It’s been two weeks of not writing, of quiet reflection and overwhelming emotions. I’ve been remembering God’s good faithfulness to us, and it’s left me at a loss for words but with plenty of tears. At the right time I’ll be sharing more, but for today I thought I’d keep it light and fun with what I’ve been loving these days.
Good Earth’s sweet & spicy herbal tea – I had it for the first time this past week, and I’ve had several tea bags a day since I first tasted this perfection of a drink. I’m officially obsessed with it, and thankfully Costco sells it in bulk. PTL! (Drinking it now)
Brew Tea Bar – I love this place so much I asked the owner if I could interview him for a series I’ll be doing about people pursuing their passions. It’s a local boba place, and it’s hands down the best one in town. Try their sea salt coffee, but really anything there is delicious.
Holley’s Cuppa – Another local place I’m starting to love. I met a friend at Holley’s second store (The Cuppa), and the first thing I saw was a wall of books. How could I not fall in love with the place? The coffee is on point, and the coziness of the store will make you want to stay there forever.
I Thought It Was Just Me by Brené Brown – I’ve read 2 of her books already, so I’m rounding myself out with this one. It’s a book on the effects of shame, and I know it’s going to help me understand myself and others better as all her other books have done.
On My Way Home – A documentary about the acapella group Pentatonix. I’ve been so moved by people who pursue their passions despite cultural or parental expectations (a series about this coming soon!), so this was right up my alley.
HTGAWM on ABC – Like so many Shonda Rhimes’s shows, it’s overly dramatic and there are too many rated R-ish scenes, but I just want to know who killed whom!
Derek -Yeah… I’m still watching this. If you don’t want to commit to 14 episodes, just watch the pilot. It made me tear up again. It’s ridiculous. I know.
White vinegar + water – I’ve used it to clean the nasty grime off our window blinds, I’ve used it to clean countertops, the floors, and it’s great for dusting. Unlike most cleaners it leaves no residue, and it’s so versatile and cheap! I also add a little bit to the laundry, and maybe it’s just my imagination, but I’m pretty sure the clothes come out cleaner because of it.
Young Living essential oils – Last year’s flu season was unbearable, so I’ve started putting on these oils to help fight the craziness- Thieves on our feet, Lemon in my water, RC on the kids’s chest for cold symptoms.
Christmas music- I know it’s still October, but what could shine more brightness and hope into a funk than Christmas music? I’ve been listening to PTX’s That‘s Christmas to Me album on Spotify. My favorites- “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Silent Night.”
If you were to come over for dinner, you’d find me wearing my Korean-lady apron, butter would be sizzling in a pan ready to roast some broccoli, and we would talk about all the things going on in your life and mine. We’d share vulnerable, hard things, we’d cheer each other on in the scary things, and we’d discuss our favorite things on Netflix and what ice cream flavor we’re loving these days. I like to cover it all when I hang out with people, so I thought I’d do the same here.
If I’m loving something and you’re within arms reach, I will try to convince you to read, watch, eat, do the same. I’ll want you to experience how amazing the thing is and then be able to share the goodness of it with you afterwards. Isn’t that part of the enjoyment process? You love it the first time by yourself, and then when someone shares the same experience you geek out with joy because YES. They get it.
Here’s what I’m loving these days.
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker – Hilarious, heartwarming essays by one of my favorites
On a related note, I love that I can check out Kindle books from our public library system. It’s convenient and feeds into my clean freakiness.
Derek – Sweet and heartbreaking. Ricky Gervais plays an autistic 50 year old man who works in a nursing home. Guys, I’ve watched this all the way through twice and cried both times. Have tissues ready.
Roasted broccoli – Is there a better way to eat broccoli? Nope. Here’s how to make it:
Cut broccoli florets in half.
Put oil and butter in the pan on medium heat.
Place halved florets with the flat side down and cook until they’re crispy and browned on one side. (The smell is divine)
Sprinkle salt over them.
Once they’re crispy on one side, flip each one over and cook until they’re at the desired doneness.
Eat the most delicious broccoli you’ve ever tasted.
Korean pork bone soup (gamjatang) – James made this the other night, and wow. He used perilla leaves and regular mushrooms and eliminated all the other veggies. If you like spicy, meaty soup, give this one a try.