Tuesday, March 31, 2020

i didn't have to put on real pants today.

i got the order to start working from home today. to say that i was excited would be an understatement. i wanted to chronicle this day, mostly because it's such a rare thing. here are some thoughts from my first day working from home:

-  there are going to be kinks to work out at the beginning. i had already decided it wasn't going to work out, and i had only been twenty minutes into the workday. technical difficulties are going to happen. it's best to take a deep breath + know that it will work out.

-  we don't have an office space in our home, so i am working out of the camper. it was a crazy idea at first, but it works! i have privacy. i have my own space. i can listen to music without headphones. i can open the windows + feel the fresh air. it's a pretty great set up right now.

-  i didn't have to put on real pants. i told myself that the first couple days could be very casual. i did put makeup on, but i haven't changed out of my leggings yet. now i am thinking i need some cool house slippers.

-  i need to be better about getting up and taking a break. that's on me. i will do better tomorrow.

-  i am so, so grateful for this opportunity. in my department, it was easiest for me to work from home. i don't take it for granted one bit. the company i work for is so great to allow us to work from home during this insane time.

-  i can pop my head out and see the boys when i want. i love getting to say hi when i go in the house for water or a bathroom break. jared has been furloughed for three weeks, but we are still thankful.

day one was pretty good. the beginning was a little rough, but it all worked out. i discovered this album + listened to it a lot. i drank coffee + diffused oils + refrained from working on my puzzle that's in the camper next to me. now i'm off to drink more coffee on our pergola + enjoy the evening. our lives right now are so weird + insert basically every emotion, but i have felt the Lord so close these past few weeks. He is my joy.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

seven on sunday // 001


last week, i moved into our new corporate offices in downtown wichita. it is surreal. (not to mention amazing because byyyyeeee to k-96 traffic. miss you never.) it's weird to ride on an elevator. it's weird to look out the window and remember i work in a "tower", as jackson calls it. it's weird because it's all new, but i don't take one bit for granted.

  2.  100 DAY PROJECT   

one of my 2020 goals is to participate in the 100 day project. what a perfect time to stretch myself creatively since the world is anything but normal at the moment. my subject for the project is lists. i got the idea from my internet friend, rachel. i purchased these little notebooks for documenting the daily lists, but i also plan to share them on insta-stories somehow.

  3.  PLANT LADY  

i bought two new plants this weekend, and it's safe to say they won't be the last. there's something about plants that brings calm + coziness to our home. i am excited to purchase a plant from a new local shop in wichita. we are also building a greenhouse with our neighbor, and it is going to be so wonderful to walk out to our backyard and grab tomatoes or peppers to eat. 
i bought two new plants over the weekend, and i think i

well, except for this weekend. brrr. but the trees are blooming + you know it makes my heart happy. 

  5.  IS THAT YOU, RONA?  

our lives are anything but normal right now because of the coronavirus. i have lots of opinions, but i have saved all of those for my husband + not for the internet. i will say one thing- as i was discussing all the craziness, i started listing all the people close to us who would be most susceptible to the virus. it was then that i realized this isn't about me anymore. i am doing my part to protect those i love + care about, but i'm still living- with a little more understanding + compassion for those around me. 


i can't remember where i saw this (probably twitter) but the ny times offers a mini crossword on their website every day. i find it challenging + fun to stretch my brain. my best time is one minute!


this is a new series on the blog to replace the weekly musings posts. my hope is that i can blog more now that our lives are . . . i don't even know the way to describe it. i like having a space to reflect on, and i also like sharing things i find or love or whatever. blogging is so different these days, especially for someone who was doing it at the height of the blogging days. (2011-2015ish). i don't really care if i have a ton of readership, but if something i post resonates with someone, that's the real goal here. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

new trees + snow + a lava lamp.

-  it was predicted that we would receive a "trace" of snow, and i woke up the next morning to two inches of snow. my normal twenty-five minute commute to work ended up taking an hour + fifteen minutes. is it spring yet?

-  we went to the local nursery on saturday to pick out two trees for our yard. we got an oak tree + a blooming apple tree.

-  i have shared this chocolate cake in a mug before, but it needs to be shared again because i make this at least three times a week!

-  jackson randomly said, "amber, you feeling better?" LOL. everyone has been asking me that this week because i was sick for a week. he hears everything!

-  i really want a lava lamp.

-  i had the day off on monday, but i was finally recovering from the flu.

-  we bought a new mower this week, and you will not find a more excited kid than jackson. he loves mowers!

-  our grocery bill was $115 this week! not too shabby if you ask me.

-  these no bake caramel cookie dough bars look legit.

-  not much to really recap this week. it was busy at work + our evenings were usually super chill.

Friday, February 14, 2020

a camping happy list.

sleeping in until nine. a dollar general trip for camping goodies. incredible weather in the middle of winter.
coffee + a puzzle while cozied up with a blanket. an ecstatic kid who loves camping. hiking.
breakfast for dinner. nature walks. a stellar sunset. yahtzee with the in-laws. crunchy leaves. snacks.

[more photos from past camping trips HERE.]

currently // february 2020

reading  //  "stop calling me beautiful" by phylicia masonheimer.

watching  //  bones. i love this show so much!

listening  //  two new favorite podcasts:  the RAD podcast + the newsworthy 

loving  //  having the flu on valentine's day. i bet my husband finds me so attractive.

enjoying  //  intentional rest. a full day of sabbath is hard in this season, but taking little bits works well.

anticipating  //  spriiiiiiing.

drinking  //  the harvest blend tea from TJs with honey.

eating  //  all the sweet potatoes.

making me happy:  this $10 men's sweatshirt from walmart, cashew butter, a lemon cookie scented candle from trader joe's, puzzles, floral shoes from the dollar general, wheel of fortune, chocolate cake in a mug, the snow we had earlier this week, cozy blankets, snow boots, waterproof eye liner. these new pens.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

wheel of fortune + chocolate cake in a mug

-  my girl, phylicia masonheimer, launched her podcast (VERITY) + i am so, so thankful for it! her teaching goes beyond surface-level faith + fluff + challenges us to go deeper with God. i am also on her book launch team and GUYS. buy the book. i am reading through it now, and i cannot tell you how it has already changed me. i don't say that in a flippant way. she is not pretentious about what she believes + backs everything up with scripture. she is the real deal.

-  we purchased an antenna to watch the super bowl, and we get local channels now. i have no shame in admitting that i get so much joy out of watching wheel of fortune.

-  i recently started researching alternative essential oil brands. i found two non-MLM companies that have great reviews + quality products: plant therapy + edens garden. i plan to place an order from each company, so i will report back with my findings.

-  i have worked in the accounting field for over fifteen years. this parody video is so, so good. (because it's true!)

- kendra shared a recipe from the pioneer woman for a chocolate cake in a mug. GAH. i have made so many of these in two days that it's borderline ridiculous. [side note: i subbed the vegetable oil with avocado oil + the semi-sweet chocolate chips for mini dark chocolate chips, and it tastes divine.]

- i saw rachel writing with these pens and i bought some for myself. they are delightful.

- "hot takes seem to collect an echo chamber of people who think (and probably look) just like i do. they will stand around and applaud and i'll feel really popular and affirmed. this is not my calling." [lisa hensley]  //  she posted this on tuesday- a couple days after the super bowl, and it is spot on. we don't need another think piece from another christian woman about j-lo + shakira. we (yes- even me) are often so ready to tell the world what we're against that we don't take the time to just sit back + listen.

-  i found the prettiest floral shoes (in the photo above) at dollar general for only five dollars. that store is kryptonite on our budget. they have puzzles (also in the photo above) for a dollar! how can i resist?

week five // my 2020 in photos

day twenty-seven 

 day twenty-eight

day twenty-nine 

day thirty 

 day thirty-one

day thirty-two 

day thirty-three