Monday Thoughts & Links

Lettering Practice

I’m totally late on my Weekend Thoughts & Links post, but the words just weren’t coming the past couple of days, so I did other things. I painted (as you can see in the photo above – sorry for the wonky lighting!), read some Calvin & Hobbes, visited Teddy’s parents and pet an adorable puppy (that I contemplated taking home with me), got a pretty new lipstick, and ate some to-die-for filled doughnut holes from our favorite doughnut shop. Seriously, if you’re ever in the Galleria area of Houston make sure you go here – but make sure to get there early, or all the doughnut holes (and pretty much everything else) will be gone, as we found out when we brought some out-of-town friends there after church. Sorry Jennette and Nathan!

I really appreciated all those little things because I’ve been dealing with a case of the sads for the past few days, mostly because I’ve been feeling really homesick. Today I wanted to pack up and go back home, but that’s not really practical with jobs and leases. Also the thought of being stuck in a car for 20+ hours with my cat who HATES car rides isn’t particularly appealing. I also know that moving back to my hometown or my college town wouldn’t the same, because I’ve changed and people I’ve known have moved away. It’s been hard to deal with lately, because I still don’t feel at home here either. I’m hoping that will come eventually.

While this has been kind of a dreary Monday, I have seen some things around the internet that I’ve been inspired/ excited by (although this print pretty much perfectly sums up how I felt about this Monday).

I’m pretty sure I’m the only blogger who hasn’t talked about Halloween — not because I don’t like Halloween, but because Teddy and I will be stuck late at work that night and didn’t really have any set plans, so it was honestly hard to get in the Halloween spirit. But I’m going to pick out a pumpkin tonight, and Teddy and I are going to make a Halloweeny drink the night of – maybe with these Monster Cocktail Stirrers?

I’m officially in love with this dishtowel… I want to frame it.

Since it’s fall, it seems like the perfect time to learn how to braise.

I really want to be intentional with my shopping / clothing pieces, but I appreciate that Kelly doesn’t follow the minimalist thing with clothes. I love the thought of having a uniform, but I also like the idea of being prepared for different occasions/ weather conditions. Maybe it’s possible to have a happy medium?

I loved these photos of ballet dancers.

I like this 30th birthday party, and I think it’s nice that 30th birthday parties are kind of a thing. My roommates and I were convinced that our 21st birthday was the last birthday that would be really exciting, so I’m glad that your birthday-party-days don’t have to be over after you turn 21.

I love these Disguises Placemats, but it seems a little pricey for a paper placemat. I’m also really liking these striped placemats from West Elm, and the matching napkins. I think mixing and matching the dark blue and yellow colors together would be really pretty.

Both the hometown and dapper animals pillows are pretty awesome. They also have dapper animals plates!

This Monochromatic Monday from Camille Styles is beautiful, and totally matches the moodiness I want for the fiction story I mentioned earlier.

I hope you had a good Monday, and a great week! If your Monday wasn’t so great, I hope your week gets better! I’ll be hanging in there with you!

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