Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.
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Happy Sunday! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written a Sunday Scratches post, and I’m so glad to be back! Here are the scratches from the past few weeks.
The Week(s) in Review
It has been quite the summer already! It’s flying by, and I’m not sure I’m okay with it! We went up to Traverse City last month for a good friend’s wedding, and now we’re getting ready for a trip to Charleston for my dad’s 70th. Any Charleston recommendations?
Oh, and right before I leave for Charleston, I’m driving down to Dayton and Cincinnati for work! It will be a short trip (ie my unofficial theme of 2019) but I’m so excited to see all of my coworkers from Cincinnati and visit Bellevue again! Bring on the Darkness beer and pretzel sandwiches. 🤤
I’m pretty sure the past week is the first time all summer we’ve gone seven days without rain. It’s been so crazy in the midwest this year! And of course thanks to that, the mosquitos are running rampant. Great…
Another downside to all of the rain: we’ve had to put off a bunch of house projects. We’ve wanted to repaint our front entryway because the exterior paint has been chipping really badly, but we needed two weekend days in a row with no rain to get all of the scraping, priming, and painting done. Which didn’t happen until… two 90 degree days in the beginning of July. 😓
And while I tackled that, Sean went to the side of the house to repair some window boards… and discovered a bunch of rotted wood in the framing of our back porch. Great! So our current project is to tear all of that out and rebuild it. The good news is, it previously had storm windows that we pretty much couldn’t open, and we’re hoping to put screens up instead of storm windows, so that will be really nice.
In more house news, we also officially scheduled the appointment to have our upstairs fireplace refinished! You may recall we randomly found a fireplace behind a wall in our house, and after quite a bit of calling around, we found a company who will install an electric insert and tile for us. That will be happening in early September! And in the meantime, we found some great sconces on sale from West Elm that we’ve installed.
Other than house stuff and travel, I’ve pretty much just been reading and watching television. I recently finished Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and now I’m watching both Schitt’s Creek and Jessica Jones season 3. I’m powering through Fire & Blood (it’s much easier to get through than The World of Ice and Fire!), and I’m excited to finish it! Fingers crossed I get it done before Charleston so I don’t have to lug it on a plane.
Around the Web
Speaking of South Carolina, I’ve been looking for some fun sundresses that I can take with me. I don’t often reach for dresses or skirts, but I’ve realized that it’s because I’m bored of the ones I currently have.
I just tried this skirt, and while I would have loved it back in 2013, it’s not right for my current lifestyle any more, which was a bit disappointing!
I also tried on this dress in pink, and while I thought it was super flattering, it just took too much adjusting to get it to fit right.
So finally I decided on this dress! I was going to get it in the pink floral print, but it was a bit too bright for me (it’s way brighter in real life than in the photo), so I got it in navy floral print instead! I also ordered it in 5 more patterns and I’ll make my final decision once I see all of them in real life. I will say, the sizing chart is WAY off, so order your usual size, plus a few others just to be safe.
This is such an important way of looking at food, which I especially need to keep in mind before vacation.
Passion burnout is so real. I had so many thoughts about this.