Weekly Recap | May 10-16, 2015

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I actually have things to talk about this week, which is actually pretty darn exciting! Should I start with the yay bits or the fail bits? Let’s do the fail ones, because they’re actually kind of funny.

Fail #1: I went grocery shopping (ooh, how adult of me) and bought some ingredients for recipes I planned on making, including this Easy Zoodle Bake one (I’ve made it and let me just say: SO GOOD!! Highly recommended!). Unfortunately, when I took the ingredients out to actually make the meal the next day, I realized I bought CUCUMBERS instead of ZUCCHINI. Nooooooo!

Now, it’s my own darn fault for being pretty stupid when it comes to healthy eating (I grew up happily eating McDonald’s and PB&J sandwiches), so identifying fruits and vegetables by sight isn’t my strong point (unless it’s something obvious like oranges). I remember being confused at the store when buying these because they had both cucumbers and zucchini right next to each other without labels, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember what the zucchinis looked like the last time I bought them. I even used Google images on my phone to try and help me decide which ones to buy and ugh. I failed. I couldn’t believe it when I got home and realized my mistake. D’oh.

Fail #2: I smacked my head on my desk bending down to pick my phone off the floor… twice. Smooth, right? The first time hurt so bad. I hit it right on the edge and it created a small cut on my forehead and was so sore. The second time (which happened only a couple hours later) didn’t hurt as bad because I didn’t hit it as forcefully (nor did I hit it in the same spot, thankfully!), but still. So much fail.

I think the funniest thing about that though is after I hit myself the first time, I sent Dave a picture of my wound and told him what happened, and his response included caution about being careful so as not to hit my head again. I gave him attitude for that, saying I didn’t hit my head on purpose and of course I would be careful not to do it again, only to find myself smacking my head against the desk a couple hours later. What is wrong with me?!

But it’s okay! Neither of those fails bothered me because a) they’re not serious, b) I have no problem laughing at myself, and c) there was too much goodness this week! Let’s end with the good things:

Good thing #1: There’s a little tradition on my mom’s side of the family where every time someone turns fifty, a surprise party is thrown. It’s a bit contradictory because as everyone knows about this tradition they come to expect the party and therefore surprising them is nearly impossible. Fortunately, we were still able to surprise my mom. She had always told me she didn’t want a surprise party because it wouldn’t a surprise and so I didn’t think we’d do one for her, but my aunts contacted me last week and decided we should try anyway. We herded everyone together at a restaurant where she planned on eating with her sisters, and she had no clue about any of it (well, apart from the fact she recognized one car outside the building and when they asked for their reservation the hostess said “table of fifteen?”).

It was a lovely night celebrating my mom and being with family, so I’m glad we decided to do it even though we waited until the last minute. Happy birthday mom!

Good thing #2: My birthday is coming up! I’m turning 26 this year, and while there’s really nothing exciting about that number, it has been sort of exciting checking the mail this past week to see what goodies show up from Dave. I’ve received a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card (which I already spent on The Walls Around Us) and the Funny Bunny Gift from Lush, which is pretty darn perfect. Nothing like books and baths to help a girl relax! Thanks handsome!

Good thing #3: I’VE BOOKED MY PLANE TICKETS TO LONDON! (I’m just a little excited, if you couldn’t tell…) Dave and I have been discussing when we’ll see each other next, and as he starts school in September, we decided that August would be a good time for a reunion. I have no idea what we’ll get up to while I’m there, but I don’t really care. I miss that boy oh so much, and I can’t wait to spend some quality time with him (and to also hopefully visit some of my friends in London, too)!

So yes! Things are finally on an up for me, which I have to admit is so refreshing after months of feeling like nothing would ever be okay. I still have my bad days and there’s still a long way to go before things are exactly as I want them to be, but it’s nice to finally feel a bit of optimism and positivity in my heart instead of the paralyzing numbness I was struggling with before.

I guess I just want to end this long ramble by saying thank you for being a friend and follower, as your love has also helped things turn around for me. And if you’re struggling with depression or helplessness because of whatever situation you’re currently going through, please try to hold on. It may seem like things won’t get any better, but that’s only because you’re not giving yourself a chance. Acknowledge the things you’ve managed to do lately despite the sadness, no matter how trivial they may seem, and realize that you are an amazing and beautiful person that deserves to happiness. I love you all. x

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