Currently // May

EATING · All the grilled foods! I feel like we have been grilling almost every other day ― chicken, steak, salmon, burgers (both beef + turkey), hot dogs, asparagus, sweet peppers, mushrooms, zucchini.

DRINKING · Mostly coffee + water (as per usual). I did try a few of the Bai Bubbles drinks earlier in the month. The Peru Pineapple flavor was yummy! I'll probably try some of their others later on.

READING · I've been plucking away at The Cirlce by Dave Eggers. I realize it wasn't even on my reading list for this year, but I ended up taking The Princess Diarest off. I really had high hopes for that book, but I just could not get into it. So, this book has become the replacement. It was gifted to me for my birthday by Charlene (Charlene Zale). I had no idea the movie would be coming out this year, but I am looking forward to seeing it!

WATCHING · We've been in a rewatching phase this month. Started off by rewatching seasons 1-6 of The Walking Dead, then The Office, and now we have moved onto Sherlock. Aside from those, my mama and I began watching the Netflix Original, Anne with an E. I didn't grow up watching Anne of Green Gables, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. With that being said, I like the show for the most part.
LISTENING TO · New instrumental music (shocker). I like that I can think without being too distracted by lyrics. I can zone out and get a lot done when I put on songs like the one below (it's a favorite of mine at the moment).

PLANNING · A mini-trip with Charlene. We have a handful of places we'd like to go explore together before the fall.

WISH-LISTING · I'm sad to admit that part of me wants to sell my DSLR, the Canon Rebel T2i, and all of my lenses. I'd love to invest in a more compact camera. As of right now, I have my eye on the Canon  PowerShot G7 X Mark II. It would be much easier to haul around, especially while traveling. I'll have to see how much I can get for my gear.

LEARNING ·  New study + note-taking skills to implement when I start school in the fall. I've also been doing some online coding courses to get a head start with HTML / CSS / JavaScript.

FEELING · Grateful. Even on the bleakest of days, I know that there are people who are going through far worse.


Bringing Me Joy · Vol. 7

Well, it's been a long time since I shared one of these posts (errr, or any post that is).

Celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary.
Since we're adamant about saving money right now, we kept it really simple this year ― we opted out of gift-giving, chose to have dinner at our favorite little pizza joint (Cristino's), and went to see a movie. Loved every minute of it!

The Brain Food playlist on Spotify.
So many great songs on this one. Really can't recommend this playlist enough. I find myself listening to it when I'm studying, working out at the gym or even driving in the car. It's the perfect music to veg out to.

Attending my church's Daughters of the King brunch.
Last Saturday, I went to a brunch hosted by my church with my sis-in-law, niece + a couple of my friends. This was the first event I had been to since I started going to this church. It was very nice (especially the message that was shared by Pastor Kaci) and I'm looking forward to attending next year as well. 

Anne with an 'E' on Netflix.
So, I'll admit, I've never seen the original (1985) version of Anne of Green Gables, but I love the new Netflix original series that they've made. I've been enjoying watching it with my mama. 

Kashi's chewy coconut cashew macaroon bars.
I'm a sucker for all things coconut. I love that these aren't overly sweet. They're perfect for on-the-go snacking.

Seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Guys! Baby Groot is so freakin' cute. The first movie was okay, but the second was much better.

Grilling season.
Finally set up our grill after almost 2 years of having it (oops). Just give me all the grilled meat + veggies!

Registering for my fall classes.
I'm taking two classes to start with, but I really couldn't be happier with my little fall schedule. I'll only be going to school twice a week for 2.75 hours each day (that's including the 15 minutes between the two classes). I can't complain. I thought I'd have an hour or two between each class and I was kinda dreading that.

Flexible dieting #iifym.
G and I started counting macros about a month ago. I doubt I'll ever go back to any other 'diet' again. I love how adjustable this eating approach is. I never feel deprived. Heck, most days I struggle to eat enough calories. I'm losing about a pound a week, which is perfectly fine with me! Slow and steady is the key to keeping it off.

Today's rainy weather.
The sunshine state has been a little too sunny lately. We've been battling massive wildfires throughout the entire state because of how dry it's been. I'm thankful for the rain (plus it always puts me in a blogging mood).

What are some things that are bringing you joy lately?


May Goals

Kinda skipped right over any goals for April since my main concern (in between working) was studying up for my GED testing. I have three months until I go back to school, so I'm using that time frame to catch up on things that I've been wanting to do. I'll just go over a short recap of my March goals below.


(✔) Complete GED prep + take a practice test.
Yes! I finished all my practice and took the exam. The rest is history.
(✔) Have a Disney day with my husband.
We were able to go in early March. Hollywood Studios + Animal Kingdom were the parks we chose to visit.

(✘)  Finish reading The Forgetting.
Negative. I've actually started reading The Circle (since the movie just came out) instead.

(✘) Participate in one boot camp class.
Unfortunately, no. I haven't been able to get together with my friend who does Camp Gladiator classes, so I just stuck with going to the gym. I can't say that I'm sad about not being able to go (those classes are no joke).

(✔) Rearrange the office / computer room.
Yep! It's looking a lot better now (probably should have taken before / after photos).

(✘) Go to the gun range.
No (enter sad face here). My poor Glock hasn't seen the light of day in far too long.

M A Y  G O A L S
two . thousand . seventeen

(01) Take placement testing + go through orientation at SPC.

(02) Finish reading The Circle + see the movie.

(03) Incorporate more cardio in my fitness routine.

(04) Get more involved + connected at church.

(05) Drink a gallon of water each day.

(06) Go over 5 sections in this HTML & CSS book.

(07) Create better morning / evening routines.

What are some of your goals for May?