What’s on My Mind 9.12.2020

Erica sitting on the couch

Happy Saturday! I know it’s starting to feel like fall in a lot of places, but the highs have still been in the upper eighties and low nineties in Austin so we aren’t there yet. We’ve reached the point in the year where it’s been hot for so long that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have any other kind of weather. Although we did get a cold front last week-before that the highs were around a hundred. I guess that’s a win. Today’s list of things I’m digging includes a movie that I feel captures my current time-warp feeling of perpetual summer during a pandemic perfectly. There are some other things on the list that are also making me smile, so I hope you can find some inspiration here too!

  1. I got a new phone recently because my old one was getting really old and glitchy. At the recommendation of a friend, I got a case from Pela Case, which makes compostable phone cases. I got this one in light blue with a butterfly engraved on it. I love how it feels in my hand; it’s almost soft, if that makes sense. It’s slightly flexible so I’m not worried about it cracking when I inevitably drop my phone. I also love that every time I pick up my phone it’s a small reminder of the commitments I’ve made to living a more sustainable lifestyle.
  2. Greg and I just watched Palm Springs on Hulu, and we loved it. It’s cute, laugh-out-loud funny, and clever. It’s about a man and a woman getting stuck in a Groundhog Day-like time loop and reliving the same day (the day of the woman’s sister’s wedding) over and over again.
  3. I usually don’t change out our decor seasonally, but I did swap in my fall wreath on our front door. I’m always inspired by people who go all-out for decorating for each season or holiday, but it feels very stressful for me personally. Having to find somewhere to store extra decor, as well as the year-round stuff that gets displaced by holiday stuff, makes me feel anxious. I prefer to go all-in on Christmas and leave the rest of the year alone. But swapping out the wreaths makes me happy when I come home from a walk or running errands. I crafted all my wreaths myself. Check out our tutorial here!
  4. Two of my friends and I have been working on a podcast called Lit Sh*t all summer, and we’re so excited to finally release it into the world! Our second episode came out this week and is available on most podcast platforms. If you can’t find it on your favorite podcast source, please let me know! It’s basically a virtual book club: each season we go through a series or set of books. We talk about what we read and gossip about the characters as if they’re real people. We’re covering the All Souls’ series by Deborah Harkness in season 1.
  5. This one might seem weird but hear me out: I recently discovered peanut butter Chex cereal, and it’s my new breakfast obsession. It tastes exactly like I hoped it would-just barely sweet and deliciously salty. I’m normally a Cheerios girl. One of my life goals is to try every single flavor of Cheerios. I’m almost there, but the peach flavor (which is seasonal) has eluded me for years because it’s really hard to find in stores. Next year, though, I will finally catch my white whale. In the meantime, I have peanut butter Chex to bring me joy. The cinnamon oat crunch flavor of Cheerios is also delicious.
  6. Our oven was broken last week. The “2” key was stuck, so it threw off a stuck key error and freaked out. We got it fixed on Monday, so to celebrate I made this key lime pie recipe from Half Baked Harvest. I’ve been wanting to try making a key lime pie for a while, and this one did not disappoint. The cinnamon in the graham cracker crust is *chef’s kiss*.
  7. I’ve been rewatching the Great British Baking Show in the evenings while I work on some crocheting projects. I just finished my most recent rewatch round, though, so I needed a new show. Crotchet-worthy shows need to be something easy to follow without looking at the screen too much. I started watching Get Organized with The Home Edit on Netflix. It’s really fun, and I enjoy Clea and Joanna’s banter.

That’s all for now! What’s making you happy? Any movies I should check out? We’d love to hear from you, either on social media or in the comments below. You can also sign up for our newsletter to get updates about new blog posts!

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