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The Infant & the Idea (And Why They’re the Same)

In many ways, I would describe myself as a dreamer. I like to build things up, create something out of nothing, all that jazz. I also LOVE ideas, all of their innocence and endless potential. The hard part however, with dreams and ideas, is the irksome process of actually turning fantasy into reality.

In my recent Favorites post I mentioned NBC’s This is Us, which tackles a lot of real issues we all face throughout our lives. In one episode, (no spoilers) new parents Jack and Rebecca arrive home from the hospital with their three new babies, and we watch as they struggle through the adjustment process (i.e. late nights, dirty diapers, endless crying, etc.) At one point in the episode, when it seems the house is finally quiet, Jack and Rebecca sit down next to each other, exhausted. Their eyes are half open and they’re barely able to remain upright and Jack says, “they’ll be in college soon.” Almost immediately afterward however, one of the babies starts crying, which of course makes the other two start crying, leading Rebecca’s face to shutter and her head to fall back in defeat. “They’ll be in college soon, right?” she echoes desperately, and Jack nods.

Now, as a mother of none, I can’t even begin to relate to the miraculous struggles parents go through to care for their newborn children. However, as a relatively constant birther of ideas, I can relate to them on a different level.

Think of the moment you come up with a great idea. I mean a really great idea. The kind you instantly dream about taking you places you’ve never imagined. It’s kind of like a newborn baby, right? You hold it in your arms, looking at it with wonder and love and joy. You’re so thankful and happy it’s been given to you and you can’t wait to take it home and start your adventure together.

But then you get home to start your adventure together and you quickly realize don’t have the safety and naivety you had in the birthing room. Suddenly you have to make decisions and work harder than you ever could have imagined to help this baby blossom, and you start to wonder why you ever thought you could do this in the first place. And eventually you find yourself sitting like Jack and Rebecca, wishing the hard part was over, and wanting nothing more than to flash forward to when all the decisions are made, all the battles are fought and you get to sit back and watch your baby soar. But as great as that would be, no one really wants that.

Because what good is overlooking the hard parts if it means missing all the good parts in between?

As the episodes of This is Us have continued, (still no spoilers) we’ve started to see those magical *worth it!* moments between Jack, Rebecca and the kids, and sometimes it’s something as simple as a smile. So as much as we’d like instant gratification, and as much as we’d like to fast forward through the difficult times, we must never take for granted the sugar we can find in the struggle, for it is sweeter than any shortcut.

September & October Favorites (2016)

It’s that time again folks.

The time when I share a few of my favorite things from the past two months, even though you didn’t ask.

Let’s dive right in.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

These past two months have been extremely busy, making it harder for me to cook new/healthy/not impossible meals for myself on a regular basis. That being said however, I did manage to squeeze in this recipe I found in Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings.

To be honest I’d recommend the whole book, both to those of you looking for another source of new/delicious recipes, and those that just want to see a bunch of flawless pictures of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. The book has both, making it a mouthwatering creation in more ways than one.

As of now, the Sweet Potato Gnocchi is the only recipe I’ve tried, so I know it’s probably biased to say it’s my favorite, but I don’t care, IT’S MY FAVORITE. The portion I made fed me for 3 days and that still didn’t seem like long enough. I never wanted it to end. (Find the recipe here)

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When it comes to new fall TV shows, I’m very hesitant to get attached because I have a long history of falling in love with the ones cancelled after only a few episodes, thus leaving me depressed, without answers, and an ever growing amount of trust issues.

However, sometimes there are shows that stick around (is it weird how much I’m making TV shows sound like a boyfriend?) and I think This is Us is going to be one of them.

To put it bluntly: I cry every episode…in a good way…I think.

I don’t know how to explain it; the show is just…real in every way, which makes it both fun and hard to watch.

Plus, any show that essentially leads with Milo Ventimiglia’s butt in its pilot episode is almost guaranteed to obtain my loyalty. (Find the first season here)


Easy Street by Eric Hutchinson


In a marvelous turn of events, one of my favorite artists of all time, Eric Hutchinson, released an unexpected (at least to me) new album at the end of August, and it has been on repeat in my car for the last two months. And even though no one’s asked me to give it a formal review, I give it all the thumbs up. All the stars. All the tomatoes. Everything. I love it.

I dare you to buy it—no wait, I take that back—I ORDER you to buy it and I dare you not to enjoy your life more while listening to it. (Find it here)

Extra note: “Dear Me” is my favorite.

Kindle First

As some of you may know, I’m currently in the middle of a quest to read 30 books in 2016. And while I had a great start, the last few months have slowed me down a bit, landing me in the middle of book 24 with only two months left in the year…but I digress.

One of the things that initially slowed me down was the budget I put myself on, which made me very wary of the cost of everything, especially books, which I used just buy without a second thought. That being said however, in the middle of September, while in the midst of trying to find a book I both wanted to read and didn’t cost more than I make in an hour, I accidentally came across Kindle First.

Now, it’s possible I’ve been out of the loop on this one. Maybe everyone has been using this for years and I’ve been wasting my Kindle’s full potential. But if you happen to be someone like me who had no idea about this section of the Kindle store, THIS IS GROUNDBREAKING STUFF.

Kindle First is essentially a freebie you get each month where you can read a book for free before it even comes out. That’s right, we’re saving money and staying in the loop. Hell, we’re creating the loop. (Find it here)

Extra Note: For my October freebie, I read Evelyn, After: A Novel by Victoria Helen Stone.


Dodger Baseball


I’m an avid sports fan and can hold my own in a variety of related conversations, however my first love will always be baseball. And while my team (the Dodgers) didn’t win this year, and kind of went out in less than spectacular fashion, this season was a crazy fun ride, one which I will willingly board each and every year no matter the outcome. See you in April boys! (Also, congratulations to the other boys in blue, the Cubs, on their spectacular World Series win)


Have anything you’ve been loving over these last couple months? Let me know! My Amazon cart is always open…

See the previous favorites post here.