreter, but hopefully one day.
2) Glow. I learned about it through a post on A Practical Wedding, and it is a great app for tracking your health and holding yourself accountable. I was surprised to see how much alcohol I was actually drinking each week (what seemed like just a little here and there was really adding up), and felt proud every time I logged another workout session.
3) Mint. It's about time! I should have started some kind of budget ages ago, but better late than never, right? Mint syncs with all your bank and credit card accounts for you, so you can easily see how much money you have and how much you're spending, and make adjustments. Hopefully the fear of going in the red on every category will keep me in line because I need to get on top of mi dinero.
4) Songza. My favorite music-playing app - ok, maybe this doesn't directly make me productive, but a well-curated playlist to pump up my workout or keep me focused when working is much appreciated, and I never tire of my favorite playlists, or the endless choices on offer - like having my own personal soundtrack producer on call.
So those are my top hits. After spending a few minutes getting my finances, health, and mad language skillz in order, I feel much better - (almost) enough to forget about this rotten cold. Meanwhile, J's glad I'm using my phone for something other than playing mindless games and instagramming.
So, readers, what apps help you get stuff done?
There's been a lot written about the benefits of being grateful - reductions in anxiety, increased happiness, even lowered aggression, among other perks. But being cognizant of what we have to be grateful for, and remembering to express it, sometimes falls by the wayside - so often, grateful thoughts get drowned out by the things I'm worried about, stressed about, regretful about. The trial prep that didn't go well, the judge that ruled against my client, the client that took his stress out on me, the thoughtless thing that I said or the task I failed to complete - that's what I obsess over, and it can become a negative feedback loop.
But with so much to be thankful for, now felt like a good time to run through a little listicle of all the good things that happened this week (much better than dwelling on the bad, right?).
So, here goes.
Eating, working, mothering and adventuring in Brooklyn and beyond.