Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lately

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Hi there; it's me.  I know it's been a while since I've blogged.  It's actually been a long while, huh?  Things around here have been busy, and I haven't chosen to make time for this little internet space of mine.  There have been several contributing factors, and if I'm being honest, one factor was that I wasn't sure anyone was still reading this little blog.  I think we often get swept up in blogland, (I know I do), and sometimes that means we jump from blog to blog, without commenting or sticking around to say hi.  But that is something I'm trying to change about the blogs I read, and I hope that if you're reading this blog today, you'll leave me a quick comment or hello, just letting me know you're here.  Because sometimes, it's nice to get an extra smile, hug, or hello...even if it is virtual :)

In an effort not to ramble on for paragraphs about what I've been up to lately, I thought I'd keep it a little more simple...

Reading the study materials for my upcoming licensure exam.  So.not.fun.

Listening to Lana Del Ray at work and Beyonce + Britney at the gym.

Eating healthy!  Several months ago, I made a renewed commitment to live a healthier life, and I have been pretty surprised at how much I've transformed my diet.  I'm feeling fuller, more energized, and more motivated.

Watching the Biggest Loser (team Danni!), Elementary, and lots of HGTV.

Travelling to Ohio for my Granpa's 90th birthday.

Saving for a house, eeek!  Our house hunt has gotten a lot more serious lately, and I'm hoping to have some exciting news to share within the next few months.

Drinking tea!  After years of yearning to be a tea drinker, I've finally acclimated and found several teas that I really like.  I've traded in my morning coffee for chai tea, and I'm enjoying a rooibos in the afternoon.

Chatting more frequently with my bestie in Texas.  We've given up on being able to have frequent long phone conversations, instead realizing that twenty minutes here and there is better than waiting for the "perfect" time when we both have three free hours.  Never.gonna.happen.

Buying a lot less!  I literally can't remember the last clothing purchase I made.  (See three lines above about saving lol).

Pinning recipes and home inspiration.  (Find me here.)

Wearing snow boots.  After a relatively mild winter, Chicago has gotten quite a dusting of snow over the past month.

Embracing weekday ponytails.  Sometimes twenty minutes of sleep is just too good to pass up.

Planning several meet ups, play dates, and coffee chats with girlfriends.

Enjoying small, daily rituals.  After years of grad school craziness (aka no structure), I'm learning to find comfort in small moments of structure and predictability.

I'd LOVE to hear what you've been up to lately, either using one of the word prompts above or using one of your own.  And a big thanks to all of my lovely and loyal readers who emailed to check on me; you rock!

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Allison,

I've been a long time reader and was so happy to see your blog pop up in my feed today. Welcome back! Xo

Laura T. said...

Ive never left a comment before but I do read hour blog and look for it in my reader all the time! Hope all is well!

CB_Wilson said...

hi Allison, I've been a long time reader of your blog, but rarely ever comment. I hope more people leave you a note to say "hi" because I'd hate for you to stop blogging. Nice to hear from you, we've missed you!

Nicole said...

I was wondering where you were-totally not a stalker :)
Glad to see you back!

The O'Donnells said...

So glad you posted today! Was just thinking this morning that you hadn't posted in awhile and was going to check in on you. Glad to hear all is well!

Kristin said...

Guilty as a blog browser... but glad you are back!!

Ellie0717 said...

Hi Allison! I've missed your blog posts. I too am house hunting and would love to hear how its going for you. Good Luck and I hope to hear more from your little space on the internet :)

Ellie0717 said...

Hi Allison I've been a longtime reader as well as missed your posts. My husband and I are also house bunting and I'd love to hear how that is going for you! Good Luck!!

Roxy Diaz said...

Allison! I have missed your blog updates. Glad to hear you are doing well. :)

Roxy Diaz said...

Hi Allison! I have missed your blog updates!! I am glad to hear all is well. :) i too want to become a tea drinker...i am going to try chai!

Molly Doolan said...

Yay, so glad you updated!! I read your posts every time you show up on my feed!

Frannie said...

First time commenter! Glad to see you are back to blogging, I was just thinking this weekend how I haven't seen your blog in my google reader!

Lately I have been loving the cool mornings we have had in Texas. Gives me a chance to bring out all the scarves/sweaters I buy but rarely use!

Whitney said...

Allison,

Also glad to see you back! As a fellow Texan living in Chicago I love following your adventures. My husband and I just bought a condo in Lakeview a few months ago if you need any recommendations for real estate agents and mortgage brokers!

Shoot me an email whitneyinchicago at gmail dot com

Kimberly said...

Glad you're back! Good luck with saving for the house - it's so worth it to have a space that is uniquely yours....until the toilet breaks; then it may not be worth it. =)

stephanievarno said...

I love your blog! I've had it in my Google Reader for so long, but have been bad about commenting. Glad you posted again!

Alyssa said...

I'm glad you're back! I've enjoyed reading your blog.

juli (sweetpz) said...

Hello! again =)

You're on my top 8 blogs to read and lately you have been at the bottom! LOL.. No.3 is not too bad.

Great to see things are going in a positive direction for you.
all the best =)
~juli

Jes said...

Yes, still reading!

I love Lana del Rey and have been listening to a mix of her and Ellie at work and on the road.

Brady said...

Yesssss - you're back! I was so excited to see a new post today!!!

Lacey said...

Glad you're back! I was excited to see a new post today! Good luck on the house hunt!

J and A said...

YAY I was so excited to see you pop up today. Glad you are well!!

Well Hello! said...

Hello! I'm a lurker here very frequently, and always love reading your blog. I wish you the happiest of house hunting! I may be alone in this, but I think it is really fun.

Anonymous said...

Still here and reading. :) Glad to hear you are well, friend!

-Miranda from PSS

Yvette said...

I was so excited to see your post today. I LOVE Elementary too, and I wanted to say HOWDY!

sabrina said...

This is my first comment but I've been reading for about a year. Welcome back! :)

sabrina said...

This is my first comment but I've been reading for about a year. Welcome back! :)

Harriet said...

I'm so happy you're back! :) We're also (informally) saving for a house, and my shopping days have been few and far between. It'll be worth it, though!

Lindsay said...

I've been a reader since the very beginning! I tend to just read and rarely comment on ANY blogs lately :( but I'm still here and was happy to see this post in my reader today!

Dru and Jen said...

Still reading! Never left a comment, but I do love your blog so it was great reading your new post!! Welcome back:)

Anonymous said...

So happy to see a post today. :-) First time commenter. Good luck with the house hunting.

Ashleigh said...

So glad that you're back! Long time reader, long time lurker, rare commenter here, but I can certainly promise to comment more often if it means you'll pop up on my Reader more often! :)

xoxo

Paula said...

Welcome back! Also cheering for team Danni :)

Anonymous said...

I religiously read your blog, just not much of a commenter on any (sorry!). Was glad to see your recent post. You are always so positive and have such great ideas--from inspirational outfit ideas to how to better yourself, that I always find something interesting! I always look forward to your posts and consider your blog one of my "daily must reads". :)

TMiari said...

Welcome back!! Still reading! House hunting is exciting! Best of luck :)

AshLeigh said...

I'm still watching to see when you post! Welcome back. Your positive words make my days and weeks!

cheryl denise said...

i was wondering where you'd been girl! i've been busy busy planning for the wedding and honeymoon...only a couple months away!

a peek of chic

Mary said...

Glad you posted today. Love your blog and find it very inspirational.

Ez said...

Hi Allison

Welcome back! I'm a long time reader but as you said above, often dont think to comment.

x

www.lifestylen.blogspot.com

Heena said...

You have been busy! Good to hear from you!

Kelsea said...

Glad your back, sometimes life sweeps us up and away from blogging but it is always nice to be able to fall back into it!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back :)

Anonymous said...

Always checking in to see if u have a new post so I'm happy to see it!! Love hearing of your Chicago adventures as I miss it since the last time I was there two years ago at this time!! Please keep writing! Suzanne

Anna said...

Blog lurker here...just was wondering what you're up to.

MrsFlewlling said...

Welcome Back!! I have indeed missed reading your blog!! It was always a treat to log in and see if it was updated or not - reading blogs is a little ' mini-vacay ' during the day, and I am so glad that you are there to brighten my reading list!! I can't wait to get the chance to go back to Texas myself....It's so good to be in God' Country sometimes. :)

Kristin Biery said...

Allison,
My fiance and I just bought a house so I know how exciting that can be! We are also planning an October wedding so we are busy busy busy!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your blog! Thanks :)