Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / Comparison Ladders

Gifts from London My days off from work fluctuate from week to week. Sometimes my days off run consecutively and sometimes they are split. There are advantages to having week days off, such as scheduling doctor appointments, but it can be difficult to recharge for the upcoming week. I wrote a post about creating your own weekend when your job isn't M-F. Sometimes I still need a reminder to celebrate and relax even when it's a Wednesday.

Jordan's brother will be staying with us for a week starting tomorrow and we're really excited to show him around town! What are your plans for this weekend?

/ / I was hit with a case of the comparison bug this week. Sometimes it feels like everyone around me is climbing the invisible ladder toward "successful adulthood" while I'm left standing on the second rung. This is just a fleeting feeling though; I know I'm moving! I'm also aware that what I observe of others' lives is just a glimpse -- like this blog is glimpse of my story. Anna reminded me that what we do all have in common is messy lives.

/ / Reading Brittany's observations on gratitude this week came at just the right time. Like I mentioned above I was in a bit of a funk earlier in the week and this reminder was just what I needed to hear.

"Jumping for joy over the gems we have frees us from needing more." 

/ / What to keep on hand for impromptu parties. Elsie breaks down what "staples" she keeps stocked to avoid scrambling something together last-minute. I love that she included fancy popcorn. We love popcorn and it's a great crowd pleasing snack to serve.

/ / I am splitting a CSA box this season with a friend and the first pick-up is next Tuesday. I have been saving different vegetarian based dishes for inspiration. Daisy's recipe for vegan vegetable wraps will certainly be in rotation once we're up to our ears in vegetables!

/ / I've published 209 blog posts in two years. That is crazy! I enjoy creating new content weekly, but the posts become buried so quickly. I was scrolling through my drafts looking for an old recipe and realized even I had forgotten some posts. Lauren has several great ideas to bring new life to old blog posts and I'm excited to try a few out.

Happy Weekend, all!

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